USC coach Clay Helton comments on Zach Banner's remarks about him, naming Max Browne the Trojans' starting QB, preparing to face Alabama and the Rams' move to L.A.
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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
The Dodgers are reportedly not willing to shop outfielder Yasiel Puig, who was demoted to Triple-A earlier this month, at a discount.
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)
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.
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.
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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.
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)
Hopefully, QB Josh Rosen didn't miss his opportunity to tell Vaughn he was, in fact, first-team all-state and he can put the ball wherever he wants.
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)
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.
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)
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.
Buster Olney and Keith Law discuss if the Giants "is" dead, talk about Andrew Benintendi's injury and more. Plus, Tigers GM Al Avila and Roch Kubatko on the Orioles.
Triple-A left-hander Nate Smith is making a strong case to be promoted by the Angels in September.
It's a fun but complicated question: Who are college football's blue-blood programs? Our writers ranked all 128 and pinpointed the eight schools that the sport wouldn't be the same without.
Coack K and Duke could be in for a monster 2018 recruiting class since they're in on Marvin Bagley III, Romeo Langford and other top ESPN 60 players.
Success wasn't meant to be for the Braves -- now the Clippers -- in Buffalo. But a local teacher isn't letting go of the piece of his childhood that left town nearly 40 years ago.
In the Pac-12, Oregon gets all the fashion coverage. But there are classic looks and bold colors. Now you get to choose the league's best.
The Lakers aren't very well remembered for their time in Minneapolis, but the team's 1948 loss to the Harlem Globetrotters turned out to be a landmark event in the integration of basketball.
Angels relief pitcher Cam Bedrosian has been diagnosed with a blood clot and may need season-ending surgery, the team announced.
The Giants discovered -- and the Dodgers finally benefited from -- what AL hitters had already learned this year: It's awfully hard to hit Rich Hill.
After struggling with his accuracy in 2015, Greg Zuerlein hasn't had a field-goal opportunity in a preseason game.
Joc Pederson and Justin Turner of the Los Angeles Dodgers donned jerseys to celebrate the Los Angeles Lakers great on "Kobe Bryant Day."
Though Todd Gurley is supposed to be off-limits from hard contact, the Rams' star running back was at the center of a scuffle in Wednesday's practice.