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From Bill Plaschke: Two more guaranteed years of LeBron James?
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Two more years of history, two more years of glamour, two more years of buzz.
Two more years of injury reports, two more years of bad drama, two more years of embarrassing mediocrity.
So, Lakers fans, how do you see that?
If you like your basketball with bells and whistles, you’ll react to Wednesday’s news of James’ new contract with a cheer.
If you like it with Championships, however, you’ll react with a sigh.
Me, I think I’m going to scream.
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From Jack Harris: The Dodgers have done this song and dance before.
They will have a closer veteran who is starting to struggle. They will stick with him, for better or for worse, throughout the regular season. Then will come the playoffs, they will pivot, turning to someone else for ninth-inning situations in the heart of October.
In the past, it was Kenley Jansen.
This year, it seems increasingly likely that they will do the same with Craig Kimbrel.
He converted just 21 out of 25 saves – all four missed saves turning into one-point opportunities.
His ERA is 4.46 and his WHIP is 1.56 – far worse than anything Jansen has ever posted, even when he was regularly booed during his worst seasons with the team.
In the Dodgers’ 2-1 win on Wednesday night, the decision to stick with him paid off.
After homers from Austin Barnes and Max Muncy, as well as seven shutout innings from Tony Gonsolin, Kimbrel was able to seal a one-run lead in the ninth for the first time this year, blocking a few runners two out a night after faltering in a similar situation against the Brewers (62-54) in the team’s extra-inning loss.
From Jeff Miller: On Wednesday morning, Derwin James Jr. signed a contract extension that added four years and up to $76.5 million – of which $42 million is guaranteed – to the year he had left on his rookie contract.
He had been with the team throughout camp but did not train, with James limiting his attendance to tours and meetings. He is expected to join the seven-on-seven periods next week.
“I’m just really excited for him,” Staley said. “It’s really special, every time you see a dream come true. That’s what happened today, a dream came true for him. You know how hard he had to work to get there.
“It wasn’t like all the other big deals he signed because you know what he had to go through to get to this point in his career as a professional footballer. He overcame a lot to win that deal, and he earned every penny.
From Gary Klein: A day after testing his arm with a heavy workload in an intra-squad scrimmage, quarterback Matthew Stafford said Wednesday he was “on track” as the Rams prepare for their September 8 opener against the Buffalo Bills.
Stafford, 34, has tendonitis in his right elbow. The defending Super Bowl champion Rams are trying to manage the condition as Stafford enters his 14th season in the NFL.
“I know I’m able to go out there and perform at a high level right now,” Stafford said ahead of training in Thousand Oaks. “So whatever it is, I hope he continues to improve like he has.
“But I know that functionally I feel like I can do whatever I need to try and keep going down this path.”
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From Sarah Valenzuela: Mike Trout hopes Friday in Detroit will be the day he can return to play for the Angels.
“My back feels good,” he said ahead of the Angels’ 11-7 loss to the Seattle Mariners at Angel Stadium on Wednesday.
Trout said he felt no pain and was cleared to play. Whether he plays on Friday will depend on how he feels that day.
When he returns, the plan is for him to continue playing in the middle of the field. He doesn’t think he’ll need any extra days off, but caretaker manager Phil Nevin said he wouldn’t be surprised if Trout ends up needing an extra day off because he hasn’t played since July 12.
The Angels also have a few games coming up that will be played on grass, so Nevin plans to give a few of his everyday players extra days off.
From Ben Bolch and Teresa Watanabe: Concerned about UCLA’s hasty exit from the Pac-12, University of California system leadership proposed new rules on Wednesday that could prevent campuses from making decisions on their own majors involving athletic contracts.
An interim report, discussed at a meeting of regents at UCLA’s Luskin Center, recommended potential limits on the UC president’s ability to delegate decision-making authority to campuses on matters such as athletic affiliations or conference memberships in some cases. They include those that would have a significant negative impact on other campuses in the UC system; raise major issues involving university politics; or could create a significant reputational risk to the university or any UC campus.
Although the Regents have taken no action to prevent the Bruins’ move – alongside long distance rival USC – to the Big Ten in 2024, they have expressed concerns over the one-sided decision that essentially shut them out of the process. The regents are expected to vote on the proposal to change the delegation of power in similar situations at their September meeting.
Current Regents policy allows each university to control its athletic operations based on precedent. In 1991, the UC President’s office delegated authority to campus chancellors to execute their own contracts, including intercollegiate athletic agreements.
But Board of Regents Chairman Richard Leib told The Times earlier that the delegation of power “did not necessarily anticipate that kind of action”.
THIS DATE IN SPORT
1923 – Seventeen-year-old Helen Mills ends Molla Bjurstedt Mallory’s dominance over the US Lawn Tennis Assn. championships and starts his own with a 6-2, 6-1 win.
1958 – Floyd Patterson knocks out Roy Harris in the 13th round at Wrigley Field in Los Angeles to retain his world heavyweight title.
1964 – The International Olympic Committee bans South Africa from participating in the Summer Olympics because of its apartheid policy.
1994 — South Africa featured for the first time in 36 years at the Opening Ceremonies of the 15th Commonwealth Games held in Victoria, British Columbia. South Africa had been banned from the Games since 1958 because of its apartheid policy.
1995 – Dominique Moceanu, 13, becomes the youngest to win the senior women’s all-around title at the National Gymnastics Championships in New Orleans.
2004 – Paul Hamm wins the men’s all-around Olympic gold medal by the closest margin ever recorded in the event. Controversy ensues after a scoring error was discovered that could have cost Yang Tae-young of South Korea the men’s all-around title. Yang, who finished with a bronze medal, is wrongly moored by a tenth of a point on her penultimate exercise, the parallel bars. He finished third, 0.049 points behind Hamm, who became the first American to win gymnastics’ biggest prize.
2008 – A day after winning an Olympic gold medal in Beijing, Rafael Nadal officially knocks out Roger Federer to become the world’s No. 1 tennis player when the ATP rankings are released. Federer had been at the top of the rankings for 235 weeks.
2013 — For the first time in the history of the Solheim Cup, the Europeans leave America with the trophy. Caroline Hedwall becomes the first player in the event’s 23-year history to win all five games. She finished with a 1-up win over Michelle Wie and gave Europe the 14 points they needed to retain the cup.
2013 — Usain Bolt is perfect again with three gold medals. The great Jamaican becomes the most successful athlete in the 30-year history of the world championships. The 4×100 meters relay gold erases memories of the 100 title he missed in South Korea two years ago due to a false start. Bolt, who has previously won the 100 and 200 meters, earns his second sprint hat-trick at the world championships, matching the two he achieved at the Olympics.
2016 — Jamaica’s Usain Bolt achieves an unprecedented third consecutive sweep of the 100 and 200 meter sprints, elevating his status as the most decorated male sprinter in Olympic history. He won the 200 meter race with a time of 19.78 seconds to defeat Canada’s André de Grasse. American Ashton Eaton is defending his Olympic decathlon title, tying the games record with a push in the final lap of the 1,500 metres, the final event of the two-day competition. Helen Maroulis defeats Japan’s Saori Yoshida 4-1 in the 53 kilogram freestyle final to win the first-ever gold medal for an American female wrestler.
2018 – Speed cruises to a record 12 1/2 length victory in the $1 million Pacific Classic in Del Mar, becoming the third horse to sweep Southern California’s three major races for older horses the same year.
2021 – Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman hit for the cycle for the second time in his career beating the Miami Marlins 11-9.
Compiled by The Associated Press
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