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.

A lot has been made of this being the second UK-UofL game without Rick Pitino as the Cardinals' head coach.,This rivalry may lose some heat for a couple of years, until Mack carves out his own space as UofL's head coach, but don't try to sell that to Calipari.,Jordan Nwora, a 6-foot-8 sophomore who played just 12 minutes a game last season, leads the team in scoring (17.8 points per game) and rebounding (8.5).,"Obviously, we're a team that's going to get a lot of 'and-ones' because we play physical, post guys are trying to lean into you and get baskets," Travis said.,There's a lot of history and tradition that comes with playing in rivalry games.

Nearly a week after a controversial ruling by a New Jersey high school wrestling official, in which he ordered an athlete to cut his dreadlocks or risk forfeiting his match, reaction to the incident has spread nationwide, including television networks, major publications and, of course, social media.,The Dec. 19 dual meet between Buena Regional and Oakcrest high schools was interrupted when Buena wrestler Andrew Johnson was told by Maloney that he needed his hair cut prior to taking the mat, or else he would forfeit the bout.,Wrestling rules established by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) clearly state athletes' hair cannot extend past the ear lobes, otherwise a legal hair covering must be worn.,While the other Buena wrestlers supported their teammate, and said it could have been handled better, they mostly hailed Johnson as a team player and said he was complying with the rules by cutting his hair, nj.com reports.,"A few years ago, the NFHS ruled a few hair coverings are no longer approved, and only one type is allowed now," said former Fermi High School coach Jeff Beiler.

But we also asked our readers—many of whom are deeply engaged and educated on the nuances of food and farming—to share their year-end reflections on what stood out for them in food and ag policy this year.,As we’ve reported before, food waste is also a cause of climate change, and many readers noted that climate change is “the big one.”,Many readers said the 2018 Farm Bill was the biggest story of the year, both because of “the unprecedented political division around it” as well as because “it influences everything impacting agricultural policy in the U.S.” It’s also an example of “the large corporate political pressure that only serves the largest corporate interests at the expense of family farms, taxpayers, and the 99 percent who also have to eat,” wrote L.A. Shapiro from Washington, D.C..,The last-minute passage of the farm bill earlier this month—which followed extensive controversy and political wrangling throughout the year—offered a mixed bag of wins and losses in readers’ eyes.,And finally, Emily Landenberger in Vermont sees promise in the ways industrial hemp, which was fully legalized by the 2018 Farm Bill, might help Vermont farmers.

VENICE (CBSLA) – Heaping piles of trash, which include syringes and mattresses, have taken over parts of Venice and neighbors are pointing the finger at the growing homeless population in the area.,This comes after many Venice residents fought against the idea of homeless shelter being built within the city.,RELATED: Residents Tell Garcetti ‘To Stop Dumping On Venice’ During Meeting About Proposed Homeless Shelter

The Bridge Housing Program was approved earlier this month.,But shelter or no shelter, residents back on Rose Avenue said some of the homeless are now picking up after themselves – until the city does.,As for the tent area, officials said city workers come on a weekly basis to pick up trash. read more

When the No. 4-ranked Sooners (12-1) take on No. 1-ranked Alabama (13-0) in a College Football Playoff semifinal at 7 p.m. CT on Saturday in the Capital One Orange Bowl, it will mark Johnson's 500th consecutive OU game.,No one has spent more time inside the Sooners' football program than the 82 year-old Johnson, who formally retired early last year after 38 seasons as an assistant coach (1979-97) and director of football operations (1998-2017).,Making the OU streak particularly impressive, Johnson has worked while overcoming personal tragedies:

From 1958-2016, Johnson was a football staff member for 59 consecutive college seasons, 703 total games and served under seven head coaches.,Johnson has spent the last 61 uninterrupted seasons being involved in college football with stints at Arkansas (1958-59 and 1962-74), Missouri (1960-61), Notre Dame (1975-78) and OU (1979-present).,Johnson has been attached to the OU football program for parts of five decades and is about to finish his 40th season with the Sooners. read more

The Cardinals may have lost 31-9 to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, but Fitzgerald added another highlight as Arizona fans celebrated what could be the final home game of his storied 15-year career.,Fitzgerald hasn't decided if he will return for a 16th NFL season and the Cardinals still have one game left, next Sunday at Seattle.,Entering Sunday's game, Fitzgerald was Arizona's leading receiver with 59 catches for 645 yards and five touchdowns.,Fitzgerald stood alone in the Cardinals' inflatable helmet at the end of pregame introductions and ran onto the field to the first of many chants of "Larry!",Fitzgerald then did something he had never done before, lofting his first career TD pass into the hands of Johnson, setting off another "Larry!"

Anderson, the former Denver Bronco playing five days after he was signed off the street by Los Angeles, rushed for 167 yards — one shy of his career high — and the Rams bounced back from a pair of losses to beat the troubled Cardinals 31-9.,Anderson, playing in place of the injured Todd Gurley, had a 4-yard touchdown run and other gains of 46 and 27 yards as the Rams (12-3) rushed for 269 yards, most allowed by Arizona on the ground this season.,Arizona's Larry Fitzgerald, in perhaps his final home game, threw the first touchdown pass of his 15-year NFL career, a 32-yard toss to David Johnson.,After Arizona's unlikely TD, with Fitzgerald dropping in a perfectly thrown 32-yard pass to Johnson, the Rams took the kickoff and used up 7½ minutes in another 75-yard drive.,After Rosen's 16-yard run to the Los Angeles 32, the Cardinals ran a play with Rosen tossing a lateral to Fitzgerald, who then passed to the wide-open Johnson for the touchdown.

Anderson, the former Denver Bronco playing five days after he was signed off the street by Los Angeles, rushed for 167 yards — one shy of his career high — and the Rams bounced back from a pair of losses to beat the troubled Cardinals 31-9.,Anderson, playing in place of the injured Todd Gurley, had a 4-yard touchdown run and other gains of 46 and 27 yards as the Rams (12-3) rushed for 269 yards, most allowed by Arizona on the ground this season.,Arizona's Larry Fitzgerald, in perhaps his final home game, threw the first touchdown pass of his 15-year NFL career, a 32-yard toss to David Johnson.,After Arizona's unlikely TD, with Fitzgerald dropping in a perfectly thrown 32-yard pass to Johnson, the Rams took the kickoff and used up 7½ minutes in another 75-yard drive.,After Rosen's 16-yard run to the Los Angeles 32, the Cardinals ran a play with Rosen tossing a lateral to Fitzgerald, who then passed to the wide-open Johnson for the touchdown.

Kuchar tied for lead at working vacation in Mexico

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico (AP) — Matt Kuchar decided at the last minute to play the Mayakoba Golf Classic and made it look like a smart move Thursday.,Kuchar missed only two fairways at El Camaleon Golf Club, key to good scoring, and kept bogeys off his card for a 7-under 64 that gave him a share of the lead with Dominic Bozzelli and PGA Tour rookie Kramer Hickok.,Kuchar has gone more than four years since his last PGA Tour victory.,Playing his second straight week in the fall — and his last tournament before his wedding — Spieth traded birdies and bogeys and had to settle for an even-par 71, leaving him in need to a good round Friday just to stick around for the weekend.,Kuchar has slipped to No. 40 in the world, failed to reach the third round of the FedEx Cup playoffs for the first time in a decade and did not play in the Ryder Cup for the first time in 10 years. read more