Rams see silver linings as they wait for camp holdout Aaron Donald

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While Aaron Donald's second consecutive contract holdout drags deep into training camp, Todd Gurley and the rest of the Los Angeles Rams' offense have identified a silver lining to the persistent absence of the NFL's defensive player of the year.

"We were talking about that last night," Gurley said with a grin. "We were like, 'Literally, if A.D. was here, he would (mess) up the whole practice.' Because it's like, you get the handoff and he's right there. A guy like that, you have to sit him back and tell him to tone it down a little bit just so you can get some good reps."

Although Donald's menacing presence looms...

Kyle Kuzma: New LeBron-led Lakers being underestimated by people

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Kyle Kuzma is excited about the Los Angeles Lakers' new additions and believes many are "underestimating" what the Lakers are capable of this season.

Kuzma said he has worked out with LeBron James and the two are looking forward to seeing what the Lakers can do with free-agent signings such as Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson, JaVale McGee and Michael Beasley to go with a young, growing core.

"We are both definitely excited about the roster and the pieces that we have," Kuzma told ESPN on Tuesday, after visiting with 20 kids from the Safe Places program at his hometown Flint YMCA as part of the "My Y Story" content...

Allen Looking to Eliminate Rookie Mistakes as he Takes More Reps at Center

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Rookie offensive lineman Brian Allen isn’t satisfied.

He’s nearly through his first professional training camp, has clearly made strides, and has even received some extended practice reps. But as he’s leaving the field following Monday’s session — during which he served as the first-team center with John Sullivan receiving a veteran rest day — Allen is frustrated with himself. He hasn’t been as consistent as he feels he needs to be.

“I’d say a little bit more up and down than I’d like,” Allen says of how his first camp has gone. “I have good practices and then do something rookie-esque, and kind of ride that wave...

‘Frustrated’ Kenley Jansen asks ‘why me again?’ and vows to return to Denver

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It had been a late night and early morning for Kenley Jansen, who had arrived in Denver sometime after 4 a.m. Thursday after traveling from Oakland. He woke up in the morning, ate breakfast and sipped some water when that familiar, dreadful feeling returned to his heart.

The Dodgers closer’s heartbeat grew irregular, a return of the atrial fibrillation that had plagued him so much in years past and increases his odds of heart disease or a stroke. It was a problem he felt he had moved past. The sensation was familiar, with fear replaced by an urgent calm. He waited 15 minutes for the feeling to pass. It didn’t. So he...

Michael Brockers is poised to have his best season yet

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The offseason for the Los Angeles Rams has been anything but calm and assuming. Even the ads for the Rams on 710 ESPN radio touts the team as “going all in on a Super Bowl.” Obviously, the team needs the services of DE Aaron Donald (roster preview), but just for now, let’s just say that his contract is taken care of and he’s all suited up and trots onto the field in week 1 alongside DT Ndamukong Suh (roster preview) and DT Michael Brockers (roster preview). That’s a hell of a D-line.

This past Sunday, Coach Sean McVay called Michael Brockers one of the more underrated players in the NFL. And McVay has a point — even...

Dodgers need to take their time with Julio Urias

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As the Dodgers were absorbing the news last week that closer Kenley Jansen would be sidelined indefinitely with a heart problem, a potential bullpen reinforcement scaled the mound at a minor league stadium in Rancho Cucamonga.

Julio Urias pitched here for the first time four years ago, as a 17-year-old prodigy on the fast track to the major leagues. The left-hander was now only a couple of days from turning 22, hopeful of recapturing the magic that once made him one of baseball’s most prized prospects before major shoulder surgery.

The 4,000-plus fans in the building welcomed him, and Urias let the warm applause...

Will LeBron James' move to L.A. make him and Kobe Bryant rival media moguls?

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If Oscars and Emmys ever supersede NBA titles and MVP trophies when it comes to defining the legacies of Kobe Bryant and LeBron James, mark that as the moment when the sports world began to spin backward on its axis.

Still, you can’t overlook what SpringHill Entertainment has sprung on Hollywood over the last few weeks.

The influential media company primarily owned by James and partner Maverick Carter, with millions of infused help by Warner Brothers, put the newest Laker into an elite orbit of Tinseltown titillation that some Black Mamba worshipers may see as another threat to Bryant’s status.

In deals reached...

In another tough loss, the Dodgers test the question, ‘How much can go wrong in a span of 30 minutes?’

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The Dodgers have faced adversity this year, that much is clear. But largely, the bad news has trickled out slowly, in waves that allow one to grab one’s breath. Monday, it came in three punches, back-to-back-to-back, swiftly and firmly to the gut with no opportunity to grasp for air.

“That was a tough one,” Austin Barnes said of a 5-2 loss to the Giants.

The first eight innings went about as good as you could want for the Dodgers. They had the best version of Clayton Kershaw just about all year. They managed to scrape across a couple runs against Madison Bumgarner, including one thanks to a fortuitous collision in...

How the Los Angeles Rams won the offseason

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After a first-round playoff loss to the Atlanta Falcons, the Los Angeles Rams’ goal became clear: Strengthen the defense.

As the Rams prepared to open training camp, general manager Les Snead reflected on an eventful offseason in which he worked to reach that goal.

“It was interesting in who you got and how you got them,” Snead said. “Trades instead of the draft or free agency.”

The Rams set out to find a cornerback with their No. 23 pick in the draft, where the search for an interior lineman also began. They never thought the answer to their needs would be found in three All-Pros.

Marcus Peters, Aqib Talib and...