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Nov 24, 2013

Rose to have surgery on Monday, no timetable for return

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Standout Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose will have knee surgery on Monday and could be sidelined for the rest of the season if he decides to have his torn right meniscus reattached.

Rose tore the ligament against the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday and the timetable for his return will be known once he decides how he wants the knee to be fixed, said Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau.

Nov 18, 2013

Erratic Lakers eagerly await return of ace closer Bryant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – While the Los Angeles Lakers have made a better start to this season than many had expected in the absence of Kobe Bryant, there is no question that their 15-time All-Star shooting guard has been sorely missed.

The Lakers have lurched between a few surprising wins, most notably against the Los Angeles Clippers and Houston Rockets, and several disappointing losses, where they suffered due to the lack of a dominating presence in the final quarter.

Nov 4, 2013

Strange days and low expectations for new-look Lakers

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – These are very strange times for Los Angeles Lakers fans, with many of them holding surprisingly low expectations for this season after becoming accustomed to their team repeatedly reaching the NBA Finals.

Sixteen NBA championship banners hang proudly from the rafters at the Lakers’ Staples Center home, proof positive of the glittering success achieved by the franchise, but the chance of a 17th being added any time soon seems remote.

Nov 3, 2013

Stevens wins Classic on Mucho Macho Man

ARCADIA, California (Reuters) – Mucho Macho Man, a 4-1 shot, stole the limelight from favourite Game on Dude with a storming finish to win the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita Park on Saturday.

Veteran Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens piloted the five-year-old horse past the celebrated field down the home straight before holding off a late surge by Will Take Charge to win America’s richest horse race by a nose.

Nov 2, 2013

Magician upstages The Fugue to win Turf

ARCADIA, California (Reuters) – Irish raider Magician stole the limelight from the heavily fancied The Fugue with a storming late run from the outside to win the $3 million Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita Park on Saturday.

Expertly ridden by Ryan Moore in glorious afternoon sunshine, Magician powered to the finish line to triumph by half a length and earn celebrated Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien his first Breeders’ Cup win this year.

Nov 2, 2013

Jockey Velazquez has emergency surgery

ARCADIA, California (Reuters) – Top jockey John Velazquez had emergency surgery on Saturday to remove his spleen after he suffered internal bleeding following an accident during a race at the Breeders’ Cup.

Velazquez was riding Secret Compass in the first event of the afternoon at Santa Anita Park, the $2 million Juvenile Fillies, when he and his horse fell as they approached the final turn.

Nov 2, 2013

Beholder wins Distaff as Royal Delta fades

ARCADIA, California (Reuters) – Favorite Royal Delta ran out of steam to be thwarted in her bid to win the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff for a third consecutive time as Beholder stormed to a commanding victory at Santa Anita Park on Friday.

With veteran Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens on board, Beholder took control of the day’s feature race by the final turn before charging down the home straight to triumph by four and one-quarter lengths.

Oct 30, 2013

Coach Rivers gives Clippers a championship pedigree

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Widely viewed as the best team in the West, the Los Angeles Clippers harbor realistic hopes of winning their first NBA title this season with the championship pedigree of coach Doc Rivers now at the helm.

Acquired from the Boston Celtics in June in exchange for a future draft pick, Rivers has already made a big impression on the Clippers players since his arrival in Los Angeles, urging his new team to play with both freedom and responsibility.

Oct 29, 2013

Game On Dude set for Classic atonement

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Game On Dude has a chance to atone for last year’s disappointment after being installed as favourite to win Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Classic, the feature event in the two-day racing carnival at iconic Santa Anita Park.

Twelve months ago, Game On Dude ended up a disheartening seventh out of 12 after a sluggish start out of the gate, having gone into North America’s richest horse race as a 6-5 favourite.

Oct 29, 2013

Game On Dude installed as early Classic favourite

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Game On Dude has been installed as the early 8-5 favourite and will break from the ninth post for the $5 million (3 million pounds) Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita Park on Saturday.

The Bob Baffert-trained gelding came desperately close to winning the race in 2011 before being run down by Drosselmeyer in the shadows of the post at Churchill Downs and had to settle for second place.