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Fantasy Football: Top 10 sleeper picks for the 2017 season |Aug 19, 2017

There is plenty of time to join a fantasy football league and prepare a draft strategy before the start of the NFL’s 2017 regular season. Whether it is your first time playing fantasy football or you consider yourself a fantasy expert, here are 10 potential sleeper picks to consider as your upcoming draft.

L.A. Chargers vs. New Orleans Saints: Live updates and how to watch information |Aug 19, 2017

The Los Angeles Chargers will host the New Orleans Saints at the StubHub Center for its second game of the preseason. Check back for live news, stats and updates during before, during and after the game.

Cody Bellinger, Chris Taylor banged up in Dodgers win |Aug 19, 2017

DETROIT >> The Dodgers might want to stock up on bubble wrap. Hyun-Jin Ryu and three relievers combined on a four-hit shutout of the Detroit Tigers on Saturday afternoon as the Dodgers won 3-0 and moved another day closer to playing games that really matter again.

Dodgers send Joc Pederson down with Curtis Granderson addition |Aug 19, 2017

DETROIT >> By the time he got to Comerica Park and donned his new, blue gear Saturday, the confusion had cleared up for Curtis Granderson. “(New York Mets GM) Sandy Alderson and (Manager) Terry Collins called me in and said, ‘We’ve dealt you to the Dodgers,’” Granderson said of getting the news following Friday’s game at Citi Field that he had been traded.

Former Clemson star Artavis Scott working to impact Chargers |Aug 19, 2017

The rookie from Clemson is making catch after catch, twisting his body around defenders who look a step slow. The rookie from Clemson is running sprints two football fields away, waiting for the pain in his lower back to recede.

USC training camp: Saturday’s practice at a glance |Aug 19, 2017

A brief look at the Trojans’ training-camp practice on Saturday at the Coliseum: SCHOLARSHIP ADDITION Walk-on Grant Moore, a redshirt junior linebacker from Mater Dei, was awarded with a scholarship at the Salute to Troy booster banquet on Friday night.

For MLB’s 2-year-old domestic violence policy, success is difficult to quantify |Aug 19, 2017

Back when he was a Dodger, Dee Gordon had an idea. He wanted to help kids. Specifically, he wanted to help kids who knew the pain he suffered as a child. Gordon, 29, lost his mother to a fatal shooting when he was just 6 years old.

Dodgers at Tigers: Maeda vs. Verlander, Saturday TV, time and more |Aug 19, 2017

DODGERS at TIGERS When: Today, 10:10 a.m. TV: SportsNet LA Where: Comerica Park THE PITCHERS DODGERS RHP KENTA MAEDA (11-4, 3.76 ERA) Vs. Tigers: Has never faced them before TIGERS RHP JUSTIN VERLANDER (8-8, 4.

Yu Darvish goes on DL with back issue |Aug 19, 2017

DETROIT >> A day after Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said the back tightness that hampered Yu Darvish during his most recent start would not prevent him from making his next one, the Dodgers decided to give Darvish a 10-day break and placed him on the DL.

Fantasy football: Recent history not always best benchmark when ranking players |Aug 19, 2017

Melvin Gordon had to be mine. He had yet to play an NFL down, and yet, as the draft of my most competitive fantasy league forged on, two Augusts ago, my confidence did not waver. Gordon, I was certain, was bound for fantasy stardom.

USC helps offense by giving defensive starters day off |Aug 19, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> USC’s first-team defense did not even see the field during Saturday’s scrimmage at the Coliseum. “We had seen enough of those guys,” Trojans coach Clay Helton said.

USC football breaks training camp with final scrimmage |Aug 19, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> Ronald Jones’ legs churned, pushing through of swarm of linebackers. At one point on this opening drive of USC’s final scrimmage of training camp, it appeared difficult to bring Jones down to the grass.

Angels at Orioles: Bridwell vs. Tillman, Sunday’s TV, time and more |Aug 19, 2017

ANGELS at ORIOLES When: Today, 10:30 a.m. TV: Fox Sports West Where: Camden Yards THE PITCHERS ANGELS RHP PARKER BRIDWELL (7-1, 2.88) Vs. Orioles: 1-0, 1.

Blake Parker’s value goes beyond the 9th |Aug 19, 2017

BALTIMORE >> Pitching on a team that hasn’t had a set closer all season, Blake Parker has been conspicuous by his absence in the ninth inning. Parker’s 2.35 ERA and WHIP of 0.

AVP: Trevor Crabb, Sean Rosenthal get ‘revenge’ at Manhattan Beach |Aug 19, 2017

MANHATTAN BEACH - Jake Gibb and Taylor Crabb twice defeated Sean Rosenthal and Trevor Crabb at the Hermosa Beach Open in July, including in the championship match. Fourth-seeded Rosenthal and the older Crabb turned the tables Saturday when they defeated top-seeded Gibb and the younger Crabb 16-21, 21-15, 15-11 in the quarterfinals of the Manhattan Beach Open, advancing to today’s semifinals.

Emily Day, Brittany Hochevar sweep way to semis at Manhattan Beach |Aug 19, 2017

MANHATTAN BEACH >> Emily Day and Brittany Hochevar may not be the top seed in the Manhattan Beach Open, but they are the defending champions, so they were bound to be hunted. The No. 2-seeded duo became the hunters Saturday when they defeated sixth-seeded Kim DiCello and Emily Stockman 21-19, 21-18 to advance to today’s semifinals.

Doug Ghim, Doc Redman end up with a U.S. Amateur Championship faceoff |Aug 19, 2017

PACIFIC PALISADES >> It might be an indication you’ve thoroughly intimidated an opponent during the 117th U.S. Amateur Championships when he concedes to you a long eagle putt, as well as the hole, on the backside of the golf course.

U.S. extends lead to five games over Europe in Solheim Cup |Aug 19, 2017

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa >> Two years ago, the United States staged the biggest singles comeback in Solheim Cup history. Only the biggest letdown the event has ever seen will keep the Americans from retaining the cup.

In rarity, Terence Crawford and Julius Indongo to fight for all four belts |Aug 18, 2017

It’s not often that all four major belts are on the line in a fight, but that’s what we’ll see Saturday when Terence Crawford and Julius Indongo square off in a super lightweight title-unification bout at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Neb.

So what do fans say about attending a Chargers game at StubHub Center in Carson? |Aug 18, 2017

Thousands of professional football fans drove, hailed rides and took shuttles to watch the Los Angeles Chargers in their debut at StubHub Center in Carson. Hardcore fans piled into buses from San Diego, while many attendees on Aug.

Santa Margarita slams its way to win in Little League World Series |Aug 18, 2017

WILLIAMSPORT. Pa. >> It only took Joey Gray one swing of the bat to make his name ring throughout Little League circles at the World Series in Williamsport on Friday. A walk, a double from Drew Rutter, and another walk set the stage for Gray, who walked to the plate for a bases-loaded, first-inning at-bat against the Northwest’s Caiden Thomsen.

Albert Pujols hits historic HR, but Machado’s grand slam sinks Angels |Aug 18, 2017

BALTIMORE >> Barely into the life of a big league late-inning reliever, Keynan Middleton already appears to have the unshakable confidence necessary for the job. Less than 30 minutes after Middleton had surrendered a Manny Machado walk-off grand slam in the Angels’ gut-wrenching 9-7 loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night, Middleton seemed to have already moved past it.

Sean McVay’s history shows Rams can’t afford to be pass-happy on offense |Aug 18, 2017

OAKLAND >> Coach Sean McVay is a quarterbacks guru who loves tight-end mismatches and now gets to plan with receiver Sammy Watkins. But don’t forget the Rams’ running backs. McVay should not.

Angels at Orioles: Ramirez vs. Gausman, TV, time & more (Saturday) |Aug 18, 2017

ANGELS at ORIOLES When: Saturday, 4 p.m. Where: Camden Yards TV: Fox Sports West THE PITCHERS ANGELS RHP JC RAMIREZ (10-10, 4.26) Vs. Orioles: 0-1, 7.27 At Camden Yards: 0-0, 5.

Mike Smith, Arrogate seeks bounceback victory in Pacific Classic at Del Mar |Aug 18, 2017

DEL MAR >> Did Del Mar really run the San Diego Handicap on July 22? Was that race just a figment of our imagination? Did Arrogate, thought to be virtually unbeatable after four consecutive Grade I victories, really finish fourth, beaten by 15 1/4 lengths, as a 1-20 favorite? As far as Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith is concerned, it didn’t occur.

Dodgers at Tigers: Ryu vs. Boyd, TV, time & more (Saturday) |Aug 18, 2017

DODGERS at TIGERS When: Saturday, 1:05 p.m. Where: Comerica Park TV: SportsNet LA THE PITCHERS DODGERS LHP HYUN-JIN RYU (4-6, 3.63) Vs. Tigers: 0-1, 27.

Chargers training camp: Friday’s practice at a glance |Aug 18, 2017

A brief look at the Chargers’ joint training-camp practice with the Saints on Friday at Jack Hammett Sports Complex: BIG MOMENT Running back Austin Ekeler scored on a red-zone catch-and-run, sticking the ball over the pylon before being knocked out of bounds — a play that sparked cheers on the Chargers’ sideline.

Manti Te’o looks back fondly on his Chargers tenure |Aug 18, 2017

COSTA MESA >> Injuries dogged Manti Te’o through his first four professional seasons, reducing him from Heisman finalist to NFL afterthought. Has he escaped the curse? The former second-round pick looked healthy in his return to Southern California, flying around the field during joint practices between his former team (Chargers) and his current one (Saints).

Chris Taylor’s 4 hits pace Dodgers’ win over Tigers |Aug 18, 2017

DETROIT >> They are holding the annual Woodward Dream Cruise in Detroit this weekend. Billed as the largest auto event in the world, it features thousands of classic and vintage automobiles rolling over a 16-mile stretch of local road.

Kyle Busch wins at Bristol for 19th time in NASCAR |Aug 18, 2017

Kyle Busch continued his domination at Bristol Motor Speedway with a victory Friday night in the Xfinity Series race. The win was the 19th national series victory at Bristol for Busch, who also won the Truck Series race Wednesday night.

Azusa’s Lizette Salas helps U.S. take 3-point lead in Solheim Cup |Aug 18, 2017

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa >> The favored Americans found themselves trailing Europe after a sluggish start to the Solheim Cup. The U.S. settled down on Friday afternoon, pulling away with a record-setting fourball performance.

Galaxy defender and captain Jelle Van Damme headed to Belgium |Aug 18, 2017

Galaxy defender Jelle Van Damme is headed back home. Van Damme, 33, who has served as the Galaxy’s captain this season, will leave the club on a transfer to Royal Antwerp FC in the first division of Belgium.

U.S. Amateur quarterfinals: Four American college golfers move to the final four |Aug 18, 2017

PACIFIC PALISADES >> An all-American Final Four at the 117th U.S. Amateur Championship was solidified when Vanderbilt’s Theo Humphrey and Clemson’s Doc Redman took their quarterfinal match play events to the final hole before claiming victory at Riviera Country Club on Friday afternoon.

USC training camp: Friday’s practice at a glance |Aug 18, 2017

A brief look at the Trojans’ training-camp practice on Friday at Howard Jones-Brian Kennedy Field: QUICK WORK USC’s penultimate practice at training camp was a light walk-through, lasting almost 75 minutes, in advance of a live scrimmage this morning at the Coliseum.

UCLA training camp: Friday’s practice at a glance |Aug 18, 2017

A brief look at UCLA’s training camp practice at Spaulding Field LOCK DOWN The UCLA defense claimed its second straight victory over the offense with a clutch stop on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line.

Blocking takes center stage for Caleb Wilson, UCLA tight ends |Aug 18, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> Caleb Wilson developed a pair of UCLA’s most reliable hands by not paying attention to the field in Norman, Okla. Instead of watching his father Chris coach for the Sooners from 2005-09, Wilson and other coaches’ sons crept to an open space near the back of the field and played catch.

USC keeps starting lineup a mystery with no depth chart |Aug 18, 2017

This hardly seems ideal when training camps are now longer than ever and every practice snap gets scrutinized. USC fans clamor to know who is starting at positions like wide receiver but even players don’t know.

USC’s Clay Helton has an eye on youth |Aug 18, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> USC will end its three-week-long training camp today when it holds a live scrimmage at the Coliseum. Last year, the Trojans ended camp with a similar affair, wrapping up with a scrimmage at Howard Jones Field.

Phil Dalhausser, Nick Lucena sweep three matches at Manhattan Beach Open |Aug 18, 2017

MANHATTAN BEACH >> Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena did not compete in the Hermosa Beach Open in July because they were in Poland toiling in an FIVB event. Apparently, they have not been affected by any long-distance travel because they won all three of their matches Friday on the first day of main-draw action at the Manhattan Beach Open.

Manhattan Beach Open is pure gold to the AVP |Aug 18, 2017

MANHATTAN BEACH >> In past years the AVP sought out sponsors for the Manhattan Beach Open. It’s the other way around now. “After a few years of us doing our due diligence, it’s always nice to feel loved, right?” said Donald Sun, managing partner of the AVP.

Nneka Ogwumike, Candace Parker lead Sparks to 2 OT win over Sky |Aug 18, 2017

ROSEMONT, Ill. >> Nneka Ogwumike scored 32 points and Candace Parker added 29 Friday night in the Sparks’ 115-106 double-overtime victory over the Chicago Sky. Ogwumike added 10 rebounds, and Parker had 12.

Samuel Lopez named head baseball coach at Summit |Aug 18, 2017

Samuel Lopez has been named head baseball coach at Summit High School. The move was finalized at Wednesday’s school board meeting. Lopez served as baseball coach at Bonita last season. The Bearcats went 15-11 but were only 7-8 in Palomares League play, which wasn’t good enough to make the playoffs.

Fantasy football: Misery for those who don’t play |Aug 18, 2017

There are two kinds of people in the world: Those who brush their teeth at the gym, and those who don’t. Likewise, there are two kinds of people in the world of sports: Those who play fantasy football, and those who choose to act like adults.

Albert Pujols’ home run ties him with Sammy Sosa |Aug 18, 2017

BALTIMORE >> Hours after Albert Pujols made history with his 609th homer, he couldn’t enjoy it as much as he’d like because of Manny Machado’s 131st. Pujols’ first-inning homer on Friday night moved him into a tie with Sammy Sosa for eighth place on the all-time homer list.

Dodgers trade for Curtis Granderson |Aug 18, 2017

The Dodgers weren’t done when they acquired Yu Darvish and relievers Tony Watson and Tony Cingrani in the final hour before the non-waiver trade deadline. They acquired veteran outfielder Curtis Granderson from the New York Mets in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations Friday.

Adrian Gonzalez returns to Dodgers with healthy back, limited role |Aug 18, 2017

DETROIT >> Two months of rest and physical therapy allowed Adrian Gonzalez to roll back the odometer on his back. His role, however, is very much a part of the present. “I feel great,” Gonzalez said after being activated from the 60-day disabled list on Friday.

Right side of Rams’ offensive line under a microscope against Raiders |Aug 18, 2017

OAKLAND >> The Rams will push their starters into the second quarter Saturday against the Oakland Raiders. It’s the typical plan of attack the second week of the preseason, with NFL coaches extending clock time for starters as they chart their flight plan toward the regular season.

Ragan Smith shows why she’s new face of USA Gymnastics at P&G Championships |Aug 18, 2017

ANAHEIM >> One day before the most decorated team in the history of USA Gymnastics enters the Hall of Fame, the next generation was on display Friday night at the P&G Championships. Simone Biles, in the building at Honda Center but not in a leotard, is contemplating her future along with the rest of the Final Five.

LA Rams vs. Oakland Raiders: Live updates and how to watch information |Aug 18, 2017

The Los Angeles Rams travel to Oakland to play the Raiders for its second game of the preseason. Check back for live news, stats and updates during before, during and after the game. How to catch the game: Start Time: 7 p.

Robert Hight bringing heat to NHRA Funny Cars |Aug 17, 2017

Robert Hight is the hottest Funny Car driver in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series as it nears the end of the regular season. He’ll roll into Brainerd International Raceway having won two of the most current three NHRA national events and last weekend’s Night Under Fire match race last week in Norwalk, Ohio.