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Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

USC right tackle Zach Banner will be a game-time decision Saturday against Arizona State with an ankle injury. Coach Clay Helton said after practice Thursday that Banner is about 80 percent and if he is unable to play, both Chuma Edoga and Jordan Simmons will play.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Noah Rosenberg, a 12-year-old Dodgers fan from Chula Vista, had a handwritten sign Thursday saying he would do push-ups for a bat. Yasiel Puig told the kid to drop and give him 50. He did and got Puig's bat in return.

Lineup: Dodgers (90-68) at Padres (68-90)

  • 1. Howie Kendrick, 1B (R)
  • 2. Charlie Culberson, SS (R)
  • 3. Justin Turner, 3B (R)
  • 4. Yasiel Puig, RF (R)
  • 5. Carlos Ruiz, C (R)
  • 6. Enrique Hernandez, 2B (R)
  • 7. Rob Segedin, LF (R)
  • 8. Joc Pederson, CF (L)
  • 9: Julio Urias, LHP

Jovan Buha ESPN Editor 

Paul Pierce believes anyone -- even established stars like Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan -- can learn from Kevin Garnett: "Anybody can pick up something from an all-time great. He is one of the greatest players to ever play the game. So, whenever you've got somebody that can come in and share some valuable experience, it's a plus. Unless you're already sitting on the sidelines with five championships and 15 All-Star [appearances], and stuff like that, you probably don't want to hear nothing. But, when you have a guy like Kevin who was the greatest at his position, when he talks, you want to listen."

Jovan Buha ESPN Editor 

Doc Rivers said he doesn't foresee KG accepting a coaching job this season: "I don't think he wants to coach. He's not that crazy. Who would ever want to do that? ... There's no way that's going to happen. I think he has a teaching future. This [situation] is as organic as it could be. I just told him to come around and figure it out. Do whatever you want. Whatever he does, I'm good with, because I do think he can have a very positive impact on us."

Jovan Buha ESPN Editor 

Doc Rivers on Kevin Garnett's presence at Clippers training camp: "KG was phenomenal today. This morning, before practice, he had a teaching clinic that you would pay a lot of money to see. It was great. It was great for Blake [Griffin] and [DeAndre Jordan] and the young guys as well. It's great to have him around. He's a great teacher. We know him as a great player. I knew him as a great teacher. He'll be really good for us."

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Are the Clippers a superteam? (3:29)

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Four days after Vin Scully called his last home game for the Dodgers, another broadcasting legend will say farewell to his home fans. The Padres have honored Dick Enberg by painting his famous catchphrase on the outfield grass. Oh my!

Jovan Buha ESPN Editor 

Paul Pierce says he isn't planning a farewell tour, but he's willing to accept retirement gifts from opposing teams.

Jovan Buha ESPN Editor 

Kevin Garnett (with the towel wrapped around his head) coaching the Clippers' rookie big men, Brice Johnson and Diamond Stone, at the team's third day of training camp at UC Irvine.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers have lost two consecutive games and still have the NL's best record in September at 16-9.

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Weaver's stock down after rough year

Jered Weaver's five-year, $85 million dollar contract with the Angels expires this offseason. After leading the league in homers allowed (37) and posting a 5.06 ERA this year, there's no way the 33-year-old comes close to that kind of deal again. Bowden: FA value watch (Insider)

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Another upset in the Cards for the Rams?

The Rams won in Arizona last year, but two personnel men polled by Mike Sando don't expect a repeat. However, one other sees Jared Goff coming off the bench and leading L.A. to a win. Evaluators' predictions (Insider)

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Former USC LB sues NCAA, Pac-12 for wages

A lawsuit against the NCAA and Pac-12 filed Monday alleges that ex-USC LB Lamar Dawson was "repeatedly paid a substandard wage insofar as he was denied full pay for all hours worked."

Stats & Info

Wednesday's longest home runs

Just because the Braves and Twins have two of the worst records in baseball doesn't mean their guys can't slug. Matt Kemp and Kennys Vargas paced the competition on Wednesday, while Hunter Renfroe's 413-footer was the first to hit the roof of the Western Metal Supply Co. at Petco.

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10hKevin Gemmell

Week 5 in the Pac-12: What to watch for

The biggest thing to watch for in the Pac-12 in Week 5 is a top-10 matchup between Washington and Stanford, but that's not all you should watch.

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Shades of Duke Snider for Joc Pederson

On Wednesday, Pederson joined Snider as the only players in Dodgers history with two 25-homer seasons before turning 25 years old, ESPN Stats & Info notes.