It was anything but easy, and at times it seemed the Raptors were really going to lose to the Washington Wizards on Sunday, a game in which the Raptors led by 23 points in the second quarter.,The NFL's divisional round last weekend didn't quite live up to the hype, as only one of the games was close and exciting, but it leaves us with two championship games next Sunday that are must-watch games.,The Kansas City Chiefs will host the New England Patriots, while the New Orleans Saints will host the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Championship Game.,OVer in the NFC, it was the Rams winning the game thanks to their run offense and run defense, the last thing anybody expected.,The Saints have looked like the best team all season, and after falling behind 14-0 to the Eagles to start the game, scored 20 straight points and put an end to the Nick Foles magic.

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Enquirer writers Shelby Dermer, John Snodgrass and Jon Richardson recap Friday night basketball action around Greater Cincinnati.,Shelby Dermer and John Snodgrass and Jon Richardson, Cincinnati Enquirer read more

Gortat had not played in the fourth quarter in the first 36 games of the season until the calendar turned, and he responded with his first double-double of the season when the Clippers extended their dominance of the Phoenix Suns with a 121-111 victory Friday night.,Danilo Gallinari and Lou Williams scored 21 points apiece and four other Clippers finished in double figures as they won their third straight against the Suns this season and their 11th straight in the series.,Suns center Deandre Ayton had four points, tying a season low set in the first game against the Clippers on Nov. 28.,They entered the game averaging a league-high 52.4 Williams and Harrell have not started a game this season, and Beverley flip-flopped with Avery Bradley on Nov. 20.,All average at least 25 minutes a game, and Williams (18.2) and Harrell (15.7) are the Clippers' third- and fourth-leading scorers.

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The Los Angeles Unified School District has filed papers in federal court seeking an order to prevent a strike by members of United Teachers Los Angeles who provide “special-education support and services to more than 60,000 students.”,“To protect more than 60,000 special-needs students, Los Angeles Unified is seeking approval to move forward with a complaint to prevent UTLA leadership and its members from engaging in a denial of services to special needs students during a strike,” General Counsel David Holmquist said in a statement.,“A strike would be detrimental to students with disabilities and their families, depriving the students of the special-education support and services they rely on each day.”,Such students are protected by federal and state special-education laws, and LAUSD is monitored under a modified federal consent decree for special education, according to the district.,District officials said they are seeking permission to move forward with a complaint in Los Angeles federal court to ensure that special-needs students do not lose access to services they need if UTLA moves forward with a planned Jan. 10 teacher walkout.

Community Channel: New music store opens in Westport; Career Coach to lead class on Jan. 10

Music & Arts recently unveiled its newest musical instrument store and lessons facility in Westport.,The new store serves the residents of Westport and surrounding Fairfield County towns including Fairfield and Norwalk by offering private and group lessons programs, instrument rentals, repairs and a wide assortment of instruments and accessories.,For over 65 years, we have continued to serve local communities with a wide assortment of top-name brands, expert repairs, and university-trained lesson instructors,” said Music & Arts president Steve Zapf in a news release.,The American Job Center Southwest’s Career Coach will return to Westport Town Hall on Jan. 10 to offer a a beginner’s class in Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 from 10 a.m. to noon, followed by an intermediate class in PowerPoint 2013 from 1 to 3 p.m.,The Westport Country Playhouse will present “The Moth Mainstage,” featuring five storytellers sharing true, personal stories from their lives on the theme, “The Ties That Bind: The Moth in Westport,” on Jan. 25 at 7:30 p.m. read more

SOLANO SOCCER CLUB MEETING — Thursday, 7:30 p.m., Paradise Valley Golf Course, 3950 Paradise Valley Drive, Fairfield.,For more information, call 816-0537 or go to CAMPERS RV CLUB MONTHLY MEETING — Monday, 7-8 p.m., at the Vacaville Moose Lodge, 6585 Gibson Canyon Road.,SOLANO CYCLING CLUB MONTHLY MEETING — Tuesday, 7 p.m. at the Wah Shine, 145 Peabody Road, Vacaville, Vaca Village Shopping Center.,SOLANO CLASSIC CAR CLUB MONTHLY MEETING — Jan. 10, 7 p.m., at Denny’s, 2980 Travis Blvd., Fairfield.,This is a 31-mile moderate ride, 1358 feet of more information: UNIQUES CAR CLUB GENERAL MEETING — Jan. 15, 7 p.m. Meetings generally held third Tuesday of each month.

Thousands had been evacuated, affecting communities across Ventura and LA Counties, including the western edge of the San Fernando Valley, in communities like West Hills and are still seeking a cause, so stay tuned in 2019.,In the meantime, even as communities complain about homelessness, the San Fernando Valley has just one year-round homeless shelter at the moment to address the immediate needs of the thousands who are living outdoors or in vehicles.,California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, City Councilman Mitch Englander, City Attorney Mike Feuer, Supervisor Kathryn Barger and other officials expressed satisfaction with the settlement, which came as the result of lawsuits brought by the city and county of Los Angeles and the state.,He’s spent much time connecting with communities across the city, including a recent community meeting in Van Nuys, where he touted the area’s command staff and talked about the need to improve department technology and reiterated his Valley connections.,Valley LA City Councilman calls it quits

Mitch Englander decided to step down from the LA City Council, moving on to what he calls a job of a “lifetime” with global sports and entertainment firm Oak View Group. read more