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A 1962 Topps football card of Lindon Crow, who was with the Rams that season.
A 1962 Topps football card of Lindon Crow, who was with the Rams that season. (Topps)

Lindon Crow, who guided Panorama City St. Genevieve to a 1978 Southern Section football championship, starred for USC and was a starting defensive back for the New York Giants in the 1958 NFL title game known as the “greatest game ever played,” died on Thursday in Exeter, Calif., his wife Sandy, said. He was 85.

Crow had suffered three strokes and had been bedridden in recent months.

Crow played professional football for 10 seasons, including for the Rams, after attending USC. He was a three-time Pro Bowl selection at cornerback. He played for the Chicago Cardinals, New York Giants and the Rams. He led the league with 11 interceptions in 1956 when he made the Associated Press’ All-Pro second team and finished his career with 23 interceptions.

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Assistant Principal Neezer McNab confirmed on Thursday that Taft High has ended its football season and will not participate in the City Section Division II playoffs even though it is ranked No. 16 with an 0-10 record.

Taft forfeited its game scheduled for Friday against Birmingham because of safety reasons, McNab said.

“It’s strictly because of safety,” she said. “I can’t put a team out there with three linemen out of 17 kids.”

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Freshman baseball player Kassius Thomas of Sierra Canyon has been invited to Game 4 of the World Series to represent the MLB Youth Academy in Compton.

Each year, MLB’s nine youth academies nominate one of their members as “Youth of the Year” in recognition for being exemplary on and off the field.

Thomas is a top student who helped his youth team with a walk-off hit in May to secure a birth in the New York Brita Baseball Championships.

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Sons of Eric Karros are promising baseball players

Former Dodgers and UCLA baseball great Eric Karros is going to be spending a lot of time at his alma mater in coming years.

His two sons who play baseball at Mira Costa have committed to UCLA. Dad figures to be their biggest fan.

Jared, a 6-foot-6 senior pitcher, and Kyle, a junior third baseman, are standouts on a high school team that could be one of the best in Southern California in 2019.

Taft High football players have voted to forfeit a final regular-season game against Birmingham on Friday because of safety concerns, athletic director Mark Drucker said Wednesday.

The Toreadors are down to 17 players because of injuries and academic ineligibility. Drucker said school officials presented the positives and negatives to players on Tuesday, and a majority opted to cancel the game.

Taft, which will drop to 0-10, is not canceling its season, Drucker said. The Toreadors are a candidate to make the City Section Division II playoff pairings even though they have had no wins and started the season being shut out in their first six games.

The Rams’ Ndamukong Suh surprised players from Garfield and Roosevelt on Tuesday in preparation for the East L.A. Classic on Friday night at East Los Angeles College.

Thanks to the Rams and Nike, all the players were given a new jersey, cleats, gloves and socks. Suh traveled to each high school to surprise the players.

First he went to Roosevelt. That made it challenging for Garfield coach Lorenzo Hernandez to keep the secret from his players until Suh arrived.

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It’s Week 10 in high school football, and Fox Sports West is headed out to the Inland Empire to televise the game between Rancho Verde and Heritage at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

The Prep Zone games on the web: Chadwick vs. Flintridge Prep; Alemany vs. Bishop Amat; Westlake vs. Oaks Christian; Camarillo vs. Grace Brethren; West Ranch vs. Valencia.

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