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Messi sets hat-trick record as Barca hit seven

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first_imgBy Richard MartinBARCELONA, Spain (Reuters) – Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar combined to devastating effect as Barcelona swatted Celtic aside 7-0 at the Nou Camp to lay down a marker in Champions League Group C yesterday.Messi produced a stunning display, hitting a record sixth hat-trick in the competition.He smashed home a pass from Neymar in the third minute and the Argentine maestro struck again in the 27th after Celtic’s Moussa Dembele had a penalty saved by goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.Neymar curled in a free kick to stretch Barca’s lead in the 50th minute before crossing for Andres Iniesta to volley the fourth.Messi then grabbed his third goal, overtaking Real Madrid greats Alfredo Di Stefano and Ferenc Puskas to reach six European Cup trebles.Neymar laid on the sixth for Suarez and the Uruguayan completed the rout with his second strike in stoppage time.Barca coach Luis Enrique reverted to an almost full-strength team after his rotation policy backfired in Saturday’s shock 2-1 La Liga defeat at home to Alaves.The hosts quickly asserted themselves as Neymar slid the ball into Messi’s path following a short corner and the Argentine took a touch in the area before scoring.Barca continued to exert early pressure but were almost undone when ter Stegen tripped visiting striker Scott Sinclair.Despite scoring a hat-trick against arch-rivals Rangers at the weekend, the 20-year-old Dembele looked short of confidence as he took the penalty and ter Stegen dived to his right to beat his shot away.The German international has now saved three out of four penalties in the Champions League for Barca.Luis Enrique’s men showed no mercy with their next attack, Neymar and Messi cutting Celtic’s defence to ribbons.Neymar played a one-two with Messi before cutting the ball back for the Argentine to score.Neymar got the goal his superb display warranted early in the second half, fizzing a free kick beyond Celtic’s helpless goalkeeper Dorus de Vries.last_img read more

Biden calls Ennis to congratulate Syracuse star on 35-foot buzzer-beater

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first_imgAdvertisementThis is placeholder textEnnis caught the inbound pass from Jerami Grant with 4.4 seconds. He took four dribbles, weaving around Pitt defenders. Then he pulled up from way beyond the arc, swishing the 3 as time expired. Ennis ran down toward the other end of the court before being mobbed by his teammates. The shot kept No. 1 Syracuse’s undefeated season alive and bumped the Orange’s record to 24-0 and 11-0 in conference play. SU takes on North Carolina State on Saturday at 3 p.m. in the Carrier Dome. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Tyler Ennis’ shot quickly turned an ugly game into an instant classic. It added to his growing legend at Syracuse. It earned the No. 1 spot on SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays.It even elicited a phone call from vice president of the United States Joe Biden. Biden, an alumnus of SU’s law school, called Ennis on Thursday after his 35-foot buzzer-beater gave the Orange a thrilling 58-56 win over No. 25 Pittsburgh the night before. Published on February 13, 2014 at 4:18 pm Contact Trevor: tbhass@syr.edu | @TrevorHasslast_img read more

AnnaMarie Gatti battles nerves, rough beginning in 1st career start as Orange falls to UNC in game 2

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first_imgAnnaMarie Gatti slowly shuffled back to the dugout from the circle. Her teammates, circled around her, tapped her glove as she walked away.Syracuse head coach Leigh Ross had just yanked Gatti from her first collegiate start.Syracuse (14-19, 1-7 Atlantic Coast) split a doubleheader with North Carolina (26-10, 10-3) on Friday, dropping the second contest 6-2 after a 4-2 win earlier in front of 184 fans at SU Softball Stadium. Gatti, a freshman who arrived at SU as a top 100 recruit, was only starting for the first time because of an ankle injury that hampered her earlier in the season and took the loss.Ross said Gatti felt nervous — the pitcher was about to face the best-hitting team in the ACC with the nation’s leader in home runs in the lineup — so her catcher, Julie Wambold, had tried to make sure her pitcher felt relaxed. But Gatti became antsy when the umpires didn’t return until nearly 15 minutes after the schedule start of the second game.Though Gatti’s night ended in the top of the sixth, it easily could’ve been over at the start.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I didn’t know if she was going to make it through the first inning,” Ross said. “I thought we were going to have to make the change and pull her out because she was a little too nervous.”The leadoff hitter belted a liner up the middle. After a bunt single and a walk, a wild pitch allowed a run to score. Gatti’s team already trailed 1-0 in the top of the first inning with no one out. She had yet to throw a strike that UNC hadn’t hit.After a mound visit, Gatti responded. A pop-out, a strikeout looking and a groundout to third got her out of the inning.“I knew I didn’t have my best stuff to beat them — they’re a very good team — but I had enough to give them a game,” Gatti said. “I threw against Fordham, which I think helped me a lot. That got the nerves out a little. But I was antsy — especially when the umpires (didn’t come).”After her rocky first inning, Gatti settled in. She got a double play in the second to help her out of a first-and-second situation and two more groundouts to escape the same scenario in the third.An RBI double to right-center field by Danielle Chitkowski tied up the ballgame at one for SU.Gatti then retired seven of eleven batters, painting the outside corner for strikeouts and weak groundballs, to get into the top of the sixth inning with a tie ballgame at one all.The field hockey team cheered on Gatti with “We are SU!” chants in the top of the sixth.But that was when things fell apart.A double and a poke into the outfield put runners at the corners for North Carolina. The UNC bench shouted as Gatti battled UNC’s Katie Causey for six pitches.On the seventh, Causey blooped it high and it fell just beyond the reaching arm of second baseman Sammy Fernandez and into the outfield grass.After a sacrifice bunt, passed ball and walk, Gatti’s day ended.She sat on the bench fidgeting with her glove, much like before the game.Before the game, when the umpires still hadn’t shown up, her teammates needled her about how anxious she was.“I was holding my glove and everyone was like, ‘What’re you doing?’” Gatti said with a laugh. “I was like, ‘I don’t really know how to do this yet.’”Clarification: In an earlier version of this story, the final quote from Syracuse pitcher AnnaMarie Gatti was out of context and her body language walking off the mound was misstated. They have since been corrected. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 3, 2015 at 10:06 pm Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TRlast_img read more

Sarmiento captures ITA regional title

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first_imgWasting no time in finalizing his bid for the International Tennis Association National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, USC sophomore Ray Sarmiento took home the singles crown at the ITA Southwest Regional Championships without losing a single set over the course of the entire tournament.Dominant · Sophomore Ray Sarmiento beat Fresno State’s Francis Alcantra 6-4, 6-3 to win the Trojans’ first regional singles title in a decade. – Mannat Saini | Daily TrojanSarmiento, ranked No. 15 in the ITA rankings and seeded No. 2 in the five-day competition, defeated No. 15 seed Pepperdine’s Francis Alcantara 6-4, 6-3 in the finals to take home the crown.No Trojan had won a singles title at the ITA regionals since 2000.As the singles champion of the regionals, Sarmiento earns an automatic bid to the prestigious ITA Indoor Championships in Flushing, N.Y., in early November.USC senior No. 16 Daniel Nguyen will join Sarmiento, who had already earned a bid to the tournament for his play in the ITA All-American Championship earlier this month, in Flushing.Pepperdine’s No. 19 Finn Tearney challenged Sarmiento in the first set of the semifinals before the eventual champion pulled away to win it 7-5. Sarmiento then finished the match with a 6-1 set over the No. 3 seed of the tournament.After a bye in the first round, Sarmiento had defeated five consecutive opponents before his finals matchup against Alcantara.“In the beginning, [Alcantara] took me out of my game and neutralized my forehand, but I took advantage of his backhand,” Sarmiento said. “He is a tricky player. He can take you out of your game really quickly and take advantage of errors.”The finals nearly featured two USC players, but Alcantara defeated USC freshman Yannick Hanfmann 6-3, 6-3 in the semifinals to prevent an all-Trojan clash.“The semifinals were a little disappointing,” Hanfmann said.Seeded No. 12 in the tournament, Hanfmann endured a tough run to the semifinals, upsetting No. 10 Sebastian Fanselow of Pepperdone, No. 1 in the tournament, 6-4, 6-4 in the round of 16.In the next round, Hanfmann pulled off another upset against San Diego’s No. 56 Nikola Bubnic 6-4, 6-4.“I wanted to play [Yannick] in the finals,” Sarmiento said. “He’s been playing really well for us. He has a really big game and can beat anyone in the country.”USC sophomore Emilio Gomez, No. 66 in ITA rankings and No. 8 in the regionals, saw his undefeated singles record come to an end after losing 3-6, 2-6 to No. 111 Mousheg Hovhannisyan of Pepperdine in the round of 16.USC freshman Eric Johnson also made a run to the round of 16. Johnson had upset the No. 17 seed, UCSB’s Mathieu Forget ,6-4, 6-4 in the round of 32 before barely losing to San Diego’s No. 67 Clarke Spinosa 6-1, 5-7, 2-6.USC sophomore Corey Smith and freshman Jonny Wang also participated in the singles draw, victorious in the first round before losing to seeded players.The 64-team doubles draw featured three USC teams, with the doubles champions also earning bids to the indoor championships in New York.The No. 3 pair of Hanfmann and Nguyen, and the No. 5 pair of Gomez and Sarmiento, were upset in the quarterfinals.After dispatching pairs from Fresno State and Pepperdine, Gomez and Sarmiento lost 3-8 to the No. 9 Bubnic and Thibaut Visy, who eventually captured the doubles title.“Doubles could have been better, but we’ll continue to find our game as the year goes on,” Sarmiento said. “Emilio and I are getting better every day in practice.”On the other side of the doubles bracket, Hanfmann and Nguyen defeated pairs from San Diego State and UCLA before losing 3-8 to No. 6 Alcantara and Remi Boutillier of Fresno State.“We had some early struggles,” Hanfmann said. “I lost in the service game, and it’s not easy to come back. Maybe next time.”Johnson and Wang also paired up in the doubles draw, winning in the first round before a 4-8 loss in the next round to No. 9 seed UCI’s Ryan Cheung and Fabian Mathews.Sarmiento and Nguyen will focus on their preparations for the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, scheduled to take place from Nov. 3 to Nov. 6 at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing.last_img read more

Syracuse trumps Mercyhurst in 2-1 overtime win

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first_imgSyracuse (12-13-3, 8-4-2 College Hockey America) beat host Mercyhurst (12-10-4, 9-3-2) 2-1 on Saturday in the second of a back-to-back after losing 4-1 on Friday. Mercyhurst is currently in first place in the CHA, with the Orange inching closer in second.The Lakers scored with 1:53 left in the first on a goal by Jillian Skinner that was her first of the season and the Orange headed into the first intermission down 1-0.Syracuse scored 30 seconds into the second period on Stephanie Grossi’s eighth goal of the season. The Orange and the Lakers went back and forth but the score stayed tied heading into the final frame.The third period was a scoreless one and the teams headed to overtime.The Orange scored with 1:30 left in overtime on a much needed power-play goal by Jessica Sibley. Her ninth goal of the season, assisted by Alysha Burriss, gave SU an important win in CHA play as the Orange try to eclipse Mercyhurst at the top of the CHA standings before the start of the CHA tournament in late February.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange continued to struggle on the power play, going 1-of-6 with the player advantage. Syracuse outshot the Lakers 34-11.The Orange continues CHA play on Friday as it travels to face the Penn State Nittany Lions (9-14-5, 5-4-5 CHA) in a back-to-back series. The Nittany Lions are coming of a 2-0 win on Saturday against RIT. Comments Published on January 30, 2016 at 6:28 pm Contact Jake: jafalk@syr.edu Related Stories Mercyhurst runs away with 4-1 win after Syracuse scores firstcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Penalty corner goals doom No. 19 Syracuse in 2-0 loss to No. 5 Virginia

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first_img Published on September 20, 2019 at 9:12 pm Contact Adam: adhillma@syr.edu | @_adamhillman Facebook Twitter Google+ As SJ Quigley unintentionally deflected a penalty corner shot over the head of goalie Sarah Sinck and into the back of the cage, two Orange defenders stood in penalty gear with their heads facing their feet.The Orange had dominated UVA in nearly every statistical category, and yet they looked up at the scoreboard and saw a one-goal deficit. Syracuse head coach Ange Bradley tried to salvage hope for the Orange by asking for the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) to review the play. The referee motioned a rectangle with his hands and jogged toward the touch screen on the sideline to review the play.“It was a blockout,” junior Carolin Hoffmann said. “Their striker blocked out our fly so we asked for it. They didn’t see it the same way.”The referee returned and pointed both fingers to the turf of J.S. Coyne Stadium, signaling the game’s first goal. UVA fans stood up, pumped their arms and cheered as a few SU fans yelled, “Obstruction” in objection to the decision.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNo. 19 Syracuse (5-2, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) had outshot the Cavaliers nine to three before the goal and had controlled more possession. Yet, No. 5 UVA (6-1, 1-0) executed in two penalty corner situations, handing the Orange a 2-0 defeat. Following the first goal, SU struggled to move the ball up the field, only recording one shot in the final quarter.After the game, a few players cried as they realized a marquee victory over one of the nation’s best had slipped through their fingers. “Obviously, we’re frustrated but taking out of that game we can really see that we can play with the top teams in the nation,” Hoffmann said.In the first 43 minutes, the Orange controlled the midfield, pressing UVA to play the ball between its backs instead of up to its forwards. The Cavaliers only had three shots in the first half.Freshman Charlotte de Vries, while being shadowed by preseason All-ACC back Amber Ezechiels, tallied two shots on goal, the most of anyone on Syracuse. She used her blazing speed and dazzling stick skills to run toward the endline, creating multiple chances for SU. But Virginia goalkeeper Lauren Hausheer, who’s only allowed five goals in seven starts this year, stifled every Orange opportunity. de Vries, who leads the ACC in goals, couldn’t decipher the quick reactions of Hausheer – her dangerous shot off a penalty corner in the first half was somehow kicked away. “I thought we were holding up really well,” freshman Olivia Graham said. “I thought we all did well at staying together and fighting for what we wanted.”That sentiment flipped after the first goal. UVA held more possession, holding the ball in the SU half and continually putting Graham and senior back Claire Webb under pressure. One minute into the fourth quarter, the Cavaliers earned another penalty corner after the ball bounced off a SU player’s foot. The Orange, following the first penalty corner goal, moved Webb into a defensive position in front of goal. It didn’t matter. UVA’s Anzel Viljoen played the ball into Greer Gill. Her deflected shot fell right to Cato Geusgens, who fired a looping shot past Sinck. Graham raised her stick in the air at the last second to try and keep it out of the net. Realizing her efforts were futile, she tossed her helmet off the field in disgust as Webb called for a team huddle to rescue any remaining energy.“Do a better job better defending our shell so that we give up fewer corners,” Bradley said. “That’s the best protection for defensive penalty corner defense.”Entering a matchup with No. 2 Duke on Friday, Sept. 27, the Orange don’t have much time to fix their issues defending set pieces besides Colgate in two days. Bradley cited that film and repetition in practice are the only ways to fill the holes at the back.Still, there are signs of optimism. Thirteen days ago, SU struggled to even fire shots on goal in a disappointing 2-1 loss to unranked Cornell. The Orange had little to no answer as the Big Red double- and triple-teamed de Vries.Now, SU outshot the No. 5 team in the nation. To Hoffmann, that’s a sign of a team that has yet to reach its peak. “It’s a loss for us but we can also see that we have a lot of potential,” Hoffmann said. Commentslast_img read more

S’Africa Set for Sporting Isolation as Madagascar Turns down Friendly with…

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first_imgXENOPHOBIC ATTACKSHours after the South African Football Association (SAFA) announced free entry for fans to watch a scheduled friendly match of Bafana Bafana with Madagascar; the match has to be cancelled.The Madagascar team pulled out of the match over the xenophobic attack by South Africans on other Africans. South Africa’s Bafana Bafana are now left stranded as two countries have declined to play international friendly with them over xenophobic attacks on foreigners in the Rainbow nation Madagascar was a last minute replacement for Zambia, which earlier pulled out for the same reason.SAFA had to put up a message on the cancellation on its official twitter account.It reads: “SAFA regrets to inform the public that the match between Bafana Bafana and Madagascar scheduled for this coming Saturday (7 September) has been called off after the visitors (Madagascar) decided to withdraw from the encounter.”The Malagasy Football Federation has been approached by the South African Football Federation (SAFA) to organise a friendly match between the national team of Madagascar and that of South Africa.Honoured by the consideration and finding it a good opportunity to prepare the Malagasy team for its upcoming challenges, the FMF initially agreed in principle to organise the fixture.However, after consulting several different national institutions, especially taking into account the security of the Madagascar delegation and Madagascan foreign nationals living in South Africa, it became mandatory to decline the invitation.The Malagasy national team will continue its training camp in Madagascar and its players will rejoin their clubs after the international break.Should the action continues also in other sporting events, it will be the first time the Rainbow nation will be facing sporting isolation since the apartheid regime of white supremacy regime was banished in 1990 following the release of Nelson Mandela from prison after 27 years.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Jesper Kärrbrink – Mr Green – An entertainment focus for Sportsbook 2.0 development

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first_img Submit LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 Share Altenar: Supporting expansion plans in Denmark and Portugal August 20, 2020 Share Jesper KärrbrinkIn June of last year, Mr Green launched its Kambi-powered sportsbook product in time for UEFA Euro 2016.Less than a year on, we caught up with the company’s CEO Jesper Kärrbrink, a speaker at the recent Betting on Football conference, to discuss operational challenges of the launch, balancing the revenue potential of the sportsbook with increased associated costs, and a newly appointed COO.SBC: During your first year of operating a sportsbook, what are the key things you have learned and the biggest changes you have made to the product?JK: The most important learning is how well the sportsbook suited the Mr Green customer base. So far, our growth has been almost 100% organic in the sense that it comes from our casino players making the sportsbook extremely profitable.Regarding the changes, we are now in the development phase of what we call Sportsbook 2.0 where we will launch what we think will be a game changer. A first sneak peak of this will be launched for the French open (yes, we focus on tennis now when the major football season comes to an end).SBC: How are you managing to balance the extra revenue potential for running the sportsbook with the increased taxes and associated operational costs?JK: We use the operational (and soon) the marketing backbone of Mr Green Casino also for the sportsbook. So, we basically run the entire operations on three extra FTE’s. I don’t have to add that they are hardworking guys!SBC: Does the hiring of customer retention specialist Antoine Bonello as COO indicate that delivering a more entertainment focused experience is the next step for the product?JK: Our entire focus – in all verticals – is increased entertainment and I think this will show in Sportsbook 2.0 as well and of course Antoine’s background fits in to this.SBC: You recently said that expanding in locally regulated markets such as Denmark is a natural step for the company; can you disclose which other markets you are looking at moving into?JK: Denmark is set with the acquisition of Dansk Underholdning. Beside that we are looking at Latin America where we have set up an office in Uruguay, but also a list of other countries. StumbleUpon Betsson outrides pandemic challenges as regulatory dramas loom July 21, 2020 Related Articleslast_img read more

“Coronavirus is really hurting our finances”- Kotoko PRO

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first_imgPublic Relations Officer of Asante Kotoko, Kennedy Boakye Ansah, admits that the club is feeling the financial strain of the absence of regular football activity in Ghana due to the Coronavirus pandemic.The Ghana Premier League has been on a break since March 15 when the President, Nana Akufo Addo, announced a ban on all public gatherings in the wake of the spread of the pandemic.Since most football clubs in Ghana rake in income from gate proceeds and transfers, the absence of football means clubs are struggling to survive and Boakye Ansah says Kotoko is no different.However, he remains hopeful that the situation will be resolved in coming months.“Kotoko, like any other Ghanaian club, has been feeling the strain for some time especially when our major source of revenue is from the gates.We are a bit lucky to have some sponsorship but even that can only take care of about 30 to 40 percent of our monthly expenditure. So we have to find other means of mobilising funds to run the club.We have had some great support from the Executive Chairman, Dr. Kwame Kyei. In these times, it is not easy for all the clubs but we will survive.The situation is under control but the only thing we want is to overcome the current pandemic so our football comes back.”The strain Kotoko is feeling in terms of finance has also been heightened by the fact that their main sponsors, MTN, has suspended its monthly financial obligations to the club.Under the terms of a sponsorship agreement between the entities, MTN is supposed to give the club an amount of GHS 70,000 but due to the Coronavirus pandemic, businesses have also been put under some stress and MTN has asked for a freeze of their duties to Kotoko.last_img read more

Lakers open season on Oct. 28; Top 5 games for 2015-16 NBA schedule

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first_imgFeb. 19: Spurs at LakersOffseason free agent target LaMarcus Aldridge returns as member of SpursMarch 10: Cavaliers at LakersCould be the last time Kobe, LeBron share the floor.• Quick analysis: Top 5 Clippers games for 2015LOS ANGELES LAKERS 2015-16 SCHEDULEOCTOBEROct. 28 vs. Minnesota 7:30 p.m.Oct. 30 at Sacramento 7 p.m.NOVEMBERNov. 1 vs. Dallas 6:30 p.m.Nov. 3 vs. Denver 7:30 p.m.Nov. 6 at Brooklyn 4:30 p.m.Nov. 8 at New York 12:30 p.m.Nov. 10 at Miami 4:30 p.m.Nov. 11 at Orlando 4 p.m.Nov. 13 at Dallas 5:30 p.m.Nov. 15 vs. Detroit 6:30 p.m.Nov. 16 at Phoenix 6 p.m.Nov. 20 vs. Toronto 7:30 p.m.Nov. 22 vs. Portland 6:30 p.m.Nov. 24 at Golden State 7:30 p.m.Nov. 28 at Portland 7 p.m.Nov. 29 vs. Indiana 6:30 p.m.DECEMBERDec. 1 at Philadelphia 4 p.m.Dec. 2 at Washington 4 p.m.Dec. 4 at Atlanta 5 p.m.Dec. 6 at Detroit 3 p.m.Dec. 7 at Toronto 4:30 p.m.Dec. 9 at Minnesota 5 p.m.Dec. 11 at San Antonio 6:30 p.m.Dec. 12 at Houston 5 p.m.Dec. 15 vs. Milwaukee 7:30 p.m.Dec. 17 vs. Houston 7:30 p.m.Dec. 19 at Oklahoma City 2 p.m.Dec. 22 at Denver 6 p.m.Dec. 23 vs. Oklahoma City 7:30 p.m.Dec. 25 vs. Clippers 7:30 p.m.Dec. 27 at Memphis 3 p.m.Dec. 28 at Charlotte 4 p.m.Dec. 30 at Boston 4:30 p.m.JANUARYJan. 1 vs. Philadelphia 7:30 p.m.Jan. 3 vs. Phoenix 6:30 p.m.Jan. 5 vs. Golden State 7:30 p.m.Jan. 7 at Sacramento 7:30 p.m.Jan. 8 vs. Oklahoma City 7:30 p.m.Jan. 10 vs. Utah 6:30 p.m.Jan. 12 vs. New Orleans 7:30 p.m.Jan. 14 at Golden State 7:30 p.m.Jan. 16 at Utah 6 p.m.Jan. 17 vs. Houston 6:30 p.m.Jan. 20 vs. Sacramento 7:30 p.m.Jan. 22 vs. San Antonio 7:30 p.m.Jan. 23 at Portland 7:30 p.m.Jan. 26 vs. Dallas 7:30 p.m.Jan. 28 vs. Chicago 7:30 p.m.Jan. 29 at Clippers 7:30 p.m.Jan. 31 vs. Charlotte 6:30 p.m.FEBRUARYFeb. 2 vs. Minnesota 7:30 p.m.Feb. 4 at New Orleans 5 p.m.Feb. 6 at San Antonio 5:30 p.m.Feb. 8 at Indiana 4 p.m.Feb. 10 at Cleveland 5 p.m.Feb. 19 vs. San Antonio 7:30 p.m.Feb. 21 at Chicago 5 p.m.Feb. 22 at Milwaukee 5 p.m.Feb. 24 at Memphis 5 p.m.Feb. 26 vs. Memphis 7:30 p.m.MARCHMar. 1 vs. Brooklyn 7:30 p.m.Mar. 2 at Denver 6 p.m.Mar. 4 vs. Atlanta 7:30 p.m.Mar. 6 vs. Golden State 12:30 p.m.Mar. 8 vs. Orlando 7:30 p.m.Mar. 10 vs. Cleveland 7:30 p.m.Mar. 13 vs. New York 6:30 p.m.Mar. 15 vs. Sacramento 7:30 p.m.Mar. 18 vs. Phoenix 7:30 p.m.Mar. 22 vs. Memphis 7:30 p.m.Mar. 23 at Phoenix 7 p.m.Mar. 25 vs. Denver 7:30 p.m.Mar. 27 vs. Washington 6:30 p.m.Mar. 28 at Utah 6 p.m.Mar. 30 vs. Miami 7:30 p.m.APRILApr. 3 vs. Boston 6:30 p.m.Apr. 5 at Clippers 7:30 p.m.Apr. 6 vs. Clippers 7:30 p.m.Apr. 8 at New Orleans 5 p.m.Apr. 10 at Houston 12:30 p.m.Apr. 11 at Oklahoma City 5 p.m.Apr. 13 vs. Utah 7:30 p.m. Here are is a quick rundown of the five games that standout the most for the L.A. Clippers from Wednesday’s NBA schedule announcement:Oct. 28: Timberwolves at LakersSeason opener gives fans first look at Russell, new additions.Nov. 29: Pacers at Lakers Free agent signee Roy Hibbert’s first crack at the team who gave up on him. Dec. 17: Rockets at LakersLaker fans always relish chance to welcome Dwight Howard back to town.Dec. 25: Lakers at ClippersLakers hope to end seven-game losing streak to crosstown rivals this season.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more