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From Gary Klein: Except for a few backpacks stored on the padded blue bench seat, the locker remains respectfully unused.

The nameplate under the space for a helmet: ODELL BECKHAM JR.

The Rams, in a bit of wishful thinking, haven’t reassigned the locker — not while superstar receiver and current free agent Beckham remains on the market while returning from knee surgery.

“It makes you smile every day you walk in and see it,” offensive lineman Rob Havenstein said of the locker right across from his. “It reminds me of my guy. I miss him. Love it.

“I hope he’s back.”

Last November, days before facing the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium on Monday Night Football, the Rams signed Beckham to a one-year contract with incentives.

Beckham then caught five touchdowns in eight games. In the 23-20 Super Bowl LVI win over the Cincinnati Bengals, Beckham caught a touchdown pass and received a 35-yard reception before suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

The Rams (2-1) return to Levi’s Stadium Monday night to face the 49ers (1-2).

Beckham, who turns 30 in November, is unlikely to be ready to play for any team until late October or November at the earliest. And the Rams will almost certainly be challenged for his services by other suitors, especially playoff contenders.

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CHARGERS

From Jeff Miller: An already struggling Chargers season suffered more pain on Wednesday with the news that Joey Bosa’s groin injury will require surgery.

Coach Brandon Staley said doctors have indicated the four-time Pro Bowl rusher should be able to return this season.

“It’s going to be a way, but we expect him to come back,” Staley said. “I think he is optimistic and ready to attack. … It’s never easy when you have an injury like that when you play so well.

Bosa was injured in the first quarter of the Chargers’ 38-10 loss to Jacksonville on Sunday. Staley said Bosa suffered a torn groin while trying to reach quarterback Trevor Lawrence.

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Yankees star Aaron Judge hits 61st homer to tie Roger Maris’ AL record

DODGERS

From Jack Harris: That’s probably still more hope than guarantee at this point, but the Dodgers’ playoff rotation plans finally seem to be taking shape.

Ahead of their 4-3 loss to the San Diego Padres on Tuesday, manager Dave Roberts said the team would like to have a four-man rotation when their playoffs begin in the National League Division Series on Oct. 11.

Julio Urías and Clayton Kershaw appear to be locks for Games 1 and 2. Tyler Anderson will also start a game, Roberts reiterated on Tuesday, before the southpaw pitched six good innings at Petco Park.

Fourth place is a bit up in the air. However, if all goes well in the next few weeks, Roberts said it’s possible Tony Gonsolin will be back from a forearm strain and ready to start.

LAKERS

From Dan Woike: But as he enters a season with the Lakers with a whole-hearted focus on defense under coach Darvin Ham, Davis said his goal was not to be recognized as NBA’s greatest player. Instead, he focuses solely on his health.

“For me, I just want to be on the floor. I want to be able to play all 82,” Davis said Wednesday. “And if I’m not, I don’t want it to be injury-based where I can’t play. That’s my goal.”

Given his history, he’s definitely a noble.

Davis has gone over 70 games only twice in his career and hasn’t done so in any of his three seasons as a Laker. After playing just 36 games after the Lakers’ 2020 bubble title, he played just 40 games last season after abnormal knee and foot injuries.

“The last two seasons, when you’re injured, it’s just hard to get your rhythm back. You come for a few weeks, three weeks, then you’re out for six. It’s hard to establish a rhythm for me personally,” Davis said. “But I think that was the only thing. I always felt like myself, always confident, always ready to go and play. But I think when you’re constantly in and out of alignment, it’s hard to keep up with that rhythm.

MOWER

From Andrew Greif: Perhaps it was force of habit that when Paul George discussed how the Clippers could handle their looming deep roster crunch for game time on Monday, the star forward called to use the “Team USA approach”.

Ten years ago, when Paul went to the Mendenhall Center at UNLV, it was to practice against a busy American basketball team, working on team-building issues ahead of the Olympics. from London. In 2013 and 2014, George and the talented, decorated All-Star national team used the university’s training facility to prepare for the world championships – and the same in 2016, when the building served as a canvas. background at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro of the American team. preparation.

George is back this week, and in familiar context comes a familiar mission: how to keep a roster that could have more qualified rotation players than available minutes most nights pointed in the same direction and win big.

THIS DATE IN SPORT

1923 – Gene Sarazen defeats Walter Hagen 1 to win the PGA Championship.

1941 – Joe Louis knocks out Lou Nova in the sixth round at the Polo Grounds in New York to retain the world heavyweight title.

1954 – Willie Mays catches over the shoulder Vic Wertz’s long drive to center field and Dusty Rhodes’ home run off Bob Lemon in the 10th inning to lead the New York Giants to a 5-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians in Game 1 of the World Series.

1974 – Dr. Norbert Sander Jr. wins the New York Marathon in 2:26:30 and Kathy Switzer wins the women’s division in 3:07:29.

1976 – Tommy Lasorda replaces Walter Alston as Dodgers manager.

1977 – Muhammad Ali wins a 15-round unanimous decision over Earnie Shavers in New York’s Madison Square Garden to retain his world heavyweight title.

1984 – Western Michigan’s Mike Prindle sets an NCAA record by scoring seven field goals in a 42-7 loss to Marshall.

1985 – Houston Oilers quarterback Warren Moon is sacked 12 times in a 17-10 loss to the Dallas Cowboys to tie an NFL record.

1991 – Pat Bradley wins the MBS LPGA Classic by a stroke over Michelle Estill for her 30th career victory, qualifying her for the LPGA Hall of Fame.

1995 – The NHL and the NHL Players’ Association reach an agreement to allow league players to compete in the 1998 Winter Olympics.

2000 — At the Sydney Olympics, the United States men’s basketball team escaped the humiliation of playing for a bronze medal with an 85-83 victory over Lithuania in the semi-finals. It’s the closest win and biggest scare for a U.S. Olympic team since NBA players began competing in 1992.

2002 – After losing to Iowa State, Nebraska drops out of the Associated Press Top 25 in football poll after being ranked for 348 consecutive weeks. The last time Nebraska was absent from the poll was October 5, 1981.

2002 – Seattle’s Shaun Alexander scores an NFL record five touchdowns in the first half of a 48-23 rout of Minnesota. He finished with 139 rushing and 92 receiving yards and a TD short of the league mark of six in a game.

2004 – Major League Baseball announces that the Montreal Expos will move to Washington to begin play at RFK Stadium in the 2005 season.

2012 – Geno Smith throws for 656 yards and ties a Big 12 record with eight touchdown passes to lead No. 9 West Virginia to a 70-63 win over No. 25 Baylor. Smith outscores Baylor’s Nick Florence, who has his own exhibition game with 581 yards and five touchdowns. Baylor’s Terrance Williams sets a Big 12 record with 314 receiving yards. The old mark was set minutes earlier by West Virginia’s Stedman Bailey, who had 303 yards and five touchdowns.

2015 – The NCAA bans the SMU men’s basketball team from the playoffs and suspends coach Larry Brown for nine games, saying he lied to investigators and ignored a case of school fraud by a player.

2018 – Hailie Deegan, 17, uses a bump and run on her teammate to become the first female winner of a NASCAR K&N West Series race. His last-lap push from Cole Rouse at Meridian Speedway in Idaho gives him the win.

Compiled by The Associated Press

and finally

Willie Mays makes one of the most famous catches in history. Watch and listen here.

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