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January 25, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
Welcome back? San Antonio Coach Gregg Popovich , on returning Sunday to AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, where his team lost Games 6 and 7 of the Finals last season: "Uh, it'll be a horrible memory walking in that gym. If I said anything different, I'd be the biggest liar that ever lived. How could I say, 'Yeah, no problem, well, it was a tough night.' That's … We all know that. " The biggest loser Hall of Fame point guard Gary Payton , addressing top draft pick Anthony Bennett , who is averaging 2.4 points and shooting 25.9% while barely playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers: "You came in overweight.
January 18, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
BROOKLYN AT NEW YORK: Monday, 11:30 a.m. PST. TV: ESPN. The Nets and Knicks must have tired of seeing themselves on "Late Show" top-10 lists. They're starting to play better basketball after dreadful starts that provided daily fodder for comedy writers. Brooklyn has won six of its last seven games and actually would make the playoffs if they started Sunday (though that says more about the awful Eastern Conference than the mediocre Nets). New York has won six of its last 10, including victories over Miami and San Antonio, while shrugging off the quirks of Shoelace Bandit J.R. Smith.
January 11, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
RANKINGS, COMMENTS THROUGH SATURDAY PRESIDENTIAL SUITE AT THE WALDORF ASTORIA 1. INDIANA (29-7)  ABC doesn't want Pacers in the Finals even with 141% local TV ratings jump. (2) 2. SAN ANT. (28-8)  Spurs lead West but have ground to make up in Texas (0-2 versus Rockets). (5) CORNER ROOM AT THE W 3. MIAMI (27-10)  Heat receives anti-flopping warning after losses to Knicks, Nets. (1) 4. OKLA. CITY (28-9)  Thunder starting to wear down with Kevin Durant continually going one on five.
January 10, 2014 | By Soumya Karlamangla
A new flow of money to a handful of low-income Los Angeles neighborhoods could cause the areas to gentrify and squeeze out the poor who live there, according to experts reacting to news that the city has been included in a special federal anti-poverty program. The White House announced this week -- marking the 50th anniversary of the launch of President Johnson's War on Poverty -- that five areas in the country would be designated "Promise Zones," pushing them to the top of the list for federal grants and making them test sites for President Obama's new poverty reduction initiative.
January 7, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
The nation's first all-digital, book-free public library system has opened in San Antonio, with patrons lining up to peruse on online catalog on Apple touch screen computers and check out books on e-readers. Library mavens from across the U.S. and from as far away as Hong Kong came to view the library this week, according to an Associated Press report. "I told our people that you need to take a look at this. This is the future," Mary Graham, vice president of South Carolina's Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce told the AP. "If you're going to be building new library facilities, this is what you need to be doing.
January 4, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
  SAN ANTONIO - In their first full game without the injured Chris Paul, the Clippers lost, 116-92, to the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday night at the AT&T Center. It was a game in which the Clippers found out how tough life could be without Paul, who suffered a separated right shoulder Friday night in Dallas that will sideline him for three to five weeks. "Probably a good lesson for us. Without CP, you're not going to dance around with the ball and make things magical happen," Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said.
January 3, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
CLIPPERS AT SAN ANTONIO SPURS When: 5:30 PST. Where: AT&T Center. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 980, 1330. Records: Clippers 23-12, Spurs 25-8. Record vs. Spurs: 1-0. Update: The Clippers are now 9-9 on the road but face a tough San Antonio team that is 12-5 at home. The Clippers beat the Spurs by 23 points at Staples Center in the first meeting between the teams.
January 1, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 The U.S. Army All-American Bowl will take place Saturday at 10 a.m. (Pacific Standard Time) at the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio. NBC will broadcast it. Lots of local players are participating and several are expected to announce their college choices, though be careful because in the past players have changed their minds and their announcements mean nothing until they sign a letter of intent on Feb. 5. Here's the link to the roster ....
December 31, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
Don't even try to sell Clippers Coach Doc Rivers that his team has become the "hunted. " "There's only one hunted team - Miami," Rivers said, laughing. "That's it. I mean, come on. " And if his players are trying to sell that notion to the media, Rivers quickly dispelled that thought Tuesday at practice. The Miami Heat is the two-time defending NBA champion, and is hunted every time it plays, Rivers said. He added that after his Boston Celtics won the championship in 2008, they became a hunted team the next season.
December 23, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
  PHOENIX - If he ever wants to forget the chaos of last season or the frantic few years he spent coaching the New York Knicks, Mike D'Antoni can always remember his time in the desert. He was a Robert Horry hip check from coaching a deep playoff run with the Phoenix Suns, the franchise where he made his mark with a run-and-gun system that turned Steve Nash into a two-time league most valuable player. He's come back here enough since leaving in 2008 that it's another ordinary step in an 82-game schedule.
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