December 17, 2012 |
The NHL and NHL Players' Assn. have not had recent contact and nothing new is planned, NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said on Monday. The league on Friday filed a class-action suit in U.S. District Court in New York alleging the union's plans to dissolve by filing a disclaimer of interest was "a subversion of the collective bargaining process" and sought confirmation of the legality of the lockout it imposed on Sept. 15. The NHL also filed an unfair labor practices charge against the union with the National Labor Relations Board.
December 3, 2012 |
NASHVILLE - American League rookie of the year Mike Trout is among the players Team USA has requested be made available for the World Baseball Classic in March, but no decision has been made on whether the Angels' star outfielder will play. Many general managers and managers fear the WBC poses an injury risk, and Angels General Manager Jerry Dipoto would probably block the participation of players such as Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson, who underwent minor surgeries after the season.
November 30, 2012 |
Even Chauncey Billups had to admit that he has "accomplished every single thing" that any NBA player would want during a 15-year career. And yet Billups still pushed himself through the pain of 10 months of rehabilitation on his torn left Achilles' tendon so he could play basketball again. And when he returned to play Wednesday night for the Clippers for the first time since he was injured on Feb. 6 at Orlando, Billups said it was worth it all. "To be honest, this is what I do," Billups said after practice Friday.
October 30, 2012 |
Sweat still dripped off his face and soaked his jersey when Lamar Odom approached the media Monday after his first practice with the Clippers in two weeks. Odom was jovial despite being peppered with questions about his availability for the Clippers' season opener Wednesday night against the Memphis Grizzlies at Staples Center. He sat out the last five exhibition games with a bone bruise in his left foot. "Hopefully I'll play," Odom said about the season opener. "Hopefully, if the trainer lets me. It's always his decision.
October 11, 2012 |
The U.S. national soccer team didn't lose any players to injury or illness on its three-hour flight to Antigua on Thursday. And that passes for great news given that Team USA is already down four players heading into two crucial World Cup qualifiers, beginning Friday against Antigua and Barbuda. The U.S. needs at least a win and a draw in its next two games to assure itself of a place in the next round of regional qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. After playing in Antigua Friday, the U.S. team plays Tuesday against Guatemala in Kansas City, Kan. But the U.S. squad will have to accomplish that without Landon Donovan, the national team's all-time leading scorer, as well as midfielder Brek Shea and left backs Fabian Johnson and Edgar Castillo.
August 29, 2012 |
When Blake Griffin suffered a knee injury July 11, he acknowledged that he was "a little bit" worried that it was serious. He had sustained torn cartilage in his left knee, the same knee that prevented him from playing his rookie year and hobbled him during the team's playoff run. Griffin said that he immediately recognized the injury but, before seeing a doctor, he was concerned about its severity. "Luckily it wasn't too bad," Griffin told The Times in an interview after attending Subway's SUBPrize birthday party in West Los Angeles on Tuesday.
August 27, 2012 |
Sitting all alone on the bench, Pau Gasol appeared painfully disappointed as he processed Spain losing the gold-medal match against Team USA in the 2012 London Olympics, losing to an American squad in the final for the second consecutive time. Team USA Coach Mike Krzyzewski congratulated him anyway, and moments later, Kobe Bryant came over to Gasol and the two hugged. It proved a telling moment and showed how the Laker teammates share a tight bond. Could it also have been Gasol's last moment as an Olympian?
August 21, 2012 |
Any fears Clippers fans might have about All-Star point guard Chris Paul having surgery Tuesday to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb should be put to rest, according to Coach Vinny Del Negro. He wanted to reassure fans that Paul "will be all right" and will "resume all basketball activities" after being sidelined for about eight weeks. It's possible that Paul could be back sometime during training camp, which starts Oct. 1. "I don't want to put an exact date on it," Del Negro said.
August 14, 2012 |
Should Kevin Durant or James Harden show up at your cocktail party, bringing up Dwight Howard's name isn't exactly the best icebreaker. NBC's Jimmy Fallon found that out the awkward way when the two Oklahoma City Thunder stars appeared on his show Monday night. "What do you think of Dwight Howard going to the Lakers?," Fallon asked Durant and Harden in a giddy and excited tone many would hear from Lakers fans. Durant shrugged his shoulders. Harden turned and slightly laughed.
August 13, 2012 |
Freestyle wrestler Jordan Burroughs came to the Olympics with two objectives: to become the champion in the 163-pound weight class and to restore Team USA to what he considered its rightful place atop the gold-medal list. China had capitalized on its home-country advantage four years ago to win 51 gold medals, 15 more than the U.S. And although the U.S. won more medals overall in Beijing, 110-100, some experts give greater weight to the number of gold medals when ranking Olympic performances.