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Jan 3, 2014

Revolving point guard door again turns for injury-hit Lakers

By Mark Lamport-Stokes

(Reuters) – Just when the Los Angeles Lakers thought their injury problems could not worsen, they were preparing to face the Utah Jazz with a player who was competing in the NBA Development League only two weeks ago.

Eight players have so far missed games due to injury during a nightmare 2013-14 season for the Lakers and their revolving door of point guards has turned out a sixth starter in that position with Kendall Marshall suiting up against the Jazz on Friday.

Jan 3, 2014

2014 Masters likely to be pivotal for Tiger, says Miller

By Mark Lamport-Stokes

(Reuters) – This year’s Masters could make the difference between Tiger Woods winning several more major titles or perhaps ending his career stuck on his current tally of 14, according to Hall of Fame golfer Johnny Miller.

Woods, comfortably the greatest player of his generation and possibly of all time, is ideally suited to Augusta National where he has piled up four Masters victories on heavily contoured and slick greens that demand a brilliant short game.

Dec 29, 2013

Clippers delight coach Rivers as they win by ‘playing ugly’

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The best teams in the National Basketball Association are typically able to win games “playing ugly”, and Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers wants to see his players develop this attribute.

Rivers was delighted with the outcome at a packed Staples Center on Saturday, but readily admitted he was taken aback by his team’s ability to deliver the ‘ugly’ script on cue as they overcame an erratic display to beat the Utah Jazz 98-90.

Dec 26, 2013

Wild finish looms as teams eye final playoff spots

By Mark Lamport-Stokes

(Reuters) – One of the wildest and most unpredictable regular seasons ever in the National Football League will conclude in gripping ‘what next?’ fashion on Sunday with 10 teams still in the hunt for the last four playoff spots.

Thirteen of the 16 games have postseason implications, and all of them are division contests to add further intrigue to what promises to be a pulsating Week 17.

Dec 23, 2013

Timely family fortune for Kopitar in Sochi

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – ‘Slovenian synchronicity’ describes the near-perfect scenario for center Anze Kopitar as he prepares for his country’s ice hockey debut at next year’s Winter Olympics with a huge dose of family pride.

Not only will National Hockey League (NHL) player Kopitar be spearheading his nation’s bid for ice hockey glory in global sport’s showpiece but he will do so with his father, Matjaz Kopitar, calling the shots as Slovenia’s national team coach.

Dec 23, 2013

Olympics-Timely family fortune for Kopitar in Sochi

LOS ANGELES, Dec 23 (Reuters) – ‘Slovenian synchronicity’ describes the near-perfect scenario for center Anze Kopitar as he prepares for his country’s ice hockey debut at next year’s Winter Olympics with a huge dose of family pride.

Not only will National Hockey League (NHL) player Kopitar be spearheading his nation’s bid for ice hockey glory in global sport’s showpiece but he will do so with his father, Matjaz Kopitar, calling the shots as Slovenia’s national team coach.

Dec 19, 2013

Dodgers rule in crowd attendance, social network growth

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Though the Los Angeles Dodgers fell just one step shy of the World Series last season, they proved to be the kingpins when it came to drawing huge crowds and ruling the roost on social media.

According to figures released by Major League Baseball (MLB), Dodger Stadium was the most visited ballpark with the iconic Los Angeles franchise attracting a total of 3,743,527 fans during its 2013 campaign.

Dec 18, 2013

NHL: Rookie goalie maintains Kings’ lofty standards

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – If a team is only as good as the quality of its backup players, then the Los Angeles Kings can lay claim to having no peers in the National Hockey League when it comes to their remarkable goaltending strength.

Jonathan Quick, who won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player during the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs, played 16 games this season before sustaining a groin injury on November 12 which is expected to take six weeks to heal.

Dec 17, 2013

Scott, Tiger and company serve up tasty 2013

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Like an enticing chocolate box offering an exquisite array of pralines, truffles, fudge and liqueurs, global golf gave its fans just about everything they might have wanted during a riveting and unpredictable 2013.

The quality and variety of golfing ‘confectionary’ was exceptional and, with Tiger Woods’s remarkable dominance in the late 1990s and early 2000s now a fading memory, confirmed that the sport’s strength in depth has never been better.

Dec 15, 2013

Lakers disjointed since Bryant’s injury comeback

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Like a jigsaw puzzle where a new piece has been inserted that does not seem to fit, the Los Angeles Lakers have been decidedly disjointed since Kobe Bryant’s long-awaited return from injury.

After delivering a surprise 10-9 start to the season with a makeshift lineup amid assorted injury problems, the stumbling Lakers have gone 0-3 since their star player’s comeback against the Toronto Raptors on December 8.