UCLA must deal with depth issues as the team moves forward without suspended players

LA Times Sports - Fri, 2017-11-17 10:30

The indefinite suspension of three players has left UCLA’s basketball team facing another open-ended concern: Is eight enough?

That’s the number of players the Bruins have used in each of their first two games, shaky victories over Georgia Tech and Central Arkansas.

Four Bruins logged at least...

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USC fixed its turnover issues. Against UCLA, a regression could mean trouble

LA Times Sports - Fri, 2017-11-17 10:25

After USC’s game last weekend at Colorado, quarterback Sam Darnold was asked how it felt to complete a game without a turnover for the first time this season.

He answered politely, if not insightfully, and moved to the next question.

Later, he admitted the inquiry caught him off guard.

“That really...

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Darnold-Rosen matchup is one for the NFL scouts' books

LA Times Sports - Fri, 2017-11-17 10:15

Scouts representing 20 NFL teams will line the second row of the Coliseum press box Saturday for the UCLA-USC game. They’ll have their laptops open, colored pens at the ready, and binoculars held to their faces. They won’t be watching like typical spectators; these scouts are focused on nuance,...

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Golf roundup: Justin Rose off to good start at World Tour Championship in Dubai

LA Times Sports - Fri, 2017-11-17 09:40

Justin Rose made the best start of the three players looking to become Europe's top player for 2017 at the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai with a six-under-par 66 on Thursday.

An eagle from the greenside bunker on the 14th hole and a stunning approach shot to two feet for birdie...

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Clippers have lost six in a row and are 'pretty banged up' before facing Cavaliers

LA Times Sports - Fri, 2017-11-17 09:25

The 2017-18 NBA campaign began with a sense that the Clippers would be loaded this season but it would take the sum of all the parts for them to prosper.

A 4-0 start to the season seemed to bear that out before injuries robbed the Clippers of their depth, leaving them in a weakened state.

“At the...

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Cris 'Cyborg' Justino will defend her featherweight title against Holly Holm at UFC 219

LA Times Sports - Fri, 2017-11-17 08:55

Cris “Cyborg”Justino will defend her UFC women’s featherweight belt against former bantamweight champion Holly Holm on Dec. 30 in the likely main event for UFC 219 in Las Vegas.

Costa Mesa-trained Justino (17-1) won the belt in the division effectively created for her in July when she defeated...

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High school football games of the week: Southern Section quarterfinals highlight the action

LA Times Sports - Fri, 2017-11-17 08:30

Friday’s Southern Section Division 1 football quarterfinal games

Santa Ana Mater Dei (11-0) vs. Long Beach Poly (9-2) at Veterans Stadium, 7 p.m.: These high-powered programs have a long history of meeting in the championship game, but this is a Division 1 quarterfinal. The unbeaten Monarchs have...

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Giancarlo Stanton, Jose Altuve win baseball's MVP awards

LA Times Sports - Fri, 2017-11-17 08:10

As the baseball industry anxiously awaits a possible trade involving him, Giancarlo Stanton was selected most valuable player Thursday for the first time in his career.

The Miami right fielder and L.A. native narrowly edged Cincinnati first baseman Joey Votto for the National League honor as the...

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With UCLA's stumbles, could football coach Jim Mora's job be on the line?

LA Times Sports - Fri, 2017-11-17 08:00

Jim Mora walked into the Rose Bowl and saw the airplane circling overhead toting a banner calling for his dismissal. UCLA’s football coach noticed that his players, craning their necks, saw it too.

Mora then called a reverse of sorts. He gathered his players with the banner in the background for...

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FIFA Trial: Notable Moments From First 4 Days

US Sports - Fri, 2017-11-17 07:24
On day four of the United States’ corruption case focused on international soccer, a convicted businessman from Argentine testified against three former officials.
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Podcast | Fearsome Twosome: Jared Goff and Case Keenum face off when Rams play Vikings

LA Times Sports - Fri, 2017-11-17 07:00

Jared Goff and Case Keenum combined to finish 4-12 for the Rams last season.

On Sunday, when the Rams play the Vikings in Minnesota, Goff and Keenum will face off leading teams with 7-2 records.

The Times' Lindsey Thiry and Gary Klein discuss all things Rams on the Fearsome Twosome, including the...

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A Different Russian Doping Scandal Hits Richmond, Va.

US Sports - Fri, 2017-11-17 06:57
The winners of a marathon and half-marathon were disqualified because of their connections to an agent from Russia who was not permitted to enter runners.
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UCLA's conduct code gives wide latitude to dean who will decide basketball players' punishment

LA Times Sports - Fri, 2017-11-17 06:45

When UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero and coach Steve Alford read prepared statements to a room full of television cameras and journalists Wednesday, they offered few specifics about punishment for three basketball players whose shoplifting created an international incident.

The players — freshmen...

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High School Teams Head to China, Mixing Basketball and Business

US Sports - Fri, 2017-11-17 06:42
Eager to market themselves and their players, three United States high schools are likely to face added scrutiny at a tournament in Beijing next month after three U.C.L.A. players were arrested in China.
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Ferdie Pacheco, ‘Fight Doctor’ for Muhammad Ali, Dies at 89

US Sports - Fri, 2017-11-17 06:30
Dr. Pacheco, a physician, provided medical assistance to boxers for four decades and later became a ringside analyst on television.
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On Pro Football: A Fight Breaks Out in the N.F.L.’s Billionaire Boys’ Club

US Sports - Fri, 2017-11-17 06:06
A dispute over Roger Goodell’s contract pits one rich owner against the rest, while retirees continue to wait for their payouts from a concussion settlement.
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Rams' Ethan Westbrooks scheduled to be arraigned on misdemeanor charge from September arrest

LA Times Sports - Fri, 2017-11-17 06:05

Rams defensive lineman Ethan Westbrooks, who was arrested in September after a gun was found in the car he was driving near Bakersfield, was charged with one misdemeanor count of carrying a loaded firearm and is scheduled to be arraigned Friday, the Kern County district attorney’s office said.

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A Star on Washington’s Ice With a No. 1 Fan at the Kremlin

US Sports - Fri, 2017-11-17 05:51
Alexander Ovechkin’s play for the Capitals has made him a cherished import, but his ties to Russia and President Vladimir V. Putin have raised eyebrows.
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Martin Truex Jr. is the man, but Kevin Harvick smells tiger blood in Homestead

LA Times Sports - Fri, 2017-11-17 05:30

NASCAR’s long and winding road to Homestead-Miami Speedway has featured some odd twists and turns, bumps and bruises and the sad realization that Dale Earnhardt Jr. is saying adios.

Junior’s retirement from Cup racing after 19 seasons on the circuit undoubtedly will make this year’s final ride...

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What we learned from the Ducks' 4-2 defeat of the Boston Bruins

LA Times Sports - Fri, 2017-11-17 03:55

The Ducks picked up a much-needed victory Wednesday with a 4-2 defeat of the Boston Bruins at Honda Center. The first line came alive, with some big contributions from Corey Perry, Rickard Rakell and Derek Grant.

Here's what we learned.

John Gibson is proving he's an elite goalie

The No. 1 netminder...

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