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January 15, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
PHOENIX - Dreadful season. Just when Lakers fans thought it couldn't get worse, it did. Nick Young was ejected in the second quarter because of a "punching foul" and later said he felt ignored by teammates in the midst of a skirmish Wednesday against the Phoenix Suns. The Lakers touched new depths - 14th in the Western Conference - after a 121-114 loss and also might have fumbled the only thing they had left, their decent team chemistry. And sure, the guy who blistered them for 28 points at US Airways Center was cut by them in training camp two seasons ago. BOX SCORE: Phoenix Suns 121, Lakers 114 But the game and its aftermath centered on Young, a good guy gone wild after being fouled hard by Alex Len while attempting a fastbreak layup with 7 minutes 33 seconds left in the second quarter.
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January 14, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
LAKERS AT PHOENIX When: 6 PST. Where: US Airways Center. On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 14-24, Suns 21-16. Record vs. Suns: 0-1. Update: The Suns have been among the NBA's biggest surprises under rookie Coach Jeff Hornacek but have lost five of seven games since point guard Eric Bledsoe suffered a knee injury that will keep him out for another month or so. Guard Goran Dragic is having an All-Star-caliber season, averaging 19.3 points, 6.0 assists and 3.1 rebounds for a team on the fringes of playoff contention in the Western Conference.
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January 11, 2014 | By Chris Foster
When: 7. Where: Pauley Pavilion. On the air: TV: ESPNU. Radio: 570. Records: Bruins 12-3, 1-1 Pac-12; Sun Devils 13-3, 2-1. Record vs. Sun Devils (2012-13): 2-1. Update: The Sun Devils have one of the conference's top point guards in Jahii Carson, who averages 18.6 points and 4.8 assists. Jermaine Marshall averages 15.1 points and has made 45% of his three-point shots. But the Bruins have a sizable problem, 7-foot-2 center Jordan Bachynski, who averages 12.6 points, 9.4 rebounds and 4.8 blocks.
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January 9, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
Former Clippers point guard Eric Bledsoe, who was having a breakthrough season as a starter with the Phoenix Suns, will require surgery to repair torn cartilage in his right knee, according to an ESPN report. The report said Bledsoe probably suffered the damage in his knee during a game against the Clippers on Dec. 30 at Staples Center. The exact extent of the injury and a timetable for his return will not be known until a surgeon examines him. Bledsoe was averaging 18.0 points, 5.8 assists and 4.3 rebounds for the Suns, who were expected to contend for the draft lottery but are now solidly positioned for a playoff push after a 21-13 start.
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January 9, 2014 | By Gary Klein
After getting blown out by UCLA in its Pac-12 Conference opener, USC had a chance to regroup in preparation for games this week against the Arizona schools. Junior Byron Wesley said the Trojans went through some of their best practices of the season. Not much changed, however, in terms of results. Arizona State easily defeated USC, 79-60, on Thursday night at the Galen Center. BOX SCORE: Arizona State 79, USC 60 It was a season low in points for a USC program that was supposed to be energized by the up-tempo, high-flying style that helped put Coach Andy Enfield on the map at Florida Gulf Coast.
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December 31, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
In a reunion game of sorts, the Clippers got knocked in the mouth by a more aggressive and harder playing Phoenix Suns team. The Clippers got run over by the high-powered Suns, 107-88, Monday night at Staples Center in a game that featured three participants facing their former teams. But that became secondary to the Clippers easily suffering their worst beating of the season, cutting their lead over the Suns in the Pacific Division to just a half-game. "They beat us in everything," Chris Paul said.
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December 31, 2013 | By Chris Foster
EL PASO - That, as the folks in the industry say, is a wrap. UCLA labored, even struggled at times, but in the end the Bruins had a glitzy Hollywood ending for the 2013 season. Quarterback Brett Hundley dipped and dodged on the field and off, leaving defenders in his wake along with the idea that he just might hop, skip and jump into the NFL draft. Linebacker Jordan Zumwalt appeared to be auditioning for the lead in the next Incredible Hulk movie. Zumwalt Smash? Linebacker Myles Jack scored another touchdown, this time while playing defense.
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December 30, 2013 | By Chris Foster
The holiday season has rarely been a joyful time for UCLA. The Bruins have won in only four of their last 14 bowl appearances heading into Tuesday's game against Virginia Tech in the Hyundai Sun Bowl. Staff writer Chris Foster examines the story lines: What's my line? It's far from a hot-topic item, and it's guaranteed not to trend on the Internet: UCLA's success on offense hinges on the play of its line. Will it be an Arizona State-like game, when quarterback Brett Hundley was sacked nine times?
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December 30, 2013 | By Chris Foster
EL PASO - The last day of 2013, the first step toward 2014. UCLA will play its final football game of the season Tuesday when the No. 17 Bruins meet Virginia Tech in the Hyundai Sun Bowl. But the game can be viewed as more of a beginning than an end for UCLA, which is seeking its first 10-win season since 2005. "We really look at the bowl game as the first game of next season," said Jake Brendel, UCLA's sophomore center. "Being able to go out there and perform well, that will spring us into 2014.
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