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March 30, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
AT MINNESOTA When: 5 PDT. Where: Target Center, Minneapolis. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 980, 1330. Records: Clippers 52-22: Timberwolves 36-36. Record vs. Timberwolves: 3-0. Update: The Clippers are 3-1 on their five-game trip. They have defeated the Timberwolves eight consecutive times.
March 29, 2014 | By Mike Hiserman
SUNDAY'S EAST REGIONAL FINAL At Madison Square Garden, New York NO. 7 CONNECTICUT (29-8) VS. NO. 4 MICHIGAN STATE (29-8) When: 11:20 a.m. PDT. TV: Channel 2. UPDATE: Branden Dawson is perhaps the best barometer for Michigan State, which is 15-0 when he has scored in double figures. Dawson, a 6-6 junior, is averaging 11.4 points and 8.3 rebounds for the season but 20 points and nine rebounds in NCAA tournament games. Bolstering the Spartans inside is 6-10 senior Adreian Payne, who averages 16.5 points and 7.2 rebounds.
March 29, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
VS. PHOENIX When: 6:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 24-48; Suns 44-29. Record vs. Suns: 0-3. Update: The Suns have won six consecutive games, their longest winning streak in four years, and are staying ahead of Memphis and Dallas for seventh place in the Western Conference. The Lakers haven't been swept by the Suns in a season series since 2004-05. Phoenix guard Goran Dragic scored 18 points in the first quarter Friday against New York, left to get stitches over his eye after a collision, and finished with 32 points in 32 minutes in the Suns' 112-88 victory.
March 28, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
Tesla Motors Inc. has announced plans to reinforce the undercarriage of about 16,000 cars with high-strength shields to reduce the risk of damage from a crash starting a fire. Elon Musk, the electric car company's chief executive, outlined the retrofit Friday morning, at the same time the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced it has signed off on the changes and was closing a probe into two fires that occurred in Tesla Model S sports sedans. The NHTSA said it has not identified a safety defect trend that would justify asking Tesla to issue a recall for the Model S. It said "consumers should have their vehicles serviced promptly once they receive notification from Tesla Motors.
March 26, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
ESPN enjoyed a big lead over its sports rivals in the number of nominations the sprawling organization and its affiliates received for the Sports Emmy Awards on Wednesday. The main ESPN channel led the way with 30 nominations, but combined with ESPN2, ABC, ESPN Deportes and the online ventures Grantland and ESPNW, the total rose to a whopping 46. The HBO documentary series "24/7," which follows athletes in the days leading up to a major sporting event, was the show with the most nominations.
March 25, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Angels 8, Cubs 4 AT THE PLATE: Ian Stewart, who appears to have the edge over several candidates for a reserve spot, sparked a six-run ninth inning with a home run and capped the rally with a run-scoring single. Grant Green (triple), Collin Cowgill (double), J.B. Shuck (single), Shawn O'Malley (run-scoring single) and Abel Baker (two-run single) added hits in the inning. Raul Ibanez hit his second spring home run, and Josh Hamilton doubled. ON THE MOUND: Jered Weaver, pitching in a triple-A game against Milwaukee so the Angels could regulate his workload, gave up four hits, struck out eight and walked one in seven scoreless innings, throwing 102 pitches.
March 24, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
All you need to know about the season Milwaukee is having is that Philadelphia is on a 25-game losing streak . . . and still has a better record than that of the NBA-worst Bucks. The Bucks brought their traveling woe show to Staples Center on Monday night and somehow kept things more than competitive against the Clippers. The Clippers led by only four points with a little more than three minutes left before starting to vaguely resemble the team that has the league's second-best home record, emerging with a 106-98 victory that fell squarely into the scarier-than-it-should-have-been department.
March 24, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
Times columnist Helene Elliott rates the pluses and minuses in the NHL from the previous week: + The San Jose Sharks touched many hearts by going all-out to grant the wish of 17-year-old Sam Tageson, who has a debilitating heart condition. They signed him to a one-day contract and let him skate onto the ice with them last Tuesday, triggering a flood of emotions from him and all who saw or read about it. Many teams do similar good deeds. Bad guys make headlines but there are good people in the sports world.
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