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Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

USC defensive lineman Noah Jefferson is not expected to rejoin the team until November. He has been nursing a shoulder injury, but the primary reason for his delayed return is so he can focus on academics.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

The Rams added 6-foot-7, 270-pound LB Lynden Trail to their practice squad, which had an open spot when DB Isaiah Johnson replaced CB Steve Williams on the active roster. Trail is from Norfolk State, spent last season on the Redskins and Texans practice squads.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Here is the full statement from the Pac-12 in regards to the helmet-to-helmet hit initiated by UCLA's Tahaan Goodman to Stanford's Francis Owusu on Saturday. It was determined during the game it was not targeting and confirmed again after further review. "Our conference office review of the play involving the tackle by UCLA's Tahaan Goodman of Stanford's Francis Owusu during Saturday night's game confirmed that the tackle was legal per NCAA playing rules. Per NCAA rules, the Stanford player was no longer a defenseless player once he caught the ball, established himself, and turned upfield. At that point the Stanford player became a ball carrier and was not deemed defenseless, which meant that NCAA Playing Rule 9-1-4 would not apply (hits to the head or neck area of a defenseless player). When analyzing NCAA Playing Rule 9-1-3, which states "No player shall target and make forcible contact against an opponent with the crown (top) of his helmet" it was determined that the crown of the helmet was not used. While there certainly was helmet to helmet contact, neither the game officials on the field or the replay officials called targeting because the contact was with the front of the helmet and not the crown (top) of the helmet. Additionally, we send in every targeting call and replay review of potential targeting calls, to the NCAA for review and feedback. "The Pac-12 Conference holds student-athlete health and safety to the highest regard and regrets the injury sustained on this play. We have been active in adopting player safety rules in games and practices, and have been actively involved in promoting and funding research that supports student-athlete well being and safety. Going forward, and in line with Coach David Shaw's concerns about this play, we expect additional discussion around the targeting rule during the offseason review process and will be an active participant in discussions to further reduce helmet to helmet contact."

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

No Wilson Ramos, no problem. So far, anyway. In their first game without their All-Star catcher (torn ACL), the Nats beat the Diamondbcks 4-2. The win increases Washington's lead over the Dodgers for 2nd seed in the NL (and homefield advantage in the NLDS) to 1.5 games.

Lineup: Angels (70-87) vs. Athletics (67-89)

  • 1. Yunel Escobar, 3B (R)
  • 2. Kole Calhoun, RF (L)
  • 3. Mike Trout, DH (R)
  • 4. C.J. Cron, 1B (R)
  • 5. Jefry Marte, LF (R)
  • 6. Andrelton Simmons, SS (R)
  • 7. Rafael Ortega, CF (L)
  • 8. Juan Graterol, C (R)
  • 9. Kaleb Cowart, 2B (S)
  • SP: Ricky Nolasco, RHP

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Yasiel Puig will be on the Dodgers' postseason roster. "He's earned it," manager Dave Roberts said.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Clayton Kershaw, Rich Hill and Kenta Maeda will comprise the Dodgers' playoff rotation, in that order. Manager Dave Roberts has not decided if he will use a fourth starter in the NLDS.

Lineup: Dodgers (90-66) at Padres (66-90)

  • 1. Chase Utley, 2B (L)
  • 2. Corey Seager, SS (L)
  • 3. Justin Turner, 3B (R)
  • 4. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B (L)
  • 5. Yasmani Grandal, C (S)
  • 6. Josh Reddick, RF (L)
  • 7. Andrew Toles, LF (L)
  • 8. Joc Pederson, CF (L)
  • 9: Kenta Maeda, RHP
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Ogwumike is a winner in every sense

Statistically, Nneka Ogwumike was the right pick for this season's WNBA MVP. But don't overlook her fierce competitiveness and all the intangible things she brings to the Sparks.

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Lakers first-year coach Luke Walton's evaluation after his first practice with the team at camp in warmer-than-usual Santa Barbara: "It was obviously a little sloppy at times, but it's day one with putting a lot of new stuff in. A big emphasis on defense today, but guys gave a great effort. They worked hard. It was a hot gym. I think we got some good stuff in."

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Lakers rookie Brandon Ingram said he was "very excited" for his first practice Monday, and he received praise from coach Luke Walton: "You can tell he's been coached and he's been parented correctly...He's an incredible person. He competes but he does what you ask of him. He hasn't complained once since he's been here all summer. He's a phenomenal guy."

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Since June 26, the day of Clayton Kershaw's back injury, the Dodgers have gone 49-30, the third best record in the majors behind the Cubs (52-30) and the Red Sox (51-30). The Dodgers erased an eight-game division deficit over that stretch and have clinched the NL West.

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Garrett Richards set to face hitters

Richards will face hitters on Wednesday for the first time since receiving stem-cell injections as an alternative to undergoing Tommy John surgery. "We'll hopefully answer a lot of questions going into the offseason if he performs well," manager Mike Scioscia said. Los Angeles Times

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

USC coach Clay Helton was asked about statistical analysis as it pertains to when to go for it on fourth down. Here's what he said: "One, it depends on what time of the game it is. Are you up? Are you down in the football game? There's all types of decisions that have to be made. Typically, being an offensive guy, I like to be aggressive by nature and go for it on fourth down, but there are times that dictate in the ballgame that you don't. "We've gone for it, I think, four times already this year on fourth time and have been pretty successful with it. Had one in the past game vs. Utah where we had a fourth down and a long three, almost four, on our 38-yard line [Note: it was the Utah 37], but we're up three in that game with a great punter that can pin a team deep and he kicks it to the minus-seven. If you're down in that game, you're probably going for it in that situation. I think situationally, you have to make those decisions as a head coach in that. But in the normal flow of a game, once you get in that four-down territory, depending on whether you're down or up you can be aggressive."

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

UCLA announced it will host Fresno State in 2024. That makes three games between the two schools on future schedules with games already scheduled for 2018 and 2021. The Bruins have been one of the more ambitious scheduling teams in college football of late. They kicked off a home-and-home at Texas A&M this year and also have games lined up against Oklahoma (2018, 2019), LSU (2021, 2024), Michigan (2022, 2023) and Georgia (2025, 2026) among several other respected Group of 5 opponents.

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Graziano: Jared Goff must feel left out

Young QBs everywhere are playing well and winning games for their teams, but the No. 1 overall pick has yet to get his chance. It might not be coming soon, either, Dan Graziano writes. Lessons from Week 3