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Here's the lineup for the 2017 college football bowl season

The college bowl season begins and ends in Atlanta, opening with the Celebration Bowl on Saturday morning and running through the College Football Playoff championship game on Jan. 8. Here is a look at the matchups. Celebration, at Atlanta: Grambling vs. North Carolina A&T Dec. 16, 9 a.m., Channel...

  • NFL: Panthers prepare for Aaron Rodgers

    NFL: Panthers prepare for Aaron Rodgers

    Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy says the team is still evaluating Aaron Rodgers’ status, although the Panthers are preparing as if the future Hall of Fame quarterback will be in uniform on Sunday at Carolina. Rodgers, who has been out since breaking a collarbone in October, has been practicing...

  • Rams suffer several injuries in loss to Eagles but could gain roster strength for game against Seahawks

    Rams suffer several injuries in loss to Eagles but could gain roster strength for game against Seahawks

    Rams players suffered multiple injuries in their defeat by the Philadelphia Eagles, but coach Sean McVay said Monday that he anticipated that cornerback Trumaine Johnson and offensive linemen Andrew Whitworth and Rob Havenstein would recover and be available for Sunday’s game against the Seahawks...

  • Rams still getting big plays from special teams

    Rams still getting big plays from special teams

    Special teams came up big again, but it was not enough to help the Rams avoid a 43-35 defeat by the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday at the Coliseum Early in the third quarter, after the Rams scored a touchdown to cut a 10-point halftime deficit, Mike Thomas blocked a punt and Blake Countess returned...

  • Rams are not ready to soar like Eagles

    Rams are not ready to soar like Eagles

    The Rams aren’t ready. They’re not ready for the bright lights, the big stage, the blinding pressure. They may be having the most surprising season in the NFL, but that season has reached the final exhaustive weeks, and greatness beckons, and they’re … just … not … quite … ready. That’s the only...

  • Rams lose key players in loss to Eagles

    Rams lose key players in loss to Eagles

    Cornerback Kayvon Webster emerged from the Rams’ locker room Sunday with a boot on his right leg and crutches in hand. Inside, cornerback Trumaine Johnson stood in silence, leaning his head against his locker stall. The Rams not only were emotionally exhausted after Sunday’s 43-35 loss to the Philadelphia...

  • Chargers running back Austin Ekeler's inexperience shows at end of first half against Redskins

    Chargers running back Austin Ekeler's inexperience shows at end of first half against Redskins

    Austin Ekeler could laugh about his mental gaffe after Sunday’s game because it did not cost the Chargers in their 30-13 victory over the Washington Redskins, but coach Anthony Lynn did not find the play amusing. “That was a dumb play by Austin,” Lynn said of Ekeler’s 33-yard run that ended four...

  • Rams knock out Carson Wentz but fail to hold on to the ball and the lead in loss to NFC-leading Eagles

    Rams knock out Carson Wentz but fail to hold on to the ball and the lead in loss to NFC-leading Eagles

    He sprinted out of the Coliseum tunnel, leading teammates onto the field for pregame introductions before a hyped-up anticipatory crowd. Rams quarterback Jared Goff never stopped running. He made a hard right to the sideline, and continued at full speed to the far end zone, as if to collect his...

  • Here's a clip of the choking taunt Sean Payton says he doesn't remember making toward Devonta Freeman

    New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton says he doesn’t remember putting his hand toward his throat and yelling, “Choke!” during the fourth quarter of his team’s “Thursday Night Football” game against the Atlanta Falcons. Just to be helpful, here’s a video clip that might jog the coach’s memory. The...

  • Sam Farmer's NFL Week 14 picks

    The Times’ NFL writer, Sam Farmer, examines this week’s matchups. Lines according to Pregame.com (O/U = over/under). Last week’s record 12-4 (.750); season 126-66 (.656). Using point spreads with the scores Farmer predicted, the record against the spread last week would have been 11-5 (.688); season...

  • NFL: Struggling Browns make changes at top

    Sashi Brown brought analytics, a bevy of draft picks and some stability to the Cleveland Browns. In the end, losing mattered most. With the Browns not winning and still the NFL’s saddest franchise, owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam decided it was time to make yet another change at the top before things...

  • NFL: Jones makes leaping interception to save Falcons against Saints

    Deion Jones made a leaping interception in the end zone with 1:25 remaining and the Atlanta Falcons held on for a crucial 20-17 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Thursday night, setting up a three-way race for the NFC South title. Matt Ryan shook off three interceptions to guide the Falcons...

  • Rams' Gurley wouldn't mind playing in Pro Bowl, but has something more super in mind

    The first time that running back Todd Gurley was voted into the Pro Bowl, the Rams were suffering through a losing season, leaving the then-rookie with no other postseason engagements. Gurley happily participated in the late January exhibition. Now, for the second time in three years, Gurley is...

  • Jared Goff and Carson Wentz are excited about first meeting on the field

    They will be forever linked as quarterbacks selected No. 1 and No. 2 in the 2016 NFL draft. They share the same agents, remain in contact via occasional text messages and track each other from afar. Jared Goff of the Rams and Carson Wentz of the Philadelphia Eagles will play against each other...

  • Sam Farmer's NFL pick for Thursday: Saints over Falcons

    NEW ORLEANS (9-3) AT ATLANTA (7-5) TV: Ch. 4, NFL Network, 5:15 p.m. PST. Line: Saints by 1. Over/under: 51. Sam Farmer’s prediction: The Saints have too many ways to beat you. If they can run the way they did on Luke Kuechly and Carolina’s defense, they can run it on anybody. Falcons need to bounce...

  • Staying healthy has been key factor in Chargers' resurgence

    Chargers coach Anthony Lynn doesn’t know exactly how it’s happened, but somehow his once-snakebitten franchise has the sun shining squarely on it. To get back into a tie for first in the AFC West after starting the year 0-4, you’re going to need some good fortune. To suddenly be swimming in turnovers,...

  • Rams punter Johnny Hekker delivers supplies to Ventura County shelter

    Rams punter Johnny Hekker woke up, saw the devastation caused by the Thomas fire in Ventura County, and wanted to help. Hekker and his wife, Makayla, spent part of Tuesday — the Rams’ day off from practice — at a Target store in Newbury Park buying supplies to deliver to a shelter at the Ventura...

  • Rams make contingency plans in case air quality from fires affects ability to practice

    The Rams are making contingency plans if Southland fires continue to affect air quality that prevents them from practicing at their Thousand Oaks facility in preparation for Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles at the Coliseum. On Wednesday, a day after smoke and ash were in the air, the...

  • NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell signs contract extension

    Commissioner Roger Goodell has signed a contract extension with the NFL, ending weeks of speculation that Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones — angry about the suspension of running back Ezekiel Elliott — might be able to derail that process. The news of Goodell’s extension, first reported by ProFootballTalk.com,...

  • Eli Manning will begin a new streak as the Giants' starting quarterback on Sunday

    Eli Manning is the New York Giants’ starting quarterback this week, just like he’s been for 210 of the team’s last 211 games. The two-time Super Bowl MVP was benched last week after the Giants’ 2-9 start to the season. That turned out to be one of moves made by then-coach Ben McAdoo before he was...

  • NFL notes: Chiefs suspend cornerback Marcus Peters for game against Raiders

    Marcus Peters chucked an official's flag into the stands, stalked off the field wearing a smile, then ran back onto it without wearing socks when he realized he hadn't been ejected. Well, he won't have to worry about socks on Sunday. Chiefs coach Andy Reid suspended the volatile young cornerback...

  • Fox moves NFL studio show to Coliseum for Rams-Eagles showdown

    How big is Sunday’s showdown between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Rams? Big enough that Fox is moving its entire studio show to the front of the Coliseum to create a “College GameDay”-type environment. The network was in danger of losing the NFC showdown, as the game was considered a prime candidate...

  • NFL: Steelers’ Ryan Shazier upbeat despite spinal injury

    Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier will remain in a Cincinnati hospital until at least Wednesday to undergo further testing on a spinal injury suffered in the first quarter of Monday night’s win over the Bengals. Shazier left Paul Brown Stadium on a stretcher less than four minutes into...

  • Meet the veteran at center of Rams' high-scoring attack

    Jared Goff likes to run the up-tempo, no-huddle offense not only because it yields results, but also for the laughs it consistently provides the Rams’ quarterback at center John Sullivan’s expense. “When he hears me going, ‘Hey! We’re going no-huddle, here we go!’” Goff says, “He’ll…” Goff stops...

  • Keenan Allen has overcome injuries to become Chargers' top receiver

    Keenan Allen does not appear to have a chip on his shoulder, that accumulation of slights — real or perceived — that many NFL players seem to need for motivation. The Chargers receiver does have a lump on his shoulder. To the right of his neck is a peculiar-looking protrusion, about an inch high,...

  • Antonio Brown suggests teammate's helmet hit on Vontaze Burfict is 'karma'

    Pittsburgh receiver Antonio Brown doesn’t appear to have much sympathy toward Cincinnati linebacker Vontaze Burfict, who was carted off the field Monday night after an illegal block to the head by Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster. Brown repeatedly used the word “karma” in reference to Burfict’s...

  • Steelers edge Bengals 23-20 in penalty filled game

    Chris Boswell kicked a field goal on the final play shortly after Antonio Brown caught a 6-yard touchdown pass — taking a hit to the head while landing in the end zone — and the Pittsburgh Steelers pulled off another improbable comeback against the Cincinnati Bengals, rallying for a 23-20 victory...

  • Rams' Alec Ogletree expected to play against Eagles

    Rams linebacker Alec Ogletree, who suffered an elbow injury against the Arizona Cardinals, is expected to be ready for Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles, but his status will not be determined until later in the week, coach Sean McVay said Monday. “We all know the type of competitor...

  • One former coach prepared both Jared Goff and Carson Wentz for the NFL. Here's what he saw then and what he sees now.

    Anyone could appreciate a highlight package featuring the greatest throws of the Rams’ Jared Goff and Philadelphia’s Carson Wentz this season. The second-year quarterbacks have 6,189 yards and 49 touchdown passes between them. But Ted Tollner likes something else. The throws they aren’t making....

  • Chargers never gave up after 0-4 start

    When the Chargers were sitting at the bottom of the NFL, winless after four games, questions should have been being asked. Cracks in the team’s foundation should have started to show. The losing streak had essentially eliminated them from postseason contention since only one team in modern NFL...

  • UCLA's Chip Kelly begins rounding out his coaching staff

    Chip Kelly will not be starting completely anew with his UCLA football coaching staff. The Bruins coach is expected to retain offensive assistants DeShaun Foster, Hank Fraley and Jimmie Dougherty, said two people with knowledge of the situation who were not authorized to comment publicly because...

  • NFL suspends Patriots' Rob Gronkowski one game for late hit to head

    The NFL suspended New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski one game for a late, gratuitous hit to the head of Buffalo defensive back Tre'Davious White. White was lying face down on the sideline after intercepting a pass Sunday when Gronkowski body-slammed him, driving his forearm into White's...

  • Giants fire coach Ben McAdoo and general manager Jerry Reese, source says

    Coach Ben McAdoo and general manager Jerry Reese were fired Monday by the New York Giants less than one year after taking the team to the playoffs for the first time since 2011, a person familiar with the situation said. McAdoo and Reese were fired a day after the Giants were beaten in Oakland...

  • What we learned in the Rams' 32-16 victory over the Arizona Cardinals

    What we learned in the Rams’ 32-16 victory over the Arizona Cardinals: The Rams miss Robert Woods Receivers Cooper Kupp and Sammy Watkins played well and Josh Reynolds continued to gain experience for an offense that was without Woods for the second consecutive game because of a shoulder injury....

  • What we learned from the Chargers' victory over the Browns

    The Chargers improved to 6-6 with a 19-10 defeat of the Cleveland Browns on Sunday at StubHub Center. Here’s what we learned: 1. The Chargers aren’t there yet After getting to .500 for the first time this season, the Chargers could finally claim that they’ve undone the damage from an 0-4 start....

  • Rams end interception drought in style

    Alec Ogletree approached the goal line after intercepting a pass and then punctuated the takeaway with a front flip into the end zone. It was a highlight-reel play by the Rams linebacker in a 32-16 road victory Sunday over the Arizona Cardinals. It was also one of two Rams interceptions in a win...

  • On the field and elsewhere, Rams' Todd Gurley is having a 'good year'

    It’s a good time to be Rams running back Todd Gurley. Gurley’s former high school team, Tarboro High, will play for a state championship in North Carolina. His college team, Georgia, won the Southeastern Conference Championship and will play in the College Football Playoff. And Sunday, the Rams...

  • Optimistic mind-set leads Chargers to the top of the AFC West

    When things were at their worst, when the Chargers fell to 0-4 and their fans were regularly and decisively being drowned out by cheers for whichever team was visiting StubHub Center, they could have let their season slip away. And who would have cared much if they had? The team that nobody seemed...

  • NFL notes: Aaron Rodgers set to return to Packers practice on Saturday

    Aaron Rodgers' return is a go. The Green Bay Packers' two-time MVP quarterback, who was placed on injured reserve after breaking his right collarbone Oct. 15 against Minnesota, is on track to practice Saturday, coach Mike McCarthy said. “He's got a workout today that we'll obviously evaluate,”...

  • NFL rolls out social justice initiative

    Details of the NFL’s new community and social justice initiative are coming into focus, including a program that allows players and teams to apply for grants directed to local community programs and nonprofit organizations. In a three-page memo sent Friday to all 32 clubs and obtained by The Times,...

  • NFL players wear their hearts on their feet, again, for the return of My Cause, My Cleats campaign

    It’s week 13 of the NFL season, which means players will be showing off some eye-catching cleats on the field. Back for another season, the NFL’s My Cause, My Cleats initiative will allow players to wear their hearts on their feet, showcasing cleats representing charities that are important to...

  • Sam Farmer's NFL Week 13 picks

    The Times’ NFL writer, Sam Farmer, examines this week’s matchups. Lines according to Pregame.com (O/U = over/under). Last week’s record 14-2 (.875); season 114-62 (.648). Using point spreads with the scores Farmer predicted, the record against the spread last week would have been 8-7-1 (.533);...

  • College football: San Diego State wants to build a new stadium

    San Diego State unveiled details Thursday of a $250-million stadium it wants to build at the site of the former Qualcomm Stadium. The stadium would be built in conjunction with a proposed campus expansion that supporters hope to place on the November 2018 ballot. It would seat 35,000 for San Diego...

  • NFL: Bryant sets franchise record in Cowboys win over Redskins

    Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys finally found a way to win without suspended star running back Ezekiel Elliott. The question is whether the defending NFC East champions figured it out in time to salvage their fading playoff hopes. Prescott threw two touchdown passes, including a franchise record-breaker...

  • Todd Gurley celebrates the fact that he doesn't have to carry entire load for Rams' offense

    They are among the NFL’s highest-scoring teams, but the Rams do not generate much buzz for end-zone celebrations. “Bad chemistry on the celebrating, but it’s whatever,” running back Todd Gurley said Thursday. “We get in there so much we don’t have to do it every time, so it’s cool.” Gurley has...

  • NFL: Jimmy Garoppolo will get start for 49ers

    For Jimmy Garoppolo, the wait is over. It’s time to show he is ready to be a franchise quarterback, and that begins against his hometown team. Garoppolo makes his first start for San Francisco when the 49ers visit the Chicago Bears on Sunday in a game that matches struggling franchises. “It’s exciting,”...

  • Chargers swear they're preparing for a good Cleveland football team even though the Browns are 0-11

    To hear the Chargers talk about it this week, you’d think they were preparing for a field full of Jim Browns come Sunday instead of one filled with this season’s Cleveland Browns. “They’re a very talented team,” Chargers defensive coordinator Gus Bradley said. “When you watch tape, you watch a...

  • Just like every season, a pile of NFL coaches are in danger of losing their jobs

    Like your NFL team’s new coach? Think he’s doing a solid job? He’ll probably be fired. Not now, but in a few years. That’s how the business goes, with expectations constantly growing and patience forever shrinking. Roughly a quarter of the league’s 32 teams have a new head coach to start a season....

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