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February 18, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
Both teams had five days off for the All-Star break, but clearly the Clippers didn't bring their game back with them and the San Antonio Spurs did. The Spurs were the more energized and efficient team, the Clippers the team that lacked focus and was flat at times. That was a big reason why the Clippers dropped a 113-103 game to the Spurs on Tuesday night at Staples Center. The Spurs had five players score in double figures, led by reserve Patty Mills' 25 points. "I thought they were more ready for the game than we were," Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said.
February 18, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
It's not true that the San Antonio Spurs have been playing together since the Stone Age. The Bronze Age, perhaps, but definitely not the Stone Age. The Spurs' cohesiveness and heady play is largely a result of such familiarity. It's why guys like Tony Parker can go down and Cory Joseph can step up and it's as if nothing has changed at all. The Spurs gave the Clippers another lesson in togetherness Tuesday night at Staples Center throughout a 113-103 victory that revealed a template for playing through less than ideal circumstances.
February 17, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
Clippers shooting guard J.J. Redick won't play against the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night because of a sore right hip. Coach Doc Rivers said Willie Green “might be out too” for the San Antonio game because of a sore right hip. Redick missed the last four games before the All-Star break because of the hip injury. “J.J. is out [Tuesday] and probably at least until the Memphis game, too,” Rivers said. The Clippers play at Memphis on Friday night. Rivers said before the Clippers practiced Monday that Redick saw team physicians Monday, but “we don't know what the results are yet.” With two guards injured, Rivers said the plan is to sign another player to a 10-day contract, but he wouldn't say whether it would be Sasha Vujacic, whose 10-day contract with the Clippers expired last Thursday.
February 17, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
When: 7:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 980, 1330. Records: Clippers 37-18, Spurs 38-15. Record vs. Spurs: 1-1. Update: The Spurs' Manu Ginobili has been out since Jan. 28 because of a left hamstring strain but is probable for Tuesday's game. Center Tiago Splitter has sat out three games because of a bruised right calf, but he will probably start against the Clippers.
February 3, 2014 | By Steve Lopez
Bob Arranaga says no way. He wouldn't vote for a bond measure to fix potholes and cracked sidewalks in Los Angeles. "L.A. should be paying for repairs from the city budget, not from adding more taxes," he emailed in response to my Sunday column about the 98-page list of people who have filed injury claims against the city since 2007 after tripping and falling. Greg Golden sees it differently. Even though his street in Van Nuys is fine, he said he'd vote yes even if it adds "several hundred dollars to my property tax bill.
February 1, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers are well-represented throughout the NBA. On Saturday, former Lakers center Andrew Bynum signed with the Indiana Pacers. Guard Shannon Brown, who won two titles with Bynum and the Lakers, also signed a 10-day contract on Saturday with the San Antonio Spurs. On Friday night, the Lakers fell to the Charlotte Bobcats, 110-100, a team armed with four ex-Lakers. In total, 14 former Lakers are under contract with other teams -- more if training camp invites and traded draft picks are included: Charlotte Bobcats: Ramon Sessions, Josh McRoberts, Jannero Pargo and Chris Douglas-Roberts (training camp invite)
January 25, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
SAN ANTONIO AT MIAMI: Sunday, 10 a.m. PST. TV: Channel 7. The Spurs return to the scene of their self-inflicted crime, an indelible implosion in the final 28 seconds of Game 6 of the Finals that cost them a championship. Deflated, they returned two days later and lost Game 7. San Antonio Coach Gregg Popovich has conceded that he remains haunted by that collapse. His team won't be anywhere close to full strength in the rematch, with Kawhi Leonard (finger), Danny Green (finger)
January 23, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
Wal-Mart announced Thursday it would create a $10-million fund to help support and spur innovation in U.S. manufacturing.  Bill Simon, Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s U.S. president, outlined some of the details of the fund at t he United States Conference of Mayors' winter meeting in Washington, D.C. The five-year program will launch in March and will be conducted in collaboration with the mayors' conference, a Wal-Mart spokeswoman said. ...
January 19, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
DENVER - As the clock ticked to zeros amid a roaring sea of rattling orange, Peyton Manning took off his helmet and ran away from the celebration. Before even shaking his fist into the air, he shook hands with the defeated New England Patriots. As his Denver Broncos teammates danced into the raucous Sports Authority Field locker room after a dominating 26-16 victory in the AFC championship game, Manning walked quietly through the madhouse with the most unusual of posses. He was accompanied by his two brothers.
January 17, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich on Friday signed into law hastily approved measures to ban unauthorized protests, a move aimed at wiping out the remnants of a civic uprising against his rejection of closer ties with the European Union in favor of alignment with Russia. The bills endorsed by what opponents contend was an inconclusive show of hands by lawmakers at the Verkhovna Rada assembly on Thursday were swiftly criticized as a violation of Ukrainians' human rights by free-speech advocates and senior Western diplomats.
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