No team in the NBA has lost more games over the past six seasons than the Lakers, but whatever infects basketball operations has graciously spared game operations, which are still the league's best.,The team plays in the most appealing market in the league; their local broadcast deal pays them in excess of $150 million per season; they employ LeBron James; and they have picked second overall in three of the past four drafts.,Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAYRather than assign blame to unfavorable news reports that embarrassed her franchise, Buss could have taken a page from Robert Sarver, the owner of a Suns team with the fifth-most losses over these six seasons.,At some point, the Lakers must recognize that running an NBA team is far more than an exercise in brand management and talent recruitment.,A front office is a managerial project like any other business -- NBA teams make widgets, only they're wins (or, more commonly for the Lakers, losses).

PITTSBURG, Kansas — Ashland University redshirt freshman shot putter Lindsay Baker was the runner-up at the 2019 NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field National Championships on Saturday afternoon.,Greene won her second straight NCAA Division II indoor national title in the shot put and has won four straight Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference championships.,The Ashland men won its first Division II national indoor title with 38 points, one more than Adams State (Colo.)

BOSTON, Mass. — The University of Mount Union men’s track team finished second at the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships on Saturday.,North Central (Ill.), which Mount Union edged out by a point last season, won its sixth indoor team championship with 55 points.,James had 30 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds in his seventh triple-double for the Lakers, who have lost five straight in a playoff chase that looks futile at this point. read more

Waterford High had its four-year Final Four streak snapped with a loss to Peebles in the Division IV district finals this year, but it was still an incredible season for the Wildcats, who finished 20-5 overall and 16-0 in the Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division.,Waterford was rewarded with a pair of players on the first team All-Southeast District list, one the second team and one in special mention.,In Division II, Warren saw junior Molly Grayson and sophomore Olivia Alloway both earn third team all-district honors.,On the boys side, Warren’s Seth Dennis and Waterford’s Russ Young each earned first team all-district honors.,Marietta High saw senior Austin Witucky take third team honors in Division II.

Vince Velasquez made his first start for Philadelphia, allowing one run, one hit and two walks in one inning.,Mike Yastrzemski, a grandson of Red Sox Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski, homered in the ninth inning — a two-run shot for his first hit of spring training.,Tyler O’Neill, still looking for his first single of spring training, hit his fourth home run and his first double, driving in two runs for St. Louis.,Tyson Ross struggled in his third start, giving up four runs, six hits and a walk in three innings as his ERA rose to 13.50.,Matt Harvey made his first start for Los Angeles, pitching three innings and allowing one run, two hits and a walk.

Dylan Bundy made his first start for the Orioles, yielding one run on four hits in two innings.,Brock Holt hit his first home run of the spring, a three-run shot, and Xander Bogaerts added an RBI double and a single.,Top prospect Pete Alonso had two hits and two RBIs, and Jason Vargas allowed only Matt Carpenter's leadoff home run, pitching two innings and striking out three in his first start.,Chicago ace Lucas Giolito made his first start, pitching two innings and allowing three runs - one earned - and three hits.,Tyler Skaggs was tagged in his first start, surrendering four runs, two hits and two walks in 1 2/3 innings.

GLENVILLE — Aside from scoring his 1,000th career point here Saturday night at Glenville State College’s Waco Center, Williamstown’s Cullen Cutright had game-highs of 24 points and 10 rebounds to help lead the No. 8 Yellowjackets to an 83-62 victory versus Braxton County in the Little Kanawha Conference Night of Champions consolation affair.,SUMMERSVILLE — Wood County Christian capped its 2018-19 season on a winning note, defeating Mercer Christian 56-54 Saturday in a West Virginia Christian Athletic Tournament consolation game.,WELLSTON, Ohio — After beating Fairfield Union twice in the regular season, Warren High fell to the Falcons 38-30 in a Division II sectional final Saturday at Wellston High School.,Warren (11-9) mustered just two points in the first quarter and trailed 10-2 after eight minutes.,GLENVILLE — Gilmer County escaped with a 53-52 win over Doddridge County Saturday in a sectional tournament opener.

City Tournament: Teams in each adult league received a "personalized" entry blank last week, (If the league wasn't cancelled by the weather!),Already several teams have submitted their entry blank, indicating that maybe, just maybe, each of the adult leagues, especially the ladies leagues, will respond better this season and more teams can enjoy the tournament.,Call, text, or email Darryl Gutzman(269/806-2004) or [email protected] * Simons Memorial Group No-Tap tournament, Saturday, March 2nd, Check-in at Riverwood Lanes by 12:30pm, six-person teams ($120 entry per team), Call Shots, Jackpots, Raffles, 50/50 Drawings, Sign-up online: New Hope Pet Rescue Presents: In Ithaca(Pins Bar Grille) - April 13th and/or April 20th - No-Tap Doubles Handicap.,For more details, visit their website at: MS USBC - Annual MS USBC OPEN State Tournament, Flint, Grand Blanc Lanes, began in January, continues until May 12.,* Annual MS USBC YOUTH State Tournament, Grand Rapids (Fairlanes/Westgate Bowl), March 16 thru April 28.

■Jaylen LeRoy scored 20 points and grabbed five boards, and Manny Alisandro had a double-double off 16 points and 10 rebounds, but the Plymouth State men’s basketball team (11-11, 5-8 LEC) fell to Western Connecticut State, 79-74.,Rene Hudson (16 points, seven rebounds, five assists) and Jaz Laracuente (12 points, seven assists) led the Pilgrims (12-8, 11-2 Pride girls’ basketball AAU team will be hosting tryouts on Sunday at Penacook Elementary School.,The tryouts will be held at the following times for the following age groups: 2011-2009 girls and boys 1-2 p.m.; 2008-2007 girls and boys 2-3 p.m.; 2005-2006 girls only 3-4 p.m.; 2004-2001 girls only 4-5:30 p.m. To register online go to For more information contact City basketball spring AAU tryout registration is now open.,The first tryout in Concord will be Feb. 16 at Bishop Brady High School at the following times, which are broken down by age group: advanced 2nd grade-4th grade girls, 1-2 p.m.; advanced 2nd grade-4th grade boys, 2-3 p.m.; 5th-6th grade girls, 3-4 p.m.; 5th-6th grade boys, 4-5 p.m.; 7th-8th grade girls, 5-6 p.m.; 7th-8th grade boys, 6-7 p.m.; all high school girls, 7-8 p.m.; all high school boys, 8-9 p.m.,The second tryout in Concord will be March 10 at Bishop Brady at the following times, which area also broken down by age group: advanced 2nd-6th grade girls, 11 a.m.-noon; advanced 2nd-6th grade boys, noon-1 p.m.; 7th grade-all high school girls, 1-2 p.m.; 7th grade-all high school boys, 2-3 p.m.

• OU has three players ranked in the top 10 in rebounding in the Big 12: Christian James (sixth, 7.3), Brady Manek (eighth, 6.7) and Kristian Doolittle (10th, 6.3).,• James failed to record a double-double in his first 104 collegiate games, but has produced at least 10 points and 10 rebounds in six of his 14 games since.,• James failed to produce a double-double in his first 104 collegiate games but has produced at least 10 points and 10 boards in six of the 13 games since.,• With an average of 16.3 points per game, James is fourth in the Big 12 scoring race.,• By scoring 20 points on Jan. 16 against Kansas State, James became the 45th Sooner to eclipse 1,000 points in an Oklahoma uniform (eighth in the Lon Kruger era).

At the top spot, OU’s Spencer Papa and Jake Van Emburgh were defeated by No. 11 Richard Ciamarra and Tristan McCormick 6-4.,Sooners Alex Bakshi and Stefano Tsorotiotis were defeated by No. 49 Grayson Broadus and Matt Gamle 6-3 at No 3.,Van Emburgh took the first frame 6-4 before Ciammarrra won the second 6-4 to send the court to a deciding set.,Jake Van Emburgh (OU) vs. #63 Richard Ciamarra (ND) 6-4, 4-6, 3-5, unfinished

3.,Ferran Calvo/Mason Beiler (OU) vs. Alex Lebedev/Axel Nefve (ND) 5-4, unfinished read more