Play It Forward Sept. 25-Oct 1: Can USC avoid the Week 5 letdown in Pullman? |Sep 24, 2017

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.

Whicker: Chargers’ defense plays well, until it has to |Sep 24, 2017

CARSON >> On the north sideline, Kansas City’s’ Marcus Peters looked at the ground and held up a fist, with teammate Roy Miller holding up Peters’ arm. On the south sideline, five Chargers sat on a metal bench when the anthem was played, and Casey Hayward also raised a fist.

Billie Jean King and her emotional journey back to ‘Battle of the Sexes’ |Sep 19, 2017

Even 44 years ago can seem like yesterday with one raw, big-screen flashback. It was Sept. 20, 1973, moments after grinding out a 6-4, 6-3, 6-3, winner-take-all $100,000 victory over Bobby Riggs in the uber-hyped live televised tennis match at the Houston Astrodome.

Kevin Durant’s anti-social comments are a boon for NBA’s social media frenzy |Sep 19, 2017

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.

Whicker: Penny Chenery and Secretariat lived beyond their years |Sep 18, 2017

The story of Secretariat is timeless. Those who wrote it are not. Penny Chenery, the owner, died on Saturday at 95. Trainer Lucien Laurin passed away in 2000.  Eddie Sweat, the groom whom Secretariat followed like a dog trailing his master, left in 1998.

Judgment Day: A rogue scorecard shouldn’t overshadow Canelo and Golovkin |Sep 17, 2017

LAS VEGAS -- What fight was Adalaide Byrd watching? Nobody in T-Mobile Arena really knew. “Terrible, unbelievable,” Gennady Golovkin said, after Byrd gave Canelo Alvarez a 118-110 edge in a fight that turned into a dead heat.

Play It Forward Sept. 18-24: Could Lasorda’s 90th birthday mark the Dodgers’ latest NL West title celebration? |Sep 17, 2017

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.

Bonsignore: Rams send positive message, even after tough loss |Sep 17, 2017

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.

Alexander: Antonio Gates’ record a bit of normalcy in a strange day with Chargers |Sep 17, 2017

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.

Miller: Chargers kick off new L.A. era by missing wide right |Sep 17, 2017

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.

Lessons unlearned and more regrets from the ESPN-Jemele Hill situation |Sep 16, 2017

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.

Golovkin’s draw with Canelo just raises the stakes |Sep 16, 2017

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.

Miller: Sam Darnold, Trojans survive scare the size of Texas |Sep 16, 2017

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.

Canelo Alvarez, Gennady Golovkin expect memorable fight |Sep 15, 2017

Marvin Hagler vs. Tommy Hearns in 1985 and Bernard Hopkins vs. Felix Trinidad Jr. in 2001 were two of the more highly anticipated middleweight title fights over the past few decades, and both lived up to the hype.

Hoffarth: Must the Rams and Chargers ‘fight’ over us? |Sep 15, 2017

Has anyone really explained why, having to babysit two NFL teams around here at this point in our history, all of a sudden it means there has to be a “Fight for L.A.?” The transplanted San Diego Chargers and nomadic St.

Whicker: Golovkin carries belts and Kazakhstan’s hopes |Sep 15, 2017

Kazakhstan was on the map all along. All Gennady Golovkin did was circle it. Only eight countries in the world are bigger. It squats in the middle of Central Asia, larger by itself than Western Europe.

NASCAR, NHRA championship runs get underway this week |Sep 14, 2017

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.

Whicker: Alvarez vs. Golovkin is boxer vs. slugger, but which is which? |Sep 14, 2017

Matador over bull, butterfly over bee, boxer over slugger. When everything else is as equal as Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin seems to be, that is normally the bet. The fact that Canelo is a matador with sharp horns, and that Golovkin is a .

Gun Runner coming on as Horse of the Year candidate |Sep 14, 2017

In case you haven’t noticed, there’s a new sheriff in town. His name is Gun Runner, and even though he’s come up empty in two races against Arrogate in his career, he’s the current frontrunner for Horse of the Year.

Toronto FC allows Galaxy fans to watch best team in MLS |Sep 13, 2017

The best reason to watch the Galaxy game in Carson this weekend (7:30 p.m. Spectrum SportsNet) is not to see L.A., plumbing new MLS depths, but to take in all-conquering, MLS-leading Toronto FC, already being talked about as the best team ever in MLS.

Kobe Bryant: the perfect player to have two numbers retired |Sep 13, 2017

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.

Wolf: Pac-12 football gets scary after dark |Sep 11, 2017

It’s only two weeks into the season and the catch-phrase “Pac-12 after dark” is already scaring fans brave enough to watch. The Conference of Champions offered San Diego State pummeling Arizona State, Houston holding off Arizona and Minnesota routing Oregon State on Saturday night.

Whicker: LA Dodgers’ parachute still won’t open |Sep 10, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> On Aug. 25, when the Dodgers were 91-36, they risked depression to realize they would soon be 0-0. Now 0-0, and the promise of a reset, looks like two heavenly beacons on the shore.

Rams, Sean McVay take a knee and everything else they want vs. Colts |Sep 10, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> His play-calling was measured, effective and, at times, even inspired. At the end, it was something else completely, something shocking after witnessing the Rams mostly depress all of last season.

Jared Goff and the Rams delivered more than a win on Sunday, they created hope |Sep 10, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> Just before Rams quarterback Jared Goff disappeared into the Coliseum tunnel late Sunday afternoon to celebrate his first win as an NFL quarterback, he paused, peeked over to a hundred or so fans shouting his name from the stands and raised his right arm to the sky.

Play It Forward: Charging to the end of NFL Week 1 with fidget spinners and throw pillows for Bolts fans |Sep 10, 2017

Ranking the top 10 sports events Sept. 11-17 you won’t want to miss: NO. 1: NFL WEEK 1: CHARGERS at DENVER Details/TV: At Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Monday at 7:20 p.

The ‘Fight for L.A.’ between the Rams and Chargers begins ... now |Sep 9, 2017

My oh my, how the NFL landscape has seismically shifted in Los Angeles over the last 20 months. The Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers? Yup, that really happened. And Year One of their co-existence begins Sunday.

Trojans refuse to repeat Cardinal sins |Sep 9, 2017

LOS ANGELES -- Rasheem Green said it was a week of sacrifice. Maybe you don’t take that post-practice nap. Maybe you realize that the  XBox will still be there after Saturday. Maybe you go to the computer and cue up the tape and try to find the keys to the kingdom, try to learn why Stanford’s offense looks so old and yet works so new, sort of like USC Village.

Hoffarth: Celebrate NFL good times? C’mon ... |Sep 8, 2017

What’s the proper way to celebrate the start of this NFL season? Keep in mind, it’s the first time in a long, lonesome while we’ve had two L.A. teams in our charge, ramming themselves into our Sunday to-do schedules, raiding our right to peacefully assemble and find whatever channel the Oakland game is on.

Gonzalez vs. Rungvisai is the appetizer before Golovkin vs. Canelo |Sep 8, 2017

Saturday at StubHub Center is more than a card featuring the rematch between super flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai and Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez. “This was really designed by HBO, the timing of it, as the appetizer for the Canelo-Triple G fight,” said promoter Tom Loeffler, referring to the Sept.

Bonsignore: Where does Chargers’ Philip Rivers rank among LA’s all-time QBs? |Sep 8, 2017

The starting quarterbacks for the two Los Angeles NFL football teams back in 1994 were the Rams’ Chris Miller and the Raiders’ Jeff Hostetler. They combined to throw 30 interceptions.

Hoffarth: Beth Mowins calling NFL games benefits all |Sep 8, 2017

In the spirit of a professional play-by-play broadcaster, let’s just call it what it is: Beth Mowins is the right person at the right time at the right network to write some history. A ready-for-prime-time player.

Suddenly quiet Dodgers try silent approach |Sep 8, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> The Dodgers prepped in eerie and total silence Friday afternoon, their clubhouse so quiet you could hear a win drop. Maybe that was the idea, this team is that desperately desperate, so wanting to drop a win somewhere, anywhere, on or off the field.

Irwindale Speedway to honor first responders Saturday |Sep 7, 2017

It’ll be quite a night for racers and fans Saturday night at Irwindale Speedway. In addition to five classes — Late Models, Irwindale Race Trucks, Spec Late Models. Legends and Rusty Wallace Racing Late Models — the track will again host first responders, who must show proper documentation.

Whicker: Walker Cup wasn’t Tiger’s cup of tea |Sep 7, 2017

The Walker Cup creeps into L.A. this weekend. It will not get a sideways glance from those whose Dodgermania has morphed into panic, from wary USC fans who watch Stanford invade, or from Opening Day NFL hopefuls who are hoping to avoid elimination by Halloween.

Horse racing: It was a safer summer at Del Mar |Sep 7, 2017

Saratoga handled more wagering dollars this summer than Del Mar and drew more customers through the turnstiles, but it was a one-horse race when it came down to equine safety. While Saratoga saw 19 fatalities this summer, according to the New York State Gaming Commission, Del Mar had only six.

Bonsignore: For Rams, figuring out what they have in Jared Goff is key |Sep 7, 2017

At some point Sunday night, after a full day of NFL games conclude and the leftover wings and brats are wrapped up tightly and tucked away in the refrigerator and the barbecue grills are scrubbed clean and neatly covered, a whole bunch of tired heads will hit a whole bunch of pillows across Los Angeles.

Let Rams, Chargers ‘Fight for L.A.,’ Raiders will win Super Bowl |Sep 6, 2017

The Fight for L.A. rages on, as the Rams and Chargers battle to win the collective hearts and souls and wallets of the 20 million or so people residing in Los Angeles and vicinity. But it’s just a local tangle.

Miller: Tom Brady and NFL kick off another season of dilemma |Sep 6, 2017

Like most of you, I’m going to watch, too. Watch 100 or so men gather tonight to play a game they presumably love for a paycheck they understandably covet for the sake of entertaining the rest of us who won’t die early because of football.

Whicker: ‘01 Mariners are a warning for the Dodgers that nothing is guaranteed |Sep 6, 2017

Sixteen years ago the Seattle Mariners were inevitable, too. They scored 300 more runs than their opponents. They had Ichiro Suzuki, the MVP and a Hall of Famer-to-be. They won 116 games, tying the record by the 1906 Chicago Cubs.

Texans’ J.J. Watt shows the real healing potential of sports |Sep 5, 2017

The notion, though long on good intentions, always has sounded short on common sense. Sure, games can distract, offer snippets of relief from a real world that can be unforgiving, brutal and catastrophic.

Sean McVay manages first crisis as Aaron Donald holdout continues |Sep 4, 2017

The Rams reported to work on Monday to officially begin preparations for their season opener against the Indianapolis Colts. Their best player was nowhere to be found. The contract holdout of Aaron Donald just moved to DEFCON 1, folks.

Play It Forward Sept. 4-10: No place for a weak stomach as Rams ramp up NFL Week 1 |Sep 3, 2017

Ranking the top 10 sports events Sept. 4-10 you won’t want to miss:</em> NO. 1: NFL WEEK 1: COLTS at RAMS Details/TV: At the Coliseum, Sunday at 1:05 p.m., Ch. 2 Two stories of note over the summer that have decided are somewhat Rams related and could be useful for future reference as the journey to a 6-10 season gets underway: • A study released by a San Diego-based safety video company shows that from 2012-2016, there was a 53 percent spike in drowsy-related collisions or near-accidents with sanitation drivers on the Monday and Tuesday mornings following Sunday or Monday night televised NFL games.

Whicker: Josh Rosen, UCLA Bruins pull an incredible 180 |Sep 3, 2017

PASADENA >> Tom Bradley, the defensive coordinator, didn’t even talk about desperation. Desperation implies that there’s a chance. UCLA was down 44-10 to Texas A&M. The only goal left was self-esteem.

Ronald Jones is strong enough to carry erratic Trojans |Sep 2, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> It was an excellent day to lose 10 pounds. It was almost an excellent day to lose a football season. Ronald Jones II. had pre-planned for this 98-degree brain bake at the Coliseum.

Brent Musburger — an odd fit in Vegas gambling media outfit or sure bet? |Sep 2, 2017

LAS VEGAS >> On the first major Saturday of the college football season, Brent Musburger was planted inside a 30-by-35 foot, floor-to-ceiling glass booth, in the middle of a hotel sports book with spotlights pointed at him.

Golovkin vs. Canelo feels like a can’t-miss classic |Sep 1, 2017

It’s a can’t-miss, isn’t it? The Sept. 16 middleweight title fight between Canelo Alvarez and champion Gennady Golovkin would seem a lock for an old-fashioned ring war. Just thinking about what could happen in two weeks at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas evokes thoughts of yesteryear.

Whicker: A 2-year-old colt captures Kirk Herbstreit’s soul |Sep 1, 2017

He is cool like a front porch in the evening, unbothered by three producers in his ear and a fumble plus a penalty on the field below him. Kirk Herbstreit is the triumph of detachment. Well, at least when he’s doing football games.

Miller: Have championship rings lost their luster? |Sep 1, 2017

In the past few months, Steve Bartman was awarded a World Series ring and Donald Trump was given a Super Bowl ring, as was the mother of New England quarterback Tom Brady. Perhaps you think these gestures are examples of wholly over-the-top generosity.

Trevor Huddleston closing in on two driving titles |Aug 31, 2017

This will be an important month for 21-year-old Trevor Huddleston of Agoura Hills as he closes in on a pair of driving championships: one at his home track at Irwindale Speedway and the other a national crown on the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.