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Some nights Kobe Bryant plays well, other nights nights not so much: "It's either been st or shinola." But he said he can't tell before a game what kind of night it will be.

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Lakers center Roy Hibbert (ankle) will sit out tonight in his first game back in Indiana.

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Yasiel Puig vs. Zack Greinke

Greinke versus all the Dodgers is intriguing, so why is this individual battle the best of all? They aren't exactly best buddies, Greinke's hit 14 batters the past three seasons and Puig is a known hothead. Hitter vs. pitcher matchups to watch

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Mike Trout vs. Felix Hernandez

So far it's been all Trout: .354/.389/.646 with four home runs in 65 at-bats. He homered twice off Hernandez in 2015, including an eight-pitch battle in their first meeting of the season. Hitter vs. pitcher matchups to watch

Can Bruins beat nonconference comers?

The Pac-12 will be tough enough for UCLA. Add road trips to Texas A&M as well as BYU sandwiched around hosting UNLV and it's shaping up for a challenging three weeks to open the season. Toughest noncon schedules

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QB questions cloud Rams' outlook

There is some tremendous talent on L.A.'s roster, but offensive incompetency will continue to prevail as long as the Rams don't have an answer at quarterback. Way-too-early Power Rankings

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Lunardi's bracketology: Next Four Out

  • UCLA Bruins
  • Oregon State Beavers
  • Georgetown Hoyas
  • Georgia Bulldogs
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Where will Dexter Fowler end up?

For Insider Tony Blengino, Fowler is the best free agent still on the board who turned down a qualifying offer. The Nationals, Dodgers, Cubs and Rangers are the most likely landing spots for the outfielder, according to Blengino. Unsigned qualifying-offer free agents (Insider)

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Where will Austin Jackson end up?

Jackson is a capable everyday CF who may have to accept a corner or backup OF spot at this point. He'd be an upgrade for non-contenders like the A's, Phillies and Reds or a useful piece for contenders like the Orioles, Indians, Angels and Cardinals. Unsigned qualifying-offer free agents (Insider)

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Joe Lunardi's bracketology: No. 5 seeds

  • East: Purdue Boilermakers
  • West: Texas Longhorns
  • South: Arizona Wildcats
  • Midwest: USC Trojans
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Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Lakers coach Byron Scott says Kobe Bryant and Julius Randle (ankle) will both play tonight against the Pacers in Indianapolis. Scott says he's still not sure about Roy Hibbert (ankle).

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Crystal ball: RG III in Los Angeles?

Yes, Dan Graziano thinks one of the league's biggest names could be playing in Hollywood next season. But Graziano doesn't think Robert Griffin III would solve the Rams' problems. Crystal ball for 2016

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Pac-12 signing day superlatives

A look at the top prospects and biggest-impact signings in the Pac-12 Conference.

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Meanwhile, over in the NBA ...

Kobe Bryant has scored the most total points in the league since Peyton Manning made his NFL debut on Sept. 6, 1998:

  • Total Points: Kobe Bryant (31,448)
  • PPG: Allen Iverson (27.5)
  • Total assists: Steve Nash (9,935)
  • Total rebounds: Tim Duncan (13,946)
  • Total blocks: Tim Duncan (2,785)

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Lakers Daily Links: Monday

Top Headline: Pacers welcome Kobe Bryant for the last time; Roy Hibbert returns to Indy.