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Sports Roundup: Lakers win, Winter Olympics, Peyton Manning and more

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Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos celebrates a 20 yard fourth quarter touchdown pass to Eric Decker #87 (not pictured) during a game against the Tennessee Titans at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High on December 8, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. Dustin Bradford/Getty Images

The headline in the LA Times says it all: "What's left of the Lakers outlasts the remains of the Grizzlies." Yes, the Lakers did beat Memphis last night, but like most things in Lakerland this year, it wasn't pretty.

For more on that and other happenings in the world of sports we're joined by by Andy and Brian Kamenetzky, who have covered sports for ESPN and Los Angeles Times.

The Lakers pulled out the much-needed victory. So, next stop NBA Championships?

Kobe had a huge shot from beyond the 3-point arc with about two minutes to go, but the Lakers are still doing worse since Kobe came back. Do you think they regret re-signing him for $48 million deal last month? Kobe scored 21. Is that the most we can expect him to score these days. Are the games of 30+ points over?

When you look at the Western Conference standings, there's a surprising team at the top: The Portland Trailblazers.  

The Winter Olympics are now 50 days away. Yesterday, President Obama named his delegation the games. That wouldn't normally attract much attention, but it did. How come?

In NFL land, the Cowboys lost to the Packers on Sunday and wide receiver Dez Bryant left the game with 1:21 to go because was upset and didn't want fans to see him cry. Was this admirable?

You could argue the best rivalry in the NFL these days is between the 49ers and Seahawks. When the Seahawks played at Candlestick two weeks a group of Seahawks fans from Culver City paid for a banner to fly over the stadium. Now 49er fans have reciprocated.

This week Sports Illustrated named its Sportsman of the Year. It was Peyton Manning. An interesting choice since he of course did not win the Super Bowl. Who would you have picked?

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