Man charged with trying to sexually assault woman cleaning an office in Irvine

SANTA ANA — Criminal charges were filed Monday against a 21-year-old Santa Ana man accused of trying to sexually assault a woman cleaning an office in an Irvine commercial building.


Eduardo Godoy Gonzalez. (Photo courtesy Irvine Police Department)

Eduardo Godoy Gonzalez faces one count each of kidnapping to commit rape, assault with the intent to commit a sex offense, making criminal threats, second-degree burglary and false imprisonment, all felonies, as well as a misdemeanor count of brandishing a replica gun.

Gonzalez, who’s being held without bail, made his first court appearance in the jail courtroom in Santa Ana, but did not enter a plea. His arraignment was rescheduled to Feb. 22.

Police and prosecutors allege Gonzalez, carrying a skateboard with a fake Glock handgun in his sweatshirt pocket, approached the woman about 1:20 a.m. Wednesday at 17877 Von Karman Ave. The door to the office she was cleaning was unlocked, said Kim Mohr of the Irvine Police Department.

The suspect asked the victim in Spanish if she was working alone, and when she answered yes, he “made aggressive sexual comments to her” before demanding sex, Mohr said. When she refused, he pulled the replica gun out of his pocket and pointed it at her as he threatened to kill her, Mohr alleged.

The suspect pushed the victim into another room, where he tried to disrobe her, Mohr alleged. The victim pleaded for her life and fended off her attacker for about four minutes before she was managed to disarm him, then ran to a nearby office building for help, Mohr said.

Police found the fake gun at the crime scene. The victim, whose name was withheld, told detectives the suspect also had a knife, Mohr said.

She suffered bruises to her arms, hands and breasts, as well as scratches to her face, police said.

Police had released surveillance video of the incident. They said media coverage led to several tips that led investigators to Gonzalez.

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Rika Kihira takes Four Continents title with monster free skate

  • Rika Kihira of Japan, competes in the women’s free skating program at the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships at Honda Center in Anaheim on Friday, February 8, 2019. She won the competition with total segment score of 153.14. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

  • Rika Kihira of Japan, competes in the women’s free skating program at the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships at Honda Center in Anaheim on Friday, February 8, 2019. She won the competition with total segment score of 153.14. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

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  • Rika Kihira of Japan, competes in the women’s free skating program at the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships at Honda Center in Anaheim on Friday, February 8, 2019. She won the competition with total segment score of 153.14. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

  • Rika Kihira of Japan, competes in the women’s free skating program at the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships at Honda Center in Anaheim on Friday, February 8, 2019. She won the competition with total segment score of 153.14. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

  • Rika Kihira of Japan, competes in the women’s free skating program at the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships at Honda Center in Anaheim on Friday, February 8, 2019. She won the competition with total segment score of 153.14. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

  • Rika Kihira of Japan, competes in the women’s free skating program at the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships at Honda Center in Anaheim on Friday, February 8, 2019. She won the competition with total segment score of 153.14. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

  • Andrea Montesinos Cantu of Mexico, competes in the women’s free skating program at the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships at Honda Center in Anaheim on Friday, February 8, 2019. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

  • Andrea Montesinos Cantu of Mexico, competes in the women’s free skating program at the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships at Honda Center in Anaheim on Friday, February 8, 2019. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

  • Alaine Chartrand of Canada, competes in the women’s free skating program at the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships at Honda Center in Anaheim on Friday, February 8, 2019. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

  • Alaine Chartrand of Canada, competes in the women’s free skating program at the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships at Honda Center in Anaheim on Friday, February 8, 2019. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

  • Isadora Williams of Brazil, competes in the women’s free skating program at the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships at Honda Center in Anaheim on Friday, February 8, 2019. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

  • Isadora Williams of Brazil, competes in the women’s free skating program at the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships at Honda Center in Anaheim on Friday, February 8, 2019. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

  • Amy Lin of Taiwan, competes in the women’s free skating program at the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships at Honda Center in Anaheim on Friday, February 8, 2019. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

  • Amy Lin of Taiwan, competes in the women’s free skating program at the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships at Honda Center in Anaheim on Friday, February 8, 2019. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

  • Joanna So of Hong Kong, competes in the women’s free skating program at the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships at Honda Center in Anaheim on Friday, February 8, 2019. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

  • Joanna So of Hong Kong, competes in the women’s free skating program at the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships at Honda Center in Anaheim on Friday, February 8, 2019. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

  • Hanul Kim of South Korea, competes in the women’s free skating program at the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships at Honda Center in Anaheim on Friday, February 8, 2019. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

  • Hanul Kim of South Korea, competes in the women’s free skating program at the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships at Honda Center in Anaheim on Friday, February 8, 2019. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

  • Alisson Krystle Perticheto of Philippines, competes in the women’s free skating program at the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships at Honda Center in Anaheim on Friday, February 8, 2019. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

  • Alisson Krystle Perticheto of Philippines, competes in the women’s free skating program at the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships at Honda Center in Anaheim on Friday, February 8, 2019. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

  • Yi Christy Leung of Hong Kong, competes in the women’s free skating program at the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships at Honda Center in Anaheim on Friday, February 8, 2019. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

  • Yi Christy Leung of Hong Kong, competes in the women’s free skating program at the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships at Honda Center in Anaheim on Friday, February 8, 2019. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

  • Joanna So of Hong Kong competes in the Ladies Free Skating competition during the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championship at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California on February 8, 2019. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP) (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Joanna So of Hong Kong competes in the Ladies Free Skating competition during the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championship at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California on February 8, 2019. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP) (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Chen Hongyi of China competes in the Ladies Free Skating competition during the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championship at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California on February 8, 2019. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP) (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Hongyi Chen of China, competes in the women’s free skating program at the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships at Honda Center in Anaheim on Friday, February 8, 2019. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

  • Hongyi Chen of China, competes in the women’s free skating program at the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships at Honda Center in Anaheim on Friday, February 8, 2019. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

  • Chen Hongyi of China competes in the Ladies Free Skating competition during the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championship at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California on February 8, 2019. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP) (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Chen Hongyi of China competes in the Ladies Free Skating competition during the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championship at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California on February 8, 2019. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP) (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Elizabet Tursynbaeva of Kazakhstan competes in the Free Skating event before finishing second in the Womens competition during the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championship at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California on February 8, 2019. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP) (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Elizabet Tursynbaeva of Kazakhstan competes in the Free Skating event before finishing second in the Womens competition during the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championship at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California on February 8, 2019. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP) (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Elizabet Tursynbaeva of Kazakhstan competes in the Free Skating event before finishing second in the Womens competition during the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championship at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California on February 8, 2019. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP) (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Rika Kihira of Japan competes in the Free Skating event before winning the Womens competition during the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championship at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California on February 8, 2019. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP) (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Rika Kihira of Japan competes in the Free Skating event before winning the Womens competition during the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championship at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California on February 8, 2019. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP) (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Rika Kihira of Japan competes in the Free Skating event before winning the Womens competition during the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championship at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California on February 8, 2019. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP) (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Rika Kihira of Japan competes in the Free Skating event before winning the Womens competition during the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championship at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California on February 8, 2019. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP) (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Rika Kihira of Japan competes in the Free Skating event before winning the Womens competition during the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championship at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California on February 8, 2019. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP) (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Rika Kihira of Japan celebrates after winning the Womens competition during the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championship at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California on February 8, 2019. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP) (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Rika Kihira of Japan celebrates after winning the Womens competition during the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championship at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California on February 8, 2019. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP) (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Rika Kihira of Japan celebrates after winning the Womens competition during the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championship at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California on February 8, 2019. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP) (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Rika Kihira (L) of Japan celebrates after winning the Womens competition during the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championship at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California on February 8, 2019. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP) (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Rika Kihira of Japan celebrates after winning the Ladies Free Skating competition during the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championship at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California on February 8, 2019. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP) (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

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ANAHEIM — Japan’s Rika Kihira won the Four Continents women’s title Friday night at Honda Center with a dominant performance full of confidence and elegance, re-establishing herself as the favorite at next month’s World Championships in her home country.

Kihira, 16, vaulted from fifth place after a rough short program Thursday to claim her second major title of the season, opening her free skate with a triple axel/triple toe-loop combination and never really touching down until she posted a 153.14 score for the night and an overall mark of 221.99.

Bradie Tennell of the U.S., Japanese champion Kaori Sakamoto, and Team USA’s Mariah Bell, first, second and third respectively after the short program, all had major jumping issues and finished off the podium.

Instead, Kihira was joined on the podium by Kazakhstan’s Elizabet Tursynbaeva and Japan’s Mai Mihara.

Tursynbaeva was training at a Moscow shopping mall before moving to Toronto in 2015 to train with Brian Orser, who coached 2010 Olympic champion Yuna Kim. Tursynbaeva returned to Russia last spring, joining Olympic champion Alina Zagitova in Eteri Tutberidze’s Sambo 70 training group.

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On Friday, she joined Zagitova among the Worlds medal contenders, finishing with an overall score of 207.46. Mihara was right behind in third at 207.12.

Bell, skating second to last in the night’s final group. fell on her second jump, a triple loop, and spent the rest of the program fighting to salvage the routine, finishing with an overall score of 193.94 for sixth place.

Tennell finished one spot ahead of her at 202.07 following a free skate undermined by four under-rotated jumps.

Tennell’s missteps set up a potential replay of December’s Japanese Championships, where another big Kihira free skate (155.01) was not enough to overcome a poor short program and knock off Sakamoto.

But this time Sakamoto veered off script when she popped the first segment of what was supposed to be a double axel, triple toe-loop, double toe-loop. The mistake dropped her to fourth at 206.74.

While Kihira’s short program remains an issue, Friday only re-enforced her big point potential in the free skate. Only Zagitova and Kihira have posted bigger free skate and overall scores than Kihira’s Friday marks. And both Kihira scores are significantly higher than what Russia’s latest star, Sofia Samodurova (213.84/140.96), and Zagitova (198.34/123.34) posted in going 1-2 at the recent European Championships.

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Man gets two years in jail for breaking into Anaheim bank branch on a holiday afternoon

FULLERTON — A 29-year-old transient pleaded guilty Tuesday to breaking into a Bank of America branch in Anaheim last month and was immediately sentenced to two years in jail.


Luis Fernando Bautista was arrested by Anaheim Police on suspicion of breaking into and attempting to burglarize the Bank of America branch at 1818 S. Euclid St. on Monday, Jan. 21. He was spotted inside the bank, which was closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, by an employee who was monitoring a remote live feed of the business. (Photo courtesy of the Anaheim Police Department)

Luis Fernando Bautista pleaded guilty to one felony count each of second-degree burglary and vandalism, according to court records.

Bautista was arrested inside the bank at 1818 S. Euclid St. about 2 p.m. Jan. 21. The branch was closed that day in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Bautista was seen inside the branch on closed-circuit video that was being monitored by a bank employee, who alerted police, according to Anaheim police Sgt. Jeff Mundy.

When officers arrived, they found the bank’s front door had been forced open and saw Bautista rifling through drawers and attempting to enter the vault, Mundy said.

Before police arrived, several customers who apparently did not realize the bank was closed went inside because Bautista had left the front door open, the sergeant said.

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Suspect in Santa Ana shoplifting incident charged with robbery, assault with a deadly weapon

SANTA ANA — A convicted thief was behind bars Tuesday on charges of a swinging a knife at security guards who confronted the suspected shoplifter outside a Santa Ana department store.


Ryan Quintin Hancock, 43, of Orange, was arrested on Monday, Feb. 4, on suspicion of brandishing a knife at employees during a robbery at the Macy’s department store inside the MainPlace Mall in Santa Ana on Wednesday, Jan. 16. (Photo courtesy of the Santa Ana Police Department)

Ryan Quintin Hancock, 43, of Orange, was arrested Monday by Orange police on a warrant charging him with two counts of second-degree robbery and one count of assault with a deadly weapon, all felonies, as well as a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a deadly weapon.

Police publicly released surveillance video of a suspect in the Jan. 16 conflict with Macy’s security guards last month, which prompted tips that led to Hancock’s arrest, said Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna.

Hancock removed some clothes from racks at the store at 2850 N. Main St. about 7 that night and was confronted by two security guards when he walked out of the business with the garments, Bertagna alleged.

Hancock allegedly pulled out a knife from a pocket and swung it toward one of the guards, the corporal said. He then dropped the clothes and ran away.

Court records show that Hancock pleaded guilty in May 2014 to a felony count of grand theft and was sentenced to eight months in jail. He also pleaded guilty in February 2014 to possession of stolen goods and was sentenced to 16 months in jail.

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Crosby, Lundqvist lead Metropolitan to NHL All-Star victory

  • Central Division’s Devan Dubnyk, left, of the Minnesota Wild, defends against Metropolitan Division’s Mathew Barzal (13), of the New York Islanders, during the first half of the NHL hockey All-Star Game final in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

  • Metropolitan Division’s Claude Giroux, right, of the Philadelphia Flyers, scores a goal against Central Division’s Devan Dubnyk, of the Minnesota Wild, during the first half of the NHL hockey All-Star Game final in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

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  • Metropolitan Division’s Sidney Crosby, of the Pittsburgh Penguins, scores a goal past Central Division’s Devan Dubnyk, of the Minnesota Wild, during the first half of the NHL hockey All-Star Game final in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

  • Central Division’s Pekka Rinne, of the Nashville Predators, left, congratulates Metropolitan Division’s Seth Jones (3), of the Columbus Blue Jackets, after the Metropolitan Division won the NHL hockey All-Star Game final in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

  • Metropolitan Division’s Claude Giroux (28), of the Philadelphia Flyers, is congratulated by Mathew Barzal, center, of the New York Islanders, and Sidney Crosby, right, of the Pittsburgh Penguins, after scoring a goal against the Central Division during the first half of the NHL hockey All-Star Game final in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

  • Metropolitan Division’s Sidney Crosby, left, smiles next to Kris Letang, both of the Pittsburgh Penguins, during the first half of the NHL hockey All-Star Game final against the Central Division in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

  • Metropolitan Division’s Cam Atkinson, right, of the Columbus Blue Jackets, scores against Central Division’s Pekka Rinne, of the Nashville Predators, during the second half of the NHL hockey All-Star Game final in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. The Metropolitan Division won 10-5. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

  • Metropolitan Division’s Henrik Lundqvist, of the New York Rangers, defends the goal against the Central Division during the first half of the NHL hockey All-Star Game final in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

  • Metropolitan Division’s Braden Holtby, left, celebrates with John Carlson, both of the Washington Capitals, after their division defeated the Central Division in the NHL hockey All-Star Game final in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

  • Metropolitan Division’s Kris Letang, left, and Sidney Crosby, both of the Pittsburgh Penguins, celebrate after Letang scored against the Central Division during the first half of the NHL hockey All-Star Game final in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

  • Metropolitan Division’s Braden Holtby, left, of the Washington Capitals, defends against a shot by Central Division’s Patrick Kane, of the Chicago Blackhawks, during the second half of the NHL hockey All-Star Game final in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

  • Metropolitan Division’s Cam Atkinson, left, of the Columbus Blue Jackets, shoots next to Central Division’s Mikko Rantanen, of the Colorado Avalanche, to score a goal during the second half of the NHL hockey All-Star Game final in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. The Metropolitan Division won 10-5. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

  • Metropolitan Division’s Sidney Crosby, right, of the Pittsburgh Penguins, is congratulated by NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly after being named the Most Valuable Player of the NHL hockey All-Star Game in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. The Metropolitan Division defeated the Central Division 10-5 in the final. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

  • Metropolitan Division’s Sidney Crosby, center, of the Pittsburgh Penguins, celebrates with Cam Atkinson, of the Columbus Blue Jackets, after the Metropolitan Division defeated the Central Division 10-5 in the NHL hockey All-Star Game final in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

  • Metropolitan Division players pose for photos after defeating the Central Division in the NHL hockey All-Star Game final in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. The Metropolitan Division won 10-5. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

  • Central Division’s Devan Dubnyk, right, of the Minnesota Wild, defends on a shot by Pacific Division’s Joe Pavelski, of the San Jose Sharks, during an NHL hockey All-Star game semifinal in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

  • Metropolitan Division’s Mathew Barzal, foreground, of the New York Islanders, skates in front of Central Division’s Patrick Kane, of the Chicago Blackhawks, and Roman Josi, of the Nashville Predators, during the second half of the NHL hockey All-Star Game final in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

  • Metropolitan Division’s Seth Jones (3), of the Columbus Blue Jackets, scores a goal past Atlantic Division’s Andrei Vasilevskiy, right, of the Tampa Bay Lightning, during the first half of an NHL hockey All-Star Game semifinal in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

  • Metropolitan Division coach Todd Reirden, of the Washington Capitals, smiles during the second half of the NHL hockey All-Star Game final against the Central Division in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. The Metropolitan Division won 10-5. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

  • Metropolitan Division’s Sidney Crosby, of the Pittsburgh Penguins, shoots against Atlantic Division’s Andrei Vasilevskiy, of the Tampa Bay Lightning, during an NHL hockey All-Star semifinal in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Sidney Crosby now has one more reason to have good memories of the Shark Tank.

Crosby had two goals and three assists to win the All-Star MVP, and Henrik Lundqvist pitched a first-half shutout to lead the Metropolitan Division to a 10-5 victory over the Central Division in the championship round of the NHL All-Star game Saturday night.

Crosby finished the night with four goals and four assists in two games on the same ice where he won the Conn Smythe Trophy and Stanley Cup three years ago for Pittsburgh.

“I have some great memories here for sure,” he said. “It’s always been a tough place to play. Obviously, when you win in a rink and have those memories, it’s something you think about every time you go there. Being in that dressing room, it’s automatic to bring you back to some of those moments.”

The memories aren’t nearly as sweet for the Sharks fans, who booed Crosby when he won the award, joining Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Bobby Orr, Joe Sakic and Jean Beliveau as the only players to win the Conn Smyth, the Hart Trophy and All-Star MVP.

“It’s cool,” Crosby said. “You play and you watch as a kid growing up and you see that presentation so it’s pretty cool. I had a lot of fun today.”

Lundqvist stopped 11 of 13 shots in his two games to give the Metropolitan Division its second title in four years of the three-on-three All-Star format and the $1 million prize shared by the winners of the four-team divisional tournament.

Mathew Barzal of the New York Islanders added two goals and three assists in the final game.

Mikko Rantanen had two goals and Colorado teammate Gabriel Landeskog added one for the Central. Landeskog finished with four goals and three assists, while Rantanen had four goals and two assists.

“There’s more pace obviously when it’s the final and there’s a million dollars on the line. A lot of guy were going a little bit harder but it’s good for the fans,” Rantanen said. “Just too bad that we were not that ready to play.”

Crosby assisted on Barzal’s goal against Devan Dubnyk just 22 seconds into the championship game and then made it 5-0 in the closing seconds of the first half off a pass from Barzal. Crosby also assisted on Pittsburgh teammate Kris Letang’s goal in the first half and then helped seal the game with a goal in the second half that made it 6-2.

Lundqvist made big saves against Landeskog and Claude Giroux in the period one night after winning the save streak competition in the skills challenge.

“It was good defense, good structure,” Lundqvist said. “That helps, especially three on three. Honestly, I thought we had pretty good structure, so much skill up front, so many goals. You don’t get surprised, you get impressed.”

The first time the All-Star game came to San Jose in 1997, hometown favorite Owen Nolan capped the night by calling his shot and pointing to the spot where he completed a hat trick that delighted the Shark Tank.

Sharks fans didn’t have as much to cheer for in the return, even though their three All-Stars started the night on the ice together for the Pacific. The Central blitzed the Pacific early for its first win in four years in this format, scoring seven goals on nine shots against John Gibson in the first half of the period in a 10-4 victory.

Gibson, who plays for the rival Anaheim Ducks, drew derisive chants from the fans who later called for Vegas’ Marc-Andre Fleury to take over.

“Anytime you play it’s a rivalry and the fans take it personally. That’s what makes it fun,” Gibson said. “You’re still at All-Star game and you’re out there with some of the best players in the league. Stuff’s going to happen.”

Landeskog had a hat trick and an assist and Roman Josi had three assists and a goal for the Central.

Pekka Rinne and Dubnyk combined to stop 23 of 27 shots with Dubnyk providing one of the biggest highlights with a glove save that robbed Connor McDavid on a breakaway.

The Metropolitan Division won the second semifinal 7-4 thanks to a tiebreaking goal by Letang with 3:38 to play. Sebastian Aho added an insurance goal seconds after Braden Holtby stopped John Tavares in close.

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Super Bowl LIII prop bets: QB winning MVP, Bill Belichick hoodie color and more

Super Bowl LIII will have something for everyone, even if you aren’t a fan of the Los Angeles Rams or the New England Patriots.

Viewers will watch the game for all the new commercials, the halftime entertainment and gambling opportunities.

Use this list of prop bets involving the Super Bowl as your guide for things to keep an eye out on Feb. 3.

Whether you decide to spend money or not is up to you.

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IN-GAME ODDS

First TD scorer:

  1. Todd Gurley: 15/2
  2. Sony Michel: 15/2
  3. CJ Anderson: 8/1
  4. James White: 10/1
  5. Brandin Cooks: 10/1
  6. Robert Woods: 11/1
  7. Julian Edelman: 23/2
  8. Rob Gronkowski: 13/1
  9. Jared Goff: 55/1
  10. Tom Brady: 75/1
  11. FIELD: 4/1

More passing yards:

  1. Tom Brady: 6/7
  2. Jared Goff: 7/1

Most rushing yards:

  1. Sony Michel: 12/11
  2. Todd Gurley: 5/2
  3. CJ Anderson: 7/2
  4. FIELD: 75/1

Most receiving yards:

  1. Julian Edelman: 3/1
  2. Brandin Cooks: 7/2
  3. Robert Woods: 4/1
  4. Rob Gronkowski: 8/1
  5. James White: 11/1
  6. FIELD: 13/2

Odds of an unnecessary roughness or roughing the passer penalty:

  1. Marcus Peters: 14/1
  2. Ndamukong Suh: 17/1
  3. Aqib Talib: 24/1
  4. Any Patriots Player: 7/3
  5. Any Rams Player: 11/6
  6. None in Entire Game: 11/6

Odds to win MVP:

  1. Tom Brady: 3/2
  2. Jared Goff: 4/1
  3. Todd Gurley: 19/1
  4. Aaron Donald: 24/1
  5. Sony Michel: 24/1
  6. Julian Edelman: 35/1
  7. Rob Gronkowski: 54/1
  8. Brandin Cooks: 54/1
  9. FIELD: 7/1

Odds MVP is

  1. QB: 2/3
  2.  RB: 5/1
  3. Any defensive player: 6/1
  4. WR/TE: 14/1
  5. FIELD: 65/1

Odds to miss an extra point:

  1. Greg Zuerlein: 8/1
  2. Stephen Gostkowski: 15/2

Over/Under height of the tallest player to score a TD: 6’3

Over/Under (listed) weight of the heaviest player to score a TD: 239.5 pounds

Odds on what color hoodie/shirt Bill Belichick will wear:

  1.  Blue: 2/3
  2. Grey: 3/1 
  3. Red: 24/1
  4. FIELD: 35/1

Odds of Bill Belichick wearing:

  1.  Short sleeves: 1/2
  2. Long sleeves: 2/1

BROADCAST PROPS:

Odds on the primary color of Jim Nantz’s tie:

  1. Red: 3/1
  2. Blue: 4/1
  3. Purple: 8/1
  4. Black: 9/1
  5. FIELD: 2/1

Odds on the primary color of Tony Romo’s tie:

  1. Blue: 2/1
  2. Black: 4/1
  3. Grey: 6/1
  4. FIELD: 17/8

Over/Under on the number of plays Tony Romo correctly predicts: 2.5

Odds a member of the CBS broadcast crew accidentally refers to the Rams as St. Louis: 5/1

Over/Under number of times the word St. Louis is said during the game broadcast: 2.5

Who will the Super Bowl MVP thank first:

  1. Teammates: 5/6
  2. God: 7/2
  3. Mom/Dad/Family: 9/1
  4. Coach: 19/1
  5. Fans: 24/1
  6. Owner: 50/1
  7. Donald Trump: 5000/1
  8. FIELD: 75/1

ENTERTAINMENT PROPS

Over/Under on the length of Gladys Knight National Anthem: 1:49.5 (1 minute, 49 seconds)

Maroon 5 Setlist:

  1.  Girls Like You: 1/2
  2. Moves Like Jagger: 1/1
  3. Sugar: 5/4
  4. Don’t Wanna Know: 4/3
  5. One More Night: 4/3
  6. Animals: 3/2
  7. Payphone: 3/2
  8. Makes Me Wonder: 2/1
  9. She Will Be Loved: 3/1
  10. This Love: 4/1
  11. Harder to Breathe: 4/1
  12. Maps: 5/1

Odds to sing Cardi B’s part if they perform Girls Like You:

  1. Christina Aguilera: 5/1
  2. Jennifer Lopez: 9/1
  3. Faith Hill: 9/1
  4. Big Boi: 150/1
  5. Gladys Knight: 1500/1

Travis Scott Setlist:

  1. Sicko Mode: 1/3
  2. Antidote: 9/2
  3. Goosebumps: 7/1
  4. ZEZE: 9/1

Big Boi Setlist:

  1. Shutterbug: 3/2
  2. Ms Jackson: 3/1
  3. Royal Flush: 4/1
  4. B.O.B.: 5/1
  5. International Players Anthem: 6/1 (co-written by Big Boi and name-drops Gladys Knight)

Halftime Surprise Guests:

  1. Christina Aguilera: 9/2
  2. Andre 3000: 6/1
  3. Future: 8/1
  4. Ludacris: 9/1
  5. Usher: 10/1
  6. Drake: 10/1
  7. Jennifer Lopez: 12/1
  8. TI: 15/1
  9. TLC: 19/1
  10. Ciara: 24/1
  11. Jermaine Dupri: 24/1

Presidential/Political Props:

Odds Donald Trump gives a pre-game interview to CBS: 5/6

Odds Donald Trump gives a pre-game interview to FOX: 2/1

Odds Donald Trump makes a game prediction: 1/5

Over/Under Donald Trump Super Bowl-related tweets February 1-4: 3.5

Odds there’s a good-natured Super Bowl bet between Kamala Harris (D-Calif) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass): 1/2

 

(Source: SportsBettingDime)

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Nike Extravaganza Friday roundup: Santa Margarita falls to highly ranked Oak Hill Academy; Mater Dei triumphs

SANTA ANA — Santa Margarita has played a rugged schedule this boys basketball season.

The Eagles have defeated some excellent teams like CIF-Southern Section Open Division candidates Beverly Hills, Rancho Christian of Temecula and Orange Lutheran, and on Thursday beat Nevada’s best team, Bishop Gorman of Las Vegas.

There have been some losses to excellent teams, too. One of those happened Friday when Santa Margarita was overwhelmed by Oak Hill Academy of Virginia 94-67 on the first day of the two-day Nike Extravaganza at Mater Dei.

Oak Hill, 14-2 and ranked No. 6 in the nation by MaxPreps.com, shot 64 percent from the field. Cam Thomas, a 6-3 junior guard, scored a game-high 30 points including four 3-pointers. Oak Hill 6-3 senior guard Cole Anthony, son of former UNLV and NBA star (and college basketball broadcaster) Greg Anthony, scored 21 points and 6-10, 255-pound senior and Illinois signee Kofi Cockburn scored 15 with 12 rebounds.

Santa Margarita, 18-9 and No. 2 in the Orange County top 25, shot 37 percent from the floor. Kendall McHugh, a 6-foot senior guard, led the Eagles with 25 points. UCLA signee Jake Kyman scored 15 points and USC signee Max Agbonkpolo added 13 points for Santa Margarita.

Kyman and Agbonkpolo had a tough time finding good shooting opportunities. Collectively they shot 10 for 31.

Santa Margarita coach Jeff Reinert said the size and quickness of Oak Hills’ Warriors had much to do with that.

“They’re taller and more athletic to shoot over than most teams,” Reinert said.

Oak Hill scored on its first possession, a layup by Christian Brown, to take the lead the Warriors would never relinquish. They had a 26-17 at the end of the first quarter, a 41-33 advantage at halftime and took a 67-48 lead into the fourth quarter.

Santa Margarita 6-11 senior center Shengzhe Li picked up early fouls during his physical confrontation with Cockburn and struggled to get involved in the Eagles’ offense. He did not score until the 2:23 mark of the third quarter for his only two points of the game.

McHugh’s steady scoring was a bright spot for the Eagles who complete the regular season next week with one game, a Trinity League away game against JSerra.

“He’s obviously going to be a major factor for us as we head into the playoffs,” said Reinert of McHugh. “He completes us as a whole team.”

The Nike Extravaganza continues Saturday with 10 games, starting with Crean Lutheran vs. Fairmont Prep, the No. 1 team in CIF-SS Division 4AA, at 8:30 a.m. Los Altos and senior guard Jarod Lucas, the No. 4 career scorer in CIF-SS history, plays Los Alamitos at 9:45 a.m. Villa Park plays CIF-SS Division 3AA’s top-ranked San Gabriel Gabriel Academy 12:15p.m. State No. 17 (and O.C. No. 3) Orange Lutheran plays Foothills Christian at 1:30 p.m. and JSerra plays state No. 13 St. Augustine of San Diego at 3 p.m.

Oak Hill plays Modesto Christian in Nike Extravaganza XXIV’s final game Saturday at 9 p.m. Oak Hill has been a regular visitor to the Nike Extravaganza but won’t play in the event next season and perhaps not ever again. The CIF State next school year puts in to effect a rule that bars CIF member schools from playing against teams like Oak Hill Academy and IMG Academy of Florida that don’t play in their states’ playoffs.

Also at the Nike Extravaganza:

No. 1 Mater Dei 57, Rolling Hills Prep of San Pedro 51: Younger players continue to lead the Monarchs (23-3) as sophomores Devin Askew (18 points, six assists), Wilhelm Breidenbach (10 points, 10 rebounds) and Nick Davidson (10 points) sparked the win in the final game of the first day of the basketball showcase at Mater Dei.

No. 3 Orange Lutheran 78, Dos Pueblos of Goleta 41: Makur Maker, a 6-11 junior, scored 25 points and was 10 for 12 at the free-throw line for the Lancers (20-6). RJ Knibb and Isaiah Pope contributed 12 points apiece for Orange Lutheran.

Heritage Christian of Northridge 65, No. 22 Servite 50: Tajavis Miller scored 17 points, Shawn Woodson scored 14 and Kunal Bagga added 12 for the Friars (15-12) in their loss to the Warriors (21-5). Heritage Christian is ranked No. 12 in CIF-SS Division 2AA.

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Nallely Rivadeneira, Aine Drury highlight Lady Aztec Wrestling Tournament

ANAHEIM >> Twenty-three Orange County wrestlers won medals at the finals of the Lady Aztec WrestlingTournament held Saturday at Esperanza High School.

Of those, seven wrestled in the finals.

Two walked off the mat as champions.

Estancia’s Nallely Rivadeneira was in control from the first whistle in a 12-2 victory over Garden Grove’sKellie Bendezu in the 131-pound championship.

A state freestyle champion and Fargo All American, Rivadeneira, a junior, improved to 12-0 with thevictory.

Rivadeneira said training with college wrestlers and getting instruction from college coaches has madeher a better wrestler this season.

“I’m staying tough in my head,” Rivadeneira said. “I’m pushing myself every single second … thinking ifthis is how far I went last time, I’m going to try and take it further.”

Westminster’s Aine Drury, who is ranked No.1 in the CIF Southern Section at 131 pounds, had noproblem wrestling at a higher weight class for the two-day tournament.

Drury came away with a first period pin of Garden Grove’s Fernanda de la Cruz to capture the 137-pound tournament.

Birmingham Community Charter High School of Van Nuys won championships in five weight classes andhad 10 placers, easily winning the tournament with 246 points.

Garden Grove finished second, with 10 wrestlers placing among the eight in their respective weightclasses.

“We train really hard to try to get the best out of our girls,” Argonauts coach Aaron Shahrestani said ofhis team. “To come in here and walk away with a trophy in a pretty tough tournament is rewardingbecause they get to see all the hard work pay off. The girls are pretty tough.”

The next best county team was El Modena, which finished ninth, thanks in part to Abby Jolley’s secondplace finish at 143 pounds.

Jolley, who lost in the finals to Birmingham’s Tiffany Calderon, was among five Vanguards finishingamong the top eight.

“This is a very tough tournament but I feel like we could do a lot better,” Vanguards’ coach AnthonyAlcala said. “I feel like we are not peeking yet and we have league finals and that is where we expect togo and perform well and we expect to be peeking by the time CIF starts in a couple of weeks.”

Anaheim’s Victoria Buchholz finished second at 106 pounds, losing in the finals to Cayden Condit ofJefferson.

Condit went on to earn Lower Weight MVP honors, finishing with four first round pins.

Kameron Sudol of Yorba Linda, a two-time state qualifier, who is ranked third in the Southern Section at121 pounds, lost in the finals, 13-7 against Birmingham’s Katie Gomez.

Athena Willden of Oak Hills (126) was the Middle Weight MVP, finishing with three pins, and ChamiraCooper (160) was named Upper Weight MVP, also finishing with three pins.

The Los Angeles Unified school District teachers strike forced several schools in that district to drop outof the tournament, which was held for the fourth consecutive year.

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Anthony Davis, Pelicans hold off Clippers down the stretch

  • The Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell, bottom, and the Pelicans’ Anthony Davis battle for possession of the ball during the first half of Monday’s game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 14: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander #2 of the LA Clippers keeps his dribble in front of Elfrid Payton #4 of the New Orleans Pelicans during the first half at Staples Center on January 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 14: Danilo Gallinari #8 of the LA Clippers drives to the basket on Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans during the first half at Staples Center on January 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 14: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander #2 of the LA Clippers makes a pass around Elfrid Payton #4 of the New Orleans Pelicans during the first half at Staples Center on January 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 14: Lou Williams #23 of the LA Clippers drives to the basket between Jahlil Okafor #8 and Darius Miller #21 of the New Orleans Pelicans during the first half at Staples Center on January 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 14: Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans backs in Danilo Gallinari #8 of the LA Clippers during the first half at Staples Center on January 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

  • Los Angeles Clippers’ Danilo Gallinari, right, dribbles against New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

  • Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell, center, goes to basket and gets fouled by New Orleans Pelicans’ Darius Miller, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

  • New Orleans Pelicans’ Elfrid Payton, left, tries to control a ball while defended by Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 14: Danilo Gallinari #8 of the LA Clippers attempts a shot in front of Darius Miller #21 and Julius Randle #30 of the New Orleans Pelicans during the first half at Staples Center on January 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

  • Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell, dunks against New Orleans Pelicans during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 14: Montrezl Harrell #5 of the LA Clippers reacts to his dunk during the first half against the New Orleans Pelicans at Staples Center on January 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

  • New Orleans Pelicans’ Jrue Holiday, right, goes to basket while defended by Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

  • Los Angeles Clippers’ Patrick Beverley, right, shoots against New Orleans Pelicans’ Elfrid Payton during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

  • Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell, front left, dunks against New Orleans Pelicans’ Jrue Holiday, front right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

  • The Pelicans’ Anthony Davis, right, handles the ball as he tries to back down the Clippers’ Danilo Gallinari during the first half of Monday’s game at Staples Center. Davis had 46 points and 16 rebounds in New Orleans’ 121-117 win. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

  • New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis, left, shoots against Los Angeles Clippers’ Danilo Gallinari during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Pelicans won 121-117. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

  • Los Angeles Clippers’ Danilo Gallinari, left, and New Orleans Pelicans’ Jrue Holiday fight for a ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Pelicans won 121-117. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

  • New Orleans Pelicans’ Elfrid Payton, front, dunks against the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Pelicans won 121-117. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 14: Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans reacts as he is fouled by Danilo Gallinari #8 of the LA Clippers during a 121-117 Pelicans win at Staples Center on January 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 14: Doc Rivers of the LA Clippers reacts to a Clipper foul on Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans during a 121-117 Pelicans win at Staples Center on January 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 14: Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans scores past Montrezl Harrell #5 and Danilo Gallinari #8 of the LA Clippers during a 121-117 Pelicans win at Staples Center on January 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 14: Julius Randle #30 of the New Orleans Pelicans scores on a layup around Marcin Gortat #13 of the LA Clippers during a 121-117 Pelicans win at Staples Center on January 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 14: Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans shoots over Tobias Harris #34 of the LA Clippers during a 121-117 Pelicans win at Staples Center on January 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 14: Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans reacts as he is fouled by Patrick Beverley #21 of the LA Clippers in the fourth quarter during a 121-117 Pelicans win at Staples Center on January 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

  • New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis, left, gets fouled by Los Angeles Clippers’ Tyrone Wallace during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Pelicans won 121-117. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

  • New Orleans Pelicans’ Julius Randle, right, goes to the basket as Los Angeles Clippers’ Danilo Gallinari looks on during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Pelicans won 121-117. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

  • New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis, second from left, goes to basket against the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Pelicans won 121-117. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

  • New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis, left, and Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell go to the floor for a ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Pelicans won 121-117. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 14: Montrezl Harrell #5 of the LA Clippers hugs Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans after a 121-117 Pelicans win at Staples Center on January 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES — This week might prove every bit as tough as it looked on the schedule.

Facing the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday, with games coming up against the Utah Jazz on Wednesday and the Golden State Warriors on Friday, the Clippers fell behind by as many as 20 points midway through the third quarter before yanking it back, taking and losing a fourth-quarter lead, and then finally running out of gas, 121-117.

They didn’t go quietly, but they lost their third consecutive contest.

“We’ve gotta start finishing games again,” said Coach Doc Rivers, whose team suffered another narrow defeat at home Saturday, when it lost 109-104 to Blake Griffin and the Detroit Pistons. “These last two games, we had a chance to win the game, but we didn’t finish the game off.”

Three buckets in the final minute by Lou Williams – who was frigid until then, having made only 3 of 16 attempts – gave the Clippers (24-19) a shot at victory. But Anthony Davis rejected that notion.

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Williams’ floater with 26.5 seconds left fell to make it 117-115, but Davis’ two free throws increased the Pelicans’ lead to four points with 13 seconds left.

Then Williams – who was playing his 900th career game – made a layup with 7.9 seconds left to bring the Clippers back within two. And, again, Davis made another pair of foul shots with six seconds left for the final tally.

Like most teams, the Clippers couldn’t do much to contain Davis, the Pelicans’ 6-foot-10 superstar forward who Clippers coach Doc Rivers first knew as a significantly shorter teenage point guard playing in the same AAU circles as his son Austin.

“He told me he was playing like (garbage) in the second quarter,” Rivers said. “I shouldn’t have talked to him.”

Davis doused the Clippers with a game-high 46 points (after missing his first five shots and scoring just four points in the opening quarter) and 16 rebounds, including five big offensive boards.

“He made some tough shots, and then got offensive rebounds too that hurt us,” said Rivers, whose team gave up 15 offensive boards in all, committed 16 turnovers and allowed the Pelicans to take 19 more shots than they did.

“(After) one, I called a timeout: There was three guys who had him under the basket, and he came up with the ball. All three of our guys jumped, and I asked them which one of them thought they were going to out-jump Anthony Davis? At what point did they think that was going to happen?

“You gotta hit him, you gotta box him out first – if you think you’re going to get in an athletic contest with Anthony Davis, things aren’t going to go well for you.”

Former Laker Julius Randle seemed right at home at Staples Center, too, finishing with 27 points, six rebounds and five assists as the Pelicans earned just their second road win this season against a Western Conference team.

The Clippers stayed afloat thanks largely to Montrezl Harrell’s typical all-out exertion – and newfound court vision. The 6-8 center came off the bench and finished with a team-high 26 points on 10-for-16 shooting, as well as 10 rebounds and four assists, for his seventh game this season with at least four assists and his fifth since Dec. 10.

The Clippers’ 3-point shooting helped keep them in it. They entered Monday averaging 24.5 attempts per game (which ranked 29th out of 30 NBA teams), but they were firing freely – shooting 18 for 36 from deep – against the Pelicans (21-23).

Seven Clippers connected from beyond the arc, led by Danilo Gallinari, who went 6 for 9, the most 3-pointers he’s made in a game as a Clipper. Tobias Harris (25 points) was 5 for 7 from deep, Avery Bradley went 3 for 8 and one apiece by Williams, Mike Scott, Patrick Beverley and Tyrone Wallace, who made his first 3-pointer of the season.

A four-point play by Gallinari gave the Clippers their first lead in the second half. The veteran forward – who will be visiting the dentist Tuesday after losing a tooth late in the game – converted his free-throw attempt after being fouled by Nikola Mirotic on a made 3-pointer, to make it 101-100.

After both teams played an even, high-energy first half, all the fizz was out of the Clippers following halftime. Meanwhile, New Orleans’ party was still going strong.

The Pelicans opened a 92-72 lead with 4:54 to play before Harris and Harrell helped shake the Clippers awake from their mid-game nap. The two took turns scoring as the Clippers launched a 16-2 run to close the third quarter, a surge that was capped by Wallace’s 3-pointer from the corner with 9:42 left in the quarter. His shot brought the crowd to attention and cut the deficit to 94-88.

“We’re fighting (back) from a 20-point deficit, you know how much energy that exerts in an NBA game?” Harrell said. “Especially having to go down and guard the other end of the floor?

“We just gotta stop putting ourselves in these holes. Yeah, we do a great job of coming back and fighting and getting back into it, but we’re running out of gas. We’re using so much energy and we’re doing so much fighting to put ourselves just to get within three, five here and there, you know, guys are giving out.

“We just gotta start each quarter with the mindset that we’re gonna win the quarter and if we go in with the mindset of winning the quarter, then you’re gonna win the game. We just gotta stop having those lapses.”

The Clippers trailed 66-63 at halftime despite shooting 53.7 percent from the field and making 10 of 19 from 3-point range (their second-highest total for a half this season). Gallinari and Harris both finished the half 3 for 3 from behind the arc.

Davis finished the half with 17 points.

The Pelicans forced 10 first-half turnovers (which they converted to 18 points) and committed only three of their own before finishing with six.

“I just want to score a lot of points. If we get 50 layups and score 130, I’m fine with that too. I don’t care how we score.”@DocRivers keeps it honest and emphasizes he wants to see improvement out of his @LAClippers pic.twitter.com/WFfPTKha3j

— FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) January 15, 2019

“Dentist time tomorrow” for @gallinari8888 😷pic.twitter.com/mjyYiy2rDJ

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Highland man suspected in sexual assaults dating to 1995 is charged in Orange County

SANTA ANA – A 53-year-old garage door repairman was charged Monday, Jan. 14 with raping a 9-year-old girl and a woman jogger in south Orange County in the 1990s and molesting a 12-year-old girl between 2002 and 2003.

Kevin Konther, 53, of the San Bernardino County community of Highland, was arrested Thursday at his home after investigators linked him to the 1990s attacks through a genealogy website, Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes said last week.

Konther is charged with two counts each of forcible rape, forcible oral copulation and aggravated sexual assault of a child, as well as one count each of forcible lewd acts on a child younger than 14 and lewd acts on a child younger than 14, all felonies. With sentencing enhancement allegations of kidnapping and sexual assault of multiple victims, he faces up to 140 years to life in prison if convicted.

Konther made his initial court appearance Monday, but his arraignment was rescheduled for Thursday in the Central Jail courtroom in Santa Ana.

He is accused of grabbing a 9-year-old girl who was walking home from a convenience store in Lake Forest at 6:40 p.m. on Oct. 21, 1995.

The girl’s attacker dragged her into a wooded area in Serrano Creek Park, where she was raped and then let go. She ran home, told her parents, and a search ensued that bore no results.

Konther is also accused of kidnapping and raping a 31-year-old woman who was attacked at 11:30 a.m. on June 2, 1998. She was jogging on a Mission Viejo trail near El Toro Road and Marguerite Parkway when she was dragged into some bushes and raped.

Investigators matched the DNA collected from the woman’s rape and linked it to the suspect in the 9-year-old girl’s attack, according to Barnes.

Over a 23-year period, investigators had checked the DNA against law enforcement databases with no luck. In August, using the same technique that led to the arrest of the alleged Golden State Killer, investigators submitted the DNA to an ancestry website and got a match to identical twins.

Konther’s brother was released from custody and investigators said they were confident they have arrested the correct suspect, Barnes said.

While investigating the attacks on the 9-year-old girl and the jogger, authorities also found evidence that Konther allegedly molested a 12-year-old girl three times between January 2002 and December 2003, Deputy District Attorney Michael Carroll said.

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