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WRESTLING: Sylmar wins team title; San Fernando has nine individual winners at City qualifier.
STANFORD - USC coach Kevin O'Neill called his team's defense good but not great. Stanford might beg to differ after suffering a 69-53 loss Saturday night to the Trojans.
USC's attempt at an ambush came up short. After losing to Stanford by 44 points last month, the Trojans were hoping that a touch of overconfidence would creep into the minds of the Cardinal players. No such luck.
Asking Blake Griffin about some of his favorites among the 137 times this season that he's slammed a basketball through those cylinders that are propped 10 feet above each end of an NBA court doesn't spur a spontaneous response from the Clippers.
BOYS' BASKETBALL: Marmonte champions' cold shooting night costly in loss to Lakewood. Evann Hall's jumper came up short. Austin Cagley's attempt from beyond the 3-point arc clanked off the of the rim. Anthony Jacques' bank ricocheted off the backboard.
La Canada scored the final five points to seal a 55-47 opening-round win Wednesday over West Torrance in the Southern Section Div. III-AA boys' basketball playoffs.
Two starters came back into the spotlight for the Crescenta Valley girls' water polo team and five others contributed to a Southern Section Div. V first-round victory Wednesday at Pasadena City College.
UCLA senior associate athletic director Mark Harlan told reporters at a news conference Tuesday that the program was zeroing in on the Sports Arena, the Honda Center and Staples Center as part of what likely be a traveling road show for the men's.
USC coach Kevin O'Neill said Wednesday he will change his starting lineup and insert shooting guard Donte Smith when the Trojans face California tonight in Berkeley. Smith, USC's sixth man this season, will replace freshman point guard Maurice Jones.
MINNEAPOLIS - Blake Griffin appeared to be starting his first All-Star weekend in style, with a 29-point, eight-rebound, five-assist thrashing of Western Conference teammate Kevin Love in the Clippers' 98-90 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on.
CLEVELAND - Almost all traces of LeBron James have been removed from this city and its downtown arena. Cleveland Cavaliers employees had only hours to rid the building ofall James-related merchandise after he signed last summer with Miami.
It looks like another Taft High football coach is headed to Gainesville, Fla.
PACIFIC PALISADES - Corey Pavin is the envy of all PGA Tour golfers this week. He has a three-bedroom home here and such a quick drive to Riviera Country Club that he passes through just four stop signs.
CLEVELAND - The buzzer sounded, a sellout crowd erupted in cheers, streamers fell from the rafters and the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrated a payback victory over the Lakers on Wednesday at Quicken Loans Arena.
Middle-aged white men can jump. And dunk. With authority. Depending on what those in authority will allow. And the vertical leap needed to reach a 7-foot hoop.
UCLA FOOTBALL: After 59 days, Neuheisel gets his defensive coordinator. UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel announced the hiring of defensive coordinator Joe Tresey on Tuesday, bringing to a close what he called a "long and exhaustive" search.
CLEVELAND - They can't mess this one up, can they? After playing six games in 11 nights, the Lakers finally reached the only sure thing on their longest trip of the season.
MILWAUKEE - The road has not been kind to the Clippers this season, and it didn't get any better Monday.
PHILADELPHIA - The Kings' streaky season suddenly is on an upswing.
TORONTO - First Cleveland. Now Toronto.