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Nothing but the top of the backboard

Kobe Bryant made his long-awaited return to action Sunday night in a preseason game against the Jazz. His first shot wasn't so smooth, hitting the top of the backboard. His second, the bottom of the net.

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Final from Lakers' preseason opener here in Hawaii: Jazz 90, Lakers 71. Kobe Bryant scores 5 points on 1-5 shooting in 12 minutes, his first action in nearly nine months.

Angels to hire Eppler as GM

Yankees assistant GM Billy Eppler has been hired by the Angels as general manager, according to ESPN's Andrew Marchand and multiple reports. The hire will be announced Monday. The L.A. Times first reported the news.

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2015 MLB postseason

Keep track of every MLB playoff game and series, from the wild-card round through the World Series.

Rangers clinch AL West title (2:25)
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Billy Eppler next GM of #Angels

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Rapid Reaction: Dodgers 6, Padres 3

Clayton Kershaw recorded his 300th strikeout of the season as the Dodgers closed the regular season by beating the Padres.

Kershaw hits 300 strikeouts for the season (0:41)

Why Joe Smith takes elevators

Just like any other day, the Angels reliever walked down a flight of steps at the team hotel in Minneapolis last month. Well, he almost made it down. Instead, Smith slipped, sprained his ankle and was out two weeks. Injuries of the year

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Lakers starting five vs Jazz, according to coach Byron Scott: D'Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, Kobe Bryant, Julius Randle, Roy Hibbert.

The zit that sidelined a player

The Dodgers' Justin Turner missed a game with an infected pimple. Maybe they should add Clearasil to next year's payroll. Injuries of the year

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Lakers getting warmed up for their preseason opener vs. the Utah Jazz here in Hawaii.