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Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said Jason Verrett had successful knee surgery in Dallas three weeks ago and stayed there to rehab for a few weeks. Verrett is back in town rehabbing and in good spirits, according to Lynn.

Greg Wyshynski ESPN 

Some brutal news for the Los Angeles Kings, who were flying high with a 5-0-1 start: Forward Jeff Carter is "out indefinitely" after suffering a cut to his left leg in Wednesday night's win over the Montreal Canadiens, following a hit from defenseman Jeff Petry in which Petry's skate sliced his left leg. GM Rob Blake said Carter had surgery to repair the injury, and that it didn't affect his Achilles. Blake declined to release a timetable for his return. Carter is an irreplaceable offensive weapon for the Kings, leading them with 32 goals and 34 assists in 82 games last season, and three assists in six games this season. His prolonged absence could derail the Kings' resurgence. After Carter and Anze Kopitar, there's a cliff-dive drop in quality at center.

Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said DT Corey Liuget was very limited in practice on Wednesday and probably will not do much in practice on Thursday.

Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said that RB Melvin Gordon, limited in practice on Wednesday with a shoulder issue, is just a little banged up. "Just here lately he's been sore, that's all," Lynn said, when asked how long Gordon has been dealing with the shoulder injury.

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Will Lonzo make history Thursday night?

Ernie DiGregorio's rookie debut assist record for the Buffalo Braves in 1973 has stood the test of time. But Dennis Smith Jr. came close in his debut Wednesday, totaling 10 dimes for the Mavericks in a 117-111 loss to the Hawks. Lonzo Ball averaged 7.6 assists per game in his lone season at UCLA.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Asked how he slept the night before his first pro game, Lonzo Ball said he slept well and always tries to get a good sleep in so he can have "good dreams."

Raajik Shah ESPN 

Lonzo said he's ready to go tonight. What Magic told Lonzo before his first game tonight... Stay focused... play for the team... play as hard as you can.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Luke Walton says Josh Hart (Achilles) is out.

Raajik Shah ESPN 

Luke on Lonzo's first game: We want him to be aggressive. We're going to let him go out there and have some fun.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Luke Walton expects veterans like Patrick Beverley to "come after" Lonzo Ball tonight. Walton says experienced players like going after rookies, especially ones that come with hype and attention like Ball.

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Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Griff Sumner, 7, meets his hero, Todd Gurley. Griff became infatuated with Gurley at Georgia and never thought he would see him in person -- until the Rams played the Jaguars, then stayed in Jacksonville.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams RB Todd Gurley met his biggest fan, Griff Sumner, 7, before today's practice. You probably know him from social media. (I mistakenly said he was 11 at first.)

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Kershaw battles Quintana in Game 5

The Dodgers are 6-1 in Clayton Kershaw's last seven postseason starts and also won a game when he appeared in relief. The only loss was the decisive Game 6 of last year's NLCS at Wrigley Field. Jose Quintana has a 1.59 ERA in 11 1/3 innings pitched this postseason.

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Are we on the verge of NLCS chaos?

Their Game 4 win could simply delay the Cubs' fate -- or maybe it's the start of a wild comeback from a 3-0 series deficit like Boston's rally in 2004.

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BBTN: Young Yankees Emerge, Cubs Surviving

Buster Olney talks to Jon Sciambi (3:00) and Jessica Mendoza (37:17) about the Yankees' roll and the Cubs' survival. Plus, Astros players react to Yankee Stadium (19:30), Jesse Rogers talks about the future for the Cubs (21:50) and more.

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NBA out to prove LaVar is wrong about Lonzo (2:00)