NBA: West 143, East 138

HOUSTON, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Chris Paul had 20 points and 15 assists Sunday, earning MVP honors for the Western Conference in its 143-138 All-Star Game win over the East.
Kobe: Buss has 'meant everything to me'

Kobe: Buss has 'meant everything to me'

HOUSTON, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant said Friday team owner Jerry Buss, who is hospitalized in intensive care, has "meant everything to me."

Lakers owner Buss hospitalized

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss has been hospitalized for treatment of an undisclosed form of cancer, team personnel told the Los Angeles Times Thursday.

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Report: Lakers owner Buss hospitalized ... Athletics closer Balfour has knee surgery ... Senators' Karlsson has Achilles surgery ... UConn's Wolf arraigned in domestic case ... Sports news from United Press International.
Dodgers give Greinke record deal

Dodgers give Greinke record deal

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers made it official Monday, announcing they've signed free-agent pitcher Zack Greinke to a record $147 million, six-year deal.

Unveiling set for Kareem's Staples statue

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will be the next Los Angeles sports star to be immortalized with a statue outside Staples Center, the Lakers announced.

Lakers to retire O'Neal, Wilkes jerseys

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Aug. 31 (UPI) -- The Los Angeles Lakers announced plans to retire the jerseys of Shaquille O'Neal and Jamaal Wilkes this season.
Pau Gasol wins NBA citizenship award

Pau Gasol wins NBA citizenship award

NEW YORK, May 18 (UPI) -- Los Angeles Lakers center Pau Gasol, who is active with UNICEF, was voted the winner of the NBA's J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award.
Report: LeBron James wins MVP award

Report: LeBron James wins MVP award

MIAMI, May 11 (UPI) -- Miami Heat forward LeBron James will be named as the most valuable player in the NBA, The Miami Herald reported Friday.

NBA: Los Angeles Lakers 103, Denver 88

LOS ANGELES, April 29 (UPI) -- Andrew Bynum tied an NBA record with 10 blocked shots en route to a triple-double Sunday in the Los Angeles Lakers' 103-88 playoff-opening rout of Denver.

Dodgers say sale to close April 30

LOS ANGELES, April 7 (UPI) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers said the sale of the club to Guggenheim Baseball LP would be finalized by the end of the month.

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers 5, San Diego 3

SAN DIEGO, April 5 (UPI) -- Matt Kemp's two-run homer gave Los Angeles some vital insurance Thursday and the Dodgers overcame an early exit by Clayton Kershaw to down San Diego 5-3.

Magic Johnson teams up on HIV/AIDS program

MIAMI, April 4 (UPI) -- A company owned by Magic Johnson is teaming up with a Miami-based insurer to create a Medicaid program for HIV and AIDS patients, officials said.

Magic vows to restore Dodgers' greatness

LOS ANGELES, March 28 (UPI) -- New Los Angeles Dodgers co-owner Magic Johnson says he'll "do it right" as he and his partners attempt to rebuild the once-proud franchise into a winner.

Report: Magic Johnson group to buy Dodgers

LOS ANGELES, March 27 (UPI) -- Basketball star Earvin Johnson and hedge-fund tycoon Steven Cohen were selected to buy the Los Angeles Dodgers Tuesday, sources told multiple media outlets.
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Magic Johnson
Earvin "Magic" Johnson (basketball) greets the media at the 2007 Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis 22nd annual Great Sports Legends Dinner held in New York on September 17, 2007. (UPI Photo/Ezio Petersen)

Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr. (born August 14, 1959) is a retired American professional basketball player who played point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). After winning championships in high school and college, Johnson was selected first overall in the 1979 NBA Draft by the Lakers. He won a championship and an NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award in his rookie season, and won four more championships with the Lakers during the 1980s. Johnson retired abruptly in 1991 after announcing that he had contracted HIV, but returned to play in the 1992 All-Star Game, winning the All-Star MVP Award. After protests from his fellow players, he retired again for four years, but returned in 1996, at age 37, to play 32 games for the Lakers before retiring for the third and final time.

Johnson's career achievements include three NBA MVP Awards, nine NBA Finals appearances, twelve All-Star games, and ten All-NBA First and Second Team nominations. He led the league in regular-season assists four times, and is the NBA's all-time leader in assists per game, with an average of 11.2. Johnson was a member of the "Dream Team", the U.S. basketball team that won the Olympic gold medal in 1992.

Johnson was honored as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996, and enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002. He was rated the greatest NBA point guard of all time by ESPN in 2007. His friendship and rivalry with Boston Celtics star Larry Bird, whom he faced in the 1979 NCAA finals and three NBA championship series, were well documented. Since his retirement, Johnson has been an advocate for HIV/AIDS prevention and safe sex, as well as an entrepreneur, philanthropist and motivational speaker.

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