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The Sports Report: Lakers lose first game of season

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From Dan Woike: Before the Lakers took the field to open their season, before the Golden State Warriors set the course for their 2022 championship by receiving their championship rings, the Lakers’ first defining decision of the season came via tweet.

With the normally open Darvin Ham shutting things down for the past 24 hours, there was legitimate mystery as to what the team would do with Russell Westbrook.

At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday night, 30 minutes before the team’s scheduled start of the season opener, the Lakers and Darvin Ham made it clear they were rolling with Westbrook as their starter.

What the Lakers do and eventually will do with Westbrook has been the dominant storyline that has followed the team since last year’s debacle.

But after another tough preseason and a 123-109 loss to the Warriors, the Lakers’ problems could extend beyond that.

They missed jump shots. They returned the ball. And if trying to keep the Warriors was “thrown into the deep end,” as Ham described it, they spent much of the night totally overwhelmed.

The Lakers trailed to 27, with a fourth-quarter push cutting the lead to 12, but by then the mistakes were already too damaging.

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DODGERS

From Jack Harris: Andrew Friedman called it the most disappointing elimination of his eight years as the Dodgers’ top front office executive, an “organizational failure” the team hadn’t expected after a record-breaking season 111 wins.

But, three days away from the Dodgers’ stunning National League Division Series loss to the San Diego Padres, the club’s president of baseball operations didn’t seem to have big changes on the horizon.

At a season-ending press conference at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Friedman confirmed that manager Dave Roberts would return next season.

“One hundred percent,” he said.

The rest of the coaching staff probably will too.

“I don’t anticipate [any changes] right now,” he said.

Friedman said the team is still working on roster decisions, including whether to bring back third baseman Justin Turner and outfielder Cody Bellinger, but held back on promising a major overhaul.

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From Ben Bolch: Everything Brett Hundley wanted at UCLA remains a possibility for Dorian Thompson-Robinson.

A Pac-12 championship. A bowl of roses. Maybe even something better.

“It’s awesome to see,” Hundley said over the phone, “because I love UCLA to death.”

Hundley never reached those heights while leading his teams to two mid-level bowl wins and a 3-0 record against these loathsome cross-town rivals.

Hundley’s name made headlines again when, in UCLA’s victory over Utah earlier this month, Thompson-Robinson threw for the No. 76 touchdown of his career, surpassing the school record of Hundley.

“All records are meant to be broken,” Hundley said, “so it was a fun opportunity to see him succeed and I’m happy for him.”

From Ryan Kartje: In each of his first three seasons as Oklahoma coach, Lincoln Riley entered October with an unblemished record and a top-10 finish…only to lose a game unexpectedly.

In 2017, it was Iowa State that upset the Sooners to third place. A year later, Texas knocked the No. 7 Oklahoma from their throne with a game-winning field goal. A year later, the Riley Sooners were upset again in October, this time by Kansas State.

Each of the three losses at the time seemed to dash any hopes of Oklahoma advancing to the college football playoffs. But in all three cases, Riley’s team didn’t lose another game for the rest of the regular season. All three ended up earning places in the Playoff.

It’s no wonder then, as USC enters its bye week, no one, let alone Riley, is freaking out after the Trojans suffered their first loss of the season last Saturday at Utah.

CHARGERS

From Jeff Miller: After halftime Monday, the Chargers allowed Denver just 72 total rushing yards and five first downs in their overtime win.

Impressive numbers, but not as impressive as the numbers their defense limited Russell Wilson to.

In the second half and overtime, the Broncos quarterback completed three assists. Total. Three successes in 11 attempts in seven possessions.

Three completed passes for 15 yards, with Wilson’s longest connection covering seven yards.

“We were really connected that whole second half, and you saw the results,” coach Brandon Staley said on Tuesday. “We are a work in progress. But [Monday] the night was definitely our best night for sure…that or Las Vegas [in Week 1].

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ANGELS

From Sarah Valenzuela: We saw Shohei Ohtani as a power hitter. We saw Shohei Ohtani as an ace thrower. And Shohei Ohtani, the closest?

It’s not impossible that the Angels star decides to play for Team Japan at the World Baseball Classic.

“If you’re going to pitch as a starter [in the WBC], it would have to be built up to 60, 70 pitches. So you have to take that into account,” Ohtani told reporters in Japanese on Tuesday at Tokyo’s Haneda airport. “But if they say you don’t have to start, there’s no reason to raise anything.”

The Tokyo Dome will host Round 1 matches for Pool B teams – Japan, China, Korea, Australia and Czech Republic. Those games begin March 9, 2023. Angels pitchers and receivers are scheduled to report for spring training February 13, 2023, Cactus League opener February 25.

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USC BASKETBALL

De Thuc Nhi Nguyen: She was days away from giving birth to her second child, but Lindsay Gottlieb was still coaching. The USC head coach sent emails when she couldn’t sleep, sent a few short texts and took the time to make a quick phone call to check on her team’s progress. Much like his daughter’s due date, USC’s home opener against Cal State Bakersfield on Nov. 8 was fast approaching and Gottlieb couldn’t put either of them on hold, despite pleas from his coaching staff to rest.

“We’re like, please have a baby,” assistant Wendale Farrow joked at a recent practice, “and worry about motherhood.”

Although Gottlieb isn’t in the gym, his influence remains strong as the Trojans continue their rebuilding under the second-year coach. The team hopes Gottlieb, who gave birth to Reese Caroline Gottlieb Martin on October 15, can return in November while associate head coach Beth Burns, Farrow and fellow assistant Nneka Enemkpali begin the season.

KINGS

Gabriel Vilardi scored the shootout winner and had a goal and an assist in regulation time in the Kings’ 4-3 victory over the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night.

Matt Roy scored twice in the third period and Cal Petersen made 31 saves in regulation and overtime and denied all three Nashville attempts in the shootout to help extend the Kings’ winning streak to three.

DUCKS

Defenseman Dougie Hamilton broke the tie 33 seconds into the third period, Mackenzie Blackwood made 18 saves and the New Jersey Devils beat the Ducks 4-2 on Tuesday night.

Jesper Bratt set up Hamilton with a cross pass to Hamilton parked to the right of goalkeeper Anthony Stolarz.

The Ducks – after winning their home opener against Seattle – were coming off two losses to begin a five-game road trip, 7-1 to the Islanders on Saturday and 6-4 to the Rangers on Monday.

THIS DATE IN SPORT

1940 – Alabama ends Tennessee’s scoreless defensive streak of 71 quarters, but still loses 27-12. Tennessee hadn’t allowed a run since Oct. 29, 1938, when it beat LSU 14-6.

1957 — Maurice Richard of the Montreal Canadiens scores his 500th goal in a 3-1 win over the Chicago Black Hawks.

1960 – After 13 years in Minneapolis, the Lakers open their inaugural season in Los Angeles with a 140-123 loss at Cincinnati.

1966 — Bobby Orr makes his regular-season NHL debut with the Boston Bruins.

1985 – Brigham Young’s Robbie Bosco passes for 585 yards in a 45-23 win over New Mexico.

1985 – Nebraska’s Dale Klein ties an NCAA record with seven field goals in a 28-20 win over Missouri.

1986 – Kansas City’s Lloyd Burruss intercepts three passes and returns two for touchdowns to lead the Chiefs to a 42-21 win over the San Diego Chargers.

1994 – Duke defeats North Carolina 3-2 in women’s football to end the Tar Heels’ 101-game unbeaten streak.

1997 – Pittsburgh goaltender Tom Barrasso makes 22 saves for his 300th victory with a 4-1 win over Florida. Barrasso becomes the first American-born goaltender and 13th overall to record 300 wins.

1997 – Sandy Alomar of the Cleveland Indians hits the 700th World Series home run.

2002 – Avon Cobourne becomes the fifth Division IA rusher with four 1,000-yard seasons as West Virginia defeats Syracuse 34-7. Cobourne has 108 yards in the game for 1,002 yards this season.

2012 – The NHL announces the cancellation of the 2012-13 regular season schedule until November 1. A total of 135 regular season games are now lost from October 11 to November 1.

2014 – Peyton Manning breaks Brett Favre’s NFL record of 508 touchdown passes and he throws four TD passes in Denver’s 42-17 win over the San Francisco 49ers. The record-breaking 8-yarder was Demaryius Thomas with 3:09 left in the first half. Manning reaches the milestone of his 246th regular season game. Favre needed 302.

2014 – DeMarco Murray becomes the first running back in NFL history to start a season with seven straight 100-yard games in a 31-21 win over the New York Giants. Murray, with 128 yards and a touchdown, breaks the 56-year-old Jim Brown Hall of Fame record.

Compiled by The Associated Press

and finally

Peyton Manning sets the record for touchdown passes. Watch and listen here.

Until next time…

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