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LA Lakers defeat San Antonio Spurs 106-85. The Lakers played shoddy defense the first half against the shorthanded Spurs. But then again the Spurs did also which explains the tied score at half. In the second half the Lakers absolutely shut down the Spurs and Tony Parker while keeping up their offensive efficiency. If the Lakers win Tuesday against the Sacramento Kings, the Lakers will be the #1 team in the west. And to think in October Kobe's Escape from LA was at fever pitch.

San Diego Padres defeat LA Dodgers 1-0. So the trend is the Dodgers beat the Padres every other game. The only run scored was on a sac fly in the fourth inning. Dodgers starter Chad Billingsley didn't have a good performance but neither did the offense from either team. Padres pitcher Greg Maddux continued to show why he will be a first-ballot hall of famer.

Toronto FC defeat LA Galaxy 3-2. Despite Landon Donavon scoring two goals to overcome deficits, Toronto's Jeff Cunningham shook off Galaxy's Greg Vanney and left alone kicked the go-ahead goal past goalie Steve Cronin in the 88th minute. David Beckham made a couple good passes which led to nothing.

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LA Angels defeat Seattle Mariners 10-5. How embarrassing would it have been if the Angels got swept by the Mariners? The Angels came alive with good hitting and a great outing by Joe Saunders who went 5 1/3 innings giving up two runs on six hits. Meanwhile the Mariners scheduled starter Eric Bedard was scratched at the last minute due to an inflamed hip.

Notable Notes

According to the Daily News, UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel named Patrick Cowan starting quarterback. Cowan has taken the majority of snaps in spring practice with the Bruins. Former starter and highly touted recruit Ben Olson practiced with the second unit.

That alleged Red Sox Jersey that was supposedly planted in the new Yankee Stadium by a Sox fan? It was unearthed on Sunday and, lo and behold, it was a David Ortiz jersey. The construction worker who planted the jersey, Gino Castignoli, apparently was born and raised in the Bronx. That's hilarous.

One of the most sickening thing happening in sports is happening in Seattle. Tonight the Sonics played their probable final game in Seattle getting a dramatic 99-95 victory against the Dallas Mavericks. Earlier in the week the Seattle Times revealed emails by current Sonics ownership group that shows their fervent desire to steal the Sonics to Oklahoma City. The carpetbaggers' emails are so appalling, it reminds me a whole lot of when the Rams left town.

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Tonight's Action

Pittsburgh Pirates at LA Dodgers. Zach Duke comes into the Stadium without a decision but only a 2.19 ERA. Hiroki Kuroda is coming off a pretty bad outing against the Diamondbacks. 7:10 pm FSN Prime Ticket, AM 790 KABC.

LA Angels at Texas Rangers. Ervin Santana is going for a second road victory for the Angelss while Jason Jennings is looking to right his 7+ ERA. 5:05 pm FSN West, AM 830 KLAA.

AP Photo by Kevork Djansezian