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  • Los Angeles Chargers

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

    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. Then the notes faded and a whistle blew, and chaos did not overrun the land. The Chargers (0-3) and Chiefs (3-0) went about playing the game the way they habitually do, the...

    Mark Whicker
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  • Columnists

    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 13-game win streak on the line. A crazy flight to the outskirts of Spokane with an overnight stay in Moscow, Idaho before the ultimate backpack expedition into the Palouse. The unbeaten Cougars will be playing their fifth straight home game. And...

    Tom Hoffarth
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  • Sports

    Billie Jean King and her emotional journey back to ‘Battle of the Sexes’

    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. Billie Jean King, the reigning Wimbledon champion, went back to the empty locker room, sat alone on a bench and had a good cry. The TV cameras didn’t see it. But in “

    Tom Hoffarth
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  • 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|

  • Horse Racing

    Whicker: Penny Chenery and Secretariat lived beyond their years

    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. The jockey, Ron Turcotte, lives in a wheelchair. Secretariat himself lived to 19 before a structural problem in his hoof defied treatment. Chenery was the stately woman in the sleeveless white print...

    Mark Whicker
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Boxing

    Judgment Day: A rogue scorecard shouldn’t overshadow Canelo and Golovkin

    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. “She can’t be that bad,” said Abel Sanchez, Golovkin’s trainer. “I think everybody knows that 118-110 was off base,” said Oscar De La Hoya, who promotes Canelo and spent several nights in...

    Mark Whicker
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