January 16, 2014 |
CHICAGO - The Ducks won't dare say they've solved the Chicago Blackhawks, but their 5-0 run after a December 2011 road loss is nonetheless head-turning. The teams renew acquaintances Friday night at United Center. "We've won enough games against them that we have a level of confidence to know we can beat them," Ducks center Nick Bonino said of the defending Stanley Cup champions. "You can't go in thinking you have their number, but you can go in knowing you can win. " The Ducks - leading the NHL with a 36-8-5 mark that includes a record-tying 18 wins in 19 games - swept the Blackhawks (30-8-11)
January 14, 2014 |
It was almost too bad someone had to win it. A pair of struggling teams barely played defense and produced plenty of unremarkable moments Tuesday night at Staples Center, the Lakers coming up with a few more of them during a 120-118 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. No real shock there. Lakers forward Pau Gasol was the master of misfortune in the fourth quarter, throwing the ball directly to Cleveland's Dion Waiters underneath the basket for a layup and later missing a pair of free throws.
January 10, 2014 |
GLENDALE, Ariz. - Someone has to pay for Jonas Hiller's success. This season it has been the Ducks' opponents, but later this summer it could be the Ducks. Should the Ducks' goaltender beat the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday night, he'll become one of eight goaltenders in NHL history to win 13 consecutive games. Hiller's hot streak has helped the Ducks (32-8-5) to the best record in the NHL and - considering he's in the final year of his contract - his pay should inflate significantly beyond his current $4.5-million salary.
January 2, 2014 |
ST. LOUIS - Their swagger had already taken hits before the Christmas break and now the Kings' once-supreme self-confidence has absorbed blow after blow. And now, the Kings' confidence has gone missing in the locker room and on the ice during a five-game losing streak. The dismal state of affairs was underlined by a 5-0 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night at Scottrade Center. Kings Coach Darryl Sutter pulled rookie goalie Martin Jones in the second period after the Blues' second goal at 11 minutes 41 seconds and replaced him with Ben Scrivens, who gave up a goal on the first shot he faced and let in two more goals in the third period.
December 29, 2013 |
In another twist to an ever-worsening season, the Lakers are losing games and healthy bodies at almost identical rates. Versatile reserve Xavier Henry was the latest to go down, sustaining a strained right knee Sunday against the Philadelphia 76ers and scheduled to undergo an MRI exam Monday. In a semi-related note, the Lakers lost, 111-104, dropping their fifth straight game and completing it with only five healthy reserves at Staples Center. BOX SCORE: 76ers 111, Lakers 104 Make that 41/2.
December 28, 2013 |
Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook described it as "the most stressed out I've ever been in my life. " Cook was reliving his frame of mind during spring practice and fall camp, when he was trying to win the starting position. The third-year sophomore from Hinckley, Ohio, eventually broke through early in the season and helped lead the Spartans to their first Rose Bowl appearance since 1988. Cook has passed for 20 touchdowns with five interceptions for a Michigan State team that plays Stanford on Wednesday in the 100th Rose Bowl.
December 27, 2013 |
SALT LAKE CITY - This was supposed to be the easy part of the Lakers' schedule. Simple, really. Get closer to .500 with a slew of games against teams already deeply embedded in draft lottery odds. But the Lakers might be one of those lottery teams too. They lost to the Utah Jazz, 105-103, and fell four games under .500 for the first time this season. BOX SCORE: Jazz 105, Lakers 103 The Lakers couldn't stop anybody, as usual, letting the NBA's 27th-ranked offense blow past its average of 92.7 points before Friday.
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December 25, 2013 |
When the stylish New Genesis Apartments opened last year on skid row, residents and advocates were pleased that the project would provide housing for dozens of homeless people, as well as support services aimed at tackling addiction and mental illness. In a neighborhood where rapid gentrification has brought $145 sushi and brow waxings to skid row's historic core, the mixed-use project was seen as a rare opportunity for homeless people to live side-by-side with artists and other renters as they work to rejoin society.
December 23, 2013
The Clippers displayed a lack of composure that led to technical fouls on Coach Doc Rivers and DeAndre Jordan and to the ejection of Matt Barnes. That meant the Clippers had to play through their faults and an inspired Minnesota team Sunday night at Staples Center. And somehow the Clippers did, showing the resolve to overcome all the challenges before them to pull out a 120-116 overtime victory over the Timberwolves. "Everybody lost their composure," Rivers said. "Everybody.
December 22, 2013 |
When: 6 PST Where: US Airways Center. On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 13-14; Suns 16-10. Record vs. Suns: 0-1. Update: The well-balanced Suns have eight players averaging more than nine points a game. Former Clippers point guard Eric Bledsoe averages a team-high 19.1 points and 6.3 assists. Point guard Goran Dragic had 31 points in the Suns' 114-108 victory over the Lakers two weeks ago at Staples Center.