October 19, 2013 |
Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith joined a most-select club on Saturday night with one second remaining in regulation against the Detroit Red Wings. Smith became the 11th goalie in NHL history to score a goal, an empty-netter. He launched a 190-foot wrist shot and managed to just beat the buzzer at Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, Ariz. That made the final score 5-2 against the Red Wings. "I knew there was not a lot of time left," said Smith in his TV interview on the bench.
September 30, 2013 |
Jazz babies and their beaus can relive the Roaring '20s in the Arizona Biltmore's Mystery Room, the newly re-created "secret" speak-easy in the resort's main building. The Arizona Biltmore opened in 1929 during Prohibition. But a desert resort with no hooch to satisfy the patrons' thirst? Unthinkable. The owners found a way with the Mystery Room, a.k.a. the Men's Smoker, up a staircase and hidden down a corridor. Here gentlemen could purchase a set-up for the bootleg liquor stashed in a cabinet that converted into a bookcase in case of a raid.
September 23, 2013 |
The Phoenix Mercury dealt the Sparks three of their four home losses this season, the final one being the knockout punch. The Sparks were eliminated from the playoffs Monday in a 78-77 loss to the Mercury in Game 3 of their best-of-three first-round series in front of an announced crowd of 9,321 at Staples Center. With the Sparks trailing, 76-75, Candace Parker drove to the basket and made a layup, giving them the lead with seven seconds left. Brittney Griner responded with a 15-foot turnaround jumper from the baseline with 4.9 seconds remaining and the Mercury advanced to the Western Conference finals for the first time since it won the WNBA championship in 2009.
September 22, 2013 |
To make the playoffs, the Lakers need to be better than seven teams in the Western Conference. In the first two entries in a series of 14, the Lakers were ruled better than the New Orleans Pelicans but not as good as the Oklahoma City Thunder . Are the Lakers better than the Phoenix Suns? Point Guard Goran Dragic is a player the Lakers often seem to struggle to cover, whether with the Houston Rockets or the Suns. While he's not the most athletic or dominant point guard in the league, he's crafty, quick and a capable shooter.
September 20, 2013 |
The Sparks are already facing an elimination game. They lost Game 1 of their best-of-three first-round playoffs series against the Phoenix Mercury at Staples Center on Thursday, 86-75. If they lose Game 2 in Phoenix on Saturday (7 p.m., TWC/TWC Deportes), they will be out of the playoffs. On offense, the Sparks were stagnant in Game 1. They shot 41.1% from the field and had only 12 assists, compared to the Mercury's 20. "If you look at our offense in the second half, we had four people on the perimeter and one person at post and everyone was just standing," said Candace Parker, who had 28 points, eight rebounds but no assists.
September 20, 2013 |
At least Thursday began as a good day for Sparks forward Candace Parker. The WNBA announced that she won the most-valuable-player award in the early evening. It was downhill from there, as the Sparks lost, 86-75, to the Phoenix Mercury in Game 1 of the first round of the playoffs at Staples Center later that night. So much for a celebration. "We let it slip away," Parker said after scoring a team-high 28 points and grabbing eight rebounds. In front of an announced crowd of 8,500, including boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Lakers guard Jodie Meeks, the Sparks fell apart in the third quarter.
September 15, 2013 |
Preseason hockey isn't exactly the best advertisement for the sport. Of course, you could say that about preseason anything. But there it was, warts and all, on display at Staples Center on Sunday. It is the first time since 2011 there are NHL preseason contests because the lockout wiped those games out a year ago. "Work in progress" might be best to describe the Kings' effort in split-squad games against the Phoenix Coyotes on Sunday night. The Coyotes' goaltending duo of Thomas Greiss and Louis Domingue combined to beat the Kings, 5-1, at Staples Center.
September 14, 2013
When: Noon. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TWC, TWC Deportes Records: Sparks 23-10, Mercury 19-14. Record vs. Mercury: 1-2. Update: The Sparks will finish the regular season against the Phoenix Mercury, the same team they're playing in the first round of the playoffs. The Sparks have clinched second place in the Western Conference, and the Mercury is in third. The Sparks will have home-court advantage in their best-of-three playoff series, which begins Sept.
September 10, 2013 |
The great unknown for the Dodgers this postseason is Matt Kemp. He's been out for over two months with a sprained ankle and now a hamstring issue , and the clock says he is running out of time. But Tuesday, for the first time really, Manager Don Mattingly said he felt that Kemp would be back in time to get him ready for the playoffs. “Yeah, I do,” Mattingly said. “I'm starting to feel that way.” Mattingly was encouraged by reports Tuesday that Kemp had a good rehab day back at the team's training facility in Phoenix.