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NBA roundup: Mavericks spoil Kawhi Leonard?s return 13 Dec 2017 at 1:20am -

J.J. Barea scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half and the Dallas Mavericks spoiled the season debut of San Antonio star Kawhi Leonard, beating the Spurs 95-89 on Tuesday night.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 23 points and 13 rebounds, and Rudy Gay scored 21 for the Spurs. Leonard had 13 points and...



Democrat Doug Jones wins Alabama Senate seat, but Roy Moore won't concede 13 Dec 2017 at 12:55am -

Democrat Doug Jones, who started the Alabama race for U.S. Senate as a massive underdog, swept to victory Tuesday night in a repudiation of scandal-stained Roy Moore. The upset also dealt a serious blow to President Trump.

The narrow victory slices the GOP?s already-thin margin in the Senate to...



College basketball roundup: Cincinnati gets back to winning 13 Dec 2017 at 12:50am -

Jacob Evans III had 24 points and eight rebounds, and No. 25 Cincinnati recovered from consecutive losses defeating Mississippi State 65-50 on Tuesday night at Northern Kentucky University.

The Bearcats (8-2), who are playing in BB&T Arena while their on-campus arena is renovated, used a solid...



In stunning 2017 defeats, Republicans see vision of difficulties in 2018 13 Dec 2017 at 12:50am -

Democrats who opened the year clashing among themselves and lamenting President Trump?s election have closed 2017 with victories that demonstrated their ability to weaponize party enthusiasm and draw a template for success in a sharply competitive battle for Congress in 2018.

For Republicans, Tuesday...



NFL: Packers? Aaron Rodgers says he is clear to return  13 Dec 2017 at 12:20am -

Aaron Rodgers has been ?medically cleared to return? after sitting out seven games because of a broken right collarbone, the Green Bay Packers quarterback announced on social media.

Rodgers returned to practice Dec. 2 and is eligible to rejoin the 53-man roster Friday. The Packers play at Carolina...



Shohei Ohtani signing has Angels strongly considering a six-man rotation 13 Dec 2017 at 12:15am -

Indications are the Angels will use something resembling a six-man rotation to begin next season, a marked departure from orthodoxy and something that general manager Billy Eppler framed Tuesday as a sort of moral imperative.

Eppler has entertained the idea for years now, and nearly attempted it...



MLB: Brandon Morrow agrees to deal with the Cubs 13 Dec 2017 at 12:10am -

Right-hander Brandon Morrow agreed Tuesday to a two-year contract with the Chicago Cubs, taking one of the top free-agent relievers off the market.

Morrow, 33, had a 6-0 record, 2.06 earned-run average and two saves in 45 appearances for the Dodgers last season. He pitched in 14 playoff games,...



Lakers' trip magic ends in a 113-109 overtime loss to the Knicks 13 Dec 2017 at 12:05am -

The Lakers? trip magic ended Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.

But not before two of the league?s marquee franchises traded blows like the heavyweights they both hope to become again someday.

The Knicks beat the Lakers 113-109 in overtime. Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis scored 37 points...



Lakers brass asks LaVar Ball to tone down the rhetoric 12 Dec 2017 at 11:45pm -

On November 29, the same day the Lakers played the Golden State Warriors, LaVar Ball and his business manager met with Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka, according to a person who was not authorized to speak publicly. The meeting followed an...



Kings' eight-game win streak snapped in loss at New Jersey 12 Dec 2017 at 11:10pm -

The legacy of Michal Handzus, Scott Parse and Ryan Smyth remains intact.

The last Kings team to win nine games in a row included those names, alongside stars Anze Kopitar, Drew Doughty and Jonathan Quick, back in 2010. This year?s team made a fine run at it, but it ended Tuesday in futile and frustrating...



It's back to practice for USC, minus quarterbacks coach Tyson Helton, who is ... 12 Dec 2017 at 11:05pm -

After winning the Pac-12 Conference championship and taking some time off, the USC football team is back at work preparing for a Cotton Bowl matchup against Ohio State.

Coach Clay Helton called it a ?typical? week ? tape review on Monday, contact drills on Tuesday ? but there is one difference.

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Trump's troubles with Congress just got worse: Five takeaways from Democrats'... 12 Dec 2017 at 11:05pm -

The stunning victory of Democrat Doug Jones over Roy Moore in Alabama?s U.S. Senate election on Tuesday marked an enormous setback for Republicans in a state they have dominated for decades.

It?s a setback with a silver lining, to be sure.

Here are five big takeaways from the Democrats? capture...



Meet Doug Jones, the law-and-order Democrat who won Alabama's Senate seat 12 Dec 2017 at 10:35pm -

The odds of any Democrat capturing a U.S. Senate seat in Alabama are steep at best, but Doug Jones was uniquely suited to pull off an upset Tuesday over Republican Roy Moore.

Accusations that Moore sexually abused teenage girls played a big part, no doubt, in Jones? improbable victory over the...



Joe Barksdale continues to toe the line as Chargers offense steps on the gas 12 Dec 2017 at 10:25pm -

A lot of factors went into the Chargers? 24-10 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 3, an eternity ago by NFL standards.

Philip Rivers had three passes intercepted on the Chargers? first four drives, putting the team in a deep hole they could never escape.

Absent from the field that day, starting...



It's been a special season for Rams coach John Fassel, who knows what it's li... 12 Dec 2017 at 9:45pm -

A year ago this week, John Fassel was preparing for a game against the Seattle Seahawks as the Rams? special teams coordinator.

And then, within hours, he was much more.

The Rams fired coach Jeff Fisher and named Fassel interim head coach.

?I was named in the press conference and then had to go...



Montrezl Harrell hasn't stopped working and Clippers are seeing results 12 Dec 2017 at 9:25pm -

Montrezl Harrell does not let his inconsistent playing time deter him from working on his game. Often, Harrell will return to the Clippers practice facility in Playa Vista after a game to get in his own private workout.

He refuses to sulk about his playing time or complain about not getting off...



Navajo Nation sues Wells Fargo claiming it was targeted for fake accounts 12 Dec 2017 at 8:35pm -

The Navajo Nation has sued Wells Fargo, saying its citizens were targeted by workers trying to meet the bank?s aggressive sales quotas.

The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in federal court in Albuquerque, alleges many of the same practices that led to last year?s $185-million settlement between Wells Fargo...



He's been running for president in Mexico for more than a decade. He's floate... 12 Dec 2017 at 8:15pm -

One of Mexico?s most controversial and resilient political figures formalized his bid for the presidency Tuesday, vowing if elected to wean Mexico off U.S. agricultural imports, increase aid for students and the elderly and consider amnesty for drug war criminals.

The announcement by leftist Andres...



Shopping mall giant Westfield being sold to French real estate firm in $16-bi... 12 Dec 2017 at 8:15pm -

Westfield Corp., which operates upscale shopping malls in Los Angeles and in dozens of other U.S. cities and in Britain, agreed to be acquired for nearly $16 billion by French commercial real estate giant Unibail-Rodamco, the companies said Tuesday.

The deal underlined how even operators of marquee...



Jan Brett meets an octopus 12 Dec 2017 at 8:04pm -

Children's book author and illustrator Jan Brett meets Gilligan the octopus at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach.



Assistants Scott White, Demetrice Martin depart UCLA before Cactus Bowl 12 Dec 2017 at 7:45pm -

UCLA bid farewell to linebackers coach Scott White and defensive backs coach Demetrice Martin before the Cactus Bowl as part of a final recruiting push under new coach Chip Kelly, two people familiar with the situation said Tuesday.

The departures of White and Martin have allowed the Bruins? reconfigured...



Republican leaders still hammering out differences on tax bill, with final vo... 12 Dec 2017 at 7:45pm -

Ahead of a pivotal meeting Wednesday, House and Senate negotiators swapped new offers on the GOP tax bill as they hurry to resolve differences and regain momentum for passage of President Trump?s top priority.

The focal point of the $1.5-trillion tax plan ? the steep reduction in corporate rates...



As Rams prepare for Seahawks, they will not practice on Wednesday for the sec... 12 Dec 2017 at 7:25pm -

As the Rams navigate the final quarter of their season, Coach Sean McVay is making adjustments in the practice schedule as his team prepares for Sunday?s game against the Seattle Seahawks in Seattle.

Players will be on the field for a walkthrough on Wednesday, but they will not practice, the team...



LAFC add players through expansion draft and trade 12 Dec 2017 at 7:25pm -

As quickly as it started, it was over. And with it months of preparation came to a quick conclusion as Los Angeles Football Club made five picks in Tuesday?s MLS expansion draft.

?I think people were expecting the work started in the last 48 hours," general manager John Thorrington said. "I describe...



Dodgers respond to anonymous Astros player's claim that Yu Darvish tipped his... 12 Dec 2017 at 6:40pm -

On the 41st day after the 2017 season ended, after the Dodgers fell one victory short of their first World Series championship since 1988, Dave Roberts glanced skyward and sighed.

?Gosh,? he said during a news conference on the second day of the Winter Meetings at the Swan and Dolphin resort, ?I...



For the first time, a key Republican senator finds a Trump judicial nominee w... 12 Dec 2017 at 6:40pm -

For the first time, one of President Trump?s proposed judges is in danger of defeat, as a key Republican said the Senate should not confirm Brett Talley, a 36-year old lawyer and blogger from Alabama who has never tried a case and was unanimously rated ?not qualified? by the American Bar Assn.?s...



Trump slams Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a critic, with sexually suggestive tweet 12 Dec 2017 at 6:25pm -

Half a dozen Democratic senators have called on President Trump to resign over sexual misconduct allegations. On Tuesday morning he singled out one of them for attack ? New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand ? and with a sexually suggestive tweet that immediately provoked new criticism.

Trump wrote that...



Authorities say suspect in New York subway attack boasted, ?I did it for Isla... 12 Dec 2017 at 6:10pm -

The man charged with detonating a pipe bomb in the New York transit system was radicalized through internet propaganda and, according to authorities, boasted on Facebook the day of the attack, ?Trump, you failed to protect your nation.?

Akayed Ullah, a 27-year-old legal permanent resident from...



NFL owners will make their voices heard during Wednesday's meeting in Dallas 12 Dec 2017 at 6:05pm -

It?s all over but the shouting ? and there definitely could be some raised voices.

Although NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has signed his contract extension, the details of how that came about will be discussed Wednesday at the league?s annual one-day meeting at Hotel Las Colinas. That could lead...



Trump's lawyers want second special counsel as Republicans turn up the heat o... 12 Dec 2017 at 5:25pm -

Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III isn't done with his investigation into Russian meddling in last year?s presidential election, but Republicans increasingly are trying to stack up reasons for the American public to doubt whatever he concludes.

On Tuesday, President Trump?s legal team joined...



S&P 500 and Dow rise to new highs, but tech stocks fall 12 Dec 2017 at 5:20pm -

Big-name companies notched gains on Wall Street on Tuesday, bringing the Standard & Poor?s 500 index and the Dow Jones industrial average to new highs for the second day this week.

A slide in technology stocks pulled the Nasdaq down. Small-company stocks also lagged.

Banks and other financial stocks...



LAFC acquires top defender Laurent Ciman from Montreal 12 Dec 2017 at 4:50pm -

Coach Bob Bradley has promised the Los Angeles Football Club will play an attractive and offensive style of soccer, but the expansion team?s initial trades have been designed to fortify the team?s back line.

Someone has to defend, after all.

LAFC acquired former MLS defender of the year Laurent...



Ducks' Corey Perry is 'week to week' with apparent knee injury 12 Dec 2017 at 4:50pm -

It appears the Ducks avoided another injury catastrophe, at least for now.

Corey Perry, who suffered what appeared to be a knee injury during Monday?s win over the Carolina Hurricanes is week-to-week for a return, coach Randy Carlyle said Tuesday.

The former 50-goal scorer will be reevaluated in...



Watch as Rams left tackle Andrew Whitworth surprises elementary students with... 12 Dec 2017 at 4:45pm -

Rams left tackle Andrew Whitworth surprised nearly 600 students at Grape Street Elementary in Watts on Tuesday.

Whitworth attended an assembly to award several outstanding students with a bicycle.

But he didn?t stop there.

After talking to the students about character and integrity, Whitworth demonstrated...



Click to unwrap: These gifts are delivered only if the recipient likes them 12 Dec 2017 at 4:40pm -

It?s Christmas Eve, you still have gifts to buy and as the hours tick by, your options grow thin.

Anything you order online won?t arrive in time. A gift card feels impersonal. You?re skeptical that something picked primarily because it was in stock at a retailer open late on a holiday will be a...



In trade blowback, Canada will buy used Australian jets rather than new Boein... 12 Dec 2017 at 4:40pm -

Canada has ditched a plan to buy 18 Super Hornet jet fighters from U.S.-based Boeing Co. and will instead buy 18 used F-18 fighters from Australia.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had previously warned that Canada would stop doing business with Boeing if the company doesn't drop a trade complaint...



Kobe Bryant says Lonzo Ball will 'figure it out' 12 Dec 2017 at 4:40pm -

The night before the NBA draft, Lonzo Ball considered what he would ask Kobe Bryant if the Lakers legend was standing right in front of him.

Ball cocked his head and thought for a few seconds.

?What was the hardest thing you had to deal with your first year?" Ball said. "I'd ask him that.?

In the...



World leaders take aim at climate change and Trump 12 Dec 2017 at 4:30pm -

President Trump, who previously announced plans to pull the United States out of the 2015 Paris climate agreement, was not invited to a summit of world and business leaders in the French capital this week to address global warming, but his presence loomed large.

The 2015 accord was front and center...



Sessions and new Homeland Security chief describe efforts to crack down on ga... 12 Dec 2017 at 4:30pm -

Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions and the new chief of Homeland Security on Tuesday linked Monday?s subway bombing in New York City to what they said were misguided immigration rules, calling for stepped up border security and an end to family reunification policies.

Sessions and Kirstjen M. Nielsen, who...



Tillerson faces a dispirited State Department corps in rare 'town hall' 12 Dec 2017 at 4:10pm -

He was welcomed to the State Department nearly 11 months ago with polite applause and hopeful anticipation from its diplomatic corps. On Tuesday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson faced the same employees, now demoralized by months of resignations and the Trump administration?s tumultuous foreign...