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Scott: Benching Kobe 'not an option'

Despite the struggles of the Lakers' star, coach Byron Scott told ESPN's Baxter Holmes: "I would never, never, never do that. That's not an option whatsoever." Kobe is shooting a career-worst 31.1% from the field and 19.5% from 3-point range. No benching

Reports: MLB to investigate Puig incident

Major League Baseball will investigate an alleged incident of domestic violence by Dodgers OF Yasiel Puig, the Los Angeles Times reports. Puig got into an argument with his sister and shoved her at a Miami bar Wednesday night, according to TMZ. Puig then engaged in a fight with a bouncer that left both of them with minor injuries, police tell AP. Police say neither party wanted to press charges. Story

Davis injured in Pelicans' loss (1:01)

Final: Clippers 111, Pelicans 90

Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and J.J. Redick combined for 57 points as Los Angeles moved back to .500 on the season. Box score


Pelicans (4-11) at Clippers (7-8)

Anthony Davis is putting up monster stat lines as New Orleans looks for its fourth-straight win after a dismal start. Blake Griffin is equally raising massive stats as a fast starting L.A. squad has lost 6 of its last 8 games. Follow live

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Where will Justin Upton end up signing?

A look at five possible free-agent destinations for Justin Upton, yet don't be surprised if Upton provides his own surprise with his decision.


Kane ties American-born point-streak mark

Patrick Kane's third-period assist extended his point-scoring streak to 18 games, tying the record by an American-born player shared by Eddie Olczyk and Phil Kessel. The Blackhawks beat the Ducks 3-2 in OT. Box score

Blackhawks rally to top Ducks in OT (0:49)
Xavier defeats USC, advances to AdvoCare title game (0:50)

No-look 360 pass leads to easy dunk

No. 23 Xavier's Makinde London pulled off the sweet spinning no-look dime to Sean O'Mara for the two-handed dunk in the Musketeers' 87-77 win over USC.

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Chris Paul among top DFS plays

The Clippers point guard is one of Tom Carpenter's top recommendations for Friday night, when Los Angeles will try to break from its slump in hosting New Orleans. Best buys (Insider)

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17hKyle Bonagura

Five things to watch: No. 22 UCLA at USC

Trojans senior QB Cody Kessler looks for his first win in the rivalry; USC has to stop Bruins freshman QB Josh Rosen and block DL Kenny Clark.

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Payton will face test vs. Trojans

Todd McShay is eager to see how UCLA wide receiver Jordan Payton, who comes off two standout performances, will fare on Saturday against USC cornerback Adoree' Jackson. Players with something to prove (Insider)

USC band announces special guest

Legendary guitarist Slash will join the Trojans' band in playing the national anthem ahead of Saturday's "Battle for Los Angeles" vs. UCLA (3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2/WatchESPN). The former Guns N' Roses star is the first guest artist to accompany the band. Also set to be present during halftime's Star Wars performance? Luke Skywalker himself -- actor Mark Hamill.