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Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

USC OLB Porter Gustin seems destined for a breakthrough season. He's been an important contributor the past two seasons, but if developed into an all-conference or all-American caliber player it would be a surprise. Here's Clay Helton on what Gustin is like away from the field.

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Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Trumaine Johnson, on why he has put it on himself to match up against Sammy Watkins in camp: "He's no regular receiver. That's Sammy Watkins. ... You gotta like competition, and I love competition. So of course I'm going to go out there and match up with the best guys."

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

New Rams WR Sammy Watkins got a lot more involved today. Made a couple of nice connections with Jared Goff towards the middle of the field, and another one about 20 yards near the far side. Trumaine Johnson was constantly matched up against Watkins. At one point, he picked Goff as the underneath guy in zone coverage. Said Goff on Watkins: "He's been sharper than I expected. ... He's been on it; he's been sharp."

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Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams coach Sean McVay is learning a little bit more about Sammy Watkins every day. "You can feel his speed and his juice down the field." Watkins caught several intermediate throws from Jared Goff today and was constantly matched up with Trumaine Johnson.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams QB Jared Goff struggled during 11-on-11 work the last couple days, throwing several interceptions. "I have to be smarter than that; take care of the ball a little bit better."

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

The emphasis today, for the third straight day: ball protection. Defenders are continually trying to poke the ball out even after the whistle. Rams fumbled six times unofficially Saturday.

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Statement from Lakers' CEO & Controlling Owner Jeanie Buss on the passing of former Laker Tommy Hawkins:

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Jered Weaver announced his retirement today after 12 seasons and 150 wins in the big leagues. He twice finished in the top three in the Cy Young voting, but he was also one of the more entertaining pitchers to watch with his unusual slingshot delivery and ability to keep batters guessing. Even as he lost his fastball he remained effective for a few seasons, going slow, slower and slowest and displaying the art of pitching.

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Year of the long ball

MLB fans have been treated to a season full of hitters showing off their power at the plate. The influx of home runs has put the Astros, Nationals and a few other teams on pace to shatter their respective franchise records for HRs hit in a single season.

Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

OVERHEARD: "Tre' just likes to talk in general, which is OK," said Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn, when asked if the secondary was communicating more on Wednesday. Of course, Lynn was referring to new safety Tre' Boston, who's always talking and has become one of the vocal leaders of the defensive backfield.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Can confirm that the Rams will work out CB Leodis McKelvin tomorrow, as NFL.com first reported. Rams still trying to fill the void of EJ Gaines, who was dealt to the Bills in the Sammy Watkins deal. Rams looking for a primary backup to Trumaine Johnson and Kayvon Webster. Troy Hill is suspended the first two games. They tried slot corner Nickell Robert-Coleman in that role Saturday, and Sean McVay liked how he played.

Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

ROOKIE REPORT: After playing well against the Seattle Seahawks last week, rookie defensive back Desmond King had another strong performance during practice, looking comfortable as a nickel defender with Casey Hayward resting a hamstring strain. Third rounder Dan Feeney got a handful of reps at right guard and remains part of the competition with Kenny Wiggins for the starting job.

Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

PLAY OF THE DAY: There were two actually. Chargers WR Geremy Davis, made a nice, one-handed catch on a fade route from quarterback Kellen Clemens. And safety Dwight Lowery extended for a low ball on a deep pass to Keenan Allen, picking off a Philip Rivers' pass for an interception.

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Mike Trout closing in on hitting mark

The Angels slugger is closing in on 200 career home runs. If Trout can eclipse the mark this season he would put himself alongside of some Hall of Fame company.

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Clippers sign former Cal G Tyrone Wallace

Wallace, the 60th pick of the 2016 draft by the Utah Jazz, has signed with the LA Clippers, according to Real GM's Keith Smith. He will likely be on a training camp deal, which could lead to him being an affiliate player for the new Agua Caliente NBAGL team, Smith notes.

Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

INJURY UPDATE: Chargers CB Casey Hayward tweaked a hamstring midway through practice and the team shut it down for the rest of the day. Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said he didn't think it was anything serious. Other players that did not practice on Wednesday include RB Kenjon Barner (concussion), DE Jeremiah Attaochu (hamstring), TE Jeff Cumberland (legs), TD Sean McGrath (knee), CB Craig Mager (unknown), CB Trovon Reed (hip) and LB Denzel Perryman (ankle).