THOUSAND OAKS, Calif.—When the L.A. Rams' team bus rolled into their suburban training complex after a boisterous flight from New Orleans, the players and coaches were greeted by rowdy fans welcoming home the new NFC champions in the middle of the night.
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THOUSAND OAKS, Calif.—Todd Gurley never had a true running partner during his first four regular seasons with the L.A. Rams.
The superstar running back took most of the carries and grinded out most of the tough yards while his back-ups played only sparingly.
LOS ANGELES—Even before the fourth lead change of the fourth quarter, well before the 1,001st yard of combined offence was tallied, the Kansas City Chiefs and the L.A. Rams already knew this was a classic.
LOS ANGELES—Serge Ibaka outscored the Lakers by himself in the first quarter and he didn't miss a shot until the third.
He beat L.A. inside and outside on the way to the biggest offensive game of his career.
Thanks to Ibaka's brilliance for the Toronto Raptors, Kawhi Leonard wasn't missed by anyone except the Lakers' fans who might have been hoping to entice him home.
LOS ANGELES—Kirk Cousins was an eager young quarterback and Sean McVay a precocious offensive co-ordinator when they got together in Washington.
After they collaborated on two tremendously-productive seasons, the partnership led to big things for both men: McVay became the NFL's youngest head coach in Los Angeles while Cousins got an $84-million contract in Minnesota.
LAS VEGAS—Brad Keselowski nailed the final restart and roared away from the field in the scorching Vegas heat.
With another huge performance in his late-season surge, Keselowski finished up front again—and he's got NASCAR's “Big Three” drivers looking over their shoulders.
SONOMA, Calif.—Martin Truex Jr. was running second as the laps dwindled in Sonoma, and crew chief Cole Pearn didn't think they were as fast as Kevin Harvick.
Pearn told his team to prepare for a pit stop on the 73rd lap and he told Truex over the radio to bring in the car.
It was all trickery.
FONTANA, Calif.—Martin Truex Jr. saw nothing but clean air and green flags down the stretch in his first victory of the new NASCAR Cup season.
Truex didn't get much of a look at Kevin Harvick, whose bid for four straight-wins was ruined by an early crash at Fontana.
LAS VEGAS—From his dynamic opening laps to his comfortable cruise to the checkered flag, Kevin Harvick was the safest bet in Sin City this weekend.
Harvick's air of inevitability increased with each lap around the Las Vegas Motor Speedway yesterday, and the rest of the NASCAR Cup field must be a bit worried about how they're going to catch up this year.
LOS ANGELES—Although Kobe Bryant has been asked many times, he still isn't sure who would win a mystical game of one-on-one between the young Kobe in his No. 8 Lakers' jersey and his older self, who wore No. 24.
“I kind of go back and forth,” Bryant said with a sly grin.
“But 8 has something that 24 will never, ever, ever have and that's the ability to grow hair.”