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Greg Beacham

Lakers' opt to retire both Kobe jerseys

LOS ANGELES—Although Kobe Bryant has been asked many times, he still isn't sure who would win a mystical game of one-on-one between the young Kobe in his No. 8 Lakers' jersey and his older self, who wore No. 24.

“I kind of go back and forth,” Bryant said with a sly grin.

“But 8 has something that 24 will never, ever, ever have and that's the ability to grow hair.”

Larson ekes out victory

FONTANA, Calif.—A blistering first in qualifying. A surprising first in the Xfinity Series race.

And a steady, tenacious first when it really mattered yesterday.

Kyle Larson was second-to-nobody in his home state.

Larson persevered through four late restarts to win at Fontana, adding his second career victory to his overall Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series points lead.