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Tuesday, February 21, 2017
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A Jeanie Buss power play points Lakers in new direction

The Bellagio was quiet save for the industrial vacuum cleaner an employee pushed over the carpet. Across the casino, Jim Buss cut a solitary figure in front of an otherwise unattended bank of KISS-themed slot machines. The Lakers top basketball executive sat left alone with his thoughts, credits in the machine and his customary pack of Newports.

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After taking a day off, Ducks get set to host Bruins

BRUINS AT DUCKS

Faceoff: 7:30 p.m., Honda Center

TV/Radio: Prime Ticket/830-AM

Update: The Ducks took Tuesday off after playing on back-to-back nights. . John Gibson did not get Monday off as he was summoned to replace Jonathan Bernier to start the second period of their eventual 3-2 loss to Arizona.

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USC still in good position to make NCAA Tournament

LOS ANGELES >> USC’s men’s basketball team began this season with 14 consecutive victories, its best start in 46 years, and in January upset fifth-ranked UCLA.

But as it has hit a two-game skid and its conference record moves closer to .500, with another difficult matchup awaiting Thursday at fourth-ranked Arizona, its position toward an NCAA Tournament at-large berth looks a little less secure than a couple week ago.

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Newbury Park girls soccer punches CIF quarterfinals ticket by ousting Valencia

VALENCIA >> Carly McConville and her Newbury Park girls soccer teammates have been here before.

They understand what it takes to succeed in the CIF Southern Section playoffs after last year’s semifinal run.

So they knew it was time to unleash beast mode.

McConville and the Panthers seized control early Tuesday in a 3-1 victory over Valencia to advance to Friday’s CIF-SS Division 2 quarterfinals at Vista Murrieta.

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Damien hangs tough before falling to top seed Sierra Canyon, 95-81

SIMI VALLEY >> For three quarters, Sierra Canyon and Damien went back and forth in a thrilling CIF Southern Section Open Division quarterfinal.

Only Sierra Canyon, however, had enough gas left to keep running in the fourth, using a layup parade to race past Damien 95-81 at Simi Valley High on Tuesday.

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Rob Pelinka to be named as new Lakers’ general manager

For their next front office move, the Lakers plan to hire a man well known for his connection to Kobe Bryant.

But after spending countless years negotiating contracts for Bryant and other NBA players, longtime player agent Rob Pelinka will soon negotiate deals as the Lakers’ general manager.

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Whicker: Lakers’ stale, hopeless saga gets a dose of Magic

First, the Lakers owe a major salute to Mitch Kupchak.

Not the Kupchak who was shoehorned into the big chair with Jim Buss when the Lakers disastrously traded for Steve Nash and signed Dwight Howard and soared helplessly into space like Elton John’s Rocket Man.

Not him. Rather, the Kupchak who hung the 2009 and 2010 title banners when he got Pau Gasol, and the one who got enough for Shaquille O’Neal to keep the Lakers presentable.

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Heisler: Following the bouncing heads – Lakers now officially out of scapegoats

Laker apocalypse now….

So much for being a family-style organization, even if no one will lament Jim Buss’s departure and GM Mitch Kupchak was clearly in the crosshairs.

Popular as these moves are among Laker fans, the biggest shakeup in Laker history leaves Magic Johnson in charge amid reports that Rob Pelinka, Kobe Bryant’s former agent, will replace Kupchak.

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