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Golf roundup: Jason Day is three shots back of Australian Open leader Cameron Davis

Nov 23 2017

Defending champion Jordan Spieth struggled in gusty afternoon winds Thursday at the Australian Open, while Jason Day took advantage of more calm morning conditions.

The result was that the tournament's marquee players were overshadowed by first-round leader Cameron Davis, who shot an eight-under-par...

Case Keenum stays hot and the Vikings edge the Lions in early Thanksgiving game

Nov 23 2017

Case Keenum threw for two touchdowns and ran for a score, all in the first half, to give the Minnesota Vikings a double-digit lead and they went on to beat the Detroit Lions 30-23 on Thursday.

The Vikings (9-2) took a huge step toward winning the NFC North, taking a three-game lead over the second-place...

Soccer on TV: The best games to watch this weekend

Nov 23 2017

In three of Europe’s top five leagues the leading goal scorer plays for the team that is also leading the table. This weekend’s schedule features three games in which a league’s top two scorers will face off — and not surprisingly, each will impact positions near the top of the standings as well.

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Clippers use ball movement to dial up long distance in win over Atlanta

Nov 23 2017

Lou Williams made the Clippers’ first three-pointer of the game off a pass from center DeAndre Jordan. Austin Rivers made the next three-pointer later in the first quarter off a pass from Williams. Wesley Johnson added another three-pointer later in the quarter off a pass from Rivers.

That was...

A look at how UCLA and Cal will match up on Friday

Nov 23 2017

California (5-6, 2-6) at UCLA (5-6, 3-5)

Friday, 7:30 p.m., Rose Bowl, TV: FS1. Radio: 570.

Marquee matchup

UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen vs. the Cal secondary. Rosen will be playing in what’s expected to be his final home game before entering the NFL draft. He’d also like to have a good showing...

What we learned from the Ducks' 4-2 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights

Nov 23 2017

The Ducks played perhaps their worst game of the season Wednesday night and fell to the Vegas Golden Knights, 4-2, in the first-ever regular-season meeting between the squads. The loss halted the Ducks' season-best three-game winning streak and, with it, all the momentum the team built after an...

Five takeaways from the Lakers' 113-102 loss to the Sacramento Kings

Nov 23 2017

There was hope heading into Wednesday’s game for the Lakers to reach the 10-10 record this season that had everyone so excited last year.

Sacramento has struggled tremendously and had won only four games this season before Wednesday. Instead, the Kings got the best of the Lakers with an uncharacteristic...

What we learned from the Kings' 2-1 loss to the Jets

Nov 23 2017

Stop. Kings fans have heard this before:

A lack of scoring, or, really, a lack of finish. Big opportunities missed despite a mostly sound defensive effort. The Kings have reverted back into the same issues that have plagued them during recent years in a 2-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets that dropped...

Taking time to be thankful for all the strangers who make our lives better

Nov 23 2017

I was committing what I’m certain should be a ticketed traffic offense. I was driving while dreaming.

On a sunny August afternoon on Coldwater Canyon Drive, my head was in the clouds, my eyes were all over the map, I was flying down a hill, and I did not immediately pick up the car that had suddenly...

Ducks lose their momentum during a 4-2 loss to the Golden Knights

Nov 23 2017

The Ducks continue to turn the puck over and withstand an avalanche of shots, and for the first time in four games it cost them.

It was bound to happen. All the momentum that the Ducks had built in riding a three-game winning streak into Wednesday night’s game at Honda Center? Gone.

It was the...

Kings continue their slide with a 2-1 loss to the Jets

Nov 23 2017

It would be inaccurate to say that the grip the Kings have held on first place in the Pacific Division finally gave way.

The Kings have slid down a greased pole lately in trying to hold on to first, and they relinquished it in excruciatingly close ways in a 2-1 loss Wednesday to the Winnipeg Jets...

Forget the Ball vs. Fox hype because Lakers can't keep pace with Kings

Nov 23 2017

Put aside the sensational, the perceived ill will and what everyone else wants this to be.

At the heart of the rivalry between De’Aaron Fox and Lonzo Ball are two players, born two months apart, who have known each other since high school, understand each other and who want to beat each other because...

USC is simply too much for Lehigh and gets an 88-63 victory

Nov 23 2017

The game was all but over about five minutes into the second half of USC’s 88-63 win over Lehigh on Wednesday when guard Elijah Stewart saw a missed basket, sprung into the air and threw down a put-back dunk that shook the basket. Then he hung there, swinging with one arm on the rim. He lingered....

Rams receiver Sammy Watkins, along with others, will get more targets with Robert Woods sidelined

Nov 23 2017

If the Rams employ a committee approach to make up for the loss of leading receiver Robert Woods, Sammy Watkins and, possibly, Tavon Austin could find leading or expanded roles.

Coach Sean McVay reiterated Wednesday that he planned to utilize a “group effort” to replace the production of Woods,...

NBA roundup: Celtics' 16-game winning streak ends with loss in Miami

Nov 23 2017

Goran Dragic scored 27 points, Dion Waiters had 26 with a pair of big three-pointers in the final minutes and the Miami Heat held on to beat Boston 104-98 on Wednesday night in Miami, snapping the Celtics' 16-game winning streak.

Tyler Johnson scored 16 points for Miami, which saw what was an 18-point...

Clippers snap nine-game losing streak with 116-103 defeat of Hawks

Nov 23 2017

The bad news arrived midday Wednesday, when the Clippers announced that guard Patrick Beverley had season-ending right knee surgery.

The good news materialized later that night, when the Clippers earned a 116-103 win over the hapless Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena.

In accepting the good with the...

College basketball: No. 2 Arizona, No. 18 Purdue upset in Battle 4 Atlantis openers

Nov 23 2017

Freshman Braxton Beverly scored a season-high 20 points and sparked the decisive late run that helped North Carolina State upset No. 2 Arizona 90-84 in Wednesday's first round of the Battle 4 Atlantis at Paradise Island, Bahamas.

Allerik Freeman scored 24 points to lead the Wolfpack (5-0). But...

Sam Farmer's NFL picks for Week 12

Nov 23 2017

The Times’ NFL writer, Sam Farmer, examines this week’s matchups. Lines according to Pregame.com (O/U = over/under). Last week’s record 9-5 (.643); season 100-60 (.625). Using point spreads with the scores Farmer predicted, the record against the spread last week would have been 6-7-1(.462); season...

How the Chargers and Cowboys match up for their Thanksgiving Day game

Nov 23 2017

How the Los Angeles Chargers (4-6) and Dallas Cowboys (5-5) match up for their Thanksgiving Day game.

When: 1:30 p.m. | On the air: TV—Ch. 2; Radio—640

When Chargers have the ball

The Chargers seemingly discovered the secret to their offensive woes against the Buffalo Bills, finding ways to get...

Clippers guard Patrick Beverley is out for the season after knee surgery

Nov 23 2017

Clippers point guard Patrick Beverley had season-ending surgery on his right knee Wednesday in Houston.

Beverley underwent an arthroscopic surgery to repair a lateral meniscus, and the point guard had a microfracture procedure in the knee, the Clippers announced before they played the Atlanta Hawks.

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