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July 28, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Below are five things to watch when Team USA faces France in the opening round of the 2012 London Olympics, beginning Sunday at 6:30 a.m. PDT. (We will host a live chat for any early birds crazy enough to join me). 1. Team USA can win by double-digit margins, but it has to try. There's very little chance the U.S. will lose this game, let alone the tournament. But Team USA can't exactly sleepwalk in the opener. Only the fans waking up in L.A. for the early tip can do that. France, after all, features a few NBA players, including Spurs point guard Tony Parker, Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum, future Spurs guard Nando De Colo, Spurs forward Boris Diaw and former Laker and current Clipper Ronny Turiaf.
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April 16, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Lakers 113 - San Antonio Spurs 100 (end of regulation) The Lakers ended a difficult 2013-14 regular season with an easy win over the NBA's best San Antonio Spurs. With Kobe Bryant (knee), Pau Gasol (vertigo), Steve Nash (nerve root irritation), Chris Kaman (calf), Xavier Henry (knee, wrist) and Kent Bazemore (foot) all sidelined, the Lakers finished the season with a 27-55 record after 113-100 victory on the road. The Spurs sat Tim Duncan and Marco Belinelli, along with Tony Parker in the second half, as they prepare for their first-round matchup against the Dallas Mavericks (49-32)
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December 30, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
San Antonio Spurs star Tony Parker issued an apology through the team Monday after a controversial photo of him surfaced over the weekend. In the picture, which is apparently several years old, Parker is seen posing with French comedian Dieudonne M'bala M'bala, with both men making a gesture that is known in France as a "quenelle" and considered by many to be anti-Semitic. "While this gesture has been part of French culture for many years, it was not until recently that I learned of the very negative concerns associated with it," Parker wrote . "When l was photographed making that gesture three years ago, I thought it was part of a comedy act and did not know that it could be in any way offensive or harmful.
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March 22, 2014 | By Chris Foster
SAN DIEGO - Florida is still out there. This is where a young man's mind could wander. UCLA players have been snared in this trap before. The fourth-seeded Bruins are so close to Memphis that they can almost smell the cheeseburgers cooking at Graceland. All that stands in their way of a shot at top-ranked Florida in the NCAA South Regional semifinals is little ol' Stephen F. Austin. The TSA at LAX seems more of a travel obstacle than SFA. The Bruins have 100 NCAA tournament victories.
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April 18, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Among the highlights of my breakdown on the Lakers 112-91 loss Tuesday to the San Antonio Spurs: The Lakers always missed Kobe Bryant. But their loss to the Spurs fully illustrates how their success beforehand mostly came off of adrenaline and everyone sticking to team offensive and defensive principles. That hardly was the case against San Antonio. Bryant declined to talk to The Times after the game, but Lakers Coach Mike Brown said he  expects Bryant will miss his seventh consecutive game because of a sore left shin Wednesday at Golden State The Lakers couldn't avoid getting stuck in screens against San Antonio, which played a large part in Tony Parker scoring 29 points Tuesday on 14-of-20 shooting.
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June 7, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Eva Longoria may have ended her marriage with Tony Parker, but that doesn't mean she's ended her relationship with the San Antonio Spurs. Now an innocuous tweet from the "Desperate Housewives" alum has her followers questioning their current relationship while gossip mills rehash their tumultuous split. It even got a reaction from ESPN college basketball analyst Dick Vitale. "Go Spurs Go! I say Spurs in 5!!!!" the actress and longtime Spurs fan tweeted following the team's win and Parker's 21-point scoring game Thursday night during Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the Miami Heat.
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April 23, 2012 | By Chris Foster
Tony Parker completed a successful off-season for UCLA after its unsuccessful regular season. Parker, a 6-foot-9, 280-pound senior center from Lithonia (Ga.) Miller Grove High School, signed a letter of intent Monday to play for the Bruins, giving UCLA what may be the top recruiting class in the nation. He joins forward Shabazz Muhammad, guard Kyle Anderson and forward Jordan Adams. The Bruins' class was ranked third, behind Kentucky and Arizona, by Scout.com prior to Parker's announcement.
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October 7, 2013 | By Chris Foster
Tony Parker didn't take the midnight train to Georgia. The UCLA basketball player who seemed the most likely to bid adieu to Westwood remained in town. Now he is looking to make last season an anomaly.  “I feel like last year was perfect for me," said Parker, a 6-foot-9 sophomore from Lithonia (Ga.) Miller Grove High. “I feel like I needed a reality thing.” Realities don't come any starker. Parker was part of a recruiting class that was ranked first or second nationally, depending on which recruiting service was doing the ranking.
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June 13, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
SAN ANTONIO -- Point guard Tony Parker said he will play tonight, proclaiming three times that "I'll be ready to go" for Game 4 of the NBA Finals. Parker spoke briefly during San Antonio's Thursday morning shoot-around. He sustained a strained right hamstring early in the fourth quarter of the Spurs' 113-77 romp over Miami in Game 3 on Tuesday. After an MRI exam Wednesday confirmed the injury, he seemed unsure at the time whether he would play in Game 4. The Spurs lead the series, 2-1, and the next two games are in San Antonio before the series shifts back to Miami, if necessary.
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June 12, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Tony Parker, the driving force behind the San Antonio Spurs' quest for a fifth title, probably will be a game-time decision because of the hamstring injury he sustained against the Miami Heat in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday night. The Spurs, of course, are not giving out much information. The joke is that Coach Gregg Popovich admitted Parker was on the roster and eligible to play in Game 4 on Thursday night. "We'll wait and see," Popovich said of Parker's availability.
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March 19, 2014 | By Chris Foster
When UCLA's basketball team prepares to open the NCAA tournament against Tulsa on Friday in San Diego, Norman Powell and Tony Parker represent the unknown. “They are our X factors,” Coach Steve Alford said. The Bruins have talent: Playmaker Kyle Anderson can score and leads UCLA in rebounding and assists; deadeye shooter Jordan Adams is cool in the clutch; the Wear twins, Travis and David, are a double-barreled matchup challenge; and UCLA even has a projected NBA lottery pick, Zach LaVine, coming off the bench.
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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.
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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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February 26, 2014 | By Chris Foster
Everyone on UCLA's basketball team has a role. "Some," Coach Steve Alford says, "are more glamorous than others. " The headliners are easy to spot. Point guard Kyle Anderson directs as well as stars. Guard Jordan Adams also has a leading man's resume. The other starters in the chorus line provide some kick. And there have been important moments too when the understudies on the bench - Bryce Alford, Zach LaVine and Tony Parker - have found the spotlight. Alford, the coach's son, ignited a recent win over Colorado by making four three-pointers in a span of about five minutes to help push a two-point lead into a double-digit advantage.
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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.
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January 28, 2010
Tim Duncan had 21 points and a career-high 27 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs ended their three-game slide with a 105-90 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night. But an injury to Tony Parker might temper this victory. The point guard went down in the third quarter with a sprained left ankle, the same one that caused him to sit out four games earlier this season. X-rays were negative, and the Spurs were to evaluate today how much time their second-leading scorer will be sidelined.
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May 19, 2012 | By Matt Stevens
Throughout the playoff series, Spurs point guard Tony Parker has downplayed his matchup with Clippers point guard Chris Paul. Things were no different Saturday after the Spurs' 96-86 comeback victory, as Parker reiterated that he was not focusing solely on shutting down the Clippers star. But Parker's teammate Tim Duncan did say that the tough defensive assignment makes Parker "even better. " "He couldn't find a rhythm on the offensive end, but he was playing defense really hard," Duncan said.
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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.
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January 24, 2014
The slump that UCLA Coach Steve Alford said was not a slump took a night off. Alford was adamant this week that the Bruins were not in an offensive funk, shooting 42% in their last four games. The Bruins, Alford said, were merely in "a hurry offensively" and a little "complacent. " The semantics could be given a rest Thursday. The Bruins were neither complacent nor in a hurry in a 91-74 victory over Stanford at Pauley Pavilion. "We got back to who we are," Alford said.
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