The Sports Report: USC rallies to defeat Colorado
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Kedon Slovis threw a 37-yard touchdown pass to Michael Pittman Jr. with 2:15 left as USC rallied from 10 points down to defeat Colorado, 35-31.
“Those kids fought and fought and fought all the way to the last second,” coach Clay Helton said.
The Trojans (5-3, 4-1 Pac-12) improved to 14-0 all-time against Colorado (3-5, 1-4) with their first win in four road games this season.
USC caught a couple of big breaks on the winning touchdown drive.
The first came when Slovis was strip-sacked by outside linebacker Jamar Montgomery for a 10-yard loss but running back Kenan Christon recovered for the Trojans.
Later, on third-and-one from the 50, Quincy Jountti looked like he was stuffed, but the officials spotted the ball for a first down, and four plays later Pittman took a short pass and weaved his way through the Colorado secondary for the go-ahead score.
He also caught a 44-yard touchdown pass earlier in the fourth quarter.
Colorado’s Steven Montez threw three touchdown passes but wasn’t the same after taking a hard hit from safety Hunter Echols late in the third quarter.
USC FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
All times Pacific. Radio: 790 KABC
USC 31, Fresno State 23
USC 45, Stanford 20
at BYU 30, USC 27 (OT)
at USC 30, Utah 23
at Washington 28, USC 14
at Notre Dame 30, USC 27
at USC 41, Arizona 14
USC 35, at Colorado 31
Nov. 2 vs. Oregon, 5 p.m., Fox
Nov. 9 at Arizona State, TBD
Nov. 16 at California, TBD
Nov. 23 vs. UCLA, TBD
Michigan has backed out of a home-and-home football series with UCLA in 2022 and 2023 in favor of playing home games against Hawaii and East Carolina.
The move was ostensibly made to give the Wolverines an extra home game while playing two lesser opponents, though it’s worth noting that the Bruins are 0-6 in nonconference games under coach Chip Kelly, including 0-4 against Group of Five opponents.
By terminating its agreement to play UCLA, Michigan must pay the Bruins $1.5 million by Sept. 12, 2023. UCLA is seeking replacements on its schedule.
UCLA FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
All times Pacific. Radio: AM 1150
at Cincinnati 24, UCLA 14
San Diego State 23, at UCLA 14
Oklahoma 48, at UCLA 14
UCLA 67, at Washington State 63
at Arizona 20, UCLA 17
Oregon State 48, at UCLA 31
UCLA 34, at Stanford 16
Today vs. Arizona State, 4:30 p.m., Pac-12 network
Nov. 2 vs. Colorado, 6 p.m., Pac-12 network
Nov. 16 at Utah, TBD
Nov. 23 at USC, TBD
Nov. 30 vs. California, TBD
The Lakers beat the Utah Jazz, 95-86, and through the course of the game, the Lakers looked every bit like what they are: A team still figuring out how best to use their elite star power and role players. And a team with the ability to run away from even some of the West’s better teams.
LeBron James led all scorers with 32 points and neared a triple double with seven rebounds and 10 assists. Anthony Davis added 21 points, seven rebounds and two assists, some of it while playing center.
“We’ll take it game by game in terms of figuring out how much we want to go to AD at the five and be balanced,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said.
Vogel used the same starting lineup he did in the team’s first game, with James and Davis playing alongside JaVale McGee, Danny Green and Avery Bradley. Davis played the entire first quarter and scored 12 points.
He opened the third quarter with a new lineup, removing McGee and adding point guard Alex Caruso. In that lineup, Davis played center, which Vogel thought would open up the painted area more. That unit orchestrated a 9-0 run to open the second half.
“We were shooting 34% offensively and Rudy [Gobert] is a problem,” Vogel said. “… If you have another center out there rolling to the basket he can … clog things up. Anthony and I talked about it. he was all for it and wanted to do it. Offensively, LeBron was being asked to do too much. We put another small in there, Alex Caruso. … Gave us a burst offensively and we didn’t lose anything defensively.”
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The Clippers have not had to wait long to see that they’ve justified the hype, despite playing without injured All-Star forward Paul George and guard Rodney McGruder.
Tuesday against the Lakers, the Clippers blunted the second-half effectiveness of perhaps the NBA’s best frontcourt player in Anthony Davis while disrupting his timing with LeBron James.
In a 141-122 victory over the Golden State Warriors two days later, they set their sights on limiting one of the league’s most talented backcourts in Stephen Curry and D’Angelo Russell.
“There’s not really much to assess,” Warriors forward Draymond Green said. “We just got crushed.”
“We’re scary defensively,” Clippers guard Patrick Beverley said. “Very, very, very scary.
“… We just grind people down, grind people down. We come in waves.”
When players organized an August retreat to Miami, and began playing pickup games in Los Angeles four weeks before training camp, they did so with a fast start in mind. Early on, coach Doc Rivers noticed new star forward Kawhi Leonard’s “maniacal” practice habits rubbing off.
“It’s business time,” Rivers said. “That’s the way he looks at it.”
George Springer had two of Houston’s four steals, Jose Altuve doubled twice before scoring each time, Zack Greinke repeatedly worked out of trouble, and the Astros beat the Washington Nationals 4-1 on Friday night to cut their Series deficit to 2-1.
“We’re pretty good, too,” Astros manager AJ Hinch said. “It kind of re-establishes us.”
Houston can even things up in Game 4 on tonight at Nationals Park. Washington will start lefty Patrick Corbin, while Hinch said he’ll go with rookie José Urquidy.
Washington’s eight-game winning streak, tied for the longest in a single postseason, ended with a sloppy performance in the first Series game hosted by the nation’s capital since the Senators lost to the New York Giants in 1933.
A sellout crowd of 43,867, dressed mostly in red for the occasion, soaked it all in, standing in unison at key moments, booing ball-strike calls that hurt their team, chanting “Let’s go, Nats!” often and even getting to do their “Baby Shark” sing-and-clap-along when that children’s tune blared as a walk-up song in the sixth.
But the wild-card Nationals were unable to move one win from a championship, undone by an inability to come through in the clutch: Juan Soto, MVP candidate Anthony Rendon and the rest of the team were 0 for 10 with runners in scoring position, leaving 12 runners on base.
“Tonight we were a little bit aggressive outside the strike zone,” Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. “We took balls I thought we should hit, uncharacteristic of what we’ve been doing.”
How big was this win for Houston?
No team ever has come back after dropping the first three games of a World Series.
“Not the script you’d want to write to start out a World Series,” said reliever Will Harris, who retired all five batters he faced Friday. “We believe in each other in there. We know we have obviously a very talented, capable team.”
WORLD SERIES SCHEDULE
All times Pacific. All games on Fox.
Game 1: Washington 5, at Houston 4
Game 2: Washington 12, at Houston 3
Game 3: Houston 4, at Washington 1
Game 4: Today, Houston at Washington, 5 p.m.
Game 5: Sunday, Houston at Washington, 5 p.m.
Game 6*: Tuesday, Washington at Houston, 5 p.m.
Game 7*: Wednesday, Washington at Houston, 5 p.m.
Scott Quessenberry has snapped to Philip Rivers 85 times in six regular-season games, so the 24-year-old center won’t feel star-struck when he makes his first NFL start in front of the 37-year-old Rivers on Sunday, when the Chargers visit the Chicago Bears.
That was not the case in the summer of 2018 when Quessenberry, a huge Chargers fan while growing up in Carlsbad, opened his first training camp with the team he rooted for and the quarterback he idolized as a kid.
“Yeah, for sure I was a little bit in awe of him,” said Quessenberry, a fifth-round pick out of UCLA in 2018. “It was a little surreal at first. But you have to realize they’re your teammates, and you’re here for a reason too.”
All times Pacific. Radio: KFI-AM 640, KFWB-AM 980
at Chargers 30, Indianapolis 24 (OT)
at Detroit 13, Chargers 10
Houston 27, at Chargers 20
Chargers 30, at Miami 10
Denver 20, at Chargers 13
Pittsburgh 24, at Chargers 17
at Tennessee 23, Chargers 20
Sunday at Chicago, 10 a.m., Fox
Nov. 3 vs. Green Bay, 1:15 p.m., CBS
Nov. 10 at Oakland, 5:15 p.m., Fox, NFL Network
Nov. 18 vs. Kansas City, 5:15 p.m., ESPN (at Mexico City, counts as home game for Chargers)
Dec. 1 at Denver, 1:15 p.m., CBS
Dec. 8 at Jacksonville, 1 p.m., Fox
Dec. 15 vs. Minnesota, 5:15 p.m., NBC
Dec. 22 or 23 vs. Oakland, TBD
Dec. 29 at Kansas City, 10 a.m., CBS
In England for Sunday’s game against Cincinnati, the Rams conducted a walk-through Friday on a soft, rain-soaked field at their bucolic hotel just west of London. With its sprawling grounds, meandering gardens and grass tennis courts, the place has the feel of a stately English manor — Touchdownton Abbey, if you will.
The Rams stayed in Atlanta this week after beating the Falcons there Sunday. They left Thursday night and arrived in London on Friday morning.
Clearly, the Rams feel at home even when they’re far from Los Angeles. With Sean McVay as coach, they are 6-0 in games in the Eastern time zone, and 1-0 in London.
“I think the guys just handle it really well,” said McVay. “We’re kind of used to traveling, even going back to a couple of years ago. Being on the road, last week when the lights went out on our hotel [in Atlanta] on Saturday night, you kind of say, ‘Hey, this feels like something we’re used to handling.’
All times Pacific. Radio: 710 ESPN, 93.1 JACK FM
Rams 30, at Carolina 27
at Rams 27, New Orleans 9
Rams 20, at Cleveland 13
Tampa Bay 55, at Rams 40
at Seattle 30, Rams 29
San Francisco 20, at Rams 7
Rams 37, at Atlanta 10
Sunday vs. Cincinnati, 10 a.m., CBS (in London, counts as home game for Rams)
Nov. 10 at Pittsburgh, 1:15 p.m., Fox
Nov. 17 vs. Chicago, 5:15 p.m., NBC
Nov. 25 vs. Baltimore, 5:15 p.m., ESPN
Dec. 1 at Arizona, 1 p.m., Fox
Dec. 8 vs. Seattle, 5:15 p.m., NBC
Dec. 15 at Dallas, 1:15 p.m., Fox
Dec. 22 or 23 at San Francisco, TBD
Dec. 29 vs. Arizona, 1:15 p.m., Fox
Bob Bradley said his soccer team took a big step forward in Thursday’s MLS playoff win over the Galaxy. Several steps, in fact.
For starters the 5-3 win pushed LAFC forward into Tuesday’s Western Conference final, in which it will play host to the Seattle Sounders. It also gave the second-year team its first win in six games with its neighborhood rival and likely closed the book on Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s MLS career.
But Bradley was referring to something intangible. By refusing to wilt after surrendering a two-goal lead in the biggest game in franchise history, Bradley believes LAFC may have finally made the transition from being a decent team to being a good one.
“To really become a good team, to go with the football there’s got to be a mentality,” he said. “There’s got to be something that when you have games that get away from you, you take the lessons along the way. And then at some moment, against your biggest rival, when everything’s at stake, to see those guys respond, that was awesome.
Santa Anita had its fifth horse fatality of the short fall meeting when G Q Covergirl injured both her front legs on Friday and was euthanized on the advice of the attending veterinarian. G Q Cover Girl was a 6-year-old mare who had won her last two races.
The horse was on the training track when the incident occurred. The surface, which is closest to the scoreboard, has historically caused the fewest number of breakdowns. However, all three training deaths this meeting have occurred on the inner surface, which is not used for racing. One of the training deaths was believed to be a heart attack and not a catastrophic limb injury. The two other fatalities were during racing.
The first death of the meeting occurred about two weeks before racing restarted at Santa Anita on Sept. 27. Last year there were four fatalities during the meeting, three in training and one racing. The meet closes on Nov. 3.
TODAY’S LOCAL MAJOR SPORTS SCHEDULE
All times Pacific
Arizona St. at UCLA, 4:30 p.m., Pac-12 Network, AM 1150
Clippers at Phoenix, 7 p.m., Prime Ticket, AM 570
Kings at Minnesota, 5 p.m., FSW
Ducks at Colorado, 6 p.m., KCOP 13
BORN ON THIS DATE
1861: Tennis player Richard Sears (d. 1943)
1902: Boxer Jack Sharkey (d. 1994)
1911: Football coach Sid Gillman (d. 2003)
1950: Football player Chuck Foreman
1957: Football player Bob Golic
1962: Hurdler Roger Kingdom
1963: Football player Tony Casillas
1970: Football player Bert Emanuel
1983: Baseball player Francisco Liriano
1984: Figure skater Sasha Cohen
Roger Kingdom wins gold at the 1988 Summer Olympics. Watch it here.
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