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NL MVP Buster Posey agreed to an $8 million, one-year contract with the San Francisco Giants, teammate Hunter Pence got a $13.8 million deal and Jacoby Ellsbury settled with the Boston Red Sox for $9 million on a busy Friday as players and teams swapped…Upvote Share Tweet
Dodgers announce itinerary for community caravanMLB.com Jan 18, 2013The Dodgers will kick off their caravan Monday, with club alumni appearing around the Southland Monday through Thursday and current team members on Friday.Upvote Share TweetThe Los Angeles Angels have avoided arbitration with Tommy Hanson and Jason Vargas, agreeing to one-year deals with both newly acquired starting pitchers.Upvote Share TweetThe Los Angeles Dodgers reached one-year contract agreements with their only two arbitration-eligible players Friday, avoiding a potentially acrimonious process that could have dragged into spring training.Upvote Share Tweet
Why Kevin Durant Is Better At Taking The Last Shot Than LeBronLeBron James and the Heat defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in the Staples Center last night, 99-90. LeBron had 39 points after shooting a hyper-efficient 17 for 25 from the field. The Heat have struggled this season, but James has not, shooting 55 percen…Upvote Share Tweet
This Airballed Free Throw Is Why The Lakers Are Vulnerable To Hack-A-Dwightdeadspin.com Jan 18, 2013Dwight Howard went to the line 13 times last night, more than twice as often as the rest of the Lakers' starters combined. He went just 5-for-13, with his final two attempts coming with under two minutes remaining and a chance to tie the game. This was …Upvote Share TweetIt wasn't just the season-high point total; it was how he got them, by making 17 of his 25 shots, including a perfect 15 for 15 in the restricted area. LeBron James set up shop in that little semi-circle throughout the Miami Heat's Thursday night road w…Upvote Share Tweet
Defense-focused Kobe: I need help on offenseESPN.com Jan 18, 2013It was asking a lot of Kobe Bryant when the Los Angeles Lakers shifted to assigning the 34-year-old to guarding the opposing team's most dynamic guard while still relying on him on the offensive end.Upvote Share Tweet
All That Glitters: A closing 9-0 Miami run sealed a 99-90 win over L…A closing 9-0 Miami run sealed a 99-90 win over L.A. The Lakers fought hard, but LeBron James may have just ignited another championship run for the Heat, writes Lee Jenkins.Upvote Share Tweet
Lee Jenkins: Once a Finals preview, Heat-Lakers now just a LeBron showcaseLOS ANGELES -- Outside of fame, riches and backlit banners, there is no motivator in sports quite like the threat of everlasting ignominy. It is the specter that hangs over each of the so-called super teams, the realization that if they fail, reputation…Upvote Share Tweet
Boston Grasps Defeat From The Jaws Of Victory; The Lakers Figure Out How To Play TogetherEach time we checked in with the Hawks vs. Celtics it was like watching a different game. In the first half the Celtics were on cruise control and it almost looked as if Tommy Heinsohn could have stepped in because of Boston’s 27-point lead. Atlanta wasUpvote Share TweetLakers-Heat was Hollywood at its finest. The Heat’s 99-90 win had leading men, a duel as its storyline and a big budget (the Lakers’ payroll). Generally in a big game like Miami-Lakers the question after the game becomes was Team X that impressive orUpvote Share Tweetgrantland.com Jan 18, 2013Even in a game featuring LeBron James and Kobe Bryant, the first 40 minutes of last night's Lakers-Heat game had been filled with typical, mid-January...Upvote Share Tweet
Can The Lakers Improve And Make The Playoffs?Jan 18Kurt Rambis looks at what the Lakers need to do to improve this season.
Where Have All The Gunners Gone?Jan 18David Thorpe explains why so few NBA players have had huge scoring averages in recent years.
Should The Lakers Be Encouraged?Jan 18Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless debate whether the Lakers should be encouraged after a close loss to the Heat.
Peter King: Ravens owe consistent success to 'other' HarbaughJan 18ATLANTA -- I'll be spending the weekend covering the NFC Championship Game, but before I get too heavy into Niners-Falcons, I wanted to write about the most under-appreciated single person of the NFL weekend: John Harbaugh.
Don Banks: History not on Ravens' side as they try to get revenge on Patri…Jan 18The Baltimore Ravens have worked hard and admirably persevered through multiple challenges this season to get back to the same position they were in last year: playing at New England in the AFC Championship game. But history says the chances of the outc…
NFL playoffs -- John Clayton's First and Goal: Championship roundJan 18Teams put up 276 points in the divisional round of the playoffs. Will the trend continue?
The Sports Guy's All-Te'o MailbagJan 18Even the NFL playoffs can wait for the weirdest sports story of our age.