Los Angeles Teams

Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer 

Nick Saban said things will change with USC prep beginning tomorrow: "It's time now -- a little bit judgment day -- of who we're going to coach." Still no decision on who starts at QB, though.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Close friends A. J. Ellis and Clayton Kershaw shed a tear together after Ellis was traded Thursday from the Dodgers to the Phillies. Said Ellis: "To know that, in almost all likelihood, I will never get to catch (Kershaw) again is definitely the most devastating thing I'm feeling right now."

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin on the depth difference with this year's offense as opposed to recent versions: "At times when you're not deep, the defense can see what you're capable of doing in the first drive, like, 'OK, that's it.' Now, when you're rolling in backups and guys are staying fresh, that's the best part I'm feeling. When the [backups] go in, it's like a different speed and different strengths because they're fresh. In the past, we had players that had to get every rep in practice and every rep in games."

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Former Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis, on his trade Thursday to the Phillies: It's a really, really sad day for me and a really sad day for my family. One of the things I was most proud of was being a Dodger for my entire career."

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How do Angels rank in intangibles?

Jett Bandy isn't very fast, and Yunel Escobar isn't the greatest baserunner. Can the Halos' pitching redeem the team's rankings on our lists? Dan Szymborski breaks it down. Ranking "Intangible" tools (Insider)

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Fascinating trade involving the Phillies and Dodgers. Carlos Ruiz goes to the Dodgers for C AJ Ellis, RHP Tommy Bergjans and a player to be named later. Wonder if Ruiz becomes Clayton Kershaw's personal catcher when Kershaw returns


Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer 

The competition at QB is ongoing at Alabama. True freshman Jalen Hurts (2) is making a strong push to play against USC.


Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer 

Alabama RB coach Burton Burns leads a drill during Thursday's practice. Only two more days of fall camp and then it's game week and on to USC.

Lineup: Angels (53-73) vs. Blue Jays (71-55)

  • 1. Kole Calhoun, RF (L)
  • 2. Mike Trout, CF (R)
  • 3. Albert Pujols, DH (R)
  • 4. C.J. Cron, 1B (R)
  • 5. Andrelton Simmons, SS (R)
  • 6. Jett Bandy, C (R)
  • 7. Nick Buss, LF (L)
  • 8. Kaleb Cowart, 3B (S)
  • 9. Gregorio Petit, 2B (R)
  • SP: Jered Weaver, RHP
  • Daily lineups

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How does Puig rank in intangibles?

Yasiel Puig has speed, but does that mean he ranks high in baserunning skills? Dan Szymborski breaks it down. Ranking "intangible" tools (Insider)

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Rams' non-QB MVP: Aaron Donald

Picking between Donald and Todd Gurley is difficult, but Alden Gonzalez has to take Donald. He has already proven himself to be the league's consensus best at his position. Non-QB MVPs

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Trout has zero chance to win AL MVP...

Well, maybe not zero chance. Dan Szymborski's formula gives Mike Trout about a 5 percent chance to win, low for a player whose 7.9 WAR leads the league. What else is new for the 25-year-old. Schoenfield: Myths of MVP voting (Insider)

Stats & Info

Miggy and the Machine move up together

Miguel Cabrera and Albert Pujols each had a four-hit game on Wednesday, moving closer to Ichiro for most in MLB since the start of the 2001 season.

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Jett Bandy enjoys rare day for a catcher

Bandy was 4-for-5 with a stolen base in the Angels' win on Wednesday. The only other catchers in franchise history to collect four hits and a steal in one game are Lance Parrish in 1989, Chris Turner in 1994 and Bengie Molina in 2000, per the Elias Sports Bureau.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

2017 World Baseball Classic: Petco Park will be home to Second-Round games and Dodger Stadium will host the Semi-Finals and Final for the second time.

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Sando: Robert Quinn is in an odd spot

The No. 69 ranking isn't bad, but Quinn wound up ninth among edge rushers. That's a far cry from where he was two years ago. But as Mike Sando notes, Quinn has the talent to move up. #NFLRank audit by position (Insider)

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Time to break up that ol' Clips band?

Kevin Pelton lists Chris Paul and Blake Griffin among the 10-best players who are scheduled to be available next summer. Age and injury are the biggest issues, respectively. Ranking 2017 NBA free agents (Insider)

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Hill quickly etches place in Dodger lore

Rich Hill tossed six scoreless innings in his first appearance for the Dodgers, a 1-0 win over the Giants on Wednesday. Only two other pitchers have started and beaten the Giants without allowing a run in their Dodgers debut: Dutch Henry (May 29, 1923) and Karl Spooner (Sept. 22, 1954), the Elias Sports Bureau reports.

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Turner deciding factor in Dodgers' win

Justin Turner's fourth-inning homer on Wednesday provided all the scoring in the Dodgers' 1-0 win over the Giants. Turner is the fifth player to homer for the Dodgers in a 1-0 game against the Giants, and all of them did so in the last 32 seasons, per the Elias Sports Bureau.

  • Candy Maldonado (April 13, 1985)
  • Trenidad Hubbard (Sept. 20, 1998)
  • Russell Martin (Aug. 13, 2006)
  • Dioner Navarro (July 20, 2011)

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USC Trojans 2016 season preview

How quarterback Max Browne fares in a loaded offense could be key in 2016 for USC, which plays a schedule heavy on top-25 competition.