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Sports Roundup: Lakers, youth sports, Cubs mascot and more

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Pau Gasol #16 of the Los Angeles Lakers works the ball against Dwight Howard #12 of the Houston Rockets during the game at the Toyota Center on January 8, 2014 in Houston, Texas. Scott Halleran/Getty Images

The Purple and Gold is all black and blue after 143 years, a first in Chicago and the Nike swoosh equals cha-ching! It's time for sports with Andy and Brian Kamenetzky, who've covered sports for the L.A. Times and ESPN.

We start off in Staples Center where it is getting all kinds of ugly for the Lakers. The team is now only a game and half away from being in last place in the Western Conference. Head coach Mike D'Antoni has always tried to be upbeat but last night for the first time I heard a look ahead to next year. Safe to say this season is lost?

On Monday, Kobe Bryant was hanging with Bill Clinton at the opening of the 3rd annual Clinton Health Matters Conference on kids and sports at the La Quinta Resort and had this to say on competitiveness in youth sports.  

After 143 years in existence, the Chicago Cubs rolled their first ever mascot—Clark—a cub bear. Reaction has been, well, strong. The Cubs say Clark will help them develop the next generation of fans. This leaves the Yankees, Dodgers and Angels as the last teams without a mascot. What does this say about New York and L.A.?

Baseball commissioner Bud Selig says this will be his last season and he plans to visit all 30 MLB ballparks, a retirement tour of sorts. How will Bud be remembered?

The Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia begin February 7th. Gay rights have become an issue in Sochi because of a new Russian law that criminalizes discussion of "non-traditional sexual relations" in the presence of children.

President Obama has been critical of the law and he appointed three openly gay former Olympians to the U.S. delegation for the opening ceremonies. However, the US Olympic Committee is warning athletes that political protests are a no-no. What are the chances someone will try to make a statement somehow?

I remember last year when news broke about the $765 million dollar settlement for NFL concussion claims. We're talking about 20,000 retired players. Now a federal judge might be having the same thought. 

Remember the scene in Sex and the City when Carrie Bradshaw sees an amazing pair of shoes in a store window and says, "Hello, lover"? Well that's me when I see a pair of sweet hi tops. A man in Oregon also made a sweet find.

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