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Nov 25

Lakers riding the highs and lows of having Lonzo Ball as starting point guard

When a point guard is taken high in the draft, that doesn’t guarantee he will start right away, or start consistently. The Sacramento Kings drafted De’Aaron Fox fifth overall this year and didn’t immediately make him their starter. Same for the No. 5 pick of 2014, Utah’s Dante Exum. The

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Nov 25

NBA roundup: LeBron James’ triple-double leads Cavaliers to win over Hornets

After Smith split a pair from the line, both teams missed three-point attempts and Charlotte called time with 11.1 seconds left. Jeremy Lamb missed a three-pointer after the Hornets inbounded at midcourt and the rebound was tapped out to Kemba Walker ,…

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Nov 25

Rams have their health, and a shot at their first playoff berth since 2004

Ted Rath paces with unbridled energy as Rams players file out of the locker room and line up on the goal line and at the back of the end zone. Rath, the team’s strength and conditioning coach, checks his watch and blows his whistle. “All right. Let’s go!” Rath yells, before blowing the whistle

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Nov 24

NFL notes: Dolphins turn to Matt Moore with Jay Cutler sidelined again

New York Jets running back Matt Forte will be a game-time decision to play against the Carolina Panthers because of his ailing right knee. Forte returned to practice Friday on a limited basis, which marked slight progress after he had not practiced or …

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Nov 24

Oklahoma City is beginning to figure it out

Oklahoma City has spent far more time below .500 than above it this season but the Thunder might not be that far off from figuring out the league’s latest star triumvirate. The Thunder has a standings climb ahead but the flashes of a better team are there with a top-10 defense, a top-five point differential

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Nov 24

Chargers lucky they didn’t leave Dallas kicking themselves after Nick Novak injury

Chargers kicker Nick Novak was in the locker room getting pain-killing injections in his lower back and hip flexor in the first quarter of Thursday’s game when he heard the television announcers reference a video that was quickly spreading on social media. Novak’s emergency backup, punter Drew

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Nov 24

Philip Rivers in fine form during the Chargers’ 28-6 rout of the Cowboys

There was a little Decatur, Ala., on the field with Philip Rivers on Thursday. That was the town where he grew up, fantasizing of playing in the NFL; where he obsessed over football with his father and grandfather, and where he doctored photos to inclu…

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Nov 24

Lakers coach Luke Walton hopes the team’s turnover numbers begin to decrease

When the Lakers staff mapped out what it wanted from the team this year, they knew some of it would come with a cost. The fast pace, all the running, it would pair with mistakes at first. Now the Lakers are hoping to turn to the next stage of that deve…

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Nov 24

Rams injuries might mean Lamarcus Joyner becomes more than safety valve against Saints

It might be a busier-than-usual Sunday for safety Lamarcus Joyner.

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Nov 23

Five takeaways from the Lakers’ 113-102 loss to the Sacramento Kings

There was hope heading into Wednesday’s game for the Lakers to reach the 10-10 record this season that had everyone so excited last year. Sacramento has struggled tremendously and had won only four games this season before Wednesday. Instead, the Kings got the best of the Lakers with an uncharacteristic

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Nov 23

Forget the Ball vs. Fox hype because Lakers can’t keep pace with Kings

Put aside the sensational, the perceived ill will and what everyone else wants this to be. At the heart of the rivalry between De’Aaron Fox and Lonzo Ball are two players, born two months apart, who have known each other since high school, understand each other and who want to beat each other because

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Nov 23

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

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-

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Nov 23

Sam Farmer’s NFL picks for Week 12

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

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Nov 23

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

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 aga…

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Nov 23

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

Goff has shown the ability to connect with Watkins in key situations. They combined for a spectacular over-the-shoulder completion and two touchdowns early in the season against the San Francisco 49ers , hooked up for a 67-yard touchdown against the Ne…

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Nov 23

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

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 early

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