Los Angeles Teams
Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer
Every player in the Dodgers' lineup tonight will probably start playoff games this year. Order is AJ Pollock, Justin Turner, Will Smith, Cody Bellinger, Max Muncy, Chris Taylor, Corey Seager, Kiké Hernandez, Hyun-Jin Ryu.
- Sources: Howard to join Lakers; buyout agreed
- Sparks' Williams starts in return from suspension
- Angels shut down Canning (elbow) for season
- Daniels stays USC starting QB; Slovis to be No. 2
Dwight Howard will sign with the Los Angeles Lakers after he and his representatives reached an agreement on a buyout with the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday, league sources have told ESPN.
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Dwight Howard's deal with the Lakers will be non-guaranteed, league source tells ESPN. Howard had several meetings with Lakers officials, and they'll give him a chance to show he's made changes in how he conducts himself. Lakers players were involved in process.
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Lakers completed workouts and meetings with Dwight Howard and Joakim Noah on Thursday and have Mo Speights at the team's facility today, league sources tell ESPN. Both Howard and Noah left impressions that they could be helpful to the team.
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Sparks guard Riquna Williams returned to action Thursday following a 10-game suspension, giving Los Angeles its first full roster this season.
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Linda Goldbloom, mother of 3 & grandmother of 7, would have turned 80 Thu., but died last 8/29 after a foul behind the plate — just over safety netting, into the Dodger Stadium loge — struck her head on 8/25. L.A. debuted heightened netting this week & plans other extensions. Goldbloom's husband Erwin told ESPN's Outside the Lines he's pleased the tragedy is contributing to more protection & players' peace of mind on foul balls. "I also hope that by the beginning of next season, all MLB teams and other level teams will have taken steps to increase fan safety." He said a memorial to be unveiled next month at a cemetery about 10 miles from the ballpark will say: "Loving wife, mother, bubbe and friend. Her life that touched many will live forever." (Note: "bubbe" is Yiddish for grandmother)
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