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Family, and friendly, ties bind Rams coach Sean McVay to a lineage of NFL greatness

LA Times Sports - Tue, 2017-09-19 09:05

Framed photographs, plaques and magazine covers adorn nearly every inch of wall space, memorabilia from a life in football that spans more than seven decades.

A few are keepsakes from Massillon High in Ohio. Others are from college days at Miami (Ohio), coaching stops in the World Football League...

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Chargers hope losing close games doesn't become contagious

LA Times Sports - Tue, 2017-09-19 08:30

An inability to win close games can be like a flu bug spreading through the locker room. The Chargers, their latest nausea-inducing last-second defeat coming in Sunday’s 19-17 loss to the Miami Dolphins, can only hope to contain it.

When kicker Younghoe Koo pushed a potential game-winning, 44-yard...

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Bobby Heenan, Professional Wrestling Personality, Dies at 72

US Sports - Tue, 2017-09-19 07:32
Mr. Heenan, known as the Brain, managed some of wrestling’s top stars and was one of the most colorful commentators the business has seen.
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UCLA players are wounded, some are barely walking after loss to Memphis

LA Times Sports - Tue, 2017-09-19 07:25

Jim Mora spent about half of his interview session with reporters Monday providing injury updates, never a good sign given the UCLA coach’s policy of addressing only significant injuries once the season has started.

Tailback Nate Starks could miss the rest of the season because of damage he sustained...

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With More Chatter, Steelers’ Defense Is Dominating Early

US Sports - Tue, 2017-09-19 07:21
Albeit against weak opposition, Pittsburgh has allowed just 474 yards in its first two games.
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On Pro Football: Tom Brady Always Wins. Even Against the Refs.

US Sports - Tue, 2017-09-19 07:08
In a dominant performance against the Saints, Brady also displayed a mastery of the rule book.
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Chase McGrath, USC's hero against Texas, rarely tried field goals in high school

LA Times Sports - Tue, 2017-09-19 07:00

Jana and Greg McGrath watched their son, Chase, stare at the goal posts before the biggest moment of his young football career. Jana trembled and prayed. Greg had a lump in his throat.

Chase paced back to line up for the third field-goal attempt he had tried in college, from 43 yards. It was late...

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Seizures Drove Him Out of Coaching. Now He’s Back, and So Are They.

US Sports - Tue, 2017-09-19 06:45
Jerry Kill’s epilepsy forced him off the sidelines two years ago. But he’s back this season, managing his health and his love of the game with the blessing of his family, and his boss.
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Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager not throwing at 100%, must manage pain through postseason

LA Times Sports - Tue, 2017-09-19 06:30

A wayward throw by shortstop Corey Seager on Sunday night exemplified a worry the Dodgers face in the playoffs. Seager airmailed a throw to the plate in the seventh inning against Washington, offering a visual complement to manager Dave Roberts’ remarks on Monday when he said Seager was not throwing...

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NFL: Su'a Cravens won't be playing for the Redskins this season

LA Times Sports - Tue, 2017-09-19 05:30

The banged-up Washington Redskins won't have Su'a Cravens for the rest of the season after putting the 22-year-old safety on the reserve/left squad list.

Cravens left the team before Week 1 while contemplating retirement. The Redskins had a month to decide what to do with the 2016 second-round...

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Gennady Golovkin-Canelo Alvarez rematch talks will start this week

LA Times Sports - Tue, 2017-09-19 04:30

Talks to arrange a Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin rematch will begin this week, Alvarez's promoter, Eric Gomez, told the Los Angeles Times on Monday.

"The fight was so good, we feel it merits a rematch and we'll sit down with [Golovkin promoter] Tom [Loeffler] this week to discuss a rematch,"...

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Rams punter Johnny Hekker and linebacker Robert Quinn stand together during national anthem

LA Times Sports - Tue, 2017-09-19 04:30

Rams linebacker Robert Quinn stood on the sideline and raised a fist during the playing of the national anthem before Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins, continuing a practice he started last season.

But in this instance, punter Johnny Hekker put his arm around Quinn, who returned the...

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Angels mailbag: Looking at the last two weeks

LA Times Sports - Tue, 2017-09-19 03:25

Hello, Angels fans. Well, this is almost it. Your favorite baseball team is 76-73 and off today for the last time this season. With 13 games remaining in the regular season, they trail Minnesota by two games for the American League’s second wild-card spot.

So, the Angels’ playoff destiny may not...

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Kyrie Irving didn't speak to LeBron James before requesting a trade and doesn't care if he took it personally

LA Times Sports - Tue, 2017-09-19 03:15

Kyrie Irving did not speak to LeBron James before requesting the trade that eventually sent him from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Boston Celtics. And while he acknowledges that James might take that lack of communication personally, Irving really does not care.

Irving appeared Monday on ESPN’s...

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Penny Chenery, Owner of the Triple Crown Winner Secretariat, Dies at 95

US Sports - Tue, 2017-09-19 01:22
Ms. Chenery knew little about horse racing when she took over her father’s thoroughbred farm, but she became a major figure in the racing industry.
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Dodgers mailbag: Should Austin Barnes start at catcher in the playoffs?

LA Times Sports - Tue, 2017-09-19 00:45

The Dodgers are 96-53. That translates to a 104-win pace. The Dodgers did it last week. They won a baseball game. In fact, they won four of them. After a 1-16 skid, that is something worth celebrating.

The team downed San Francisco early in the week, then took two of three from the Nationals over...

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Kevin Durant apparently tried to use a fake Twitter account to defend himself, slam Thunder

LA Times Sports - Tue, 2017-09-19 00:20

Kevin Durant appears to have been trying to use a fake Twitter account to defend himself against haters on social media. And in the process, he also appears to have been caught dissing his former coach and teammates on the Oklahoma City Thunder.

On Sunday, someone tweeted at Durant, “give me one...

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N.F.L. Highlights: Here’s What We Learned in Week 2

US Sports - Mon, 2017-09-18 23:22
Tom Brady led the Patriots over the Saints, the Broncos dominated the Cowboys, and the Jaguars fell back down to Earth.
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Marshawn Lynch's wild sideline dance irks Jets, amuses everyone else (video)

LA Times Sports - Mon, 2017-09-18 22:55

Marshawn Lynch was overjoyed Sunday to be playing in front of his hometown crowd as a member of the Oakland Raiders, especially with the way the team was playing.

Need some proof? Check out the video of the veteran running back dancing on the sideline early in the fourth quarter of the Raiders’...

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What we learned from the Chargers' 19-17 loss to the Dolphins

LA Times Sports - Mon, 2017-09-18 22:30

Here’s what we learned following the Chargers’ 19-17 loss to the Miami Dolphins at StubHub Center on Sunday:

The teams, they're not so special

For the second week in a row, botched plays on special teams played a big role in a close defeat. Though last week’s problems were more evenly spread out...

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