Last-second alley-oop leads USC past Oregon in back-and-forth battle

LA Times Sports - Fri, 2018-02-16 14:45

Jordan McLaughlin dribbled up the court and drew a double team as he looked for an open man.

The senior point guard lofted a long pass across the floor to Chimezie Metu, who stood alone under the basket.

Metu caught the ball then laid it in with one second remaining.

Finally, after losing three...

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Olympic Organizers Say Tickets Are Sold, but Where Are the People?

US Sports - Fri, 2018-02-16 14:33
Organizers with Pyeongchang 2018 say tickets sales are brisk and close to being sold out. Swaths of empty seats at some venues tell a different story.
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On Baseball: Rob Manfred Defends Changing Paces, of Free Agency and of the Game

US Sports - Fri, 2018-02-16 14:08
in his annual spring training address on Thursday, the commissioner said he would soon impose new pace-of-game rules, and he dismissed the frustrations of agents and players about unsigned veterans.
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The Most Dominant Force at the Olympics? Wind

US Sports - Fri, 2018-02-16 14:06
Strong gusts wreaked havoc over the first several days of the Games, postponing events and clearing out entire areas deemed unsafe.
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Lakers head into All-Star break on three-game losing streak after 119-111 loss to Timberwolves

LA Times Sports - Fri, 2018-02-16 13:55

As players left the court, their plans for the next few days were already on their minds, some checked in with each other on what foreign countries awaited them, others wished passersby well for their time off.

Lakers coach Luke Walton told Kyle Kuzma and Brandon Ingram that he wished them well...

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Lindsey Jacobellis Again Misses Gold in Snowboard Cross

US Sports - Fri, 2018-02-16 13:16
Lindsey Jacobellis had gold in reach at the 2006 Winter Games but a last-minute error snatched it away. On Friday in Pyeongchang, she came in fourth.
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Patrick Cantlay and Tony Finau Share Lead in a Suspended First Round at Riviera

US Sports - Fri, 2018-02-16 12:49
Tiger Woods, in his second tournament of the year after a layoff for spinal surgery, was tied for 63rd after a one-over-par 72.
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Dion Phaneuf scores in debut, but Kings run out of steam in 3-1 loss to Penguins

LA Times Sports - Fri, 2018-02-16 12:40

A show like the one that Jonathan Quick put on often ends in gap-toothed smiles and head taps. This ended with a mighty two-handed stick whack of the goal post by a seething Drew Doughty.

The Kings got the stand-on-his-head performance from Quick. They got a lift from Dion Phaneuf in his Kings...

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Ducks rally to beat Blackhawks 3-2

LA Times Sports - Fri, 2018-02-16 12:30

Ondrej Kase had a goal and two assists, Adam Henrique scored in the third period and the Ducks handed the Chicago Blackhawks their eighth straight loss with a 3-2 victory on Thursday night.

Nick Ritchie added a goal and an assist and John Gibson made 42 saves as Anaheim improved to 1-1 on a four-game...

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Team Penske stakes claim as Daytona 500 favorite

LA Times Sports - Fri, 2018-02-16 11:40

Roger Penske has a car capable of winning the Daytona 500.

Maybe even three cars.

Penske again went 1-2 at Daytona International Speedway for its second sweep of Speedweeks. This time, Ryan Blaney went to victory lane after winning the first of two Thursday night qualifying races that are used...

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Lakers' Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma will play for third straight night when they take on Rising Stars challenge

LA Times Sports - Fri, 2018-02-16 11:25

Brandon Ingram will gladly give his minutes Friday night to teammate Kyle Kuzma.

“Kuz can have it all,” Ingram said with a laugh. “He’s going to want to shoot it all anyway, he can have it all.”

Ingram and Kuzma will be the busiest players in the NBA this weekend, playing rare back-to-back-to-back...

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Dodgers manager Dave Roberts doesn't shy away from rethinking his decisions in the World Series

LA Times Sports - Fri, 2018-02-16 11:20

Before the first game of last season’s World Series, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts walked alone to center field at Dodger Stadium and carefully pulled a small vial out of his pocket.

Across the deep green grass, he scattered some of his father’s ashes.

Seven months after Waymon Roberts died at 68,...

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One-over Woods has too many bogeys at Genesis Open; Cantlay, Finau tied for first at five under

LA Times Sports - Fri, 2018-02-16 10:45

On a day when the golf course challenged much of the field, Tiger Woods made things hard on himself.

Each time he flashed the greatness that used to be his norm in the opening round of the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club on Thursday, wayward swings on the tee or from the fairway kept him from...

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Genesis Open co-leader Patrick Cantlay has game back on (familiar) course

LA Times Sports - Fri, 2018-02-16 10:25

Patrick Cantlay has endured a difficult and painful journey to the top level of professional golf since his days at UCLA as the top-ranked amateur in the world.

Only a year after turning professional in 2012, a back injury that erupted on the driving range ended up costing him three years of play....

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Unlikely Skeleton Duo Share an Obscure Sport and a Crazy Dream

US Sports - Fri, 2018-02-16 09:56
What are the actor representing Jamaica and the vacuum salesman representing Ghana doing at the Winter Games? Testing their limits, like everyone else.
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Shaun White contemplating both winter and summer Olympic future

LA Times Sports - Fri, 2018-02-16 09:45

The cab double cork 1440, the trick that won Shaun White the gold medal at these Olympics and nearly killed him four months earlier, requires snowboarders to gain enough acceleration up the 22-foot halfpipe wall so they can fly off the lip and complete two head-over-heels inverted spins while performing...

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Florida school shooting too close to home for Angels catcher Rene Rivera

LA Times Sports - Fri, 2018-02-16 09:05

The Wednesday shooting that killed 17 people at a south Florida high school hit close to home for new Angels catcher Rene Rivera, who last month signed a $2.8-million deal to back up starter Martin Maldonado.

Rivera, a nine-year big-league veteran known for his defensive prowess, lives about five...

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Why Nathan Chen Shuns Sequins

US Sports - Fri, 2018-02-16 08:51
Going into the Olympics, Chen looked like the United States’ best shot at a gold medal in figure skating. His long program is built on the story of a Chinese defector.
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Angels are impressed with Shohei Ohtani's first bullpen session, but Ohtani wants to be better

LA Times Sports - Fri, 2018-02-16 08:45

His intensity and effort levels were modest, at best. He did not approach maximum velocity with his fastball, which sits in the 98-mph range and has touched 102 mph. A few of his breaking balls bounced in the dirt and past the catcher.

“I wasn’t satisfied,” Angels pitcher Shohei Ohtani, speaking...

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