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).

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is being charged with two counts of soliciting prostitution in Florida, a result of a multi-agency investigation into an alleged human trafficking ring, police said Friday.,Kraft, 77, is one of 25 individuals being charged in Jupiter with soliciting prostitution in connection with the law enforcement sting, police said.,“Our concern in this investigation centers around the possibility of victims of human trafficking, the appearance maybe of that,” Jupiter Police Chief Daniel J. Kerr said Friday during a press conference.,At a Tuesday press conference, Martin County Sheriff William Snyder said the overall investigation began last July, when detectives responded to a complaint from the county’s health department reporting signs of potential human trafficking at a local massage parlor.,Because Kraft is not a resident of the state, an arrest warrant will be issued for him in Florida related to the charges, police said.

Whether through parochialism or small-mindedness, the Eastern Connecticut Conference has always felt like mid-major in state high school athletics, a compilation of too many schools comfortable scheduling each other and afraid of the deeper end.,At 5:30, the St. Bernard boys played defending Division II state basketball champion Immaculate, a game whose result recalled the old days when visitors left St. Bernard's gym dissatisfied.,There's more: The ECC is a proud member of the Connecticut High School Football Alliance, a cooperative venture that began with the ECC, Southern Connecticut Conference and South-West Conference, then added the Central Connecticut Conference and Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference this winter.,Remember, too, that the ECC is the only league in Connecticut that will play its boys' basketball championship game at Mohegan Sun, site of the state championships in March.,There's a whole state out there, more media coverage of high school sports than ever and an opportunity for exposure as never before.

The traditional signing day Wednesday merely padded Oregon's already stellar recruiting class, the best in school history.,GETTING DEFENSIVE: Washington capped its recruiting class by landing two of the top defensive players on the West Coast.,Washington had seemed to be the favorite for Heimuli for most of the recruiting period, but his Menlo-Atherton team advancing to the state title game in California impacted his ability to make a decision in time for the December signing period.,The abrupt departure of new offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury after 34 days shook up the Trojans' recruiting class and led to the departure of receiver commit Bru McCoy, who spurned USC for Texas.,The day had an international flavor with the Utes bringing in 6-foot-7 offensive lineman Bamidele Olaseni, a native of London who played last year for Garden City Community College in Kansas, and fellow 6-foot-7 offensive lineman Luke Felix-Fualalo, a former rugby player in Australia who played last year for prep powerhouse Mater Dei in California.

Against Winthrop, OU picked up the doubles point with wins from Jasmine Asghar and Ivana Corley at the top spot and Kianah Motosono and Olekdandra Korasvili on court three.,In singles, Corley cruised to a 6-0, 6-2 victory on court five, while Camila Romero got a 6-2, 6-4 win at the No. 3 spot.,Korashvili and Motosono again captured the point for OU, holding on for a 7-6 (5) victory at the No. 3 spot.,The award marked the first career honor for Korashvili, who made her OU debut this spring.,She becomes OU’s first Big 12 Player of the Week since Whitney Ritchie in 2014.

Whether through parochialism or small-mindedness, the Eastern Connecticut Conference has always felt like mid-major in state high school athletics, a compilation of too many schools comfortable scheduling each other and afraid of the deeper end.,At 5:30, the St. Bernard boys played defending Division II state basketball champion Immaculate, a game whose result recalled the old days when visitors left St. Bernard's gym dissatisfied.,There's more: The ECC is a proud member of the Connecticut High School Football Alliance, a cooperative venture that began with the ECC, Southern Connecticut Conference and South-West Conference, then added the Central Connecticut Conference and Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference this winter.,Remember, too, that the ECC is the only league in Connecticut that will play its boys' basketball championship game at Mohegan Sun, site of the state championships in March.,There's a whole state out there, more media coverage of high school sports than ever and an opportunity for exposure as never before.

NORMAN— The No. 1 Oklahoma men's gymnastics team hosts the No. 8 Ohio State Buckeyes inside McCasland Field House Saturday night at 7 p.m. CT as the Sooners chase their 105th straight victory.,Oklahoma continues its chase for its fifth straight national title on Saturday as the No. 1 Sooners (7-0) welcome No. 8 Ohio State (2-3) to McCasland Field House at 7 p.m. CT.,Entering his 20th season at the helm of OU men’s gymnastics, head coach Mark Williams and his team are aiming at an NCAA men's gym record 12th national championship in 2019.,In the Road to Nationals rankings, OU holds the top team average (414.500) along with the top spot on floor exercise (70.325), still rings (70.025), vault (72.450) and high bar (67.250).,Individually, senior co-captain Genki Suzuki recorded the top all-around score of the season (83.600) in last weekend's home opener, putting him at No. 1 in the all-around ranks.

Hekker was a quarterback, who also punted, in high school and led his team to the Washington state championship game during his senior year in 2007.,Still, even in the NFL, Hekker’s arm and athleticism mean that teams still have to defend him “like a quarterback,” Belichick told reporters in 2016.,Slater noted that the team attempted five fakes this past regular season alone, converting two and just —  in one case, controversially — coming up short on two others (Hekker at least showed some impressive arm strength on the third failed attempt).,Marveling at his ability to swing field position, Belichick called Hekker a “very unusual player,” in a good way, before the Patriots played the Rams in 2016.,Hekker went on to pin the Patriots inside their own 20 on five of his eight punts, netting an average of 52.9 yards per kick in the 2016 regular season game.

Redoing last weekend's controversial NFC title game between the Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints would mean a pricey delay of the upcoming Super Bowl, the NFL said Friday.,In a legal filing, NFL Chief Financial Officer Joseph Siclare said replaying even a few minutes of the NFC championship game because of a missed passed interference call would force a delay for an event that demands an investment of "more than $100 million," the New Orleans Advocate reported .,Siclare's sworn affidavit was submitted by the NFL to get one of two pending lawsuits over officiating moved from state civil court to New Orleans federal court.,The league cited a federal law that allows a defendant to automatically remove a state class-action lawsuit to federal court when the parties are from different states and the amount of the damages sought by the plaintiffs exceeds $5 million.,But the far bigger cost, Siclare suggested, would be if the Feb. 3 Super Bowl is delayed by a court in order to rewind the clock and replay all or a portion of the NFC title game— a result urged by the plaintiffs and much of "Who Dat Nation," which is also listed as a plaintiff.