Kobe Bryant asked to be traded last spring in part because he wanted to play for a team that could contend for an NBA title. He just might have gotten his wish by staying put. Bryant scored 26 of his 38 points in the second half, Andrew Bynum had a career-high 28 points to go with 12 rebounds and a season-high four assists, and the Lakers beat the Phoenix Suns 122-115 on Tuesday for their ninth win…
LeBron James winced as he pressed the ice bag tightly against his swollen jaw. On Christmas, he felt lucky to still have his two front teeth. “I got elbowed by Shaq in the face, which is not a good thing,” James said. “Ever.” James shook off the big man’s blow to the head and scored 25 points, Drew Gooden had 18 and Cleveland’s defense arrived in time for the holiday, sparking the struggling…
Three pictures on the cover of the Kentucky basketball media guide seem to capture the first 10 games of Billy Gillispie’s tenure at one of college basketball’s most demanding jobs. In one, Gillispie is clapping his hands, staring intently into the distance. The two above it are of senior guards Joe Crawford and Ramel Bradley.
Dale Baird, the winningest thoroughbred trainer with more than 9,400 victories, died in a crash along an icy highway when he lost control of his pickup truck while hauling a livestock trailer. He was 72. He was killed Sunday in the accident on Interstate 70 along with two teenagers whose car broadsided the truck about 20 miles east of Indianapolis.
The Pittsburgh Steelers’ starters are taking Christmas off, as the holiday falls conveniently on the NFL players’ weekly day off. The rest of the week, including Sunday in Baltimore? Forget it, although the Steelers are AFC North champions for the first time since 2004 and are guaranteed a home playoff game Jan.
John Lynch met LaDainian Tomlinson head-on early in the first quarter, a collision of two star players following a simple 2-yard run. Normally they’d get up and get ready for the next play. Not this time. Tomlinson’s helmet came off and Lynch took it with both hands and threw it about 10 yards, drawing an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and the wrath of the crowd.
Miami Dolphins coach Cam Cameron won’t talk about his team’s new executive vice president of football operations, or speak his name around reporters. During his news conference Monday, Cameron carefully danced around reporters’ inquiries about Bill Parcells, who signed a four-year contract with the 1-14 Dolphins last week.
Lane Kiffin had a long list when asked what rookie quarterback JaMarcus Russell needed to improve on after struggling in the first extensive playing time of his NFL career. “Where do you start?” the Oakland Raiders coach said Monday. “Ball handling in the run game. Footwork in the passing game. Decision making, timing, accuracy.
Brad Johnson, start getting loose. The Dallas Cowboys may finally let you throw a pass. As Tony Romo’s backup, Johnson has been limited to handoffs and kneel-downs in a few games this season. But with the Cowboys having clinched the No. 1 seed in the NFC, there’s little reason for Romo to play every down — or to throw every pass — in the regular-season finale Sunday at Washington.
A fluke injury on a crazy play has ended Saints cornerback Mike McKenzie’s season, making New Orleans’ slim playoff hopes even slimmer. Saints coach Sean Payton said Monday that McKenzie tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee while nearly recovering Donovan McNabb’s fumble in what turned out to be Philadelphia’s first touchdown in the Eagles’ 38-23 victory in New Orleans on Sunday.
Tom Coughlin sidestepped questions about whether the New York Giants will go all out to try to spoil the New England Patriots’ bid for perfection. “I am not ready to even talk about that stuff today,” Coughlin said Monday during a conference call. With New York’s playoff picture set heading into the final week of the regular season, the logical approach would be for Coughlin to rest his walking…
Adorned with glitzy golden bows, several bottles of expensive champagne were delivered to the Browns’ team offices Monday, one day after a big celebration was postponed. In Cleveland, the bubbly isn’t alone on ice. The playoffs are resting there, too. A disheartening 19-14 loss Sunday at Cincinnati cost Cleveland control of its playoff fate.