San Clemente High football assistant coach Joe Wood, who was the head coach at Aliso Niguel when it won a CIF championship, died Friday night.,He was Aliso Niguel’s first varsity football head coach.,Wood coached Aliso Niguel from the 1993 season through the 2005 season.,His replacement after the ’05 season was Jeff Veeder, who was an Aliso assistant coach.,Kurt Westling was on the ’96 championship team coaching staff at Aliso Niguel and would later become the school’s third head coach in 2010.

The Lakers have trailed after the last four first quarters, and they made dubious history Friday by becoming the third team in the past 20 seasons to make consecutive comebacks after trailing by 20 points.,They’ve also shot under 45% in the last three games in the first quarter, and against Memphis, they took only one shot at the rim in the first five minutes of the game (the Grizzlies had already taken nine shots in the paint).,There’s a departure here from the culture the Lakers established last season, when they were the wire-to-wire leaders in the Western Conference and smashed opponents in games even when they didn’t have James or Davis available.,But getting behind early also seems to engage some of the Lakers’ best players, including James, who started Friday’s game as ugly as anyone.,JAMES, KUZMA GET FLOP WARNINGS

The league officially warned James and Kuzma after both players flopped during Friday night’s game in plays involving Dillon Brooks. read more

The Buffalo Bills beat the Baltimore Ravens 17-3 for a spot in the AFC championship game.,Rodgers threw two TD passes and ran for another score to lead the top-seeded Green Bay Packers into the NFC championship game with a 32-18 win over the Los Angeles Rams.,Allen threw a TD pass to Stefon Diggs and Taron Johnson returned an interception a record-tying 101 yards for a touchdown to lead Buffalo past Baltimore 17-3 for a spot in the AFC championship game.,The Bills will either play the Kansas City Chiefs or the Cleveland Browns in the AFC championship game.,While the Packers will either play the New Orleans Saints or the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC championship game.

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