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LAst Night's Action: UCLA Still Contending for Pac 10 Title

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Isn't this a great Christmas card? Ned Colletti, Frank McCourt, Manny Ramirez and Scott Boras. Aaaah. AP Photo/Morry Gash.

UCLA Bruins defeat Oregon State Beavers 79-54. Mention Princeton to any Bruin diehard, and they will most certainly cringe if not break out in tears. With a much improved Oregon State team coming into town with their version of the Princeton offense, they figured to give the Bruins a headache. Unfortunately for the first brother-in-law, the Bruins had no problems jumping out to a 24 point lead in the first half. Josh Shipp led the way with a career-high 27 points and looked like he couldn't miss in that first half. Trailing conference leaders Washington by a game, the Bruins need to defeat Oregon while having the Huskies lose to Washington State to win a share of the conference title.

USC Trojans defeat Oregon Ducks 80-66. Oregon came into the Galen Center looking like the biggest disappointment in the Pac 10 getting their only two conference wins last week. The Trojans made foie gras of them despite leading by only one point at halftime. USC will need to perform well this weekend against the Beavers and impress in the Pac 10 Tournament in order to be considered in the Big Dance.

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LA Kings defeat Dallas Stars 5-4. The Kings trailed 3-0 in the second period and 4-2 in the third period. But an Anze Kopitar goal with 14 seconds left tied the game an ensured the Kings would get at least one point in the standings. In 1:31 in overtime, Michael Handzus scored a hat-trick goal to cap the improbable comeback. Too bad it wasn't televised locally. But here are highlights.

Notable Notes

  • Manny Manny Manny. It's all about Manny. Oh wait. Terrell Owens was the big story. Well on the MLB Network Manny was the... Oh no. That was A-Rod out for a while with a bad hip. Beh. Fuck all of them. Here in LA Manny is THE story. "I'm baaaack," he said to open up his news conference. For such a supposed malcontent, he is saying the right things. Hell, he's turning TJ Simers into a blubbering girl.
  • And it's not just sports fans who are getting into Manny. JetBlue announced Manny Fan Fare which is offering one way fares from Burbank to JFK and Long Beach to JFK or Boston for $99. The sale ends Sunday, and travel must be done by May 21. There are other restrictions involved, but it's $99!
  • And staying on the cheap theme we have Donald Sterling owner of the Clippers. In a move that seemed to be inspired by Mark Cuban, Sterling made a rare appearance in the locker room and blasted his players threatening to trade them all then and there. He gave head coach and general manager Mike Dunleavy a vote of confidence and walked away. The sad parts of the story? How little anyone really cares.
  • Hey you degenerate gamblers. Go to Santa Anita for the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap on Saturday. The first race starts at noon, and it will be a lovely day. Go there and win a new pair of shoes.

Tonight's Action

Minnesota Timberwolves at LA Lakers. 7:30 pm FSWest, AM 570 KLAC.

Dallas Stars at Anaheim Ducks. 7:00 pm FS Prime Ticket, AM 830 KLAA.