7:46 PM EDT, Wed September 20, 2017
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L.A. fans don't just give their devotion, teams have to earn it

Two weeks into the NFL season, Los Angeles has two teams with a combined one victory, yet it seems the biggest criticism is being leveled at all those people with the audacity to ignore them. The national narrative is not about the Rams and Chargers, but about the empty seats surrounding them,...
Sep 19, 2017

Dodgers to give Hyun-Jin Ryu, Kenta Maeda chance to make postseason roster as relievers

During the final two weeks of the season, the Dodgers plan to audition Kenta Maeda and Hyun-Jin Ryu for spots in the postseason bullpen, manager Dave Roberts said. Roberts stopped short of guaranteeing the team had set its rotation for October. But the Dodgers appear ready to use Clayton Kershaw,...
Sep 18, 2017

Clayton Kershaw gives up first ever grand slam in Dodgers' loss to Phillies

Clayton Kershaw peeked his head over his right shoulder, noted the flight of the baseball and looked away. The history carried no weight for him. Kershaw never saw the baseball land, never saw the disappearance of the first grand slam he had ever allowed in the majors. It happened in the 10th...
Sep 18, 2017

Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager not throwing at 100%, must manage pain through postseason

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...
Sep 18, 2017

Dodgers mailbag: Should Austin Barnes start at catcher in the playoffs?

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...
Sep 18, 2017

Dodgers Dugout: Everyone can breathe now, because the great crisis of 2017 is over

Hi, and welcome to another edition of Dodgers Dugout. My name is Houston Mitchell, and it’s amazing how a couple of series victories can brighten your outlook. Upcoming goals So it appears the great crisis of 2017 is over, as the Dodgers have won two consecutive series after their flirtation with...
Sep 17, 2017

Dodgers can't sweep Nationals after Ryan Zimmerman's three-run homer changes the game

The evening unraveled in an instant, the chance for a sweep disappearing in the vapor trail of Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman’s game-changing home run. A three-run shot off Dodgers reliever Ross Stripling cost his club the lead in a 7-1 defeat in Sunday’s series finale. Aided by an umpire’s...
Sep 17, 2017

Dodgers veteran Adrian Gonzalez settling into role on bench

On Saturday, the day before the Dodgers faced Washington Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg in a series finale, manager Dave Roberts met with Adrian Gonzalez. Roberts had planned to start Gonzalez against Strasburg. He pointed to Gonzalez’s seven hits in 15 at-bats against the pitcher. Gonzalez...
Sep 17, 2017

USC hooks Texas at the Coliseum for a little revenge after 11 years

The 43-yard field goal sailed through the uprights and the Coliseum was filled with screams of joy, shrieks of wonder and overpowering sighs of relief. Eleven years after USC lost a lead, a game and a monumental moment to Texas in the 2006 Rose Bowl, it almost happened again Saturday night at the...
Sep 17, 2017

Freshman walk-on kicker delivers USC victory over Texas 27-24 in double overtime

College football has, somehow, lasted more than 11 years without USC playing Texas, and Saturday night it was a wonder anyone could survive that long without it. The matchup has given us heroes and despair, iconic finishes and a life’s worth of stories. Deep into another wild Los Angeles evening,...
Sep 17, 2017

USC linebacker Porter Gustin's return from toe surgery is short-lived

Porter Gustin tore off the left edge of USC’s defense late in the first half on Saturday, blew past his blocker and crunched Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger. Then he lined up for second down and did it again — another sack. He nearly did it a third time in a row on third down, but a teammate beat...
Sep 16, 2017

Dodgers extend winning streak to four with 3-2 victory over Nationals

The solution lurked beneath their noses, but as the Dodgers meandered through a 1-16 skid earlier this month, the group attempted a series of stunts to exorcise their demons. Yu Darvish sprinkled salt in the Dodger Stadium dugout. Adrian Gonzalez carried the lineup to umpires before one game. Someone...
Sep 16, 2017

Three up, three down: Despite injuries, Trout, Kershaw are trophy hunting

A look at what’s trending in MLB: THREE UP Win-win: Mike Trout missed seven weeks because of a thumb injury and Clayton Kershaw was out six weeks because of a back injury, yet both have displayed such excellence that each could win a coveted trophy. Even if Trout cannot carry the Angels into the...
Sep 16, 2017

Dodgers expect to activate pitcher Brandon McCarthy next week

The Dodgers intend to activate pitcher Brandon McCarthy “sometime next week,” manager Dave Roberts said before Saturday’s game against the Washington Nationals. McCarthy completed a six-inning rehab assignment for double-A Tulsa on Friday. The Dodgers have not determined how McCarthy will be used...
Sep 15, 2017

Sparked by Corey Seager's home run, Dodgers trounce Nationals

The baseball soared off Corey Seager’s bat, bound for a clearing beyond the center-field fence at Nationals Park. The three-run homer functioned as a message. After three weeks of ineptitude, the Dodgers offered a reminder of who is favored to represent the National League in the World Series next...