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For a soccer player whose finishing skills are among the strongest in Southern California, Ally Courtnall has yet to conclude a full season with the Oaks Christian girls' soccer team.
Vanessa Skrumbis has elevated Sierra Canyon's girls' soccer team from a group that struggled to win a postseason match to a Southern Section title contender during her four-year career.
The Lakers rumbled to their sixth consecutive victory, delivering a payback of sorts to the Charlotte Bobcats, but they weren't exactly in a buoyant mood Friday night at Staples Center. They certainly weren't smiling after their 92-84 victory.
ANAHEIM - The Ducks are getting pretty good at this overtime thing.
It's been two days since Reeves Nelson last played a basketball game. It will be another 48 hours before he plays his next.
USC has entered the on-the-bubble talk regarding the NCAA Tournament but remains a long shot according to many analysts. However, Trojans coach Kevin O'Neill is not among them.
An hour or so before the Clippers hosted the Houston Rockets on Wednesday, Eric Gordon sat at his locker discussing his various bumps and bruises.
Andrew Bynum grinned broadly when someone mentioned the Lakers' next game, Friday's contest against the Charlotte Bobcats at Staples Center. He offered a one-word summary of the Lakers' motivation going into the game. "Payback," he said.
Fred Couples couldn't get on a plane, sleep or lean over into position to hit an iron shot. But he was not going to miss a golf tournament at Riviera Country Club.
SACRAMENTO - One of the NBA's worst teams this season, the Sacramento Kings seemingly turned back the clock Monday night to a time when the team played before sellout crowds and rewarded their loyal fans with victories.
The distance from which Baron Davis can still affect the Clippers: More than 2,000 miles. The distance between the Clippers and Boston Celtics, who were on the same court Saturday: light years.
There is no question who the MVP of the Chatsworth boys' basketball team is this season. And Derrick Hector came through with one of his strongest performances of the year to rescue the top-seeded Chancellors in a 68-53 City Section Div.
The Granada Hills girls' soccer team had just one shot on goal in the second overtime period in Thursday's City Section Championship Division quarterfinal match. Turns out, one shot was all the Highlanders needed.
Regardless of the outcomes in the regular season, the only thing that mattered to Whitney Lam was the City Section girls' water polo championship match that would bring her team's trophy back home where it belonged.
The Sylmar girls' soccer team got two goals in the first half, both by Rachel Leon, and then held on for the 2-1 victory Thursday over visiting Verdugo Hills in a quarterfinal match of the City Section Championship Division.
In the end, the best move was no move at all. The NBA's trade deadline came and went Thursday at noon (PST) and Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak kept the roster intact.
It was an unholy marriage to begin with. An awkward, rushed courtship followed by a couple of quick "I do's" and a hurried peck on the cheek.
After coming out asleep in the first half of its four-point overtime loss to Cal last Sunday, the UCLA men's basketball team vowed to set the tone early against Arizona State on Thursday night at Pauley Pavilion.
USC coach Kevin O'Neill complained this week that Arizona star forward Derrick Williams gets awarded free throws for walking across the court. So when Williams shot his first free throw Thursday night, he told O'Neill, "That's one, with more to come.
UCLA coach Ben Howland was adamant during Tuesday's news conference that the Bruins would not go back to playing a zone defense, and that his decision to switch from man-to-man during Sunday's overtime loss at Cal was dictated by foul trouble.