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Prep Football: Sultana pounds its way to a 2nd straight Key Game victory

HESPERIA — The Key to the City of Hesperia will remain teal for at least another season.The Sultana football team shutout Hesperia 33-0 at Scorpion Stadium on Friday in the 22nd edition of the Key Game.The Sultans now owns a 13-9 all-time series lead. This was just the third shutout in the rivalry game’s history.Sultana quarterback Michael Mendoza threw one touchdown pass and ran for two touchdowns, including an 80-yard run that put the Sultans up […]

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Date: 1508653182

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Trump says he plans to release secret JFK files

Pinon Hills woman suspected of killing son

PINON HILLS — A woman whose son had reportedly drowned was later arrested on suspicion of killing him, officials said.Medical aid personnel took the 2 1/2-year-old boy to Desert Valley Hospital after responding to the reported drowning at approximately 4:16 p.m. Friday in the 10300 block of Wintergreen Road in Pinon Hills, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s officials said in a news release Saturday evening.The child was pronounced dead at the hospital following […]

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Date: 1508653156

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Law enforcement fights back

Despite a spike in homicides this year that has alarmed local officials, law enforcement and residents alike, officials’ efforts in curbing the trend are arguably getting results — with arrests made in all this year’s cases.San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon addressed the issue when he presented the results of the “Operation Desert Guardian,” which targeted crime in the region, during a press conference at the Hesperia Sheriff’s […]

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Date: 1508653142

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Roundup: Laguna Beach boys water polo breaks through with Pal Memorial title

  • Laguna Beach’s boys water polo team captured the Steve Pal Memorial tournament with a 9-7 victory against Redlands East Valley at Beckman on Saturday night,

    Laguna Beach’s boys water polo team captured the Steve Pal Memorial tournament with a 9-7 victory against Redlands East Valley at Beckman on Saturday night,

  • Orange Lutheran’s boys water polo team defended its title at the Memorial Cup in San Jose on Saturday with an 11-8 victory against Campolindo.

    Orange Lutheran’s boys water polo team defended its title at the Memorial Cup in San Jose on Saturday with an 11-8 victory against Campolindo.

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Laguna Beach’s boys water polo team raised its profile as a CIF-SS Division 2 playoff contender by posting an impressive victory Saturday night.

Senior Larsen McCarroll scored five goals and sophomore goalie Caden Capobianco made four of his seven saves in the fourth period to help the top-seeded Breakers defeat rising Redlands East Valley, 9-7, in the finals of the Steve Pal Memorial at Beckman.

Laguna Beach (16-8) entered the week ranked 12th in CIF-SS Division 1-2 rankings, one spot ahead of Redlands East Valley.

With the top-eight teams headed to Division 1’s new Elite 8 playoff bracket, Laguna Beach and Redlands East Valley appear earmarked for Division 2. The Breakers were the Division 2 runner-up to Santa Margarita in 2016.

“We realize that this tournament was really important to keep our CIF ranking,” McCarroll said. “By winning this game, we secured that spot … so that was a very important game for us to win.”

It qualified as a breakthrough for a few other reasons, too.

Laguna Beach, ranked eighth in county, captured its first tournament title under third-year coach Trevor Lyle and bounced back from a narrow-loss against Newport Harbor earlier in the week.

The Breakers also won without Peter Weiland (sick/red card) and James Nolan (shoulder).

McCarroll scored the first three goals to help the Breakers open a 3-0 lead in the first period. Redlands East Valley, which doesn’t start a senior and placed third at the Coronado tournament, tied the score at 4, 5 and 6 in the third period.

Sebastian Jacobs scored from the perimeter with 46 seconds left in the third to give Laguna Beach a 7-6 lead entering the fourth.

Left-handed Riley Bumgardner sparked Laguna Beach in the fourth with a steal on the perimeter and a counterattack strike past goalie Harrison Land (15 saves) just 22 seconds into the period.

McCarroll scored on the power-play about a minute later on a pass from Jacobs (three assists, three steals). The Breakers went 3 for 5 with the extra attacker, Redlands East Valley 0 for 2.

Colton Gregory scored twice for Laguna Beach in the third.

In another game:

At the Memorial Cup:

In the finals:

No. 2 Orange Lutheran 11, Campolindo 9: Hannes Daube scored six goals and Ash Molthen added two at the Lancers defended their title at Bellarmine Prep in San Jose.

In the third-place match:

Sacred Heart Prep 5, Drake 4: Sacred Heart Prep bounced back from a 6-5 loss in the semifinals to claim the tournament bronze.

In the fifth-place match:

Newport Harbor 11, Loyola 10 (OT): The Sailors won in sudden-death overtime to finish Saturday with two victories. They also beat Bellarmine, 11-5, in the fifth-place semifinals. Newport Harbor fell to Campolindo, 7-6, in the quarterfinals Friday.

BOYS WATER POLO

Steve Pal Memorial 
At Beckman
Final
Laguna Beach 9, Redlands East Valley 7
Goals: (REV) Behr 2, Flemington 2, Arthur 2. (LB) McCarroll 5, Gregory 2, Jacobs 1, Bumgardner 1.
Goalie saves: (REV) Land 15. (LB) Capobianoco 7.

Memorial Cup
At Bellarmine, San Jose
Final
Orange Lutheran 11, Campolindo 9
Goals (OL) Daube 6, Molthen 2, Kacura 1, B. Sasaki 1, S. Sasaki 1.
Goalie saves: (OL) Barry 9.

Semifinals
Orange Lutheran 10, Drake 6
Goals: (OL) Kacura 4, Daube 3, Molthen 1, B. Sasaki 1, S. Sasaki 1,
Goalie saves: Barry 8.

Original Article: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/10/21/roundup-laguna-beach-boys-water-polo-breaks-through-with-pal-memorial-title/
Date: 1508652581

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Kings top Blue Jackets to remain unbeaten in regulation

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Anze Kopitar and the Kings have put those slow starts behind them.

Kopitar broke a tie with 2:14 left with his second goal of the game, and Kings beat the Columbus Blue Jackets, 6-4, on Saturday night to remain the only NHL team unbeaten in regulation.

Kopitar also had an assist, Dustin Brown added a goal and three assists, and Jake Muzzin had a goal and two assists. Trevor Lewis, Drew Doughty also scored for the Kings, and Jonathan Quick stopped 32 shots.

At 6-0-1, the Kings are off to the best start in franchise history.

“The last three years we started 0-3 as a team,” Brown said. “We talked about having a good start. These are the types of games that add up and make a big difference toward the end of the year.”

Nick Foligno, Oliver Bjorkstrand, Matt Calvert and Sonny Milano scored for Columbus, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 26 saves.

“You knew it was going to be one of those games where the next goal was going to win it,” Foligno said. “They got one late. It’s just unfortunate. We have to find a way to win — especially at home.”

Columbus got the scoring started after Adrian Kempe’s tripping penalty, which led to Foligno’s power-play goal at 5:43 of the first period. It was Columbus’ first goal with a man advantage after going 0 for 18 in its last six games.

The Kings struck back at 6:51 on Kopitar’s fifth goal of the season. Kopitar took the pass at the front of the net from a cornered Brown.

The Kings took the lead 42 seconds later when Lewis went top shelf with a backhander over Bobrovsky.

Bjorkstrand tied it, burying a rebound from David Savard past Quick at 8:00, and Columbus made it 3-2 at 14:02 when Calvert corralled a bouncing puck that had been manhandled toward the net by Jack Johnson and Josh Anderson.

Muzzin tied it again when he went over Bobrovsky’s left shoulder 40 seconds into the second period.

The Kings took the lead just over three minutes later when Doughty’s shot from the left end of the blue line caught Bobrovsky off guard.

The Jackets again battled back, as Milano broke free just inside the blue line and took the puck in unassisted with 4:45 left in the second.

The score remained deadlocked until Kopitar beat Bobrovsky late in the third.

Brown added an empty-net goal.

Kings coach John Stevens credited his team leaders with big efforts that led to big goals.

“The Kopitar line — not only were they good defensively — but they carried the load offensively,” Stevens said. “It was kind of an up and down game but they stayed with it. It’s not surprising they put the puck in the net at the end of the game.

“I think they have taken a leadership role from day one, and they certainly came up big here tonight.”

The Kings played their first game without center Jeff Carter. He’s out indefinitely after being cut by a skate Wednesday. He had surgery on his left leg Thursday.

The game was the Kings’ first game outside of California this season.

Original Article: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/10/21/kings-top-blue-jackets-to-remain-unbeaten-in-regulation/
Date: 1508652568

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Valencia’s Frisone, Capo Valley’s Herberg enjoy strong showings in Mt. SAC Invitational

WALNUT – With as much focus as there is on the Mt. SAC Invitational from the cross country community, plenty of county runners were able to grab their share of the spotlight.

Valencia’s Ethan Frisone and Haley Herberg of Capistrano Valley earned top-five finishes in their sweepstakes races, and Aliso Niguel’s Ben McKenna and Jaryd Dukes posted a 1-2 finish in a Division 1 boys varsity race to highlight the meet’s second day Saturday at Mt. San Antonio College.

Frisone, a senior, ran a time of 15:04 for fifth place in the boys individual sweepstakes. It was his fourth top-five finish this season.

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“It feels unreal,” Frisone said. “To run that fast and to get fifth against a bunch of guys I really, really respect, it’s just an unbelievable feeling.”

The time was a 43-second improvement on his Mt. SAC time from a year ago and paced Valencia, ranked 14th in CIF-SS Division 1, to second place in the individual team standings.

“We’re kind of underrated in the rankings,” Frisone said. “I know you’re not supposed to look at that stuff, but we do. We know we’re better than that. We wanted to put out a strong showing today going into CIF.”

Timo Dohm of Valencia finished 11th with a time of 15:24.

In the girls team sweepstakes, Herberg posted far and away the best county time.

The Capo Valley senior ran to a third-place finish with a time of 17:05 for her sixth top-five finish of the season.

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“I’m happy with my time,” Herberg said. “I’ve never been happy with my time here before. I just wanted to get a good time in and feel good and build confidence.”

Foothill’s Hannah Hall took her sixth top-10 finish of the season with a 10th-place 17:55 in the girls individual sweepstakes.

“Once I hit the switchbacks, I felt good to excel there,” Hall said. “My coach says that the race starts at the top of the hill.”

Hall’s time was a 42-second improvement on last season’s Mt. SAC performance.

“I wanted to break 18 (minutes), so I did that,” Hall said. “I definitely got out of it what I wanted to.”

In the first Division 1 boys varsity race, McKenna in first at 15:24 and Dukes in second at 15:35 paced Aliso Niguel to fourth.

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“It was awesome,” McKenna said. “I heard the people behind me cheering (Jaryd), so I knew we were finishing 1-2. It’s a huge accomplishment.”

Santa Ana won the team competition in that race by just two points. Brian Soriano led the Saints in eighth at 15:59.

There were two top-five county finishers in each of the Division 1 girls varsity races.

Carly Schuerger of Aliso Niguel finished fifth in the first race at 18:48, and Santa Ana’s Maria Hernandez finished third in the second race at 19:01.

Original Article: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/10/21/valencias-frisone-capo-valleys-herberg-enjoy-strong-showings-in-mt-sac-invitational/
Date: 1508652554

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Wolf: USC charade comes to an end at Notre Dame

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The charade that is USC football finally got exposed Saturday night.

For nearly two months, USC never improved, made too many mistakes and played to the level of its opponent. USC coach Clay Helton never acknowledged this and questions on these subjects were regarded as an affront to a 6-1 team.

Helton can no longer hide from reality after No. 13 Notre Dame crushed No. 11 USC, 49-14, in front of 77,622.

The fallacy that USC was an elite team came to a crushing halt as Notre Dame rushed for 377 yards while the Trojans gained 76.

“I’m embarrassed,” USC safety Chris Hawkins said.

But no one should be surprised. USC’s played virtually the same every game this season but got their comeuppance against the Irish (6-1), who were more physical and intelligent than the array of mediocre Pac-12 teams the Trojans toyed with but usually defeated.

But Notre Dame is not a team that beats itself. It requires a full effort to be defeated. And USC (6-2) is incapable of that because it never plays with a sense of urgency.

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This coaching staff does not improve players. It does not coach them up or dress them down when things go poorly. The Saturday night massacre at Notre Dame was a disaster because there was an alarming lack of emotion on the sideline.

And a complete denial of reality.

Offensive coordinator Tee Martin was asked why USC has not gotten better on a weekly basis?

“I don’t think that’s the case,” Martin said. “We’re getting better and better every week.”

He actually said it with a straight face. USC is not better in any area. It’s offensive and defensive lines are weak. Its running game is nonexistent against good defenses. It cannot stop the run. It cannot stop any type of adept passing offense.

“Notre Dame was well prepared,” USC coach Clay Helton said. “We helped them by mistakes.”

But was USC prepared? Helton is a nice guy but is he a leader of men? He should probably start looking over his shoulder because Athletic Director Lynn Swann will not tolerate this type of football.

Remember, USC was picked to make the College Football Playoff. That dream died as Notre Dame pummeled the Trojans.

“We were fighting for our dignity (against Notre Dame),” USC linebacker Cameron Smith said. “There’s just the same things that have kept us from winning the big games.”

If the same things keep happening every game, change is required. USC had the nation’s premier quarterback and turned him into a beleaguered target who will no longer be part of the Heisman Trophy conversation.

But forget about that, just focus on the simple things. If you cannot win the line of scrimmage, you cannot play with the nation’s best teams. You can prance around the dreadful Pac-12 South but that is hardly the goal, unless you listen to Helton.

“There’s still a lot to play for,” Helton said. “We control our own destiny.”

USC (6-2) will now try to win the division and go to the Pac-12 title game. A hollow goal for a team picked to be in the nation’s top four.

“We’re going to sulk and look at the film for a day or two,” USC quarterback Sam Darnold said.

That is what the players should do. The coaches should go buy some mirrors. They were handed a Formula One racing car and guided it like a semi-truck going up a mountain.

It’s doubtful former Oregon coach Chip Kelly would do that. And if USC keeps playing like it did against Notre Dame, his name might start appearing on a weekly basis. Just like the turnovers.

Original Article: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/10/21/wolf-usc-charade-comes-to-an-end-at-notre-dame/
Date: 1508652541

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California College Republicans elect new leader in stormy Anaheim session

In a contentious meeting that began Saturday afternoon at the Anaheim Marriott and dragged on until the evening, California College Republicans finally elected new leaders. The event was part of the California Republican Party’s fall 2017 convention.

The top of the ticket was hotly contested. Ariana Rowlands, leader of the UC Irvine Republicans, defeated Leesa Danzek, a recent USC graduate and serving chairwoman of the California College Republicans. Rowlands, 20, is a political science major from Ladera Ranch who frequently writes for conservative online publications.

 

Ariana Rowlands of UC Irvine consults with mentor Cade Marsh during her battle for the presidency at the College Republican Convention in Anaheim, CA on Saturday, October 21, 2017. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Ariana Rowlands of UC Irvine consults with mentor Cade Marsh during her battle for the presidency at the College Republicans Convention in Anaheim, CA on Saturday, October 21, 2017. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Orange County Register/SCNG)

The vote capped a stormy session during which Danzek, who was presiding officer, struggled to retain control of a restive room of more than 150 student Republicans, many of whom passionately supported her rival. She was challenged several times by Rowlands and others, who questioned many decisions Danzek had made and pointed out that they contravened Robert’s Rules of Order. Danzek ordered Rowlands to leave the meeting at one point. She refused, rallying her followers to stand with her.
The bad blood goes back at least to April, when an attempted vote dissolved into debates about parliamentary procedures and ended with 150 students being removed from a Double Tree Hotel ballroom in San Jose. The tension points to a schism within the organization that to some degree mirrors what’s happening within the Republican party at large. Rowlands has described her faction, Rebuild CCR, as a grassroots movement, and Danzek’s constituency, Thrive CCR, as members of a comfortable status quo.

California College Republican secretary Martin Garcia tabulates votes for their new president at the group's convention in Anaheim, CA on Saturday, October 21, 2017. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Orange County Register/SCNG)
California College Republicans secretary Martin Garcia tabulates votes for their new president at the group’s convention in Anaheim, CA on Saturday, October 21, 2017. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Orange County Register/SCNG)

The event in Anaheim on Saturday was tightly controlled even before it began. At one point, the media was banned from covering the meeting live, but it was lifted shortly after a viral tweet about the decision was posted around 3:30 p.m. by Politico reporter Carla Marinucci. Non-voting CCR delegates complained that they would not be allowed to attend the meeting as observers. And Paula Prizio, president of the Orange County Federation of Republican Women, said she was ordered out of the ballroom where the meeting would be held after she offered to give Danzek some advice.

“It’s very disappointing that it’s so disorganized, but we’re going to get there,” Prizio said. “This is just a little bump in the road.”

Chris Boyle, 27, a Cal State Fullerton student, said his biggest beef with the session was “the abuse of the process. If they just let people vote and let it be done with then we could all go home. Unfortunately they’re dragging this out for personal gain. They’re being extremely short-sighted. I think people who are bending the rules in their favor have really lost sight of what it really means to be a conservative, they’ve lost sight of their values.”

Ariana Rowlands of UC Irvine reacts during her campaigning to become the new president of the California College Republicans at the group's convention in Anaheim, CA on Saturday, October 21, 2017. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Ariana Rowlands of UC Irvine reacts during her campaigning to become the new president of the California College Republicans at the group’s convention in Anaheim, CA on Saturday, October 21, 2017. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Orange County Register/SCNG)

After all the votes for CCR regional officers were counted, Danzek made a brief statement and dismissed the crowd.

But the evening wasn’t over. Rowlands, in her capacity as the new CCR leader, tried to re-convene the meeting. Though she had won, she felt that her opponent had unfairly tilted the table in favor of her followers for many of the elected positions.

“They’re trying to pack the board so I can’t do anything,” Rowlands said. “So many procedures and motions that I made (Danzek) ignored unlawfully. So I am trying to correct those wrongs. I’m trying to fight for my teammates who were robbed of positions they rightfully deserved. They would have gotten the votes had they been allowed to.”

After 8 p.m., the ballroom still hadn’t cleared, though it looked as if Rowlands wasn’t going to get her way. The evening produced only one certainty: under Rowlands, there’ll be more stormy meetings ahead for California College Republicans.

Original Article: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/10/21/california-college-republicans-elect-new-leader-in-stormy-anaheim-session/
Date: 1508652436

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Milos Teodosic injured in Clippers’ blowout victory over Suns

  • Phoenix Suns forward Josh Jackson (20) drives to the basket against Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game at the Staples Center on Saturday, Oct 21, 2017 in Los Angeles. 
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    Phoenix Suns forward Josh Jackson (20) drives to the basket against Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game at the Staples Center on Saturday, Oct 21, 2017 in Los Angeles.
    (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Phoenix Suns forward TJ Warren (12) drives to he basket against the Los Angeles Clippers in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game at the Staples Center on Saturday, Oct 21, 2017 in Los Angeles. 
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    Phoenix Suns forward TJ Warren (12) drives to he basket against the Los Angeles Clippers in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game at the Staples Center on Saturday, Oct 21, 2017 in Los Angeles.
    (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley (21) fights for the loose ball with Phoenix Suns forward TJ Warren (12) in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game at the Staples Center on Saturday, Oct 21, 2017 in Los Angeles. 
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    Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley (21) fights for the loose ball with Phoenix Suns forward TJ Warren (12) in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game at the Staples Center on Saturday, Oct 21, 2017 in Los Angeles.
    (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley (21) fights for the loose ball with Phoenix Suns forward TJ Warren (12) in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game at the Staples Center on Saturday, Oct 21, 2017 in Los Angeles. 
(Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley (21) fights for the loose ball with Phoenix Suns forward TJ Warren (12) in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game at the Staples Center on Saturday, Oct 21, 2017 in Los Angeles.
    (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers (25) scrambles for the ball against the Phoenix Suns in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game at the Staples Center on Saturday, Oct 21, 2017 in Los Angeles. 
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    Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers (25) scrambles for the ball against the Phoenix Suns in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game at the Staples Center on Saturday, Oct 21, 2017 in Los Angeles.
    (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns at the Staples Center on Saturday, Oct 21, 2017 in Los Angeles. 
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    Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns at the Staples Center on Saturday, Oct 21, 2017 in Los Angeles.
    (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari rebounds against the Phoenix Suns in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game at the Staples Center on Saturday, Oct 21, 2017 in Los Angeles. 
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    Los Angeles Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari rebounds against the Phoenix Suns in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game at the Staples Center on Saturday, Oct 21, 2017 in Los Angeles.
    (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari (8) rebounds against the Phoenix Suns in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game at the Staples Center on Saturday, Oct 21, 2017 in Los Angeles. 
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    Los Angeles Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari (8) rebounds against the Phoenix Suns in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game at the Staples Center on Saturday, Oct 21, 2017 in Los Angeles.
    (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Phoenix Suns forward Josh Jackson (20) drives to the basket against Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game at the Staples Center on Saturday, Oct 21, 2017 in Los Angeles. 
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    Phoenix Suns forward Josh Jackson (20) drives to the basket against Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game at the Staples Center on Saturday, Oct 21, 2017 in Los Angeles.
    (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Phoenix Suns forward Josh Jackson shoots a free-throw against the Los Angeles Clippers in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game at the Staples Center on Saturday, Oct 21, 2017 in Los Angeles. 
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    Phoenix Suns forward Josh Jackson shoots a free-throw against the Los Angeles Clippers in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game at the Staples Center on Saturday, Oct 21, 2017 in Los Angeles.
    (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) drives to the basket and his fouled against the Phoenix Suns in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game at the Staples Center on Saturday, Oct 21, 2017 in Los Angeles. 
(Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) drives to the basket and his fouled against the Phoenix Suns in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game at the Staples Center on Saturday, Oct 21, 2017 in Los Angeles.
    (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) drives to the basket and his fouled against the Phoenix Suns in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game at the Staples Center on Saturday, Oct 21, 2017 in Los Angeles. 
(Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) drives to the basket and his fouled against the Phoenix Suns in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game at the Staples Center on Saturday, Oct 21, 2017 in Los Angeles.
    (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) drives to the basket and his fouled against the Phoenix Suns in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game at the Staples Center on Saturday, Oct 21, 2017 in Los Angeles. 
(Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) drives to the basket and his fouled against the Phoenix Suns in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game at the Staples Center on Saturday, Oct 21, 2017 in Los Angeles.
    (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

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LOS ANGELES — Blake Griffin accepted a long inbounds pass from Clippers teammate Lou Williams with only seconds remaining in the first half of their home-opening game Saturday against the Phoenix Suns. Griffin dribbled between his legs, gathered himself beyond the 3-point arc and fired.

Swish.

Griffin’s buzzer-beater might as well have been a dagger to the hearts of the overmatched Suns. The Clippers extended their 14-point halftime lead slowly but certainly in the third quarter, eventually taking a 130-88 victory from Phoenix at Staples Center.

The Clippers’ second victory in as many games to start the season came with a price, however. Milos Teodosic injured his left foot, tumbling to the floor after he appeared to step on the foot of the Suns’ Devin Booker with 2:34 left in the first half and could not return to the game.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers and athletic trainer Jasen Powell raced to check on Teodosic, who then was carried from the court. Teodosic then hopped down the tunnel that leads to the Clippers’ locker room. X-rays taken of his foot were negative and an MRI was scheduled for Sunday.

Teodosic, a 30-year-old rookie from Serbia, made his NBA debut in the Clippers’ season-opening victory Thursday over the Lakers. He made his second start Saturday in place of Austin Rivers and had five points and two assists before he was injured.

Austin Rivers was sidelined for the six weeks leading up to the start of training camp Sept. 26 because of mononucleosis. Then he strained his right glute during the Clippers’ first exhibition game Oct. 1 and sat out the final four preseason contests. He was declared fit to play in the opener.

Rivers, Patrick Beverley (knee), Sam Dekker (oblique), Danilo Gallinari (foot), Sindarius Thornwell (shoulder) and Jamil Wilson (back) were sidelined by injuries for extended periods during the preseason. Doc Rivers thought the worst was over when the regular season began Thursday.

The one thing that worried Doc Rivers heading into the preseason was injuries to his four-guard rotation of Beverley, Austin Rivers, Teodosic and Williams. Beverley and Williams were acquired from the Houston Rockets in the Chris Paul trade and Teodosic signed as a free agent.

Austin Rivers was the lone holdover, after Paul and Jamal Crawford were traded and J.J. Redick signed with the Philadelphia 76ers as a free agent during an extremely busy offseason that had many observers questioning the Clippers’ elite status.

The Clippers soldiered on without Teodosic in the second half. Their lead swelled to 64-44 after Griffin sank two free throws with 8:29 left in the third quarter. Moments later, Beverley hit a 3-pointer and then Griffin dunked to cap a fastbreak and give the Clippers a 70-46 lead.

Game over.

Griffin scored a team-leading 29 points on 7-for-13 shooting and took 8 rebounds. Beverley added 15 points and DeAndre Jordan had 6 points and 13 rebounds. Williams added 18 points in a reserve role. None of the Clippers’ starters played in the fourth quarter.

Alex Len scored 15 points for the winless Suns, who have given up an average of 129 points in their first three games. Phoenix offered little in the way of resistance, especially in the second half, after losing Friday at home to the Lakers in a 132-130 shootout.

Original Article: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/10/21/milos-teodosic-injured-in-clippers-blowout-victory-over-suns/
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