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first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson the field and committed two turnovers.“He’s going to be a great talent, but he has to go through the tough times,” Beverley said. “He’llappreciate this when he looks back on it.”Brook Lopez scored 20 points in his debut for the Lakers, and Jordan Clarkson added 18.“I wasn’t happy with what we gave our fans tonight,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “Obviously I heard the (boos), and we deserved it at those times.”TIP-INSClippers: Danilo Gallinari had 11 points in his LA debut. … Coach Doc Rivers answered back at Paul, who said he didn’t like the Clippers’ team culture in a documentary that will be released this week by ESPN.“Listen, when you leave, you should just leave,” Rivers said. “I don’t think you have to try to burn the house down or justify why you left. That’s what I would say to it. I like our culture.Lakers: New G Kentavious Caldwell-Pope missed this game while beginning a two-game suspension for getting arrested in March and later pleading guilty to operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. … Kyle Kuzma, the Lakers’ other first-round pick, had eight points in his NBA debut. … Andrew Bogut, the former Golden State center, had three fouls and three turnovers in his Lakers debut.NEW BACKCOURTEven with several new contributors, the Clippers already resemble a hard-nosed, tough-minded veteran team led by Beverley. Milos Teodosic, the other starting guard in Rivers’ revamped lineup, hit two 3-pointers in the 30-year-old Serbian rookie’s NBA debut.MAGIC BALLIt was a busy night for Lakers executive Magic Johnson, also a co-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Magic watched from the tunnel while Staples Center showed Game 5 of the NL Championship Series on the scoreboard during pregame warmups, and he celebrated behind the scenes when the Dodgers clinched their first World Series berth since 1988 during the first half. “I’m just happy for all the players and all the Dodger fans across the world,” Johnson said. “This is a moment that I’ll never forget. I was torn, because I wanted to be here for Lonzo Ball’s first game as a Laker, but my heart is in Chicago. … I’m so happy with Clayton Kershaw, that he can finally pitch in the World Series. He deserves this moment, and all our players deserve this moment, too.” Staples Center erupted in cheers when the Dodgers recorded the final out in Chicago, and again when the final out appeared on the video board. The present in this town still belongs to the Clippers, even without Chris Paul.Blake Griffin scored 29 points and DeAndre Jordan added 14 points and 24 rebounds in the Clippers’ 108-92rout of the Lakers on Thursday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogLou Williams added 12 points in the Clippers’ first game since Paul spurned the perennial playoff team after six years and forced an offseason trade to Houston. The Clippers will have a new look this season after adding Beverley’s tenacity and several new scorers, but they were still miles ahead of their Staples Center co-tenants in both teams’ season openers.Beverley and the Clippers got little trouble from Ball, who had three points, four assists and nine rebounds in 29 minutes during the first game for the No. 2 overall pick from UCLA. He had about 40 friends and family members in the stands, including his voluble father, LaVar. 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We’ve got to regroup.”Ball is expected to revitalize his hometown team this season, but the rookie started out with all the nerves and mistakes that might be expected from any 19-year-old with the weight of a 16-time NBA championfranchise on his slender shoulders.Beverley, who joined the Clippers in Paul’s trade to the Rockets, had 10 points while introducing Ball to high-level NBA defense.“I just had to set the tone,” Beverley said. “I told him after the game, due to all the riff-raff his dad brings, he’s going to get a lot of people coming at him. He has to be ready for that, and I let him know after the game. But what a better way to start him off. I was 94 feet guarding him tonight. Welcome his little young ass to the NBA.”Along with a handful of good-looking passes and a 3-pointer late in the first half, Ball went 1 for 6 from ADVERTISEMENT Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez, left, and guard Lonzo Ball, right, reach for a loose ball along with Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — Patrick Beverley crowded chest-to-chest with Lonzo Ball before an inbounds pass in the first quarter while they were 94 feet from the basket. Moments later at midcourt, Beverley emphatically fouled the Lakers’ rookie point guard and watched him fall.Ball still might turn out to be Los Angeles’ basketball star of the future, even after his awfully quiet NBA debut.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View commentslast_img read more

first_imgBut it wasn’t. “I predicted much more gloom and doom than this,” Mark Martin said. “I want to give a shout out to all the drivers – they were extremely cautious. Very smart driving, as smart as I’ve ever seen these guys drive under all the pressure that they’re under. They all did a great job, and it wasn’t nearly as much of a disaster as I thought it was going to be.” So what happened to create such dire predictions? Smith wanted better racing, along with a fan experience that tops anything in NASCAR. So he pumped millions of dollars into the facility, and on-track changes that added 8 degrees of banking and moved pit road. But the changes pushed speeds over 200 mph during the January test session, and Goodyear had to create a tire strong enough to withstand the loads. The tire company selected a hard compound for the left side tires, which infuriated drivers who generally prefer a softer tire that sticks to the surface. The harder tire eliminated any grip, turning every lap of Sunday’s race into a concentrated effort not to wreck. There were slips, slides and spins and even winner Jimmie Johnson had to save his car from making a sharp right-hand turn into the wall. “There were like top-10 saves, there were some saves that were miraculous,” Dale Earnhardt Jr. said. “There were a lot of guys getting out of control.” But there also was good racing – which is all Smith wanted to begin with. NASCAR’s post-race statistics showed that passing at Las Vegas was up 75 percent from a year ago, with 1,123 passes under the green flag compared with 898 in 2006. And the harder tire created pit strategy that has been missing of late. Crew chiefs had to gamble during stops – two tires or four? Right sides or lefts? “It was a day of survival,” said Chad Knaus, Johnson’s crew chief. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LAS VEGAS – Hours before the race, Brett Bodine gave a pace-car ride around reconfigured Las Vegas Motor Speedway. At speeds reaching 130 mph, the former NASCAR driver pointed out the trouble spots: bumps in the track surface, uneven lines in the asphalt, tricky transitions in and out of the banked turns and a curved pit lane unlike anything else on the circuit. When the tour was over, Bodine’s passengers were convinced Sunday’s race was going to be a wreck fest. “Nah, it will be fine,” he predicted. “The talent level in this group is too good to let that happen.” center_img Bodine was right. There were only nine cautions during the Nextel Cup race, a testament to the skill and adaptability of NASCAR’s top drivers. But it may have created a mirage masking the event’s many problems. “With the exception of a couple of guys, all the drivers did a great job of give-and-take,” said two-time series champion Tony Stewart, a critic of the track changes and the tire Goodyear forced the teams to use. “I could see situations in front of me and behind me where everybody was giving each other room and trying to be courteous to each other. I think the drivers made the best out of a bad situation here.” After the Busch Series race Saturday, plagued by a record 12 cautions, top drivers issued stern warnings. Matt Kenseth called the tires treacherous and Greg Biffle said he felt as if he were driving on black ice. Kasey Kahne said every lap was a battle not to wreck, and Stewart criticized LVMS owner Bruton Smith, general manager Chris Powell and Goodyear for creating a frightening experience for everyone. last_img read more