College football: Quinton Flowers’ versatility propels South Florida

LA Times Sports - Fri, 2017-11-17 14:55

Quinton Flowers threw two touchdown passes and South Florida held off Tulsa 27-20 on Thursday night in Tampa, Fla., to remain in contention for a berth in the American Athletic Conference championship game.

Flowers, one of the nation’s top dual-threat quarterbacks, ran for 119 yards while also...

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Kings fail to jump-start offense and fall to Bruins 2-1 for fourth straight loss

LA Times Sports - Fri, 2017-11-17 14:55

The diverse mix that is the Kings lineup manifested well at times.

Franchise leaders Anze Kopitar and Drew Doughty combined for a goal, Kopitar’s assist extending his points streak to a career-high 10 games and moving him into fifth place on the Kings’ all-time points list. Freshly acquired journeyman...

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Boys' basketball: Bishop Montgomery begins the year at No. 1

LA Times Sports - Fri, 2017-11-17 14:50

A look at The Times’ preseason top 25 high school boys’ basketball teams in the Southland:

Rk. School: Comments by Eric Sondheimer

1. BISHOP MONTGOMERY: Guards David Singleton and Gianni Hunt are better than ever.

2. MATER DEI: No Bol Bol, but Spencer Freedman, Michael Chang lead the way.

3. SIERRA...

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NBA: Kyrie Irving pushes the Celtics past the Warriors for their 14th consecutive victory

LA Times Sports - Fri, 2017-11-17 14:45

Kyrie Irving had 11 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter, including two free throws that put Boston ahead in the closing seconds, and the Celtics beat the Golden State Warriors 92-88 on Thursday night for their 14th straight victory.

Jaylen Brown had 22 points and seven rebounds, and Al Horford...

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Sam Farmer's NFL Week 11 picks

LA Times Sports - Fri, 2017-11-17 14:35

The Times’ NFL writer, Sam Farmer, examines this week’s matchups. Lines according to (O/U = over/under). Last week’s record 10-4 (.714); season 91-55 (.623). Using point spreads with the scores Farmer predicted, the record against the spread last week would have been 8-6 (.571); season...

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College basketball: Xavier pulls away to defeat Wisconsin

LA Times Sports - Fri, 2017-11-17 14:25

Trevon Bluiett scored 25 points, including back-to-back three-pointers in a decisive run over the final 1:47, to help No. 15 Xavier pull away late for an 80-70 victory over Wisconsin on Thursday night in Madison, Wis., in one of the Gavitt Tipoff Games.

J.P. Macura added 20 points for the Musketeers...

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Celtics 92, Warriors 88: Celtics Own Warriors in the Third Quarter of Big Victory

US Sports - Fri, 2017-11-17 13:00
Boston took a page out of Golden State’s notebook, completely taking over the game in the third quarter and riding to the team’s 14th consecutive victory.
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Steelers cruise to victory over Titans for their fifth straight win

LA Times Sports - Fri, 2017-11-17 13:00

Ben Roethlisberger threw for 299 yards and four touchdowns, three to Antonio Brown, and the Pittsburgh Steelers pulled away from the Tennessee Titans in a 40-17 victory on Thursday night.

Running the no-huddle offense extensively for the first time all season, Roethlisberger completed 30 of 45...

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Sixers Begin to Reap Rewards From Their Much-Debated ‘Process’

US Sports - Fri, 2017-11-17 12:58
Sam Hinkie has left Philadelphia, but his unconventional methods of slowly building a team by being purposefully bad are starting to show results.
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MLB: Speeding up games is still a concern

LA Times Sports - Fri, 2017-11-17 12:50

Major League Baseball will change rules to speed games next year with or without an agreement with the players’ association.

Management proposed last offseason to institute a 20-second pitch clock, allow one trip to the mound by a catcher per pitcher each inning and raise the bottom of the strike...

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China’s Soccer Push Puts a Storied Team Under Murky Ownership

US Sports - Fri, 2017-11-17 12:45
Fans of Italy’s A.C. Milan greeted its new owner as a savior. Today, as the debt-burdened team bleeds money, questions swirl around its new benefactor.
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NFL: Jerry Jones-NFL feud cranks up a notch

LA Times Sports - Fri, 2017-11-17 12:00

The Associated Press obtained a letter sent by the NFL to Jerry Jones’ attorney accusing the Dallas Cowboys owner of “conduct detrimental to the league’s best interests” over his objection to a contract extension for Commissioner Roger Goodell.

The letter accusing Jones of sabotaging the negotiations...

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Venus Williams Had $400,000 in Goods Stolen From Home During U.S. Open

US Sports - Fri, 2017-11-17 11:44
While Ms. Williams was playing in the United States Open in New York, thieves broke into her home in Palm Beach Gardens and stole the goods, the police said.
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Versatile Rams linebacker Mark Barron is thriving in Wade Phillips' 3-4 scheme

LA Times Sports - Fri, 2017-11-17 11:35

Wade Phillips’ impending arrival as the Rams’ defensive coordinator last January caused several players minor anxiety.

They were excited, of course, about Phillips’ track record of success, but uncertain how they might fit into his 3-4 scheme.

Mark Barron, at a seemingly undersized 6 feet 2 and...

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UCLA punter Flintoft has earned his scholarship

LA Times Sports - Fri, 2017-11-17 11:25

Stefan Flintoft wasn’t sure about this whole coin-toss thing.

As he walked toward midfield with his fellow UCLA captains before their game against Washington last month, the junior punter prepared for the unexpected.

“I’d never done it, even in high school,” Flintoft said, “so I didn’t know how...

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Brother's arrest in China weighed on Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball's mind, Luke Walton suggests

LA Times Sports - Fri, 2017-11-17 11:25

Lakers coach Luke Walton believes that point guard Lonzo Ball was deeply affected by the arrest of his brother LiAngelo last week during a trip to China with the UCLA basketball team.

“[It’s] got to. It’s family,” Walton said. “They’re a close family. If my younger brother was in China being arrested,...

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Jose Altuve and Giancarlo Stanton Win M.V.P. Awards

US Sports - Fri, 2017-11-17 11:10
Altuve, who led the Astros to their first World Series title, finished ahead of the Yankees’ Aaron Judge, while Stanton narrowly edged Joey Votto of Cincinnati.
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Chargers' run defense has improved, and it will need another great effort against LeSean McCoy and the Bills

LA Times Sports - Fri, 2017-11-17 10:50

The Chargers’ run defense was going to have to grow up, but in the meantime it was going to go through some awkward phases.

The voices of leadership would crack and eventually develop. The blemishes on the roster would clear themselves up. And, eventually, the unsure, immature group would emerge...

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NFL scouts will be watching UCLA's Josh Rosen, USC's Sam Darnold and, oh yeah, these guys

LA Times Sports - Fri, 2017-11-17 10:40

The majority of the NFL buzz surrounding UCLA-USC this year concerns quarterbacks Josh Rosen and Sam Darnold, but there are other players on the field who will wind up playing on Sundays.

A trio of anonymous NFL scouts opened their notebooks to give some evaluations and round projections on some...

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N.F.L. Denies Jerry Jones’s Call for Special Owners Meeting

US Sports - Fri, 2017-11-17 10:32
Jones’s request was his latest tactic to try to derail negotiations for a new contract for Commissioner Roger Goodell.
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