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  • As frustration mounts, Zach Banner vows USC will not give up on season

    As frustration mounts, Zach Banner vows USC will not give up on season

    USC offensive tackle Zach Banner does not regret what he wrote about former running back LenDale White over the weekend. White wasn’t happy with USC’s losing. Banner wasn’t happy with White. “I don’t feel dumb sticking up for my team,” Banner said after Tuesday’s practice. “I just feel dumb doing...

  • NCAA's effort to curtail 'targeting' practice by tacklers hasn't been 100% effective

    NCAA's effort to curtail 'targeting' practice by tacklers hasn't been 100% effective

    It was the sort of play that college football is trying to eliminate. At least, that’s how it looked at first glance. A Stanford receiver caught the ball over the middle and was nailed, helmet-to-helmet, by a UCLA defensive back. The force of impact sent Francis Owusu spinning through the air,...

  • MVP Nneka Ogwumike wants even more than that

    MVP Nneka Ogwumike wants even more than that

    The newly crowned MVP of the WNBA carefully reaches out and hands her guest a prized possession. “Here it is,’’ the Sparks’ Nneka Ogwumike says with a big smile. It is not the MVP trophy, which Ogwumike will receive Wednesday night at the Pyramid in Long Beach before the Sparks host the Chicago...

  • Los Angeles Clippers are looking to find a starter at small forward

    Los Angeles Clippers are looking to find a starter at small forward

    At some point during training camp, Wesley Johnson, Luc Mbah a Moute and Alan Anderson will settle the question of who will start at small forward for the Clippers. On the first day of practice Tuesday at the Bren Events Center at UC Irvine, Mbah a Moute and Anderson spent time working with starters...

  • Dodgers rookie Julio Urias is in the mix for playoff rotation

    Dodgers rookie Julio Urias is in the mix for playoff rotation

    After keeping rookie pitcher Julio Urias on ice for a couple of weeks, the Dodgers have brought him back into the starting rotation for Thursday’s game against the San Diego Padres, and Manager Dave Roberts listed Urias as a candidate to start in the playoffs. “It’s still on the table,” Roberts...

  • Ricky Nolasco has given Angels an acquired taste

    Ricky Nolasco has given Angels an acquired taste

    Ricky Nolasco does not expect to start again this season, although his manager, Mike Scioscia, was unwilling to say as much Tuesday night. If this was the end of Nolasco’s first stint as an Angel, it went better than expected. Since the Aug. 1 trade in which Minnesota sent him to Anaheim, Nolasco...

  • Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak wants to win more this season, but won't set a specific target

    Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak wants to win more this season, but won't set a specific target

    Sometimes Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak is glad he’s up in his office instead of down on the practice court where the millennials he’s employed are practicing with their loud music blaring. “Some of it has to be censored, so we have to be careful who else is in the gym,” the 62-year-old...

  • UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen encouraged by his play despite underwhelming start

    UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen encouraged by his play despite underwhelming start

    Josh Rosen, in his own words, may provide the most telling measure of his play each week. The UCLA quarterback’s self-assessments were unforgiving after bumpy performances against Texas A&M and Brigham Young. Then there was his critique Saturday, which lightened considerably despite the Bruins’...

  • When Muhammad Ali first heard Vin Scully ...

    When Muhammad Ali first heard Vin Scully ...

    Muhammad Ali stared down curiously from the boxing ring at the famed Main Street Gym in downtown Los Angeles, asking the man with the device pressed to his ear, “What you got there?” It was April 1962, only a few days after the opening of Dodger Stadium and just a few days before Ali was to stage...

  • LeBron James supports Colin Kaepernick's cause but won't kneel during the national anthem

    LeBron James supports Colin Kaepernick's cause but won't kneel during the national anthem

    LeBron James has no intention of taking a knee during the national anthem before NBA games this season, but that doesn’t mean the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar isn’t concerned about the issues that have driven San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and other professional athletes to protest...

  • Sam Darnold's debut ranks among the best in recent USC history

    Sam Darnold's debut ranks among the best in recent USC history

    In the third quarter against Utah on Friday, on consecutive plays, Sam Darnold demonstrated why USC coaches couldn’t resist making him the starting quarterback despite being a freshman. First, he threw a pass just above the linebackers and below the safeties, on a seam to tight end Taylor McNamara for...

  • Texans' J.J. Watt hurts back, could miss the rest of the season

    Texans' J.J. Watt hurts back, could miss the rest of the season

    J.J. Watt has re-injured his back, according to a person familiar with his condition, and the Houston Texans expect the star defensive end to be sidelined until at least December, and possibly the entire season.  The person spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday night on condition of anonymity...

  • Chris Paul says Colin Kapernick is doing a great thing

    Chris Paul says Colin Kapernick is doing a great thing

    J.J. Redick brought teammate Chris Paul onto his podcast this week, and they carried out a predictable athlete-to-athlete conversation for close to 55 minutes.  The Clippers guards talked about hating each other when they faced off in college. The next topic was the finer points of physical and...

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