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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 mere formality as the bench players like Steve Blake, Matt Barnes and Shannon Brown played extended minutes. Even Devin Ebanks made the bored crowd get to their feet with a great alley-oop in the fourth quarter. Alas there were no tacos for the STAPLES Center crowd, but they surely saw something.

Six Lakers scored in double figures: Kobe Bryant (23), Pau Gasol (21), Lamar Odom (17), Matt Barnes (16), Shannon Brown (13), Steve Blake (10). Gasol and Barnes also had 13 rebounds and 14 rebounds respectively to give themselves a double-double. Shockingly this was Odom’s first game without a double-double being two rebounds shy.

NOTABLE NOTES

The Queen of the Horsies. There are very few females that get my blood pumping: PJ Harvey, Björk a decade ago, the Gilmore Girls. Right now Zenyatta is included in this list.

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The six-year old filly Zenyatta will be making her final race of her career by defending her Breeders’ Cup Classic title on Saturday at Churchill Downs. To say she is special is an understatement. Just watch this montage of her first 19 races:

Last year at the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita Park, the crowd carried signs “Girl Power” and “Go Zenyatta!” and absolutely humming throughout the day in anticipation for Zenyatta to beat the boys. The only disappointment of the day was that the other filly and eventual Horse of the Year winner Rachel Alexandra chose not to run against Zenyatta and the boys.

It didn’t seem like Zenyatta minded at all and just did her thing - fall behind 10 lengths early in the race and not make a surge until the final turn before turning it on and making a mockery out of the other horses becoming the first filly to win the Classic.

It doesn’t matter whether she runs on dirt or synthetic tracks. In 19 races she has shown her dominance with the flair of drama that seems fitting with her home track at Hollywood Park. The list of horses she has defeated reads like a who’s who of horse racing. Win or lose Zenyatta is already a transcendent horse, however I wouldn’t bet on her losing.

TONIGHT’S ACTION

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LA Lakers (4-0) at Sacramento Kings (3-1). 7:30 pm KCAL9, ESPN (national) AM 710 KSPN.

Oklahoma City Thunder (2-1) at LA Clippers (0-4). 7:30 pm FS Prime Ticket, AM 980 KFWB.

Tampa Bay Lightning (15 pts., 7-2-1) at Anaheim Ducks (9 pts, 4-7-1). 7:00 pm FSWest, AM 830 KLAA.