They backed it up with a plus-136 run differential (a fairly absurd figure across just 60 games), and then in the postseason went 13-5 en route to winning the World Series for the first time since 1988.,Because of the still ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, fans weren't permitted to attend MLB games last season until the very last rounds of the playoffs.,The plan right now is for fans to be in attendance at spring training games and regular season games, albeit in limited numbers and in accordance with local guidelines.,Last season, no fans attended any regular season Astros games even as they advanced as far as the ALCS, so they've yet to hear about their transgressions in the typical manner.,Last season, the Padres busted out in a big way, as they won at a .617 clip -- the best win percentage in franchise history -- and returned to the playoffs for the first time since 2006.

UCLA coach Mick Cronin explained the rigorous challenges his team is facing this unprecedented college basketball season.,“The only time (the team) is together is on the bus, that’s when they’re enjoying being a college basketball player,” Cronin said Tuesday.,Center Jalen Hill, who’s been away from the team for weeks, will not be with UCLA (14-5, 10-3) against Arizona, as well as versus Arizona State on Saturday.,More challenges for players include: no off-court team activity, no in-person meetings with academic counselors or tutors, no social life on campus, and no hanging out with Cronin, either.,Following Thursday’s matchup with Arizona, UCLA will have just four games left before the Pac-12 tournament begins March 10.

Except there’s a good deal more to Maharaj’s story than his introduction to hockey and his long and compelling journey toward becoming the Ducks’ goaltending coach.,“You were reminded you were different in the schoolyard, on the subway, on the rink,” said Maharaj, in his fifth season as the Ducks’ goaltending coach after joining the organization in 2013-14 to tutor their minor-league goalies, after eight seasons with the New York Islanders.,The Ducks’ John Gibson, right, chats with team goalie coach Sudarshan Maharaj prior to the game against the Kings on March 10, 2019, at Honda Center in Anaheim.,Gibson emerged as the Ducks’ No. 1 goalie and Andersen was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs after the 2015-16 season.,Gibson on Monday became the fourth goalie in Ducks history to play his 300th game with the club, following J-S Giguere (447), Guy Hebert (441) and Jonas Hiller (326).

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This gripping British series is about, yes, an informer, and the murky territory involved in coercing someone to take on the dangerous gig.,This adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's novel pairs two other UK treasures in David Tennant and Michael Sheen.,Based on a Philip K. Dick novel, the series follows characters in the '60s who live in a parallel universe, where Nazi Germany and the Empire of Japan control the US.,Amazon rescued The Expanse from the realm of canceled TV, bringing us a fourth season with a fifth to come. read more

No matter how it’s expressed, the goal is to spread the ice time among a team’s four lines, with one generating as much or more pressure, confidence and momentum as the one before it.,“We would love to be a fourth line that creates energy, is physical and gives energy to our team and produces offensively,” Ducks center David Backes said.,In fact, in order to keep Backes in the lineup, Ducks coach Dallas Eakins moved Grant first to the top line and then to the second.,Eakins then shifted Grant back to the fourth line Monday and scratched Backes.,“Depending on our matchup or what our task is each night or how Dallas sees we’re going to win that game, it could be to go out there for 15 minutes and nothing happens is a win for us, because if we’re playing against another team’s top line and we shut them down for 15 minutes, well, that means our high skill guys are out there against a matchup that’s favorable to them,” Backes said.

After receiving an MRI on his right calf in Denver on Monday that showed no signs of rupture, the Lakers will sit him out Tuesday against the Minnesota Timberwolves and team doctors will re-evaluate Davis upon his return to L.A. ESPN reported that the 6-foot-10 All-NBA big man could miss as many as nine games leading into the All-Star break on March 5.,But for the Lakers, defending the title is paramount over short-term concerns, and even Davis recognized that on Sunday night when he spoke to the media after the injury, which the team is calling a “right calf strain.”,The Lakers first acknowledged that Davis was dealing with pain in his calf on Feb. 8, when the team announced he would miss that night’s game against Oklahoma City with tendonosis in his right Achilles.,Going into Sunday’s game against the Nuggets, Davis said he had been feeling “completely fine,” up until the point that he bumped legs with Nikola Jokic on a drive late in the second quarter.,Vogel expressed confidence Sunday that the Lakers wouldn’t expect a drop-off even if Davis missed significant time: “We’re gonna win games, that’s the first thing we’re gonna do.”

San Clemente High football assistant coach Joe Wood, who was the head coach at Aliso Niguel when it won a CIF championship, died Friday night.,He was Aliso Niguel’s first varsity football head coach.,Wood coached Aliso Niguel from the 1993 season through the 2005 season.,His replacement after the ’05 season was Jeff Veeder, who was an Aliso assistant coach.,Kurt Westling was on the ’96 championship team coaching staff at Aliso Niguel and would later become the school’s third head coach in 2010.

Leonard was sidelined with a left lower leg contusion; Paul George missed his fifth consecutive game with what’s being classified as bone edema in a right toe.,Clippers coach Tyronn Lue said he didn’t know when Leonard’s injury occurred of what his prognosis was — or what George’s is either, for that matter.,“I’m not sure, but it happened on this road trip,” Lue said of Leonard’s contusion, noting that he just learned he’d miss the game Sunday.,And in the past four games with out George, Leonard has increased his offensive output, averaging 29.3 points, shooting 51.2% from the field.,The Clippers are 1-1 so far when they’ve had to play without both Leonard and George — who currently rank third and fifth among Western Conference vote-getters in fan voting for the All-Star Game.

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LOS ANGELES — The rates of new coronavirus infections and hospitalizations continue to fall across California, but the state’s death toll remains persistently high.,___ read more