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OCVarsity Hot Shots: The week in pictures

posted by By STEVE FRYER @ 1:45 PM
Monday, January 30, 2012

Slide show: Check out all of OCVarsity’s Hot Shots and Fandemonium pictures from last week’s action in high school sports.

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Boom or bust? A look back at top recent O.C. recruits

posted by By ADAM MAYA @ 9:18 AM
Monday, January 30, 2012

Slideshow: San Clemente’s Kyle Murphy is the county’s highest-rated linemen since Matt Kalil. They even play the same position. In a few months Kalil will be one of the top picks in the NFL draft. Is Murphy the next Kalil? We won’t know for a few…

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Grading UCLA’s 2010 recruiting class

posted by By SCOTT M. REID @ 7:33 AM
Monday, January 30, 2012

Los Angeles—The jury is still out on UCLA’s 2010 recruiting class, Rick Neuheisel’s third straight Top 10 nationally ranked class.
 
On paper the class was loaded:11 recruits with four-star or better ratings, three big time running backs and some…

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Will you spend $64 on the Super Bowl?

posted by By MARY ANN MILBOURN @ 2:00 AM
Monday, January 30, 2012

New York Giants fan, New England Patriots fan. Doesn’t matter. The Super Bowl is party time.
Don’t think so? A survey by the Retail Advertising and Marketing Association conducted by BIGinsight shows 173 million people will watch the game Sunday, the…

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Aggression pays off for Lakers in victory

posted by By KEVIN DING @ 11:00 PM
Sunday, January 29, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS – Times have changed since the Lakers would take the regular season for granted, one lazy eye on their opponents and one steadier eye on the playoffs.
So desperate was first-year Lakers coach Mike Brown for this 106-101 victory over the…

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Lakers can’t find way to win on road

posted by By KEVIN DING @ 11:45 PM
Saturday, January 28, 2012

MILWAUKEE – Phil Jackson used to judge teams’ championship worthiness by a quick glance at their records on the road, where it’s always harder to win.
The Lakers dropped to 1-7 on the road in this post-Jackson season with their 100-89 loss Saturday…

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Final: Bucks 100, Lakers 89

posted by By KEVIN DING @ 8:58 PM
Saturday, January 28, 2012

Phil Jackson used to judge teams’ championship worthiness by a quick glance at their records on the road, where it’s always harder to win.
The Lakers dropped 1-7 on the road in this post-Jackson season with their 100-89 loss Saturday night in…

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Pujols vs. Fielder: Who got the better contract?

posted by By BILL PLUNKETT @ 3:30 PM
Saturday, January 28, 2012

Details of the nine-year, $214 million contract Prince Fielder signed with the Detroit Tigers have come out and it’s interesting to compare them to the complex 10-year, $246 million (or more) contract another free-agent first baseman signed when…

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Former Garden Grove coach Hay dead at 41

posted by By STEVE FRYER @ 3:25 PM
Saturday, January 28, 2012

Joe Hay, left, who was Garden Grove’s varsity football head coach for one season, a memorable one, passed away Friday morning, his wife Nicole Hay said today. Hay was 41.
Nicole said she found Joe not breathing Friday morning. She said Joe wore a…

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O.C. basketball: Mater Dei wins Trinity League showdown

posted by By ADAM MAYA @ 11:29 PM
Friday, January 27, 2012

BELLFLOWER — Friday night’s meeting between Mater Dei and St. John Bosco pitted two Catholic school powers unbeaten in the Trinity League.
And it was raining threes, hallelujah.
All-County guard Katin Reinhardt made five 3-pointers in the first…

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O.C. stars hit the ice at Honda Center

posted by By MARK GARCIA @ 2:50 PM
Friday, January 27, 2012

Slideshow: With a little help from his friends, Santa Margarita’s Kyle McDonald earned the most valuable player award in leading Team Black to a 5-2 triumph over Team White at the inaugural High School Hockey League All-Star Games at Honda Center on…

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Click on the photo for a slide show on the opening day of the Winter X Games.
White sprains ankle
ASPEN — Olympic and Winter X Games champion Shaun White has twisted his left ankle during practice at Buttermilk but is expected to compete in both…

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Clippers need rally to beat Grizzlies

posted by By DAN WOIKE @ 12:53 AM
Friday, January 27, 2012

LOS ANGELES – New jerseys, same Clippers.
As they have for much of the last two weeks, the Clippers got out to a fantastic start Thursday —ahead by 6 in the first quarter with a chance to put the Memphis Grizzlies away early.
But even retro Los…

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Final: Clippers 98, Grizzlies 91

posted by By DAN WOIKE @ 11:41 PM
Thursday, January 26, 2012

New jerseys, same Clippers.
Like they have for much of the last two weeks, the Clippers got out to a fantastic start. Up by as many as 16 in the first quarter, the Clippers had a chance to put the Memphis Grizzlies away early.
But even retro Los…

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D.A. won’t charge Santa Margarita coach

posted by By DAN ALBANO @ 2:57 PM
Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Orange County District Attorney’s office has decided not to file criminal charges against Santa Margarita football coach Harry Welch after an Orange County sheriff’s investigation that the veteran coach allegedly “pushed or shoved” a player on…

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OCVarsity Hot Shots: Wednesday’s basketball games

posted by By STEVE FRYER @ 1:40 PM
Thursday, January 26, 2012

Slide show: Check out OCVarsity’s photos of the action on the court and the Fandemonium in the stands from the the high school basketball games Wednesday night in Orange County.

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Is Gasol ready to stick his neck out for Lakers?

posted by By KEVIN DING @ 9:32 AM
Thursday, January 26, 2012

Pau Gasol being happy still to be a Laker is really sweet, but how ’bout them sour grapes?
Andrew Bynum’s ambition and Kobe Bryant’s knee have them ready and willing to do more this season, but the only way the Lakers win another championship is if…

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Looking back: USC’s 2011 recruiting class

posted by By MICHAEL LEV @ 9:25 AM
Thursday, January 26, 2012

Last February, we revisited USC’s past four recruiting classes. With another one in the books – and another on the way Wednesday – it’s time to re-examine the class of 2011.
Obviously, it’s still too early to fully assess the merits of last…

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Lakers fight off Clippers, end losing streak

posted by By KEVIN DING @ 12:35 AM
Thursday, January 26, 2012

LOS ANGELES – The Lakers were afraid to lose their fourth consecutive game under first-year coach Mike Brown. They were also hungry to win their 10th consecutive home game when facing their now-rising intra-city rivals.
The two-pronged motivation…

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Slide show: Signing Day is only a week away and O.C.’s top football recruits are closing in on their college decisions. Click through the slide show to find the latest updates on players who are committed or still finalizing their commitments. Come…

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Agent Scott Boras’ most extraordinary contracts

posted by By SAM MILLER @ 12:01 PM
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

On Tuesday, Prince Fielder signed a nine-year, $214 million deal with the Tigers. One might say this shocked the baseball world, except that Scott Boras is his agent, and there is no limit to what we expect Boras to get for his contracts.
What…

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Early look at pumped-up American League

posted by By MARK WHICKER @ 8:00 AM
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

When Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson signed with the Angels in December, it was only the first shot.
Since then, almost every other A.L. contender has made a bold move to improve itself, while young and talented Tampa Bay kept a pat hand.
So this would…

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Ducks dealt a painful loss by Stars

posted by By ERIC STEPHENS @ 11:27 PM
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

DALLAS – Who knew a fluke goal might be the thing that could derail a team’s mad attempt to pull off a miracle?
The Ducks didn’t think much of an Alex Goligoski’s shot that skipped off Cam Fowler into the net late in the first period, but it would…

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Final: Stars 1, Ducks 0

posted by By JEFF MILLER @ 9:06 PM
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Ducks didn’t give Dallas much Tuesday, but the Stars didn’t need much.
Alex Goligoski’s goal at 16:41 of the first period was the game’s only score as the Ducks lost in Texas, 1-0. The defeat ended the visitors’ five-game winning streak.
Through…

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Super Bowl: Why the Patriots are favored

posted by By EARL BLOOM @ 2:05 PM
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Why did the New England Patriots open as favorites over the New York Giants for Super Bowl XLVI?
It’s not because the Patriots lost at home, 24-20, to the Giants on Nov. 6, nor because New York upset an 18-0 New England team four years ago to win…

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Angels: Will they live up to the hype?

posted by By MARK WHICKER @ 11:40 AM
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Angels will be under the gun like never before when they begin the 2012 season, thanks to the acquisitions of Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson.
So it might be instructive to see how they’ve handled such expectations previously.
They get mixed…

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10 ways to fix the Lakers right now

posted by By JANIS CARR @ 12:00 PM
Monday, January 23, 2012

Just 18 games into the season and the Lakers are frustrated. So are the fans.
The team has lost three consecutive games, are two games above .500 and in 10th place in the Western Conference. Their 3-point shooting is woeful, their overall shooting…

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Santa Margarita coach on leave, investigated

posted by By DAN ALBANO @ 10:34 AM
Monday, January 23, 2012

Santa Margarita football coach Harry Welch, who last month guided the Eagles to Pac-5 Division and CIF state titles, has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation by the school and Diocese of Orange into a personnel matter, a…

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Slide show: Check out the Lakers fans as they arrive Sunday night at Staples Center to watch the game against the Indiana Pacers.

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LOS ANGELES – The Lakers returned home Sunday to face the Indiana Pacers, believing they had left their offensive troubles and two unsightly losses back in Florida.
That thought held for exactly 12 minutes.
The Lakers came out firing, but lost…

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Hiller stands tall in Ducks’ victory over Colorado

posted by By ERIC STEPHENS @ 11:22 PM
Sunday, January 22, 2012

ANAHEIM – In the moments after his team scored an impressive victory over Ottawa on Saturday afternoon, Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau cautioned that “we’re still 100 miles back” before he got right to preparing for the Colorado Avalanche.
The Ducks…

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Tom Brady waited out the final tense minutes on the sideline and somehow his fourth-quarter leap into the end zone held up, sending the New England Patriots back to the Super Bowl.With New England leading by 3 points with 11…

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Baseball ‘family’ turns out to support Hahn

posted by By MARCIA C. SMITH @ 10:35 AM
Sunday, January 22, 2012

PLACENTIA – His father gave his wheelchair one last, gentle push, and Cory Hahn, on his own power, made his way from third to home at El Dorado High on Saturday to score in front of more than 1,000 supporters.
This crowd that sat through a cold,…

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OCVarsity Hot Shots: The week in pictures

posted by By STEVE FRYER @ 10:30 AM
Sunday, January 22, 2012

Slide show: Check out all of OCVarsity’s Hot Shots and Fandemonium pictures from last week’s high school sports action.
 

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Final: Ducks 2, Senators 1

posted by By JEFF MILLER @ 5:06 PM
Saturday, January 21, 2012

The Ducks extended their points streak to eight games Saturday with a 2-1 victory over Ottawa at Honda Center.
The team is now on a 7-0-1 run.
The Ducks opened a 2-0 lead on second-period goals by Corey Perry and Lubomir Visnovsky. The goal was No….

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OCVarsity Hot Shots: Friday’s basketball action

posted by By STEVE FRYER @ 10:40 AM
Saturday, January 21, 2012

Slide show: Check out OCVarsity.com’s photos of the action on the court and the Fandemonium in the stands from the boys basketball games on Friday night in Orange County.

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Lakers’ offense sputters again in loss to Magic

posted by By KEVIN DING @ 11:07 PM
Friday, January 20, 2012

ORLANDO, Fla. – Asked before the game Friday night about the center subplot of Andrew Bynum vs. Dwight Howard and the ongoing trade possibilities, Lakers coach Mike Brown said with a smile: “I got a ton more to worry about.”
Brown got that right….

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Final: Magic 92, Lakers 80

posted by By KEVIN DING @ 8:49 PM
Friday, January 20, 2012

ORLANDO, Fla. – Asked before the game Friday night about the center subplot of Andrew Bynum vs. Dwight Howard and the ongoing trade possibilities, Lakers coach Mike Brown said with a smile: “I got a ton more to worry about.”
Brown was right about…

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USC’s 10 most important recruiting targets

posted by By MICHAEL LEV @ 3:02 PM
Friday, January 20, 2012

National signing day is less than two weeks away, and USC has seven spots to fill to reach its NCAA-mandated maximum of 15 signees.
Who are the Trojans’ top targets?
We’ve attempted to rank them here, from 10-1, based on several criteria. The three…

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The best starting rotation in Angels history

posted by By SAM MILLER @ 12:02 PM
Friday, January 20, 2012

Last year, C.J. Wilson led the American League in road ERA. Finished sixth in Cy Young voting, eighth in Wins Above Replacement. He had the third-best ERA+ — a stat that adjusts for home ballpark – in the league, just behind Jered Weaver. Dan…

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Casino night: Ducks ‘White Out’ for charity

posted by By JEFF MILLER @ 9:10 AM
Friday, January 20, 2012

ANAHEIM – It was a gathering for charity, the Ducks hosting their 15th annual Casino Night at Honda Center.
But the real gamble was the fashion decision made by some of the players.
The “White Out” theme featured most of the Ducks dressed in white…

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Hey, didn’t you used to be …

posted by By JEFF MILLER @ 7:40 AM
Friday, January 20, 2012

The sports world is ever evolving, spinning like a basketball on the fingertip of a Harlem Globetrotter.
For you young folks out there, the Harlem Globetrotters used to be something special. Now, they’re a functioning relic from a bygone era. Like…

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Lakers can’t match Heat’s energy in loss

posted by By KEVIN DING @ 11:45 PM
Thursday, January 19, 2012

MIAMI – The Lakers’ two staples this season have been the NBA’s No. 2 field-goal defense and the No.1 individual scorer in Kobe Bryant.
Neither brought its best energy Thursday night in a 98-87 loss to the Miami Heat, dropping the Lakers to 1-5 on…

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Slide show: Check out the Ducks fans as they arrive at the Honda Center on Wednesday night prior to a game against the Phoenix Coyotes.

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Clippers sink Mavericks with Billups’ big shot

posted by By DAN WOIKE @ 12:36 AM
Thursday, January 19, 2012

LOS ANGELES – That’s why they call him “Mr. Big Shot.”
Clippers guard Chauncey Billups, who had missed 11 of his past 13 shots, squared up and knocked down a three-point basket from the right wing with one second left on the clock, bringing the…

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Ducks shine even when stars don’t

posted by By ERIC STEPHENS @ 12:32 AM
Thursday, January 19, 2012

ANAHEIM – Ryan Getzlaf didn’t score a point. Neither did Bobby Ryan. Corey Perry did get a goal and Teemu Selanne had an assist but neither had a huge impact.
Had this been during their dark days, the Ducks would have gone down in defeat and talked…

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Billups hits the big shot as Clippers edges Mavericks

posted by By DAN WOIKE @ 11:37 PM
Wednesday, January 18, 2012

That’s why they call him “Mr. Big Shot.”
Clippers guard Chauncey Billups, who had missed 11-of-his-last-13 shots, squared up and knocked down a three-point basket from the right wing with one second left on the clock, bringing the Clippers’…

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Final: Ducks 6, Coyotes 2

posted by By JEFF MILLER @ 10:39 PM
Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Defenseman Francois Beauchemin scored twice and had an assist as the Ducks continued rolling Wednesday, 6-2, over Phoenix at Honda Center.
The Ducks (16-22-7) now have earned points in seven consecutive games, six of which have been victories.
Niklas…

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O.C. high schools: Winter sports athletes to watch

posted by By STEVE FRYER @ 10:45 AM
Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Slide show: OCVarsity casts a big spotlight, and many athletes are noticed on a regular basis. But we know that many athletes who don’t get a lot of attention are essential to their teams’ success or have an excellent opportunity of making an impact…

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NFL: What to watch for this Sunday

posted by By EARL BLOOM @ 7:55 AM
Wednesday, January 18, 2012

There are countless angles leading into the AFC and NFC championship games on Sunday but I’ve managed to whittle it down to five that intrigue me the most.
A potential Super Bowl matchup between the teams of the Harbaugh Brothers is the obvious one,…

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Clippers beaten at own game by Jazz

posted by By DAN WOIKE @ 9:34 PM
Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Not a whole bunch to say about this one, with the Clippers looking every bit depleted as they actually are. Without Chris Paul and Mo Williams, the Clippers weren’t going to survive off nights from the rest of the regulars, and they didn’t.
The…

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The bonds between a father and son can be tight in the best of instances and the Ducks do what they can to keep them that way.
In what has become a nice tradition around the NHL, the Ducks are among a number of teams that have brought the dads of…

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Lakers get defensive to beat defending champion Mavericks

posted by By KEVIN DING @ 11:52 PM
Monday, January 16, 2012

LOS ANGELES – After four consecutive games of Kobe Bryant scoring at least 40 points, the Lakers didn’t crack 60 as a team until midway through the fourth quarter Monday night.
Flashing back to some past glory days in the end, they had enough for a…

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Odom returns tonight – as a Maverick

posted by By JANIS CARR @ 2:50 PM
Monday, January 16, 2012

Lakers players are looking forward to seeing Lamar Odom Monday night when the Dallas Mavericks visit Staples Center. For some, it will be the first time they have spoken to their former teammate since he was traded as training camp opened.
“He…

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Money matters: Looking inside the Angels payroll

posted by By BILL PLUNKETT @ 7:35 AM
Monday, January 16, 2012

Jerry Dipoto has spent a lot of owner Arte Moreno’s money since he became the Angels’ new GM in November — $330 million or so committed in one 48-hour burst in early December plus a contract extension to one member of the team’s homegrown core with…

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Blake’s inspired play carries Ducks over Canucks

posted by By ERIC STEPHENS @ 11:55 PM
Sunday, January 15, 2012

VANCOUVER – The Ducks’ Jason Blake has a lot of mileage on his wheels, but the veteran winger decided to turn back the odometer in an inspired effort against one of the NHL’s best teams Sunday.
Blake scored twice and assisted on another goal to…

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OCVarsity Hot Shots: The week in pictures

posted by By STEVE FRYER @ 10:30 AM
Sunday, January 15, 2012

Slide show: Check out OCVarsity.com’s roundup of the week’s best photos from the winter sports as well as our Fandemonium photos.

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Bryant’s 42 points keep Lakers rolling

posted by By JANIS CARR @ 12:47 AM
Saturday, January 14, 2012

LOS ANGELES – Mike Brown has seen Kobe Bryant play in 13 games as Lakers coach now and still he is amazed with Bryant’s ability to ignore critics and pain.
Bryant silenced critics 10 days ago who said he took and missed too many shots against…

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Confident Ducks breeze by Oilers

posted by By ERIC STEPHENS @ 11:55 PM
Friday, January 13, 2012

EDMONTON, Alberta – Just how far the Ducks have come on their long path back to respectability will show itself when they take the ice Sunday in Vancouver, but any shred of progress is a welcome sight.
It remains to be seen how many steps forward…

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Final: Ducks 5, Oilers 0

posted by By JEFF MILLER @ 10:25 PM
Friday, January 13, 2012

Jonas Hiller shut out the Oilers and Ryan Getzlaf had four assists as the Ducks won, 5-0, Friday in Edmonton.
The victory was the team’s eighth in a row inside the Oilers’ home arena and the Ducks’ fourth in five games.
Hiller, who stopped 33 shots,…

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AUSTIN, Texas – Janet Evans’ Olympic comeback at age 40 just got serious.
In her first elite-level competition since coming out of retirement, the former United States gold medalist and world record holder qualified Friday for this summer’s Olympic…

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OCVarsity Hot Shots: All-star football game

posted by By BRIAN WHITEHEAD @ 12:40 PM
Friday, January 13, 2012

Slide show: Check out the action from the inaugural Competitive Elite Sports Literacy Classic all-star football game Thursday at Whittier College.

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Cowboy up: Bull riders coming to Anaheim

posted by By LOU PONSI @ 11:07 AM
Friday, January 13, 2012

ANAHEIM — There will be at least one rider — and one bull – to keep an eye as the Professional Bull Riders make their annual tour stop in Orange County this weekend.
The Professional Bull Rider’s Anaheim Invitational takes will be held 7p.m….

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Steinberg recounts ‘the wreckage I’ve created’

posted by By SCOTT M. REID @ 11:05 AM
Friday, January 13, 2012

Leigh Steinberg was the biggest agent in sports long before “show me the money,” the iconic catch phrase from the Steinberg-inspired film “Jerry Maguire,” became part of the everyday American vocabulary.
During his career Steinberg had negotiated…

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Leigh Steinberg’s hall of fame client list

posted by By SCOTT M. REID @ 8:45 AM
Friday, January 13, 2012

For more than 20 years Orange County sports agent Leigh Steinberg negotiated a series of record-setting contracts for some of the biggest names in professional football history. An unprecedented eight Steinberg clients were the top overall pick in…

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Who will come after Teemu?

posted by By MARK WHICKER @ 7:55 AM
Friday, January 13, 2012

The Ducks are not interested in trading Teemu Selanne. Teemu Selanne is not interested in leaving the Ducks.
But if they get to the trade deadline Feb. 27 in the same deep hole they are in, they’ll both be approached by some Stanley Cup contenders….

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Ducks go cold, lose to Flames in overtime

posted by By ERIC STEPHENS @ 12:04 AM
Friday, January 13, 2012

CALGARY, Alberta – The Ducks and Calgary Flames spent Thursday night trying to avoid the big mistake while their goaltenders shut off whatever pucks actually got through to them.
For each big save the Ducks’ Jonas Hiller made over the first 60…

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Happening now: Angels live chat

posted by By BILL PLUNKETT @ 1:05 PM
Thursday, January 12, 2012

Have a question about spring training or the upcoming Angels season? Ask our Angels beat writer.
<a href=”http://www.coveritlive.com/mobile.php/option=com_mobile/task=viewaltcast/altcast_code=28ffb91d58″…

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Agent Steinberg files for bankruptcy

posted by By SCOTT M. REID @ 12:35 PM
Thursday, January 12, 2012

Sports agent Leigh Steinberg filed for Chapter 7 protection in U.S. Bankruptcy Court on Wednesday and then in a revealing e-mail to friends and associates admitted to suffering from alcoholism for “a number of years.” Steinberg also sent the email to…

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OCVarsity Hot Shots: Wednesday’s basketball games

posted by By STEVE FRYER @ 10:45 AM
Thursday, January 12, 2012

Slide show: Check out OCVarsity’s Hot Shots and Fandemonium photos from the county’s high school boys basketball action Wednesday night.

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USC’s top 12 sports moments of 2011

posted by By MICHAEL LEV @ 7:40 AM
Thursday, January 12, 2012

USC has won 116 team national championships, so athletic success is nothing new for the Trojans.
But there was something special about 2011.
One USC team won its fourth consecutive national title, another its third. The football team went from…

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Clippers come up big vs. Heat in overtime

posted by By DAN WOIKE @ 11:49 PM
Wednesday, January 11, 2012

LOS ANGELES – Deep into the fourth quarter Wednesday at Staples Center, the Miami Heat, the predominant story of the 2010-11 NBA season, gave the Los Angeles Clippers all they had.
LeBron James drove the rim with unmatched speed and power. Dwyane…

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Bryant helps Lakers end road woes

posted by By KEVIN DING @ 11:41 PM
Wednesday, January 11, 2012

SALT LAKE CITY – While the romantics swoon over Kobe Bryant’s poetic scoring, the Lakers also are winning because of new Lakers coach Mike Brown’s “hard hats.”
One day and one plane flight after scoring 48 points at home, Bryant stayed hot with a…

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Best athletes who never won it all

posted by By DAN WOIKE @ 6:30 PM
Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Slide show: With the Miami Heat and LeBron James headed to Staples Center to face the Clippers Wednesday night, it seemed like a fitting time to look at James’ place among the best who haven’t won a title.
Click on the photo to see where James ranks…

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Angels: What to expect from Kendrys Morales

posted by By SAM MILLER @ 3:20 PM
Wednesday, January 11, 2012

After Kendrys Morales’ broken leg, a setback after surgery and almost two years away from baseball, it’s hard to predict what the Angels will get from the slugger in 2012. It’s impossible, really. But he’s not the first player who ever missed a year…

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Angels give Orange High a dream field

posted by By MARCIA C. SMITH @ 1:55 PM
Wednesday, January 11, 2012

ORANGE – Barney Lopas broke into tears Tuesday afternoon as he thanked his fellow Angels groundskeepers who had volunteered hundreds of hours over the past eight months to renovate the Orange High baseball field that had been a diamond in the…

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Former Laker Robert Horry talks tech, basketball at CES

posted by Technology @ 1:25 PM
Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Like many celebrities, Robert Horry is at the Consumer Electronics Show this week to help promote a tech company. Problem is, when we sat down with him Tuesday to chat about Haier America, basketball's Big Shot Rob conceded he hadn't yet seen the appliance brand's latest products. 

In fact, he says he's not much of a techie.

"I try to keep my life as simple as possible," he said. "[If] I get all this high-tech, I'm going to buy more stuff and more stuff."

No matter. The affable former Laker, who won three of his seven championships with the team, was happy to talk generally about the brand, which is a sponsor for the NBA, and his hopes for his partnership with the company: "Haier has a lot of good products, and I'm just trying to get in good with the family so they can remodel my kitchen," he joked.

He was also eager to chat about his basketball days, saying he still keeps in touch with Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher. Although he's a Lakers fan, he said he sees challenges ahead for the team this year, including "a lot of young cats on their team," tough competition from the Oklahoma City Thunder and Miami Heat, and leftover issues from the trade drama at the start of the season. 

"I just think sometimes, with the way the season started out with them and all the turmoil and the guys being traded and them trading guys and trades not going through, you put a wall up as a player," he said. "Even though you go out there and play, it's still not the same because in the back of your mind, you always got that fear of being traded, so you don't play as well." 

These days, Horry works as a sports commentator and lives in Houston — though he noted that "everybody thinks I live in L.A."

"L.A. is just too expensive for me," he said. "That's one thing about me: I'm from the South and I'm cheap."

Horry said he goes to a lot of Houston Rockets games now that he's retired and has free time. "I try to keep my face in there just in case one day I want to try to venture into the coaching realm or the GM realm or something of that nature," he said. "I'm waiting for my son to turn 13 and go to high school, and then I want to get back into it."

But back to tech: Horry, who has attended CES a number of times in the past, said he loves coming to the show to see what new products are coming out. "My favorite part is going to booths and coming home with a bag of stuff," he said.

One device he won't be going home with: a 3-D television. 

"I can't watch 3-D. It gives me a headache," he said. "I just saw a guy with a 3-D camera and that was cool, but after looking at it for 2, 3 seconds, my head started to hurt."

But Horry said he loves watching television shows — "The Closer" is a top choice — and has three Apple TVs in his home. As expected, he said Haier's TVs "are great." His favorite model?

"The big ones," he said. "The thing about them is they're slim and you can put them anywhere. Right now, I'm working on getting one to put in my bathroom. Sometimes you like to sit back and take a nice bubble bath and watch NBA TV."

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Apple looms large over the Consumer Electronics Show

Samsung TVs add gesture, voice control; Sharp previews 8K

Bieber, Snooki, Timberlake and other celebs descend on CES

– Andrea Chang in Las Vegas

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Slide show: Check out the Lakers fans as they arrive at Staples Center on Tuesday night to watch the Lakers play the Phoenix Suns.

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Slide show: Check out the Ducks fans as they arrive at the Honda Center on Tuesday night to watch the Ducks play the Dallas Stars.

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Solid Finnish helps Ducks win third in a row

posted by By ERIC STEPHENS @ 12:10 AM
Wednesday, January 11, 2012

ANAHEIM – Teemu Selanne had an empty net in front of him, which is nirvana to one of the NHL’s greatest goal scorers of all time.
But there was his linemate and longtime friend Saku Koivu skating to the left of him and sitting on two goals. With a…

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Bryant’s 48 points keep Lakers on a roll

posted by By KEVIN DING @ 11:54 PM
Tuesday, January 10, 2012

LOS ANGELES – According to the Arizona Republic, when asked the day before the game about not going up against longtime Lakers coach Phil Jackson this time, Phoenix Suns coach Alvin Gentry replied: “I’d rather have Phil there and not Kobe.”
Kobe…

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Final: Ducks 5, Stars 2

posted by By JEFF MILLER @ 10:40 PM
Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Saku Koivu had a hat trick and goalie Jeff Deslauriers picked up his first NHL victory since April 7, 2010, as the Ducks beat Dallas, 5-2, at Honda Center.
Koivu’s second goal broke a 2-2 tie at 9:32 of the third period. His third — marking his…

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Kendrick ‘truly wanted’ to stay at home with Angels

posted by By BILL PLUNKETT @ 4:56 PM
Tuesday, January 10, 2012

ANAHEIM — By signing a four-year, $33.5 million contract extension with the Angels this week, Howie Kendrick traded a measure of security for the freedom — and potential salary-boosting properties – of reaching free agency in the prime of his…

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Take a look at who was getting into the action during the BCS Championship between Alabama and LSU.

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Wait a second: Ranking Kendrick among Angels’ best

posted by By BILL PLUNKETT @ 7:50 AM
Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Slide show: Second base hasn’t exactly been a glamour spot during the Angels’ franchise history. In fact, it has been home to nearly as many future broadcasters (four – Rex Hudler, Harold Reynolds, Jerry Remy and Mark McLemore) as All-Stars (six)….

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Rematch of the Century, it wasn’t. For Alabama, it was good enough for No. 1, if not a lot of style points.
The Crimson Tide romped to another BCS championship against top-ranked LSU with a smothering defensive performance…

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OCVarsity Hot Shots: The week in pictures

posted by By STEVE FRYER @ 5:15 PM
Monday, January 9, 2012

Slide show: Check out OCVarsity.com’s roundup of the week’s best photos from the winter sports as well as our Fandemonium photos.

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NFL scores: Playoff time is Tebow Time, too

posted by By EARL BLOOM @ 3:28 PM
Monday, January 9, 2012

Tim Tebow’s deep passing was the difference Sunday, as the Denver Broncos shocked the Pittsburgh Steelers, 29-23, in overtime to cap NFL Wild Card weekend.
Tebow and Demaryius Thomas connected on an 80-yard touchdown pass 11 seconds into the extra…

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Baseball’s odd contract clauses

posted by By SAM MILLER @ 1:38 PM
Monday, January 9, 2012

Last week, the details of Albert Pujols’ contract emerged. As Bill Plunkett wrote, Pujols will get bonuses for his 763rd home run, hotel suites on the road and a personal services contract after he retires.
Those aren’t the most unusual contract…

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Slide show: Check out the Lakers fans as they arrive Sunday night at Staples Center to watch the game against the Memphis Grizzlies.

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Bryant’s hot hand carries Lakers over Grizzlies

posted by By KEVIN DING @ 11:36 PM
Sunday, January 8, 2012

LOS ANGELES – Kobe Bryant did it again Sunday night, but it wasn’t necessarily the biggest victory Bryant saw unfold on the day. Before the Lakers’ 90-82 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies, Bryant had watched on TV as Tim Tebow led the Denver…

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Final: Lakers 90, Grizzlies 82

posted by By KEVIN DING @ 9:59 PM
Sunday, January 8, 2012

Kobe Bryant vowed not to stop shooting.
Mike Brown promised to put Bryant in better spots on the floor for him to score.
For a Lakers team struggling with many of the most basic facets of the game, Bryant’s ongoing scoring punch is a nice cornerstone…

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Clippers add some ‘D’, come up with victory

posted by By DAN WOIKE @ 11:50 PM
Saturday, January 7, 2012

LOS ANGELES –  The narrative surrounding the Clippers through the first two weeks of the NBA season has been all about the team’s ability to score points and its inability to keep their opponents from doing it.
But Saturday night against the…

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Angels, Kendrick agree to four-year deal

posted by By BILL PLUNKETT @ 8:32 PM
Saturday, January 7, 2012

The Angels have reached a four-year contract agreement with infielder Howie Kendrick pending the formality of a physical in the next couple days.
Kendrick was in the final year of his arbitration eligibility this year. The contract extension locks…

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OCVarsity Hot Shots from Friday’s basketball games

posted by By STEVE FRYER @ 10:45 AM
Saturday, January 7, 2012

Slide show: Check out all of the action from some of the county’s top boys basketball games on Friday.

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Ducks aces have hand in victory

posted by By ERIC STEPHENS @ 12:20 AM
Saturday, January 7, 2012

ANAHEIM – For those who are in the camp of dealing either to the highest bidder, the Ducks’ Bobby Ryan and Ryan Getzlaf offered up the reason Friday why it might not be prudent to do away with them just yet.
Ryan and Getzlaf, showing a rare display…

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Bryant ends up saving Lakers again

posted by By KEVIN DING @ 12:15 AM
Saturday, January 7, 2012

LOS ANGELES – Lethargic, out of sorts and moving as though they were playing their ninth game in 13 days, the Lakers already looked beaten minutes into Friday’s game against Golden State.
Andrew Bynum struggled inside against Golden State’s Kwame…

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Final: Lakers 97, Warriors 90

posted by By JANIS CARR @ 11:11 PM
Friday, January 6, 2012

LOS ANGELES – Lethargic, out of sorts and moving as though they were playing in their ninth game in 13 days, the Lakers already looked beaten minutes into Friday’s contest against Golden State.
Andrew Bynum struggled inside against Golden State’s…

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Final: Ducks 4, Islanders 2

posted by By JEFF MILLER @ 10:33 PM
Friday, January 6, 2012

Having lost another lead and down in the third period again, the Ducks did something stunning Friday.
They came back and won.
Ryan Getzlaf scored his first goal since Dec. 4 at 12:25 of the third period, breaking a 2-2 tie as the Ducks eventually…

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Behind the scenes of CP3’s shoe launch

posted by BY DAN WOIKIE @ 10:47 AM
Friday, January 6, 2012

“When I wear these shoes, I feel like I’m cheating,” Chris Paul said.
In addition to looking pretty cool, the science behind the CP3 V by Jordan Brand is meant to capitalize on Paul’s speed and quickness. After extensive testing at Nike’s Oregon…

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UCLA manages to Wear down Arizona

posted by By SCOTT M. REID @ 12:40 AM
Friday, January 6, 2012

ANAHEIM – All week, UCLA coach Ben Howland said the Brothers Wear needed to step up.
Travis and David Wear did just that Thursday night, in the process stepping all over Arizona in a 65-58 victory in the Wooden Classic at Honda Center.
The former…

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Lakers can’t overcome Rose Garden jinx

posted by By KEVIN DING @ 12:07 AM
Friday, January 6, 2012

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Lakers don’t win just because Kobe Bryant can shoot straight despite a torn ligament in his wrist and Andrew Bynum gets the ball enough to do his ongoing 20-point, 10-rebound thing.
The Portland Trail Blazers played far better…

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Meet the man who paints the Angels

posted by By MARCIA C. SMITH @ 3:35 PM
Thursday, January 5, 2012

Kyle Morrissey is between careers, canvasses, brushstrokes and inspirations, having made the daring leap to become a professional artist on the Angels’ wings and a prayer.
The 35-year-old former Navy serviceman, former hyperbaric chamber operator,…

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OCVarsity Hot Shots: The best of 2011

posted by By STEVE FRYER @ 11:37 AM
Thursday, January 5, 2012

Slide show: Click through the photos to see some of 2011′s best action shots.

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It’s good to be an NFL fan because …

posted by By EARL BLOOM @ 7:56 AM
Thursday, January 5, 2012

Thanksgiving is long gone, but when each NFL regular season ends, I like to look back and thank the personalities and performers who made for an enjoyable season.
It’s all good, unless you’re a St. Louis Rams fan; like fired coach Steve Spagnuolo…

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Slide show: Check out the Ducks fans as they arrive at the Honda Center on Wednesday night for a game against the San Jose Sharks.

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Fast-starting Clippers enjoy a blowout

posted by By DAN WOIKE @ 12:23 AM
Thursday, January 5, 2012

LOS ANGELES – Midway through the third quarter Wednesday night at Staples Center, Chris Paul finally relented and gave the people what they wanted to see.
Right after he found DeAndre Jordan on a big lob for a dunk, Paul threw an alley-oop to Blake…

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Even Sharks find way to beat Ducks

posted by By ERIC STEPHENS @ 12:11 AM
Thursday, January 5, 2012

ANAHEIM – Game after game, it seems as if the Ducks steadily build their house of cards before watching it tumble down in a matter of minutes — or even seconds.
It took the San Jose Sharks just 27 seconds to score twice in the second period to…

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Best Fandemonium photos of 2011

posted by By STEVE FRYER @ 11:30 AM
Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Slide show: Check out some of the best 2011 photos of fans, cheerleaders, band members and more.

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Angels: Every record Albert Pujols will break

posted by By SAM MILLER @ 9:22 AM
Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Tucked into Albert Pujols’ contract are the milestone incentives: $7 million for breaking Barry Bonds’ home run mark, $3 million for his 3,000th hit. And that’s when it hits you: The Angels have a player who is going to reach every milestone, and…

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Slide show: Check out the Lakers fans as they arrive Tuesday night at Staples Center to watch the game against the Houston Rockets.

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Bryant scores 37 points in Lakers’ victory

posted by By KEVIN DING @ 12:13 AM
Wednesday, January 4, 2012

LOS ANGELES – He’s still the snake who doesn’t want you to know when he will strike … just that he will.
Kobe Bryant bounced back from his shoddy shooting last game to light up the Houston Rockets with 37 points on 14-of-29 shooting Tuesday…

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OCVarsity Hot Shots: The week in pictures

posted by By DAN ALBANO @ 12:27 PM
Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Slide show: Click through the slide show to see action photos from the week’s soccer and basketball tournaments.

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A different look at the NFL playoffs

posted by By EARL BLOOM @ 11:28 AM
Tuesday, January 3, 2012

I’d like the Pittsburgh Steelers a lot more with running back Rashard Mendenhall.
I’d like the New Orleans Saints a lot more, if they hadn’t already lost at Lambeau Field in good weather.
I’d like the San Francisco 49ers a lot more, if they were…

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Bynum looks sharp in his return

posted by By JANIS CARR @ 10:25 AM
Sunday, January 1, 2012

LOS ANGELES – Andrew Bynum returned from his league-imposed exile Saturday afternoon, and his presence was a sight for sore wrists and ankles.
The Lakers center was suspended by the NBA for the first four games this season because of his hit on…

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Lakers coach Mike Brown has made so many little life decisions, just like other men trying to be good fathers while climbing less public career ladders.
He has called home from the road after another missed family dinner. He has reviewed video of his…

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UCLA football: Illinois 20, UCLA 14 (final)

posted by By @ 5:00 PM
Saturday, December 31, 2011

UCLA became the first team in NCAA history to finish a season 6-8 after falling to Illinois, 20-14, on a chilly Saturday afternoon before 29,878 at AT&T Park.
The Bruins turned the ball over four times, and could neither contain Illini quarterback…

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San Francisco – When Illinois junior All-America defensive lineman Whitney Mercilus tried to lend a teammate a helping hand last spring he had no idea he wouldn’t be getting all of it back.
During a weight training workout in the final week of…

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Ducks fans arrive at the Honda center to watch the Ducks/Vancouver game.

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Santa Margarita fires 2 coaches in pot case

posted by By DAN ALBANO @ 10:05 AM
Friday, December 30, 2011

Santa Margarita has terminated two assistant football coaches involved in a marijuana possession case that has cast a shadow on the Eagles’ state championship season, the school administration stated in a letter to school parents Thursday night….

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Lakers Rim Shots: Fans from Thursday’s game

posted by BY ARMANDO BROWN @ 8:45 AM
Friday, December 30, 2011

Fans arrive at Staples Arena to watch the Lakers play the New York Knicks on Thursday night.

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Lakers win – and are getting Bynum back

posted by By KEVIN DING @ 7:46 AM
Friday, December 30, 2011

LOS ANGELES — – The Lakers shot 71.9 percent from the field in the first half against the New York Knicks en route to an easy 99-82 victory on Thursday night.
Now the Lakers are getting Andrew Bynum back from his four-game NBA suspension.
Their…

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Completing the bowl predictions with the games from the first week of 2012.
 
 

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Top 25 athletic programs during the fall

posted by By STEVE FRYER @ 7:45 AM
Thursday, December 29, 2011

Slide show: Steve Fryer counts down the top 25 athletic programs during the fall sports season. Click on the photo to see how the schools are ranked.
Click here to see the photos.

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2011: The best in MMA, boxing photos

posted by By LOU PONSI @ 11:30 AM
Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Orange County MMA and boxing fans had it good in 2011.
The hybrid Fight Club OC shows, formerly called Battle in the Ballroom, made their debut in 2011 at the Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center Costa Mesa. Every event was a sellout.
Other shows,…

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Mickey Mouse brings Oregon, Wisconsin together

posted by By ERIC CARPENTER @ 8:20 AM
Wednesday, December 28, 2011

ANAHEIM – Next week, the coaches of the Wisconsin Badgers and the Oregon Ducks will be all business as they take the Rose Bowl field to do battle in one of the season’s most anticipated showdowns.
But on Tuesday, they took to Disneyland’s Main…

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Lakers Rim Shots: Fans from Tuesday’s game

posted by BY ARMANDO BROWN @ 7:38 AM
Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Lakers fans arriving at Staples arena before the Lakers/Jazz basketball game.

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Lakers give new coach his first win

posted by By KEVIN DING @ 11:28 PM
Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Mike Brown can still coach. Kobe Bryant can still make his teammates better. Pau Gasol can still play tough.
The Lakers got some much-needed reassurances Tuesday night in a 96-71 victory over the Utah Jazz. Despite the fatigue of a third game in…

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O.C. product to anchor UCLA defense for bowl

posted by By SCOTT M. REID @ 9:15 PM
Tuesday, December 27, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO — – Patrick Larimore was in street clothes when UCLA hit the practice field at San Francisco City College Tuesday.
While the junior middle linebacker said last week he expected to play against Illinois Saturday, the Bruins coaches…

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Countdown to MMA’s 2011 KO of the Year

posted by By CARLOS ARIAS @ 11:33 AM
Tuesday, December 27, 2011

There were plenty of great MMA fights and exciting finishes in 2011. Who can forget UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva channeling Daniel Larusso from “The Karate Kid” and knocking out Vitor Belfort? How about Cheick Kongo’s amazing…

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NFL scores: Brees passes Marino to cap record-setting weekend

posted by By EARL BLOOM @ 9:22 AM
Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Drew Brees’ last pass Monday night was a 9-yard TD to Darren Sproles, lifting the New Orleans Saints quarterback past Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino as the most prolific single-season passer in NFL history.
Brees finished the night with 5,087…

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Clippers’ stars shine in opening win

posted by By DAN WOIKE @ 11:34 PM
Sunday, December 25, 2011

OAKLAND – To some, the Clippers entered Sunday night’s season opener as an ordained contender after making the biggest splash of the offseason by trading for Chris Paul and sweeping the Lakers in the preseason.
But before his team even took the…

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Brown questions Kobe’s judgment on crucial turnover

posted by By JEFF MILLER @ 9:31 PM
Sunday, December 25, 2011

LOS ANGELES – — After being here an entire 48 regular-season minutes, Mike Brown did the unimaginable Sunday.
We only wish he had realized it.
He publicly questioned the Laker who has been here since 1996, the Laker who has played in more games…

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Lakers lose in gutsy performance

posted by By KEVIN DING @ 6:17 PM
Sunday, December 25, 2011

When the epic collapse was done, Mike Brown tried to stay positive.
He walked off the Lakers’ bench, clapping his hands and went first to congratulate – or console – Kobe Bryant, who ended the game with a killer turnover and a shot blocked at the…

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Lakers open season with a lot to prove

posted by By KEVIN DING @ 1:05 AM
Sunday, December 25, 2011

LOS ANGELES – The Lakers haven’t won a game since May 8.
Mike Brown hasn’t won one since May 7, 2010.
Especially after two exhibition losses to the revamped Clippers, there is some basis for growing skepticism about the Lakers entering the 2011-12…

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DETROIT – After a decade of losing, the Detroit Lions are in the playoffs.
And they made sure the San Diego Chargers are out.
With their fans chanting “PLAYOFFS” for the final minutes, Detroit got there for the first time since 1999 as Matthew…

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Fantasy football: Week 16 picks to perform

posted by By EARL BLOOM @ 2:55 PM
Friday, December 23, 2011

With 13 games scheduled Saturday on Christmas Eve, make sure you set your Fantasy lineups earlier this weekend.
There are some very appealing matchups, and the choices were hard for my Fantasy football picks to perform for Week 16.
I’m focusing on…

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Over-70 hoopsters: ‘Ben-Gay is their best friend’

posted by By JANIS CARR @ 10:57 AM
Friday, December 23, 2011

The basketball player lay on the basketball court dead, having suffered a fatal heart attack, and officials promptly called the game.
Bob Messersmith, who was guarding the now-deceased player, didn’t understand the officials’ actions. He wanted to…

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Why USC’s Matt Barkley came back

posted by By MARK WHICKER @ 7:55 AM
Friday, December 23, 2011

When USC overwhelmed UCLA, 50-0, in its final game of the year, Trojans coach Lane Kiffin said it was most probably the final USC game for Matt Barkley.
“Unless he wants to be remembered as an alltime Trojan,” Kiffin said, “I think he’s gone.”
It…

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Hiller unable to save Ducks from loss to Kings

posted by By ERIC STEPHENS @ 12:42 AM
Friday, December 23, 2011

LOS ANGELES – There was a time when Jonas Hiller stood out in the shootout. And there was a time when the goalie made the big save his team needed. And there was a time when the Ducks knew how to win.
None of that seems to apply this season. Hiller…

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Barkley makes it a ‘great day’ for USC

posted by By JEFF MILLER @ 5:49 PM
Thursday, December 22, 2011

LOS ANGELES – The Reggie Bush scandal and subsequent NCAA ruling took a lot from USC’s football program.
On Thursday, those dark developments, in an odd twist, gave the Trojans something back:
One more season of Matt Barkley.
The junior quarterback…

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USC football: Barkley staying for 1 more year

posted by By @ 2:11 PM
Thursday, December 22, 2011

USC won’t have a lot of issues entering next season, including at the quarterback position.
Junior Matt Barkley announced Thursday he will return for his senior season, making the Trojans an early contender for the national title. With Barkley, USC…

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We were inspired, horrified, amazed and even disgusted by a lot of things sports in 2011.
To sum it all in one word: shocking.
Click on the PHOTO to see the Top 25 Shocking Moments in sports in 2011.

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NFL to stream Super Bowl online and to Verizon phones, tablets

posted by Technology @ 11:24 AM
Thursday, December 22, 2011

nfl.com

For the first time, the Super Bowl, arguably the biggest U.S. sports event of the year, is going mobile.

On Feb. 5, the National Football League will stream Super Bowl 46, taking place at Indianapolis' Lucas Oil Stadium, to smartphones and tablets using Verizon's NFL Mobile app (available on Apple's iOS and Google's Android).

Don't have a Verizon Wireless smartphone but still want to see the big game over the Web? The Super Bowl will be streaming at NFL.com and NBCSports.com.

And, as is the norm, the Super Bowl will be broadcast live on regular ol' TV on NBC. As noted by our colleagues over at The Times' Fabulous Forum sports blog, a record 111 million people watched Super Bowl 45 the old-fashioned TV way last year.

"The live NFL.com and NBCSports.com coverage will come from NBC’s TV coverage of the games," NBC Sports said in a statement. "Complementing that stream will be a number of extra features to enrich the viewing experience including additional camera angles, in-game highlights, live statistics and other interactive elements."

But, of course, the NFL is looking to reach more viewers and looking to mobile gadgets to do so. And that's not all. The NFL, NBC and Verizon will also stream wild-card Saturday, on Jan. 7, the playoffs and the Pro Bowl on Jan. 29.

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Image: A screenshot of NFL.com. For the first time, the Super Bowl will be streamed live online and to Verizon phones and tablets. Credit: NFL

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2011 All-County football second and third teams revealed

posted by By STEVE FRYER @ 11:03 AM
Thursday, December 22, 2011

Slide show: OCVarsity.com and the Orange County Register honor the top Orange County football players and coach each year. Click through the slide show to find the All-County second- and third-team selections.
Click here to see the All-County first…

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Clippers win again on painful day for Lakers

posted by By DAN WOIKE @ 12:32 AM
Thursday, December 22, 2011

LOS ANGELES – The sellout crowd of 19,060 Wednesday night at Staples Center didn’t act like it was the final exhibition game.
With less than a minute left and one possession separating Los Angeles’ two NBA teams, the crowd howled like this one…

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Slide show: OCVarsity.com and the Orange County Register honor the top Orange County high school football players and coach each year. Click through the slide show to find the All-County first team, the offensive and defensive players of the year and…

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Top sports figures of 2011

posted by By MARK WHICKER @ 7:45 AM
Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Slide show: In a year that was stained by unspeakable scandals at Penn State and Syracuse, a garden-variety case of cheating at Ohio State, an epidemic of concussions, two work stoppages and a stubborn dose of performance-enhancers, some athletes…

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UCLA growing stronger, crushes UC Irvine

posted by By SCOTT M. REID @ 12:12 AM
Wednesday, December 21, 2011

LOS ANGELES – There are a number of reasons for UCLA’s recent turnaround.
Bruin point guard Lazeric Jones regaining his confidence.
Sophomore guard Tyler Lamb getting healthy.
The emergence of freshman Norman Powell.
But as UCLA rolled up its…

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Are the Clippers better than the Lakers?

posted by By DAN WOIKE @ 11:46 AM
Tuesday, December 20, 2011

It was just 48 minutes, but man, was it impressive.
One-handed alley-oops, passes off the backboard, shots swatted like flies. There was definitely “Showtime” Monday night at Staples Center, but shockingly, it was the men in red dishing it out to the…

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OCVarsity has revealed its All-County teams for all fall sports, except football, which will be announced Tuesday at 4 p.m. Click on the links below to find the All-County teams for fall sports:

Boys cross country
Boys water polo
Girls cross country…

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Slide show: See the fans who showed up to see the Lakers play the Clippers Monday night at Staples Center.

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Top 12 local sports figures of 2011

posted by By MARK WHICKER @ 2:56 PM
Monday, December 19, 2011

It might not have seemed like a vintage sports year in our area, but a Hart Trophy and a Cy Young Award winner did come from here, as well as the Major League Soccer champions and a Little League World Series winner.
And there was enough intrigue and…

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Angels gift ideas (for rotten kids)

posted by By SAM MILLER @ 11:14 AM
Monday, December 19, 2011

The Angels team store is the hottest place to shop for Christmas presents this year: Albert Pujols jerseys, C.J. Wilson jerseys, retro shirts and hats available for the 50th anniversary this year. The team store is as cool as it has ever been.
But…

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OCVarsity Hot Shots: State title action and fandemonium

posted by By STEVE FRYER @ 9:34 AM
Monday, December 19, 2011

Slide show: Check out all the action on the field from Friday’s CIF State Division 1 championship as well as the supporters in the stands, the cheerleaders, the band members and more. We’ll be updating the slide show throughout the night.

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Selanne cheered, but Ducks frustrated

posted by By ERIC STEPHENS @ 1:10 AM
Sunday, December 18, 2011

WINNIPEG, Manitoba – Momentous and memorable was the long-awaited return of Teemu Selanne to the city where he shot into the NHL like a supernova.
Triumphant it was not.
Selanne was feted all game by Winnipeg Jets fans past and present, thrilling a…

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O.C. football: Top 20 teams from the past 10 years

posted by By STEVE FRYER @ 1:20 PM
Saturday, December 17, 2011

Slide show: Santa Margarita won the CIF State Division 1 championship and the CIF-Southern Section’s Pac-5 Division championship.
Where does Santa Margarita rank among Orange County’s better teams of the past 10 years? Are the Eagles one of the top…

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Kobe Bryant’s wife files for divorce

posted by By JANIS CARR AND SEAN EMERY @ 10:30 AM
Saturday, December 17, 2011

Lakers star Kobe Bryant’s wife, Vanessa, filed for divorce in an Orange County court Friday, citing “irreconcilable differences.”
According to Orange County Superior Court records, a petition to dissolve the couple’s marriage was filed by…

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Santa Margarita storms to state title

posted by By DAN ALBANO @ 12:53 AM
Saturday, December 17, 2011

CARSON – Johnny Stanton directed one last comeback Friday night, and this one lifted Santa Margarita to a state championship.
The junior quarterback scored on a 1-yard dive on fourth down with 16 seconds to lift the Eagles past Bellarmine of San…

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Ducks off target in 4-1 loss to Blackhawks

posted by By ERIC STEPHENS @ 12:20 AM
Saturday, December 17, 2011

CHICAGO – Ray Emery was a goalie without a job when the summer ended, and the veteran needed a training camp tryout from the Chicago Blackhawks after being allowed to walk away by the Ducks.
Emery made his first start against his former team Friday…

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O.C. football: Stories, photos, more from state bowl game

posted by By STEVE FRYER @ 12:03 AM
Saturday, December 17, 2011

Check out all of OCVarsity.com’s stories, photos, analysis, videos and more from Santa Margarita’s victory in the CIF State Division 1 bowl game Friday night.
Santa Margarita storms to state title
OCVarsity Hot Shots: State title action, fans
Fryer:…

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Final: Blackhawks 4, Ducks 1

posted by By JEFF MILLER @ 9:08 PM
Friday, December 16, 2011

Any feel-good the Ducks took out of their previous game was lost Friday in a convincing 4-1 defeat at Chicago.
At Honda Center on Wednesday, the Ducks played one of their best games of the season, beating Phoenix by the same score, 4-1.
They were…

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OCVarsity delivers all the latest from tonight’s CIF-State Division 1 championship featuring Santa Margarita against Bellarmine of San Jose.
We’ll have highlights and scores throughout the night, then we’ll have stories, statistics, photos and much…

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O.C. football: Toughest seniors to replace

posted by By DAN WOIKE @ 2:10 PM
Friday, December 16, 2011

Slide show: The senior class in Orange County produced some memorable moments on the field, and their impacts will still be felt next fall when coaches attempt to try and fill the gaping voids. While we left off some of the more obvious choices, here…

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Matt Barkley: 10 reasons he should leave USC

posted by By JEFF MILLER @ 8:37 AM
Friday, December 16, 2011

First, we looked at the most compelling reasons why Matt Barkley should stay at USC for his senior season.
Well, even the thinnest steaks at IHOP have two sides.
So today, we’ll look at the most compelling reasons why Barkley should leave USC and…

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Matt Barkley: 10 reasons he should stay at USC

posted by By JEFF MILLER @ 12:05 PM
Thursday, December 15, 2011

Slide show: He still has a month to make an official decision, but it’s never too early to point out to Matt Barkley what USC fans are thinking: Stay at USC!!!
Why? There are several reasons, each of which we’ve conveniently compiled right here….

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NEW ORLEANS — Chris Paul is headed to Los Angeles for real this time — to the Clippers, not the Lakers.
The Hornets traded Chris Paul to the Clippers for guard Eric Gordon, forward Al-Farouq Aminu, center Chris Kaman and a first-round draft…

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Ducks find some offense, beat Coyotes

posted by By ERIC STEPHENS @ 12:15 AM
Thursday, December 15, 2011

ANAHEIM – In their first game as the resident of the NHL’s basement, the Ducks found a few different keys that opened the door for an escape Wednesday night.
A surprisingly easy 4-1 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes was powered by Niklas Hagman’s…

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Final: Ducks 4, Coyotes 1

posted by By JEFF MILLER @ 10:37 PM
Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The Ducks received offense from some unexpected sources Wednesday and controlled most of the action, beating Phoenix, 4-1.
The victory improved them to 2-3-1 under new coach Bruce Boudreau.
Niklas Hagman scored twice and Rod Pelley and Kyle Palmieri…

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O.C. football: Top postseason performances of 2011

posted by By DAN ALBANO @ 2:20 PM
Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Slide show: The CIF-Southern Section playoffs were full of impressive performances that lifted teams into later rounds or even championships. OCVarsity’s Dan Albano counts down his picks for the top individual performances of the playoffs.
1. Santa…

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Pujols has been an Angel for a long time

posted by By MARCIA C. SMITH @ 7:05 AM
Wednesday, December 14, 2011

ANAHEIM – Angels TV broadcaster Victor Rojas brought the newest Angels slugger and $254-million man to the podium on Saturday, introducing him as the baseball player:
“Eleven years with the (St. Louis) Cardinals, a .328 average, 445 home runs,…

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MNF: Seahawks soar against Rams

posted by By EARL BLOOM @ 8:31 AM
Tuesday, December 13, 2011

At the rate Coach Pete Carroll’s Seattle Seahawks keep winning football games, the former USC coach might not be able to draft Trojans QB Matt Barkley for next year.
That didn’t seem like a priority on Monday Night Football, as the Seahawks…

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Take a look at who was getting into the NFL action this weekend.

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Deal or no deal?

posted by Register news services @ 1:15 PM
Monday, December 12, 2011

Three days ago, he supposedly was coming to the Lakers. Two days later, he seemed to be ticketed to the Clippers. By Monday afternoon, it appeared that Chris Paul of the New Orleans Hornets was not heading to Los Angeles — not in the near future…

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Behind the scenes: Lakers Media Day

posted by By JANIS CARR @ 12:55 PM
Monday, December 12, 2011

There was plenty to see and hear at Lakers Media Day on Sunday, ranging from new players to old faces and those who weren’t there.
Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol were just two Lakers players upset over the loss of Lamar Odom, who was traded to the Dallas…

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M-1 Challenge XXX in pictures

posted by By LOU PONSI @ 10:55 AM
Monday, December 12, 2011

COSTA MESA – M-1 Challenge XXX didn’t disapoint the fans in the Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center.
The MMA show featured plenty to chear about in and out of the ring.
The last time Swiss fighter Yasubey Enomoto fought Russian Shamil Zavurov,…

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The Santa Margarita Eagles, the CIF-SS Pac-5 Division champion, have earned a berth in the CIF State Bowl games, coach Harry Welch said.
The Eagles will face Bellarmine Prep of San Jose in the Division I game, Friday at 8 p.m. at The Home Depot…

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OCVarsity Fandemonium from CIF title games

posted by By STEVE FRYER @ 12:30 PM
Sunday, December 11, 2011

Slide show: Check out the fans in the stands, cheerleaders, band members and other supporters who turned out for CIF-SS football championships involving O.C. teams. Then come back later as we add photos from tonight’s Pac-5 showdown between San…

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OCVarsity Hot Shots: Championship action

posted by By STEVE FRYER @ 11:00 AM
Sunday, December 11, 2011

Slide show: Check out photos of the action on the field from this weekend’s CIF-SS football championships involving Orange County teams: Santa Margarita over San Clemente in the Pac-5 championship, Tustin over El Toro in the Southwest and Corona del…

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Santa Margarita soars to Pac-5 championship

posted by By STEVE FRYER @ 12:32 AM
Sunday, December 11, 2011

ANAHEIM – Santa Margarita football coach Harry Welch is among the most loquacious men of his profession.
Asked to summarize what he just saw his football team accomplish Saturday at Angel Stadium, all Welch could say was, “Wow. That was just ……

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Tustin pounds out title victory over El Toro

posted by By CARLOS ARIAS @ 7:27 PM
Saturday, December 10, 2011

ANAHEIM – Tustin football coach Myron Miller doesn’t care about conventional wisdom and fancy offenses.
All Miller wants to do is kick some butt and take some names. Miller is old school and stubborn and his players have adopted that mentality….

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Pujols embraces becoming an Angel

posted by By BILL PLUNKETT @ 6:57 PM
Saturday, December 10, 2011

ANAHEIM – On Albert Pujols’ first official day as an Angel, he only wanted to talk about his new team.
“You know what? I said it earlier outside – right now I want to enjoy this moment,” Pujols said when asked how difficult it was to forfeit his…

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UCLA hires Mora as football coach

posted by By SCOTT M. REID @ 10:45 AM
Saturday, December 10, 2011

UCLA has hired former Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks head coach Jim Mora as the Bruins’ next head football coach.
Mora, 50, and UCLA agreed to terms Friday night and the current NFL Network analyst will be formally introduced as Rick…

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OCVarsity Hot Shots: Friday’s championships

posted by By STEVE FRYER @ 10:45 AM
Saturday, December 10, 2011

Slide show: Check out the action on the field, in the stands and on the sidelines during Friday’s exciting Southern Division championship. Corona del Mar held off Beckman, 14-13, in a game that came down to the closing seconds.

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O.C. football: Corona del Mar wins title with dramatic finish

posted by By DAN ALBANO @ 12:36 AM
Saturday, December 10, 2011

Check out OCVarsity.com’s coverage of Corona del Mar’s victory over Beckman on Friday night in the CIF-SS Southern Division championship game.
COSTA MESA – Corona del Mar earned a measure of revenge Friday night, but the Sea Kings instead soaked up…

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Video: Championship preview from Angel Stadium

posted by JONATHAN KHAMIS @ 4:43 PM
Friday, December 9, 2011

OCVarsity.com’s Steve Fryer, Carlos Arias and Dan Albano visit Angel Stadium to preview the CIF-SS championships this weekend:

Who will win the Pac-5 championship between Santa Margarita and San Clemente?
Can Tustin find a way to slow down El Toro…

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Slide show:  OCVarsity takes a look at some of the key players to watch for this week’s CIF-SS football championships, beginning tonight, involving six Orange County teams: Beckman, Corona del Mar, El Toro, Tustin, San Clemente and Santa Margarita….

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O.C. Hot 100: Top 25 players we missed

posted by By DAN ALBANO @ 2:35 PM
Friday, December 9, 2011

Slide show: Who did we miss in our preseason Hot 100 players to watch? A county-record setting quarterback and an ultra-quick running back – both only juniors – led a group that is now firmly on the OCVarsity.com radar.
This coming August, give…

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UCLA’s 10 days from hell

posted by By SCOTT M. REID @ 9:45 AM
Friday, December 9, 2011

So here’s the question: Which lasts longer, Reeves Nelson’s latest “indefinite suspension” or UCLA’s coaching search?
Perhaps the longest 10-day stretch of UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero’s tenure began on Nov. 26 with USC hanging half a hundred…

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After their two-year reign as NBA champions ended, the Lakers came away with two conclusions: They needed to be hungrier, and they needed to be speedier.
Perhaps no one in basketball has as much combined hunger and speed as Chris Paul, viewed by many…

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Angels: There are more moves to come

posted by By BILL PLUNKETT @ 8:57 AM
Friday, December 9, 2011

DALLAS – A big splash like that is going to have a pretty big ripple effect.
On the Angels’ 2012 roster, the signing of free-agent first baseman Albert Pujols – a two-time Gold Glove winner at that position – will most directly affect young first…

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The Angels appear to be set for one of their biggest days in franchise history that could bring two of the top free agents on the market — Albert Pujols and CJ Wilson — to Anaheim.
Pujols, 31, has agreed to a 10-year contract that is believed to…

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Meet Albert Pujols, new Angels slugger

posted by By MARCIA C. SMITH @ 11:10 AM
Thursday, December 8, 2011

The Angels have landed The King. Albert Pujols has accepted a 10-year, $250 million deal to come to Anaheim, bringing power, the glove, personality, philanthropy, Christian faith, marketing appeal and his Latin roots to Southern California.
Click…

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Meet C.J. Wilson: Angels get a local lefty

posted by By EARL BLOOM @ 10:42 AM
Thursday, December 8, 2011

Click on the photo of C.J. Wilson to meet the Angels’ new left-handed starting pitcher, who’s coming home to turn a great starting rotation into a super one.
He was born in Newport Beach, became a pitching star at Fountain Valley High and Santa Ana…

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Angels in serious negotiations with Pujols

posted by By BILL PLUNKETT @ 7:45 AM
Thursday, December 8, 2011

DALLAS – As a third day at the Winter Meetings bled into night, the Angels continued to pursue their man (C.J. Wilson) and shockingly “The Machine” (Albert Pujols).
Meanwhile, they did make one signing, reaching agreement on a one-year, $3-million…

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O.C. football: Countdown to the championship games

posted by By DAMIAN CALHOUN @ 3:00 PM
Wednesday, December 7, 2011

We have worked our way through the nonleague games, the blowouts, the long halftime homecoming celebrations, the extremely long 7:30 p.m. Trinity League games and now we’re here at the finals.
Friday night we have the Southern Division final between…

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O.C. football: CIF finalists and their fans

posted by By STEVE FRYER @ 1:15 PM
Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Slide show: It takes both action on the field and diehard support in the stands to get a football team to the CIF finals. Click through the slide show for a look at the six O.C. teams headed to title games and the fans that have supported them all…

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Hard work pays off late for Ducks, Ryan

posted by By ERIC STEPHENS @ 12:07 AM
Wednesday, December 7, 2011

ANAHEIM – Bobby Ryan’s slow start to the season put him at the center of trade talk amid the Ducks’ tumultuous run, but a pep talk Tuesday night from someone who knows how to score goals put him in a good frame of mind.
In a season full of bounces…

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O.C. football: Players enjoy buildup to title games

posted by By DAN ALBANO @ 3:46 PM
Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Slide show: Check out members of the Orange County football teams that will be playing for CIF-Southern Section football championships this weekend.

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A challenge to Kobe: Start recruiting these free agents

posted by By EARL BLOOM @ 2:46 PM
Tuesday, December 6, 2011

While the Lakers are contemplating bold strokes that might bring superstars Chris Paul and Dwight Howard to Los Angeles, there are lesser moves they could make to win, without devastating their current roster.
Here’s a challenge to Kobe Bryant to…

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