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March 15, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
MVP talk San Antonio Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich , on Chicago's Joakim Noah being considered a candidate for most valuable player alongside LeBron James and Kevin Durant : "They won't choose him as the MVP, but I think it's great that he's in the conversation and he should be. But it's just not the way it works, from my experience. It's got to go in the basket for you guys [media] to pay attention to somebody. But he's pretty damn valuable in my opinion. " The Big Techie Minority Sacramento Kings owner Shaquille O'Neal , on being a tech nerd: "I probably spend $1,000 on apps a week.
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March 14, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
SAN ANTONIO - Sure, why not. Another ragged moment for the Lakers and their fine tradition. They never lost this badly to the San Antonio Spurs until Friday, a 119-85 blush of a game for the visitors that blew past their embarrassing 32-point defeat here in 1977. Insult meets injury meets history. Again. The Lakers (22-44) were officially eliminated from playoff contention after experiencing another brutal night on defense. Who knew their victory over Oklahoma City on Sunday would become the miracle of the NBA season?
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March 14, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The San Antonio Spurs have survived injuries to Manu Ginobili, Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker, Tiago Splitter and Danny Green to climb to an NBA-best 48-16. The Lakers have not been able to stay afloat with their long list of injuries, with recent word that Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash are done for the season with a combined 16 games played. After a loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder (48-17) on Thursday, the Lakers will have a difficult challenge in San Antonio on the second night of a back-to-back.
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March 14, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers were thoroughly outclassed on Friday night, getting dominated in San Antonio by the Spurs, 119-85. Playing on the second night of back-to-back games, the Lakers fell behind quickly in the first quarter and were completely out of contention by the halftime. Although the Lakers were only outscored by seven points in the second half, the Spurs had built a big enough lead by halftime, 61-34, that they didn't have to strain to get the win. Spurs power forward Tim Duncan played only 15 minutes, finishing with nine points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots.
SPORTS
March 13, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
LAKERS AT SAN ANTONIO When: 5:30 PDT. Where: AT&T Center. On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 22-42, Spurs 48-16. Record vs. Spurs: 0-1. Update: The Spurs have won 11 of their last 12 games, including victories over Miami, the Clippers and Portland (twice). The Spurs haven't played the Lakers since Nov. 1, when Tony Parker scored 24 points in a 91-85 victory. Including Friday's game, the teams play each other three times between now and the end of the season.
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March 10, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
After a busy stretch of five games in seven days, the Lakers play only twice during Week 20. The light schedule doesn't translate to an easy schedule. The Lakers will visit the Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs on successive nights. The Lakers are 22-42, three victories behind cumulative expectations . Thursday at Oklahoma City Thunder The Lakers stunned the Thunder (46-17) on Sunday, overcoming an 18-point deficit to upset one of the top teams in the Western Conference.
SPORTS
March 8, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
And now for the truly hard part of the Lakers schedule. They might be tired of breaking badly almost every night. They might feel the weight of a rudderless season. As if Oklahoma City cares. As if San Antonio will be compassionate. The Lakers play the Thunder two games in a row and then the Spurs the next two after that, and if that doesn't sound like feeding mice to snakes, then what really does? The Lakers are coming off their worst three-game defensive effort ever, surrendering an average of 136 points against New Orleans, the Clippers and Denver.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
A senior expert at the firm representing a Northern California couple who discovered buried gold coins worth $10 million says he  has not received any credible claims to the huge find and does not expect to. Numerous theories have cropped up since the discovery of the Saddle Ridge Hoard was announced last week. One of them, that the coins were tied to  a 1901 U.S. Mint theft in San Francisco, appeared to be debunked Tuesday by the U.S. Mint itself. “We do not have any information linking the Saddle Ridge Hoard coins to any thefts at any United States Mint facility,” U.S. Mint spokesman Adam Stump said in a statement, adding that lawyers have looked into the matter.
BUSINESS
February 20, 2014 | By Walter Hamilton
One of the nation's largest private equity firms is scheduled to announce Friday that it is giving $3.5 million to create a joint entrepreneurship program at USC, UCLA and UC Irvine. The donation from the charitable arm of New York-based Blackstone Group will pay for hands-on entrepreneurial training for students interested in launching their own companies. The program is open to students majoring in any academic subject. The goal is to spur job creation in today's slow-growth economy, said Stephen Schwarzman, Blackstone's chairman and chief executive.
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