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Rams receiver Sammy Watkins, along with others, will get more targets with Robert Woods sidelined

LA Times Sports - Thu, 2017-11-23 11:35

If the Rams employ a committee approach to make up for the loss of leading receiver Robert Woods, Sammy Watkins and, possibly, Tavon Austin could find leading or expanded roles.

Coach Sean McVay reiterated Wednesday that he planned to utilize a “group effort” to replace the production of Woods,...

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NBA roundup: Celtics' 16-game winning streak ends with loss in Miami

LA Times Sports - Thu, 2017-11-23 11:25

Goran Dragic scored 27 points, Dion Waiters had 26 with a pair of big three-pointers in the final minutes and the Miami Heat held on to beat Boston 104-98 on Wednesday night in Miami, snapping the Celtics' 16-game winning streak.

Tyler Johnson scored 16 points for Miami, which saw what was an 18-point...

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Clippers snap nine-game losing streak with 116-103 defeat of Hawks

LA Times Sports - Thu, 2017-11-23 11:15

The bad news arrived midday Wednesday, when the Clippers announced that guard Patrick Beverley had season-ending right knee surgery.

The good news materialized later that night, when the Clippers earned a 116-103 win over the hapless Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena.

In accepting the good with the...

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College basketball: No. 2 Arizona, No. 18 Purdue upset in Battle 4 Atlantis openers

LA Times Sports - Thu, 2017-11-23 10:35

Freshman Braxton Beverly scored a season-high 20 points and sparked the decisive late run that helped North Carolina State upset No. 2 Arizona 90-84 in Wednesday's first round of the Battle 4 Atlantis at Paradise Island, Bahamas.

Allerik Freeman scored 24 points to lead the Wolfpack (5-0). But...

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Sam Farmer's NFL picks for Week 12

LA Times Sports - Thu, 2017-11-23 10:00

The Times’ NFL writer, Sam Farmer, examines this week’s matchups. Lines according to Pregame.com (O/U = over/under). Last week’s record 9-5 (.643); season 100-60 (.625). Using point spreads with the scores Farmer predicted, the record against the spread last week would have been 6-7-1(.462); season...

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How the Chargers and Cowboys match up for their Thanksgiving Day game

LA Times Sports - Thu, 2017-11-23 09:30

How the Los Angeles Chargers (4-6) and Dallas Cowboys (5-5) match up for their Thanksgiving Day game.

When: 1:30 p.m. | On the air: TV—Ch. 2; Radio—640

When Chargers have the ball

The Chargers seemingly discovered the secret to their offensive woes against the Buffalo Bills, finding ways to get...

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On Pro Basketball: Basketball Mimics Soccer’s World Cup Qualifying (Minus the Stars)

US Sports - Thu, 2017-11-23 08:40
In a twist, national teams will have to qualify for FIBA’s World Cup without help from N.B.A. players, though the stars would play in the actual tournament.
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Clippers guard Patrick Beverley is out for the season after knee surgery

LA Times Sports - Thu, 2017-11-23 08:20

Clippers point guard Patrick Beverley had season-ending surgery on his right knee Wednesday in Houston.

Beverley underwent an arthroscopic surgery to repair a lateral meniscus, and the point guard had a microfracture procedure in the knee, the Clippers announced before they played the Atlanta Hawks.

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Plenty of thanks to go around as special bonds and purpose grow with MVP program uniting veterans and pro athletes

LA Times Sports - Thu, 2017-11-23 07:10

Their weekly meeting place is a West Hollywood gym, tucked above the Sunset Strip, where they gather every Thursday afternoon.

But their common ground? Immeasurable.

Most are combat veterans. Others are former professional athletes, many ex-NFL players. They have busted knees, rebuilt shoulders,...

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NASCAR faces a challenging reboot after losing the star power of Earnhardt, Kenseth and Patrick

LA Times Sports - Thu, 2017-11-23 06:20

Martin Truex Jr. and his race team woke up a bit groggy Monday morning, feeling the effects of a night-long celebration at the Furniture Row Racing motorcoach parked inside Homestead-Miami Speedway.

“Beer, pizza, hot dogs and plenty of laughs,” said David Ferroni, Truex’s PR man who ducked out...

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NFL notes: Broncos starting Paxton Lynch at quarterback while Bills go back to Tyrod Taylor

LA Times Sports - Thu, 2017-11-23 06:15

Coach Vance Joseph handed Denver's starting quarterback job to Paxton Lynch on Wednesday, elevating the former first-round pick who failed to win the job outright under two different coaching staffs but gets another chance because of Denver's tailspin .

Meanwhile, Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott...

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Smalls delivers for Dorsey High, even when not catching passes

LA Times Sports - Thu, 2017-11-23 05:50

Each time the Dorsey Dons have run onto the football field this season, 6-foot-4, 215-pound tight end Isaiah Smalls has proudly carried the school flag with his right hand, waving it while teammates follow.

Standard-bearers have always been important in history. Armies fought under, and protected,...

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Friday's top high school football games feature playoff semifinals

LA Times Sports - Thu, 2017-11-23 05:40

Friday’s top high school football games:

Southern Section Division 1 semifinals

Corona Centennial (10-1) vs. Bellflower St. John Bosco (11-1) at Cerritos College, 7:30 p.m. (Fox Sports West): This is the fifth consecutive year these teams have played in a semifinal or final. Each school has won...

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Latest Doping Penalties Lift U.S. Above Russia in Sochi Games Medals Tally

US Sports - Thu, 2017-11-23 04:52
The International Olympic Committee on Wednesday announced lifetime bans of four Russian skeleton racers, including two who won medals at the 2014 Sochi Games.
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Chargers love being on Thanksgiving Day stage against Dallas Cowboys

LA Times Sports - Thu, 2017-11-23 04:40

Chargers cornerback Casey Hayward knows the drill.

Thursday when his team takes the field in Dallas to play the Cowboys, it’ll be a tremendous opportunity. Every football fan near a television will be watching. There will be no Red Zone channel or other games to distract attention.

Thanksgiving...

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Angels hire former Tigers manager Brad Ausmus for front office post

LA Times Sports - Thu, 2017-11-23 04:40

The Angels on Wednesday hired former Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus to be a special assistant to general manager Billy Eppler.

Ausmus, 48, finished his long major league career as a Dodger in 2010. The Tigers hired him three years later. After he posted a .486 winning percentage in four seasons,...

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UCLA report: Facing another game after USC is not a good Bruins scenario

LA Times Sports - Thu, 2017-11-23 04:35

After losing to cross-town rival USC on Saturday, UCLA now has a football coach to hire and at least one more game to play.

History says the latter challenge could be just as unnerving as the former.

In the last 50 years, the Bruins have played nine regular-season games after what typically has...

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Fantasy Football: Who to Start in N.F.L. Week 12

US Sports - Thu, 2017-11-23 04:10
Ben Roethlisberger could have a big day against the Packers, and if you have a Saints running back, keep starting them.
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Looking at Michigan's Harbaugh, and his record in big games

LA Times Sports - Thu, 2017-11-23 03:55

The question made Jim Harbaugh pause and shake his head a little, then break into a quizzical sort of smile: What should people think of his record in big games since he took over as Michigan’s football coach?

“I don’t know,” he finally said, before returning to the work of chewing hard on his...

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Gabby Douglas Says She Also Was Abused by Gymnastics Team Doctor

US Sports - Thu, 2017-11-23 03:52
Ms. Douglas, an Olympic gymnast who drew fire for saying it was a woman’s job “to dress modestly” to avoid harassment, is the latest to accuse Lawrence G. Nassar.
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