Monday, December 18, 2017
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Lou Williams scores 42 points to spark Clippers’ victory over Lakers

Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin, center, grabs a loose ball against Los Angeles Lakers’ Larry Nance Jr., left, and Brook Lopez during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Los Angeles Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan dunks as Los Angeles Lakers’ Brook Lopez looks on during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Los Angeles Lakers’ Lonzo Ball, left, pressures Los Angeles Clippers’ Austin Rivers during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin, right, and Los Angeles Lakers’ Larry Nance Jr. react after a jump ball was called during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) The Clippers’ Lou Williams, left, drives to the basket under pressure by Los Angeles Lakers’ Julius Randle during the first half of an NBA ..
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Freedman scores 28 as Mater Dei wins opener

Mater Dei senior point guard Spencer Freedman scored 28 points as the Monarchs beat Foothill 76-39 in their season opener in a Diablo Inferno pool play game Monday, the first day of the tournament at Mission Viejo High. Mater Dei is No. 1 in the OC Varsity preseason top 10. Freedman signed with Yale. Foothill had a 15-14 lead at the end of the first quarter. Mater Dei outscored the Knights 30-5 in the second quarter. Also at the Diablo Inferno, Quentin Watts scored 20 points with 12 rebounds for Trabuco Hills in a 78-50 win over Valley View of Moreno Valley. In the Jim Harris Classic at Ocean View on Monday, Jakob Aalamudun scored 29 points with 22 rebounds for Marina in the Vikings’ 62-57 win over Troy on the first day of that tournament. Beckman lost to La Salle of Pasadena 80-78 in the Auto Nation tournament at Crean Lutheran, but got a great effort from Dylan Thoerner who scored 30 points. COMING UP … The Grizzly Invitational at Godinez on Tuesday has four games, including C..
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Man charged with raping woman he is accused of pimping

SANTA ANA – A 24-year-old man was charged Monday, Nov. 27, with raping a woman he was allegedly pimping in Orange County. Patrick Balaman is accused of attacking the victim, who was 19 years old at the time, in Newport Beach and elsewhere in Orange County, according to Anaheim police Sgt. Daron Wyatt. He pleaded not guilty Monday and was ordered to return to court for a pretrial hearing on Dec. 7. Balaman faces charges of sodomy, rape, pimping, pandering, domestic violence, human trafficking, dissuading a witness from reporting a crime and pandering, according to court records. Balaman was arrested Nov. 21 and is being held without bail, jail records show.
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With Larry Nance Jr. back from injury, Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma savors his time among...

LOS ANGELES — For 11 games, Kyle Kuzma held down the Lakers’ starting power forward spot. He averaged more than 18 points per game, burnishing both his resume and growing legend. The return of Larry Nance Jr. on Monday, however, meant the fun was over. At least for now. Less than a month after he underwent surgery on left hand, Nance slid back into his old job against the Clippers, moving Kuzma back to the bench. While fans may have liked to see Kuzma continue in his leading role, one person who did not seem to object to Coach Luke Walton’s decision was Kuzma himself. “To me it doesn’t really matter,” Kuzma said. “I proved I can play against second-unit guys, first-unit guys. Same thing.” As good as Kuzma was in his time with the first unit, Walton was always inclined to go back to Nance, who averaged 10.6 points and 7.5 rebounds before breaking his second metacarpal on Nov. 2 in Portland. He beat out fourth-year forward Julius Randle and Kuzma for the starting job in the preseaso..
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Whicker: Give Lakers’ Lonzo Ball room to breathe, and then we’ll see

There were plentiful reasons to see the Lakers and Clippers Monday at Staples Center, but only one issue. It was the Daily Tracking Poll for Lonzo Ball. Overrated? Underrated? The next All-Star lock? The next Andrew Goudelock? Threat? Menace? No trip downcourt goes without evaluation for Ball. No opinion is modulated, or moderated. Nothing he does is out of bounds, except for the occasional hunk of basalt he throws up there from the 3-point line. The truth is that the Lakers and Ball are both a work in progress, with everyone involved wanting to see more of both. And Ball is going through nothing unusual for a guy who was romping up and down for Chino Hills in 60-point wins two years ago, and running the show at UCLA last season. Ball is fitting right in with the rest of the struggling one-and-dones who regularly lead off the NBA draft. It isn’t his fault, or theirs, that the NBA brains insist on drafting players who should be serving their apprenticeship somewhere else, like Eu..
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Notebook: Long Beach State men’s basketball falls to Nebraska

After beating Oregon State on Friday for its first win away from home, the Long Beach State men’s basketball team finished the Advocare Invitational in Orlando, Florida on Sunday with an 85-80 loss to Nebraska. LBSU (3-4) trailed by over 20 points in both halves, and cut the deficit to four points twice, but ultimately fell short. The 49ers are 1-4 in their last five games. LBSU senior forward Gabe Levin had his second double-double of the season with a team-high 22 points and a career-high 16 rebounds. Junior forward Mason Riggins scored a career-high 14 points and had seven rebounds. “This team continues to get better,” LBSU coach Dan Monson said. “We outrebounded Nebraska (45-30) and we got beat up on the boards during the exhibition season. We may still lose, but if we improve, I think that’s the important thing.” Junior point guard Deishuan Booker had his second-consecutive double-double against Nebraska with 15 points with 12 assists. Booker also had 12 assists in the win ove..
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Boys basketball tournament: Tartan Classic at St. Margaret’s, Dec. 4-9

Schedule for the Tartan Classic Varsity Boys Basketball Tournament, hosted by St. Margaret’s, Dec. 4-9. BOYS BASKETBALL TARTAN CLASSIC Mon, 12/4 3:30p – Bell Gardens vs San Juan Hills 5:00p – Pacifica Christian vs Sage Hill 6:30p – St. Margaret’s vs Norte Vista 8:00p – Newport Harbor vs Capo Valley Chr Tues, 12/5 3:30p – Tustin vs Bell Gardens 5:00p – Sage Hill vs University, Irvine 6:30p – Norte Vista vs Mission Viejo 8:00p – Capo Valley Chr vs Brea Olinda Wed, 12/6 3:30p – University, Irvine vs Pacifica Christian 5:00p – San Juan Hills vs Tustin 6:30p – Brea Olinda vs Newport Harbor 8:00p – Mission Viejo vs St. Margaret’s Thurs, 12/7 5:00p – 3rd Pool A vs 3rd Pool B 6:30p – 3rd Pool C vs 3rd Pool D Fri, 12/8 3:30p – 2nd Pool A vs 2nd Pool B 5:00p – 2nd Pool C vs 2nd Pool D 6:30p – 1st Pool A vs 1st Pool B 8:00p – 1st Pool C vs 1st Pool D Sat, 12/9 12:00p – 11th Place Game 1:30p – 9th Place Game 3:00p – 7th Place Game 4:30p – 5th Place Game 6:00p – 3rd Place Game 7:30p – Champ..
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USC’s Tee Martin remains mum on possible return to Tennessee

LOS ANGELES — College football’s annual coaching carousel took one of its wackiest whirls over the weekend. Tennessee, among six SEC schools to end the regular season with head coaching vacancies, planned to hire Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano, reaching the point where the school on Sunday reportedly signed a memorandum of understanding with Schiano. But the deal fell apart hours later amid social-media backlash and fan outcry. The failed hire left Tennessee administrators restarting their coaching search, a process that could ultimately impact USC’s coaching staff. Tee Martin, the Trojans’ offensive coordinator, is expected to be a candidate after Sports Illustrated reported on Monday that Martin had a “legit shot” to be named head coach. Martin, the quarterback for the Volunteers’ 1998 national championship team, declined to discuss a potential return to his alma mater. “I just don’t talk about other jobs during the season,” Martin said, speaking with reporters af..
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Wolf: Pac-12 championship game only lacks national title implications

A lot is at stake this weekend as conference championship games will determine who goes to the College Football Playoff. Unfortunately for the Pac-12, its own championship game in Santa Clara will have no bearing on college football’s most suspenseful weekend. And it will be played on Friday night, long before the Big Boys suit up Saturday to determine the nation’s top four teams. The Pac-12 did manage to get lucky when Stanford won the Pac-12 North. Washington State is a shell of the team that went undefeated in September and would have been a horrible opponent for USC, especially after playing in Seattle on Saturday night and then going to the Bay Area for a Friday game. Instead, Stanford will play a mock home game about 15 minutes from campus. The Cardinal will not have much rest either after playing Notre Dame last weekend, but Cardinal coach David Shaw sounded ready Tuesday. “We’ve backed off a lot the last four weeks of the schedule anyways,” Shaw said. A wise move by the Pa..
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Clippers say they’ve gotten over shock of losing Patrick Beverley for season

LOS ANGELES — The Clippers never threw a pity party last week after learning guard Patrick Beverley would be sidelined for the rest of the season after undergoing right knee surgery. They didn’t feel sorry for themselves. They didn’t curse their fate or scream in the night. What they did was regroup, win their next two games and start to feel good about themselves again. The NBA season is a long one. There are ups and downs and twists and turns and, as tempting as it might have been, the Clippers didn’t let the bad news about Beverley keep them down for long. Beverley wasn’t expected to undergo surgery despite sitting out for five games because of soreness in his knee. When he did have surgery, it wasn’t expected to be as serious as it turned out to be. It was just supposed to be a procedure to clean up damaged meniscus. Instead, Beverley also underwent microfracture surgery, a more serious procedure that could sideline him for up to nine months. Arthroscopic surgery to mend torn me..

‘Evil twin’ granted parole after serving nearly 2 decades in prison for plot to...

A woman dubbed by police as “the evil twin” for plotting to kill her identical twin sister in Irvine in 1996 has been granted parole after serving nearly two decades in prison. In a case that made international headlines and shook the Korean-American community, Jeen “Gina” Han was sentenced to 26 years to life in prison in May 1998 for conspiring to kill her sister, Sunny Han, with whom she shared a love-hate relationship, police said. Jeen “Gina” Han was sentenced to 26 years to life in prison in May 1998 for conspiring to kill her sister, Sunny Han, with whom she shared a love-hate relationship, police said. Shown above in 1997 with her attorney. (Photo by Ygnacio Nanetti, Orange County Register/SCNG) Sunny Han and her then-roommate, Helen Kim, were bound and gagged in their Irvine apartment before police rescued them. The state Board of Parole recommended release for Gina Han, now 43, after her initial hearing on Oct. 31. Under California law, the decision includes a 120-day revi..
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Another warm week ahead; then will weekend storm finally put end to summer?

Light rain fell across the region Monday, Nov. 27, bringing relief to Southern Californians weary of setting late-fall heat records and hope that a debut is near for a winter-sport season that so far has been eclipsed by an endless summer. Still, rainfall totals were insignificant — less than a tenth of an inch in most places. And a storm due to arrive this weekend isn’t expected to deliver a whole lot more, forecasters said Monday. There is a possibility that the low-pressure system on the way will drop a quarter of an inch of rain on parts of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, said Brandt Maxwell, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in San Diego. “But that’s probably even a little optimistic,” Maxwell said. And he said the storm likely will be too warm to leave any significant snow behind in the mountains. Warm, windy week On Monday, highs across Southern California stayed mostly in the 60s, a little below the average for this time of year ..
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With Nick Novak injured, Chargers could sign another kicker as insurance

COSTA MESA — The Chargers are the worst field-goal kicking team in the league. Whether that changes in the near future could hinge on better health, better performance – or better talent. Kicker Nick Novak remains day-to-day with a back injury, one that eventually sidelined him on Thanksgiving in Dallas. The Chargers still blew out the Cowboys 28-6, but the team isn’t taking any chances this week, even as a 13-point favorite against the winless Browns. The Chargers plan to work out three or four kickers on Tuesday, and could potentially sign one as an “insurance policy” if Novak doesn’t recover in time for Sunday’s 1:05 p.m. kickoff at StubHub Center. “If Nick’s better at the end of the week, we’ll probably go with Nick,” Coach Anthony Lynn said Monday. “But if not, we’ve got to look at other options.” One of those options could be Younghoe Koo, the undrafted rookie whom Novak replaced four games into the season. Koo beat out Josh Lambo in training camp, but struggled in September,..
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Australian police allege man planned New Year’s Eve attack

By ROD McGUIRK CANBERRA, Australia — Australian police have arrested a man accused of planning a mass shooting for New Year’s Eve in a crowded Melbourne square, officials said on Tuesday. The 20-year-old Australian-born citizen with Somali parents was trying to obtain an automatic rifle to attack the downtown Federation Square in Australia’s second largest city, Victoria State Police Deputy Commissioner Shane Patton said. Thousands of revelers pack the square each year on New Year’s Eve. The man, who was not named, downloaded instructions from an al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula website on how to launch a terrorist attack and how to use guns, Patton said. Patton described the suspect as “a person who’s expressed an intention to try and kill as many people as he could through shooting them.” He said authorities have eliminated the threat of the attack, saying “the risk that was posed by this person has been removed.” Justice Minister Michael Keenan said police arrested four extr..
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Rams’ defense takes a hit after Connor Barwin undergoes surgery for broken forearm

THOUSAND OAKS — Thus far, the Rams have thrived when young players have been asked to fill in for injured veterans, but that will be tested this week as they attempt to replace linebacker Connor Barwin. Barwin broke a bone in his left forearm during Sunday’s victory over New Orleans and had surgery Monday morning, Coach Sean McVay said in his news conference hours later at Cal Lutheran. Barwin had a plate put in his arm, for stabilization, and will miss “the next couple weeks,” McVay said. “He’s a tough guy,” McVay said. “He will be ready to go sooner than later, I would bet.” Still, the Rams must face Arizona on Sunday — and more importantly, Philadelphia, the NFL’s highest-scoring team, on Dec. 10 — without Barwin, a team captain and their most-veteran player on defense. Barwin is tied for second on the Rams this season with four sacks and has 25 tackles. The Rams now turn to Samson Ebukam, a rookie fourth-round pick out of Eastern Washington who gradually has increased his profi..

Orange would like to take another victory lap Saturday night

It is a decades-old tradition that after the Orange High football team wins a game, the team buses make a lap around the city’s downtown plaza for every touchdown scored. The team buses made seven laps around the plaza, where Chapman Avenue and Glassell Street meet, Saturday night after Orange’s 52-8 win over Santa Clara of Oxnard in a CIF-Southern Section Division 13 semifinal playoff game. The Panthers had just qualified for their first CIF-SS football championship game since 2005. At the CIF-SS football championship luncheon in Long Beach on Monday, Orange receiver Syrus Collins was asked if it was the most raucous plaza celebration he had witnessed. “It definitely was the most memorable,” Collins said. The last time Orange won a CIF-SS football title was in 1929. If the Panthers beat Silver Valley of Yermo on Saturday, there just might be the best joy ride ever around the old plaza. Katella high school’s Coach Fred DiPalma, left, Nate Arrington, center, and Marcus Castro durin..
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Orange County high school schedule: Tuesday, Nov. 28

The Orange County high school sports schedule for Tuesday, Nov. 28. BOYS BASKETBALL Buena Park Tournament (Whittier Christian, Kennedy, Buena Park, Valencia), Ocean View/Jim Harris Classic (Marina, JSerra, Los Alamitos, Pacifica Christian, Troy, Huntington Beach), Los Amigos Tournament (Pacifica, Santa Ana, Estancia, Laguna Hills), Mission Viejo Tournament (Mater Dei, Foothill), Godinez Tournament (Laguna Beach, Northwood, El Toro, Northwood, Orangewood Academy, Irvine, Bolsa Grande, Newport Harbor, Capistrano Valley, Fullerton), Diablo Inferno Tournament (St. Margaret’s, Trabuco Hills), Big Daddy Tournament (Servite) GIRLS BASKETBALL Southlands Christian at St. Margaret’s, Magnolia at Western, Saddleback at Anaheim, Rancho Alamitos at Santa Ana Valley, Eastside Christian at Capistrano Valley Christian, Oxford Academy Tournament (Orange, Godinez, Santiago, Marina, Katella, Pacifica, Buena Park, Capistrano Valley), Corona del Mar Tip Off Tournament (Corona del Mar, Mission Viejo, Tust..
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Miller: Chip Kelly arrives at UCLA as a savior — and a stranger

LOS ANGELES — He quoted John Wooden, paraphrased Theodore Roosevelt and mocked himself by dropping the phrase “Chippy goes to Hollywood.” Chip Kelly’s celebrated tenure at UCLA – Troy Aikman called him the school’s greatest football hire ever – even started with a joke. “Not a lot going on in L.A. today,” Kelly quipped, opening his news conference by glancing around a room filled with media, boosters, alumni, school officials, cheerleaders, the Bruins’ mascot and three mannequins dressed in football uniforms. I’ll pass on making a crack here about how those life-sized dolls might have had more success stopping the run this season than the actual un-mannequin Bruins. Related Articles Chip Kelly introduced as UCLA football’s new head coach What’s next for UCLA football with Chip Kelly? Who is Chip Kelly, the new UCLA football coach? Chip Kelly coaching record, photos through the years I’ll pass because this day was all about what happens starting now, about t..

Bird enthusiasts flock to see rare Nazca Booby in Dana Point, far from its...

Robin Lowe usually embarks on the water off Dana Point to scour the sea for whales. But on Monday, Nov. 27, she was on a different mission — to get a glimpse of a rare bird, the Nazca Booby, said to be hanging out near local waters far from its home on the Galapagos Islands. “I’m still smiling ear to ear,” she said after seeing the tropical bird casually hanging out with pelicans on a jetty. “To be able to see it today, it’s hard to grasp the words. I’m just so thrilled to be able to see this. It’s once in a lifetime. Here it was in our backyard, in the Dana Point harbor.” A Nazca Booby normally seen off the Galapagos islands was spotted in Dana Point, creating a buzz among bird enthusiasts who flocked to see the rare sight. Photo courtesy of Robin Lowe/Dana Wharf Whale Watching. A rare bird normally seen off the Galapagos islands was spotted in Dana Point, creating a buzz among bird enthusiasts who flocked to see the rare sight. Photo courtesy of Mark Girardeau/ Orange County Outdoo..
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Man pleads not guilty to possessing $500,000 in cocaine, meth at San Clemente gas...

SANTA ANA – A 32-year-old man arrested at a San Clemente gas station pleaded not guilty Monday to possession of cocaine and methamphetamine with a street value of about $500,000. Ulises Garciasosa was with two counts each of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to sell, and sale or transport of a controlled substance, all felonies. Around 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 21, a border patrol agent contacted Garciasosa at a gas station in the 2300 block of El Camino Real in San Clemente, according to Jaimee Blashaw of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. After he consented to a search of his vehicle, a sheriff’s investigator was summoned, she said. The search led to the seizure of 93.7 pounds of methamphetamine and 15.6 pounds of cocaine, Blashaw said.