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February 23, 2014 | Sam Farmer
INDIANAPOLIS - When it comes to the NFL scouting combine, UCLA has done a U-turn. The Bruins, largely irrelevant here for much of the last decade, finally matter again. They have five players at the combine, and while that's two short of USC's contingent, UCLA has the region's most coveted player in linebacker Anthony Barr, a potential top-10 pick, and one of the event's best interior offensive linemen in guard Xavier Su'a-Filo. Also being put through the paces at Lucas Oil Stadium are Bruins receiver Shaq Evans, defensive end Cassius Marsh and linebacker Jordan Zumwalt, all of whom figure to be selected in the seven rounds of May's draft.
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February 22, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
When: 6 p.m. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 19-36, Nets 25-27. Record vs. Nets: 1-0. Update: Despite their record, the Nets are alive and well in the race for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Lakers lost a 27-point lead but held on for a 99-94 victory at Brooklyn in November. Nick Young scored 26 points in that game and Pau Gasol had 21. mike.bresnahan@latimes.com
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February 22, 2014
at Oklahoma City When: 10 a.m. PST. Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena. On the air: TV: Channel 7; Radio: 980, 1330. Records: Clippers 37-20, Thunder 43-13. Record vs. Thunder : 1-1. Update: The Clippers are 14-15 on the road overall, including 6-8 on the road against Western Conference teams. Thunder center Kendrick Perkins won't play because of a strained left groin.
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February 22, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
OKLAHOMA CITY - Chris Paul sat on the scorer's table inside Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, his head down, his left hand covering his sprained right thumb when the media gathered around him before the Clippers started practice. Paul had injured the thumb in the final few seconds Friday night at Memphis, and the only question was whether the All-Star guard would play Sunday against the Oklahoma City Thunder. "No question," Paul said. He spent most of his time getting treatment from head athletic trainer Jasen Powell . Paul didn't get an X-ray or an MRI exam on his hand, the Clippers said, but he may have an examination sometime after the Thunder game.
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February 22, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.  - Drivers hardly needed another reason to win NASCAR's Daytona 500 because it's stock-car racing's most prestigious race. NASCAR gave them one anyway. The 56th running of the Daytona 500 on Sunday will be the first race under new rules that place more emphasis on drivers winning races and less on merely collecting points to reach NASCAR's Chase for the Cup championship playoff in the fall. The changes mean that if a driver wins one of the 26 regular-season races in the Sprint Cup Series, starting with the season-opening Daytona 500, he or she virtually is guaranteed a berth in the 10-race Chase.
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February 22, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
AT CALIFORNIA When: 5 p.m. Where: Haas Pavilion, Berkeley. On the air: TV: Fox Sports 1; Radio: 710 Records: USC 10-16, 1-12 in Pac-12; California 17-9, 8-5. Update: USC hopes to end a losing streak of seven consecutive games despite being without its top scorer, junior guard Byron Wesley, who did not make the trip because of an unspecified violation of team rules. The Trojans have lost 12 of their last 13 games, including at Stanford, 80-59, on Thursday.
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February 22, 2014 | By John Cherwa
A look at the top events on the final day of the Sochi Olympics: CLOSING CEREMONY The closing ceremony is always more low key than the opening. Although exact details are secret, you can expect a lot of music. The athlete numbers are always down because many of them have already returned home. Part of the ceremony will be South Korea-themed in order to recognize the 2018 host, Pyeongchang. MEN'S HOCKEY If the seedings were only a little different, the U.S.-Canada gold-medal rematch could have been the finale.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 22, 2014 | By David Ng
For someone who made his name with ribald musical comedies like "The Book of Mormon" and "Avenue Q," Robert Lopez would have seemed like the last choice on Earth to write the songs for a Disney animated movie. But his work on "Frozen" has been a popular success, earning him his first Academy Award nomination for the song "Let It Go," which he co-wrote with his wife, Kristen Anderson-Lopez. If they win, Lopez will be able to add the Oscar to the Tony Awards he received in 2011 for co-writing "Mormon" (with "South Park" creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker)
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February 20, 2014 | By George Diaz
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The first Budweiser Duels were downgraded to something with a little less buzz at Daytona International Speedway on Thursday night. Obviously, nobody was drinking. And for sure everyone was driving responsibly, trying to avoid any major dust-ups that could derail plans for Sunday's Daytona 500. Matt Kenseth won the first 150-mile sprint race in an exciting three-wide finish featuring Kevin Harvick and Kasey Kahne as his major threats. The difference in first and third place was 0.063 seconds.
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