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Staples Center operations staffers frantically gathered near the court midway through the fourth quarter Wednesday, talking into walkie-talkies and glancing, worried, at the basket on the arena’s southern end. After absorbing three rim-bending dunks by the Clippers 7-foot-3 center Boban...

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The final clod of dirt that buried the Clippers’ star-driven “Lob City” era was tossed before their season-opening 107-98 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday at Staples Center. High above the floor, where banners depicting Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan, Blake Griffin and other players had...

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Former USA Gymnastics president Steve Penny was arrested Wednesday after a Texas grand jury indicted him, alleging he tampered with evidence in the sexual assault investigation of now-imprisoned gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar. In a statement issued late Wednesday night, the Walker County district...

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DeMar DeRozan had 28 points in his San Antonio debut, LaMarcus Aldridge added 21 points and 19 rebounds and the Spurs overcame a 23-point performance by Minnesota's Jimmy Butler in a 112-108 victory Wednesday night in a matchup of teams coming off a tumultuous offseason. DeRozan was acquired from...

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In retrospect, it’s curious the Dodgers were ever in the position they found themselves last month. The reasons they were in danger of missing the postseason remain a mystery, something worth looking into over this winter to ensure they don’t underperform to that degree again. The Dodgers had...

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Clay Helton has compared Porter Gustin to the superhero “Thor.” Now, with Gustin out for the season because of a broken ankle, USC will ask a collection of talented players to be the Trojans’ version of “The Avengers,” the superteam of heroes that aims to defeat the forces of evil through...

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It was old school. It was throwback. It was lovely. On the mound, a giant threw for nearly three hours, no hook, no help, just curves and heat and heart. At the plate, the home run was replaced with hustle, big swings became blunt pokes, no clubbing, all creating. On an old-fashioned autumnal...

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Wade Miley might not have won the game, but he won best supporting actor. The Milwaukee Brewers gave Miley a mission a couple days ago and told him to keep it secret. He would start Wednesday’s game, but only in a cameo role. He could tell only a very few people within his circle of trust. He...

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Jaylen Hands, an old-timer as a sophomore point guard on this UCLA basketball team, had just finished ticking off the attributes of every freshman when he paused to make sure he hadn’t forgotten anyone. “That’s six, right?” Hands asked the reporters gathered around him Wednesday during the...

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Max Muncy stood at the plate one botched swing away from what would have been his third strikeout of the game. But this time, he knew what to do. In his third at-bat against Brewers pitcher Brandon Woodruff on Wednesday, Muncy finally understood the pitch mix Woodruff employed. He had tried and...

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Manny Machado was fined $10,000 by Major League Baseball for an incident that sparked a benches-clearing spat between the Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series on Tuesday, according to a person familiar with the situation. Machado was not suspended and...

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The Lob City era over, the Clippers no longer have a mega-watt star on their roster. They have been included in few playoff projections. Yet the team’s owner believes the Clippers will nonetheless be must-see TV this season. Steve Ballmer unveiled Clippers CourtVision, an augmented reality view...

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When the NBA regular season ends six months from now, we’ll have the definitive proof of something even the most prediction-adverse people around the NBA are sure of. In the Western Conference playoffs, there won’t be enough room for everybody. Club Postseason has a strict capacity of eight —...

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Dave Roberts dispelled any uncertainty minutes before the Dodgers unveiled an atypical lineup for public consumption — and the accompanying intense scrutiny — on Wednesday morning. Austin Barnes was, indeed, his starting catcher for Game 5 of the National League Championship Series, meaning...

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When Luke Walton started playing for the Lakers in 2003, the plane ride home was for unwinding. He’d play spades against Karl Malone, Gary Payton and Rick Fox. Walton usually fared pretty well in the card games despite being on a rookie’s budget. “They played more reckless,” Walton said....

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With his surgically repaired left ankle encased in a plastic protective boot, Aqib Talib sat on the Rams’ bench in Denver last week and offered moral support. Talib’s absence since suffering the injury in Week 3 left a void in the Rams’ defense. And the veteran cornerback is at least five...

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They are in the middle of a two-game, 10-day trip that will cover about 11,500 miles. On Thursday night into Friday morning, the Chargers will spend more than eight hours on an airplane. Yes, they already are experiencing how playing an NFL game in London can be taxing. “I am worried,” Virgil...

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NFL Thursday DENVER (2-4) AT ARIZONA (1-5) TV: Ch. 11, NFL Network, 5:15 p.m. Line: Broncos by 2. Over/under: 42. Sam Farmer’s pick: With Vance Joseph’s head coaching job in Denver dangling by a thread, the Broncos put a game together on the road. The same pass rush that sacked Jared Goff...

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As he crossed the goal line with the ball cradled in his left arm, Keisean Lucier-South extended his right arm into the chilly nighttime air and pointed his index finger skyward. The moment late in UCLA’s blowout victory over California on Saturday served as a triumphant rebuttal for the Bruins...

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The Chargers have struggled to fill their current stadium with their fans. In their next home, they believe they’ve priced season tickets in a way that will change that. “We want the building filled with Chargers fans,” A.G. Spanos, the team’s director of business operations, said Wednesday....

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