Los Angeles Teams

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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Is Rivers confident or delusional? (1:41)
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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

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Is Goff just playing the waiting game? (1:46)

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers will flip-flop their starters for the first two games of their series at San Diego. Kenta Maeda will now start Tuesday night and Jose De Leon will pitch Wednesday.

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Stephen A.: Doc Rivers wrong about Clippers-Warriors gap (2:39)
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Which Angels have mastered spin rate?

Spin rate is a relatively new factor of pitching being explored, but those who do it best are finding success. Tyler Skaggs is among pitchers with the highest spin rates on curveballs, while Matt Shoemaker and Mike Morin get more drop out of changeups with less spin. Why spin rate matters (Insider)

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Highly-touted UCLA true freshman LB Mique Juarez is enrolled in classes and will meet with coach Jim Mora later this week, UCLA LB coach Scott White said. "The plan hasn't changed at all. The plan has always been for him to be back with us," White said. Juarez has been away from the team for about seven weeks for personal reasons. White said the staff wants to make sure he's ok as a person before bringing football back into the equation.

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Rams move up further in rankings

That's seven spots gained in two weeks for the Rams, who are tied for the division lead. However, they're still a distant third in the NFC West on our list. Power Rankings