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The Los Angeles Lakers make the playoffs, as Utah loses its finale and Kobe Bryant exults on TwitterAfter an offseason that saw the team deal for the league’s best center and second-most dominant player, and the game’s best point guard of the last 20 years (all for the pittance of some lower-rung draft picks and a player in Andrew Bynum who didn’tShare TweetZach Randolph had 25 points and 19 rebounds and the Memphis Grizzlies ended Utah's playoff hopes with an 86-70 victory over the Jazz on Wednesday.Share TweetLOS ANGELES -- Third baseman Chase Headley is back in the lineup for the San Diego Padres, who put center fielder Cameron Maybin on the disabled list with a sore right wrist.Share Tweet
Mattingly senses Kemp needs a breatherMatt Kemp was not a happy camper Wednesday because the Dodgers' starting lineup was posted without him in it for the closer of a three-game series against the Padres at Dodger Stadium.Share TweetZack Greinke was back in the Los Angeles Dodgers clubhouse Wednesday, his left arm in a sling three days after he underwent surgery on his left collarbone, and said he regretted not warning catcher A.J. Ellis about his history with Carlos Quentin.Share TweetInclement weather at Target Field caused a postponement of Wednesday's series finale between the Angels and Twins.Share TweetThe left calf strain that put Dodgers pitcher Chris Capuano on the disabled list on Wednesday originally surfaced on Thursday night in the fracas-marred game in San Diego that sidelined Zack Greinke.Share TweetMILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Brewers have brought back reliever Francisco Rodriguez, signing the right-hander to a minor league deal.Share Tweet
Howard on finale: 'Let's leave it on the floor'The Los Angeles Lakers are faced with a "win and get in" opportunity Wednesday night when they host the Houston Rockets in their regular-season finale.Share TweetApparently, it does matter if your shoes are blue and white. It matters to Major League Baseball, which warned Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Carl Crawford to never again wear the special edition Jackie Robinson cleats he wore Monday. Crawford was among se…Share Tweet
Staub among 2013 inductees to Irish HallThe Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame announced five new inductees Wednesday, including former big leaguers Rusty Staub and Joe McEwing as well as longtime Dodgers owner Peter O'Malley.Share Tweet
The Los Angeles Clippers visit Lob City one more time before the playoffs hit (Videos)The Los Angeles Clippers are going to have to get serious, soon, and isn’t that a bummer for all of us? Chris Paul was born serious, he was probably barking out orders and waving off screeners in his elementary school days, but the rest of the team loveShare Tweet
SI.com's NBA writers make their regular-season award picksIt's the final day of the NBA regular season: Time for our analysts to unveil their awards ballots. The MVP and Rookie of the Year winners are obvious. Other races aren't as clear-cut.Share Tweet
Seed Watch 2013: 2 East, 5 West playoff slots still to be decided on season’s last nightThe most closely watched games of Wednesday night, by far, will feature the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Lakers, because their games will determine the winner of the race for the Western Conference's final playoff spot. But there are still a handful of oth…Share Tweet
Dodgers facing big-money challengeIt's not how much money a baseball team spends. It's how the money is spent. The Dodgers have been on a spending spree that has them challenging the Yankees for the highest payroll in the game. Now, however, comes the hard part -- trying to translate th…Share Tweet
Pau Gasol pleads for brother Marc Gasol’s help in pushing the Lakers into the playoffsCalling on a brother for a little help with a move and/or IKEA furniture installation is one thing. Texting one from half a country away to plead for a committed effort against another NBA team, so that the NBA team you play for can back into the playof…Share Tweet
Dodgers' Ramirez planning early comebackHanley Ramirez said Tuesday he expects to be back "way sooner" than mid-May, which was the original target date for his return to the Los Angeles Dodgers' lineup from surgery on his right thumb.Share TweetJoe Mauer is off to another torrid start this season, and he continued his recent tear with his second straight four-hit night, along with three RBIs, to help lead the Twins to an 8-6 win over the Angels on Tuesday at Target Field.Share Tweet
Clippers cruise past Blazers for 6th straight winCaron Butler scored 18 of his 22 points in the third quarter, and the Los Angeles Clippers routed the Portland Trail Blazers 93-77 on Tuesday night for their sixth straight victory.Share Tweet
Amarista's four RBIs back Marquis' gem in LAJason Marquis allowed one run in 7 2/3 innings and Alexi Amarista drove in four runs as the Padres defeated the Dodgers, 9-2, and earned their first series win of the season at Dodger Stadium.Share TweetOutfielder Darin Mastroianni, who was a late scratch from the lineup in the Twins' 8-6 victory over the Angels on Tuesday night, was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a stress reaction in his left ankle after the game. With Mastroianni going on th…Share Tweet
Lakers Must Win TonightApr 17Lakers in a win-and-get-in scenario tonight.
Phil Jackson Ready To Return?Apr 17Ramona Shelburne discusses Phil Jackson's interest in working in the NBA next season.
The GM's Office: Early Warning SignsApr 17Jim Bowden takes a look at how the early signs of the season affect teams.
Race For Final Playoff SpotApr 17Tim Legler discusses whether the Lakers or Jazz will claim the final spot in the Western Conference playoffs.
Gutierrez: Key players to watch in EastApr 17Who has the most to prove in these playoffs? Israel Gutierrez examines each East series.
Don Banks: 2013 NFL Mock Draft 6.0Apr 17Have to admit, I always kind of dread when the second-to-last mock of NFL draft season rolls around. Because the only mock that truly matters is the last one you do, and for me that's not forthcoming until next Thursday morning, the day of the draft. Bu…
Phil Jackson 'itching' to return to NBA as either coach or executive, sour…Apr 17After nearly two seasons in retirement, Phil Jackson has become increasingly interested in working in the NBA next season, according to sources familiar with his thinking.