November 11, 2013 |
Steve Nash will miss at least two weeks because of persistent nerve pain in his back, the Lakers said Monday. Nash will have an epidural shot in his back Tuesday, a solution he tried with limited effect toward the end of last season. He was examined Monday by a back specialist, Dr. Robert Watkins, in Los Angeles. Nash, who will be 40 in February, left Sunday's loss to Minnesota in the second quarter because his back flared up. He has also been bothered by ankle and neck soreness this season, on top of being sidelined almost two months last season because of a broken leg and subsequent nerve damage in the area.
November 10, 2013 |
Steve Nash sat out the second half of the Lakers' 113-90 loss to the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night because of back pain. According to a team spokesman, Nash will be examined Monday by back specialist Dr. Robert Watkins. Nash played 13 minutes, scoring two points without hitting a field goal in three attempts. He also had three assists and two turnovers. The Lakers have kept Nash out for two games this season as a precautionary measure -- opting for rest when the team plays on back-to-back nights.
November 10, 2013 |
Steve Nash was sidelined the second half of Sunday's 113-90 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves because of nerve pain in his back and hamstring. As he walked out of Staples Center, he stopped to talk to a small group of reporters about his frustration. "I hesitate to even talk about it now because it's probably not a good time, I'm feeling a little emotional, but it's hard," Nash said. "I really want to play and I really want to play the way I'm accustomed to playing, and to be so limited is frustrating.
November 9, 2013 |
JOSH BECKETT , 33, starting pitcher Final 2013 stats: 0-5, 5.19 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, .289 opponents batting average, 8.5 strikeouts per nine innings in 43 1/3 innings of eight starts. Contract status: Last year of four-year deal at $17 million. The good: Gave up only one run and struck out nine in 8 1/3 innings on April 14 at Arizona, though he lost 1-0. That was pretty much it. The bad: Never really got it going before succumbing to a nerve issue that caused numbness in his pitching hand.
November 8, 2013 |
"Speciesism: The Movie" feels like, and is, a product of youth. Director Mark Devries began making his awkwardly titled first-person documentary in college, and its tone is so painfully earnest it might well have begun as a class project. Heavily influenced by PETA's messaging and inflammatory tactics - the first half-hour is practically an ode to the animal rights organization - the film is more polarizing than persuasive. Devries initially models himself after Michael Moore, affecting a gee-whiz naiveté that's both grating and implausible.
November 7, 2013 |
MIAMI - The Clippers had to deal with another injury that put them in something of a bind Thursday night against the Miami Heat. Starting small forward Jared Dudley played with tendinitis in his right knee, limiting him to 27 minutes because of the pain. He had two points on one-for-five shooting. "It's nothing major," Dudley said. "It's stuff that I've been going through since training camp. I think it's more of a strengthening thing. " Dudley tried to play because Matt Barnes was out for the second straight game with a bruised right thigh.
October 31, 2013 |
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Pete Carroll did not want to acknowledge it. Nor did Lane Kiffin. During their coaching tenures at USC, whenever they were asked why it was so difficult for the Trojans to defeat the Beavers on the road, they routinely praised Oregon State Coach Mike Riley. But they usually avoided mention of another factor for fear of distracting their players. Ed Orgeron, USC's interim coach, praised Riley this week - "When the Trojans get up there, he seems to always have his team ready," he said - but he also cited an environment at Reser Stadium that will make it tough once again when the Trojans play Oregon State on Friday night.
October 31, 2013 |
Anthony Jefferson Jr., UCLA safety, has persevered his whole life. Anthony Jefferson Sr. has been there each step of the way. The payoff has come. A junior, the younger Jefferson is a key part of the UCLA defense. He is second on the team in tackles with 53 and in interceptions with two. His father, with no lack of pride, said, "We're seeing the promise everyone thought he had. " It's the reward for a long, often painful journey for both. Jefferson's mother died in a car accident when he was 2 years old. He and his father became inseparable.
October 27, 2013
Re "New tactics on mentally ill inmates," Oct. 24 It is distressing to read a correctional psychiatrist's assertion that psychotic prisoners "would have no memory" of being repeatedly pepper-sprayed and "have a higher than average threshold for pain or noxious stimuli. " The claim that psychotic illness would prevent a person from remembering physical pain has no basis in science. Regarding pain thresholds, a growing body of literature documents post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms in psychotic people subjected to excessive force.