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Rams rookie tight end Gerald Everett isn't shy about his expectations

Rams rookie tight end Gerald Everett made a statement, paused to seek permission, then realized he could say almost anything he wanted since he was a pro. “We could be better than the Redskins’ tight ends,” Everett said Wednesday as rookies reported to training camp at UC Irvine. “If I can say...

  • NFL: Denver Broncos bring back former coach Gary Kubiak in scouting role

    NFL: Denver Broncos bring back former coach Gary Kubiak in scouting role

    Gary Kubiak's separation from the NFL is over. Kubiak is returning to the Denver Broncos in a scouting capacity seven months after stepping down as their head coach over health concerns . Kubiak will serve as a senior personnel adviser, scouting college and pro players. He'll be based out of...

  • Lucky Whitehead was fired by Cowboys after shoplifting charge that turned out to be a case of mistaken identity

    Lucky Whitehead was fired by Cowboys after shoplifting charge that turned out to be a case of mistaken identity

    Lucky Whitehead said all along that reports of him being arrested for shoplifting $40 worth of items from a convenience store were a case of mistaken identity. His claims did not stop the Dallas Cowboys from releasing the 25-year-old wide receiver on Monday. A day later, though, police in Whitehead's...

  • CTE was nearly ubiquitous among former NFL players who donated their brains to science

    CTE was nearly ubiquitous among former NFL players who donated their brains to science

    In a group of more than 100 professional football players whose brains were examined after their death, new research has found that virtually all suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a condition likely brought on by repeated blows to the head. At a Boston University program that investigates...

  • Chargers to work out Robert Griffin III

    Chargers to work out Robert Griffin III

    Since Philip Rivers became the Chargers’ starting quarterback, whoever has served as his backup has had one of the NFL’s most predictable jobs. You stand, on the sideline, probably in an officially licensed ball cap, maybe signaling in plays, maybe holding the ball on extra points and field goals....

  • NFL: John Elway gets new deal

    NFL: John Elway gets new deal

    John Elway has agreed to a new five-year contract with the Denver Broncos. The deal ends a long-running saga that had fans wondering if their Hall of Fame quarterback-turned-front office executive would leave the franchise he has helped win three Super Bowl titles. Elway, 57, was set to enter...

  • The big questions in the NFL as teams head into training camp

    The big questions in the NFL as teams head into training camp

    Football is a game of hunches. At this time of year, with rosters just taking shape, there are far more questions than answers. From relocated teams to rehabilitated players, to rookies looking to make a splash, there are all sorts of compelling story lines. Ten questions as we head into NFL training...

  • British Open: First major title slips away from Matt Kuchar

    British Open: First major title slips away from Matt Kuchar

    For his second-place finish in the British Open, Matt Kuchar leaves Royal Birkdale with a check worth $1,067,000. And without the Claret Jug. That’s a painful reality for someone who has earned more money than any current player — about $40 million — without a major championship to his name. When...

  • Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott involved in incident at Dallas bar, reports say

    Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott involved in incident at Dallas bar, reports say

    Dallas Cowboys star running back Ezekiel Elliott was involved in an incident at a bar in Dallas on Sunday night, according to multiple media reports. The Dallas Police Department stated that officers were dispatched to the Clutch Bar and Restaurant around 9:40 p.m. A 30-year-old male claimed he...

  • Wimbledon notes: Cilic hampered by blister in final loss to Federer

    Wimbledon notes: Cilic hampered by blister in final loss to Federer

    Marin Cilic was bothered by some type of medical issue during his match against Roger Federer on Sunday. Turns out, it was a blister on the ball of his left foot. At one point, with Federer leading in the second set, 3-0, Cilic was in tears in his courtside chair between the first and second set,...

  • Roger Federer wins record eighth Wimbledon championship

    Roger Federer wins record eighth Wimbledon championship

    Another record for the great Roger Federer. He has now conducted the most expensive tennis clinic in history. The frustrated student Sunday was Croatia’s Marin Cilic, playing in his first Wimbledon final. Federer, a veteran of 11, coolly dispatched him, 6-3, 6-1, 6-4, making it look less like a...

  • Rams' top cornerback Trumaine Johnson expected to hit free agency after 2017 season

    Rams' top cornerback Trumaine Johnson expected to hit free agency after 2017 season

    As he prepares for his sixth season with the Rams, Trumaine Johnson is the team’s top cornerback and highest-paid player. But apparently he is not the right fit. Not for a new long-term contract anyway. After General Manager Les Snead said for months that the Rams would wait to see if Johnson was...

  • Thousand Oaks' Claire Liu wins Wimbledon girls' singles title

    Thousand Oaks' Claire Liu wins Wimbledon girls' singles title

    Somebody from Southern California is going to bring a Wimbledon singles title home after all. Claire Liu of Thousand Oaks beat fellow American Ann Li 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 in the girls’ singles championship match Saturday at the All England Lawn Tennis Club. It was the first time in 25 years the female...

  • Rams receiver Thomas suspended for four games; tight end Higbee gets plea deal

    Rams receiver Thomas suspended for four games; tight end Higbee gets plea deal

    Receiver Mike Thomas on Friday was suspended for the Rams’ first four games of the regular season because of a doping violation, and tight end Tyler Higbee entered into a plea agreement in connection with an incident that left a man hospitalized. Thomas, who appeared to have raised his profile...

  • J.J. Watt hypes new shoe by taking jabs at Lonzo Ball's ZO2's

    J.J. Watt hypes new shoe by taking jabs at Lonzo Ball's ZO2's

    Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt seized the opportunity and couldn’t resist. It was all business. On Thursday, Watt unveiled on Twitter his second signature training shoes with Reebok, the JJ II. The shoes debuted on Friday and according to Reebok’s website, they retail for $100. Watt decided...

  • Garbine Muguruza has easy match on way to Wimbledon final

    Garbine Muguruza has easy match on way to Wimbledon final

    It’s safe to say that Garbine Muguruza will face a stiffer challenge from Venus Williams in the Wimbledon women’s final than the Spaniard did in Thursday’s semifinal. Slovakia’s Magdalena Rybarikova didn’t offer much resistance in her 6-1, 6-1 loss to Muguruza. “I just wanted to play good match,”...

  • Venus Williams will face Garbine Muguruza in Wimbledon finals

    Venus Williams will face Garbine Muguruza in Wimbledon finals

    Venus Williams could have played it safe. She and Johanna Konta were tied, 4-4, in the first set of their Wimbledon semifinal. Williams was down, 30-40 and her first serve was long. Another miss and she was in danger of allowing Konta to serve for the set. Instead of easing off her second serve...

  • Long-running elbow problem makes for a short day at Wimbledon for Novak Djokovic

    Long-running elbow problem makes for a short day at Wimbledon for Novak Djokovic

    In the end, the elbow pain was just too much for Novak Djokovic. The Serbian star, seeded No. 2 at Wimbledon, pulled out of his quarterfinal match against Tomas Berdych on Wednesday, two games into the second set. “It’s the elbow that already keeps bothering for over a year-and-a-half, actually,”...

  • Joe Montana compares Colin Kaepernick's quarterback skills to Tim Tebow's

    Joe Montana compares Colin Kaepernick's quarterback skills to Tim Tebow's

    Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana was asked Tuesday whether he thought former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick would land on an NFL roster by the time the 2017 season starts. In giving his answer, Montana brought up another former NFL quarterback, Tim Tebow. Translation: Kaepernick’s...

  • An incident at Wimbledon puts self-effacing 'ball kids' in an unaccustomed spotlight

    An incident at Wimbledon puts self-effacing 'ball kids' in an unaccustomed spotlight

    Wimbledon ball boys and ball girls are to be neither seen nor heard. They are chasing down stray tennis balls, rolling them to players on demand, distributing towels. But there has been a bit of uncomfortable scrutiny on the “ball kids” in recent days, after Frenchman Adrian Mannarino bumped into...

  • Venus Williams serves strong, earns spot in Wimbledon semifinal

    Venus Williams serves strong, earns spot in Wimbledon semifinal

    Youth was served. And served. Then served even harder. In a blink it was over Tuesday, with Venus Williams making short work of Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko in a Wimbledon women’s quarterfinal, 6-3, 7-5. On a drizzly day when play was suspended because of weather, Williams rained down aces — eight,...

  • Warm weather makes Wimbledon grass even more challenging

    Warm weather makes Wimbledon grass even more challenging

    It has been an unseasonably warm and dry summer here, and the grass courts at Wimbledon have come under particular scrutiny. A number of players have been critical of their condition, among them Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic. Richard Lewis, chief executive of the All England Lawn Tennis Club,...

  • Gilles Muller beats Rafael Nadal in marathon match at Wimbledon

    Gilles Muller beats Rafael Nadal in marathon match at Wimbledon

    Late in his career and late in the day — the shadows long on the courts of Wimbledon — the tireless Gilles Muller finally got what he wanted. An early exit for Rafael Nadal. In a fourth-round match Monday that had the tennis world hanging on every point, Muller stubbornly outlasted one of the best...

  • Wimbledon executive 'disappointed' by critical comments by Tomic

    So far, Wimbledon has been largely free of controversy. Then there’s the case of Australia’s Bernard Tomic, who caused a stir last week when he confessed to reporters he was “a little bit bored” in his first-round loss to Alexander Zverev and that he called for a trainer – even though he wasn’t...

  • This Wimbledon fan has learned to wing it

    About 40,000 spectators attend Wimbledon each day, many dressed in similar tennis garb and for the most part indistinguishable from each other. Chris Fava stands out in the crowd. Fava, 41, an ardent tennis fan who lives in Venice Beach, has worn a different elaborate Wimbledon-themed costume each...

  • Big 4 men and wide-open women's field get ready for Manic Monday and second week of Wimbledon

    Heading into the second week of Wimbledon, the tournament has rounded into a tale of mastery versus mystery. The remaining men include the familiar foursome of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Andy Murray. Someone from that group has won this storied tournament every year since...

  • NFL Films tackles challenge of making the 2016 Rams watchable

    It’s an experience that neither the Rams nor their fans want to endure again. But the club’s first season back in Los Angeles was captured in minute detail by the highly skilled storytellers at NFL Films for the Amazon original series “All or Nothing: A Season with the Los Angeles Rams,” now available...

  • Marshawn Lynch might have used his hands just a little during a charity soccer game. Watch the video

    Marshawn Lynch didn’t get the memo about not using his hands while playing soccer. Or, more likely, he didn’t care. Playing in a charity soccer event near Seattle, the former Seahawks and now Oakland Raiders running back entered the game in the second half wearing official Beast Mode socks and...

  • Matt Slauson brings versatility and experience to the Chargers' offensive line

    Following one of the Chargers’ final minicamp practices of the summer, Matt Slauson found some shade and started to work through all the tape holding his gear in place. His ankles, wrists, fingers — there was more Scotch than skin, and the process looked tedious. But asked about the players who...

  • Rams will practice twice with Chargers during training camp

    The Rams and the Chargers, already scheduled to play a preseason game at the Coliseum, will practice together twice during training camp, the teams announced Thursday. The Rams open training camp workouts July 29 at UC Irvine. They will host the Chargers for a joint practice Aug. 9. The Chargers...

  • Chargers release training camp practice schedule

    The Chargers’ first practices in town as the Los Angeles Chargers will begin on Sunday, July 30 at the Jack Hammett Sports Complex in Costa Mesa. Training camp practices will be open to the public with free admission. The team will hold joint practices with the New Orleans Saints and the Rams,...

  • Rams terminate contract of defensive tackle Tyrunn Walker

    The Rams on Thursday terminated the contract of defensive lineman Tyrunn Walker, the same day a New Orleans news organization reported that police in Lafayette, La., were concluding a sexual assault investigation involving Walker. The New Orleans Advocate reported that Walker and another man are...

  • Falcons' Devonta Freeman: 'I was supposed to be the MVP this year of the Super Bowl'

    Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman rushed 11 times for 75 yards during Super Bowl LI earlier this year. But only two of those carries and one of the yards came after the Falcons had built a 28-3 lead over the New England Patriots in the third quarter. The Falcons ended up losing that...

  • Two tight ends are better than one for Chargers

    The understudy is ready for a leading role. That was evident last season when Chargers rookie tight end Hunter Henry, a second-round pick out of Arkansas in 2016, caught 36 passes for 478 yards and eight touchdowns and was an effective blocker in the running game. The star is not ready to yield...

  • Rams' Aaron Donald shows up to minicamp though his contract situation remains unresolved

    His head was covered with a blue hoodie rather than a helmet, and his participation was limited to conditioning drills on the sideline. But after staying away from voluntary organized team activities for three weeks because of his contract situation, Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald returned...

  • Chargers' Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates have fond memories of San Diego

    The cuts and the pain caused to Philip Rivers have largely healed in the months since it was announced San Diego would no longer be his football home. Still, he knows this is his last week in San Diego with his team, one that’s bigger than just the players on the field. So those wounds might get...

  • Spencer Pulley poised to become Chargers' starting center

    Vanderbilt University, tucked inside of Nashville, is regarded as one of the top universities in the country, churning out a pair of U.S. vice presidents, countless business executives and academics. It also produced Chargers offensive lineman Spencer Pulley, a three-time member of the SEC Academic...

  • Aaron Donald's participation in Rams' minicamp is unclear

    No one questions Aaron Donald’s importance to the Rams. Pro Football Focus last week called the three-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle the “single most dominant player in the NFL” heading into the 2017 season. But there is one major question about Donald on the eve of a mandatory minicamp, which...

  • Super Bowl-pedigreed Kayvon Webster must show he can handle starting role with the Rams

    Most of Kayvon Webster’s NFL snaps came on special teams, not in the secondary. The cornerback sat behind multiple Pro Bowl players while contributing to Denver Broncos teams that played in two Super Bowls. Now, for the first time, Webster is on track to start on defense. The Rams, with a hearty...

  • Denzel Perryman finds his voice in the middle of the Chargers' defense

    In conversation, the “oomph” isn’t really present in Denzel Perryman’s voice. The Chargers middle linebacker, the man tasked with relaying play calls, lining up teammates and breaking huddles, has a smooth alto when talking without a helmet covering his face. “I’m just trying to earn my stripes,”...

  • Body of former NFL player James Hardy found in Indiana river

    Authorities said Thursday that former NFL wide receiver James Hardy has been found dead in a river in northeast Indiana. The Allen County Coroner's Office said that although the 31-year-old's body has been identified, the cause and manner of his death are still being investigated. His body was...

  • Ravens release tight end Dennis Pitta after his third hip injury

    The Baltimore Ravens have released tight end Dennis Pitta with an injury waiver after he hurt his right hip for a third time in practice last week. The injury occurred during an offseason practice session Friday. Each time Pitta hurt the hip previously, the injury was serious enough to be considered...

  • Bills cornerback Shareece Wright pays more than $900 for an eight-hour Uber ride to practice

    Shareece Wright apparently just had to get to practice for the Buffalo Bills on Monday, even if the workout was considered voluntary. Why else would he have paid more than $900 for an Uber ride from Chicago to Buffalo late Sunday night and well into the next morning? One of Wright's representatives,...

  • Chargers first-round pick Mike Williams won't return till training camp at earliest

    When the Chargers selected wide receiver Mike Williams with their first-round pick, it seemed as if they were getting a fairly well-known commodity. The Clemson product would be a big target for Philip Rivers, and the kind of talent who should be able to make an early impact for a quarterback known...

  • Video appears to show Rex and Rob Ryan involved in a bar fight in Nashville

    A video appeared on Twitter this weekend that shows what many of us undoubtedly figure is just a day in the life of Rex and Rob Ryan. The twin brothers and former NFL coaches — Rex was head coach of the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills, Rob was defensive coordinator for several teams, most recently...

  • Trumaine Johnson participates in Rams workouts

    After being absent for a week, Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson returned to organized team activity workouts Monday, explaining that a personal situation kept him away, not a contract dispute. “Right now, I’m happy to be here and playing ball,” Johnson said. “I’m controlling what I can control....

  • Statue of Jackie Robinson will be installed at the Rose Bowl this fall

    Jackie Robinson will have a permanent home at the Rose Bowl. A commemorative statue honoring the trailblazing sports icon will be installed this fall outside the main gate of the historic venue, according to Legacy Connections, the private nonprofit fundraising arm of the Rose Bowl Stadium. The...

  • Matt Smith to replace Josh Lewin as Chargers' play-by-play radio voice

    The Chargers’ plan to “Fight for L.A.” got a new narrator Monday, with the team announcing Los Angeles sports-talk mainstay Matt Smith as the team’s new radio play-by-play announcer. Smith is the co-host of “Petros and Money” on KLAC-AM (570) and a contributing analyst on the NFL Network and NFL.com....

  • Seahawks sign quarterback Austin Davis; Colin Kaepernick remains without a job

    Quarterback Austin Davis has been signed by the Seattle Seahawks. The team announced the move Monday morning, nearly two weeks after Davis visited the Seahawks looking for the chance to compete for the backup job behind starter Russell Wilson. Davis has completed 236 of 378 passes with 13 touchdowns...

  • Andrew Whitworth brings protective services to Rams

    During the last eight of his 11 seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, Andrew Whitworth played left tackle and protected a couple of very good quarterbacks. With Whitworth minding their blind side, Carson Palmer and Andy Dalton each led the Bengals to the playoffs. So it was no surprise in March...

  • Chargers are looking for a new wave of unheralded players to make a difference

    Underneath the San Diego sun for the final two weeks, the Chargers will wrap their summer program with organized team activities followed by minicamp before breaking until July, a break that’ll have them coming to new digs in Costa Mesa for training camp. Philip Rivers’ final passes at Chargers...

  • From USC to Buffalo and back, these former teammates know the drill

    The practice matchup has played out thousands of times in more than seven years, first when they were teenage teammates at USC, then as young pros with the Buffalo Bills and now as NFL veterans preparing for their first season with the Rams. Cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman bends his knees, stares...

  • Rams mailbag: Trumaine Johnson's situation, Greg Robinson's future and Jared Goff's progress

    Cornerback Trumaine Johnson joined defensive tackle Aaron Donald on the absentee list during the second week of organized team activities. The Rams have four OTA workouts remaining this week, and they also will hold a mandatory minicamp June 13-15. Now, on to your questions. Keep them coming at...

  • Pete Carroll says Colin Kaepernick can still start in the NFL

    Seahawks coach Pete Carroll says he believes Colin Kaepernick can still be a starting quarterback in the NFL. It just won't be in Seattle, for now. Seattle had Kaepernick in for a meeting last week as it continued to examine options at quarterback behind starter Russell Wilson. While Seattle...

  • Chargers agree to terms with final unsigned draft pick, lineman Dan Feeney

    The Chargers and rookie offensive lineman Dan Feeney have agreed to a four-year deal, meaning the team has now signed each of its picks from the most recent NFL draft. Feeney, selected by the Chargers in the third round, has been participating in the team’s offseason program while his deal was...

  • Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s plan to drive Philadelphia Eagles car hits roadblock

    Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s ride in a Philadelphia Eagles car has been red-flagged. Earnhardt was scheduled to race next week at Pocono Raceway with his No. 88 Chevrolet wrapped in the Eagles’ team colors and logo. But Hendrick Motorsports and the Eagles say the sponsorship is off because the NFL doesn't...

  • Michael Vick wants to be an NFL coach

    Michael Vick announced his retirement as a player earlier this offseason but that doesn’t mean he’s through with the NFL. "I would love to coach in the National Football League one day," Vick told ESPN's Adam Schefter. "... At some point, I'd definitely love to help work with young quarterbacks...

  • Rams, Chargers reach out to LGBTQ community with sponsorship of Venice Pride

    The Rams and Chargers are in a so-called “Fight for L.A.,” a competition that includes wooing — and accepting — new fans from all parts of Southern California’s diverse population. Both franchises have reached out to the LGBTQ community to help sponsor this weekend’s second annual Venice Pride...

  • Eric Dickerson, Jackie Slater attend Rams Legends event in a show of team unity across eras

    It’s been nearly 70 years since Jim Hardy played quarterback for the Rams. But at 94, Hardy still apparently maintains his skills. “Even to this late date, I’ll get out in the neighborhood and punt and pass with the local kids,” Hardy said Thursday during a Rams Legends reunion event in Thousand...

  • Matt Cassell, former USC quarterback, will have surgery on thumb

    Tennessee backup quarterback Matt Cassel will have surgery to put a pin in his right thumb after being hurt during the Titans’ offseason program. Cassel, 35, who played at Chatsworth High and USC, suffered the injury to his throwing hand Tuesday during the Titans’ closed organized team activity...

  • Wenger gets two-year deal to stay at Arsenal

    Arsene Wenger will stay on as Arsenal coach, earning a new two-year contract despite the north London soccer team’s missing out on Champions League qualification. Arsenal said the 67-year-old Frenchman secured the extension after a full review of the club’s activities “to identify areas for improvement...

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