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oh, no! bears player celebrates too early and blows a touchdown return in insane end to first half

no. don't do that. stop. too late.ah, the old celebrating-too-early-and-blowing-a-touchdown-return play.the chicago bears nearly stole a touchdown from the pittsburgh steelers before halftime on a blocked kick returned for a touchdown. but stop me if you've heard this one before: bears cornerback marcus cooper, who came up with the ball after the block, slowed down and lost the ball before he crossed the plane into the end zone.the play prompted a lengthy official review before it was ruled an illegally batted ball and play resumed with the bears on the 1-yard line and no time left on the clock. the steelers had already retired to the locker room while officials debated the call on the field, and the players had to jog out to the field for the final two plays.the first was ruled a false start. on the second play, connar barth made a 24-yard field goal to give the bears a 17-14 lead over the steelers at halftime.





trump voters at chargers-chiefs game react to nfl player protests

welcome to the times' weekly nfl round up. if the opening game of week 3 is any indication, it is likely to be a full day of protests by players following president trump's controversial comments.the protests, which had largely died down in the nfl, come in the wake of trump’s comments at a political rally friday, when he challenged nfl owners to fire any player who didn’t stand for the anthem.here's what you need to know:more than 100 players knelt or sat in protest this morningnine nfl games kicked off at 10 a.m. pst, with another four shceduled for around 1 p.m. and one night game.the pittsburgh steelers decided as a team to not come out of their locker room players from both the baltimore ravens and jacksonville jaguars knelt during the national anthem before kickoff of their game in london. those who didn’t linked arms in solidarity.trump's pregame tweets urged fans to boycott games | his followup tweet supported locking arms, but not kneelingthe chargers face the kansas city chiefs at 1:25 p.m.see photos of protests from around the league.





compton's christian swint to be honored with award for character

christian swint should proudly wear a “straight outta compton” t-shirt on monday when he’s honored at the 14th jim staunton champions for character awards in long beach.the senior defensive back/running back from compton high joins a group of fellow athletes, coaches, administrators, officials and media from around southern california being recognized for embracing six pillars of character: trustworthiness, responsibility, respect, fairness, caring, citizenship.as compton coach calvin bryant said, “he’s a coach’s dream. he’s done everything we’ve asked. he’s an awesome student, an awesome worker, a three-sport athlete.”i first met swint when he was a freshman varsity football starter. compton would win two games in 2014, two in 2015 and three in 2016. he was also a starter in basketball and a high jumper in track. he kept his grades up and stayed at his neighborhood school, choosing to make a stand rather than flee for “supposedly” a better opportunity.“i decided to stay,’’ he said. “it was tough going through adversity and the ups and downs. i managed to pull through and be loyal to my school. it was shaky at the beginning. i trusted the process and it turned out good.”he has football scholarship offers from arizona, nevada, utah state and uc davis. compton is 3-1 this season. swint offers hope for those seeking a better future through success in academics and athletics.“it’s very exciting to know i’m being looked at by my people and m...





the times' high school football rankings

a look at the times’ top 25 high school football teams in the southland:rk. school (w-l) result | next game (last ranking)1. mater dei;5-0;def. stockton st. mary's, 52-14 | vs. santa margarita (at laguna hills), oct. 6 (1)2. st. john bosco;4-1;def. washington (d.c.) st. john's, 21-17 | vs. orange lutheran (at orange coast college), oct. 6 (2)3. corona centennial;3-1;idle | at eastvale roosevelt, oct. 6 (3)4. mission viejo;5-0;def. santa margarita, 28-23 | vs. el toro, friday (4)5. rancho cucamonga;4-0;def. citrus hill, 30-0 | at victor valley, friday (5)6. chaminade;4-1;def. crespi, 39-7 | vs. gardena serra, thursday (6)7. jserra;5-0;def. los alamitos, 32-10 | vs. servite (at cerritos college), oct. 6 (7)8. servite;5-0;def. garfield, 49-14 | vs. jserra (at cerritos college), oct. 6 (8)9. upland;5-0;def. great oak, 41-20 | at rancho cucamonga, oct. 6 (9)10. long beach poly;3-1;def. millikan, 28-0 | vs.long beach wilson (at veterans stadium), friday (10)11. orange lutheran;5-0;def. heritage, 34-21 | vs. st. john bosco (at orange coast college), oct. 6 (13)12. valencia;4-0;def. bakersfield, 56-14 | at calabasas, thursday (11)13. san clemente;5-0;def. palos verdes, 14-0 | vs. edison, friday (12)14. santa margarita;4-1;lost to mission viejo, 28-23 | vs. mater dei (at laguna hills), oct. 6 (14)15. eastvale roosevelt;3-1;def. la quinta, 48-17 | vs. ayala, friday (15)16. narbonne;2-3;lost to honolulu st. louis, 56-50 | vs. carson, oct. 6 (16)17. gardena serra;2-2; def. alemany, 3...





have you seen the great tony romo predict the future?

have you seen the amazing tony romo?the former dallas cowboys quarterback-turned-broadcaster might be the most interesting nfl commentator out there because of his ability to see into the future.romo has called two regular-season games (raiders-titans and patriots-saints) and is on the call once again sunday at the cincinnati bengals-green bay packers game at 1:25 p.m. pdtonce tasked with reading a defense and running an offense, romo — who spent 13 years in the nfl, earning four pro bowl nods  — has a particular sets of skills that allows him to identify plays and check-downs better — i dare say — than anyone else.check out these highlights of romo doing his thing.let me know @mattwilhalme if romo does it again this week.





president trump boasts stanley cup champion pittsburgh penguins will visit white house

though president trump has rescinded his offer to the nba champion golden state warriors to visit the white house, the stanley cup champion pittsburgh penguins will make the traditional trip to washington.trump announced the penguins' visit on twitter between tweets about nfl player protests on sunday afternoon.the super bowl champion new england patriots made their visit to the white house in april, although star quarterback and trump supporter tom brady wasn't in attendance.the world series champion chicago cubs actually pushed up their white house trip to january they could meet with then-president obama. the cubs made a second visit to d.c. in june to meet with trump.however, the 2017 ncaa champion north carolina men's basketball team announced saturday they will not meet with trump."we are not going to the white house this year, the team was fine with going, but we could not find a date that worked for both the basketball team and the white house," the team said in a statement.





nick kyrgios took a knee before his match with roger federer at the laver cup

welcome to the times' weekly nfl round up. if the opening game of week 3 is any indication, it is likely to be a full day of protests by players following president trump's controversial comments.the protests, which had largely died down in the nfl, come in the wake of trump’s comments at a political rally friday, when he challenged nfl owners to fire any player who didn’t stand for the anthem.here's what you need to know:more than 100 players knelt or sat in protest this morningnine nfl games kicked off at 10 a.m. pst, with another four shceduled for around 1 p.m. and one night game.the pittsburgh steelers decided as a team to not come out of their locker room players from both the baltimore ravens and jacksonville jaguars knelt during the national anthem before kickoff of their game in london. those who didn’t linked arms in solidarity.trump's pregame tweets urged fans to boycott games | his followup tweet supported locking arms, but not kneelingthe chargers face the kansas city chiefs at 1:25 p.m.see photos of protests from around the league.





trump tweets about 'solidarity' during the national anthem at nfl games

welcome to the times' weekly nfl round up. if the opening game of week 3 is any indication, it is likely to be a full day of protests by players following president trump's controversial comments.the protests, which had largely died down in the nfl, come in the wake of trump’s comments at a political rally friday, when he challenged nfl owners to fire any player who didn’t stand for the anthem.here's what you need to know:more than 100 players knelt or sat in protest this morningnine nfl games kicked off at 10 a.m. pst, with another four shceduled for around 1 p.m. and one night game.the pittsburgh steelers decided as a team to not come out of their locker room players from both the baltimore ravens and jacksonville jaguars knelt during the national anthem before kickoff of their game in london. those who didn’t linked arms in solidarity.trump's pregame tweets urged fans to boycott games | his followup tweet supported locking arms, but not kneelingthe chargers face the kansas city chiefs at 1:25 p.m.see photos of protests from around the league.





milo yiannopolous is greeted by dozens of counter-protesters on uc berkeley campus

right-wing provocateur milo yiannopoulos was greeted by dozens of counter-protesters sunday as he arrived on the uc berkeley campus for what turned out to be a very brief speech. wearing a denim jacket over a sweatshirt resembling an american flag, yiannopoulos and his entourage showed up shortly after noon at sproul plaza on campus and was jeered by a large group of counter-demonstrators. the crowd included a smaller contingent of trump supporters. security was tight and only about 100 people were allowed into the plaza after passing through metal detectors.yiannopolous spoke briefly to the crowd, sang the national anthem and posed for selfies with supporters before he was escorted away. the entire event lasted about 20 minutes.surrounded by reporters, body guards and screaming protesters, yianapoulols later told the times that he had accomplished his mission."the purpose of today was to show up on campus no matter what and to let them know we'll be back as many times as it will take," he said.he said he was pleased with the way things turned out sunday, saying the event “was fine. it was great."yiannopoulos announced saturday that he would hold his own forum at the university after the organizers of a far-right speakers series on the campus canceled their event, which was supposed to kick of sunday.“we are unable to hold an official uc berkeley speaking event,” yiannopoulos said. “so we’re going to host an unofficial one.”the free speech week event seemed to...





no players on the field for the national anthem at seattle seahawks-tennessee titans game

as teams and players around the league chose to kneel, lock arms and skip the national anthem, the seattle seahawks and tennesse titans both opted for the latter before their afternoon matchup.as the national anthem played, no players stood on the field.both teams had released statements announcing their actions beforehand."as a team, we have decided we will not participate in the national anthem. we will not stand for the injustice that has plagued people of color in this country," the seahawks said in a statement. "out of love for our country and in honor of the sacrifices made on our behalf, we unite to oppose those that would deny our most basic freedoms. we remain committed in continuing to work towards equality and justice for all."the titans expressed similar feelings."as a team, we wanted to be unified in our actions today. the players jointly decided this was the best course of action," the titans said. "our commitment to the military and our community is resolute and the absence of our team for the national anthem shouldn't be misconstrued as unpratriotic."





as trump continues his attacks, nfl players protest by kneeling or locking arms

players from almost every team in the national football league showed their solidarity in protest of recent comments by president trump, either taking a knee or locking arms during the national anthem on sunday.because of the time difference, players from the baltimore ravens and jacksonville jaguars got the jump on everyone by kneeling or locking arms in protest during the national anthem before the kickoff of their game in london on sunday morning.back in the u.s, players in the nine 10 a.m. pdt games followed suit before their games started.the pittsburgh steelers stayed in the visitors’ locker room at soldier field in chicago during the national anthem. the only steelers player who was visible was left tackle alejandro villanueva, a former army ranger, who stood at the edge of the tunnel with his hand over his heart during the anthem.in an interview with cbs before the game, steelers coach mike tomlin explained the decision to stay in the locker room: “we’re not going to play politics. we’re football players, we’re football coaches. we’re not participating in the anthem today. not to be disrespectful to the anthem, but to remove ourselves from this circumstance. people shouldn’t have to choose. if a guy wants to go about his normal business and participate in the anthem, he shouldn’t have to be forced to choose sides. if a guy feels the need to do something, he shouldn’t be separated from his teammate who chooses not to. so we’re not participating toda...





some chargers and chiefs sit, take knees during national anthem

welcome to the times' weekly nfl round up. if the opening game of week 3 is any indication, it is likely to be a full day of protests by players following president trump's controversial comments.the protests, which had largely died down in the nfl, come in the wake of trump’s comments at a political rally friday, when he challenged nfl owners to fire any player who didn’t stand for the anthem.here's what you need to know:more than 100 players knelt or sat in protest this morningnine nfl games kicked off at 10 a.m. pst, with another four shceduled for around 1 p.m. and one night game.the pittsburgh steelers decided as a team to not come out of their locker room players from both the baltimore ravens and jacksonville jaguars knelt during the national anthem before kickoff of their game in london. those who didn’t linked arms in solidarity.trump's pregame tweets urged fans to boycott games | his followup tweet supported locking arms, but not kneelingthe chargers face the kansas city chiefs at 1:25 p.m.see photos of protests from around the league.





chiefs 7, chargers 0: kansas city strikes first at stubhub

welcome to the times' weekly nfl round up. if the opening game of week 3 is any indication, it is likely to be a full day of protests by players following president trump's controversial comments.the protests, which had largely died down in the nfl, come in the wake of trump’s comments at a political rally friday, when he challenged nfl owners to fire any player who didn’t stand for the anthem.here's what you need to know:more than 100 players knelt or sat in protest this morningnine nfl games kicked off at 10 a.m. pst, with another four shceduled for around 1 p.m. and one night game.the pittsburgh steelers decided as a team to not come out of their locker room players from both the baltimore ravens and jacksonville jaguars knelt during the national anthem before kickoff of their game in london. those who didn’t linked arms in solidarity.trump's pregame tweets urged fans to boycott games | his followup tweet supported locking arms, but not kneelingthe chargers face the kansas city chiefs at 1:25 p.m.see photos of protests from around the league.





galaxy drop another road game, 2-1 to sporting kansas city

daniel salloi and diego rubio each scored in the first half to lead sporting kansas city to a 2-1 victory over the los angeles galaxy on sunday and move to within one point of first-place vancouver in the western conference. kansas city (12-6-11), which won the u.s. open cup on wednesday, extended its club-record home unbeaten streak to 24 games.the galaxy (7-17-6) haven't won an away game in the series since 2007. salloi opened the scoring in the 18th minute on a redirection of rubio's cross. rubio made it 2-0 in the 35th minute. seth sinovic ran past the defense for a through ball and crossed it to a wide open rubio for an easy finish. romain alessandrini bent in a free kick in the 58th minute for los angeles. it was the first time this season sporting kc allowed a goal directly from a free kick. sporting kc had some chances to increase its lead. graham zusi's deflected shot in the 65th came back to his feet and his second attempt from close range was denied by clement diop. ike opara's open header at the end of zusi's corner kick sailed wide in the 67th. captionthe times' bill plaschke, gary klein and lindsey thiry break down the rams 41-39 victory over the san francisco 49ers to improve to 2-1 this season. the times' bill plaschke, gary klein and lindsey thiry break down the rams 41-39 victory over the san francisco 49ers to improve to 2-1 this season.captionthe times' bill plaschke, gary klein and lindsey thiry break down the rams 41-39 victory over the sa...





prep player is going to be beloved by raiders fans

sept. 24, 2017, 1:48 p.m. eric sondheimer has been covering high school sports for the los angeles times since 1997 and in southern california since 1976. get his latest from the field and follow all our prep sports coverage and analysis here.all updatesbaseballbasketballcolumnfootballsoftballtrackvideovolleyball





chiefs 14, chargers 0: rivers' second interception leads to another touchdown

welcome to the times' weekly nfl round up. if the opening game of week 3 is any indication, it is likely to be a full day of protests by players following president trump's controversial comments.the protests, which had largely died down in the nfl, come in the wake of trump’s comments at a political rally friday, when he challenged nfl owners to fire any player who didn’t stand for the anthem.here's what you need to know:more than 100 players knelt or sat in protest this morningnine nfl games kicked off at 10 a.m. pst, with another four shceduled for around 1 p.m. and one night game.the pittsburgh steelers decided as a team to not come out of their locker room players from both the baltimore ravens and jacksonville jaguars knelt during the national anthem before kickoff of their game in london. those who didn’t linked arms in solidarity.trump's pregame tweets urged fans to boycott games | his followup tweet supported locking arms, but not kneelingthe chargers face the kansas city chiefs at 1:25 p.m.see photos of protests from around the league.





chiefs 14, chargers 7: melvin gordon gives l.a. its first points

welcome to the times' weekly nfl round up. if the opening game of week 3 is any indication, it is likely to be a full day of protests by players following president trump's controversial comments.the protests, which had largely died down in the nfl, come in the wake of trump’s comments at a political rally friday, when he challenged nfl owners to fire any player who didn’t stand for the anthem.here's what you need to know:more than 100 players knelt or sat in protest this morningnine nfl games kicked off at 10 a.m. pst, with another four shceduled for around 1 p.m. and one night game.the pittsburgh steelers decided as a team to not come out of their locker room players from both the baltimore ravens and jacksonville jaguars knelt during the national anthem before kickoff of their game in london. those who didn’t linked arms in solidarity.trump's pregame tweets urged fans to boycott games | his followup tweet supported locking arms, but not kneelingthe chargers face the kansas city chiefs at 1:25 p.m.see photos of protests from around the league.





nfl week 3 live: seahawks and titans both skip anthem

today's scheduleat jacksonville jaguars 44, baltimore ravens 7 (london)at buffalo bills 26, denver broncos 16at chicago bears 23, pittsburgh steelers 17atlanta falcons 30, at detroit lions 26at indianapolis colts 31, cleveland browns 28at minnesota vikings 34, tampa bay buccaneers 17at new england patriots 36, houston texans 33at new york jets 20, miami dolphins 6at philadelphia eagles 27, new york giants 24new orleans saints 34, at carolina panthers 13seattle seahawks at tennessee titans, 1:05 p.m.cincinnati bengals at green bay packers, 1:25 p.m.kansas city chiefs at chargers, 1:25 p.m.oakland raiders at washington redskins, 5:30 p.m.monday's scheduledallas cowboys at arizona cardinals, 5:30 p.m.thursday's resultrams 41, at san francisco 49ers 39





podcast | usc overtime: going over usc's life on the edge in win over california

usc moved to 4-0 on saturday with a road win over california, 30-20.the trojans have become an excellent fourth-quarter team, but is that something fans should be concerned about?zach helfand and bill plaschke break it down in the latest postgame podcast.get it on tunes »[email protected] zach helfand on twitter @zhelfand





new orleans saints and pelicans issue joint statement

welcome to the times' weekly nfl round up. if the opening game of week 3 is any indication, it is likely to be a full day of protests by players following president trump's controversial comments.the protests, which had largely died down in the nfl, come in the wake of trump’s comments at a political rally friday, when he challenged nfl owners to fire any player who didn’t stand for the anthem.here's what you need to know: