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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MONTEBELLO (CBSLA) — Two men are under arrest in the murder of a Montebello man killed while walking home from work.,22-year-old Rene Lupian was shot and killed and robbed of his backpack on Nov. 7.,RELATED: Reward Offered In Killing Of Man Who Fought To Keep Grandmother’s Gold Cross

On Dec. 19 detectives released security camera video of a person of interest who was seen with him the night he died.,Two days later they arrested 19-year-old Abraham Cabrera of Alhambra and 20-year-old Wayne Andrew Seare Jr. of Montebello.,They also tracked down the woman who was also in the security video with Lupian. read more

COLUMBUS — An investigation into alleged sexual misconduct by an Ohio State team doctor, the death of a 16-year-old boy while trapped in his family minivan, and a mass shooting at a Cincinnati bank are among the top stories in 2018 as selected by The Associated Press.,After an investigation was opened on April 5, scores of former athletes and other men came forward to accuse now-deceased Ohio State University team doctor Richard Strauss of sexual misconduct against students throughout his two decades there.,Meyer returned to coaching after the suspension and led Ohio State to an 11-1 record, then announced on Dec. 5 he would step down from coaching, citing debilitating headaches caused by a cyst on his brain.,The scourge of mass shootings across the nation hit Ohio on Sept. 6, when a 29-year-old man walked into Cincinnati’s downtown Fifth Third Bank building and opened fire .,Authorities arrested a family of four Nov. 13 in the gruesome 2016 slayings of eight people from another family in rural Ohio, a crime that prosecutors suggested stemmed from a custody dispute.

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!