Results tagged “Jimmy Bramlett”

LAst Night's Action: Lakers Exact Revenge on Pacers

LA Lakers defeat Indiana Pacers 109-94. On Nov. 28, Roy Hibbert’s 24 points trumped Kobe Bryant’s 41 points as the Pacers beat the Lakers at STAPLES Center 95-92. In this game, Hibbert was held to 12 points while Bryant’s 31 and Pau Gasol’s 28 points helped the Lakers exact their revenge at the Conseco Fieldhouse.

LAst Night's Action: Lakers Win Easy Over Wiz

LA Lakers defeat Washington Wizards 103-89. This wasn’t pretty especially with Wizards no. 1 pick John Wall sitting out with knee tendinitis. In his absence Gilbert Arenas picked up the slack with a whole whopping 11 points. Meanwhile the Lakers got their big back, Andrew Bynum with seven points and four rebounds off the bench in 17 minutes. Kobe Bryant led the way with 24 points with Lamar Odom getting a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds.

Dodgers GM Colletti Spends Money, Dumpster Dives

If there’s something that Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti is at, it is public relations. After all his first forays into the world of Major League Baseball was working in PR for the Chicago Cubs. So it comes as no surprise that he pulled of a PR coup over the last couple of months here in Los Angeles by opening the wallet for Ted Lilly, Hiroki Kuroda, Rod Barajas, Jon Garland, Juan Uribe, Tony...

Lakers Say Adijo to Vujacic

The Lakers announced a three-way trade with the New Jersey Nets and Houston Rockets. In the deal, the Lakers send the Nets guard Sasha Vujacic and a protected first-round draft pick in 2011; they get forward Joe Smith, the Golden State Warrior's second-round draft choice in 2011 and the Chicago Bulls' second-round draft choice in 2012 from the Nets; and the Lakers also receive the draft rights to Sergei Lishouk from Houston as well as a trade exception.

LAst Night's Action: Quick Sands Wings

LA Kings defeat Detroit Red Wings 5-0. If there was ever a time when the score doesn’t indicate what went on in this game, it’s this one. The Kings were utterly dominated by the Wings through two periods giving up 38 shots-on-goal, 26 in the second period alone, while getting only 17. Yet there they were leading 2-0 thanks to Jonathan Quick dominant performance in the net.

Kings Blunder Through Wild Overtime Loss

Kings goalie Jonathan Quick two giveaways aided by some very questionable calls from the referees could have spelled doom. Somehow the Kings managed to salvage a point by getting the game to overtime where they lost 3-2 against the Minnesota Wild on Brent Burns’ power-play goal. “You spot a team two goals, it’s tough to get two points out of it,” Quick said. But he wasn’t happy with the outcome. “It’s extremely unfortunate. We outplayed them for the majority of that game.”

Kings Ice Flames 2-1

The Kings always seem to have problems with the Calgary Flames losing six of their last ten showdowns at STAPLES Center. On this night however, the Kings reversed that trend in their 2-1 win. “They’re always a tough team to play against,” head coach Terry Murray said. “They got some real top guys in the league.” Despite that, the Kings put together a consistent 60 minutes on the ice dominating the game even though the score didn’t indicate it. “In my three years here, tonight was the best 60 minutes we played against that team,” Drew Doughty said. “In that 60 minutes I thought we were pretty stellar the entire time except for maybe that last five minutes when they got that goal.”

LAst Night's Action: Fish Shows Some Magic for Lakers

LA Lakers defeat LA Clippers 87-86. With 0.2 seconds left in the game and the Lakers trailing 86-85, Derek Fisher still had the ball in his hands as he was driving for a layup. The ball made its departure with 0.1 seconds left, somehow avoided DeAndre Jordan’s block and made it into the hoop giving the Lakers the win. All of the principals did their thing: Kobe Bryant with 24 points; Shannon Brown with...

LAst Night's Action: Lakers, Ducks Pull Out Close Wins

LA Lakers defeat Washington Wizards 115-108. You know the story. The Lakers get a nice cushy double-digit lead, their defense nonexistent, the opponent starts making their shots, the Lakers start missing theirs and the next thing you know the final two minutes become more exciting than need be. Pau Gasol had 21 points and 14 rebounds while Kobe Bryant had 32 points. Rookie sensation John Wall had 22 points and 14 rebounds, Gilbert Arenas...

LAst Night's Action: Eric Gordon Powers Clippers Comeback

LA Clippers defeat Sacramento Kings 98-91. The Clippers had a 16-point lead going into the final quarter. Bad passes and ball movement plagued the Clippers as the Kings managed to take as much as a 91-87 lead with 2:35 left to go. Then Eric Gordon, not Blake Griffin, took over the game. Layup, three-pointer, two free throws and a poke-away to cause a turnover. And with that the Clippers got the 98-91 win over the...

Court Rules Frank McCourt Not Sole Owner of Dodgers

Mark Fabiani, a spokesman for Jamie McCourt, has said that Superior Court judge Scott Gordon has thrown out the post-nuptial agreement that gave Frank McCourt sole ownership of the Dodgers. More to come later....

Kings Pull Through for an Overtime Victory Over Red Wings

It wasn’t the Frenzy at Figueroa, but it works just as well. “It’s a huge win,” forward Justin Williams said after the game. Despite the Detroit Red Wings having played in Anaheim Friday night, nothing took the joy out of the Kings locker room in their 3-2 overtime win against the best of the west. “They’re arguably the best team in the league right now,” Williams continued. “We battled back from a couple of one-goal deficits. We got the job done.”

LAist-CS Final Regular Season Rankings: The Slap-and-Tickle Battle of L.A.

I don’t know what’s more embarrassing: the stabbing in the parking lot of the Rose Bowl or the game itself. Led by Allen Bradford’s 212 yards of rushing and a 47-yard touchdown catch, the Trojans won the Battle of L.A. While that’s all fine and dandy, anyone that watched the third quarter would have wished they were at STAPLES Center watching the Kings beat the Red Wings. Here’s what happened in the third quarter: UCLA Kickoff; USC punt; UCLA interception; USC interception; UCLA fumble; USC turnover on downs; UCLA punt; USC interception; UCLA punt; end of quarter. For the crimes committed against football, both teams should have been assessed losses and the Victory Bell should have been shipped to Division III Occidental Tigers.

LAst Night's Action: Lakers Regally End Losing Streak

LA Lakers defeat Sacramento Kings 113-80. The Lakers ended their four-game losing streak by having the largest margin of victory this season against the Kings. And really there was nothing pretty about the game. Lamar Odom was the only starter to play more than 30 minutes scoring 16 points. The Lakers shot 57% and outplayed the Kings from the outset. Denver Nuggets defeat LA Clippers 109-104. The Clippers might not be winning, but they sure...

Kings Win Ugly Against Panthers

It wasn’t pretty, but the Kings will take their 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers breaking their four-game losing streak and seven losses in their last eight games. “We got tired of losing,” left winger Kyle Clifford said after scoring his first NHL point on the game-tying goal by Peter Harrold in the third period. Despite that mindset, fans could have been easily fooled in the first period as passes were missing their intended targets, shots were blocked by the Panthers defense and loose pucks were being lost.

College Football Schedule Week 14: Championships!!!!

And here we are at the end of the 14-week college playoff system also known as the regular season. If Oregon wins the civil war at Corvalis and Auburn wins the SEC Championship Game against South Carolina at the Georgia Dome, they go to Glendale, AZ for the kit-and-kaboodle. If not, then there are some interesting complications. Sitting right behind Auburn and Oregon are TCU and Stanford ready to move their masses to Arizona for that crystal pigskin if those two falter.

LAst Night's Action: Clippers Do It Again

LA Clippers defeat San Antonio Spurs 90-85. Well it looks like the 19th time is the charm for the Clippers. Having being beaten by the Spurs in their previous 18 meetings, the Clippers finally found a way to defeat the Spurs. This despite their penchant to handing the ball back to the Spurs. The Clippers turned the ball over 18 times and even more disturbing at times they gave up 18 offensive boards to the Spurs. That was the recipe for a blowout Spurs win.

How Is Cam Newton Eligible?

Before I post anything here, I try and make sure I understand everything fully. But I really need your help this time around. I don’t understand how Auburn quarterback Cam Newton is an eligible student-athlete. On Wednesday, a day after Auburn ruled that Newton was ineligible and filed a request for reinstatement to the NCAA, the NCAA ruled that Newton was eligible.

Turkey-ed Lakers Zoned Out Against Pacers

A day after the Kings played a turkey of a game against the Chicago Blackhawks at STAPLES Center and after the Clippers blew a lead against Utah Jazz earlier in the afternoon, the Lakers played with tryptophan-induced lethargy against the Indiana Pacers Sunday night in their 95-92 loss. The Pacers win was in some ways historic since they had never beat the Lakers at STAPLES Center since it became the Lakers home in 1999....

Road Woes Linger as Kings Return Home

After a disastrous road trip that ended in the calamity in Montreal, the Kings looked to bounce back at STAPLES Center against the reigning Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks. Instead their road woes continued at home as they did their impression of lost guppies in their 2-1 loss to the Hawks. “We were a little sloppy tonight,” defenseman Rob Scuderi said. That was an understatement as they gave the puck away 22 times to Chicago’s...

LAist-CS Week 13 Rankings: Broken Broncos

Well Boise State up and ruined it all. My dream matchup of TCU and Boise State in the BCS Championship Game to cause complete chaos in the system has now gone by the wayside thanks to Nevada’s 34-31 win Friday night in overtime in Reno. All Boise State kicker Kyle Brotzman had to do was kick the winning 26-yard field goal after Kellen Moore threw a 54-yard laser beam to Titus Young on the...

LAst Night's Action: Massacre à Montréal

Montreal Canadiens defeat LA Kings 4-1. Quelle tragédie! Les Rois perdus à Montréal. Les Habitantes a mieux joué que les Rois. With all due respect to the Quebecois and other French-speaking hockey fans, that’s the extent of my knowledge of French. Je suis désolé. Seriously though the Kings were completely outplayed at Bell Centre. First period goals by Andrei Kostitsyn and former King heartthrob Michael Cammalleri just about put it away for the Habs....

LAst Night's Action: Lakers Slug Past Bulls

LA Lakers defeat Chicago Bulls 98-91. With former Boston Celtics assistant coach/defense guru Tom Thibodeau now the head coach of these Bulls, the Lakers knew they would have their hands full. The Bulls made things tough in the paint for the Lakers while winning the rebound battle 46-38. After the Bulls took an 81-79 lead with 8:12 left in the fourth quarter, the Lakers started to run the offense through Kobe Bryant at the elbow....

College Football Schedule Week 13: Gobble Down

What better way to waste away a long weekend after having gorged on turkey and walking around like zombies in a tryptophan-induced haze than to vegetate on the couch while watching some college football? Having no life, that’s exactly what I’ll be doing until I will be forced to brave the elements Saturday evening to cover the Kings game at STAPLES Center. This is the weekend where we start seeing the good rivalries being...

LAst Night's Action: Clippers Sign of the Apocalypse

LA Clippers defeat New Orleans Hornets 99-95. The team with the best record in the NBA versus the team with the worst record in the NBA. It’s all academic, right? And it certainly looked that way when the Clippers trailed the Hornets by 12 in the middle of the second quarter. But there must have been some planetary shenanigans going on as the Clippers decided to actually show up in the third quarter holding...

Perfection at STAPLES Center

It might not be on par with the perfect games - and a notable almost-perfect - we witnessed in baseball this past season, but it is still an astonishing feat in any level of basketball. Amidst the Lakers complete dismantling of the Golden State Warriors 117-89, Pau Gasol was perfect. In his 28 points, nine rebounds and five assists Gasol went 10-for-10 from the field and 8-for-8 from the free throw line. This comes on...

Updated: Boy Falls To His Death at STAPLES Center

The Los Angeles Times is reporting the parents of two-year old Lucas Anthony Tang were taking photographs of him prior to his fall at STAPLES Center last night. Tang, who plummeted 50 feet from the third level of the luxury suites, died as a result of his fall. The Los Angeles Police Department told the Times that the family was reviewing pictures on their digital camera when they lost track of the boy who somehow crawled over the glass partition.

Dodgers Announce Coaching Staff

The Dodgers announced the coaching staff for the upcoming 2011 season in support of first-year manager Don Mattingly. Returning will be pitching coach Rick Honeycutt, a holdover from the Grady Little days entering his sixth season, bullpen coach Ken Howell entering his fourth season, hitting coach Jeff Pentland entering his fourth season being promoted from hitting instructor and bullpen catchers Rob Flippo and Mike Borzello entering their 10th and fourth seasons respectively. Returning to...

LAst Night's Action: Trojans Lose Again in Corvallis

Oregon State Beavers defeat USC Trojans 36-7. A week after Oregon State got embarrassed at home against the awful Washington State, they decided to take out their frustrations on the visiting Trojans. They held the Trojans to only a touchdown while knocking quarterback Matt Barkley with a high ankle sprain out of the game at the end of the first half. After forcing the Beavers to punt on their first possession, the Trojans were...

LAist-CS Week 12 Rankings: Static

Boise State is one remarkable football team. Seemingly oblivious to all the talk surrounding them, they just keep their heads down and play on. They had one hiccup against Louisiana Tech where they gave up three touchdowns, but they have shut down all other conference foes. Their latest victim was Fresno State who can be quite the tricky opponent. Ask the USC Trojans about that one - Reggie Bush needed a Heisman-clinching performance to...

LAst Night's Action: Lakers Roll Through the Midwest

LA Lakers defeat Minnesota Timberwolves 112-95. Darko was indeed freed. Darko Milicic scored a career-high 23 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, but that wasn’t enough for the Timberwolves to come away with the win over the Lakers. Kobe Bryant despite shooting only 8-for-27 did score 23 points while Pau Gasol had another one of his ho-hum double-double with 16 points and 14 rebounds. But the bench player of the game was Matt Barnes who...

LAst Night's Action: Bruins Bowl Empty

Washington Huskies defeat UCLA Bruins 24-7. After dueling three-and-outs, the Bruins capped a 13-play, 92-yard drive with a 31-yard touchdown run from Johnathan Franklin for a 7-0 lead. And that was it for the Bruins highlights, thank you for coming! Do not pass go, and do not go to a bowl game. It was bad enough that Richard Brehaut was particular ineffective going 5-for-17 for only 42 yards and two interceptions, but after being...

College Football Schedule Week 12: Nostalgic Nonsense

I can easily be derided as a sentimental traditionalist at times - I hate the designated hitter; I hate the yellow first-down marker on television; I hate replay but have grudgingly come to accept it. But sometimes tradition sucks. Old things are dusty and cumbersome and sometimes should be done away. Take for instance this week’s Illinois-Northwestern game that will be played in the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field. I get that the Chicago...

Unpossible! Kings Finally Lose at Home.

It finally happened. The Los Angeles Kings lost at STAPLES Center. It was the Columbus Blue Jackets who did the honors winning 5-3. “This is a game we should have won,” defenseman Matt Greene said. “We’re up by a goal in the third period. We’ve got to lock those games down. That’s what good teams do.” After leading 3-2 early in the third period, the Kings defense broke down allowing Jared Boll to get...

LAst Night's Action: Lakers Just Clownin' Around in DE-troit

LA Lakers defeat Detroit Pistons 103-90. Turbulence thanks to the rain and wind and a hard landing that had even radio broadcaster Mychal Thompson a bit shaken couldn’t stop the Lakers. Thanks to the steady hands of Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol, the fears of a back-to-back on the road were dispelled as the Lakers cruised to victory in The Palace of Auburn Hills. The Lakers were in control of the game from opening...

LAst Night's Action: Lakers Outshoot Bucks

LA Lakers defeat Milwaukee Bucks 118-107. Defense? The Lakers showed they weren’t all that interested in defense making it look like they would need another last-second Kobe Bryant jumper in overtime to beat the Bucks at the Bradley Center as was the case on Dec. 16, 2009. Thanks to the Bucks hitting five three-pointers in the first quarter it really did look like the Phoenix game all over. In fact the Lakers and Bucks...

Turkeys for Kings Tickets

The Los Angeles Kings announced today that they will distribute two tickets to an upcoming Kings home game at STAPLES Center in exchange for a turkey or ham donation. Members of the Kings alumni, Ice Crew and mascot Bailey will be at the Smart & Final at 11221 W. Pico Blvd. on Friday, Nov. 19 and Sunday, Nov. 21 Monday, Nov. 22 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on both days to make the exchange....

Dodgers, Kuroda Agree to One-Year Deal

Hiroki Kuroda making a pitch in the first inning at Dodger Stadium against the San Diego Padres on Aug. 2, 2010. AP Photo/Danny Moloshok The Dodgers announced they have re-signed right-handed starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda to a one-year deal. According to Jayson Stark of ESPN.com, the total deal is worth $12 million: $8 million dollars in 2011 and a $4 million dollar signing bonus to be paid out 2012-'13. “As we continue our commitment...

LAst Night's Action: Kings Shark-Bitten

San Jose Sharks defeat LA Kings 6-3. The Kings came into the game leading the Western Conference in points and with a six-game win streak, but they came out flat-footed up in the Shark Tank in San Jose. The Kings, thanks to the Sharks forecheck, kept turning the puck over on their blue line. Of course goalie Jonathan Bernier’s inability to freeze the puck didn’t help things either. After Scott Parse opened the scoring...

Kings Drown Islanders 5-1

There were to be no excuses for the Kings. They were supposed to win this game being one of the elite teams in the NHL facing the New York Islanders - one of the worst. And they did exactly what was expected of them by burying the Islanders 5-1 in front of yet another sell-out STAPLES Center crowd. “It’s kind of hard to get into these types of games because you’re expected to win,” Anze...

LAist-CS Week 11 Rankings: Survival Sickness

There was nothing pretty these games on Saturday. TCU trailed early against San Diego State, had their offensive line coach suffer a heart attack in the first quarter, came back for a big lead then almost lost. Oregon held on against Cal thanks to a missed field goal. Auburn trailed Georgia 21-7 in the second quarter before Cam Newton became Cam Newton again and willed his team to victory. Al Davis’ mantra of, “Just...

Dodgers Honor Veterans with Batting Practice and Discounts

Tommy Lasorda giving a veteran some coaching during the Dodgers' batting practice event for Veterans at Dodger Stadium on Nov. 11. (LA Dodgers/Jon SooHoo, used with permission) The Dodgers honored our troops on Veterans Day by inviting dozens of military members to take batting practice and bullpen sessions under the eyes of Tommy Lasorda, Don Newcombe, Kenny Landreaux, Steve Yeager, Bobby Castillo, Roy Gleason and General Manager Ned Colletti. The Dodgers also announced that...

LAst Night's Action: Clippers Break Lawler's Law

Detroit Pistons defeat LA Clippers 113-107 (OT). Lawler’s Law failed. Thank to Rasual Butler’s three-pointer with 29 seconds remaining in regulation, the Clippers took a 102-99 lead. But a Ryan Gomes missed free throw and an Eric Gordon turnover allowed the Pistons to send the game to overtime where they prevailed 113-107. It looked to be another one of those games you just chalk up to a loss. The Clippers had a dreadful first quarter...

LAst Night's Action: Trojans Run Wild over Wildcats

USC Trojans defeat Arizona Wildcats 24-21. The Trojans 205 yards on the ground coupled with their two fumble recoveries helped them beat No. 18 Arizona Wildcats, their first victory over a ranked team this season. The Trojans defense didn’t start the game on the right foot allowing the Wildcats to drive down to their 17-yard line, but they were bailed out when Alex Zendejas missed the 34-yard field goal. The Trojans then drove down...

What Might Have Been for the Kings

The Kings offered unrestricted free agent Ilya Kovalchuk $80 million for 15 years during the offseason trying to add an attacker to their top line. Kovi spurned the Kings' offer instead signing a 17-year, $102 million deal with the New Jersey Devils, and once that deal was invalidated by the NHL for circumventing salary cap rules he signed a 15-year, $100 million deal. Since then the Kings have gotten off to a hot 11-3-0...

Dodgers and Kuroda Close to a One-Year Deal: Reports

Hiroki Kuroda making a pitch in the first inning at Dodger Stadium against the San Diego Padres on Aug. 2, 2010. AP Photo/Danny Moloshok According to ESPN.com, the Dodgers and right-handed starting pitcher are close to a one-year $12 million deal. The 35-year old from Osaka made his Major League debut with the Dodgers in 2008 and has gone 28-30 with a 3.60 ERA in three seasons with the club including 11-13 with a...

Kings Fight To a 3-1 Victory over Dallas

It wasn’t the prettiest game the Kings have played this season, but it was good enough to keep the Kings undefeated at home in their 3-1 victory of division rival, and sometime sparring mates as evidenced by this game, Dallas Stars. “That was intense,” head coach Terry Murray said. “Nothing’s going to be easy this year,” defenseman Matt Greene commented. “We knew that going in. That’s just the way it’s going right now.” Greene...

LAst Night's Action: The Lakers Finally Lose

Denver Nuggets defeat LA Lakers 118-112. It’s never easy for the Lakers in Denver during the regular season, and this game was no exception. The Lakers despite having a slim lead throughout a good chunk of the game could not shut down Carmelo Anthony as the Nuggets hand the Lakers their first loss of the season. After J.R. Smith broke the 105-105 tie with a three-pointer with just over four minutes to go, Anthony...

College Football Schedule Week 11: Chirp, Chirp

So, um, Cam Newton huh? Sounds a little sticky there? In other college football news… Oh wait. Cam Newton IS the only news. Wah wah. Here's the weekend schedule and our pick.

LAst Night's Action: Clippers Lose Again, Ducks Win Again

San Antonio Spurs defeat LA Clippers 107-95. It’s a hard lot the Clippers drew having to play back-to-back games on the road against the New Orleans Hornets and San Antonio Spurs. Combine that with point guard Baron Davis once again not dressed because of his left knee despite playing ten minutes in Tuesday night’s game, things are tough sledding in the early going for the Clips. The Clippers got off to a slow start...

Kings Honor Ryan Smyth's 1,000 NHL Games Tonight

The Los Angeles Kings will honor left winger Ryan Smyth tonight before their game against the Dallas Stars at STAPLES Center in recognition of his 1,000th NHL game which took place Saturday night. The on-ice pre-game ceremony will take place before the puck drops at 7:30 p.m. and will be broadcast on FS West. Smyth became the 257th player in NHL history to reach the 1,000-game milestone and the 17th player to play his...

Will You Ram It With Me?

The folks at Deadspin have unearthed this absolute gem from the 1986 Los Angeles Rams: Featuring solo raps from Jackie Slater, Dennis Harrah, Ron Brown and Eric Dickerson, this was made in the aftermath of the Chicago Bears' "Super Bowl Shuffle."...

LAst Night's Action: Lakers Almost Bit by Wolves

LA Lakers defeat Minnesota Timberwolves 99-94. Being given the day off on Monday after their 25-point demolition of the Portland Trail Blazers Sunday night, the Lakers looked like they were still taking a day off as they played the Timberwolves. Kevin Love got a double-double in the first half alone when the Lakers needed an 8-2 run by Kobe Bryant to get a 58-52 lead. He ended up scoring 23 points and grabbing a...

The Newest NFL Stadium Proposal

It’s been a couple of months, so bring on the NFL to LA stories! Ed Roski and that City of Industry Stadium was so last year. They got their environmental impact reports done and settled most of the lawsuits by the NIMBY folks out in Walnut, Diamond Bar and other environs heretofore unexplored. But since their plan is incumbent on owning an NFL team, this plan has fallen by the wayside.

Leave Cam Alone!

This smear campaign against Auburn quarterback Cam Newton has got to stop. Doing my best imitation of Chris Crocker, Leave Cam Alone! As CBS Sports.com columnist Gregg Doyel wrote in a column on Tuesday, we have to consider the source of the allegations. The person at the source of this firestorm is John Bond, a former Mississippi State quarterback and booster. Not a coach or staff member of the Bulldogs, a booster. Let me repeat...

LAst Night's Action: Raiders and Cowboys, Oh My!

NOTABLE NOTES The Autumn Wind. Oh the Raiders how I hated you so. When you left Los Angeles after the 1994 season, my heart was ripped out. From that point on I vowed to laugh at your demise. By the way, thanks for that most entertaining Super Bowl XXXVII. But something has happened over the years. What was once intense pleasure seeing your four-win seasons after five-win seasons, draft bust after draft bust, head...

Under the Heat Wave, Lakers Chug Along

The minute LeBron James decided to take his talents to South Beach, the Miami Hype Machine started working overtime. They were deemed to be able to break the 1995-’96 Chicago Bulls record 72 wins with jaw-dropping panache that would rewrite the books on NBA history. They might still do it, but their 5-2 record is anything but transcendent. Meanwhile without the pomp and circumstance the Lakers quietly made moves to add Steve Blake, Matt Barnes...

Kings Ice Predators in Smyth's Millennial Achievement

There were a couple of issues for the Kings coming into their game against the Nashville Predators. Being a young team, would they respond after an emotional win Thursday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning? Also, would the Kings defend their home ice against the Predators despite losing their last five games against Predators at STAPLES Center dating back to Jan. 8, 2008? The answer to those questions was a resounding yes as they...

LAst Night's Action: Trojans, Bruins Kick Their Way to Victory

USC Trojans defeat Arizona State Sun Devils 34-33. A failed extra point was the difference in this game. Midway through the fourth quarter after having trailed the Trojans by as much as 22-7 in the third quarter, Steven Threet hooked up with Jamal Miles for a nine-yard touchdown pass to give the Sun Devils the 33-29 lead pending the extra point. The Sun Devils opted to go the safe route kicking for the extra point...

LAist-CS Week 10 Rankings: Insanity!

I was wrong. That TCU-Utah matchup was wah-wah. I admit I turned it off after the first quarter when TCU led 20-0. Thankfully there was Alabama-LSU and the insanity that is Tigers’ head coach Les Miles. Down 14-13 early in the fourth quarter, take a look at what Miles cooked up on fourth-and-one at Alabama’s 26-yard line: He did it again, and he held on with little drama at the end of the game...

LAst Night's Action: Lakers Tough One Out Against Raptors

LA Lakers defeat Toronto Raptors 108-102. Sound the alarms, it is officially time to panic. The Lakers had a challenge against the Toronto Raptors. Okay, the Lakers were out-rebounded by the Raptors on the offensive glass 19-7 and overall 49-31. Lamar Odom had an off night with seven points and nine rebounds. The Lakers trailed late in the third quarter. But then equilibrium set in. The Lakers went on a 15-3 run. Pau Gasol...

Ten Minutes with Eric Dickerson

There was nothing George Orwellian about Eric Dickerson. In 1984 as the city was coming off of the Olympics high, Dickerson gave the city something to root for as he broke OJ Simpson’s single-season rushing record going 2,105 yards in his second season in the NFL. Not Walter Payton, Marcus Allen, Barry Sanders, Marshall Faulk, Terrell Davis, Jamal Lewis or Chris Johnson have surpassed that number. Dickerson played for the Los Angeles Rams of Anaheim...

LAst Night's Action: Kings Have Fun with Bolts

LA Kings defeat Tampa Bay Lightning 1-0. Don’t call it a statement game. “It’s another hockey game,” Kings’ Head Coach Terry Murray said. “It’s a game against the top opponent in the game. I don’t look at it as a statement game. It’s just a game you’ve got to respond to and play hard.” In a game where both the Kings and Lightning combined for 65 hits, the Kings made the most of a turnover...

College Football Schedule Week 10 Guide: Uh-oh!

It looks like some trouble for Auburn and Heisman candidate quarterback Cam Newton. In an ESPN.com story former Mississippi State quarterback John Bond has claimed that his former teammate Kenny Rogers (not the pitcher or singer) claimed to be representing Newton and asked for $180,000 in order for the Bulldogs to land the quarterback while he was being recruited last year. Bond claims that Rogers said that other schools were offering to pay $200,000,...

LAst Night's Action: Kobe Triple-Doubles the Kings

LA Lakers defeat Sacramento Kings 112-100. The Kings were resilient, and the Lakers were on the second game of a back-to-back. But in the end the Kings couldn’t overcome Kobe Bryant’s 17th career triple-double. Bryant carried the team in the first half with 21 points, six rebounds and eight assists to go along with Pau Gasol’s 12 points as the Lakers surged to a 62-53 lead despite trailing for the first half of the...

LAst Night's Action: Lakers Pound Grizz To Stay Undefeated

LA Lakers defeat Memphis Grizzlies 124-105. The Memphis Grizzlies announced a five-year $40 million dollar extension with their point guard Michael Conley earlier Tuesday afternoon. Well unfortunately Conley’s 16 points, eight rebounds and three steals really didn’t do much to help the Grizz beat the Lakers. As if the game wasn’t already over after the 34-23 first quarter, by halftime the Lakers expanded their lead to 73-46. The final 24 minutes were just a...

LAst Night's Action: Spurs Kick Clips

San Antonio Spurs defeat LA Clippers 97-88. Baron Davis was out of the game with a knee problem and has admitted that he was out of shape coming into the season. Well Fatty McFat didn’t look like he was needed that much since this was the first game the Clippers didn’t lose in double-digits. With backup point guard Randy Foye also out for his second game with a strained hamstring, the point guard duties...

Kings Exorcise Devils, Kovi in 3-1 Victory

After a grueling five-game road trip played in seven days, the Kings hosted the NHL version of LeBron James, Ilya Kovalchuk, beating him down and the New Jersey Devils 3-1. “I’m very pleased by the fact that we came back [from the road trip] and got two points,” Kings’ Head Coach Terry Murray said. “It was a very hard game for us. Coming back after a long road trip it’s hard emotionally and mentally to...

LAst Night's Action: Oregon Topples Trojans

Oregon Ducks defeat USC Trojans 53-32. The Trojans made a valiant attempt to stay with the Ducks, but the Ducks’ offense was just too much to overcome as the Trojans fell to No. 1 Oregon 53-32. Going back and forth the Trojans were only trailing the Ducks 36-32 with 6:46 left in the third quarter. A four-and-out gave the ball back to the Ducks, and they took four minutes to score on a LaMichael...

LAist-CS Week 9 Rankings: Not Too Upset

So it wasn’t quite the bloodletting that it was predicted to be, but there was enough to make things interesting. I’ll just shut up and present the rankings. 1. Oregon Ducks (8-0, 5-0 Pac-10) - USC fans left and right said the Ducks haven’t been tested this season. Um, Stanford? But I’ll admit that USC put up a good fight that surpassed my expectation of a 56-20 game. Last week: 1 2. TCU Horned...

LAst Night's Action: Lakers Dowse Suns Offense

LA Lakers defeat Phoenix Suns 114-106 | Golden State Warriors defeat LA Clippers 109-91. | New Jersey Devils defeat Anaheim Ducks 2-1. Jason Blake scored a power-play goal for the Ducks 8:07 in the second period to give the team the 1-0 lead, but Jamie Langenbrunner tied the game at 10:39 in the period with his first goal of the season....

LAst Night's Action: Texas Got Messed

LA Kings defeat Dallas Stars 5-2. With the return of Drew Doughty pushed back further thanks to “concussion-like symptoms,” defenseman Jack Johnson has picked up the slack making an imprint this game with three assists. From the outset the chances didn’t look good for the Kings to post a win in Dallas. Their offense was just awful. In the first period they had only six shots-on-goal with only three on a five-on-five situation. In...

College Football Schedule Week 9 Guide: The Upset Edition

This Week 9 of college football has all of the makings of an upset weekend. Using the LAist rankings, No. 1 Oregon goes on the road to face USC. No. 3 TCU goes to UNLV. No. 4 Auburn visits Ole Miss. No. 6 Utah goes to Air Force. No. 7 Stanford goes to Washington. No. 8 Michigan State goes to No. 13 Iowa. No. 9 Missouri goes to Nebraska. Count it: Seven of the...

LAst Night's Action: Blake Griffin Electrifies in Clippers' Loss

Portland Trail Blazers defeat LA Clippers 98-88. The Clippers have been waiting for the debut of Blake Griffin for more than a year, and in the opening seconds of their game no. 1 he provided these two gems for his first two buckets of his young career:...

LAst Night's Action: Lakers Show Class and Sass

LA Lakers defeat Houston Rockets 112-110. The Lakers schooled the rest of the league on how to celebrate a championship. The players got on the microphone and introduced one another culminating with Kobe Bryant introducing Owner Dr. Jerry Buss before the unveiling of the championship banner. The only blemish was the omission of Rasheed Hazzard (son of Walt). However there was no hype, only the requisite amount of pomp, the unveiling of the banner then...

LAst Night's Action: Kings Pull Out Win in Minnesota

LA Kings defeat Minnesota Wild 3-2 (SO). Early on this looked like another road disaster for the Kings. Their uneven play early in the first period led to goals by John Madden and Nick Schultz within two minutes of each other at 5:52 and 7:42 respectively and a quick 2-0 deficit. But they fought back to prevent a repeat of last week’s Phoenix game and won in a shootout 3-2. Coming into the game...

"Fernando Nation" Falls Just Outside the Strike Zone

Fernando Valenzuela with some friends. (AP Photo/Bruce Rasmussen) ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary series moves right along with “Fernando Nation” directed by Cruz Angeles, born in Mexico City and raised in South Central Los Angeles who is now based in Brooklyn, NY. While it not only is a portrait of Fernando Valenzuela’s quick rise to the top in 1981, it is perhaps the first document of the social conditions of Latin American community during...

Let the Balls Descend

The Decision. The Nike Ad. Will Carmelo stay or will he go? An army of ESPN reporters following every move of the Miami Heat. The Heat Index. Sorry I can’t do it. I can’t buy the hype of this NBA season in all of it bloated presence. The NBA tried to position themselves and an NFL-type 24-7-365 league, but there’s only one problem with that: they don’t have the on-court product to match the...

LAst Night's Action: Kings Trick Hats in Colorado

LA Kings defeat Colorado Avalanche 6-4. Coming into the game the Kings had only scored one power-play goal. The Kings got two against the Avs by first-liners Anze Kopitar 11:15 in the first period and Dustin Brown 17:15 in the second period. Brad Richardson got his first career hat-trick with goals 4:58 in the second period, a short-handed goal 13:04 in the third and 17:05 in the third. Wayne Simmonds was given a five-minute major...

LAist-CS Week 8 Rankings: Pac-12 Broadcasting Partner?

As I wrote about the other day the Pac-12 announced the divisional alignments starting next football season. Of course this is all related to money, namely television revenues. Currently they have a pretty shitty deal with Fox Sports Net in which their game of the week is shown across the regional television networks and will after the 2011-12 season. So I started thinking about the best possible destination for the Pac-12 this afternoon. Of...

LAst Night's Action: Duck, Duck, Coyote

#1 Oregon Ducks defeat UCLA Bruins 60-13. Oregon made sure they didn’t repeat Alabama’s and Ohio State’s mistakes being felled as the top-ranked team of the country. Granted they racked up “only” 582 yards of offense, but they held the Bruins to 290 yards of total offense in their rout of UCLA. Bruin quarterback Richard Brehaut, starting in place of Kevin Prince who is scheduled to have arthroscopic knee surgery on Saturday, went 16-for-23...

College Football Schedule Week 8 Guide: Burn the B(C)S

Watching last night’s UCLA-Oregon matchup was a bit disturbing. No, it wasn’t the 47-point blowout or the complete ineptitude of UCLA - how can something be disturbing when it was expected? It was the fact that ESPN continually referred to Oregon as the No. 2 team in the nation, second to Oklahoma, that really got me angry. I admit part of it is vanity since I do have my own college football rankings and...

LAst Night's Action: Kings Get Sloppy Win against 'Canes

LA Kings defeat Carolina Hurricanes 4-3. With Head Coach Terry Murray deciding to save goalie Jonathan Quick for division foe Phoenix Coyotes Thursday night, a shaky Jonathan Bernier had a tough go of it for the first two periods having not played since Oct. 10, 2010 in Calgary in a 3-1 loss. Thankfully he loosened up in the third period and the offense bailed him out for the 4-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. “When...

Pac-12 Announce Conference Alignment, Revenue Sharing

The Pac-10 had a press conference this morning in San Francisco unveiling the conference alignment of the new Pac-12 conference and monetary issues. With USC Athletic Director Pat Haden decrying the possible elimination of rivalry games between the two Los Angeles schools and the two Bay Area schools, Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott reassured that rivalries were the focal point for their decision. “We used four primary criteria to determine our division alignment, the importance...

LAst Night's Action: Ducks Pull One Out

Anaheim Ducks defeat Phoenix Coyotes 3-2. For the second consecutive game, the Ducks led by two goals going in to the third period only to cough up the lead. Unlike Friday night’s game against the Thrashers, Corey Perry gave the lead back to the Ducks on a great feed from Ryan Getzlaf with 5:37 left in the period to put the Ducks on top. The Ducks tried their best to get the game to...

LAst Night's Action: USC Dominates Cal

USC Trojans defeat California Golden Bears 48-14. After consecutive conference losses against Washington and Stanford, the Trojans decided to take their frustrations out on the Bears. The first half belonged to the Trojans as they racked up 42 points and 372 of their total 589 yards while shutting down Cal in every phase of the game. Cal didn’t get a first down until their first drive in the second quarter, but by then the...

LAist-CS Week 7 Rankings: Just the Rankings Ma'am

Let’s cut the crap this week and just dive head first into the rankings. 1. Oregon Ducks (6-0, 3-0 Pac-10) - After all of their injuries last week, they got a much-needed bye to tend to their wounded. (Previous Week: 1) 2. Boise State Broncos (6-0, 2-0 WAC) - They have outscored their last three opponents 164-14. (Previous Week: 2) 3. TCU Horned Frogs (7-0, 3-0 Mountain West) - They stumbled a little against...

LAst Night's Action: Kings Offense Back on Track

LA Kings defeat Vancouver Canucks 4-1. Kings’ head coach Terry Murray kept the same lines from Tuesday night’s game against the Atlanta Thrashers. Although they didn’t get as many scoring opportunities, the Kings made the most of it in their 4-1 win over the Canucks. It is their second win over the Canucks in a week’s span helping bolster the confidence for the team. “These games are so important to get points on the...

College Football Schedule Week 7 Guide: The Regret Edition

I was talking college football the other day with a Boston College grad, which is always a fruitful experience because all they can talk about is Doug Flutie and Matt Ryan. I might have said that both their conference and the Big East were irrelevant playing awful football hurting his feelings in the process. I think what got him was when he asked me which ACC and Big East games I’ve seen this season...

LAst Night's Action: Ducks Win Home Opener

Anaheim Ducks defeat Vancouver Canucks 4-3. Things didn’t look right from the start. It was the Canucks, not the Ducks who came into the game leading in penalties and penalty-minutes, who were in the penalty box in the opening minute of the game. In fact less than a minute later the Ducks went on a 5-on-3 man advantage. Something is wrong here. Right as the original penalty expired, Captain Ryan Getzlaf got off the...

LAst Night's Action: Kings Offense Wakes Up Just In Time

LA Kings defeat Atlanta Thrashers 3-1. There is no “o” in Kings, and yet again the Kings showed they have a hard time generating any for the first two periods trailing 1-0 to the Atlanta Thrashers heading into the second intermission. But suddenly they woke up scoring twice in three minutes to win their home opener 3-1 for the first time since the 2006-’07 season. “I guess it was people committed to getting to...

LAst Night's Action: Ducks Come Out Black and Blue

St. Louis Blues defeat Anaheim Ducks 5-1. Wow. Just wow. Ducks were outshot by the Blues 53-14. Goalie Jonas Hiller was pulled in the final five minutes of the second period after facing 34 shots. There were a total of 37 penalties for 147 penalty minutes. Two game misconducts, four 10-minute misconducts, countless fighting and roughing penalties. But let’s point out the positive: the Ducks surrendered only...

LAst Night's Action: Kings Offense Sputters

Calgary Flames defeat LA Kings 3-1. The Kings continued to have a lot of problems in the offensive zone with the Flames poking and swarming the Kings like gnats. As such the Kings never really had any rhythm on offense usually being held to only one scoring chance per cycle. The Flames got their first goal short-handed by Curtis Glencross 11:31 in the second period and added another goal 1:20 in the third period...

LAst Night's Action: USC Sunk By Field Goal Again

#16 Stanford Cardinal defeat USC Trojans 37-35. The second verse was the same as the first. After being unable to stop the Washington Huskies from traveling down the field for a game winning field goal, USC do the same thing again as Andrew Luck and the Stanford offense marched down the field for the game winning 30-yard field goal. While the Trojan defense was almost nonexistent giving up 478 yards, the Cardinal defense was...

LAist-CS Week 6 Rankings: LSU Does It Again a Little More Gracefully

If you read my weekend guide, I featured last weekend’s LSU win over Tennessee prominently. Little did I know that on consecutive games head coach Les Miles and the Bayou Bengals would have a drive in the final minute of the game that would determine the winner. Down 29-26 to the Florida Gators in Gainesville, the Tigers lined up for a 53-yard field goal attempt to tie the game with 35 seconds remaining. In...

LAst Night's Action: Ducks Shutout in Opener by Red Wings

Detroit Red Wings defeat Anaheim Ducks 4-0. To be honest the Ducks didn’t look horrible the entire game, but early scoring by the Wings took the Ducks out of it. Johan Franzen got things started 5:11 in the game with Mike Modano, freshly signed after a nice send-off by the Dallas Stars, following up just 24 seconds later to give Detroit the quick 2-0 lead. Their overall deficiencies were further exposed as Pavel Datsyuk...

LAst Night's Action: Galaxy Continue To Roll

LA Galaxy defeat Philadelphia Union 1-0. A corner kick by David Beckham in the 27th minute connected with Edson Buddle who headed the ball into the net for his 16th goal of the season. The win gives the Galaxy 56 points and clearly in the driver’s seat for the club’s third Supporters’ Shield - the league’s best regular season record. NOTABLE NOTES MLB Playoffs Day 2. If it weren’t for Roy Halladay’s no-hit postseason...

College Football Schedule Week 6 Guide

It doesn’t look like a great weekend of college football, but then again last weekend didn’t look good either aside from the Florida-Alabama and Stanford-Oregon games. It turned out there were a whole slew of exciting finishes with Tennessee-LSU being the most notable....

LAst Night's Action: The Almost Perfect Edition

Almost Perfect. Almost 12 years after making his Major League debut for the Toronto Blue Jays, Philadelphia Phillies’ starter Roy Halladay made his first postseason start on Wednesday...

LAst Night's Action: They Are SC

USC defeats USC. That is, Southern California defeats South Carolina. And not on the football field, but in the Supreme Court. In 1997 the University of South Carolina sought to trademark the interlocking “SC” logo for its merchandise. The University of Southern California objected setting off a 13-year long legal battle between the schools...

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