<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Sports]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/sports http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California http://www.nbclosangeles.comen-usFri, 24 Mar 2017 03:24:14 -0700Fri, 24 Mar 2017 03:24:14 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Statue Day: Celebrating Shaquille O'Neal]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 02:42:14 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/3371092.jpg Shaquille O'Neal gets his statue in Star Plaza outside Staples Center on Friday, March 24, 2017. Take a look back at his career in photos.

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<![CDATA[Driving with Danica: Fred Roggin Goes For a Ride]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 01:29:08 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/roggin+with+danica.PNG

When Danica Patrick tells you to get behind the wheel, you listen. Fred Roggin shares a few laughs and a candid conversation with NASCAR's leading lady in advance of this weekend's Auto Club 400 in Fontana.

<![CDATA[NFL to Develop 'Educational Training Video' for Touchdown Celebrations]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:11:21 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-619305294_master.jpg

The National Football League wants to show players how they should celebrate touchdowns during a game.

The league is preparing a training video to show players which types of celebrations are allowed.

Troy Vincent, the NFL executive vice president of football operations, said on Twitter Wednesday that the league is developing an educational training video, with the goal of giving the players “clear examples of appropriate and inappropriate celebrations.”

Vincent, a former player, clarifies that the videos are not new celebrations rules but they are for "clarity and consistency for both the official and the player."

But not everyone is happy about the idea.

Former Cowboys player Martellus Bennett ripped NFL in a Twitter rant on Thursday.

He said the NFL wants the players to be robots and not individuals and compared the way NFL promotes logos to the way NBA promotes players.

Along with the training videos, the committee is also exploring ways to take dangerous hits out of the games.

"We'll communicate this to our coaches and players with video examples of flagrant hits that may result in ejection or suspension," Vincent announced in a series of tweets.

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<![CDATA[White House Announces New England Patriots' Visit]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:11:18 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/what-ap.jpg

It's official: the White House has announced when the New England Patriots are visiting after the team's historic comeback Super Bowl win.

The Patriots will meet President Donald Trump on April 19, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer announced Thursday.

A number of star players have already stated they won't be visiting 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., including Martellus Bennett, Devin McCourty, LaGarrette Blount and Dont'a Hightower.

Before the team's Super Bowl win against the Atlanta Falcons, Bennett announced that he wouldn't go to the White House if the Patriots won.

"America was built on inclusiveness not exclusiveness," he tweeted.

Blount's announcement was made on "The Rich Eisen Show" after the Pats' win.

"I don't feel welcome in that house. I'll leave it at that," Blount said.

Running back James White said he was considering skipping the event, but would make a decision after the team was invited.

Star quarterback Tom Brady previously said his teammates are allowed to skip their trip to the White House, but added that they're missing "a great experience."

Brady missed his team's 2015 White House trip during the Obama administration, but said his absence "never was a political thing."

Trump has frequently mentioned his friendships with Brady, Patriots coach Bill Belichick and Patriots owner Robert Kraft, including on the eve of Election Night during a visit to New Hampshire.

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<![CDATA[WBC MVP Marcus Stroman: 'That Was For My Mom']]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 04:13:43 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/210*120/Marcus+Stroman+MVP.png

Four years ago, nobody had heard of Marcus Stroman.

The short, skinny kid from Long Island, who played his college ball at Duke, had just 24 career victories in the Major Leagues over the span of just three seasons.

In 2016, Stroman sported a 9-10 record with a 4.37 ERA with the Toronto Blue Jays. He pitched better in the playoffs last fall, but let's be honest, the dude wasn't exactly setting the world on fire.

Four years later, amidst insults hurled at both him and his mother, Stroman is on top of the baseball world after throwing a no-hitter for six innings against Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic Final at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday night.

Stroman and the Americans put on a dominant performance in front of the half-American, half-Puerto Rican fans in attendance. Ironically, Stroman himself is of half-American and half-Puerto Rican descent, a mixture of ethnicities that the sinker ball pitcher received flak from on social media. 

You see, Stroman famously tweeted back in 2013 that he wanted to represent his mother, who is of full Puerto Rican descent, during the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

However, after pitching for the United States in College, Stroman received an invitation from Team USA general manager Joe Torre to participate in the 2017 edition of the tournament, an offer that Stroman accepted.

Needless to say, this irked many of the Puerto Rican fans who harassed Stroman's mother on Twitter this week.

Storman told Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal before the final game that his mother had been harassed on social media for his decision to pitch for the United States.

"A lot of people have been saying bad things to her on social media," he told Rosenthal. "That's my mother. I stand by her always. She supports me through everything. I don't respect some of the comments that were made toward my mother."

The Puerto Ricans got the best of Stroman in their first meeting, a game the Americans lost, 6-5. On Wednesday night, Stroman was sensational, allowing just one-hit over six shutout innings.

"I was a little more effective with my location and my sinker," said Stroman after the game on why he was more dominant in the final instead of his first game. "I was down in the zone more. Last time I was a little up. I was able to vary timings today. I was locked in, and luckily we came out with the W."

Stroman was named the MVP of the tournament after the game for his superior performance in the championship. The hard-throwing right-handed ascended to elite status among America's most decorated athletes, posting a 2.35 ERA with a 0.91 WHIP in 14.1 innings over the duration of the tournament.

With the social media vitriol towards his mother still fresh in his mind, Stroman did not shy away from trash-talking the Puerto Ricans throughout the game. Cameras caught the Blue Jays pitcher barking at the Puerto Rican dugout as he walked off the mound, even showing off a shoulder shimmy following a strikeout of Javier Baez to end the second inning.

"That was for my mom, right there." Stroman told reporters on the field underneath a snowfall of confetti. "It definitely added a little fuel to the fire."

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<![CDATA[USA Dominates Puerto Rico to Win First WBC Title]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 03:38:16 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*127/AP_17082181722984.jpg

America's pastime is back in the hands of the United States.

Ian Kinsler hit a two-run homer and Marcus Stroman threw six shutout innings as the United States dominated Puerto Rico, 8-0, to win their first ever World Baseball Classic Title.

It was a patriotic night at Dodger Stadium as the Americans outplayed the undefeated Puerto Ricans in every facet of the game, avenging a 6-5 loss in the quarterfinals last Friday in San Diego.

"We were prepared since we've already played them once," said Pittsburgh Pirates' outfielder Andrew McCutchen. "They got us the last time, we made mistakes in that game, but today, no mistakes were made. That's something we keyed on and we were able to do it. We made history today."

Kinsler got the scoring started for the United States when the Detroit Tigers second baseman teed off on a four-seam fastball from Seth Lugo in the third inning to give the Stars and Stripes and early 2-0 lead.

Earlier in the day, Kinsler sounded off on how Puerto Rico and other Latin American countries play the game, telling The New York Times, "I hope kids watching the World Baseball Classic can watch the way we play the game and appreciate the way we play the game as opposed to the way Puerto Rico or the Dominican plays. That's not taking anything away from them. That just wasn't the way we were raised."

The United States didn't give Puerto Rico a chance to celebrate on Wednesday night as Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman had a no-hitter through six innings.

"I love pitching in these moments," said Stroman. "I love the atmosphere. I feel like the bigger the game, the more I'm able to get up, the more effective I am. I truly try to pride myself on being a big-game pitcher. This was probably one of the biggest if not the biggest game I've ever pitched in."

Stroman is of Puerto Rican descent, but ironically, opted to play for the United States over Puerto Rico in the WBC tournament. His mother, who is Puerto Rican, was harassed on social media earlier in the week for her son's decision to pitch for Team USA. 

"It definitely added a little fuel to the fire," said Stroman, who was named MVP of the tournament. "This is our first win. We've had a few early exits in the past. So each and every guy came into this with one goal, and that was to win it. I love these guys. It was an unbelievable experience, and I'll be back in four years to defend the title." 

Angel Pagan broke up the no-hitter with a double down the left field line to leadoff the top of the seventh. It was one of only three hits Puerto Rico would have on the night.

Andrew McCutcheon was 2-for-4 with two RBI and Brandon Crawford had a pair of RBI of his own as the U.S. hoisted the WBC trophy for the first time in it's fourth installment.

"It was a fun and great experience," said Crawford after the game. "Just to be on this team and around all these guys. They're All-Stars, Gold Glovers, Silver Sluggers, all that on this team. It was a lot of fun for me just to be a part of it, but the winning makes it even better."

The Americans relished their victory underneath a downpour of confetti on the field. Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer carried a bald eagle statue on the stage for the trophy celebration and acknowledged the team had their sights set on winning it all before the tournament began.

"We wanted to get the U.S. back on top of the baseball world," he said. "We did that."

Lugo, a New York Mets minor league pitcher, took the loss for Puerto Rico, allowing four runs on five hits with four walks and seven strikeouts in four innings. Entering the game, Lugo was 2-0 in the tournament, but Puerto Rico lost for the first time in eight games.

Before the game, Puerto Rico had printed up t-shirts that read "WBC Champions," and reportedly had plans for a return flight to San Juan and a parade pre-scheduled.

That preemptive arrogance irked Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones.

"Do you want the truth? Before the game, we got a note that there were championship shirts made, a flight, and a parade, and it wasn't for us," said Jones. "That didn't sit well with us."

Most of the 51,565 fans in attendance chanted "USA! USA! USA!" as they draped themselves in American Flags. After the game, United States' manager Jim Leyland said this would be the last time he would put on a baseball uniform and dedicated the game to our country's military

"This is for the men and women who serve our country."

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<![CDATA[LaVar Ball: "The Kardashians are Doing Nothing"]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:09:48 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/LAVAR_KARDASHIAN_1200x675_904042563940.jpg

LaVar Ball understands when people compare his family to the Kardashians but says you simply can't compare the Ball family to anybody else. See the rest of the story Saturday, March 18 on Going Roggin.

<![CDATA[Globetrotter Guests on Class' Famed Handshake Line]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 12:18:30 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/DIT+Harlem+Globetrotter+Handshake+THUMB.jpg

North Carolina grade school teacher Barry White Jr. greets each member of his 5th grade class with a personalized handshake every morning. Video of White delivering these handshakes went viral earlier this year. Today, the teacher had another surprise for his students when Harlem Globetrotter Zeus McClurkin showed up to deliver the handshakes. McClurkin has played with the Harlem Globetrotters for six seasons, and in addition to delivering the famous handshakes, he also offered the students some sage advice: listen to your teachers.

<![CDATA[Blond Ambition: Puerto Rico Baseball Team, Fans Dye Hair]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:22:43 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/173*120/GettyImages-655812566.jpg The Puerto Rican national baseball team is showing their unity at the World Baseball Classic through blond bonding. Players are sporting bleach-blond locks, inspiring fans to dye their own hair. What began as a joke among team members has turned in to a phenomenon that is causing a shortage of hair dye at beauty supply stores and pharmacies across the island.

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<![CDATA[Luke Walton Talks About Benching Starters]]> Tue, 21 Mar 2017 23:35:55 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Clippers-Rout-Lakers-postgame_1200x675_903528515950.jpg Lakers coach Luke Walton explains why he benched his starters to start the second half following a massive loss to the LA Clippers on March 21, 2017]]> <![CDATA[USA Defeats Japan to Advance to WBC Final]]> Tue, 21 Mar 2017 22:24:03 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/203*120/USA+Japan+WBC.png

Mama, there goes that man again.

Adam Jones knocked in the game-winning run for the United States and Team USA defeated Japan, 2-1, to advance to the World Baseball Classic Final against Puerto Rico on Wednesday.

Through the mists of rain, both countries were entangled in a white-knuckle battle that lasted the better part of three hours.

"Who would have thought we'd be playing this type of game in Los Angeles?" said Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen of the weather conditions. "I don't think I've ever seen this type of weather in the years I've come here. But I play for Pittsburgh so I'm pretty used to that weather."

The Americans got on the board first when McCutchen hit a two-out single to left field that started the scoring for the Stars and Stripes in the fourth inning.

"It was big to be able to come through and put the first run on the board," said McCutchen. "It felt good to be able to do that and come through."

Japan second baseman Ryosuke Kikuchi started the inning with an error on a Christian Yelich grounder, allowing the Miami Marlins outfielder to reach second base and eventually score.

"The team that makes the most mistakes will lose," said Japanese manager Hiroki Kokubo. "It's do or die, one semifinal. Although we lost, the players did their best and I really appreciate that."

However, Kikuchi would redeem himself with a solo shot to right-center that tied the game in the sixth inning. 

Both starting pitchers were stellar with Washington Nationals' right-hander Tanner Roark throwing four scoreless innings and Japan's Tomoyuki Sugano allowing just one unearned run through six innings.

"Conditions were a little tough sometimes, but otherwise I felt great," said Roark who only threw 48 pitches because of a restriction put in place by the Washington Nationals. "I felt good enough to stay out there, but I wasn't allowed to."

Other than the costly error by Kikuchi, Tomoyuki kept the Americans more off-tilt than an elephant on a balance beam, striking out six in six frames.

USA took the lead in the top of the 8th inning when Jones, the hero for the U.S. throughout the tournament, hit a slow bleeder as soft as rain down the third baseline that was bobbled by Japanese third baseman, Nobhurio Matsuda, allowing Brandon Crawford to score the go-ahead run. 

The San Francisco Giants shortstop started the rally with a one-out single, and advanced to third on a double to the gap in left-center by Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler.

Houston Astros' closer Luke Gregerson picked up the save with a 1-2-3 inning amidst the chants of "USA, USA, USA!" in the bottom of the ninth inning.

"They were loud and we feed off that," added Roark of the atmosphere of the crowd. "We love a loud crowd chanting USA." It gets your adrenaline pumping and gets you going." 

It was the first time the stars and stripes have advanced to the WBC final in the fourth installment of the largest international baseball tournament in the world.

The Americans knocked out the two-time champions, exacting revenge on a 2009 semifinal loss that eliminated the U.S. and sent Japan on to the final.

Tuesday night's game was the third time the nations', former foes, now friends, have met in the WBC. In the inaugural year of the tournament in 2006, the U.S. eliminated Japan in controversial fashion with Alex Rodriguez delivering the game-winning in RBI in that contest. 

The Championship Game will be held on Wednesday at 6:00PM against Puerto Rico who recorded the first walk-off semifinal/final game in WBC history against the Netherlands on Tuesday night. 

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<![CDATA[Clippers Rout Lakers, Walton Benches Starters]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:47:53 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Clippers-crush-Lakers-3-21-17.jpg

The Los Angeles Lakers and the LA Clippers met in a game that pitted one team that experts consider a dark horse to make the NBA Finals and one team that is dead last in the Western Conference.

Predictably, the Clippers won, but the fashion of the 133-109 victory had the Lakers' home crowd at a loss for words and struggling to do more than launch into unified groans a various points during the game.

The game started with the Clippers scoring the first seven points and opening up a double-digit lead before the Lakers scored their second basket. However, the purple and gold appeared to be gaining their sea legs when the first quarter ended with the home team trailing by single digits.

Then, the second quarter hit.

Led by a massive rebounding edge, the Clippers out played, out worked and out scored the Lakers. In the blink of an eye, the Clippers led by 25 points at the midway point in the second quarter. When Chris Paul hit a buzzer beating three-pointer, the Clippers entered their locker room leading 70-40: a 30-point lead.

"They were aggressive," Lakers rookie Brandon Ingram said after the game. "They attacked first. They brought the physicality."

When the second half started, the Lakers came out with a new look. Lakers coach Luke Walton benched all five of his starters and started the second half with Tyler Ennis, David Nwaba, Corey Brewer, Thomas Robinson and Tarik Black.

Obviously, the Lakers' coach was trying to send a message.

"The most important [message] was that playing without a certain amount of effort isn't acceptable or tolarated," Walton explained his actions after the game.

Walton added, "We've had a lot of downs, but to come out in front of our home fans and give out that type of effort wasn't okay. It wasn't right."

While the Lakers did not play as poorly in the second half as they did in the first half, the Clippers cruised to victory and led by as many as 37 points on the night.

On the night, Paul stood out as the best player for either team and the Clippers' point guard finished with 27 points on 9/15 shooting to go along with eight rebounds and four assists in only 25 minutes of play.

With the win, the Clippers improved to 43-29, while the Lakers dropped to 20-51 with the loss. After a 10-10 start to the season, the Lakers have now lost 41 of their last 51 games.

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<![CDATA[Lakers Keeping David Nwaba, Sign to Multi-Year Deal]]> Tue, 21 Mar 2017 15:36:49 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/199*120/Lakers-David-Nwaba-Luke-Walton-2.png

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Lakers agreed to sign 24-year-old guard and LA-native David Nwaba on a multi-year contract.

The University High School graduate went through two 10-day contracts with the team, which meant the Lakers had to make a decision on whether they wanted to sign the undrafted rookie for the remainder of the season after his contract expired on Monday.

Ahead of Tuesday's game against the LA Clippers, LA Lakers coach Luke Walton met with General Manager Rob Pelinka and President of Basketball Operations Earvin "Magic" Johnson to make a decision on whether the team wanted to sign Nwaba or bring in a different player on a 10-day contract.

Had the team opted to go with the latter option, Nwaba would have been available for other teams to sign and claim. Instead, the Lakers locked up the local kid.

"We have been impressed by David's focus and determination, especially on defense," said Pelinka. "He has a mentality about him that is infectious, and he works hard every day to improve himself. He has brought energy to both our Lakers and D-Fenders games, and has certainly earned his spot on the roster."

After the team's morning shootaround on Tuesday, where Nwaba was not present, Walton confirmed that if the team signed Nwaba, he would be available to dress and play against the Clippers on Tuesday night.

Per The Vertical at Yahoo! Sports, the Lakers agreed to sign Nwaba to a two-year contract with the team holding an option on the second year.

With Nwaba's signing, the Lakers have a complete 15-man roster, once again.

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<![CDATA[Former Chicago Bulls GM Jerry Krause Dead at 77: Report]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 03:52:34 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-369988.jpg

Jerry Krause, known as the architect of the Chicago Bulls' dynasty in the 1990s, has passed away at the age of 77, the Chicago Bulls confirmed Tuesday. 

Krause, who won six championships during his successful tenure with the Bulls, was a member of the Bulls' front office for 18 seasons.

“The entire Bulls organization is deeply saddened by the passing of Jerry Krause,” Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said in a statement. “Jerry was one of the hardest working guys I have ever been around, and he was one of the best talent evaluators ever. Jerry played an integral role in our run of six championships in eight years. He truly was the architect of all our great teams in the ’90s. I would not have been elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame if it were not for Jerry. We will miss him tremendously, and we send our thoughts and prayers to his wife Thelma and the Krause family.”

A Chicago-native, Krause was hired by Reinsdorf to oversee the construction of the team's roster before the 1985-86 season. In his tenure, he drafted players like Horace Grant, traded for players like Scottie Pippen, Bill Cartwright and Dennis Rodman, and ultimately helped the team to one of the most successful runs in sports history as they won six championships in eight seasons.

“I owe a lot to Jerry. If it weren’t for him bringing me to Chicago in 1985, I probably never would have been a Bull,” Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations John Paxson said in a statement. “He had a great eye for talent, and his ability to build a team is unrivaled. He’s one of the best the league has ever seen."

Even with all that success, there were always tensions between Krause and the two biggest stars in Chicago, as Michael Jordan and Phil Jackson frequently butted heads with the G.M. Krause did not attend Jordan's Hall of Fame induction in 2009, and he frequently chastised Jackson in the press during their rocky relationship.

Jordan released a statement to CNBC Tuesday saying, "Jerry was a key figure in the Chicago Bulls’ dynasty of the 1990s and meant so much to the Bulls, the White Sox and the entire city of Chicago. My heartfelt condolences go out to his wife, Thelma, his family and friends.”

Jackson echoed Jordan's statement, saying Krause's death is "sad day for the Chicago Bulls and the entire NBA community."

"He was a man determined to create a winning team in Chicago - his hometown," Jackson said. "Jerry was known as 'The Sleuth' for his secrecy, but it was no secret that he built the dynasty in Chicago. We, who were part of his vision in that run, remember him today."

*In the original version of this story, it was incorrectly stated that Scottie Pippen was drafted by the Bulls, when in fact he was acquired in a draft-day trade in 1987*

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<![CDATA[Puerto Rico Downs Netherlands to Advance to WBC Final]]> Tue, 21 Mar 2017 03:24:16 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Puerto+Rico+-+WBC.png

Puerto Rico came into Monday’s World Baseball Classic semifinal game against The Netherlands with an undefeated record, and they’ll carry that unblemished mark into Wednesday’s title contest as they notched a 4-3 extra innings triumph.

With one out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the 11th, Eddie Rosario launched a fly ball to center field that was hauled in by Jurickson Profar. After Profar caught the ball, Carlos Correa took off from third base and scored the winning run to send Puerto Rico to the final of the tournament.

With the victory, Puerto Rico has now won all seven games that they have played in so far in the tournament, and they will now face either Team USA or Japan in the final on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

Puerto Rico also made it to the championship game in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, but they fell to the Dominican Republic at AT&T Park in San Francisco.

Correa played a huge role for the Puerto Rican squad in the game as he went 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored in the triumph. Carlos Beltran and Javier Baez also had two hits apiece for the team, and Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor went 3-for-5 with a run scored.

For the Dutch side, they got a big performance out of right fielder Wladimir Balentien, who went 3-for-4 with a two-run home run and two runs scored, but it wasn’t enough as their Cinderella run through the tournament came to a crashing halt.

The game got off to a great start for the Netherlands squad as they were staked to a 2-0 lead by Balentien’s home run, but Puerto Rico answered right back. Correa, a star for the Houston Astros, launched a two-run home run of his own to tie things up and give his team some momentum.

TJ Rivera hit a home run of his own in the bottom of the second to put Puerto Rico ahead, but the Netherlands wouldn’t go away quietly. Balentien scored the game-tying run in the top of the fifth inning, but the Dutch squad was unable to take the lead as a relay throw from Angel Pagan to Baez nailed Jonathan Schoop at the plate to keep things tied up.

The game would remain tied until extra innings, and the Puerto Rico squad got a huge lift from pitcher Edwin Diaz. Under Classic rules, the Netherlands started the 11th inning with runners on first and second, but Diaz was able to induce a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning and give Puerto Rico a chance to win in the bottom of the frame.

That ultimately was all the team needed. With runners on first and second, Yadier Molina laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance the runners to second and third, and Baez was then intentionally walked. Rosario then stepped up to the plate and drilled the first pitch he saw into center field, driving in Correa on the sacrifice fly to finish off the game.

Wednesday’s championship game will air on MLB Network, and first pitch is scheduled for 8 p.m. Central time.

Photo Credit: Denis Poroy/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Lakers Host Clippers on Tuesday]]> Tue, 21 Mar 2017 01:43:34 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Lakers-vs-Clippers-3-21-17.jpg

Based on current form, the Los Angeles Lakers should have no chance against the LA Clippers on Tuesday night at Staples Center despite the fact that the Doc Rivers' guys are technically "visitors" in their home arena.

The Lakers have lost five games in a row and 13 of their last 14 overall. In contrast, the Clippers have won two in a row and suddenly have Chris Paul and Blake Griffin healthy less than a month away from the playoffs.

However, the Clippers are on the second night of a back-to-back, while the Lakers come in rested. In addition, the two teams have split their meetings thus far, with the purple and gold beating the red, blue and white in the previous home meeting on Christmas night.

On that holiday night, the Lakers snapped an 11-game losing streak with all five starters scoring in double figures. At the time, those starters included Luol Deng, Timofey Mozgov and Nick Young, all of whom expect to either be inactive or playing reduced roles.

For the first time since that Christmas night game, however, the Lakers finished with all five of their starters scoring in double figures against the world champion Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night. D'Angelo Russell scored a career-high 40 points on the night, and the Lakers carry momentum into Sunday's game, even if they are still enter on a losing streak.

Kyrie Irving, LeBron James and Kevin Love may no longer be at Staples Center on Tuesday night, but the LA Clippers have their own healthy "big three" in D'Andre Jordan, Blake Griffin and Chris Paul.

Against the New York Knicks on Monday, Griffin scored 30 points in 31 minutes, while Paul and Jordan both managed double-doubles in a comfortable victory. Of course, Paul's double-double consisted of assists, while Jordan's incorporated rebounds.

For the Lakers to be successful on Tuesday, Julius Randle must use his physical style when matching up against Griffin, while Russell must follow his career night with an outing worthy of comparison to Friday night's 40-point eye opener.

Another key matchup will be 20-year-old rookie center Ivica Zubac facing the best defensive center in the NBA. Only a few days removed from being a teenager, Zubac already has more offensive moves than the Clippers' 28-year-old center, but Jordan's athleticism and experience should make for a fascinating battle between the two towering 7-footers.

More than likely, Lakers coach Luke Walton will match up Jordan Clarkson on Paul defensively, meaning Russell will need to chase and stick with sharp shooting J.J. Redick. Clarkson's attacking style, though, should work in the Lakers' favor on the offensive side of the ball.

While Randle may be a more interesting match up with Griffin, rookie Brandon Ingram expects to draw the Clippers' All-Star forward as well. Considering former UCLA Bruin Luc Mbah a Moute may possess too much strength for the 19-year-old, Ingram will need to use his length and foot speed to make up for Griffin's power from the opening tip.

After practicing on Monday, Nick Young expects to be back as an option off the bench on Tuesday. The 31-year-old, who previously played half a season for the Clippers, missed Friday night's game due to gastroenteritis.

For the Lakers to pull off an unlikely victory and snap thier five-game losing streak, the entire cast needs to play up to its potential. For the Clippers to win, they simply need an average night out of their stars.

The Lakers and Clippers tip-off at 7:30 p.m. Pacific Time.

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<![CDATA[Kings Playoff Hopes on Life Support]]> Mon, 20 Mar 2017 21:05:12 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-483951293.jpg

The Los Angeles Kings are on life support. 

Matrick Maroon and Milan Lucic both scored as they Edmonton Oilers shutout the Kings, clamping down on L.A.'s slim chances of making the NHL Playoffs. 

Oilers' goalie Cam Talbot made 35 saves as the Kings lost their second straight game in as many nights, following a 5-2 loss to the Flames on Sunday. 

Oilers youngster, Connor McDavid, assisted on both goals. 

The Oilers have won four straight games and are now tied with the Anaheim Ducks for seocnd place in the Pacific Division as they leapfrogged the Flames. 

Meanwhile, the Kings find themselves in need of a miracle to make the playoffs this season. As of Monday, the Kings are six points behind the idle St. Louis Blues with just 10 games remaining in the season. 

Entering the weekend, Los Angeles had a slight chance of catching the Flames and Oilers as they had three games with each team remaining on the schedule, but following the back-to-back losses, the Kings trail the Flames by 11 points with 10 games left to play and the Oilers by 12 points with 10 games left to play. 

Needless to say, things are looking dire for the two-time NHL Stanley Cup Champions.

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<![CDATA[Trump Addresses Kaepernick Free Agency in Kentucky Speech]]> Tue, 21 Mar 2017 04:48:35 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/DIT_POL_TRUMP_KENTUCKY_KAEP_032017-149005705094200001.jpg

President Donald Trump discussed free agent NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick at a rally in Louisville, Kentucky, on March 20.

"There was an article today, it was reported, that NFL owners don't want to pick him up because they don't want to get a nasty tweet from Donald Trump," he said. "Do you believe that?"

Trump added that he would report that news to the "people of Kentucky because they like it when people actually stand for the American flag, right." 

<![CDATA[Trump Reminds Louisville Fans Their Basketball Team Lost]]> Mon, 20 Mar 2017 18:05:54 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/DIT_TRUMP_HOOPS-149005682814400001.jpg

During a rally in Louisville, Kentucky, President Donald Trump reminded local basketball fans their beloved Louisville Cardinals lost in the second round of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.

<![CDATA[FBI Director Comey Explains Why He's Not a Patriots Fan]]> Mon, 20 Mar 2017 18:07:17 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_James-Comey-walk-through.jpg

After U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford of Arkansas thanked FBI Director James Comey for finding Tom Brady's missing Super Bowl jersey, Comey explained why he's not a fan of the New England Patriots.

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<![CDATA[Meet the Bold, Bizarre Mascots of March]]> Mon, 20 Mar 2017 12:51:26 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-466777734.jpg March is all about buzzer-beaters, bracket busters and mascots -- many fearsome, sometimes bizarre, school mascots.

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<![CDATA[49ers Great Dwight Clark Announces He Has ALS]]> Mon, 20 Mar 2017 20:28:08 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/178*120/montana-clark.jpg

Former 49ers receiver Dwight Clark, the man responsible for The Catch, announced via Twitter on Sunday that he has ALS.

The message, posted about 6 p.m., contains a link to a statement Clark wrote detailing his diagnosis and how he intends to battle the disease.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, more commonly called Lou Gehrig's disease, is a nervous system disease that affects muscles and physical function, according to the ALS Association website.

Clark released a statement Sunday, saying in part: "While I’m still trying to wrap my head around the challenge I will face with this disease over the coming years, the only thing I know is that I’m going to fight like hell and live every day to the fullest. ...

"I’ve been asked if playing football caused this. I don’t know for sure. But I certainly suspect it did. And I encourage the NFLPA and the NFL to continue working together in their efforts to make the game of football safer, especially as it relates to head trauma."

Clark, 60, played nine seasons in the NFL, all with the 49ers, and is famous for making a leaping catch in the back of the end zone during the final seconds of the 1981 NFC Championship game against the Dallas Cowboys. The victory propelled the 49ers to their first Super Bowl championship.

He would go on to help the team win its second Super Bowl title after the 1984 season. Clark retired from the NFL in 1987, and his No. 87 jersey was retired by the 49ers in 1988.

49ers CEO Jed York released a statement on behalf of the team Sunday evening.

"I was deeply saddened to learn of Dwight's recent diagnosis. As a member of our family, he will receive the full and unconditional support of the San Francisco 49ers. ... We will stand alongside Dwight and his family as they wage this battle."

Dr. Catherine Lomen-Hoerth, director of the UCSF ALS Treatment and Research Center, applauded Clark for sharing his diagnosis.

"I think this announcement alone will impact the entire country because we need donors for more research, and this will help others with symptoms seek diagnosis," she said.

More than 6,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with ALS each year, the ALS Association says. Half of all people affected with ALS live at least three or more years after diagnosis. Twenty percent live five years or more; up to 10 percent will live more than 10 years after they've been diagnosed.

Clark's statement in full:

In September of 2015, I started feeling weakness in my left hand. I was mildly paying attention to it because since my playing days, I’ve constantly had pain in my neck. I was thinking it was related to some kind of nerve damage because it would just come and go.

After months of tests and treatment, I got some bad news. I was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

I have ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Those words are still very hard for me to say.

While I’m still trying to wrap my head around the challenge I will face with this disease over the coming years, the only thing I know is that I’m going to fight like hell and live every day to the fullest.

There is no test that will positively diagnose you with ALS. You have to eliminate the possibility of all other diseases and disorders and then wait to see what additional symptoms you develop. I visited six neurologists and three ALS specialists. I also was treated for a B12 deficiency, which sometimes can mirror the symptoms of this debilitating disease.

In addition to losing strength in my left hand – which makes opening a pack of sugar or buttoning my shirt impossible – I have now experienced weakness in my right hand, abs, lower back and right leg. I can’t run, play golf or walk any distances. Picking up anything over 30 pounds is a chore. The one piece of good news is that the disease seems to be progressing more slowly than in some patients.

I’ve been asked if playing football caused this. I don’t know for sure. But I certainly suspect it did. And I encourage the NFLPA and the NFL to continue working together in their efforts to make the game of football safer, especially as it relates to head trauma.

What I do know is I have a huge battle in front of me and I’m grateful for the strength and unconditional love from my wife Kelly. She has been my rock. She keeps thinking positive and convinces me each day that we can beat this, as does my daughter Casey and my son Mac. My brother Jeff, his wife Debra and their family also have been unwavering with their love and support. I get the same pep talk from the Boss, Eddie D. His support has been incredible. So rest assured, I know I’m not alone in this fight.

Every single one of my 49ers teammates that has contacted me has said whatever I need, anytime I need it, they will help. That’s just the kind of guys they are. They were so giving as players and now they are the same as friends.

I can’t thank my teammates and friends enough for their support. Mr. D always treated us like family and that family is still together. I also want to thank all the great 49ers fans. Your support over the last 35 years has allowed me to remain connected to you. Rarely does a day go by when I’m not asked about ‘the Catch,’ when we were able to get past the Cowboys and go on to win our first Super Bowl.

I’m not having a press conference or doing any interviews. That time will come. Right now, I’ve got work to do. I’ve got to devote all my energy preparing for this battle and I would hope you can respect my family’s privacy as I begin this challenge. My ultimate hope is that eventually I can assist in finding a cure for ALS, which disrupts the lives of so many and their loved ones.

NBC Bay Area's Marianne Favro contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Craziest March Madness Cinderella Teams]]> Mon, 20 Mar 2017 07:23:59 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-57199007.jpg As March Madness sweeps across the country, take a look back to some of the greatest upsets in NCAA Men's Basketball history.

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<![CDATA[LA Local David Nwaba's Lakers' Dream Coming to End?]]> Mon, 20 Mar 2017 15:28:50 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/David-Nwaba-Lakers-10-day.JPG

Monday could be Los Angeles native and former University High School alumni David Nwaba's final day with the Los Angeles Lakers, the team the West LA kid grew up cheering for.

Nwaba’s fairy tale story of being an undrafted guard that went from trying out to play in Europe to getting a special invite to an NBA Development League tryout to eventually landing on the Lakers has lasted 20 long NBA days that passed in a blue. Nwaba's second 10-day contract expires on Monday, which means the team now faces the choice of signing the 24-year-old guard that specializes in defense and throwing down monster dunks for the remainder of the season or opening a roster spot to bring in a new player on a 10-day contract.

NBA rules only allow two 10-day contracts per player before the team is forced to make a decision, so Sunday may well have been the former Santa Monica College Corsair's final game.

Only, Nwaba didn't know that fact until Sunday night after the Lakers had already lost 125-120 to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Asked about it after the game, the guard told NBCLA.com that he had been told that he still had one more game with the team on Tuesday. After NBCLA.com counted the days and relayed the information, Nwaba paused and had a genuinely look of shock. He may never be back in the locker room where he stood following a nationally televised game against the world champions.

"Wow," Nwaba attempted to grasp the reality that Monday's practice did not guarantee a game on Tuesday. Asked if he had spoken with the team, he mumbled, "They haven't talked to me about it."

Nwaba said that he had not pushed to talk with the team, either, but he seemingly understood a choice was at hand. Three and a half weeks remain in the Lakers' season, so LA could theoretically bring in a new player and try him out for two complete 10-day contracts before the end of the season. The financial obligation is not an issue as much as the team must decide if it wants to further integrate the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo graduate into the squad with a view to the NBA Summer League and a training camp invite or if another player worth trying out is on its radar.

"I know," a rather conflicted Luke Walton said when NBCLA.com mentioned that Nwaba's second 10-day contract expired on Monday. The cameras were off and his post game interview was over, but Walton seemed a bit stressed when NBCLA.com brought up the topic Sunday night. "He's been playing well."

Wearing the difficult decision with the expression on his face, NBCLA.com asked Walton if the team had figured out what was next with regards to Nwaba: "No, we have not."

Back in front of the locker that read "Nwaba," the last player in the Lakers' locker room had completed his interview obligations for the night before he figured out Monday was the only guarantee he had with the Lakers.

"I definitely hope to stick around and just get the NBA experience, but if not, get back to the D-League, keep working hard, keep working on my game and see where that goes," Nwaba said.

He added, "It's been a great experience, just helping me build confidence and knowing I can play at this level. I just feel good out there and just hope they give me another opportunity to build and just grow as a player."

Almost poetically, the Lakers will likely make a decision on the LA-native ahead of Tuesday's city rivalry game against the LA Clippers.

Photo Credit: Shahan Ahmed]]>
<![CDATA[Lakers Sticking with D'Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson Lineup]]> Sun, 19 Mar 2017 23:25:44 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Lakers-DAngelo-Russell-40-point-with-Clarkson_1200x675_901822531892.jpg After Sunday's loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Lakers coach Luke Walton said he'll stick with D'Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson playing together in the backcourt after Russell exploded for 40 points.]]> <![CDATA[UCLA Beats Cincinnati to Advance to Sweet 16]]> Sun, 19 Mar 2017 21:09:52 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/ucla-cincinnati-2017-ncaa-tournament.jpg

UCLA has shot its way into the Sweet 16.

The No. 3 seed Bruins beat sixth seeded Cincinnati 79-67 on Sunday night, capping off an exciting slate of games in the second round.

All five UCLA starters scored at least 10 points each. The Bruins hit 18 of their first 28 shots in the second half after struggling to find a rhythm in the first.

They will play in the South Regional in Memphis. It's the third trip to the Sweet 16 in four years under coach Steve Alford.

UCLA will play No. 2 seed Kentucky on March 24.

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<![CDATA[Lakers' D'Angelo Russell Scores Career-High 40 Point]]> Mon, 20 Mar 2017 02:25:25 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/DAngelo-Russell-Kyrie-Irving-Lakers-Cavs.jpg

D'Angelo Russell returned to the starting lineup on Sunday due to Nick Young sitting out with gastroenteritis, and the 21-year-old had a record night. Along with setting a career-high with 40 points, the 21-year-old Russell became the youngest LA Lakers' player ever to score 40 points in a regular season game.

The fact that Russell scored 40 points was impressive enough, but that he did it against LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and the world champion Cleveland Cavaliers seemed to mean a bit more.

"I think it started with him knocking down shots," Lakers coach Luke Walton said about Russell's special night. "I think we've all seen him when he gets going, he's tough to handle. What was most impressive offensively to me, because I already know he can shoot the ball, he did a great job of mixing up and trying to get into the paint and play-making."

Walton added, "On offense, purposely calling certain plays to get people the ball and coming off picks and making the correct decisions...just his overall aggression was as good as I've seen."

In the end, the Cavaliers walked away 125-120 winners behind 46 points from Irving and 34 points, seven assists and six rebounds from James, but the talk for the young Lakers centered on how Russell and Jordan Clarkson fit into the backcourt together.

"We'll continue to try that lineup going forward and see if we can make that chemistry between the two of them a normal thing," Walton said after the game.

The coach revealed that the numbers behind the combination had been less than impressive statistically in the past, and when Clarkson earned his chance to start, the Lakers initially dropped Russell to the bench in a role that did not seem to suit him at all.

Russell's return to the starting lineup alongside Clarkson, though, now provides Walton and the Lakers a fresh look at the combination for the remainder of the season. The coach stated that Clarkson is still meant to act as the primary playmaker when the opposing team scores, but on misses, Walton wanted whichever player naturally was "floating near" the ball to take hold of the role.

Walton added that if Julius Randle is the big man that grabs the rebound, he has a tendency to push the ball anyhow, which served as a reminder of how versitile the Lakers could be with three players capable of bringing the ball up the court and serving as ball handlers.

"We think he can (play off ball)," Walton said about Russell but conceded, "Part of the reason we're doing this is to get more information on it."

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<![CDATA[NBA Fines Lakers Nick Young, D'Angelo Russell]]> Sun, 19 Mar 2017 14:39:38 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NBA-fines-Nick-Young-DAngelo-Russell.jpg

On Sunday, the NBA announced that Nick Young and D'Angelo Russell had both been fined for their parts in an scuffle that broke out of Friday night when the LA Lakers played the Milwaukee Bucks at Staples Center.

Young, who took exception to a hard foul by shoving Malcolm Brogdon, will now pay a $25,000 fine, while Russell will pay a $15,000 fine for "entering the altercation and pushing (Greg) Monroe."

Monroe came to Brogdon's defense and seemed to shove Young in the neck area and also got a bit of a slap in on Lakers rookie Brandon Ingram. The Bucks' big man will pay the league office $35,000, so financially speaking, he is the player hit with the harshest penalty in an incident where no one threw a punch and neither team had players leave their bench areas.

In the aftermath of the game, Lakers coach Luke Walton was left fuming at one of the Bucks' team employees pushing Ingram, and the Lakers' coach even seemed to go as far as to suggest that LA could add a bit of muscle on their bench for future incidents if the NBA didn't have a problem with the Bucks' employee placing his hands on the Lakers' rookie.

While a fine would have been expected for the Lakers' coach, the NBA doesn't seem interested in leveling a fine on the coach, suggesting that his post-game rant was not out of bounds.

Also, the NBA did not offer any language on the team employee who got involved, so the league is sending a slightly mixed message by not fining the coach for speaking out, while also not punishing the team for sending out a security guard during an on-court scuffle.

What does this mean? Well, maybe the Lakers will be hiring a bit of extra help on their bench, after all.

Photo Credit: Shahan Ahmed]]>
<![CDATA[The Reactions From Adam Jones USA Catch]]> Sun, 19 Mar 2017 18:07:17 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/Adam+Jones+Catch.png

It's only March, but already it feels like playoff baseball courtesy of the World Baseball Classic.

On Saturday night in San Diego, Team USA avenged an earlier loss to the reigning champions, the Dominican Republic, with a 6-3 win in front of over 41,000 fans at Petco Park.

The Dominican Republic took an early 2-0 lead in the game, but the Americans fought back, thanks to some "must-see" plays by Florida Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton and Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones.

First, Stanton belted a homer to tie the game. The obliterated ball shot off Stanton's bat like a cannon and hit the all-brick Western Metal Supply Building in left field.

Later, it was Jones, robbing his Orioles' teammate Manny Machado, with one of the more amazing home run stealing catches you'll ever see. 

Machado hit a deep fly ball to right-center that Jones tracked down and leaped into the stands to steal from a contingency of American fans. Jones' catch was not only spectacular, but considering USA led by just one run at the time, Machado's homer would have given the Dominican Republic the lead and may have changed the course of the final few innings of the game.

Instead, Jones' catch saved the Americans and eliminated the defending champions. 

The video of the catch (in case you haven't seen it yet) is below, but it is the fan reactions behind Jones that has everyone on the Internet buzzing on Sunday morning.

Never before have we seen so many different, yet amazing, reactions occurring simultaneously on the faces of baseball fans. From the girl screaming in the front right behind Jones, to the crushed look on the Yankees' fan's face after his souvenir was stolen from him.

This image shows the close up reactions of the different fans. From the gentleman on the right who looks like he's seen a ghost, to the guy with the bandana in the back who seems to have his eyes closed. On the far left, this longhaired fan with his hat backwards seems to be amused by it all.

The beauty of this image is the American flags in the back, the fact that one fan managed not to spill his beer in the ordeal, and the fan to the left of Jones seems to be in awe as he slowly reaches up to place his finger tips on the red, white and blue.

All in all, we agree with most of the Internet, this is art, and we love it. 

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<![CDATA[Video: Angry Luke Walton: 'Don't Touch My Damn Players']]> Sat, 18 Mar 2017 04:19:15 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/234*120/Lakers-Bucks-fight-Luke-Walton-3-18-17.png

"Don't touch my damn players," Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton protested following his team's 107-103 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night at Staples Center.

The fact that the Lakers lost hardly came up because the coach was fuming about the fact that the referees had ejected Lakers guard D'Angelo Russell after the 21-year-old had come to the aid of his 31-year-old teammate, Nick Young.

Young, who had been frustrated enough to earn a technical foul earlier in the ball game for running his mouth at the officials, got fouled as he drove the basket. Malcolm Brogdon seemed to catch Young on his head, and the Lakers' veteran retaliated with a shove.

Already carrying a technical foul, so Young's ejection had effectively been sealed at that moment. Only, the drama didn't die there. In fact, that was only the starting point.

Bucks center Greg Monroe entered the equation and immediately seemed to shove Young by his neck.

In retaliation, Russell shoved Monroe in the back. As players and coaches from both teams came in, Monroe shoved Lakers rookie Brandon Ingram in the face.

Ingram, predictably, got upset and attempted to get involved, but a referee managed to push the lanky teenager out of the way. At this point, a staff member from the Bucks' bench got involved and proceeded to shove Ingram.

"You grab someone by the neck, that's not right," Walton sounded off. "And then, Monroe went and slapped Brandon in the face. So, he did all that, and he got the same penalty as what D'Angelo did for just shoving someone in the back that was defending a teammate. So, that's crap to me."

Walton continued, "One of their employees is on the floor, and he grabs Brandon by the jersey and shoves him--not holding him back--shoves him. And that doesn't get addressed either?"

Walton intimated that had he seen the replay while on the floor, he would have been far more upset. The fact that a staff member from the opposition had pushed his player did not sit well with the coach, and he proceeded to advance the point.

"Then, I have no problem finding some people to hire on our staff next time we get into a skirmish, I'll keep all of my players back because the fact that they don't get in trouble for that, the refs don't say anything about that, and he puts his hand on one of our players," Walton's rant gained steam. "He works for them. He can touch their players all he wants. Don't touch my damn players."

Walton closed, "Because if that's okay, I'm sure we can find a couple people here in LA that want that job working for the Lakers, too."

"I didn't even know he pushed me that hard," Ingram told NBCLA.com after the game. "But it won't happen again."

The coach didn't have a problem with his players coming to the aide of a teammate and instead said that he would have been upset at Russell if he hadn't shoved Monroe in that position.

"I love it," Walton said he was proud of the group that was on the court for responding. "That's what they're supposed to do. They're supposed to have each other's backs."

More than likely, Walton's aggressive comments will result in a sizable fine for the coach, but the 36-year-old got his point across, and the NBA will likely also hit the Bucks' staff with a fine because a staff members shoving an opposing player probably should not be skipped over.

While the Lakers won the ejection battle 2-1, they did lose the game on Friday night and fell to 20-49 on the season. Next, LeBron James and the NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers visit Staples Center on Sunday.

<![CDATA[Lakers and Bucks Get into Fight, Players Ejected]]> Sat, 18 Mar 2017 01:30:42 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Lakers-Nick-Young-ejected-following-scuffle-post-game_1200x675_901030467765.jpg LA Lakers guard Nick Young and D'Angelo Russell got ejected, as did Milwaukee Bucks center Greg Monroe following a scuffle during Friday night's game at Staples Center (Shahan Ahmed)]]>