LAst Night's Action: A Win Would Be Nice
Utah Jazz over LA Lakers 123-115 (OT). With Kobe Bryant visibly affected by a strained back, the Lakers managed to tie the game at the end of regulation after being down by 12 with four minutes to go. But come overtime, the Lakers could not ride that momentum. The Jazz in a complete role reversal got to the line 45 times as opposed to 25 by the Lakers. The series is now tied 2-2 and returns to the Staples Center on Wednesday.
Houston Astros defeat LA Dodgers 8-5. Dodger's start Hiroki Kuroda has his best start in the America. He was working on a no-hitter going into the seventh inning leading 2-0. With two outs in the seventh the Astro's Hunter Pence hit single to left field to break up the no-no. And then the game got out of control. Jonathan Broxton came in relief in the eighth inning and gave up six runs. The Dodgers would make it interesting in the ninth, but who were they kidding? It's not September 18, 2006.
Tampa Bay Rays over LA Angels 8-5. After the first two games being pitcher's duels, it was time for the bats to let loose. And boy did they. Angel's starter Ervin Santana got rocked with five earned runs in 5 2/3 innings, but his opponent Andy Sonnanstine wasn't that much better giving up five earned runs in five innings. The turning point of the game came in the sixth inning with Angel's reliever Justin Speier giving up an Earl Weaver to Carl Crawford with two out. For Angel's closer Troy Percival pitched a perfect ninth for the Rays getting his ninth save of the season.
New England Revolution over Chivas USA 2-1. Already recapped!
First it was Reggie Bush, now it's OJ Mayo. ESPN has reported that OJ Mayo had been receiving illegal benefits such as airline tickets, flat-screen tvs, hotel rooms and cell phone service while he was in high school and at USC. If these allegations prove to be true, there is going to be a world of trouble not only for Mayo but for USC as well.
He really did put the "Gag" in Gagne. The Milwaukee Brewers relieved Eric Gagne of the closer's role this weekend. After being the most dominant closer in baseball earlier this decade with the Dodgers including a record 84 consecutive saves converted. Gagne said this weekend that he didn't deserve to pitch in the ninth inning based on his performance.
Ah the New York Knicks. Just as bad as the LA Clippers only with the media attention of the New York Yankees. So the Knicks have a new head coach: Phoenix Sun's head coach Mike D'Antoni! The contract reportedly a four-year $24 million deal. I don't know if it will work out or not, but this will definitely be something to watch for next season.
Chicago White Sox at LA Angels. Mark Buehrle (1-4) goes to the mound for the White Sox against Nick Adenhart (0-0). Make sure you look out for your blow-up dolls. 7:05 pm KCOP 13, AM 830 KLAA.
AP Photo by Douglas C. Pizac