Whicker: How USC’s Nico Falah turned risk into reward |Aug 15, 2017

LOS ANGELES — They were on a three-game losing streak when Nico Falah’s Signing Day came around. They had just been shredded by Georgia Tech in the Sun Bowl, and by the media covering it.

Chargers’ Denzel Perryman suffers ankle injury, out at least 2 months |Aug 15, 2017

COSTA MESA >> A meaningless, routine play will cost Denzel Perryman a large chunk of his third NFL season. On Sunday, the Chargers’ starting middle linebacker limped to the sideline at StubHub Center, his left ankle betraying him just seven snaps into the preseason.

World Cup soccer could come to Rose Bowl, LA Coliseum, Inglewood stadium in 2026 |Aug 15, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> The Rose Bowl, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and the under-construction Rams-Chargers football stadium in Inglewood were among 49 potential venues revealed Tuesday as part of a joint bid by the United States, Mexico and Canada to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup soccer tournament.

Prep football: Big Bear poised to repeat in Cross Valley League |Aug 15, 2017

The Big Bear football team’s season last year had the opportunity to derail heading into the league slate. The Bears lost three two-way starters to season-ending injuries and other players for shorter periods during their tough, seven-game nonleague schedule.

Adelanto finding baseball success outside of California League |Aug 15, 2017

Random thoughts for a Tuesday morning, wondering whatever happened to Montise Mallory, CIF Southern Section football Division VII player of the year in 1997 from Bloomington High School Hard as it may to believe or digest, could Adelanto be the capital of professional baseball in the area? Before you bring up the Inland Empire 66ers or Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, think what the High Desert city has produced.

Prep Football: New coach, same goals for San Gorgonio, San Andreas League |Aug 15, 2017

San Gorgonio High’s football team has ruled the San Andreas League in recent years. In fact, the Spartans enter this season with a 22-game league winning streak. So even though the cast of characters has changed quite a bit and coach Ron Gueringer — the leader of the squad during that stretch — has departed for another school, the Spartans are still considered favorites.

Prep Football: Change at Kaiser signals change for Sunkist League |Aug 15, 2017

FONTANA >> It’s been the worst-kept secret in Sunkist League football for some time now, but Phil Zelaya is out as coach at Kaiser High School. Zelaya, 48, won a CIF Southern Section Central Division championship with Kaiser in 2012, but will not return for his ninth season for reasons that remain unclear.

LeBron James reacts to Donald Trump’s Charlottesville, statue remarks |Aug 15, 2017

Basketball star LeBron James took to Twitter to express his disdain for President Donald Trump’s remarks this afternoon about the events in Charlottesville, Virginia. If you are reading this on a mobile device, click

Rams, Chargers trying to find right mix on offensive line |Aug 15, 2017

When Orlando Franklin was released in May, the Chargers offensive line didn’t just lose its most veteran member. It lost something arguably just as crucial to the undefinable, yet indisputably important chemistry of an offensive line.

Andrew Heaney almost ready to rejoin Angels rotation |Aug 15, 2017

WASHINGTON >> Andrew Heaney is just one small step away from his long-anticipated return to the Angels’ rotation. Heaney, who hasn’t pitched in the majors since April 2016 and had Tommy John surgery last July, rejoined the club on Tuesday and threw a bullpen session.

Howie Kendrick’s 2 HRs snap Angels’ win streak |Aug 15, 2017

WASHINGTON — The Angels’ six-game winning streak couldn’t withstand one of the National League’s most underrated pitchers and a former Angel enjoying a big week. The Angels lost, 3-1, to the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night, collecting just two hits against Gio Gonzalez and giving up two homers to Howie Kendrick.

Even without Aaron Donald, Rams defense looks strong |Aug 15, 2017

IRVINE >> The Rams also play defense, and perhaps quite well. While the focus during this training camp has been on the offense — Jared Goff, Todd Gurley, Sammy Watkins, Andrew Whitworth, et al — the surest path to improvement for the Rams in 2017 will be on defense, particularly if coordinator Wade Phillips can continue to be a first-year miracle worker.

Angels at Nationals: Wednesday pitchers, game time, TV channel |Aug 15, 2017

ANGELS at NATIONALS When: Today, 10 a.m. Where: Nationals Park TV: Fox Sports West THE PITCHERS ANGELS RHP RICKY NOLASCO (5-12, 5.24) vs. Nationals: 11-7, 3.

Rams training camp: Tuesday’s practice at a glance |Aug 15, 2017

A brief look at the Rams’ training-camp practice on Tuesday: Big moment The Rams’ quarterbacks had another tough day, as Jared Goff and Sean Mannion each threw two interceptions, but Goff bounced back from one of his with a gorgeous 40-yard touchdown pass to rookie receiver Josh Reynolds during a 7-on-7 drill.

Sparks at Mystics: Wednesday’s preview, time, TV listing |Aug 15, 2017

SPARKS (19-8) at MYSTICS (16-10) Tipoff: Wednesday, 4 p.m. TV: ESPN2 Update: The Sparks play a fourth consecutive road game as they look to finish up their longest road trip of the season. Coming off a loss to the Liberty, the Sparks will again try to get their road record on the right side of .

Could Jalen Greene become the USC emergency QB? |Aug 15, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> USC has a backup quarterback derby but it looks like it ended more than two weeks before the season starts. Redshirt freshman Matt Fink is getting so many more snaps than true freshman Jack Sears, it is obvious the coaches want Fink to be the backup to Sam Darnold.

Dodgers trade Chris Hatcher to A’s, reinstate Rob Segedin |Aug 15, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> The Dodgers traded right-handed pitcher Chris Hatcher to Oakland for international amateur signing bonus pool space and reinstated infielder/outfielder Rob Segedin from the 60-day disabled list on Tuesday.

Arrogate is the favorite for Pacific Classic at Del Mar |Aug 15, 2017

DEL MAR >> Arrogate, who turned in a lackluster effort in his most recent start after four consecutive scintillating victories, drew post No. 8 and was installed as the even-money morning-line favorite Tuesday when entries were announced for the 27th edition of the $1 million Pacific Classic at Del Mar.

U.S. Amateur Championship: Few SoCal natives make cut, but now fun begins |Aug 15, 2017

PACIFIC PALISADES >> The overstated goal after two rounds of stroke play at the 117th U.S. Amateur Championship is simply to make the cut from the unwieldy 312 to the final 64. Because once match play begins Wednesday, it’s a one-on-one format that historically gives nearly everyone an equal opportunity to claim the Havenmeyer Trophy late Sunday afternoon.

USC Football: Steven Mitchell overcomes knee injuries, ready for senior season |Aug 15, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> Within weeks of arriving on USC’s campus as a freshman in 2013, wide receiver Steven Mitchell was beset by a knee injury. During an offseason players-only workout that June, Mitchell tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

USC training camp: Tuesday’s practice at a glance |Aug 15, 2017

A brief look at the Trojans’ training-camp practice on Tuesday at the Coliseum: Big moment Despite some recent struggles, Michael Brown and Chase McGrath, the kickers competing for USC’s starting spot, recovered with more impressive showings Tuesday.

White Sox at Dodgers: Yu Darvish vs. Carlos Rodon, TV, game time |Aug 15, 2017

WHITE SOX AT DODGERS When: Today, 7 p.m. Where: Dodger Stadium TV: SportsNet LA THE PITCHERS DODGERS RHP YU DARVISH (8-9, 3.81) vs. White Sox: 1-1, 5.12 Hates to face: N/A Loves to face: Avisail Garcia, 0 for 2 WHITE SOX LHP CARLOS RODON (1-4, 4.

Yasiel Puig’s patience pays off in Dodgers’ win |Aug 15, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> The Dodgers’ magic number is so low, they can clinch a playoff berth before the calendar turns to September. They are 50 games over .500 for the first time since 1953. Still, the schedule insists that the regular season lasts another six weeks.

Yu Darvish explains his peculiar quirk |Aug 15, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> Fans arriving early to Dodger Stadium this weekend might have noticed the 6-foot-5 left-hander playing catch in a Yu Darvish jersey. That isn’t the newest southpaw to join the roster.

UCLA training camp: Tuesday’s practice at a glance |Aug 15, 2017

A brief look at UCLA’s training camp practice at Spaulding Field: Everyone wins Instead only the winning side run at the end of the team competition, both the offense and defense took a celebratory lap after the final team period.

Chargers training camp: Tuesday’s practice at a glance |Aug 15, 2017

A brief look at the Chargers’ training-camp practice Tuesday at Jack Hammett Sports Complex: Big moment A candidate to replace injured linebacker Denzel Perryman (ankle), third-year pro Nick Dzubnar broke up a pass in the end zone while working with the first-team defense.

Winning Dodgers at a loss for nothing but words |Aug 15, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> He had just caught another comeback victory and hit another home run, Yasmani Grandal now standing in the Dodgers clubhouse and being asked to discuss his team’s astonishing and utter awesomeness.

Josh Rosen hits stride as UCLA football focuses on details |Aug 15, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> The pass rush is bearing down. Josh Rosen’s blue eyes glance at it. He steps up in the pocket and zips the ball through what seems like an impossibly small window. Somehow it misses a tangle of hands from defensive backs and lands in the waiting arms of a receiver at the back of the end zone.

USA Gymnastics settled sex-abuse complaint against Larry Nassar |Aug 15, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> USA Gymnastics reached a confidential, out-of-court settlement in California before this year with a former teenage U.S. national team gymnast who alleges U.S. women’s Olympic and national team physician Larry Nassar sexually abused her, a former U.

Citrus Valley High community remembers Nelson Natividad |Aug 14, 2017

REDLANDS >> Fighter. That’s how friends and family of Nelson Natividad described the 16-year-old whose battle with myeloid leukemia came to an end Sunday.

Marvin Bagley III may announce college decision tonight on ESPN |Aug 14, 2017

ESPN issued a press release today saying that Marvin Bagley III is expected to make his college basketball decision on SportsCenter Monday night (Aug. 14). Bagley, who played at Sierra Canyon High last season, is ranked the top recruit in the nation and is expected to commit to USC, UCLA or Duke.

Whicker: Angels’ season was over, but they kept playing |Aug 14, 2017

The season did not end Monday morning. The Angels are not the American League’s second wild-card team, at least not yet. Occupancy is not the law. One-fourth of the schedule lies before them.

Getting a chance again, C.J. Cron looks to show Angels he deserves to play every day |Aug 14, 2017

WASHINGTON >> C.J. Cron is 27 years old and has stepped into a major league batter’s box 1,310 times over parts of four seasons. Yet, his story still seems to be a mystery. Is there something else there? Is there another player just waiting to be revealed, if he could get 500 at-bats in a season? So far Cron’s career with the Angels has been one of hot streaks, cold streaks, injuries and competition for at-bats.

Clippers schedule: Chris Paul makes his Staples Center homecoming Jan. 15 |Aug 14, 2017

Circle the date Jan. 15, 2018, in red ink. That’s when Chris Paul makes his Staples Center return to face the Clippers for the first time since they traded him to the Houston Rockets earlier this summer for a package of players that included fellow guard Patrick Beverley.

Lakers schedule: Lonzo Ball’s rookie season features 35 national TV games |Aug 14, 2017

Rookie Lonzo Ball and the Lakers are scheduled to appear on national television an astounding 35 times next season, including Nov. 15 against Markelle Fultz and the Philadelphia 76ers in the first matchup between the top two picks in June’s draft.

Chargers rookie DB Michael Davis gets ‘wake-up call’ |Aug 14, 2017

Michael Davis knows exactly how bad he looked. For weeks, the undrafted cornerback had been one of the Chargers’ most talked-about rookies. Coaches often brought up his length (6-foot-3) and his speed (a 40-yard dash in 4.

US Amateur golfers range from 15 to 64 and a former Angels pitcher |Aug 14, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> Talk about one eclectic country club meet-and-greet tee party. The weeklong 117th U.S. Amateur Championship began Monday with introductions necessary in some cases, and explanations with others.

U.S. Amateur: Canyon Lakes teen Norman Xiong shares 1st-round lead |Aug 14, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> All-Pac 12 Oregon standout Norman Xiong, Virginia Tech’s Mark Lawrence Jr. and Oklahoma State’s Hayden Wood somehow managed to separate themselves from the pack on the first day of play at the 117th U.

Claire, Carew team with City of Hope to fight cancer |Aug 14, 2017

GLENDALE >> So many baseball men in khakis and collared shirts strolled the grounds of Oakmont Country Club on Monday, you would be tempted to think this is what they do in retirement: golf. You would only be half right.

White Sox at Dodgers: Tuesday game time, TV channel and starting pitchers |Aug 14, 2017

WHITE SOX AT DODGERS When: Today, 7:10 p.m. Where: Dodger Stadium TV: SportsNet LA (where available) THE PITCHERS DODGERS LHP ALEX WOOD (14-1, 2.37) vs.

New Rams WR Sammy Watkins trying to watch and learn |Aug 14, 2017

IRVINE >> As the Rams went through scripted, oft-repeated warm-up exercises, Sammy Watkins glanced left and right and tried to mimic his new teammates. This is going to be a process. In his first day on the field with the Rams, after Friday’s trade that brought him over from Buffalo, Watkins didn’t do much at practice at UC Irvine.

Highlights from Monday’s Rams practice |Aug 14, 2017

A brief look at the Rams’ training-camp practice on Monday: Big moment Which interception to choose? Quarterback Jared Goff threw three, but the most impressive play might have been made by cornerback Trumaine Johnson, during a red-zone drill.

USC QB Sam Darnold raves about shorter throwing motion |Aug 14, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> In the three months between spring practice and the start of training camp, Sam Darnold worked out with Jordan Palmer, his private quarterbacks coach in Orange County, to sharpen his throwing mechanics.

Highlights from Monday’s USC football practice |Aug 14, 2017

A brief look at the Trojans’ training-camp practice on Monday at Howard Jones-Brian Kennedy Field: Short day Two days after a live scrimmage, USC went through a light 60-minute practice that was mostly limited to situational work, simulating last-second situations.

UCLA looks for young specialists to mature |Aug 14, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> When Austin Kent thinks back to his cringe-worthy minus-1-yard punt at Washington State — the one that landed him on the receiving end of a nationally televised chewing out from Coach Jim Mora — he nods his head and lets a wry smile creep over his face.

Highlights from Monday’s UCLA football practice |Aug 14, 2017

A brief look at UCLA’s training camp practice at Spaulding Field: Starting to click The offense won its third consecutive competition with the defense by scoring three touchdowns and a field goal on four 25-yard drives.

Angels win sixth in a row |Aug 13, 2017

SEATTLE >> As Keynan Middleton stood on the mound at Safeco Field on Sunday, with 44 games worth of major league experience and about 43,199 reasons to feel the heat, he was able to stay calm and perform.

Dodgers hang on to beat Padres |Aug 13, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> Dodgers pitcher Luis Avilan hadn’t thrown a pitch in nine days before he took the mound in the eighth inning Sunday against the San Diego Padres. In the blink of an eye, the tying runner was on third base with one out.

LA Sparks fall on road to New York Liberty |Aug 13, 2017

NEW YORK >> Tina Charles scored 21 points and the New York Liberty used their biggest run of the season to defeat the Sparks 83-69 on Sunday for their third consecutive win. Shavonte Zellous added 19 points and Epiphanny Prince 18 for the Liberty (15-12), who used a 20-0 run in the second quarter to lead 44-35 at the half.

Todd Gurley will be active in Rams preseason games |Aug 13, 2017

IRVINE >> Todd Gurley played in the 2016 preseason. Really, he did. Gurley got on the field for one series of one quarter of one game, for a total of five plays. He had four carries and one touchdown.