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Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

49ers coach Kyle Shanahan, on what his good friend and former coworker Sean McVay has done with the Rams' offense: "He's done a good job. They're playing really well. It looks very similar to what we do schematically. It looks very similar to how it was in Washington when we were there and how it was with Jay (Gruden)."

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt LaFleur's brother, Mike, worked with him in Atlanta and now coaches 49ers wide receivers on Kyle Shanahan's staff. "No awkwardness," LaFleur said of facing him. "It will be interesting." LaFleur knows a lot of the coaches on that staff. "I'm sure there will be some mixed feelings," he said.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur, on getting top receivers Robert Woods and Sammy Watkins more involved (a combined 16 targets so far): "You saw what happened in Week 1 when we were able to distribute the ball. When you don't do that, you're going to be hindered a little bit offensively. That's always the goal is to spread it out."

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Wade Phillips felt Aaron Donald "showed flashes, but he was rusty" in his first game back. "The more he plays, the better he's going to get." The Rams were initially going to play Donald 25-30 snaps, but gave him 48 because his body was holding up well. "We're looking forward to him playing this week, and maybe get a few more plays," Phillips said.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, as he walked to the podium: "All right, what's wrong with the run defense?" Phillips says the 49ers "got to be licking their chops" after Carlos Hyde rushed for 124 yards on 15 carries against the Seahawks, but Phillips expects his group to be better. He felt Washington ran a lot of plays that have worked against his defense in the past. "It's a copy-cat league," Phillips said. "They tried to copy all the plays that had any success against Denver or Philadelphia or New Orleans or Houston -- where else have I been?"

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Tribe, Halos bullpens among best in majors

The Indians' bullpen remains top dog, but the Angels' relievers are quietly having a good year, posting the fifth-lowest ERA in the majors.

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Top numbers for Trout

Mike Trout has finished first or second in MVP voting in each of his five full seasons. This year, he's putting up the best season of his career.

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High pitches yield big results for Simmons

Andrelton Simmons is doing his damage on pitches up in the zone, which he's hunting this year.

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Olney -- Free agent stock watch: Yu Darvish

As if all the pressure of a midseason trade isn't enough, Darvish has many tens of millions of dollars on the line as a potential free agent this fall. But the 2017 season hasn't gone according to plan for him.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams CB Troy Hill has finished serving his two-game suspension and has been added to the active roster. He can provide important depth for Thursday's game, with CB Kayvon Webster possibly a game-time decision with a shoulder injury. Nickell Robey-Coleman would probably start in Webster's place. The Rams waived CB Kevin Peterson and took LB Cassanova McKinzy off the practice squad.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

UCLA's Steve Alford and an assistant will go to see both Jordan Brown (No. 30 in ESPN 100) and Bryan Penn-Johnson (No. 86) on Thursday.

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More tests ahead for Trojans

After escaping with an overtime win over Texas, USC has three currently undefeated opponents on its schedule over the next four weeks, including two ranked opponents. The schedule softens some down the stretch before a visit from Josh Rosen and UCLA in mid-November.

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Andrew Bogut will become the fifth different center drafted No. 1 overall in the common draft era (since 1966) to play for the Lakers, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Mychal Thompson, Shaquille O'Neal and Dwight Howard. Bogut was drafted by the Bucks with the top pick in 2005, three spots ahead of Chris Paul.

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How much does Blake Griffin actually earn?

Griffin was re-signed by the Clippers to a five-year deal worth $171 million, but the 13.3 percent California state tax takes a huge haircut off his earnings.

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Nwosu on win against Texas

USC outside linebacker Uchenna Nwosu discusses their win against Texas this past weekend, his journey to USC, how he will approach future games this season and why he almost quit football in high school.

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A wild fight to the finish

The AL wild-card race takes center stage Tuesday as the top three teams are all in action on ESPN (Twins at Yankees, 7 p.m. ET; Indians at Angels, 10 p.m. ET). The Yankees have a five-game lead over the Twins and are a heavy favorite to make the playoffs. Meanwhile, the Angels need all the wins they can get.