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SALT LAKE CITY -- George Hill said he wanted to help Utah win more close games. In his second contest since a June trade from the Pacers, the veteran point guard helped the Jazz do just that.Hill scored 23 points, Rudy Gobert had 13 points and 13 rebounds and the Jazz beat the Los Angeles Lakers 96-89 in Utahs home opener Friday night. Hill took over late and scored 10 points in the fourth quarter.A lot of guys can talk about it, Im more big on leading by example, Hill said. Holding guys accountable. Doing what I can do first and let guys read that.Thats the thing, the better off were going to be is every one of these guys being able to hold each other accountable and give each other constructive criticism and dont take it the wrong way. Just knowing that we have one common goal and we all want to win.The Jazz used a 16-1 run spanning halftime to take an 11-point lead, but the Lakers closed the third quarter on a 22-11 run -- highlighted by Tarik Blacks put-backs and Lou Williams 3 -- to take a 65-64 lead.The Jazz trailed by four midway in the fourth quarter when Hills 3-pointer sparked an 11-0 run for an 83-76 lead. Utah led the rest of the way.I think hes just a good player, Jazz coach Quin Snyder said of Hill. He takes pride, is the main thing. Hes got a lot of pride in his defense. On the offensive end ... he didnt stop attacking. Thats going to be huge for us, especially with Gordon (Hayward) and Alec (Burks) out. Weve talked about George being aggressive offensively.Jazz forward Derrick Favors returned from a knee injury that kept him out for most of the preseason and the season opener. He finished with 15 points, nine rebounds and two blocks. Teammate Rodney Hood added 15.Williams led the Lakers with 17 points.We came out of halftime flat and that second unit came out and did a phenomenal job, Lakers coach Luke Walton said. We had a fourth quarter lead. Utah is a tough team at home. They are well coached. We missed some good looks, they shot 40 free throws, which is a little ridiculous to me, but that is kind of what happens when you play in Utah.TIP-INSLakers: No. 2 overall pick Brandon Ingram left the game with a sore right knee in the first half and did not return. He said it got sore while running and thinks it may be tendinitis. I think it was better to be cautious about it and just come back and try to run on it again. But it just felt like I needed to be done. ... DAngelo Russell shot just 3 for 14 and had nine points.Jazz: Hayward went through a workout, including shooting the ball, before the game. He is out indefinitely and missed most of the preseason with a broken finger on his non-shooting hand. ... Gobert had his second double-double in two games and also had four blocksHELLO, OLD FRIENDSnyder was an assistant with the Lakers from 2011-12 when Walton was on the roster. Snyder said he worked a lot with the second unit, which included Walton.His feel for the game and just the kind of quiet intelligence, Snyder said when asked what he remembered. Sometimes you had to ask him what he thought. ... You can always learn a lot from NBA players when youre coaching if you just pay attention and keep your ears open. Theres things that they acquire over a period of a career. Luke, clearly, that stuff translates to him coaching right now.SWAGGYLakers guard Nick Young has already matched his number of starts from the 2015-16 season. Hes started both games season and had just two last year.He earned it, honestly, Walton said. In training camp it wasnt like we had him penciled in. But he continued to work hard defensively, is what first caught our eye.When that first unit was struggling to kind of score in those preseason games, we were just thinking of different ways to get more firepower and kind of keep that second unit together that was playing really well. We tried Nick and he did a phenomenal job and kept working hard in practice. It felt right.UP NEXTLakers: Travel to face Oklahoma City on Sunday after Russell Westbrook scored 51 points on 44 shots Friday against the Suns.Jazz: Travel to face the Clippers on Sunday. Wholesale NFL Jerseys . At a news conference Tuesday where it was thought that the fiery Schallibaum may be shown the door after a dismal finish to the Major League Soccer season, team president Joey Saputo said no decision has been made on whether the Swiss Volcano will be back in 2014. Cheap NFL Jerseys Free Shipping . 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In taking its goal tally to 99 in all competitions already this season, City delivered another demonstration of its lethal firepower at Etihad Stadium to set up a fourth-round match at home to another second-tier team -- Watford. The NHL seems set up to enjoy hockey without labor-related headaches for at least two-plus seasons. That doesnt mean its a drama-free league.A decision must be made soon about whether the worlds best hockey players will be at the Olympics in South Korea in 14 months. And there are financial issues bubbling up among the players, particularly when it comes to escrow and how they believe it has become a heavy tax on their salaries.The collective bargaining agreement and the Olympics were tied together recently by the NHL itself. The league made an offer, asking if the Players Association would eliminate its opt-out option in 2019 and extend the labor pact three years through the 2024-2025 season in exchange for participating in a sixth consecutive Olympics.The union rejected the idea. The NHL, which has been stunted by three lockouts since 1993, provided a public spin on why it would have been good for the game.Most importantly, it tells the world and our fans theres nine years of labor peace after this season which we thought would be a good thing even if there were things that we might want to change, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said at last weeks board of governors meeting.NHLPA executive director Don Fehr said the league didnt make a formal proposal, but floated it as an option.We took it seriously and ran it by the players and its not something players are interested in at the moment, Fehr said. Hopefully we will continue to try to resolve our issues, including the Olympics.The Olympic-related problems revolve around travel expenses and insurance because the International Olympic Committee does not plan to pay those bills, as it has to get NHL players to the Winter Olympics since 1998. The IOC spent about $14 million to cover travel and insurance for NHL players for the 2014 Olympics in Russia. Even if interested parties come up with enough money for travel and insurance, theres no guarantee the league and union will agree to participate in the next Olympics in part because, according to Bettman, owners have a negative sentiment about it at this point.Bettman has said a decision would need to be made by early January at the latest, giving the league time to create a schedule for next season with or without a two-plus week break for the Olympics. One stakeholder is trying to stay out of the fray, acknowledging the highly anticipated decision isnt up to him or the governing body he leads.We will await the NHL and the NHLPAs decision and hope for a positive result, International Ice Hockey Federation President Rene Fasel ssaid Tuesday.ddddddddddddAs for the labor pact, an emerging issue for players involves an escrow system that ensures a 50-50 split of hockey-related revenues between the players and the owners. Players have 16 percent to 18 percent of their paychecks put in escrow each season. After calculations have been made following recent seasons, players have ended up losing about 13 percent of their pay by getting 3 to 5 percent of the escrow refunded from the league. That has happened in large part because the U.S. dollar is worth about 25 percent more than it was against Canadian currency five years ago. A $5.2 billion broadcast deal with Rogers for national TV rights in Canada, for example, is worth a lot less than it was when that deal was done in 2013.This whole thing then morphed into a discussion of the escrow which Im a little mystified with because this system as it works depends on the escrow, Bettman said. The reason the cap is set where it is, and in fact player contracts are somewhat inflated beyond what the systems calls for is, because theres an escrow to recapture that extra money. ... If you lowered the cap, then you would have less escrow. Its that simple.Here are some other things of note around the NHL:AGELESS WONDERJaromir Jagr is closing in on second place on the NHL career scoring list. The 44-year-old Florida Panthers wing has pulled within four points of Mark Messier, who had 1,887 points from 1979-2004. Wayne Gretzky set an NHL record with 2,857 points.TURNING 100The NHL will drop the puck for its centennial celebration on Jan. 1 in Toronto where the Maple Leafs will play the Detroit Red Wings outdoors. On that day, the league will begin to share which players made the list of the 100 greatest to play in the NHL, starting with 34 who played predominantly from 1917-1966. The other 66 players, who played over the last 50 years for the most part, will be announced Jan. 27 in Los Angeles during All-Star weekend.GAME OF THE WEEKThe defending Stanley Cup-champion Pittsburgh Penguins, who have won a season-high six straight by scoring nearly six goals a game during the stretch, host the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night. Sidney Crosby scored in a fourth straight game, giving him a league-high 21 goals, Monday night in a 7-0 win over Arizona. 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