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USC tight ends emerging in offense

USC quarterback Sam Darnold threw 16 touchdown passes in October. Five of them landed safely in the hands of tight ends.

As the Trojans defeated California 45-24 on Thursday night, Darnold found Daniel Imatorbhebhe in the end zone for a third straight game.

Late in the third quarter, the redshirt freshman floated a 17-yard touchdown toss to Imatorbhebhe, who was running a seam route along the left hashmarks and striding five yards ahead of the nearest defender.

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Corey Kluber shines for the Cleveland Indians in World Series Game 4 win

CHICAGO >> One more win and baseball fans everywhere might finally believe in these Cleveland Indians.

That’s all it will take for Corey Kluber & Co. to clinch this World Series.

Kluber pitched six sparkling innings on short rest for another win, Jason Kipnis hit a three-run homer in his hometown and the Indians beat the Chicago Cubs 7-2 Saturday night to take a 3-1 lead.

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NCAA permits use of sideline video starting in 2017

LOS ANGELES >> After allowing 332 rushing yards to Utah running back Joe Williams last week, UCLA defensive coaches lamented their inability to adjust quickly enough to unscouted looks from the Utes. Defensive line coach Angus McClure said there’s “no question" that the Bruins will have the problem corrected going forward after the bye week, but as early as next year, teams won’t have to wait even a day to make such corrections.

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UCLA football rested, ready to finish season

LOS ANGELES >> UCLA’s consistent inability to finish games effectively finished the team’s Pac-12 title hopes last week, but UCLA is determined to finish something out right this year.

Coming off an open date heading into their midweek game against Colorado, the Bruins need to win three of their last four games for bowl eligibility.

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Luke Walton hopes D’Angelo Russell remains effective even when off

OKLAHOMA CITY >> The buzzer just sounded, signaling both the Lakers’ first loss of the 2016-17 season and the end of a frustrating game filled with endless whistles.

Before Lakers forward Julius Randle could express any more frustration, Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell wrapped his arm around him and offered some encouraging words.

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Jeff Fisher’s own words set Los Angeles Rams’ bar high

With the HBO “Hard Knocks" cameras rolling and the ears of Rams fans and NFL fans certain to be listening, Jeff Fisher boldly bet on himself and his team last August.

“I am not f—ing going 7-9 or 8-8 or 9-7, OK?," Fisher declared during a team meeting.

But he wasn’t done.

“Or 10-6 for that matter.

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Los Angeles Rams at the break: What’s working, what’s not


1. Stout defense late: The Rams’ three victories this season have required the defense to be on the field in the final two minutes to hold a narrow lead. The defense went 3 for 3, and the Rams beat Seattle, Tampa Bay and Arizona by a total of 15 points. In the final two minutes of those games, the Rams forced a fumble, a final-play tackle and an interception, respectively.

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Anaheim Ducks’ John Gibson is learning to push back

ANAHEIM >> In John Gibson’s mind, enough was enough.

The Columbus Blue Jackets seemed to come with a mandate of spending Friday night in his crease and the Ducks had trouble keeping them out. Nick Foligno was first and foremost among them, making bull-rushes toward Gibson in his office.

A huge scrum occurred after Ducks defenseman Kevin Bieksa helped ride Foligno into Gibson and the Ducks goalie put the Blue Jackets winger in a headlock and angrily tossed his helmet to the ice.

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