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March 15, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Angels' Howie Kendrick says he doesn't treat spring training any differently than the regular season. "I'm just trying to get ready. The only way to do that is to play like it's a regular-season game," said Kendrick, who raised his spring average to .500 with two hits Friday in an 8-5 Cactus League loss to the Seattle Mariners. "I think every guy in here does that but for me the biggest thing is just trying to play like it's a real game. That's the only way you're really going to get prepared.
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April 18, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
Aside from the constant refrain of whether the Clippers and Golden State Warriors dislike or hate each other, their first-round Western Conference playoff series has the potential to be very entertaining. The Clippers have two All-Stars in point guard Chris Paul and power forward Blake Griffin, who are considered among the best players in the NBA. The Warriors have a dynamic young backcourt of All-Star point guard Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, who are considered perhaps the best-shooting guard combo in the league, earning the duo the nickname "Splash Brothers" because of their prolific outside shooting.
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September 26, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
SAN FRANCISCO - Andre Ethier isn't expected to play again during the regular season, Manager Don Mattingly said Thursday. “That doesn't mean we're still not moving forward,” Mattingly said. And it doesn't mean Ethier will miss the playoffs. The Dodgers are scheduled to open play in the National League division series next Thursday. Ethier, who is recovering from shin splints on his left leg, won't be cleared to play until he can run the bases. Mattingly said the Dodgers will wait as long as possible to have Ethier test his leg on the basepaths.
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April 16, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
PORTLAND - The Clippers played out the string of an 82-game regular-season schedule on Wednesday night, knowing before they tipped off against the Portland Trail Blazers that their playoff opponent had been set. So with three starters back in Los Angeles resting, the Clippers rallied from 22 points down behind Jamal Crawford's 34 points only to lose, 110-104, to the Trail Blazers at the Moda Center. The third-seeded Clippers (57-25) will open the first round of the Western Conference playoffs against the sixth-seeded Golden State Warriors (51-31)
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May 19, 2000 | TIM KAWAKAMI
The Lakers and Portland Trail Blazers split their four games in the regular season: * Nov. 6 at Rose Garden, Trail Blazers 97, Lakers 82: In the Lakers' first loss of the season, Kobe Bryant was out because of a broken hand and Shaquille O'Neal was thrown out early in the fourth quarter after retaliating against Jermaine O'Neal for what the Laker center considered overly rough intentional fouls. Scottie Pippen controlled the action with 19 points, eight rebounds and five assists. * Dec.
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August 31, 1996 | Associated Press
While pro football fans in Cleveland suffer through their first weekend of Brown-out, the NFL returns to Baltimore on Sunday for the first regular-season game in Memorial Stadium since Dec. 18, 1983. "Knowing the players they had in the past and knowing you're going to play on the same field is something special," said offensive tackle Tony Jones of the Baltimore Ravens, referring to Baltimore's rich pro football history written by the Colts, now in Indianapolis.
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March 23, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX - Of the 92 pitches Chad Billingsley threw in a minor league game Saturday, none were curveballs. But Billingsley said his bruised index finger is feeling better and that he expects to make his first scheduled start of the regular season. “As long as there are no setbacks, I plan to be ready,” Billingsley said. Billingsley is lined up to pitch the Dodgers' second game of the regular season, on April 2 against the San Francisco Giants. If he can't pitch that day, the starting assignment is expected to go to South Korean rookie Hyun-Jin Ryu, who is on the same throwing schedule as Billingsley.
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October 1, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
The Galaxy will enter the most important stretch of its season without top defender A.J. DeLaGarza, who is likely out for the rest of the regular season after suffering a sprained ligament in his left knee in Sunday's tie with Colorado. DeLaGarza was hurt late in the first half Sunday when he knocked knees with Colorado's Omar Cummings deep in the Galaxy end. DeLaGarza lay on the turf for several minutes before being removed on a stretcher. He later hobbled to the locker room with the assistance of trainers.
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April 26, 2012 | By Ben Bolch
SACRAMENTO — Getting to know you … Jordan Hill, the Lakers' starting center, had logged 52 previous minutes with the team. Josh McRoberts, their starting power forward, had mostly been an afterthought since midseason. Christian Eyenga, one of their handful of available players off the bench, was making his first appearance as a Laker. A lineup that might have seemed better suited to the Development League than a NBA game was on the court against the Sacramento Kings on Thursday night at Power Balance Pavilion as Lakers regulars Kobe Bryant, Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol rested three days before the playoffs.
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April 26, 2012 | By Ben Bolch
SACRAMENTO -- Anyone seeking deep insight into the Lakers was bound to be disappointed. The team rested starters Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum and played a hodgepodge of reserves during a 113-96 loss to the Sacramento Kings on Thursday night at Power Balance Pavilion in their regular-season finale. On the bright side, the playoffs start for the Lakers on Sunday afternoon at Staples Center against the Denver Nuggets. The Lakers won three of four meetings between the teams during the regular season.
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April 15, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
Blake Griffin might have made one decision unnecessary for Clippers Coach Doc Rivers. Griffin picked up his 16th technical foul late in the second quarter of a 117-105 win over the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday when he aggressively swiped at Timofey Mozgov, hitting the center in the head as he drove toward the basket. NBA rules stipulate that players are suspended for one game after collecting 16 technical fouls, meaning that Griffin would be forced to sit out the Clippers' regular-season finale against Portland on Wednesday unless his latest technical is rescinded.
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April 14, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
Rest or not to rest. That's something Clippers Coach Doc Rivers has pondered with two regular-season games left. Rivers has thought about sitting some of his starters in one or both of the next two games. But Rivers said, “No,” when asked if he had decided whether to sit any of his players when the Clippers play the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night at Staples Center or Wednesday night at Portend in the regular-season finale. “I think some of them want to play,” Rivers said.
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April 13, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
In a regular season when so much has gone right for the Ducks, Teemu Selanne closed it perfectly Sunday by tugging a fellow Anaheim legend onto the ice for a final skate and embrace in front of an adoring sellout crowd. The Ducks (54-20-8) produced their NHL-best 26th comeback victory with a 3-2 overtime triumph over the Colorado Avalanche at Honda Center. Afterward, Selanne, 43, found his friend and former Ducks goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who's expected to join him in retirement at season's end. “Teemu's such a class act and he's known for a while that this possibly could be my last game,” Giguere said after his 33-save night for the Central Division champions.
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April 11, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
Right wing Teemu Selanne will not be in the Ducks' lineup when they face the Kings on Saturday at Staples Center but will play in his final NHL regular-season game Sunday, when the Ducks host the surging Colorado Avalanche. The 43-year-old Finn, who plans to retire after the playoffs, hasn't played both ends of back-to-back games this season, a strategy designed to save his energy. Selanne, voted the most valuable player in the Sochi Olympic hockey tournament after he led his homeland to the bronze medal, has nine goals (four on the power play)
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April 9, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
Jamal Crawford said he wants to be back playing in a regular-season game with the Clippers, who have only three games left before the playoffs start next weekend. Crawford couldn't say whether he is aiming to be back for Saturday's game against Sacramento, Tuesday's game against Denver or Wednesday's season finale at Portland. He missed his fifth consecutive game with a strained left calf. "I'm trying to have positive thoughts," Crawford said. "I'm optimistic with the rehab that we have been doing and that I can come back.
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April 6, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
The thought has crossed the mind of Clippers Coach Doc Rivers . Should he hold out All-Stars Chris Paul and Blake Griffin in any of the four regular-season games the Clippers have left? "Yeah, I have, but I don't know if I'll do it or not," Rivers said. "But it's a thought. We do have this interesting schedule, where we play a game. We have two days off. That's unusual. " The Clippers don't play again until Wednesday against Oklahoma City at Staples Center and then again Saturday against Sacramento at home.
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November 25, 1985 | Associated Press
New England quarterback Steve Grogan, who suffered sprained left knee ligaments Sunday, will miss the rest of the regular season, team officials said. Grogan had led the Patriots to six straight wins.
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April 6, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The Los Angeles D-Fenders (31-19) will host the Santa Cruz Warriors (29-21) in the first round of the NBA Development League postseason. After finishing the regular season with the second overall seed, the D-Fenders were given the right to pick their playoff opponent after the Fort Wayne Mad Ants (34-16) chose the Reno Bighorns (27-23). The D-Fenders and Warriors split eight games during the regular season.  The first game will be on Thursday in Santa Cruz. The series shifts to the Lakers' practice facility in El Segundo for Game 2 on Saturday and, if necessary, a Game 3 on Tuesday.
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March 21, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
SPOKANE, Wash. - Taylor Braun tried to pull everyone's leg after North Dakota State pulled off Thursday's West regional semi-stunner against Oklahoma. "Honestly," the Bison's star deadpanned at the postgame news conference at Spokane Arena, "I don't know what all the hype is about, the NCAA tournament. " With perfect comedic pause, he added, "I'm kidding. " 2014 NCAA tournament bracket What happened during the first two days of the NCAA tournament was no joke to higher seeded teams that got sent home with upset stomachs.
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