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Lawrence Murray ESPN.com 

Lonzo Ball says that he's playing Thursday.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams coach Sean McVay, asked what he still needs to see from Jared Goff: "You just want to see consistency, playing each play as its own entity. There were a couple times -- and I think he'd be the first to tell you this -- where whether it be in our play-action game, or some of the third downs, where he has to make better decisions with the football or go where the coverage dictates based on his progression. But what I will say -- and something you can't coach -- that's really impressive is that no matter what happens over the course of a game, he remains even-keeled."

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean McVay was walking out of the Rams' facility at 10 pm on Thursday, six hours after practice ended, and saw Aaron Donald's car in the lot. He went into the D-line room and caught Donald watching film of how offensive linemen set on pass plays. "When you have the talent that also matches up with the motivation, the appreciation for the process, the preparation and the approach, you get special players like him," McVay said. "... You just walk away and say, 'I'm sure glad that guy's on my team.'"

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams TE Derek Carrier cleared the concussion protocol. Everybody else came out of Sunday's game fine. RB Lance Dunbar is also healthy and eligible to come off PUP, but the team can also delay that process by a week or two in order to preserve depth. Rams continue to be very fortunate on the injury front. The only real question is DB Lamarcus Joyner, who has missed the past three games with a bad hamstring.

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Ball wins half-court shooting contest (0:47)

Lawrence Murray ESPN.com 

Lonzo Ball (ankle) did everything in practice today and wants to play Thursday. Barring setbacks, he should be ready for regular season opener.

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Lawrence Murray ESPN.com 

Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma with the post practice halfcourt shot duel.

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One big happy Ramily (3:00)
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Gurka clears waivers, outrighted to Triple-A

The Angels announced Monday that LHP Jason Gurka cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Salt Lake. Gurka was designated for assignment on Oct. 9 to clear space on the 40-man roster after Los Angeles acquired RHP Felix Pena from the Cubs.

Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

Chargers announce that they have signed LB Josh Keyes. At 6-2 and 227 pounds, Keyes spent time on the Atlanta Falcons practice squad and is familiar with Chargers LB coach Richard Smith. The Chargers released Nigel Harris to make room for Keyes. The Chargers also released RB LeShun Daniels from the practice squad.

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NBA predictions

Andy and Brian discuss Brandon Ingram's slow start, make NBA predictions and celebrate the 20th anniversary of 'Boogie Nights.'

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When it comes to closers, when will managers learn?

Major league skippers have experience, brains and reams of information available to them. Despite all of this, what happens when they fail at work? You have what happened to Joe Maddon in Game 2 of the NLCS.

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Can Lonzo live up to the hype?

Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook gives the 76ers' Ben Simmons the best Rookie of Year odds (5-2), while William Hill's Nevada sportsbook has Lonzo Ball as a 9-5 favorite. Ball could become the first Laker to win the award since the franchise moved to Los Angeles.