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Lynx drop the Sparks from jump

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Los Angeles, CA – The Minnesota Lynx cruise to 86-62 road victory over the Los Angels Sparks at Cyrpto.com arena. Forward Napheesa Collier lead the way with 25 points and 9 rebounds. She scored 4 points above here seasonal average of 21 points coming into tonight game.

“They are really struggle with physicality and it was seen tonight,” said Sparks coach Curt Miller, “We are getting out toughed. “

Poor shooting for the Sparks was they downfall shooting 26% from the field. It began from jump not scoring till after 3 minutes of game clock was expired. The lead stretched to 19 points by half 45-26. Behind the arc was 0-14 to start was not a recipe for a victory.

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“Disappointing night on both side of the ball,” said Miller, “We are getting out toughed.”

No surprise Derica Hamby led the Sparks with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Off the bench Rae Burrell who played minutes with 9 points and 5 rebounds. Only 1 Sparks player scored in double figures.

This young team needs to learn how to throw the first punch and go after teams. Dropping to 2-7 on the season they need to find away to grow fast even without practice time.

Photo by Dylan Stewart / IOS

The Lynx just moved through their plays so smoothly and effectively tonight. They shot 49.2% from the field and 39.1% from three. At one point in the game they led by as much as 28 points along with 25 assists.

It was clear who wanted more, Lynx had 15 points on fast break compared to 2 points for the Sparks.

“We gotta find the heart,” said Hamby “We are professionals and get paid to play basketball.”  

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Next up the Sparks will have a day of rest before hosting the Dallas Wings who already beat them in game 1 of 4 times these teams will meet.

Rams Move To Loyola Marymount for Training Camp 

August 13, 2016 Los Angeles, CA. NFL Preseason Dallas Cowboys vs Los Angeles Rams 2nf Half action at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, Ca on August 13 , 2016. (Absolute Complete Photographer Jevone Moore)

LOS ANGELES‐- The Los Angeles Rams are moving from UC Irvine to Loyala Marymount for their 2024 Training Camp. The franchise had held its camps at UC Irvine ever since it returned home to Southern California in 2016.

Loyola Marymount is a private university in the Westchester neighborhood of Los Angeles. The Rams will live in LMU’s residence halls while training in the school’s athletic facilities starting in late July.

The Rams had held every training camp under coach Sean McVay in Orange County, which is much farther from the Rams’ main training bases. The Rams are expected to move from Thousand Oaks to the location of their new training complex in Woodland Hills later this year.

In fact, several teams are holding their training camps in new spots, A benefit for die hard NFL fans. Five NFL teams are holding their training camps in Southern California this summer.

The Chargers will set up at their new training complex in El Segundo after seven years at a municipal sports facility in Orange County’s Costa Mesa, while the Dallas Cowboys will train at their usual spot in Oxnard.

In addition, The New Orleans Saints are taking over the Rams’ former home at UC Irvine this summer, while the Las Vegas Raiders will train in the Chargers’ former training camp home in Costa Mesa.

The team’s offseason program is still being held on the campus of California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, its weekday home ever since the Rams returned to LA. The Rams eventually will build a permanent complex in Woodland Hills, but will again be in temporary facilities on the new site until its completion.

For nearly three weeks, LMU will become the Rams’ house as coaches and players stay in residence halls, train in the Lions’ athletics facilities, and hold meetings and share meals on campus. 

Open practice days will offer live entertainment, photo opportunities with Rams cheerleaders and mascot Rampage, family-friendly activities, giveaways and more. Specific dates, practice times and information about how to reserve free tickets will be announced in the coming weeks. 

Sparks cool off the Fever for the win

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Indianapolis, IN- The Los Angeles Sparks get a great road win 88-82 over the Indian Fever. The bench play was key the difference in today’s game lead by Kia Nurse with 22 and Aari McDonald dropping 21 points.

The Sparks showed growth and depth closing the 4th quarter while keeping the Fever at arm’s length.

“A lot of the bench contributed big minutes,” said Sparks coach Curt Miller “The bench really energized us.”

Nurse kept finding timely threes to keep her team in the game. Just after hitting one the next possession, she drove to the basket and was fouled putting the team in the bonus with 6 minutes to play and live at the free throw line down the stretch.

Sparks had 19 turnovers with over 7 minutes left in the game. They still held a slim 1-point lead even with a thinning bench as game continued. 

Fever rookie star Caitlin Clark scored 14 points by the half and finished with 30 points playing a team high 34 minutes of play.

“Road wins are hard to come by, so exciting night for us,” said Miller “Showed some character, that we didn’t quit and dug back in.”

Coming out of the half the Fever caught fire and took the lead fast and had scored more points in the quarter then they did in either quarter scoring 11 unanswered points to grab the lead. They tried to deliver a knock out blow but Sparks took their best punch.

The Sparks first half defense held the Fever to season low 32 points in a half. The Fever shot under 30% from the field and from 3-point line trailing 37-32 to the Sparks in a half of basketball.

The Sparks held a 24-15 lead with 9:28 left in second quarter before Clark was fouled on a deep transaction 3-pointer on McDonald that was upgraded to flagrant 1. So, a protentional 5-point swing but she only made 2/3 and missed there shot with a Sparks rebound. But a play later Clark drilled a three to complete a 5-0 run after all.   

This team is growing up during this first part of the WNBA season and will need the whole team on this early long road trip. The Sparks will have a day between the next game in Chicago for a match up with Angel Reese and the Sky on Thursday May 30th at 5:oopm.

Dallas Mavericks dominate western conferences finals with 3-0 lead

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 23: Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) during the Dallas Mavericks vs LA Clippers playoff game 2 at Crypto.com Arena (Photo by Jevone Moore)

Dallas, TX — The Dallas Mavericks secured a commanding lead in the Western
Conference Finals with a 116-107 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves, moving just
one win away from their first NBA Finals appearance since 2011.

Kyrie Irving led the Mavericks with 33 points, three rebounds, and four assists on 60%
shooting. Luka Doncic matched Irving’s scoring output, contributing 33 points along with
seven rebounds, five assists, and five steals.

The Mavericks approach game 4 with high momentum, coming off their fifth straight
win. They remain focused, as Doncic emphasized: “Nothing’s done. They have an
amazing team, so nothing is done yet. We’ve got to get one more, and then if we get
one more, we need the rest.”

The Mavericks took control in the last five minutes of the game with a 14-3 run. PJ
Washington added 16 points, breaking a tied score with 3:38 remaining. Doncic hit a
key shot to give the Mavericks a four-point lead, and Daniel Gafford sealed the win with
an alley-oop dunk and a crucial block on a Mike Conley’s lay-up in the final seconds.

Anthony Edwards led the Timberwolves with 26 points, nine rebounds, and nine assists,
but expressed frustration with his team’s shooting: “We didn’t shoot the ball well from 3
tonight at all. I didn’t make one. If we keep shooting like that, then they’re just gonna
keep being in the gaps. No matter how we’re re-spacing and getting back out to the
3-point line, if we don’t knock ’em down, they’re gonna sit in the gaps all night.”

Karl-Anthony Towns struggled, scoring 14 points on 5-18 shooting, including 0-8 from
beyond the arc.

Game 4 is set to take place May 28 at 5:30 p.m. at the American Airlines Center with the home crowd rocking and energy is expected to be high.

From the bayou to the windy city

Chicago, IL – From the Bayou to the Windy City, Angel Reese makes her presence known
in the big leagues.

LSU Women’s Basketball star player, Reese was picked no.7 overall to the Chicago Sky, in
the recent WNBA Draft.

Reese made her rookie debut on May 15, 2024, against the Dallas Wings. During that game,
she put up impressive numbers and displayed her immediate impact in the league.

Reese had 12 points and 7 rebounds, playing 27 minutes in the Sky’s loss to the Wings. The
Sky fell short to the Wings in an 87-79 loss but, Reese drew the attention of fans across the
country and sparked conversation regarding the bright future of the WNBA.

The 6’3, 165lb, powerhouse is flourishing in her position as a forward for the Sky. Reese
used her size, length, and mobility to face off against league veterans, Teira McCowan and
Kalani Brown, who are known for dominating in the post.

The Sky’s first preseason game emphasized the progress needed to be made for both
Reese and the Sky as an organization. In the first half, Reese was hit by the strength of
WNBA competition, as she went 1-6 from the free-throw line and recorded one point and
one rebound.

Dallas Wings’ guard, Arike Ogunbowale told Clutch Points, “She [Angel Reese] is a great
player on and off the court. . .This is her first game, obviously she has a long career ahead
of her. This is a good start.”

Despite her early game struggles, Reese unveiled her promising potential with the Sky.
Reese was able to finish the game strong as she adjusted aspects of her game to benefit
her team with added points and rebounds.

There is no doubt that the first-round draft pick has an undeniable talent and will continue
to impact and influence the entire league.

Caitlin Clark claims her first WNBA win as the Fever take down the Sparks

Clark at the three point line. (Photo by Eric Brown Jr. / fi360 News )

Los Angeles, CA – Dearica Hamby had an 18-point double-double and rookie forward Rickea
Jackson had a career-high 16 points off the bench, but the Sparks could not overcome two late
3-pointers by Indiana Fever rookie Caitlin Clark and suffered a 78-73 loss on Friday night in
front of a Sparks record crowd of 19,103 at Crypto.com Arena.

“I’m just grateful that everyone is starting to support women’s basketball but we didn’t get the
win so I’m not excited or ecstatic about that but I feel like we’re going to keep growing and learn
from our mistakes,” Jackson said.

Brink shoots from the key. (Photo by Eric Brown Jr. / fi360 News)

Sparks rookie forward Cameron Brink battled the whole game on both sides of the ball having a
career-high 15 points, nine rebounds and two blocked shots. Brink found herself in foul trouble
early in the first quarter and that definitely played a part in her being a bit more reserved
defensively throughout the rest of the game.

Clark had her first WNBA double-double with 11 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, though
she missed her first seven 3-point attempts before making one with 2:27 left, triggering a roar of
cheers and applause.

The Sparks (1-3) had an 11-point lead at halftime and still led 56-53 heading into the fourth
quarter, but the Fever started the period on a 10-2 run for a 63-58 lead with 5:38 to go on a
3-pointer by Mitchell, who scored 13 of her 18 points in the fourth.

Hamby gets a layup . (Photo by Eric Brown Jr. / fi360 News)

“I think we showed our vulnerability to our youth,” Hamby said. “Lack a little bit of composure,
kind of going away from the things that was working the first half and we let the frustration of not
being able to score the ball dictate our defense and we can’t do that. They are too good of
individual players to let that slippage happen.”

Sparks head coach Curt Miller talked about guarding Clark and the issues Los Angeles faced
against the Fever.

“I thought we guarded Caitlin well but her physicality really bothered us and Kristy Wallace will
get no credit in the box score stats but Kristy Wallace’s physicality defensively really bothered
us,” said Miller

Clark shoots a three. (Photo by Eric Brown Jr. / fi360 News)

The Sparks are back home on Sunday against Dallas(1-2) before they go on a three game
road-trip starting with a rematch against Clark and the Fever(1-5) again on Tuesday, May 28th, 2024.

Los Angeles Sparks find a way win against Washington Mystics

Rookies are here! (Photo by Jevone Moore / fi360 News)

Long Beach, CA – How fitting that one of the last plays of the game was rookie Cameron Brink clogged up the paint and didn’t allow Shakira Austin a clean look at the basket to secure the game. The Sparks now have broken through the win column.

“We need this one bad, said Lexi Brown. She led the team tonight with 20 points along with 5 assists.

Lexi Brown (Photo by Jevone Moore / fi360 News)

The Sparks left Long Beach victorious with a 70-68 final in a must win game. This team found a way to win shooting 47.3% from the field with a season high 28 turnovers that lead to 26 points for the Mystics.

“More turnovers than basket and win, said Sparks coach Curt Miller, “Proud of the team in this first win.”

Cameron Brink on defense. (Photo by Jevone Moore / fi360 News)

Brown was fouled and dropped in both of her free throws along with Kia Nurse going ½ with 7.6 seconds. The game was so tight every free throw was a must. The team shot 66.7% from the line to help.

The 3rd quarter was held down by Darica Hamby with 13 points to keep her team alive on 5/5 from the floor.

Julie Vanloo for the Mystics scored 12 points, 50 % from three point along with 9 assists to keep her team fighting. Forward Shakira Austin also poured in 12 points with 7 rebounds.

Julie Vanloo (Photo by Jevone Moore / fi360 News)

Down the stretch both teams fighting hard, with only .59 seconds left the Sparks held a 67-66 lead. Then referee called for an official review for defensive foul on Mystics guard Julie Vanloo that was ruled no foul. The next possession Vanloo turned the ball over that allowed coach Miller to call a full timeout with .52 seconds that was wasted by a Sparks turnover.

“Communication and a will to stay in plays and being discipline,” said Miller was a reason for this victory.

Derica Hamby drives to the basket. (Photo by Jevone Moore / fi360 News)

It was that type of game back and forth and not clean basketball on the court. At the half the Mystics lead 36 – 32 after allowing a last three pointer to finish on a high note.

Both teams came into this game with a rough start searching for that 1st victory of the season. They both have played well enough but haven’t put a complete game together till tonight.

Lexi Brown shoots from deep. (Photo by Jevone Moore / fi360 News)

The Sparks will return to their official home court at Crypto Arena on Friday May 24th verse Indiana Fever with the new league princess Caitlin Clark.

LA Sparks left dreaming on opening night

Long Beach, CA- The LA Sparks kicked off the 2024 season with a quick nightmare dropping their opening game 92-81 to the Atlanta Dream at Long Beach State Pyramid. Despite keeping pace for 3 quarters it wasn’t enough to walk away with a win.

The Dream was lead by Rhyne Howard who scored a game high 25 points with court mate Tina Charles who grabbed 14 rebounds with 21 points. Having this one two punch mounted up to much for the Sparks to overcome.

For the Sparks Dearica Hamby was on the court more then any player with 38 mins and scoring 20 points, 14 rebounds. She will be called upon to lead this team night in and night out.

New point guard Kia Nurse didn’t disappoint leading the Sparks with 23 points in 32 minutes.

“There is a huge energy around women’s basketball right now,” said Nurse “The energy was incredible, the showed out and our fans came out.”

Photo by Jerry Kelly

The Sparks kicked off the game with 7-0 run, that by second quarter Dream were on top. The teams were tied at end 1st, half, 3rd quarter.

Howard was able to push her team by example with 50.07% from the field, with a 47.1% from behind the arc.

Getting into the numbers the Dream dominates the paint (+20) with 50 points in the paint. They also lead with fast break points 19/10 making a close game favor the Dream by outworking the Sparks.

Before the game coach Miller spoke with the media about this 40 games season in the WNBA.

“I’m really excited for our league wide,” said coach Miller “We are throwing a ton at them new terminology, new rules.”

The Sparks will look for their first win of season as they will travel to Las Vegas to take on the WNBA Champions on Saturday May 18th at high noon on ABC as a marquee matchup.

LA Sparks Aiming High

Torrance, CA – This LA Sparks team is ready for a long run this season as head coach Curt Miller enters his second season. He has been shaping his roster to fit his defensive, active style like he had with the Suns. Miller’s teams are no strangers to making deep runs in the playoffs.

This year team signed their top two draft picks Cameron Brink out of Stanford along with Rickea Jackson of Tennessee where she torched SEC defenses. These dynamic additions will bring an attack to be competitive.

Rickea Jackson (fi360 News)

“We came in to help make a difference,” said Brink, “to help this team win.”

The 12 player roster will be final and will tip off in a week opening at Long Beach State Pyramid against Atlanta Dream.

The W is expected to gain an uptick in viewership’s this season the wave from the NCAA Women’s Basketball excitement. The South Carolina Gamecocks raising the trophy and elevating the game.

The Sparks have two highly anticipating games that should exceed the capacity at the Pyramid. With both the Clippers and Lakers being bounced from the playoffs allows for the team to come home and play on May 24 showdown against Caitlin Clark and the Indiana Fever. The lady teams and young fans will have to opportunity to see the Sparks in action with full support.

Head Coach Curt Miller sitting with General Manager Raegan Pebley (Photo by fi360 News)

The Dallas Wings will be in town for May 26 and the Minnesota Lynx on June 5th will also be played at Crypto.com Arena. The city will need to show the WNBA that they will be here for the Sparks.

Extra support will come special assistant to the head coach and general manager Steve Smith will add experience to this staff that will support the team on the court.

Let’s get ready for Sparks Basketball 2024-25 Season! Go Sparks Go!

Take Me Out To The Dodgers Blue Diamond Gala

LOS ANGELES– Before the Dodgers open a six-game homestand the players were out of their uniforms and donning their best party wear for the team’s 8th annual Blue Diamond Gala on Thursday, May 2nd. 

‘The Party for LA’ lived up to the hype. Combining the opulence of the Academy Awards, the rare opportunity to bump into a loyal Dodger fan from all walks of life. 

Shohei Ohtani, the Baseball sensation of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and his wife Mamiko Tanaka turned heads at the Dodgers’ 2024 Blue Diamond Gala with their all-black ensembles. The power couple made a striking appearance at the event, showcasing their style and elegance.

The event raises funds for the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation, a nonprofit which works on local causes including education, homelessness and health care.

In fact, team ownership announced a new pledge of $50 million to support the foundation. They pledged another $50 million if the team reaches the World Series this season.

“We think about the work that we’re doing, tackling L.A.’s most pressing problems – focusing on homelessness, education, health care and social justice,” said Nichol Whiteman, CEO of the foundation. “This is a night where we get to put on display the cumulative impact we have.”

Singer Ed Sheeran headlined the Thursday night event at Dodger Stadium. Players including Shohei Ohtani, Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman were in attendance.

“They’re all dressed up, they all look sharp,” said team manager Dave Roberts. “For our fans to see us outside of our uniforms and looking like normal people, and know we’re still raising money to do good for people in Los Angeles and beyond is a lot of fun.”

Walking the Blue Carpet was Los Angeles Chargers owner Dean Spanos. “I’m here tonight because of friends, and we’ve seen so many kids helped,” said Spanos.

Deemed the “Party for L.A.,” the Blue Diamond Gala is presented by the Los Angeles Dodgers ownership group. 

Proceeds from the event benefit the LADF and their programs and initiatives aimed at improving education, health care, homelessness and social justice for all Angelenos.

LADF is tackling the most pressing problems facing Los Angeles with a mission to improve education, health care, homelessness and social justice for all Angelenos. Bigger than baseball, LADF envisions a city where everyone regardless of ZIP code has the opportunity to thrive.

The foundation was reimagined in 2013 and has since raised over $95 million and is on track to raise $100 million in 2024. LADF has invested more than $60 million in its programs and grants to local organizations and impacted more than 10 million youth.

LADF is the proud recipient of ESPN’s Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year, Robert Wood Johnson Sports Award, Beyond Sport’s Sport for Reduced Racial Inequalities Collective Impact Award, and the Aspen Institute Project Play Champion.

Following the star-studded blue carpet was a pre-show dinner party and two hours of entertainment, including post-show party food trucks. In addition to the live performances.

Dodgers owner and CEO Mark Walter announced the Guggenheim Ownership Group pledged a donation of $50 million to LADF. In addition, Dodger ownership will donate another $50 million if the Dodgers reach the World Series in 2024.

“Just as the Los Angeles Dodgers compete at the highest level on the field, the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation is peerless in the breadth and depth of its service for the community off the field,” Walter said.

“This donation underscores the importance of every goal the LADF pursues and achieves, and our hope is that together, our baseball team and the Foundation reach the greatest heights in 2024.”

It was at the intersection of Sports and Entertainment, and it was a Grand Slam!

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