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NBA roundup: Mavericks spoil Kawhi Leonard’s return
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 07:20:00 +0100
J.J. Barea scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half and the Dallas Mavericks spoiled the season debut of San Antonio star Kawhi Leonard, beating the Spurs 95-89 on Tuesday night. LaMarcus Aldridge had 23 points and 13 rebounds, and Rudy Gay scored...
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Democrat Doug Jones wins Alabama Senate seat, but Roy Moore won't concede
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 06:55:00 +0100
Democrat Doug Jones, who started the Alabama race for U.S. Senate as a massive underdog, swept to victory Tuesday night in a repudiation of scandal-stained Roy Moore. The upset also dealt a serious blow to President Trump. The narrow victory slices the...
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College basketball roundup: Cincinnati gets back to winning
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 06:50:00 +0100
Jacob Evans III had 24 points and eight rebounds, and No. 25 Cincinnati recovered from consecutive losses defeating Mississippi State 65-50 on Tuesday night at Northern Kentucky University. The Bearcats (8-2), who are playing in BB&T Arena while their...
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In stunning 2017 defeats, Republicans see vision of difficulties in 2018
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 06:50:00 +0100
Democrats who opened the year clashing among themselves and lamenting President Trump’s election have closed 2017 with victories that demonstrated their ability to weaponize party enthusiasm and draw a template for success in a sharply competitive battle...
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NFL: Packers’ Aaron Rodgers says he is clear to return 
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 06:20:00 +0100
Aaron Rodgers has been “medically cleared to return” after sitting out seven games because of a broken right collarbone, the Green Bay Packers quarterback announced on social media. Rodgers returned to practice Dec. 2 and is eligible to rejoin the...
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MLB: Brandon Morrow agrees to deal with the Cubs
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 06:10:00 +0100
Right-hander Brandon Morrow agreed Tuesday to a two-year contract with the Chicago Cubs, taking one of the top free-agent relievers off the market. Morrow, 33, had a 6-0 record, 2.06 earned-run average and two saves in 45 appearances for the Dodgers last...
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Lakers' trip magic ends in a 113-109 overtime loss to the Knicks
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 06:05:00 +0100
The Lakers’ trip magic ended Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. But not before two of the league’s marquee franchises traded blows like the heavyweights they both hope to become again someday. The Knicks beat the Lakers 113-109 in overtime. Knicks...
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LaVar Ball says there's no friction between him and Lakers
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 05:45:00 +0100
On November 29, the same day the Lakers played the Golden State Warriors, LaVar Ball and his business manager met with Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka, according to a person who was not authorized...
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Lakers brass asks LaVar Ball to tone down the rhetoric
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 05:45:00 +0100
On November 29, the same day the Lakers played the Golden State Warriors, LaVar Ball and his business manager met with Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka, according to a person who was not authorized...
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Kings' eight-game win streak snapped in loss at New Jersey
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 05:10:00 +0100
The legacy of Michal Handzus, Scott Parse and Ryan Smyth remains intact. The last Kings team to win nine games in a row included those names, alongside stars Anze Kopitar, Drew Doughty and Jonathan Quick, back in 2010. This year’s team made a fine run...
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It's back to practice for USC, minus quarterbacks coach Tyson Helton, who is headed to Tennessee
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 05:05:00 +0100
After winning the Pac-12 Conference championship and taking some time off, the USC football team is back at work preparing for a Cotton Bowl matchup against Ohio State. Coach Clay Helton called it a “typical” week — tape review on Monday, contact...
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Trump's troubles with Congress just got worse: Five takeaways from Democrats' upset in Alabama
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 05:05:00 +0100
The stunning victory of Democrat Doug Jones over Roy Moore in Alabama’s U.S. Senate election on Tuesday marked an enormous setback for Republicans in a state they have dominated for decades. It’s a setback with a silver lining, to be sure. Here are...
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Meet Doug Jones, the law-and-order man who has won Alabama's Senate seat
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 04:35:00 +0100
The odds of any Democrat capturing a U.S. Senate seat in Alabama are steep at best, but Doug Jones was uniquely suited to pull off an upset Tuesday over Republican Roy Moore. Accusations that Moore sexually abused teenage girls played a big part, no doubt,...
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Meet Doug Jones, the law-and-order Democrat who won Alabama's Senate seat
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 04:35:00 +0100
The odds of any Democrat capturing a U.S. Senate seat in Alabama are steep at best, but Doug Jones was uniquely suited to pull off an upset Tuesday over Republican Roy Moore. Accusations that Moore sexually abused teenage girls played a big part, no doubt,...
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Democrat Doug Jones wins Alabama Senate race in stunning victory
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 04:30:00 +0100
Democrat Doug Jones, whose uphill bid for U.S. Senate gathered strength when Republican Roy Moore was hit with charges of sexual misconduct with teenage girls, won Alabama’s special election Tuesday. The victory by Jones, a former prosecutor, sliced...
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Joe Barksdale continues to toe the line as Chargers offense steps on the gas
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 04:25:00 +0100
A lot of factors went into the Chargers’ 24-10 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 3, an eternity ago by NFL standards. Philip Rivers had three passes intercepted on the Chargers’ first four drives, putting the team in a deep hole they could never...
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Alabama Senate contest remains too close to call with thousands of votes still to be tallied
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 04:25:00 +0100
In the cliff-hanger that was widely expected, Roy Moore and Doug Jones were running neck and neck Tuesday night in Alabama’s special U.S. Senate election. With nearly 90% f the votes tallied, Jones was just barely ahead. But thousands of ballots were...
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Kings' eight-game win streak is snapped by Devils
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 04:15:00 +0100
Taylor Hall scored twice and the New Jersey Devils ended the Los Angeles Kings' eight-game winning streak with a 5-1 victory Tuesday night. Travis Zajac, Brian Boyle and Brian Gibbons also scored for the Devils, who snapped a two-game skid. Cory Schneider...
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It's been a special season for Rams coach John Fassel, who knows what it's like to be the head honcho
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 03:45:00 +0100
A year ago this week, John Fassel was preparing for a game against the Seattle Seahawks as the Rams’ special teams coordinator. And then, within hours, he was much more. The Rams fired coach Jeff Fisher and named Fassel interim head coach. “I was...
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Lakers' road trip magic ends in a 113-109 overtime loss to the Knicks
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 03:40:00 +0100
The Lakers’ road trip magic ended on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks beat the Lakers 113-109 in overtime. Kristaps Porzingis scored 37 points to lead all scorers. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led the Lakers with 24 points. With his family...
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Montrezl Harrell hasn't stopped working and Clippers are seeing results
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 03:25:00 +0100
Montrezl Harrell does not let his inconsistent playing time deter him from working on his game. Often, Harrell will return to the Clippers practice facility in Playa Vista after a game to get in his own private workout. He refuses to sulk about his playing...
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Polls close as Alabama's fiercely fought Senate race comes down to the wire
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 02:40:00 +0100
To the great relief of many, the hardest fought, most tawdry U.S. Senate race in recent state history heaved to an uncertain finish Tuesday night as polls closed across Alabama. Republican Roy Moore was counting on landslide support among the state’s...
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Navajo Nation sues Wells Fargo claiming it was targeted for fake accounts
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 02:35:00 +0100
The Navajo Nation has sued Wells Fargo, saying its citizens were targeted by workers trying to meet the bank’s aggressive sales quotas. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in federal court in Albuquerque, alleges many of the same practices that led to last year’s...
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Shohei Ohtani signing has Angels strongly considering a six-man rotation
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 02:20:00 +0100
Indications are the Angels will use something resembling a six-man rotation to begin next season, a marked departure from orthodoxy and something that general manager Billy Eppler framed Tuesday as a sort of moral imperative. Eppler has entertained the...
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He's been running for president in Mexico for more than a decade. He's floated amnesty for drug criminals. Could he win?
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 02:15:00 +0100
One of Mexico’s most controversial and resilient political figures formalized his bid for the presidency Tuesday, vowing if elected to wean Mexico off U.S. agricultural imports, increase aid for students and the elderly and consider amnesty for drug...
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Ejected Seahawks player tries to go into stands after a Jaguars fan throws something at him
Mon, 11 Dec 2017 02:35:00 +0100
Seattle defensive end Quinton Jefferson tried to go into the stands after he was ejected and a Jaguars fans bossed an item at him near the end of the Seahawks’ 30-24 loss in Jacksonville on Sunday evening. Tempers flared in the final minute when a small...
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U.S. Olympic leaders unsure if White House can force American team to skip Winter Games
Fri, 08 Dec 2017 21:30:00 +0100
U.S. Olympic leaders acknowledged Friday they were caught off-guard when government officials commented about potentially skipping the upcoming 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, because of security concerns. Earlier this week, U.N. Ambassador...
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Clippers guard Milos Teodosic listed as questionable ahead of matchup with Toronto Raptors
Mon, 11 Dec 2017 02:40:00 +0100
Every day, it seems, Milos Teodosic edges closer to playing again. And yet every day the Clippers present an injury update, it seems, there remains an uncertainty about when the point guard will resume playing. But the latest injury report by the Clippers...
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NBA: Nets beat Thunder in Mexico City
Fri, 08 Dec 2017 07:40:00 +0100
Caris LeVert scored 19 points, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson added 17 and short-handed Brooklyn overcame another strong performance by Russell Westbrook to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 100-95 on Thursday night in the first of the Nets’ two games in Mexico...
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Busy week ahead for building LAFC, rebuilding Galaxy
Sat, 09 Dec 2017 19:00:00 +0100
John Thorrington marked his second anniversary as Los Angeles Football Club’s executive vice president of soccer operations last week, but for the most part there’s been very little soccer to operate during that time. Although the MLS expansion team...
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NFL: Struggling Browns make changes at top
Fri, 08 Dec 2017 05:50:00 +0100
Sashi Brown brought analytics, a bevy of draft picks and some stability to the Cleveland Browns. In the end, losing mattered most. With the Browns not winning and still the NFL’s saddest franchise, owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam decided it was time to...
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Former U.S. gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar sentenced to 60 years in prison for child porn
Thu, 07 Dec 2017 19:20:00 +0100
A federal judge has sentenced Larry Nassar, the former Olympic team doctor accused of molesting dozens of young gymnasts and other athletes, to 60 years in prison on a separate child pornography charge. The 54-year-old Nassar has pleaded guilty to additional...
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Strippers, drugs and sex at Banc of California, former executive alleges in lawsuit
Sat, 09 Dec 2017 22:30:00 +0100
Troubled Banc of California was a den of iniquity featuring on-premises sex, drugs and strippers, according to a lawsuit filed this week by a former employee. Former small business loan department managing director Heather Endresen has charged that the...
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UCLA's sloppy ending haunts them in 78-69 overtime loss to Michigan
Sat, 09 Dec 2017 20:45:00 +0100
Ahead by double digits early in the second half, UCLA appeared comfortably on the way to its first quality victory of the season Saturday afternoon. About a half-hour later, the Bruins walked off the court with what easily qualified as their worst defeat....
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Incidents of severe disturbances on commercial flights climb
Fri, 08 Dec 2017 16:00:00 +0100
Fewer passengers became unruly on commercial flights last year but a bigger share of those incidents involved serious behavior problems such as fighting or threatening passengers and crew members. That was the assessment by the International Air Transport...
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Lakers defeat 76ers on Ingram's shot to end a five-game losing streak
Fri, 08 Dec 2017 06:40:00 +0100
Lonzo Ball thought about taking the shot, and Brandon Ingram thought he was going to take it. But in the split second Ball had to make the decision, he remembered how much time remained in the game and that his coach told him moments before that the Lakers...
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Ducks look to string together some wins before it's too late
Fri, 08 Dec 2017 05:05:00 +0100
The Ducks needed Wednesday’s game badly. Their six-game road swing, their longest of the season so far, was against incredibly tough competition, and the results showed. Anaheim emerged victorious in only one game (over the St. Louis Blues), but the...
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NHL will consider Seattle expansion bid
Fri, 08 Dec 2017 03:25:00 +0100
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says the league's board of governors agreed to consider an expansion application from Seattle. Bettman said the expansion fee has been set at $650 million for Seattle, which would become the league's 32nd team, if approved....
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Edison's stock price drop pegged to Southland wildfires
Fri, 08 Dec 2017 02:25:00 +0100
As wildfires spread through the Southland this week, Southern California Edison’s parent company saw its stock price plummet on investors’ fears that the utility could be forced to pay costs related to the blazes. Wall Street’s initial response...
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Five takeaways from the Clippers' 113-107 loss to Minnesota
Thu, 07 Dec 2017 19:25:00 +0100
The Clippers slid into a four-game losing streak following a 113-107 defeat to the Minnesota Timberwolves at Staples Center on Wednesday night. Here are five takeaways from the game. 1. Amid all the darkness surrounding the Clippers this season, Lou Williams...
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Ghost of Justice Scalia looms as Supreme Court debates religion and civil rights law
Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:00:00 +0100
The ghost of Justice Antonin Scalia often hangs over the Supreme Court, perhaps never more so than as the justices struggle with the case of the Christian baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex marriage. Scalia often spoke of his strong...
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NBA roundup: Celtics hand Pistons their sixth consecutive loss
Mon, 11 Dec 2017 05:45:00 +0100
Al Horford scored 18 points, Kyrie Irving had 16 and the Boston Celtics got past the host Detroit Pistons 91-81 on Sunday. The Pistons have lost six games in a row for the first time since late in the 2014-15 season. Boston shut down the Pistons after...
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Chargers running back Austin Ekeler's inexperience shows at end of first half against Redskins
Mon, 11 Dec 2017 05:05:00 +0100
Austin Ekeler could laugh about his mental gaffe after Sunday’s game because it did not cost the Chargers in their 30-13 victory over the Washington Redskins, but coach Anthony Lynn did not find the play amusing. “That was a dumb play by Austin,”...
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Rams know Sunday's game against the Eagles has more than just playoff implications
Sat, 09 Dec 2017 22:40:00 +0100
The Rams spent the week, the season really, saying no game was bigger than any other. But players and coaches acknowledged that marquee subplots make Sunday’s matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles at the Coliseum one of the most highly anticipated...
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Inside the NBA: Wizards looked to take a step forward, but injuries could hold them back
Sat, 09 Dec 2017 20:00:00 +0100
The Washington Wizards might be happier with where they are if they subtracted the expectations from the reality. With every core player returning from a 49-win team and an improved bench, the preseason expectation was for Washington to take a step forward...
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NBA trends: Brooklyn Nets rebuilding without the aid of draft picks
Sat, 09 Dec 2017 19:00:00 +0100
A look at what’s trending in the NBA: Building in Brooklyn When Sean Marks took the Brooklyn general manager job less than two years ago, he inherited what seemed to be an impossible mess. He was charged with rebuilding one of the league’s worst teams...
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What we learned from the Ducks' 3-2 overtime loss to the Minnesota Wild
Sat, 09 Dec 2017 18:30:00 +0100
They don’t like working overtime. The Ducks are 0-3 in overtime and 2-4 in shootouts, losing valuable points on each occasion. On Friday they couldn’t hold a 1-0 lead but came back to pull even in the third period, only to lose on Matt Dumba’s goal...
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Chargers have made their run in AFC West with the pass, and Redskins are next on flight plan
Sat, 09 Dec 2017 18:00:00 +0100
The question to running back Melvin Gordon seemed straightforward. Did the Chargers under first-year coach Anthony Lynn, try to force the run a little too much earlier this season? The answer zigzagged like a meandering mountain stream. “Uh, probably...
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Iraq's prime minister declares victory in war against Islamic State
Sat, 09 Dec 2017 17:35:00 +0100
After three years of grueling combat, Iraq’s prime minister declared victory Saturday over the extremist group Islamic State, saying government forces have driven the militants from their last footholds inside the country. Addressing a conference in...
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The Huddle: Kobe Bryant visits the Eagles as the Rams seek their 10th win
Sat, 09 Dec 2017 16:40:00 +0100
Each week during the season, visit the Huddle for the latest in Rams football news, notes, conversation and opinion. This is notable The Rams clinched their first winning season since 2003 with a victory over the Arizona Cardinals. A win against the Philadelphia...
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