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From Gary Klein: Immediately after, the Rams didn’t struggle to find precise descriptive words.

They knew their 20-12 win over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday at State Farm Stadium lacked panache. The key pieces were far from numerous.

It was tantamount to a boring – albeit victorious – demonstration in the desert.

Not that the Rams are complaining. Not after winning the NFC West opener and improving their record to 2-1.

“A weird game,” Rams coach Sean McVay said.

Quarterback Matthew Stafford agreed.

“Definitely a weird flow,” he said.

No argument from security Nick Scott.

“A little weird on its own,” Scott said.

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Rams offense still incredibly hot and cold in lukewarm win over Cardinals

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CHARGERS

From Jeff Miller: The questions used to be whether Justin Herbert would start the game.

Then the questions were about why Justin Herbert finished it.

That’s how the Chargers collapse came on Sunday losing 38-10 to Jacksonville at SoFi Stadium.

From kick-off to final kick-off, their performance was sorely lacking as Herbert struggled to play through fractured rib cartilage and the defense withered under the weight of a time deficit of possession for 17 minutes.

Then, afterwards, things didn’t get much better as Brandon Staley tried to explain why Herbert stayed in the game even as the Chargers lost four touchdowns in the final five minutes.

“He felt good and he wanted to finish the game,” Staley said. “…We were going to protect him there in the end…as best we could.” But it was more because he wanted to finish the game with his guys.

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Column: Chargers were stupid not to sit injured Justin Herbert in blowout loss to Jaguars

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DODGERS

From Jack Harris: It’s still unclear what the Dodgers’ roster will look like in October and what pitchers they’ll be able to rely on.

But what they now know for sure, after a 4-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday, is that they will own the top seed in the National League after a regular season that is on the verge of a to be the best in franchise history.

By winning a weekend series rubber game against the Cardinals, the Dodgers tied the club’s winning record, as well as the NL’s best record, improving to 106-47.

They became the first team in MLB history to win 106 games in three consecutive seasons, having also achieved that record in 2019 and 2021 (the 2020 season was shortened to 60 games due to the pandemic).

And they still have nine games to set a new franchise winning record.

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From Bill Plaschke: The cry came from the ecstatic Oregon State crowd midway through the first half, thousands in orange shirts bursting with swagger against a falling USC team .

“Overrated…overrated…”

No.

Not yet anyway. Not this evening. Not with this coach. Not with this culture.

Within two minutes of another monumental game at the cursed Reser Stadium on Saturday night, something jaw-dropping happened with what appears to be a jaw-dropping team of Trojans.

They were terrible, terrible, terrible… then brilliantly formidable.

Caleb Williams was terrible, terrible, terrible…and then magnificently tenacious.

The defense was terrible, terrible, terrible…then smartly sour.

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Caleb Williams to Jordan Addison TD saves USC against Oregon State: ‘Feels good’

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ANGEL CITY

From Kevin Baxter: Angel City FC started Sunday with their playoff fate in their hands. By the end of the day, it had slipped through his fingers and now the team needs help if their first NWSL season is to extend beyond next weekend.

What happened in between was a 3-1 loss to Racing Louisville that took Angel City from hopeful to hopeless with one game to play in the regular season.

” It’s from the past. There’s nothing we can do about it,” said midfielder Savannah McCaskill, who scored Angel City’s only goal. “Obviously we would have loved to come out of this game tonight with the win and still in control. But we still have work to do.”

That job beats the Chicago Red Stars next Sunday – and spurs rival San Diego to a victory over North Carolina on Friday.

ANGELS

Mike Trout had three hits, including his 37th homer of the season, and the Angels beat the Minnesota Twins 10-3 on Sunday.

Trout also doubled twice, walked and scored three runs. Shohei Ohtani had two hits, including an RBI single in the ninth that scored a game-opening five-run rally.

“I just try to finish strong. We have nine games left and we’re just trying to finish strong,” said Trout, who has missed more than a month through injury but still has a chance to hit 40 home runs for the third time in his career. career.

THIS DATE IN SPORT

1942 – Jockey Club stewards revoke Eddie Arcaro’s license for a year after his display of ‘rough driving’ aboard the Favorite Occupation in the Cowdin Stakes on September 19, in which he attempted to injure a other runner during the race.

1961 – New York Yankee Roger Maris equals Babe Ruth’s 34-year-old record with his 60th home run, off Baltimore’s Jack Fisher.

1981 – Nolan Ryan of the Houston Astros becomes the first player to throw five hits. This one is a 5-0 win over the Dodgers at the Astrodome.

1981 – North Carolina’s Kelvin Bryant rushes for 173 yards and scores four touchdowns in a 56-14 win over Boston College, giving him an NCAA record 15 touchdowns over the last three games.

1983 — Australia II wins the America’s Cup sailing race and ends the longest winning streak in the sport’s history. Australia II, skippered by John Bertrand, won the title in the seventh and final race. Australia II crosses the finish line 41 seconds ahead of Liberty, skippered by Dennis Conner. The United States had successfully defended the cup for 132 years, since the schooner America won it in a fleet race around England’s Isle of Wight in 1851.

1992 – Rocky Mountain’s Steve Thompson rushes for 405 yards and six touchdowns in a 42-36 overtime win over Carroll College. The rushed total is the second highest in NAIA history.

1998 – Prairie View A&M ends its NCAA-record 80-game losing streak by stopping a 2-point conversion in the final minute for a 14-12 win over Langston. The win is the Panthers’ first since Oct. 28, 1989, when they beat Mississippi Valley 21-12.

2000 — At the Sydney Olympics, the US softball team makes a stunning comeback, beating Japan 2-1 in extra innings to win its second consecutive gold medal.

2004 – Peyton Manning of Indianapolis passes for 393 yards and five touchdowns in the first half in a 45-31 win over Green Bay. Manning has the most TD throws in a half since Tommy Kramer in 1986, and the most yards in a quarter, 247, since Boomer Esiason in 1996.

2004 – San Francisco’s 34-0 loss to Seattle ends a 420-game clean streak for the 49ers, an NFL record.

2010 — Christine Sinclair scored two goals and Marta added a goal and two assists as FC Gold Pride beat Philadelphia Independence 4-0 to win the Women’s Pro Soccer Championship.

2010 – Seattle’s Leon Washington returns two kickoffs – 101 and 99 yards – for touchdowns in the Seahawks’ 27-20 win over San Diego.

2015 – Aaron Green catches an angled pass in the back of the end zone with 23 seconds left and the No. 3 TCU outlasts Texas Tech 55-52 in the Big 12 opener for both teams. On the fourth and 4 goal, Trevor Boykin threw four touchdown passes and finished with a career-high 509 yards for TCU.

2015 — Sebastian Giovinco breaks the MLS single-season points record, assisting on two goals in Toronto FC’s 3-2 win over Chicago Fire to take his tally to 35.

2017 – Sylvia Fowles grabs a WNBA Finals record 17 rebounds and scores 13 points to lead the Minnesota Lynx to a 70-68 victory over the Sparks in Game 2, evening the series at one game apiece.

2021 – USA regains the Ryder Cup by defeating Team Europe 19-9 at Whistling Straits, Haven, Wisc.

Compiled by The Associated Press

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