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Angels mailbag: One last week

Sep 25 2017

Hello, Angels fans. This is actually it now. There is one week left in the 2017 regular season, one week to determine whether the Angels will qualify for the American League wild-card game.

It is extremely improbable that they will. At 77-78, the Angels have seven games left, and the Minnesota...

Steelers' Alejandro Villanueva, who stood alone for the national anthem, leads the NFL in jersey sales

Sep 25 2017

Alejandro Villanueva stood alone outside the tunnel at Soldier Field with his hand over his heart Sunday afternoon while the rest of the Pittsburgh Steelers stayed out of sight while the national anthem played before their game against the Chicago Bears.

One day later, the offensive tackle who...

U.S. athletes will face strict rule against protests at Winter Olympics

Sep 25 2017

Olympic regulations could make it tough for U.S. athletes at the upcoming Winter Games to take on President Trump in the manner that NFL players did over the weekend.

Rule 50 of the Olympic Charter states: “No kind of demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda is permitted in any...

U.S. Olympic Committee says NHL's absence from hockey at Pyeongchang creates opportunities

Sep 25 2017

The absence of NHL players from the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics will detract from the star power at the Games, but U.S. Olympic Committee executives said Monday that will create an opportunity for them to promote the lesser-known athletes who will comprise the team and to feature the U.S....

What we learned from the Chargers' 24-10 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs

Sep 25 2017

Here’s what we learned from the Chargers’ 24-10 loss Sunday afternoon:

‘Stick to sports’ is over

If you viewed sports as an oasis from life’s everyday irritations -- disagreements with loved ones, obsessive barking on social media and the constant barrage of other outrages, this is going to be...

Angels hope Luis Valbuena's clutch hit spurs the miraculous

Sep 25 2017

Five times this season, Luis Valbuena had faced Chris Devenski, and five times Devenski had struck him out, wielding his wicked changeup to great success. So, when Valbuena stepped up to face him with the bases loaded in a tied seventh inning Sunday at Minute Maid Park, he resolved to locate redemption,...

Clay Helton, USC laud ability to finish strong after sluggish early quarters

Sep 25 2017

During his time as USC’s coach, Clay Helton has preferred to use his public comments to spread a message of optimism. He does not use media reports as an opportunity to prod a player or his team.

So a day after USC’s 30-20 win over California, Helton chose to paint a bright picture.

“You’re very,...

Corey Perry ready for a fresh start with Ducks

Sep 25 2017

Corey Perry wasn’t in the mood to discuss last season.

And who could blame him?

The Ducks always could count on Perry to pot at least 30 goals. He had done so in each season in which he played at least 50 games since his age-25 campaign in 2010-11.

That season, Perry led the league in scoring with...

Chargers' Chris McCain explains reasons for kneeling during national anthem

Sep 25 2017

If the winless Chargers stage a miraculous rally, win the Super Bowl in February and are invited to the White House, it’s a safe bet defensive end Chris McCain won’t be seen anywhere near the Oval Office.

McCain was one of more than a dozen players from the Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs who knelt...

Dwyane Wade agrees to buyout with Chicago Bulls

Sep 25 2017

Dwyane Wade signed with Chicago before last season in large part because the affinity for his hometown was still very strong.

A year later, he's about to be on the move.

Wade and the Bulls agreed to terms on a buyout agreement Sunday, a person with direct knowledge of the talks told The Associated...

Another defeat comes to pass for 0-3 Chargers, who lose another at home, 24-10 to the Chiefs

Sep 25 2017

Philip Rivers walked toward the Chargers bench early in the second quarter, exasperated with how the ball had just left his hand. He ripped off the glove he wears on his left hand and flung it into the air. He unsnapped his chin strap, took off his helmet and looked to the sky.

The glove fell harmlessly...

Mistakes on special teams prove costly for Chargers in loss to Chiefs

Sep 25 2017

A Kansas City Chiefs kickoff 4:30 before halftime Sunday bounced through the middle of the end zone and out of play for a touchback with no Chargers player getting a hand on the ball.

It was the the best special teams play the Chargers made in the first 30 minutes of an eventual 24-10 loss at StubHub...

Dodgers' Dave Roberts keeps Yasiel Puig on bench after baserunning blunder

Sep 25 2017

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts couldn’t hide his anger with outfielder Yasiel Puig on Sunday, a day after the outfielder made the last out of a one-run loss to the San Francisco Giants on a baserunning blunder.

Puig did not play Sunday for only the third time since June 28. Asked whether Puig’s base-stealing...

As Trump continues his attacks, NFL players protest by kneeling or locking arms

Sep 25 2017

Watching the National Football League on weekend afternoons became the latest American tradition drawn into the relentless vortex of controversy that surrounds President Trump, as players from London to New England to Carson knelt or linked arms Sunday while others stayed in the locker room during...

It's 'uh-oh' and three for the Chargers, who haven't won a game since their move to L.A.

Sep 25 2017

The next home of the Chargers is just a hole now, a big dug-out crater in Inglewood that won’t be finished until 2020.

The team is in an even deeper hole at 0-3 — and it’s nowhere near where the Chargers expected to be at this point of the season..

The Chargers already have two losses in the toughest...

East Carolina holds off Connecticut 41-38 in rescheduled game

Sep 25 2017

Thomas Sirk threw for 426 yards and three touchdowns, and East Carolina held off UConn 41-38 on Sunday in East Hartford, Conn., the conference opener for both teams.

UConn drove to the Pirate 15 with six seconds left in the game, but Michael Tarbutt missed a potential game-tying field goal as time...

Surprising Texas Christian can't fly under the radar anymore

Sep 25 2017

Hardly anyone outside of Fort Worth was talking about Texas Christian football during the summer.

Most of the Big 12 Conference buzz revolved around preseason darlings Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. The Horned Frogs were, at best, an afterthought.

That should change this week after Texas Christian...

Chelsea Gray's jumper helps Sparks avoid collapse in Game 1 win over Lynx

Sep 25 2017

Sparks point guard Chelsea Gray busted out a dance move near center court, as teammates circled around, singing and chanting.

They had plenty to celebrate.

Moments earlier, Gray made an off-balance jump shot with two seconds on the clock to avoid a monumental collapse by the Sparks, who defeated...

Kershaw wins 18th game as Grandal powers Dodgers past Giants 3-1

Sep 25 2017

As the calendar runs out on the regular season, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts acknowledges he has a lot of decisions to make before the playoffs begin.

He faces issues in the bullpen, is unsettled over his roster and may still juggle his postseason rotation. But one thing is already settled: Clayton...