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Kevin Durant’s anti-social comments are a boon for NBA’s social media frenzy

By Jeff Miller jmiller@scng.com @jeffmillerOCR on Twitter|

Bonsignore: Rams send positive message, even after tough loss

The Rams locker room was barely open a minute or two Sunday after a gut wrenching 27-20 loss to Washington when Robert Woods motioned for reporters to come talk to him. If anyone had reason to hide from the media or brush them off or figure out ...

By Vincent Bonsignore|

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    Whicker: ‘01 Mariners are a warning for the Dodgers that nothing is guaranteed

    Sixteen years ago the Seattle Mariners were inevitable, too. They scored 300 more runs than their opponents. They had Ichiro Suzuki, the MVP and a Hall of Famer-to-be. They won 116 games, tying the record by the 1906 Chicago Cubs. “We were the Patriots before the Patriots, the Warriors before the Warriors,” pitcher Paul Abbott said. “Everything was clicking. I look at the Dodgers and they make it seem easy. It wasn’t easy, but we just never thought we...

    Mark Whicker
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  • Columnist

    Miller: Tom Brady and NFL kick off another season of dilemma

    Like most of you, I’m going to watch, too. Watch 100 or so men gather tonight to play a game they presumably love for a paycheck they understandably covet for the sake of entertaining the rest of us who won’t die early because of football. The New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs christen another NFL season that promises to be wildly enjoyable, just as long as we’re willing to set aside the threat of life-stunting trauma in order to properly celebrate...

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  • Football

    Texans’ J.J. Watt shows the real healing potential of sports

    The notion, though long on good intentions, always has sounded short on common sense. Sure, games can distract, offer snippets of relief from a real world that can be unforgiving, brutal and catastrophic. Something as normal as a seventh-inning stretch can turn into something extraordinary simply by being so normal. We see it all the time in sports. We just saw it again over the weekend in Houston, where the Astros returned to their post-Hurricane-Harvey home for an...

    By Jeff Miller jmiller@scng.com @jeffmillerOCR on Twitter|

  • Los Angeles Rams

    Sean McVay manages first crisis as Aaron Donald holdout continues

    The Rams reported to work on Monday to officially begin preparations for their season opener against the Indianapolis Colts. Their best player was nowhere to be found. The contract holdout of Aaron Donald just moved to DEFCON 1, folks. And faster than you can say youngest head coach in NFL history, Sean McVay has to manage his first major crisis. It isn’t enough he’s taking over a team that hasn’t had a winning season in 14 years, been entrusted...

    Vincent Bonsignore
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  • UCLA

    Whicker: Josh Rosen, UCLA Bruins pull an incredible 180

    PASADENA >> Tom Bradley, the defensive coordinator, didn’t even talk about desperation. Desperation implies that there’s a chance. UCLA was down 44-10 to Texas A&M. The only goal left was self-esteem. “We had to take a brave pill,” Bradley said. He meant the Bruins had to go back to a base defense they hadn’t practiced in a week and a half. He meant the Bruins had to send everybody but the mascot on the pass rush. He meant the...

    Mark Whicker
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  • Columnist

    Play It Forward Sept. 4-10: No place for a weak stomach as Rams ramp up NFL Week 1

    Ranking the top 10 sports events Sept. 4-10 you won’t want to miss:</em> NO. 1: NFL WEEK 1: COLTS at RAMS Details/TV: At the Coliseum, Sunday at 1:05 p.m., Ch. 2 Two stories of note over the summer that have decided are somewhat Rams related and could be useful for future reference as the journey to a 6-10 season gets underway: • A study released by a San Diego-based safety video company shows that from 2012-2016, there was a 53...

    Tom Hoffarth
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  • Sports betting

    Brent Musburger — an odd fit in Vegas gambling media outfit or sure bet?

    LAS VEGAS >> On the first major Saturday of the college football season, Brent Musburger was planted inside a 30-by-35 foot, floor-to-ceiling glass booth, in the middle of a hotel sports book with spotlights pointed at him. It could not have looked more surreal, but seem to be as naturally comfortable for him at the same time. The Vegas Stats & Information Network was on the air with “Point Spread Saturday,” streaming online (vsin.com) and pouring...

    Tom Hoffarth
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  • USC

    Ronald Jones is strong enough to carry erratic Trojans

    LOS ANGELES >> It was an excellent day to lose 10 pounds. It was almost an excellent day to lose a football season. Ronald Jones II. had pre-planned for this 98-degree brain bake at the Coliseum. He put on 10 pounds during the so-called offseason. All players say they improve their bodies in the winter and spring because, if they didn’t, there would be no reason for those palatial weight rooms and human performance centers. But it became clear on Saturday that Jones...

    Mark Whicker
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  • Columnist

    Miller: Have championship rings lost their luster?

    In the past few months, Steve Bartman was awarded a World Series ring and Donald Trump was given a Super Bowl ring, as was the mother of New England quarterback Tom Brady. Perhaps you think these gestures are examples of wholly over-the-top generosity. But I’d counter by noting that her son never would have completed a single pass had Galynn Brady not delivered first. You also might consider these decisions bizarre, teams inviting individuals only loosely affiliated...

    By Jeff Miller jmiller@scng.com @jeffmillerOCR on Twitter|

  • Horse Racing

    Whicker: A 2-year-old colt captures Kirk Herbstreit’s soul

    He is cool like a front porch in the evening, unbothered by three producers in his ear and a fumble plus a penalty on the field below him. Kirk Herbstreit is the triumph of detachment. Well, at least when he’s doing football games. Maybe not when ESPN/ABC’s lead analyst is sitting in his Nashville home watching a 2-year-old pony dig hard for the end zone. Bob Baffert, the trainer, laughed as he replayed the scene on his phone, taken from...

    Mark Whicker
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