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Kuchar in three way tie teeing off Sunday

Second round of the Genesis Invitational at the Rivera Country Club in Los Angeles, Ca on February 15, 2020. Jevone Moore

Pacific Palisades, CA – Matt Kuchar still hold on to the lead after 48 holes of golf, but not without letting two other players be tied for the lead.

Matt Kuchar during the second round of the Genesis Invitational at the Rivera Country Club in Los Angeles, Ca on February 15, 2020. Jevone Moore

The Sunday final group all at -10 under-par will be ready for battle royal with Rory Mcllroy, Adam Scott and Kuchar.

The back nine today was not kind to Kuchar who dropped three boogies on two par 4’s and last one on par 3 16th hole. Good for him that he still managed to capture for birdies during this round.

” I absolutely love the course. I think it gets rave reviews across the board by everybody,” said Kuchar, ” Anytime you get greens firm, it is hard to get them close to the hole, a golf course just plays that much harder. “

Rory Mcllroy during the second round of the Genesis Invitational at the Rivera Country Club in Los Angeles, Ca on February 15, 2020. Jevone Moore

Rory Mcllroy made a big push to share the 48 hole lead making four birdies with only one boogy for a round of 68.

” I felt like I hit it well, I hit it well all day, especially at the start of the round, but I felt like every time I hit a decent shot I left myself on the wrong side of the hole,” said Mcllroy, ” I think you just have to worry about yourself, concentrate on what you’re doing, do it well, set yourself a target, don’t think about anyone else…”

He knows he has to concentrate on his game and not his opponents on Sunday.

The second to the last group will be looking to jump in clubhouse with a good number trying to steal the trophy. Harold Varner III and Russell Henley are both only 1 shot off the leaders with a little less pressure hole to hole.

Varner normally slows down on the weekend but Saturday making six birdies was strong that has Sunday being a very important round of golf for him.

Harold Varner III during the second round of the Genesis Invitational at the Rivera Country Club in Los Angeles, Ca on February 15, 2020. Jevone Moore

This week with the great weather the course has played fast for the players in the fairways and on the greens.

The tournament host Tiger Woods had a rough Saturday being up and down on his score card to almost just play himself out of contention.

Tiger will tee off being 15 shots off the lead so almost mathematically out of contention.

Tiger during the second round of the Genesis Invitational at the Rivera Country Club in Los Angeles, Ca on February 15, 2020. Jevone Moore

” Well, that was a lot of shots. I hit the ball quite a few times, especially on the greens, and it was a long day, said Woods ” That’s the way golf is, put it in the past and try to learn from what I did right and wrong. Obviously there wasn’t a whole lot I did right today, and figure it out for tomorrow.”

Get ready for a great Sunday at the RIV! Leaders will tee off at 10:45am on the first tee.

Matt Kuchar holds the 36 hole lead at the Riv

Second round of the Genesis Invitational at the Rivera Country Club in Los Angeles, Ca on February 14, 2020. Jevone Moore

After two days of Golf at  Riviera Country Club,  Rory Mcllroy is just 2 shots back from the lead at -7, trailing Matt Kuchar who stands alone at the top at -9.

This is the first time Kuchar has grabbed a lead in the first two days since the 2011 Northern Trust.

Rory Mcllroy during the Second round of the Genesis Invitational at the Rivera Country Club in Los Angeles, Ca on February 14, 2020. Jevone Moore

“Yeah, it definitely wasn’t my best stuff today. Certainly glad to be in the clubhouse at two under, nine under total, said Kuchar, “You think of Riviera and you think of what a great golf course. I feel like it’s a golf course that has withstood the test of time.”

Harold Varner III will be in the last group just two shots off the lead -7, will be the third man in leading group trio. With Varner shooting a opening round of 67 and today 68 he is right there for a shot at a great weekend.

” I feel like I was pretty close the last few events, just I haven’t played the weekends, so it kind of sucks, said Varner, “Yeah, just do my job, keep having fun. I enjoy playing golf.”

Tournament host, Tiger Woods, is at E after the first two days of the Genesis Open and made the cut. Many fans will be happy to see him playing into the weekend. Expect Riviera to be jam packed.

Justin Thomas hitting a shot out of the bunker. Photo by Jevone Moore

“It’s not the first tournament I’ve hosted, I’ve been a part of. I’ve been doing this for a very long time, said Woods, “So it’s not that complicated, I just need to clean it up, but I’m now pretty far back and I have to make a lot of birdies this weekend.”

The lowest score of the day belonged to Adam Scott. He shot a bogey – free round 64 as he jumped 60 spots and is tied for 5th at -6.

Mexican Carlos Ortiz dropped 4 spots, taking him out of the top 10 and tied for 11th at -1 with American, Dustin Johnson.

Johnson had a more than solid second round shooting -5 for the day, propelling him 64 spots and 5 stokes back from the lead.

Spaniard, John Raymond is also in the mix tied at 11th with several other notable players like Justin Rose, Paul Casey, and Bryson Dechambeau.

Jordan Spieth watches his tee shot during the Second round of the Genesis Invitational. (photo by Jevone Moore)

Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson were among the notable stars who missed the cut.

Watson won the Tournament in 2018

The leaders will tee off at 10 o’clock Saturday to kickoff as the featured group.

Matt Kuchar kicking off the Genesis Invitational

Matt Kuchar in the fairway of opening round of the Genesis Invitational at the Rivera Country Club in Los Angeles, Ca on February 13, 2020. Jevone Moore

Pacific Palisades, CA – Unlike years past the weather for this Valentine weekend for the Genesis Invitational is clear blue skies all weekend. Matt Kuchar jumped out to (-7) under par to hold a three shot lead going into day two.

Matt Kuchar leads the Genesis Invitational at the Rivera Country Club in Los Angeles, Ca on February 13, 2020. Jevone Moore

Kuchar had the morning tee time starting on the back nine playing the course backwards.

“This is the best I’ve ever seen this place. Weather was just perfect, hardly a breath of wind. Course is in great shape,” said Kuchar, “I happened to hit a perfect drive just on the fringe of the green and was able to two-putt for birdie. Birdied 11 and that was just a nice way to start the day.”

The pace for was set earlier with second half of the field had to try and make some birdies to catch him sitting in clubhouse safe for the day.

Tiger Woods at the Genesis Invitational at the Rivera Country Club in Los Angeles, Ca on February 13, 2020. Jevone Moore

The crowds were nice for a Thursday with this now being an Invitational verse the Open which this tournament had been for years. Tiger Woods now sponsoring this tournament and field shrunk by about 20 players for the new format.

Tiger Woods teed off with a nice swell of views looking to brave the course following close by outside the ropes. On the first hole Tiger had a put the 24’8 foot put that he eagled to get off to a great start to what could be a great weekend.

“As I said, ironic that having those two numbers. And then No. 8, happened to hit one in there close and had a nice little kick-in there for birdie,” said Woods, “You know, no matter what we do, I think for a while we’re going to always remember Kobe and what he meant, and especially here in SoCal and the entire sports world.”

Harold Varner III at the Genesis Invitational at the Rivera Country Club in Los Angeles, Ca on February 13, 2020. Jevone Moore

There were a few players who had golf shoes or outfits that showed tribute to the late Kobe. Justin Thomas had a custom pair with Kobe NBA logo on one side, then a dunking Kobe on the right shoe. The heels had Mamba Mentality 8 / 24 in Lakers colors.

Tiger’s round stay steady then finished on down note on back nine. Friday with a early tee time he will be right back at it.

“I’ve been getting up pretty early, so it will be a quick turnaround, get back at it,” said Woods, “Hopefully I can hit it as good as I did on that front nine to give myself a number of looks for the entire 18 holes, not just nine holes.”

Woods with eye of the Tiger at the Genesis Invitational at the Rivera Country Club in Los Angeles, Ca on February 13, 2020. Jevone Moore

Harold Varner III got off to a good start with (-3) under par finishing the first round tied for third.

There is still a lot of golf to played here before the weekend cut.

Seniors lead USC to a 62-56 win over Washington

USC men's basketball game at Galen Center on February 13, 2020 (Photo by Stephanie Lovell)

Los Angeles, CA – USC snapped a three-game losing streak with a 62-56 win over Washington Thursday night at the Galen Center. Two seniors led the way for the Trojans as Nick Rakocevic scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Jonah Mathews finished with 16 points, including four three-pointers.

Washington vs USC men’s basketball game at Galen Center on February 13, 2020 (Photo by Stephanie Lovell)

“It was a great win for us,” USC coach Andy Enfield said. “We really battle. We were a little inconsistent in the first half. It was a rough week. We had 8 guys show up tonight and compete. Other guys stepped up, our team rallied around that.”

The Trojans took an early 16-13 lead on Max Agbonkpolo three-pointer but the Huskies used a 7-0 run to take a 20-16 lead in the first half. Washington made 43.3 percent of its first-half shots and with the help of a 10-3 run, the Huskies went into halftime with a 30-25 lead. 

Washington vs USC men’s basketball game at Galen Center on February 13, 2020 (Photo by Stephanie Lovell)

“We knew at halftime that we were going to have to win on the defensive end,” Enfield said. “The game is slower when you play Washington because they play zone. We had to manage our possessions.”

USC scored the first nine points of the second half to take a 34-30 lead and turned up the intensity on defense. The Trojans held Washington scoreless during a seven-minute stretch while going on a 16-4 run. 

“It was all about patience,” Rakocevic said. “The first time we played them, I sped up, turned the ball over and didn’t take good shots. Today I played better. It was a good team win tonight. My teammates were looking for me in the paint.”

Washington vs USC men’s basketball game at Galen Center on February 13, 2020 (Photo by Stephanie Lovell)

A game after committing 24 turnovers at Arizona State last Saturday, USC had a season-low six turnovers tonight.  

Former USC Trojan DeMar DeRozan had his No. 10 jersey retired at halftime. DeRozan is a four-time NBA All-Star and Olympic gold medal-winning guard who played at USC during the 2008-09 season, averaging 13.9 points as a freshman. He led USC to the 2009 Pac-10 title, scoring 25 points in the championship game against James Harden and ASU. DeRozan was named Pac-10 Tournament MVP. He played 9 seasons with Toronto and his last two for San Antonio, where he is averaging 23.0 points per game this season. 

“Anytime DeMar DeRozan comes back, it’s a special moment,” Rakocevic said.” He’s a real cool dude.” 

The Trojans are back in action Saturday when they host Washington State.USC defeated the Cougars in their first meeting on Jan.2. 

Kansas City Chiefs Win Super Bowl LIV

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes #15 back to pass at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, Ca on November 19, 2018. Jevone Moore

MAMI, FL – Trailing in the 4th quarter, the Kansas City Chiefs scored 21 unanswered points to capture Super Bowl LIV over the San Francisco 49ers, 31-20 on Sunday, February 2nd. It’s Kansas City’s second Super Bowl victory, the first for Chiefs head coach Andy Reid and Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes.

“We never lost faith, found a way to get it done late,” said quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

At the tender age 22 warm Mahomes becomes the youngest quarterback to ever win a Super Bowl and MVP. Despite throwing two second half interceptions, he finished strong going 26 of 42 for 286 yards. It has been fifty years since Kansas City last Super Bowl victory.

The Chiefs 21 point onslaught took little over five minutes.

San Francisco jumped out to a 20-10 lead in the third quarter.

With 2:44 left in Super Bowl LIV, Mahomes threw a 5-yard screen pass to Damien Williams for the go ahead score.

Red and yellow confetti fell down on Hard Rock Stadium, an incredible conclusion to the NFL’s 100th season.

Carlisle Earns 500th Win in Mavericks Victory

Jalen Brunson shoots a jumper. Photo by Ariawna Talton

Dallas, TX – Rick Carlisle earned his 500th victory as coach of the Dallas Mavericks while his team defeated the Atlanta Hawks 123-100 Saturday night. The win is also Dallas’ 30th victory of the season.

Without an injured Luka Doncic or a resting Kristaps Porzingis, Dallas was still able to dominate a struggling Atlanta team throughout the night.

Seth Curry

Jalen Brunson led all Mavericks players with 27 points, four rebounds and eight assists, scoring all around the court. Dorian Finney-Smith added 22 important points and Seth Curry scored on five of his seven three point attempts for 15 points.

Returning to Dallas for the final time before retiring from the league, former Dallas player Vince Carter provided a 10-point spark off of the bench for the Hawks. After spending three of his 22 NBA seasons in Dallas, Carter was both greeted and bid farewell with a standing ovation by the Dallas crowd.

Trae Young had a quiet 12 points for the Hawks, spending much of the second half on the bench once the game was decided. John Collins led all Atlanta players with 26 points in his 33 minutes on the court Saturday night. Dallas is set to play the Pacers in Indiana Monday night

Trojans Get Win and Honor Kobe

Pepperdine Waves vs USC Trojans PAC-12 Basketball game on Tuesday November 19, 2019 at the Galen Center. (Photo by Jerry Kelly)

LOS ANGELES, CA — The USC Trojans paid homage to the late great Kobe Bryant the best way anyone can… by getting a win.  Big O, Onyeka Okongwu, comes up Big on D to help the Trojans escape with a 56-52 victory over the Utah Utes Thursday night.

In game that was controlled by the Utes for the most part, the Trojans relied on their Pac-12 leading defense to keep them in the contest, holding the visitors to 32 percent shooting for the game and hoping the offense can make plays.

“When you can’t score yourself, you better defend,” said Trojans coach Andy Enfield. “We’ve done that and I’m very proud of our young men for staying in the game and defending it for 40 minutes.”

The defense was especially crucial in the last meaningful possession.  With the Trojans holding a slim 2-point lead, the Utes’ Timmy Allen drove the lane for a layup but was met with an incredible block by Big O to force a jump ball.  With the arrow in their favor, the Trojans gained possession with 6.0 left on the clock.

As good as the defense was, you can’t win without scoring baskets. Down by nine points midway through the second half, the Trojans marched on a 15 -2 run to take its first lead of the game. Sophomore guard Elijah Weaver called on the Mamba Mentality as he scored 10 of those points.

“I was just being aggressive,” said Weaver. “I think that’s my new role. People have been talking about coming off the bench and bringing energy. That’s all it was, energy and confidence.”

Both teams donned number 24 with Bryant on the back of their warm-up shirts to honor the late Lakers legend. USC had the words “Fight On Forever” above number 8 on the front side.  Prior to the singing of the National Anthem, the Galen Center crowd stood for a moment of silence as 24.8 seconds ticked off the clock.

“We’re at home and today is a special day, we’re playing for Kobe,” said Weaver. “So it was like ‘We’re not losing at home,’ it was in our mind already. Let everybody know we’ve been here before and it’s time to fight back.

Trojans got off to a cold shooting start as they only made 2 of its first 16 shots from the field and were down 16-6 midway through the first half. 

They continued to fight on and went on a hot run of shooting where they made 5 of 6 shots and trimmed the deficit to three at 21-18. The visiting Utes held a 29-23 lead at halftime, led by Riley Battin’s eight points, including two from behind the three-point arc. Nick Rakocevic kept the Trojans in the game with 12 points on 5 of 8 shooting.

The game was played dead even through the first 10 minutes of the second half, as both teams scored 11 points on 4 of 14 shooting at one point. Then the Trojans ratcheted up its defensive pressure, forcing five straight misses and a turnover over the next four minutes of play.

Utes baskets by Branden Carslon and Timmy Allen drew the game even at 46 a piece at the 4-minute timeout to set the stage for the showdown at the end.  The teams went tit for tat on the scoreboard and were still tied when Carlson went to the free throw line and missed both freebies with 42 seconds on the clock.

Big O caught a pass on the left block, took a hard dribble to the right side for a layup that bounced off the rim. Luckily, by his own recollection, the ball bounced right to Rakocevic for an easy put back to secure the game-winning points. Big O was fouled with six seconds and iced the game by making both free throws.

Rakocevic led the Trojans with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Okongwu also had a double double of 11 points and 11 rebounds. Weaver finished with 14 points.

USC is now 17-4 on the season, 6-2 in Pac-12 play. The face the number 20 ranked Colorado Buffaloes, who just lost to UCLA.

Kobe Bryant Dies In Helicopter Crash

Kobe Bryant spent part of his Father's Day watch WNBA at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Ca on June 18, 2017. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)

LOS ANGELES, CA- Profound tragedy strikes as NBA icon Kobe Bryant is one of nine victims including his 13-year old daughter Gianna perished in a devastating helicopter crash in Calabasas on the morning of January, 26. The doomed helicopter was in route to one of Gigi’s games at Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks for a youth basketball game.

Words fail to explain and comprehend how the beloved Kobe truly was in The City of Angels – his magnitude transcends the world of sports. Who else has two numbers retired? Both his #8 and #24 jerseys hang in the rafters at Staples Center. Thousands of grief stricken fans stunned by the news made makeshift tributes adorned with flowers, jerseys and heartfelt ‘M-V-P’ chants in honor of the NBA superstar.

NBA Basketball game action between the Boston Celtics vs the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Ca on April 3, 2016. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)
Kobe Bryant during last game vs Boston at Staples Center, in Los Angeles, Ca on April 3rd, 2016. (All Photos by Jevone Moore / Full Image 360 / fi360 News)

Bryant, 41, played his entire twenty year NBA career with the Los Angeles Lakers, winning five NBA Titles. Here is a brief list of his accolades: 18 time All-Star, 11 time All NBA First Team, NBA MVP in 2008, NBA Finals MVP in 2009 and 2010. He is the fourth leading scorer in NBA history, as well as a two time Gold Medal winner in 2008 and 2012.

Other victims include John Altobelli, the head baseball coach at Orange Coast College, his wife Keri and their daughter Alysa. Also on board was 13-year old basketball player Payton Chester, her mother Sarah, youth coach Christina Mauser and pilot Ara Zobayan was also killed.

The Sikorsky S-76B was given permission to take off despite foggy conditions, crashing in a remote field off Las Virgenes before 10:00am, the investigation is ongoing. 

The 62nd  Grammy Awards, which were held at Staples Center paid tribute to the fallen hero. Grammy host Alicia Keys, proclaimed Staples Center, “The house Kobe Bryant Built.” After Boys II Men joined Keys on stage to sing their moving, ‘It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye’ to open the show. Lizzo declared, “This night is for Kobe,” before singing ‘Cuz I Love You.’ 

The crash came the night after LeBron James passed him for 3rd on the All Time scoring list in his hometown of Philadelphia. A video surfaced of James getting off the team plane in tears.

Bryant’s teammate Shaquille O’Neal, who won three straight NBA Championships wrote, There are no words to express the pain I’m going through now with this tragic and sad moment of losing my niece Gigi & my friend, my brother, my partner in winning championships, my dude and my homie. I love you and you will be missed. My condolences goes out to the Bryant family and the families of the other passengers on board. I’M SICK RIGHT NOW !!”

Kobe Bryant and GiGi at Staples WNBA All Star Game 2019. Photo by William Johnson

This week marks the fourteenth anniversary of his 81 point performance against the Toronto Raptors, the second most points in an NBA game. Bryant was drafted 13th overall in the 1996 NBA Draft. In his final game in 2016, he scored 60 points against the Utah Jazz. 

Kobe Bryant’s legend far surpasses the court, his fierce competitive drive served as life lessons. In 2018, he won an Academy Award for his animated short, “Dear Basketball.” Kobe was apart of the fabric of the nation. Bryant also championed women’s sports. 

A conversation with Kobe Bryant about his career. Photo by Nyema Vernon-Jackson

Everyone’s first reaction was disbelief. Not possible; someone who conquered any obstacle life presented. Compounding this unspeakable tragedy is the loss of his daughter Gianna. Bryant was an excellent father, Gigi dreamed of following in her father’s footsteps. Explaining to Jimmy Kimmel, “The best thing that happens is when we go out, and fans will come up to me. And she’ll be standing next to me, and they will be like, ‘You gotta have a boy, you and V gotta have a boy, man, to have somebody carry on the tradition, the legacy.’ And she is like, “I got this.”

We will never see the next chapter in his incredible life.

Kobe Bryant 1978-2020

NBA Basketball game action between the Boston Celtics vs the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Ca on April 3, 2016. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)
Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant acknowledging the crowd at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Ca on April 3, 2016. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)

Clippers Outlast Mavericks in Dallas

Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard looking to score during the Dallas Mavs. (Courtesy photo Nick White)

Dallas, TX – Tuesday evening began with a huge welcome back for Kristaps Porzingis after missing the last ten games. The evening, however, concluded with Dallas losing center Dwight Powell for the season along with a 110-107 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.

With just a few minutes remaining in the first quarter, Powell made a move to the basket. His right leg made a noticeable pop and he fell to the hardwood in agony. The 28 year-old critical role player was assisted off of the court and it was later revealed that he suffered a season-ending torn right Achilles tendon.

While visibly upset by the injury, the remaining Mavericks players would rally against a Clippers team competing without the injured Paul George.

Both Kawhi Leonard and Luka Doncic finished the night with 36 points for their respective teams. Doncic was actually one assist short of another triple-double. After the injury to Powell, Dallas Coach Rick Carlisle moved Porzingis to the center position. He finished the night with 10 points and nine rebounds in his first game back.

After the lost, Dallas is now 27-16 for the season. The team is set to face Portland Thursday night with its new lineup adjustments.

Lakers Frustrate Mavericks in Another Road Win

Dallas, TX – Neither Luka Doncic nor the Dallas Mavericks could ever get on a real roll Friday night in a 129-114 losing effort against LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers.

Shots weren’t falling, free throws were off and tempers definitely flared as the Mavericks lost their second consecutive game at home.  

James, who appeared to not be feeling well early in the game didn’t let that stop him from logging 35 points, 16 rebounds and 7 assists. While the Lakers were without Anthony Davis, a 26-point performance from Kyle Kuzma and 10 points from each Rajon Rondo and Dwight Howard filled the gap.

The Mavericks were once again without Kristaps Porzingis, who is still sidelined with right knee soreness. The attention was definitely on Doncic and the expectation was that he would have a brilliant night scoring. That was simply not the case. After one of his missed free throws in the first half, a frustrated Doncic ripped his own jersey.

There were indeed questionable calls throughout the night – many in favor of Los Angeles; however, Dallas just did not score consistently. After two technical fouls, a frustrated Coach Rick Carlisle was ejected from the game.

Doncic did finish the night with 25 points and 10 rebounds, but never really found his offensive rhythm. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 22 points and big man Boban Marjanovic added 14 points and 10 rebounds.

With the win Los Angeles improves to 31 – 7 and remains atop the Western Conference. The Mavericks fall to 23-15 and are set to face the Philadelphia 76ers Saturday evening.

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