Play it forward: Dec. 14-20 on your L.A. sports calendar


Gilbert Arenas … he seems healthier, wealthier and wiser. As for his feelings toward Shaq … let’s assume there’s a 0 tolerance policy in effect. Rumors continue to swirl that Laura Govan, aka Gilbert’s fiance, is entangled with Shaq in some kind of … a … smoochfest. We don’t know to believe, or care. Except others do. Like Shaq’s wife, Shaunie, who supposedly went to L.A. recently and the next day filed for legal separation from the former Lakers center. Maybe she’ll be present tonight to see what’s going on from the wounded people’s side.
NBA: Clippers vs. Washington, Staples Center, 7:30 p.m., Prime Ticket, 980-AM.

Quick, check out the Winter Olympic hockey facilities while you’re there.
NHL: Kings at Vancouver, 7 p.m., 1150-AM.

Good to see they still use Candlestick Park for community events.
NFL: Arizona at San Francisco, 5:30 p.m., ESPN.



Kobe’s avulsion fracture will warm the cockles of the Chicago Bulls’ hearts. And just what is a cockle? A sand-burrowing mollusc. Sure. A wrinkle or puckering in cloth or paper. OK, fine. A weedy plant. Guess so. Actually, in this case it’s an engineering term that means a small furnace or stove. So when you say …. hey wait, is that Ron Artest cracking open some Hennessey he scored from around the corner from Chicago Stadium?
NBA: Lakers at Chicago, 5 p.m., KCAL-Channel 9, 710-AM.

Another game on the road — not on TV.
NHL: Kings at Edmonton, 6:30 p.m., 1150-AM.

The latest Jeff Sagarin ratings for USA Today, because we know you need to know: Syracuse (9-0) is No. 1 based on the fact it has beaten three Top 25 teams already; Kansas (9-0), No. 1 on most people polls, is at No. 7 because it is 0-0 against Top 25 teams so far; Mississippi State (7-2), which crushed UCLA on Saturday in Anaheim, is No. 56; Long Beach State (3-4), which crushed UCLA a couple of weeks ago, also in Anaheim and is 0-3 against Top 25 teams, is No. 95; Cal State Northridge (4-5) is No. 142; USC (4-4) is No. 170: Loyola Marymount (3-7) is No. 197; and … UCLA, there it is, 2-6, sitting at No. 241. Out of 347. At least they’re not Alcorn State (0-10). But they only have one more victory than the New Jersey Institute of Techology (1-6). Today’s Bruin opponent, New Mexico State (1-5) is at No. 216. But when these two teams meet, you throw out the TV Guide …
College basketball: UCLA vs. New Mexico State, Pauley Pavilion, 7:30 p.m., Prime Ticket, 570-AM.


Let’s see what all the fuss about Brandon Jennings is all about, and whether Hot Rod Hundley can keep up with him.
NBA: Lakers at Milwaukee, 5 p.m., KCAL-Channel 9, 710-AM.

Because we haven’t seen enough of Kurt Rambis.
NBA: Clippers at Minnesota, 5 p.m., FSN West, 980-AM.


If it gets to be too much of a rout, the NFL Network could re-run yesterday’s episode of “The Simpsons” with Peyton Manning (and Eli) cameos. At least they got a better script than Ryan Leaf (above).
NFL: Indianapolis at Jacksonville, 5:30 p.m., NFL Network.

Another game on the road — again, not on TV.
NHL: Kings at Calgary, 6:30 p.m., 1150-AM.


The state of California welcomes some good high school football teams to Southern California in an attempt to determine a state champion. None, however, are names you’d recognize.
High school football: CIF state championship, Division I: Oceanside of San Diego vs. Bellarmine Prep of San Jose, Home Depot Center, 8 p.m., Prime Ticket. (Also: Small School Championship: Parker of San Diego vs. Modesto Christian of Sacramento, 4 p.m., Prime Ticket)

The Knicks are still paying association dues. And waiting to see if LeBron has any strong feeling about big apples.
NBA: Clippers at New York, 5 p.m., FSN West, 980-AM.


Former Dallas coach and current NFL on Fox studio analyst Jimmy Johnson said it about them Cowboys on last Sunday morning’s show: “There is no need for the media to beat up on Wade Phillips like that, but he’s always on the defensive. He’s got to look at the media and point and say, ‘You listen! We’re 8-4. We have a chance to win 12 games. You don’t believe we’re winners? I’m a winner and we’ve got winning football players. If you don’t believe that we’re a winner come on outside and I’ll show you we’re a winner!” Now, they have a chance to lose eight games, after Sunday’s slipup against San Diego and this one against the 13-0 Saints.
NFL: Dallas at New Orleans, 5:20 p.m., NFL Network.

The state of California again welcomes some good high school football teams to Southern California in an attempt to determine a state champion. Again, we’re not sure from where they come but it should be good.
High school football: CIF state championships, Open Division championship: Crewnshaw of L.A. vs. Concord De La Salle, Home Depot Center, 8 p.m., Prime Ticket. (Also: Division II Championship: Servite vs. Rocklin of Sacramento/San Joaquin Valley, 4 p.m., Prime Ticket; Division III Championship: Serra of Gardena vs. Kentfield Marin Catholic, noon, Prime Ticket)


As long as Vols basketball coach Bruce Pearl keeps his hands to himself, and doesn’t take off his shirt, we’ll be fine. The ninth-ranked Vols (6-1) lead the Southeastern Conference in scoring (at 86.4 a game), led by soph guard Scotty Hopson, who averages as many points a game (15.7) as the Trojans seem to average in team turnovers.
College basketball: USC vs. Tennessee, Galen Center, 1:30 p.m., Prime Ticket, 710-AM.

When this game used to matter, Walton and Digger were still around.
College basketball: UCLA at Notre Dame, 2 p.m., Channel 2, 570-AM.

The Lakers discover the real “Jersey Shore.” At least they’ll have two things to laugh at after tonight.
NBA: Lakers at New Jersey, 5 p.m., KCAL-Channel 9, 710-AM.

Last Friday, the 76ers fell to the Houston Rockets, 96-91, at the Wachovia Center. That was their 12th loss in a row, their longest losing streak since Nov. 25 to Dec. 20, 2006. At the end of that streak, the Sixers traded Allen Iverson. During this one, they re-signed him. The Sixers play a game Monday leading into this mess, so maybe their streak will be done with.
NBA: Clippers at Philadelphia, 5 p.m., FSN West, 980-AM.


Proof again that bowling has been watered down this year, the first college football post-season festivals are brought to you courtesy of New Mexico and St. Petersburg. Oh, pinch me. No really, pinch me hard. To keep me from watching. And how cool is it that UCLA waited out a loss by one of our strongest military operations just to guarantee itself a trip to Washington DC after Christmas. Way to go Army. You’ve let us down again.
College football: New Mexico Bowl: Fresno State vs. New Mexico, 1:30 p.m., ESPN; St. Petersburg Bowl: Central Florida vs. Rutgers, 5 p.m., ESPN.


No network wanted to take this game away? Instead, it’s planted right in the midst of NFL Week 14. Maybe to take Detroit fans’ minds off the Lions.
NBA: Lakers at Detroit, 3 p.m., KCAL-Channel 9, 710-AM.

A Chargers’ sellout? You’d think so.
NFL: Cincinnati at San Diego, 1 p.m., Channel 2.

A Panthers’ sellout? You’d be dreaming. Even with Favre.
NFL: Minnesota at Carolina, 5:20 p.m., Channel 4.

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