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From Helene Elliott: Every now and then goalkeeper Jonathan Quick flashed his glove or kicked his leg out or drove an invader out of his fold with a spirited shove and it felt like the King’s best years again.
But those moments had become all too rare of late for Quick, who was the most valuable player in the Kings’ surprisingly dominant 2012 Stanley Cup championships and helped them through a 26-game minefield to let them win again in 2014. prevail.
No athlete has ever beaten time and the indignities that come with the years gone by – slower reflexes, longer recovery periods, challengers who had a poster of you hanging on their nursery wall. Even Quick, a Connecticut native who is among the best Americans to wear the mask and pillows of his stressful profession, couldn’t stop time. Nor could he pause it so he could be part of another championship effort in the final season of his 10-year, $58 million contract.
Still, there was a sad finality to Wednesday’s announcement that the Kings had traded Quick, a 2023 first-round conditional and a 2024 third-round pick to the Columbus Blue Jackets for goaltender Joonas Korpisalo and defenseman Vladislav Gavrikov. The newcomers – each in the final season of his contract – were scheduled to meet the media on Thursday morning, hours before the Kings meet Montreal at the Crypto.com Arena.
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From Dan Woike: OKLAHOMA CITY — Dennis Schroder called it a must to win.
And you would have thought with the Lakers still out of the NBA postseason picture, that a healthy Anthony Davis had to play.
But at a time that explains some of the dissatisfaction with the NBA’s current state, a pain-free Davis sat out, the team opting to cautiously monitor his previous right foot injury on the second night of a back-to-back set of games.
“It’s something that was discussed weeks ago and we’re just sticking to a plan,” Lakers coach Darvin Ham said for the Lakers 123-117 win against the Thunder.
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LADIES COLLEGE BASKETBALL
From Thuc Nhi Nguyen: LAS VEGAS — Oregon State upset No. 6 seed USC 56-48 in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament on Wednesday in Las Vegas with 18 points and nine rebounds from Raegan Beers.
The No. 11 seed Beavers (12-18) will play No. 3 seed Colorado in the second round on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. as the Trojans (21-9) await their NCAA tournament lottery ticket.
USC, which entered the game at 30th in the NCAA’s NET rankings, is expected to make its first postseason appearance since 2014.
“We need to look back at this game and do some soul searching to figure out who we want to be in the tournament,” point guard Destiny Littleton said with tears streaming down her cheeks. “I honestly believe we have more basketball to go. I think this game in particular, we played too much as individuals, too much of the game and it came back to bite us.
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— How the regular season clutch time battle helped UCLA survive against ASU
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From Ben Bolch, Ryan Kartje, and J. Brady McCollough: Welcome to March, college basketball fans.
Los Angeles Times college hoops experts Ben Bolch, Ryan Kartje and J. Brady McCollough are on hand to answer important questions about UCLA, USC and more as the madness begins.
What is the biggest obstacle UCLA must overcome to reach the Final Four?
Bolch: Like every year, it’s all about matchups. Even with their tight defense, the Bruins are most prone to being beaten by teams of height and athleticism. UCLA also can’t go into any of the six-minute bouts or let the other team dictate the energy with a lifeless first half. Those are real problems that the Bruins can’t seem to get out of.
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— Ben Howland, still cornering UCLA, stressed the importance of getting No. 1 seed in West
From Jeff Miller: INDIANAPOLIS — In January, Tom Telesco said he was not interested in parting ways with wide receiver Keenan Allen as the Chargers work to meet the salary cap.
The general manager echoed that view with the NFL group on Wednesday, as the team remains more than $20 million over the cap.
“Keenan Allen isn’t going anywhere,” Telesco said, quashing speculation that dropping the veteran wide receiver is an option being considered.
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From Eric Sondheimer: With the temperature hovering around 40 degrees and snow blanketing nearby mountains, there was every reason to believe that the pitchers would go into the Mission League baseball opener on Wednesday Sherman Oaks between Notre Dame And Bishop Alemany may have some issues with walks given how hard it is to hold the baseball in the cold.
Sure enough, Notre Dame ace Oliver Boone didn’t get out of the first inning. He gave up six runs on four walks and two hit batters and never got a batter out before being pulled.
“I couldn’t get a grip on it,” Boone said.
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— High School Basketball: Southern California and Northern California Regional Results and Updated Links
THIS DATE IN SPORT
1918 – Joe Malone is held scoreless in the Montreal Canadiens’ 5–3 season-ending loss to the Toronto Arenas, but ends the first NHL season with a league-high 44 goals in 22 games. The 44 goals remain an NHL record that stands until 1944-45, when Maurice Richard scored 50 goals in 50 games.
1921 — Kentucky defeats Georgia 20-19 in the Southern Intercollegiate Men’s Basketball Championship in Atlanta. The 14-team conference does not maintain a formal regular season standings. It is college basketball’s first tournament.
1929 – The Chicago Black Hawks score a goal to break their NHL record of eight games winless. Chicago scores twice to beat the Montreal Maroons 2-1.
1940 – Seabiscuit, ridden by Red Pollard, wins the Santa Anita Handicap in its last race. Beaten by a nose in both the 1937 and 1938 Santa Anita Handicaps, Seabiscuit beats Kayak II by 1 1-2 lengths to retire as the leading money winning horse in the world.
1951 – In the first NBA All-Star Game, Ed Macauley of the Celtics scores 20 points to lead the East to a 111–94 victory at Boston Garden.
1951 – St. John’s Bob Zawoluk scores 65 points to lead the Redmen to a 105-61 defeat of St. Peters. It marks the first time in its 43-year history that St. John’s has scored more than 100 points in a game.
1962 — Wilt Chamberlain scores an NBA-record 100 points and leads the Philadelphia Warriors to a 169-147 victory over the New York Knicks. Chamberlain scored 59 points in the second half and 28 points from the free throw line for records.
1966 – Chicago’s Bobby Hull becomes the first NHL player to score two 50-goal seasons when he scores a third-period goal in the Black Hawks’ 5–4 victory over the Detroit Red Wings.
1969 — Boston’s Phil Esposito becomes the first NHL player to score 100 points in a season, scoring a goal in the Bruins’ 4-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins.
1991 – Chris Corchiani of North Carolina State becomes the first player in NCAA history to reach 1,000 assists in a career. Corchiani, who has 12 assists in the game, gets the milestone with 1:16 left in the first half on a pass to Rodney Monroe. Wake Forest spoils the day with an 89-84 victory.
1991 – Del Ballard Jr. throws the most famous gutter ball in PBA Tour history in the finals of the Fair Lanes Open. Ballard, who needed seven pins on his last throw to beat Pete Weber, gets none when his ball falls into the gutter. Weber wins 213-207 to claim the first prize of $30,000, while Ballard takes home $15,500.
2011 – Pittsburgh overcomes a slow start to capture at least a share of the Big East regular season championship with a 66-50 victory over South Florida. Pitt coach Jamie Dixon sets an NCAA Division I record for most wins in the first eight seasons of a career with 214 – one more than Everett Case at North Carolina State and Roy Williams at Kansas in their first eight years.
2012 — Major League Baseball expands its playoff format to 10 teams and adds a second wild card in each league. The decision establishes a one-game wild card round in each competition between the teams with the best records that are not division winners.
2018 — Kristina Vogel of Germany wins a record 11th women’s cycling world title when she wins the individual sprint at the track cycling world championships in Apeldoorn, Netherlands. Vogel equals Anna Meares’ record for most women’s world titles.
2019 – 37-year-old Swiss 20-time Grand Slam tennis champion Roger Federer defeats Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece 6-4, 6-4 to win his 100th ATP Tour title at the Dubai Championships
Compiled by Associated Press
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