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  • USC gets flowery treat for new year: Rose Bowl matchup with Penn State

    USC gets flowery treat for new year: Rose Bowl matchup with Penn State

    By the evening of Sept. 24, USC and Penn State had completed a month of football with seasons nose-diving toward oblivion. Penn State had just lost by 39 points to a division rival. A day earlier, the Trojans had dropped their second Pac-12 Conference game in two tries. Neither team had a winning...

  • Strong finish could go a long way for embattled Rams coach

    Strong finish could go a long way for embattled Rams coach

    News of Jeff Fisher’s contract extension riled Rams fans, generated support from players in the locker room and left many football observers wondering how a coach nearing an NFL record for career losses could warrant a new deal. The Rams’ embattled coach said Monday that Dick Vermeil, who coached...

  • Pitching depth a key to Dodgers re-signing Rich Hill

    Pitching depth a key to Dodgers re-signing Rich Hill

    A Dodgers jersey hung unbuttoned across Rich Hill’s shoulders. A matching cap adorned his head. He had been handed the garments moments before by Andrew Friedman, the team’s president of baseball operations, and Hill allowed himself a moment to consider their significance. Hill opened his mouth...

  • Dodgers hope Yasiel Puig can shed some bulk for 2017

    Dodgers hope Yasiel Puig can shed some bulk for 2017

    For the second winter in a row, the Dodgers have asked outfielder Yasiel Puig to reduce the bulk from his frame, which some evaluators believe has hampered his ability to be effective at the plate in recent years. Manager Dave Roberts indicated he spoke with Puig last week, as the player continues...

  • Cam Newton on being benched for a dress-code violation: 'We didn’t lose this game because of a tie'

    Cam Newton on being benched for a dress-code violation: 'We didn’t lose this game because of a tie'

    Dressed in a matching black turtleneck and hat with a dark gray coat, Carolina quarterback Cam Newton looked impeccable as usual after Sunday night’s game. But Ron Rivera apparently wasn’t too crazy about the outfit when the reigning league MVP wore it a day earlier for the team’s flight to Seattle....

  • With the Clippers faltering, Doc Rivers tinkers with his bench

    With the Clippers faltering, Doc Rivers tinkers with his bench

    There was no backbreaking run this time in the Clippers’ latest loss, only a gradual run for the other team.  Earlier this season, the Clippers could count on their second unit for energy and for the most part to generate a lot more points than whatever they gave up. But that was not the case...

  • Rams tape review: Patriots cut up the defense, Goff's biggest plays come in garbage time

    Rams tape review: Patriots cut up the defense, Goff's biggest plays come in garbage time

    The Rams lost to the Patriots, 26-10, on Sunday, giving Tom Brady the all-time record for wins by a quarterback (201).  Each week we take a look at the tape and see what worked, what didn’t and what you might have missed. What: Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount goes 43 yards to the house on fourth...

  • First black player in major leagues? Hint: It wasn't Jackie Robinson

    First black player in major leagues? Hint: It wasn't Jackie Robinson

    Mark Palmer wanders through a cemetery in a southeastern Ohio steel town looking for a man most of the world has forgotten. Years ago, Palmer's grandmother told him the story of the man buried here. That's my uncle, she said, your great-grand uncle. His name was Moses Fleetwood Walker, and he was...

  • NBA veteran Matt Barnes says he was the victim in a nightclub altercation

    NBA veteran Matt Barnes says he was the victim in a nightclub altercation

    The New York City Police Department wants to question Sacramento Kings forward Matt Barnes about an allegation of assault at a nightclub early Monday morning, according to multiple media reports. TMZ, the first to report on the issue, said Barnes has been accused of choking a woman inside the Manhattan...

  • St. John Bosco is making a rush toward greatness

    St. John Bosco is making a rush toward greatness

    “Come here!” Bellflower St. John Bosco offensive coordinator Chad Johnson shouted to 310-pound All-American offensive lineman Wyatt Davis. What happened next caused an onlooker to gasp. It was like watching two people perform the Heimlich Maneuver simultaneously on each other. They hugged so hard...

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