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From Dylan Hernández: There’s a lot to love about Anthony Davis.

He is warm. He is intelligent. He does not hesitate to point the finger when he is wrong.

But he doesn’t understand.

Davis is entering his fourth season with the Lakers and still doesn’t get it.

“I’m not going to think too much and listen to what everyone is saying and try to be that player they want me to be, that Greek god,” he said.

He smiled.

“I say Greek, but not Giannis [Antetokounmpo],” he said.

Here’s the thing: It’s what the Lakers want him to be.

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Lakers open camp with competition for starting points

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MOWER

From Andrew Greif: One by one, the Clippers arrived Tuesday morning in an auspicious start to the season.

Norman Powell was the first inside the gymnasium on UNLV’s campus, the veteran with stated goals of becoming an All-Star and starting shooting guard soon tossing jumpers over the defense coaches 90 minutes before the official start of training. Out the front door came the young Clippers on training camp contracts in their Nike-sponsored training gear. From a side door guarded by a security guard, Kawhi Leonard entered in his New Balance t-shirt and shorts.

Point guard John Wall put on his sneakers while chatting with team advisor Jerry West. The guard with whom Wall will compete for the starting job, Reggie Jackson, punched anyone who got within reach. Center Ivica Zubac, who suffered an ankle while playing for Croatia in this month’s EuroBasket tournament, entered without apparent pain.

The first day of practice had begun — the first day with an entirely healthy Clippers roster since the spring of 2021.

“It feels good to see everyone healthy,” coach Tyronn Lue said before training, “and back on the pitch.”

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Elliott: John Wall is here and ready to be the Clippers’ ‘big dog’ this season

UCLA BASKETBALL

De Thuc Nhi Nguyen: UCLA’s latest top-ranked recruiting class ushered in an era of unprecedented success. For now, this next one will be content to return to the NCAA tournament.

After missing the tournament for the first time since 2015, UCLA is poised to rebound immediately with the nation’s best freshman class. Headlined by the nation’s No. 2 rookie Kiki Rice and Camarillo star Gabriela Jaquez, the rookie class is UCLA’s first No. 1 group since the 2014 group led by Jordin Canada and Monique Billings who went to three straight NCAA regional semifinals and the school’s second Elite Eight.

“Rankings really don’t mean anything when you get here, but it’s really exciting,” Jaquez said. “As long as we stay focused on our goals as a team and what we want to do – which is to win – I think we will.”

The first full practice of the year at UCLA on Monday gave coach Cori Close a chance to see just how good her freshmen can get. German striker Lina Sontag suddenly surged with her aggression. The tenacity of striker Christen Iwuala shone. Rice flashed her vision of the elite floor.

From Ryan Kartje: It was a pivotal moment in the most pivotal game yet for USC under Lincoln Riley, the kind of triumphant turning point that every title team inevitably needs, but at the time Saturday night, no member of the Neilon family had no sense of the significance of a moment now known as the Neilon Nudge.

“One of my favorite games I’ve ever had anywhere,” Riley said Tuesday.

Brett Neilon was just trying to get the ball, like he was taught. All season, offensive coordinator Josh Henson had hammered the Trojans offensive line to run for the ball and finish on the whistle. So once the sixth-year USC center got out of his pass protection in that crucial fourth-and-six play, he saw Caleb Williams tiptoe across his line of sight. between defenders with the ball in hand. Then, all of a sudden, the Trojans quarterback couldn’t go any further.

Learn more about the Neilon Nudge by clicking here.

ANGELS

From Sarah Valenzuela: The 2022 season hasn’t been the kindest for Taylor Ward. The way he closes it, however, shows a player still worthy of praise in the seasons to come.

“I’ve learned a lot this year,” Ward said earlier this month. “It started off really hot and cooled off a bit. Just puts a season into perspective on how things can go and how drastically that can change.

“Probably take a few weeks off [when the season ends] then focus on getting bigger, stronger, faster. I think that will be the most important thing for me is to keep training well [in the offseason] and eat healthy and really get back to being healthy.

Ward went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles and also stole a base in the Angels’ 4-3 win over the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday.

GALAXY-LAFC

From Kevin Baxter: The Galaxy return to the Old Quarter, announcing Tuesday that they will open next season at the Rose Bowl, where they played their first MLS game in 1996.

But that’s not the biggest surprise as the Galaxy’s opponent in this Feb. 25 game in Pasadena will be long distance rivals LAFC. In just five seasons, the series between the teams has become the fiercest in American club football. And while pulling the season opener out of friendly bounds at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson means the Galaxy will give up some of their home-court advantage for one night, it also gives the team a chance to break MLS. single game of the club. home attendance record of 69,255, set in their first Rose Bowl game 26 years ago.

THIS DATE IN SPORT

1920 – A Chicago grand jury indicts eight members of the Chicago White Sox for rigging the 1919 World Series, known as the “Black Sox scandal”. White Sox owner Charles Comiskey immediately suspends all eight players.

1940 – Bud Brennan, a Memorial Stadium spectator, comes out of the stands and tries to tackle Michigan’s Tom Harmon at the 3-yard line. Harmon easily escapes Brennan and completes an 86-yard touchdown run, his third return for a touchdown, in a 41-0 rout of California.

1941 – Ted Williams ends the season with a .406 batting average.

1951 – Norm Van Brocklin throws for an NFL record 554 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Rams to a 54-14 rout of the New York Yankees. Elroy Hirsch catches four of the touchdown passes and finishes with 173 receiving yards and teammate Tom Fears has 162 receiving yards.

1964 – Australia beat the United States 3-2 to win the Davis Cup, the first time it was played on clay.

1968 – The Atlanta Chiefs beat the San Diego Toros 3-0 to win the first NASL championship.

1969 – Minnesota’s Joe Kapp throws for 449 yards and ties an NFL record seven touchdown passes to give the Vikings a 52-14 win over the Baltimore Colts.

1976 – Muhammad Ali wins a 15-round unanimous decision over Ken Norton at Yankee Stadium in New York to retain his world heavyweight title.

1979 – Larry Holmes knocks out Earnie Shavers in the 11th round in Las Vegas to retain his WBC heavyweight title.

1985 – Rhode Island tight end Brian Foster catches 18 passes for 327 yards to set an NCAA record in a 32-27 loss to Brown.

1996 – Iowa State’s Troy Davis rushes for 378 yards, the third most in major college history, to lead the Cyclones past Missouri 45-31.

1997 – Wendy Ward records the lowest over-par total in the LPGA Tour’s 47-year history for her first victory. Ward’s 23-under 265 gives him a two-shot win in the Fieldcrest Cannon Classic. Ward, who had just one bogey all week, finished with 13 straight pars to tie Kelly Robbins’ LPGA record for the lowest 72-hole total.

2000 – Tampa Bay forward Gordie Dwyer is suspended for 23 games by the NHL for manhandling two officials while attempting to fight opponents in a Sept. 19 exhibition game against Washington.

2008 – Brett Favre throws a career-high six touchdown passes and a Jets-high three at Laveranues Coles, and New York capitalizes on Arizona’s mistakes in a big second quarter of a 56-35 win. Kurt Warner completes 40 of 57 passes for 472 yards and two touchdowns for Arizona.

2012 – The Cincinnati Reds’ Homer Bailey pitches the seventh no-hitter of the season, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 1-0. The seven no-hitters tie the modern record (since 1900) for one season, tying 1990 and 1991.

2017 – Sam Saunders, grandson of Arnold Palmer, shoots a 12-under 59 in the first round of the Web.com Tour Championship. Saunders finishes with six straight birdies at the Atlantic Beach Country Club for the seventh under-60 round in Web.com Tour history. Stephan Jaeger set the tour record of 58 last year in the Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae in Hayward, Calif. Saunders has 13 birdies and a bogey.

2020 – The Tampa Bay Lightning win the Stanley Cup for the second time with a 4-2 series victory over the Dallas Stars in Edmonton, Alberta.

Compiled by The Associated Press

and finally

Muhammad Ali takes on Ken Norton at Yankee Stadium. Watch and listen here.

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