Whicker: Chargers’ defense plays well, until it has to

By Mark Whicker|

Play It Forward Sept. 25-Oct 1: Can USC avoid the Week 5 letdown in Pullman?

Ranking the top 10 sports events Sept. 25 to Oct. 1 you won’t want to miss: NO. 1: COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK 5: USC at WASHINGTON STATE Details/TV: At Pullman, Wash., Friday, 7:30 p.m., ESPN A short week. A 1...

By Tom Hoffarth|


  • NBA basketball

    Kevin Durant’s anti-social comments are a boon for NBA’s social media frenzy

    Intriguing, suspenseful and Santa Claus-fat with jolly surprises. The NBA was all those things and more this summer. All those things and more, unfortunately, soon to be set aside, the league again insisting on dulling things down by playing actual basketball games. Silly NBA, somehow still convinced that an 82-date schedule can thrill when compared to everything else happening in its sensational 140-character world. This certainly is a most disappointing development, the...

    By Jeff Miller jmiller@scng.com @jeffmillerOCR on Twitter|

  • Sports

    Miller: Chargers kick off new L.A. era by missing wide right

    CARSON >> The day ended with one of their defensive tackles attempting to play lead blocker for their kicker. Strange? This came only after their historic return to L.A. was soiled by a missed field goal punctuated by the booming sound of their triumphant sideline cannon, a celebration normally reserved for games the Chargers actually, you know, win. Yeah, it was a remarkably bizarre occasion when this NFL team debuted in its MLS stadium and somehow managed to again lose in...

    By Jeff Miller jmiller@scng.com @jeffmillerOCR on Twitter|

  • Los Angeles Chargers

    Alexander: Antonio Gates’ record a bit of normalcy in a strange day with Chargers

    CARSON >> Antonio Gates had 111 touchdown catches as a San Diego Charger. He now has one as a Los Angeles Charger. And for all of the change and the newness of the Chargers’ future here, there had to be some melancholy involved when Gates hauled in a pass from Philip Rivers with 8:18 to play in the third quarter Sunday afternoon at StubHub Center, to break Tony Gonzalez’ record for career touchdown catches by a tight end. Those 14 years of history and memories...

    By Jim Alexander jalexander@scng.com @Jim_Alexander on Twitter|

  • Los Angeles Rams

    Bonsignore: Rams send positive message, even after tough loss

    The Rams locker room was barely open a minute or two Sunday after a gut wrenching 27-20 loss to Washington when Robert Woods motioned for reporters to come talk to him. If anyone had reason to hide from the media or brush them off or figure out a way to make himself invisible it was Woods, whose two careless penalties during a critical fourth-quarter drive likely cost the Rams a chance to score a touchdown and take the lead. Instead of coming all the way back from a double-digit...

    Vincent Bonsignore

  • Columnists

    Play It Forward Sept. 18-24: Could Lasorda’s 90th birthday mark the Dodgers’ latest NL West title celebration?

    Ranking the top 10 sports events Sept. 18-24 you won’t want to miss: NO. 1: MLB: GIANTS AT DODGERS  Details/TV: At Dodger Stadium, Friday, 7:10 p.m., Saturday, 6:10 p.m., Sunday, 1:10 p.m., SportsNet LA Friday marks Tommy Lasorda’s 90th birthday. Take 90 seconds or so to let that soak in. In 1996, at age 68, he tearfully decided it was time to retire as the Dodgers manager because of what was determined to be a heart attack. A year later, he...

    Tom Hoffarth

  • USC

    Miller: Sam Darnold, Trojans survive scare the size of Texas

    LOS ANGELES >> Vince Young had an entire fourth to make his magic. Sam Darnold had 39 seconds … and no timeouts. USC’s sophomore quarterback led the Trojans back from the brink of disaster Saturday, engineering a tying drive in the closing minute of regulation, allowing his team to survive Texas in two overtimes, 27-24. The tying points at the end of fourth quarter and winning points at the end of the second overtime were supplied by freshman kicker...

    By Jeff Miller jmiller@scng.com @jeffmillerOCR on Twitter|

  • Boxing

    Golovkin’s draw with Canelo just raises the stakes

    LAS VEGAS >> The two top gunslingers in the sport of boxing got together and finally said, “Draw.” Twelve rounds later, so did the judges. A fight conducted at the highest levels of the sport wound up dead even between Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez, which means Golovkin keeps his three middleweight belts until they meet again. The only controversial aspect -- and, really, the only shadow on the night --  was a cockeyed 118-110 vote for Canelo...

    Mark Whicker

  • Sports media

    Lessons unlearned and more regrets from the ESPN-Jemele Hill situation

    There’s no simple way to exhume any sort of meaningful conclusion to the Jemele Hill-ESPN situation that came unglued this week and continues to collapse under its own weight. Multiple layers of semantics and protocol, accusations of preferential treatment and the simple defense of free speech complicate this journey in a disjointed digital democracy and a toxic political environment. Just when you think it’s quieted down, it stumbles into another news cycle. Wounds...

    Tom Hoffarth

  • Motorsports

    NASCAR, NHRA championship runs get underway this week

    It’s just a coincidence both the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup and NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series will start the championship portion of their respective schedules this week. NASCAR will be in Chicago for the beginning of its 10-race schedule that will finish Nov. 19 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, which escaped major damage from the recent Hurricane Irma. Sixteen drivers are in the playoffs and four are eliminated after three-race segments until the surviving quartet battle for...

    Louis Brewster

  • Lakers

    Kobe Bryant: the perfect player to have two numbers retired

    The Lakers are going to honor the career of Kobe Bryant this coming season by retiring two jersey numbers. The decision is considered controversial by some people because such a move is believed to be without precedent. Frankly, I have to agree. I’m shocked that the Lakers aren’t recognizing Bryant by retiring three jersey numbers. Hey, why not? There’s no such thing as being too over-the-top when it comes to worshipping stars, the Lakers no doubt...

    By Jeff Miller jmiller@scng.com @jeffmillerOCR on Twitter|

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