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Player evaluation: Quick

JONATHAN QUICK This season: 2904 minutes, 27-17-4 record, 2.07 goals-against average, .915 save percentage, 6 shutouts The good: The Kings won the 2014 Stanley Cup under vastly different circumstances from 2012. Whereas Jonathan Quick was a vital member of the team’s first championship and captured the Conn Smythe Trophy with a .946 save percentage, the offensive spike the team experienced that year was considerably lower than the +0.96 goals per game rise between the team’s regular season and postseason numbers in 2014. Quick was one of many very, very good players in Los Angeles’...

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Los Angeles Times Jul 26, 2014

Taking stock of the Brickyard 400 after 20 years

There's something about historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway, site of Sunday's NASCAR Brickyard 400, that makes NASCAR drivers misty-eyed.
Los Angeles Times Jul 26, 2014

San Francisco Giants acquire Jake Peavy in trade with Boston Red Sox

The San Francisco Giants completed a trade Saturday with the Boston Red Sox to acquire former Cy Young winner Jake Peavy in exchange for two minor league pitchers, according to the Associated Press.
Los Angeles Times Jul 26, 2014

For actor Patrick Dempsey, racing cars is nearly a full-time job

Actor Patrick Dempsey has no plans to leave his leading role on the television series "Grey's Anatomy," but Dempsey's commitment to racing cars only keeps growing.
Los Angeles Times Jul 25, 2014

Up next for the Sparks: Saturday at Seattle

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Fans won't hate Byron Scott on arrival, unlike departed Mike D'Antoni

The Lakers may be close to hiring a head coach, negotiating with Byron Scott to fill the spot left vacant when Mike D'Antoni resigned at the end of April.
LA Kings Insider Jul 25, 2014

Player evaluation: Stoll

JARRET STOLL This season: 78 games, 8 goals, 19 assists, 27 points, 48 penalty minutes, +9 rating, 15:52 time on ice The good: The regular season numbers Jarret Stoll produced are mostly irrelevant. The perfect third line center for the Kings’ needs and expectations, Stoll is another conduit of the team’s will to win and an experienced, intelligent veteran responsible for the collective best efforts of a Stanley Cup-winning team. One of the thickest branches of the team’s success has roots in the June, 2008 trade that brought Stoll and Matt Greene to Los Angeles, a trade that paid...
LA Kings Insider Jul 24, 2014

Player evaluation: Martinez

ALEC MARTINEZ This season: 61 games, 11 goals, 11 assists, 22 points, 14 penalty minutes, +17 rating, 15:41 time on ice The good: A central tenet of Darryl Sutter coaching is the thrust for players to maximize their skill sets, and from March 1 through June 13, Alec Martinez appeared to do that as well as any player on the roster. The aggressive puck mover and elite forward skater made the most of the 16:55 of ice time that he averaged from March 1 onward, finishing with 25 points (12-13=25) and a plus-10 rating over his final 47 regular season [...]
Los Angeles Times Jul 24, 2014

Down in the minors with Ron Shelton, who sees a major motion picture

First, I'd like to thank the Dodgers and Time Warner Cable for giving me the time to explore like this. And to think I once detested your awful TV standoff. Now I embrace it for the opportunities it brings.
LA Kings Insider Jul 24, 2014

Championship Blu-ray preview

The video account of the Kings’ second Stanley Cup title will be available on Blu-ray, DVD and digitally on Tuesday, July 29. A quick preview: There are more previews available here, including some great ice level footage from the San Jose and Chicago series. Extra features for the Blu-ray: • NHL Network Interviews • On-Ice Wireless Recaps of 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs • Extended On-Ice Celebration • Extended Locker Room Celebration
Los Angeles Times Jul 24, 2014

Pac-12 media day: Oregon State's Sean Mannion targets new receivers

Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion set a Pac-12 Conference record for total offense last season with the aid of star receiver Brandin Cooks.
LA Kings Insider Jul 24, 2014

LAKings.com’s Playoff Moments

Do you remember last summer’s I Was There series? A similar project is being undertaken by Alex Kinkopf, who writes and assists in social media for LAKings.com and has also offered assistance on this site. Alex has been looking back at the top 15 moments of the Kings’ postseason, and it’s fitting that the eighth most memorable moment belongs to number eight – more specifically, how Drew Doughty managed to nail an unbalanced landing after Alec Martinez’s series winner over Chicago elicited a sudden burst of unadulterated joy. Doughty impressively remained on his skates after that...
Los Angeles Times Jul 24, 2014

Manchester United puts on a big show in 7-0 win over Galaxy

If Louis van Gaal had any misconceptions about what he was getting himself into when he became coach of the world's most popular soccer team, they were probably dispelled Wednesday at the Rose Bowl.
Los Angeles Times Jul 23, 2014

Dementia expert is final witness in Sterling trial

A dementia expert raised questions about whether two doctors properly conducted mental exams that found longtime Clippers owner Donald Sterling mentally incapacitated as testimony concluded Wednesday in the trial to determine whether Shelly Sterling acted properly when she sold the team in...
Los Angeles Times Jul 23, 2014

Dan Haren's troubles continue in Dodgers' 6-1 loss at Pittsburgh

As Dan Haren searches for answers, the Dodgers are presumably searching for his replacement.

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