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UCLA goes into raucous McKale Center vs. No. 13 Arizona

There were the mocking signs, Chinese flags and oversized cut outs of LaVar Ball’s head.

UCLA has already faced ridicule and jeers from opposing crowds, sometimes aided by the basketball team’s embarrassing shoplifting scandal in China, but likely nothing the Bruins have encountered will measure up to McKale Center.

Two games behind Arizona for first place in the Pac-12 and still on the edge of NCAA Tournament contention, UCLA (16-7, 7-4 Pac-12) has a vital game against the 13th-ranked Wildcats in arguably the fiercest home environment in the conference.

The Bruins have wilted in the face of much less intimidating road atmospheres

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OCVarsity Photos: National Signing Day scenes, celebrations in Orange County

Check out the National Signing Day scenes in Orange County on Wednesday, as athletes, their parents, friends, coaches and teammates took part in the celebrations.

It was the first day of the February period when athletes can sign a National Letter of Intent with a college.

Go to the OCVarsity pages on OCRegister.com to get all of the Signing Day news.

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Clippers, Lou Williams agree on three-year extension

PLAYA VISTA — The Clippers and Lou Williams agreed Wednesday on a three-year contract extension that could keep the backup shooting guard in uniform through the 2020-21 season, ending lingering speculation he could be moved before the trade deadline Thursday.

“It was nice for this organization to commit to me the same way I’ve committed to these guys this year,” Williams said. “In years past, these scenarios don’t usually go my way, so it was nice for one to go my way and to be somewhere I wanted to be.”

Williams has averaged career-high totals of 23.3 points, 38 percent shooting from

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Whicker: NFL isn’t broken, but here’s how to fix it

We’re told millions of Americans swore off the NFL this season.

A mid-morning attempt to find a parking place at any grocery store Sunday indicated those disgruntled folks have been replaced.

So did the hand-fighting along the shelves, although most offenders claimed they were going for the chips and the contact was incidental.

Brace for doom-and-gloom over Super Bowl ratings, which receded by three percent from last year. Actually the game drew 95.17 million viewers. The next highest-rated show, from 7-10 p.m. Sunday, was “60 Minutes,” with 3.05 million.

The NFL tried to goose the excitement with an unannounced Super Bowl ban on

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Eric Stephens’ NHL power rankings (Feb. 5, 2018)

For a four-year stretch, it was the Kings and Chicago Blackhawks who ruled the roost in the Western Conference. And then there were the Ducks, who couldn’t get by either despite 50-win regular seasons.

Well, these are challenging times for all three. The possibility exists that all – once at the top of the conference hierarchy – could sit out the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs. They’ve surely got work to do to secure a seat at the postseason table.

Change has happened. San Jose finally broke through two years ago with its run to the Cup final and Nashville did so

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Tyrone Wallace makes his mark, but can the Clippers find a way to keep him?

Tyrone Wallace’s days are numbered. Sunday was Day 16 of 25. It’s possible the Clippers could make a move to sign the 23-year-old guard to a regular contract after the NBA trade deadline Thursday, elevating him from his current two-way deal.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers “loves” Wallace’s play, his athleticism and versatility, and predicts he’ll have a lengthy career in the NBA. It remains to be seen whether it will be with the Clippers or another team in the league, though.

“I love him,” Rivers said. “I think when guys come out of the G League we forget and think they’re

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UCLA football adds commitment from four-star DT Tyler Manoa

Defensive lineman Tyler Manoa announced his verbal commitment to UCLA on Saturday, giving the Bruins their ninth four-star prospect for the 2018 recruiting class, according to 247 Sports’ Composite Rankings.

Manoa, a 6-foot-5, 260-pound defensive tackle, chose the Bruins over Utah and Oregon. He is the 26th-best defensive tackle in the country, according to 247 Sports’ Composite Rankings, which also has him pegged as

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