Rajon Rondo of Los Angeles Lakers breaks hand, out ‘a few weeks’

LOS ANGELES — On the night when LeBron James reached a historic milestone, the Lakers suffered a significant loss when Rajon Rondo fractured the third metatarsal in his right hand. Lakers coach Luke Walton revealed after the 126-117 win over the Portland Trail Blazers that the veteran point guard broke his shooting hand. Lakers star LeBron James passed Wilt Chamberlain for fifth place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list Thursday night. He now has 31,425 points for his career, with his childhood idol, Michael Jordan, next up at No. 4.…

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LeBron James of Los Angeles Lakers passes Wilt Chamberlain for fifth on NBA’s all-time scoring list

LOS ANGELES — LeBron James passed Wilt Chamberlain — another all-time great who joined the Los Angeles Lakers in the latter stages of his career — for fifth place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list Wednesday night against the Portland Trail Blazers. James tied Chamberlain on an and-1 runner with 3:55 left in the fourth quarter and passed him on the ensuing free throw. James finished the game with 44 points — his first 40-point game of the season and the most by a Laker since Kobe Bryant scored 60…

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Pittsburgh Penguins trade Carl Hagelin to Los Angeles Kings for Tanner Pearson

1:16 PM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN Pittsburgh Penguins GM Jim Rutherford had threatened changes if his team’s early season tribulations continued. After a loss to the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night dropped them to 14th place in the Eastern Conference, those changes arrived. The Penguins traded Carl Hagelin, a 30-year-old left wing and a contributor to their back-to-back Stanley Cup wins, to the Los Angeles Kings for 26-year-old left wing Tanner Pearson. General manager Jim Rutherford, whose old deal was set to expire at the end of this season, got…

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NFL still determined to play Kansas City Chiefs-Los Angeles Rams game in Mexico City despite field concerns

The NFL is still determined to play next Monday’s game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Rams at Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca, league sources told ESPN, despite significant concerns about the poor playing surface. “We are working closely with the field manager at Azteca Stadium and others to ensure that we have an NFL-quality surface for our game, and we are looking forward to kicking off in Mexico City on Monday night,” said NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy. One source said he still expects the game will be played…

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Los Angeles Dodgers LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu accepts qualifying offer, C Yasmani Grandal declines

LOS ANGELES — Starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu has accepted the Los Angeles Dodgers‘ qualifying offer, but starting catcher Yasmani Grandal has declined it. Ryu will return on a one-year, $17.9 million contract while Grandal will venture into the free-agent market, giving the Dodgers draft-pick compensation. The Dodgers will likely seek a catcher on a short-term deal to replace Grandal, in order to buy time before their promising prospects are ready to contribute at the major league level. With Ryu, the Dodgers have at least eight major league-ready starting pitchers heading…

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Smoke from Camp Fire visible in Sacramento Kings’ arena before game vs. Los Angeles Lakers

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Smoke from a wildfire raging in Butte County — known as the Camp Fire — billowed into downtown Sacramento and was visible above the court at the Golden 1 Center before the Kings‘ game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday. “We are aware that there is a smoke problem,” a Kings spokesman told ESPN shortly before tipoff. In order to combat the conditions, arena workers manning the entrances when ticket holders arrived were instructed to keep the doors closed as much as possible during the pregame…

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Wildfires affect practices for Los Angeles Rams, Oakland Raiders

7:04 PM ET Lindsey Thiry Close ESPN Covered Rams for two years for Los Angeles Times Previously covered the Falcons Has covered the NBA and college football and basketball Paul Gutierrez Close ESPN Staff Writer Covered Oakland Raiders for CSNBayArea.com and Sacramento Bee for eight years Member of Pro Football Writers Association Previously worked at Los Angeles Times, Las Vegas Review-Journal and Sports Illustrated The Los Angeles Rams canceled practice and the Oakland Raiders were limited to just a walkthrough because of raging wildfires in California on Friday. The Rams’…

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Deontay Wilder Los Angeles Media Day Quotes & Photos

WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder Battles Lineal Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury Saturday, December 1 On SHOWTIME PPV® From STAPLES Center in Los Angeles LOS ANGELES (November 6, 2018) – WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay Wilder held a jam-packed media day Monday in Los Angeles where he discussed his blockbuster matchup against lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury taking place Saturday, December 1 on SHOWTIME PPV® from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. Wilder arrived in Los Angeles, along with trainer Jay Deas, to show off his skills in front of media at…

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Fixes for the struggling teams at the bottom of the standings, including Los Angeles Kings, Vegas Golden Knights, Detroit Red Wings

Every season, there are teams that get things turned around after a rough start. On Nov. 8, 2017, the Anaheim Ducks and Minnesota Wild were 12th and 13th, respectively, in the Western Conference, and the St. Louis Blues were 12-3-1. By the end of the season, the Ducks and Wild were in the postseason, and the Blues were golfing. On that same day, Boston was a mediocre 6-5-1 and ended up finishing 50-20-12. Many teams at the bottom, however, did not have those types of turnarounds. Clubs like Arizona, Edmonton,…

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Tyson Chandler makes immediate impact in Los Angeles Lakers debut

LOS ANGELES — It was fitting that the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Minnesota Timberwolves of all teams Wednesday because their wildest stretch of the season to date — and yes, this is taking into account the fists that flew against the Houston Rockets — started just more than a week ago with a road loss to those very Wolves. That loss wasn’t just disturbing because of the way the Lakers failed to secure yet another close game down the stretch, or because they couldn’t execute simple defensive instructions like…

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