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L.A. Times - Sports

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Mailbag: Is the quarterback sneak dead at USC?

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 05:00:00 PDT

Every week*, The Times’ USC beat reporter, Zach Helfand, will answer your questions. Tweet yours to @zhelfand or email them to And after every USC game, you can leave a voice message on the USC Overtime hotline, at (213) 357-0984, for a call-in podcast posted every Sunday...


Rams show what’s on tap for 2017: excitement and a lot of exhaustion

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 23:05:00 PDT

They tried to give it away, but couldn’t.

They did everything humanly possible to blow it, except blow it.

On a nutty night at Levi’s Stadium on Thursday, these new Rams backed up the precipice of 2016, stared over their shoulders into its flaming abyss, and … survived?

Yeah, survived, won, barely,...


Horse racing fan? Here's something you'll want to sign up for

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Can’t read enough about horse racing? We’ve got the answer for you.

Starting Sept. 29, opening day of Santa Anita, The Times will be producing a newsletter on the sport of kings that will be sent to your inbox every racing day and one day after.

The star of the free publication will be entries...


Lakers to get more than $30 million from three-year jersey sponsorship deal with Wish

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 05:05:00 PDT

Tim Harris will be honest with you. Like many who heard the news on Thursday, the Lakers chief operating officer hadn’t heard of Wish either — until the company approached the team about a sponsorship deal.

Harris said Wish, a San Francisco-based mobile shopping app, reached out to the Lakers,...


Sam Farmer's NFL picks for Week 3

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 04:00:00 PDT

The Times’ NFL writer, Sam Farmer, examines this week’s matchups. Lines according to (O/U = over/under).

Last week’s record 13-3 (.813); season 22-9 (.710). Using point spreads with the scores Farmer predicted, the record against the spread last week would have been 10-6 (.625); season...


What we learned in the Rams' 41-39 victory over the San Francisco 49ers

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 07:50:00 PDT

What we learned in the Rams’ 41-39 victory over the San Francisco 49ers:

Todd Gurley can run for more than 100 yards

The NFL’s 2015 offensive rookie of the year finally showed the form — and the statistics — that made him a breakout star.

Gurley scored an easy touchdown on the second play of the...


Dodgers get a scare in 5-4 victory over the Phillies, but they clinch a tie for West title

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:55:00 PDT

Fatigued on their trudge toward clinching the National League West, and irritated by an ineffectual performance against the Philadelphia Phillies this week, the Dodgers ended their three-city trip Thursday with an unnerving sight: Justin Turner clutching his right thumb after getting hit by a pitch.


Big Baller Brand modifies Lonzo Ball's first signature shoes, will offer refunds

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 09:55:00 PDT

If you pre-ordered a pair of Lonzo Ball’s ZO2 Prime shoes, expect some tweaks in the design when they arrive on your doorstep.

The Big Baller Brand announced Thursday that it has made some modifications to the original design of Ball’s first signature shoes and will instead be releasing the new...


Josh Rosen will have to be nearly perfect for Bruins against Stanford

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 09:45:00 PDT

UCLA (2-1, 0-0) at Stanford (1-2, 0-1)

Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Stanford Stadium, TV: ESPN. Radio: 570.

Marquee matchup

UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen vs. the Stanford secondary. The Bruins probably won’t be able to produce the kind of clock-burning run game that helped USC and San Diego State engineer...


France threatens to skip 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea over security concerns

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 09:25:00 PDT

A week of bluster and bargaining at the United Nations has done little to ease safety concerns surrounding the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

With world leaders offering a variety of approaches to the issue of neighboring North Korea and its expanding nuclear program,...


Jay-Z reportedly turns down offer to perform at Super Bowl LII halftime show

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 08:25:00 PDT

Jay-Z apparently won’t be following in the footsteps of his wife, Beyoncé. Or those of Bruce Springsteen, Katy Perry, Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga and the numerous others who have performed during the halftime show at the Super Bowl.

According to a report by the Source earlier this week, the superstar...


Rams starting receivers come up big in victory

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 23:05:00 PDT

The Rams spent a considerable amount of cash and made a gutsy trade before the season to upgrade their receiving corps.

The transactions paid dividends Thursday night in a 41-39 victory over the San Francisco 49ers, as Robert Woods and Sammy Watkins each finished with more than 100 yards receiving...


2015 flashback: Rams' Todd Gurley tops 100 yards

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 23:00:00 PDT

It took 19 games as a Los Angeles Ram, but Todd Gurley finally rushed for more than 100 yards.

“I gave everybody what they’ve been waiting for,” Gurley said, smiling, after the Rams defeated the San Francisco 49ers, 41-39, Thursday night at Levi’s Stadium.

Gurley carried the ball 28 times, scoring...


Jared Goff, Todd Gurley lead Rams to a wild 41-39 victory over the 49ers

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 21:00:00 PDT

One postgame interview had just ended, another was about to begin.

So when Rams coach Sean McVay saw quarterback Jared Goff waiting in the doorway, he apparently could not resist.

“All right, brother,” McVay said as he tightly embraced Goff.

Then they both exhaled sighs of relief.

The Rams had...


College football: South Florida defeats Temple for school-record ninth consecutive win

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 20:25:00 PDT

Darius Tice rushed for 117 yards and two touchdowns as No. 21 South Florida dominated defending American Athletic Conference champion Temple 43-7 on Thursday night for its school-record ninth consecutive victory.

The Bulls (4-0) have not lost since falling by 16 points to Temple last October in...


Don't tell Lane Kiffin, but USC is in the middle of a screen renaissance

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 19:00:00 PDT

There were many reasons why Lane Kiffin did not last at USC, but the thing that turned the fans against him was clear. It was all those bubble screens.

The screens so agonized the Coliseum crowd during a loss to Washington State in September 2013 that after every timid pass behind the line of scrimmage...


Francisco Lindor and the Indians deal a big blow to Angels' playoff hopes

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 18:30:00 PDT

The Angels have run out of duct tape trying to hold their team together, somehow remaining in playoff contention despite an endless string of injuries that has depleted their roster.

Those postseason hopes were punctured on Thursday by the scorching-hot Cleveland Indians, who rode shortstop Francisco...


It's time now for major league teams to expand netting to protect fans as much as possible

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 18:30:00 PDT

The television is almost always on in baseball clubhouses, though players rarely do more than glance at the screen while they go about their pregame routines. But images on Wednesday from Yankee Stadium, where a young girl was hit in the face with a foul ball, disrupted the Angels’ routines and...


Chargers hope to keep pace with the speedy Chiefs through preparation, smarts

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:40:00 PDT

It’s not a Jedi mind trick or anything like that, though that might help too.

Sunday, when the Chargers host the Kansas City Chiefs, part of Chargers coach Anthony Lynn’s plan to slow the opposition will place demands on brains and smarts instead of legs.

“When you watch them, they have a lot of...


Jordan Spieth in contention early at PGA's Tour Championship

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:10:00 PDT

Kyle Stanley and Jordan Spieth got off to strong starts in the Tour Championship with entirely different goals in mind.

Stanley ran off four consecutive birdies on the front nine, one of them from 40 feet, and then added two more late in his round on a steamy Thursday afternoon at East Lake for...


Clippers hire Bruce Bowen to be analyst replacing Michael Smith

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:10:00 PDT

The Clippers have hired Bruce Bowen to be the analyst on team broadcasts, said several NBA executives who were not authorized to speak on the matter.

Bowen replaces Michael Smith, who was let go this summer after 19 seasons.

Bowen, who won three NBA championships with the San Antonio Spurs, had...


Retirements cause lots of shakeups in The Times pound-for-pound list

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:40:00 PDT

If this list was published one month ago today, it would’ve listed then-active fighters Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Andre Ward as 1-2.

Within a month, both unbeaten former champions have retired. Ward, 33, announced Thursday that he was joining Mayweather, 40, on boxing’s permanent shelf.

And although...


A look inside boxing judging with an eye toward fixing it

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 15:50:00 PDT

Oscar De La Hoya had one question after hearing judge Adalaide Byrd’s 118-110 scorecard favoring his fighter Canelo Alvarez over unbeaten, middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin in Saturday’s fight in Las Vegas:

“What was that?”

Later, Byrd tried explaining how she inexplicably saw Alvarez winning...


Disgraced ex-Patriots player Aaron Hernandez found to have CTE and early brain atrophy

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 15:45:00 PDT

Five months after Aaron Hernandez hanged himself in a prison cell with a bedsheet while serving a life sentence for first-degree murder, the former New England Patriots tight end has been diagnosed with severe chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

Hernandez, who died at age 27, is one of the youngest...


Southern California native Shane Harper is one of many local products trying to make a mark in NHL

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 15:00:00 PDT

The memory is so fresh in Shane Harper’s mind that the details come right to the surface when he tells the story.

As a kid growing up in Valencia, Harper played hockey at the Kings’ former practice facility, the Iceoplex in North Hills. One year he was put on the same team as Ty and Paulina Gretzky,...