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'The NFL is back': Fans line up for Rams' first training session

Ada Mendoza, decked out in Rams cap and jersey and clutching a stuffed “Rampage” doll, was among the first in line to see the Rams open training camp on Saturday at UC Irvine. Her husband, Frank, a self-described lifelong fan, and their 17-year-old son, Anthony, also were there, along with hundreds...

It's back-to-school day as Rams rookies report for training camp at UC Irvine

As they arrived at UC Irvine on Tuesday afternoon, Rams rookies could not help finding reminders of college. They are pros now, preparing for their first NFL training camp, but the dorm-style apartments and campus buildings took them back to university experiences that ended several months ago....

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  • Rams will hold training camp, including practices open to the public, at UC Irvine

    Rams will hold training camp, including practices open to the public, at UC Irvine

    UC Irvine and the Rams announced Thursday that they had agreed to terms for the NFL team to hold training camp on the Orange County campus for three years, with an option for a fourth. The Rams open training camp with their first public practice on July 30 at 3:30 p.m. They will practice at UCI’s...

  • Chargers move closer to vote on new stadium

    Chargers move closer to vote on new stadium

    The Chargers have collected enough signatures to put their plan for a new stadium in downtown San Diego on the November ballot, the team announced Saturday. If successful, the franchise would stay in San Diego, as opposed to exercising its option to relocate to Los Angeles as a tenant to Rams owner...

  • Johnny Manziel reportedly suspended four games for violating NFL's substance abuse policy

    Johnny Manziel reportedly suspended four games for violating NFL's substance abuse policy

    Johnny Manziel will miss the first four games of the NFL season this year, whether or not he signs with a team by then. The free-agent quarterback has been suspended for those games after violating the league’s substance abuse policy, according to multiple media reports. TMZ, which was the first...

  • Buddy Ryan played by his own set of rules

    Buddy Ryan played by his own set of rules

    NFL coaching great Buddy Ryan, who passed away Tuesday at the age of 85, didn’t have difficulty finding the spotlight wherever he went. From the New York Jets when they became the first AFL team to win a Super Bowl in 1968, to the Super Bears of 1985 to his last stop as the head man of the Arizona...

  • Brash Buddy Ryan had a softer side that few saw

    Brash Buddy Ryan had a softer side that few saw

    Many people saw Buddy Ryan as only brash and bombastic, an NFL defensive mastermind who got into a fistfight with a fellow assistant coach on the Houston Oilers sideline and allegedly put an on-field bounty on a couple of Dallas Cowboys. But there was a completely different, far more sensitive...

  • Dodgers' win over Nationals carries weight

    Dodgers' win over Nationals carries weight

    The Dodgers swept the last-place Cincinnati Reds last month, only to drop three of four games against the Chicago Cubs a week later. Something similar unfolded this month, when they swept the downtrodden Atlanta Braves one weekend and lost two of three games to the San Francisco Giants the next....

  • For Rams rookies, a forceful caution on the perils of drinking and driving

    For Rams rookies, a forceful caution on the perils of drinking and driving

    On a bright, sunny Southern California day, Rams rookies sat in a dimly lighted hotel conference room Monday, wearing blank stares as the mood turned somber. Mike Lutzenkirchen had warned the players. They probably would cry when he described his son, Philip, a former Auburn tight end who tried...

  • Rookie linebacker Josh Forrest stands tall with the Rams

    Rookie linebacker Josh Forrest stands tall with the Rams

    Glance across the field and it’s easy to spot Rams rookie Josh Forrest among the linebackers. The 6-foot-3 Forrest, a sixth-round draft pick, peers over most of the other players at his position, but stands eye to eye with veteran Akeem Ayers.  “He kind of reminded me of myself,” the 6-3 Ayers...

  • Rams' outlook matches L.A.'s weather: Sunny and bright

    Rams' outlook matches L.A.'s weather: Sunny and bright

    The Rams worked out under sunny skies this spring in Oxnard, a fitting weather backdrop for a franchise that returned to Southern California after more than two decades in the Midwest. The sunny disposition of nearly all players, coaches and front-office personnel is expected to last at least through...

  • Jared Goff still saying all the right things, but he's not the starter yet

    Jared Goff still saying all the right things, but he's not the starter yet

    As Jared Goff addressed his status as the face of an NFL franchise in the country’s second-largest market, he sounded awfully similar to the most dominant athlete in town. “I’m very honored that they decided to do what they did, trade the picks to take me with the first pick,” Goff said. “I don’t...

  • Rams wrap up organized team activities in Oxnard

    Rams wrap up organized team activities in Oxnard

    Phase one is complete.  The Rams finished organized team activities Thursday, all but ending their temporary stay in Oxnard. Rookies will be around next week for some NFL orientation business, but veterans prepared to exit after the ninth workout while support personnel continued packing boxes....

  • Westlake High product Nelson Spruce trying to make it with Rams

    Westlake High product Nelson Spruce trying to make it with Rams

    With hundreds of local high school coaches at the Rams’ organized team activities Friday, Jim Benkert thought he’d blend into the crowd. There was a steady buzz as coaches rapped about their upcoming seasons. Some jotted notes on the team rosters that were distributed. Others shuffled up and down...

  • Jared Goff will take snaps with Rams' first-team lineup next week

    Jared Goff will take snaps with Rams' first-team lineup next week

    There are three remaining practices in organized team activities, and it will be three months before the Rams play the San Francisco 49ers in the season opener. Quarterback Jared Goff is expected to make another incremental move toward possibly starting that “Monday Night Football” game by taking...

  • Former USC receiver Nelson Agholor is accused of rape

    Former USC receiver Nelson Agholor is accused of rape

    Former USC receiver Nelson Agholor is being investigated by police for allegedly sexually assaulting a dancer at a Philadelphia nightclub. According to a report by Philadelphia magazine, the 27-year-old dancer told Philadelphia police that she was raped by Agholor on Thursday afternoon at Cheerleaders...

  • Quarterback Jared Goff and other Rams rookies sign contracts

    Quarterback Jared Goff and other Rams rookies sign contracts

    Quarterback Jared Goff, the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft, and five other Rams rookies signed contracts on Thursday, the team announced. No terms were announced, but Goff’s deal is expected to be worth slightly more than Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, the No. 2 pick in the draft who...

  • Jared Goff continues to impress at Rams workouts

    Jared Goff continues to impress at Rams workouts

    The rookie quarterback calmly surveyed the defense, took the snap and looked for receivers amid the pass rush before tucking the ball and scrambling into the end zone for a touchdown. It was one of the final plays of the Rams’ workout Wednesday, and Jared Goff continued to show something new. That...

  • Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald ready to get back to work

    Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald ready to get back to work

    Aaron Donald gave himself a week off after last season before training for the Pro Bowl. He took another week off after returning from Hawaii. Other than that, the Rams’ defensive tackle refused to rest in preparation for his third NFL season. “Right back to work,” Donald said. Donald, 25, is a...

  • NFL looking into shooting of Aqib Talib

    NFL looking into shooting of Aqib Talib

    The NFL was investigating Tuesday after Denver Broncos star cornerback Aqib Talib was shot in the leg in Dallas early Sunday, according to multiple media reports. The Broncos said Talib would make a full recovery. The injury caused Talib to miss the reigning Super Bowl champions’ Monday trip to...

  • HBO releases new 'Hard Knocks' trailer featuring the Los Angeles Rams

    HBO releases new 'Hard Knocks' trailer featuring the Los Angeles Rams

    We’re a little over two months before the premiere of HBO’s “Hard Knocks” featuring the Los Angeles Rams. Rams fans should be excited for this year’s edition of the five-episode miniseries. It will be the first time that an overall No. 1 NFL draft pick and a team’s relocation will be documented....

  • Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib recovering after getting shot in leg

    Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib recovering after getting shot in leg

    The Denver Broncos say star cornerback Aqib Talib is recovering after being shot in the leg at a Dallas nightclub.  Team spokesman Patrick Smyth said the team has been in touch with the cornerback and that he's doing OK. Smyth said the team was gathering more information.  Last week, Talib said...

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