While a generational divide no doubt exists between Kobe and a fledgling trio the Lakers hope will be their future core, he aims to bridge the gap.
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Kobe Bryant: 'I'm definitely playing'
Lakers coach Byron Scott said earlier this week that he wasn't sure if Kobe Bryant would play in the team's preseason opener, but the superstar has other ideas. "I feel great," Bryant said. "It's just getting the sea legs under me. Getting up and down. ... I'm feeling in great shape. I feel strong, feel healthy."
Kobe Bryant said he "definitely" will play in Sunday's preseason opener against the Jazz in Hawaii, marking his first game since late January.
The Angels rallied for five runs in the ninth inning, keeping their playoff hopes alive into the final day of the regular season with an 11-10 win over Texas on Saturday.
Still so much baseball left
The Astros still have a teeny bit of breathing room. They can afford to lose one more game, as long as the Angels lose tomorrow, too. The Halos, on the other hand, need the Astros to lose both weekend games in order to clinch the wild-card spot.
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The Lakers open preseason play Sunday again Utah. "I'm definitely playing," Kobe Bryant says.
Arizona State vs. (7) UCLA
Freshman phenom Josh Rosen hopes to extend Jim Mora's fantastic 14-2 record vs. the Pac-12 South. But don't count out the Sun Devils, who have won 2 of the last 3 against AP-ranked teams on the road. Follow live
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Lakers' last scheduled two-a-day of practice during training camp. Marcelo Huertas (hamstring) and Larry Nance Jr (back spasms) sidelined today and Nance is questionable for Sunday's game vs. Utah, the Lakers say. Kobe Bryant and Metta World Peace are practicing today.
On the cusp of clinching the AL West, the Rangers blew a four-run lead in the ninth inning against an Angels team that can't afford to lose if it is going to stay alive in the AL wild-card race.
The Angels mount one of the most improbable rallies of the major league season to deny Texas. Check out the game's turning points.
Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig was activated from the disabled list and started Saturday night's game against the visiting San Diego Padres.
Rangers so close to victory, then lose
At one point in the 8th inning, the Rangers had a win probability (according to Fangraphs) of 99 percent. A crazy Angels 5-run rally in the 9th and a foiled Elvis Andrus steal attempt for the final out, and the Rangers were 11-10 losers. Stats on wild comeback
Giavotella plays the hero again
Johnny Giavotella put the Angels up for good with his 9th-inning single that capped a wild 5-run rally. It was his 3rd go-ahead hit in the 9th inning or later this season, more than any other Angels hitter this year.
Angels' historic comeback
The last time a team came back by 4 runs down in the 9th inning on the road was June 25, 2012, when the Cardinals beat the Marlins. Since that day, teams had lost 1,761 consecutive games when trailing by 4 runs in the 9th inning on the road.
Angels stun Rangers with 9th-inning rally
The Angels scored 5 in the 9th to take an 11-10 lead over the Rangers, and they sealed the game when Elvis Andrus overslid second base for the final out. The Angels are now just a half-game back of the Astros for the AL's second wild card, and they spoiled the Rangers' chance to clinch the AL West. Box score
Angels lead Rangers after wild rally in 9th
The Angels scored 5 in the 9th, overcoming a 4-run deficit to take an 11-10 lead over the Rangers. Carlos Perez tied the score with an RBI single, and Johnny Giovatella had the go-ahead hit. The Angels need to keep winning to stay alive for the second AL wild card. Follow live
The Clippers have waived free agent forward/center Nikoloz Tskitishvili.
Rangers re-take lead on Angels
After falling behind 5-1 in the fourth inning, the Rangers have come all the way back and lead the Angels 8-6 after a 3-run sixth, capped by RBI hits from Shin-Soo Choo and Adrian Beltre. The Rangers take the AL West title with a victory. Follow live
Dodgers now the cool kids at school?
No one wants to root for a team that has a payroll just shy of $300 million. But are Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke making it okay again to cheer for the Dodgers this October? Who you root for, who you don't
Angels losing popularity contest
Mike Trout alone is a good enough reason to want the Angels on TV all of October. So why are the Halos one of the least cheer-able teams among postseason contenders? Who you root for, who you don't
Rather than be rivals, the two guards are playing well together with the possibility of the pair forming a starting backcourt for the Lakers.
The Bucks announced Saturday that they will sell a four-game ticket package in which the team not only will wear a new alternate jersey but also will play on a new alternate court.