Lou Williams scored 27 points, Nick Young hit five 3-pointers and the Los Angeles Lakers snapped their five-game losing streak with a 108-96 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Friday night.
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Lakers guard D'Angelo Russell suffered a mild MCL sprain in his right knee as well as a strained right calf in the team's game on Friday night. He is scheduled for an MRI tomorrow.
The Los Angeles Chargers have agreed to terms on a contract with Gus Bradley to be their defensive coordinator, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported.
Watch: Pacers slight BPI favorites over Lakers
The Pacers won their home matchup with the Lakers on Nov. 1, but ESPN's Basketball Power Index sees Friday's rematch at Staples Center as basically a toss-up. (Watch live at 10:30 p.m. ESPN/WatchESPN)
After missing the past 15 games with a bone bruise in his left knee, Los Angeles Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. has been cleared to practice and to play in limited minutes.
Trojans expected to topple ASU
The Sun Devils have lost three straight Pac-12 contests. BPI expects that streak to reach four on Saturday at USC, where the Trojans come off their own loss to Arizona. Preview
John Spanos knows the Chargers can't run away from their record the last couple of seasons, but he still sees plenty of reason for optimism.
Bruins not far from team PPG record
Averaging 93.4 points per game, the Bruins are on pace to score their most points in a season since averaging 94.6 in 1971-72. That season, they won their sixth of seven straight national titles. (ESPN Stats & Info)
Rose rally helps Clay Helton's standing
USC finished the season strong following a shaky start and finished the Rose Bowl strong, too. That sends the Trojans' head man into the 2017 season on a roll. Coaches' stock (Insider)
Ball racking up assists
UCLA's offense continues to ride freshman sensation Lonzo Ball. Ball had 12 of the team's 30 assists to move into 2nd place on the all-time freshman assist list at UCLA. (ESPN Stats & Info)
Los Angeles has reportedly expanded its search for a second baseman to include Rangers utility player Jurickson Profar.
Pujols o Ortiz, quién es el mejor dominicano en la MLB?
Carolina Guillén, Ernesto Jerez y Enrique Rojas discuten sobre el mejor jugador de béisbol nacido en la República Dominicana en la historia. Mirar
Sam Darnold leading change for Trojans
Including an impressive Rose Bowl performance, the redshirt freshman finished with 3,086 yards and 31 touchdowns. He's a superstar, and everyone knows it, writes Adam Rittenberg. Top 25 returning players (Insider)
Forward Jakob Silfverberg will not travel on the Anaheim Ducks' upcoming two-game road trip while recovering from an upper-body injury.
Clippers among teams linked to Tucker
P.J. Tucker could be a hot name on the trade market before the Feb. 23 trade deadline. Doc Rivers is one of Tucker's biggest admirers, but the cost of a first-round pick could be too much for the Clippers. Stein's notes
Kobe Bryant joins Stephen A. Smith to talk about his upcoming ventures, the evolution of the game of basketball and how the Los Angeles Lakers can resurrect themselves.
Mover's remorse in San Diego?
One league source told ESPN's Adam Schefter that there are "a ton" of owners upset with Dean Spanos' decision to move the Chargers to L.A., with some even hoping they reverse course and return to San Diego. Mort & Schefter's notebook
Dusty Baker doesn't know who his closer is and the Dodgers still have a hole at second base, but they aren't the only ones with problems to solve.
Mel Kiper Jr., Todd McShay and Chris Sprow examine Mel's first mock draft of the season and debate about the projections for several high-profile prospects.