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March 9, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
Jamal Crawford sat toward the end of the Clippers' bench during a game Saturday night against the Atlanta Hawks, his left leg wrapped in ice, the pain in his strained calf too much for him to play in the second half. He had given the Clippers 9 minutes 35 seconds of playing time in the first half, but was unable to go any more even though Crawford and the Clippers said the shooting guard didn't reinjure himself. Crawford is not expected to play Monday night against the Phoenix Suns at Staples Center and may not play the rest of the week.
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March 8, 2014 | By Kari Howard
Perhaps appropriately for this music-mad editor, two of this week's Great Reads were about dancing. (And no, that's not why they were chosen. The writing in both happened to be lovely.) The first, which ran Tuesday, was all about the joy of being silly, about letting go and having fun. Yes, you may be 6 feet tall and weigh 300 pounds, but you can put on tight polyester blue shorts like your high school coach used to wear and dance with abandon in front of thousands of people. The second story, which ran Thursday, was more spiritual.
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March 3, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
The Clippers didn't overlook the Suns during their first meeting last December at Staples Center, but Los Angeles was surprised at just how good Phoenix was. The Clippers, who play the Suns on Tuesday night in Phoenix, recalled what happened during that 19-point loss to the Suns. "They killed us," Blake Griffin said after practice Monday. "They dominated almost every aspect. They got all the '50-50' balls. Offensive rebounds. Ran on us. Hit threes. Everything. " The Suns scored 107 points on the Clippers in that game and they shot 12 for 31 (38.7%)
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March 3, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
AT PHOENIX When: 6 PST. Where: US Airways Center. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 980, 1330. Records: Clippers 41-20, Phoenix 35-24. Record vs. Suns: 0-1. Update: The Clippers have won four straight games, averaging 114.3 points during that span. But the Clippers have lost 11 of their last 12 games in Phoenix. This season the Clippers are 16-15 on the road and the Suns are 21-11 at home. broderick.turner@latimes.com
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March 3, 2014 | Helene Elliott
Times columnist Helene Elliott rates the pluses and minuses in the NHL from the last week: + Jaromir Jagr on Saturday became the seventh NHL player to score 700 goals. The New Jersey Devils' enduring right wing joins Wayne Gretzky (894), Gordie Howe (801), Brett Hull (741), Marcel Dionne (731), Phil Esposito (717) and Mike Gartner (708) in the 700-goal club. + The Winnipeg Jets are 11-3-1 under Coach Paul Maurice, who replaced the fired Claude Noel. Their revival was well-timed - fans had become impatient with a team that seemed bound for another non-playoff finish, ending the love affair that began when the Jets moved to Winnipeg from Atlanta.
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March 2, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
On Dec. 30, the Clippers got rocked by the Suns at Staples Center, a surprising turn of events because Los Angeles didn't see that coming from a Phoenix team few expected to be that good. Now the Clippers and the rest of the NBA are fully aware of how good the Suns are, L.A. knowing first-hand after that 19-point beat-down. The Clippers get to see the Suns again when the two teams meet Tuesday night in Phoenix. So when asked if there was a revenge factor for that game, Coach Doc Rivers smiled and replied, "No, I don't think so. " "I mean, they just only came to our place and beat our butts," Rivers said.
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March 2, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Kevin Harvick won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway in dominant fashion Sunday while Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished second. "This is awesome," said Harvick, who now holds the record for most Cup victories at PIR with five. "What a race car. " Harvick led 224 of the race's 312 laps around the one-mile oval, and he continually kept Earnhardt at bay on several restarts following caution periods. "We didn't have enough race car all day long" to catch Harvick, Earnhardt said, adding that Harvick "feels good and confident about what he's doing here.
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March 2, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
AVONDALE, Ariz. - Kevin Harvick crashed Junior Nation's party on Sunday. Dale Earnhardt Jr. tried everything he could to give his fans another win after his Daytona 500 victory a week ago, but Harvick would have none of it. Harvick won the Sprint Cup Series' second race of the season, at Phoenix International Raceway, with a dominant performance that included keeping Earnhardt repeatedly at bay on several late restarts. "This is awesome," said Harvick, who led 224 of the race's 312 laps.
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March 2, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
AVONDALE, Ariz. - By the time the race ended, it wasn't clear where the paint job of Danica Patrick's car ended and the black repair tape holding it together started. Patrick's No. 10 Chevrolet was collected in a multi-car crash midway through Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway. Justin Allgaier and Travis Kvapil also were involved. She was running about 25th at the time, one lap behind the leaders. After her pit crew taped up the car's crumpled body during several pit stops, she was able to continue.
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March 1, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Kyle Busch won a rain-shortened NASCAR Nationwide race at Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday, his third consecutive win at the one-mile oval in NASCAR's second-level series. Busch, driving the No. 54 Toyota, dominated until rain halted the event with 32 laps left in the 200-lap race. It was the seventh Nationwide victory overall at Phoenix for Busch, who mainly drives in NASCAR's top-tier Sprint Cup Series. He celebrated the win in an infield tent as rain poured down on Victory Lane.
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