Los Angeles Teams

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Will Jared Goff start in Week 1?

The No. 1 overall pick is more talented than Case Keenum, but he's far from a lock to win the job by opening day. As John Clayton points out, Jeff Fisher has a history of patience with young QBs. QB battles

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Aroldis Chapman vs Cubs potential Oct opponents: Washington - 12 APP since 2012, 1 run, 26 K, 15.1 IP SF - 5 APP last 2 years, 10 K, 6.2 IP, 2 R & BS last Sept LA - 9 APP in career, 0 runs, 17 K, 5 hits, 9 IP

Pujols plates two with single (0:41)
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Carmelo Anthony is bringing discourse back

Carmelo Anthony can't pinpoint what pressed him into action, but the NBA star is now front and center of a national crisis, J.A. Adande writes. We're all better for it.

Lineup: Angels (43-55) at Royals (48-49)

  • 1. Yunel Escobar, 3B (R)
  • 2. Kole Calhoun, RF (L)
  • 3. Mike Trout, CF (R)
  • 4. Albert Pujols, DH (R)
  • 5. Daniel Nava, LF (S)
  • 6. Andrelton Simmons, SS (R)
  • 7. Ji-Man Choi, 1B (S)
  • 8. Carlos Perez, C (R)
  • 9. Johnny Giavotella, 2B (R)
  • SP: Hector Santiago, LHP
  • Daily notes

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Rams need Quinn back at his best

Defensive end Robert Quinn missed half of last season following back surgery. He'll also return with something of a new attitude, determined to remind doubters what he can do when healthy. Injury questions

Dan Graziano ESPN Staff Writer 

The NFLPA was upset last year when the Rams faced no discipline after QB Case Keenum was allowed to play despite apparent concussion symptoms. It speaks well of both sides that the league and the union jointly announced new protocol that establishes fines and potential loss of draft picks for teams that fail to follow the game-day concussion protocol.

Kevin Seifert NFL Nation 

NFL/NFLPA agreement to enforce concussion protocol with fines and possible loss of draft picks is an appropriate response to the 2015 incident involving Rams QB Case Keenum, who was left in a game despite a hit that left him staggering. Mistakes happen, but protocol must be followed.

Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

Titán González, mexicano de la semana en MLB

Dos de sus cuatro hits de la semana fueron cuadrangulares, incluyendo un grand slam el domingo. Leer

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What does the future hold for Kershaw?

Clayton Kershaw's career has gone into orbit in his mid-to-late twenties, putting him in position to finish his career among the 10 or 15 greatest pitchers of all time. If he can stay healthy, ZiPS projects his career WAR to fall in line with several notable Hall of Famers. #MLBRank: Forecasting the future

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Trout to surpass DiMaggio, Mantle?

Mike Trout has a unique, impressive skill set across every aspect of the game and should finish his career in elite company. In fact, ZiPS projects his career WAR to compare favorably to the marks of Yankee greats Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle. #MLBRank: Forecasting the future

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All or nothing as Halos rise in rankings

The Angels climb two spots to No. 21. They were swept at Houston after sweeping the White Sox and Rangers in Anaheim. They visit the Royals for three beginning Monday night. Week 16 Power Rankings


Worst case scenarios for the Angels

What if the Dodgers made a move for Mike Trout? Kelvin and Travis explain the worst case scenarios for the Angels and discuss Trout's future in the MLB.

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Dodgers see small dip in ESPN rankings

The good news: Adrian Gonzalez appears to be finding his power stroke. The bad news: The Dodgers didn't take full advantage of the Giants' six-game losing streak. Did L.A. fall out of the top 10? Week 16 Power Rankings