Nor is it likely to end well for a lot of Lakers, some of whom could be New Orleans-bound in a trade for Anthony Davis … or cut for salary cap space, like the eight of them who are on one-year deals, to bring in more free agents like Klay Thompson … or unemployed like Coach Luke Walton if Magic Johnson holds him responsible for any shortfall.,I don’t see a second-round loss going over well with Johnson, not after he read Walton the riot act seven games into the season, then, in as close as he felt like coming to reassuring everyone publicly, said Luke would, “finish this season unless something drastic happens, which it won’t.”,It’s still emerging with last week’s report by ESPN’s uber-connected Adrian Wojnarowski that Magic has wanted a new coach since he took over, but has yet to convince Jeanie Buss, who is “fiercely loyal” to Walton.,Despite his cachet, James hasn’t been a behind-the-scenes schemer … aside from all his player recruiting … although Riley, whom LeBron left high and dry, late revealed that LeBron hinted that he would like him to fire Coach Erik Spoelstra during LeBron’s first season in Miami without coming out and actually asking him to do it.,A recent report from ESPN’s uber-connected Adrian Wojnarowski indicated that Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson has wanted a new coach since he took over in February of 2017, but has yet to convince team owner Jeanie Buss, who is “fiercely loyal” to Luke Walton, left.

For this fight, I look at him versus [Arturo] Gatti every night before I sleep.In that 2005 bout, Mayweather trekked to Gattis home state of New Jersey for his first pay-per-view and dominated the forward fighter, forcing him to stop after six rounds.Davis sees parallels in how Mares will fight him.I know whats coming and still watch it so I can remind myself what Im in front of, Davis said.,Al Haymon called me offering me [World Boxing Council featherweight champion] Gary Russell or Josh Warrington there were so many options [at 126 pounds], and the money is the same as Im getting in this upper weight class, Mares said.But I chose this fight because I see flaws on the kid.,Because if people dont know by now, Abner Mares is always willing to fight any opposition, style, shape or form as long as it brings excitement.Mares is boosted by the brotherhood of his trainer Robert Garcias gym in Riverside, where Garcias younger brother, Mikey, is training to move up two weight classes in his March 16 pay-per-view against Errol Spence Jr. and veteran Josesito Lopez is training as a longshot against another unbeaten welterweight champion, Keith Thurman.We work hard and at the end of the day the results will be on our side in all three fights, Robert Garcia said.,[Davis] might have a little more strength, but the conditioning will speak for itself from the training.Live gatesLess than a week after discounted tickets went on sale, Los Angeles impressively showed up for Saturdays UFC show at the Forum, and the first half of 2019 reveals the Southlands more muscular standing as a location for fight cards of all levels.Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live will stage the Jan. 13 super-middleweight title fight between Jose Uzcategui and Caleb Plant and Leo Santa Cruzs Feb. 16 featherweight title defense against Mexicos Miguel Flores one week after Davis-Mares.,Bellator MMA has its heavyweight grand prix final Jan. 26 at the Forum, and Lomachenko is scheduled for a lightweight unification April 12 at Staples Center.This has proven to be a good market, and I expect more of the fights like this to come here, said Ellerbe, after Mikey Garcia fought at Staples along with Santa Cruz-Mares last year.Davis-Mares fight promoter Richard Schaefer, whos handling some of Haymons pay-per-views, said, Los Angeles is becoming the fight capital of the United States again because of the venues the war grounds, [in Carson] and Staples, the busiest arena in the world and so many great fighters are from here.

A fired coach at Norwich Free Academy was accused of having sexual relations with two students while he was at the school, and Norwich police say they expect NFA officials may be arrested as well for failing to report him immediately.,Apparently jealous, Kolodnicki, who was a postal carrier and painter well-known and liked in the Norwich arts community, followed Baker and his wife, who had worked together that day, and then started the fight, Kolodnicki’s wife and Baker told police.,- James Hodgdon, a 58-year-old Norwich man, was sentenced in May to 22.5 years in prison for shooting and killing his wife, Dianna Ruthewicz Hodgdon, during a struggle over a shotgun in September 2015.,- Norwich counselor Susan Britt, 47, was arrested in June on charges she billed the government-run Medicaid health care program nearly $200,000 in fraudulent claims through her home business, with more than half of the claims for herself and family members.,- Norwich mother Dolma Dawa, 45, was arrested on a hot afternoon in July after she left her 1-year-old child unattended in a vehicle in the parking lot of a McDonald’s, police said.

A fired coach at Norwich Free Academy was accused of having sexual relations with two students while he was at the school, and Norwich police say they expect NFA officials may be arrested as well for failing to report him immediately.,Apparently jealous, Kolodnicki, who was a postal carrier and painter well-known and liked in the Norwich arts community, followed Baker and his wife, who had worked together that day, and then started the fight, Kolodnicki’s wife and Baker told police.,- James Hodgdon, a 58-year-old Norwich man, was sentenced in May to 22.5 years in prison for shooting and killing his wife, Dianna Ruthewicz Hodgdon, during a struggle over a shotgun in September 2015.,- Norwich counselor Susan Britt, 47, was arrested in June on charges she billed the government-run Medicaid health care program nearly $200,000 in fraudulent claims through her home business, with more than half of the claims for herself and family members.,- Norwich mother Dolma Dawa, 45, was arrested on a hot afternoon in July after she left her 1-year-old child unattended in a vehicle in the parking lot of a McDonald’s, police said.

As Saints coach Sean Payton rode an imaginary dirt bike around an overjoyed locker room, team executives surely toasted the gridiron accomplishments nearby.,These 36 games fully reveal glaring problems for the current state of this team and perhaps the future of the franchise.,When an injury to Payton — who was traded for a second-round pick last year and signed for just $3 million this summer — leaves a gaping, unfillable hole in the team’s rotation, it’s a sign of deeper problems.,And, every day the team fails to gain its footing, the louder the conversation gets surrounding Davis’ future.,While the Pelicans can offer Davis more money than any other suitor, the All-NBA stalwart publicly stated he’s more concerned with legacy than money, an obvious signal to the Pelicans he’s not returning unless he believes it can net him the kind of team success he needs to reach NBA legend status.

Have the USC and UCLA football and basketball teams ever been collectively worse?The Sparks won the citys most recent title in 2016, but that coach is gone.,Yasiel Puig needed to be traded, but he also deserves a nice farewell, and heres hoping he hears it on his first game back with the Cincinnati Reds.For USC football, gritNow that Clay Helton has kept his job and addressed his offense with the hiring of noted passing guru Kliff Kingsbury, there is a bigger hurdle to clear, one that can only come from within.Its time for the program to get tough again.That attitude must start with Helton, who, even in these turbulent times, has remained the Nicest Man on the Planet.,The infamously dour coach often acted like a grump, and sometimes it seemed like his players werent having much fun.Kelly doesnt seem interested in selling the city on UCLA football beyond coaching its team, and thats too bad.,Theyre good enough, if only they can stay upright for long enough.For UCLA basketball, coachingMaybe Steve Alford can turn this surprising mess of an early season into a Sweet 16 appearance like hes done before with far less talented teams.But if he cant, heres guessing Bruin athletic officials, who showed their deep pockets with Chip Kelly, are going to pay for somebody who can.UCLA guard Kris Wilkes (13) drives to the basket against USC guard Shaqquan Aaron on March 3.,For LAFC, repeatThis towns newest sports franchise did everything right in its first year, including opening a sparkling new stadium and building a passionate new fan base.They need to just keep doing it, and maybe this time, throw in a playoff win?For the Galaxy, Zlatan IbrahimovicThats more than enough, thank you.For this column, an endingHappy holidays!

President William McKinley spent a rather quiet day at the White House with some work on the docket.,Nephews of the McKinley family — James Barber, George Baker and James McKinley –were present on the holiday itself, with many more relatives expected over the next week, including Mr. and Mrs. Abner McKinley.,The Los Angeles Times reported on Dec. 26 “The President, accompanied by James Barber, Mrs. McKinley’s nephew, attended divine service at the Metropolitan Church at 11 o’clock, and listened to a sermon by the Rev. Dr. Bristol.”,God’s Christmas gift of freedom has come to the suffering and wronged throughout the agency of a nation that was obedient to the heavenly call, and had caught the spirit of liberty and helpfulness sent forth from Angelic lips ‘good will toward men.’,For dinner, the president and Mrs. McKinley dined with their three nephews.

After a weeklong exchange of flattery and pleasantries through the media, LeBron James reportedly had dinner with New Orleans Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis after the Lakers 112-104 victory on Friday night at Staples Center.,Some believe James secretly runs Klutch Sports Group behind the scenes, leading to speculation that the Lakers superstar could guide Davis to Los Angeles either via trade or in free agency in two years.,Shortly after those comments, James reportedly exited Staples Center and met Davis for dinner in Los Angeles.,That reported dinner between friends only threw fuel on the fire, leading fans to believe that Davis and James were meeting to discuss a coup d'état that would eventually land "The Brow" in Tinseltown.,Unlike the soon-to-be retiring Wade, and the soon-to-be free agent Anthony, Davis is in control of his own destiny and could force a move to Los Angeles either now or in two years.

What was once mere speculation is now a folk movement as the schedule – aka the Pelican Death March – winds through Boston, where Celtic fans see Davis as their next Bill Russell … to Milwaukee, where the Pelicans took another loss and AD got another pitch … to Staples Center, where Lakerdom, starting with LeBron James, sees him as next in their line of Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Shaquille O’Neal.,Actually, Davis, who played through illness in Milwaukee, declined to talk to the press … perhaps further upset at the latest furor after James told ESPN’s Dave McMenamin that trading for AD “would be amazing.,Wherever the Pelicans go, they’re obliged to rally around Davis with Coach Alvin Gentry proclaiming he’s theirs and will stay that way, and AD agreeing … up to a point.,LeBron’s comments about trading for Davis burned up the NBA last week with small markets worried their stars may be looted next.,NBA team officials seem reconciled to Davis joining the Lakers, but worry he’ll demand a short-term deal – as Bron did in Cleveland and Miami – signaling stars’ intentions to exert even more power.

James had 22 points, 14 assists and 12 rebounds, and the Lakers beat the New Orleans Pelicans 112-104 on Friday night.,Davis had 30 points and 20 rebounds for the Pelicans, who lost their third straight game.,New Orleans shot 32.6 percent in the second half, leaving Gentry more concerned about his fifth loss in seven games than whether or not James tampered with Davis.,NOT TALKING

Davis took the opposite tact by brushing off James' comments after posting the second game in the NBA this season with at least 30 points, 20 rebounds and five assists.,Lakers: Zubac got the start with JaVale McGee missing his third straight game because of illness and scored eight of the Lakers' first 16 points. read more