The Morning Wrap shares the day’s top five sports stories from our reporters at the Southern California Newspaper Group.
ONE: After blowing a lead in the ninth inning, the Angels came back to beat Houston 5-4 in 10 innings, and it was one that would have been hard to stomach if they had lost.
Manager Joe Jaddon said: “To go home tonight, losing a game like that, and with a day game tomorrow, you’ve really got to search for the energy. Hopefully this will energize us a bit going into tomorrow.”
Read all about what was a very good day for the #Angels (except that one really bad part) https://t.co/ihIUvzwrvy
— Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) August 2, 2020
TWO: With slumping Cody Bellinger benched, the Dodgers’ still hit four home runs for an easy 11-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
What Justin Turner said: “I think we got good results tonight,” said Turner, who had a two-run triple. “I think overall we’ve been taking pretty good at-bats, haven’t gotten a lot of good results. But guys are grinding, finding ways to win games.”
About 1,600 feet worth of home runs tonight from four players who don’t play every day. That’s what the #Dodgers offense is capable ofhttps://t.co/bYGPSnGk1R
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) August 2, 2020
THREE: After losing to the Lakers a few days earlier, the Clippers responded by setting a franchise record with 25 3-pointers in a 126-103 rout of the New Orleans Pelicans.
Paul George on setting the record: “I don’t think they knew how close we were,” said George, who had eight 3-pointers. “Forty seconds on the clock, somebody got fouled and (Mann) came over to the bench. I told him, ‘Man, we need one 3 for the record!’”
“Any type of celebration is always good,” said Doc Rivers — who, with his team, had much to celebrate Saturday.
Like career coaching win No. 939, good for No. 11 all time in the NBA.
And a franchise-record 25 made 3s.https://t.co/XIxL3c3mwI
— Mirjam Swanson (@MirjamSwanson) August 2, 2020
FOUR: After the Chargers gave defensive end Joey Bosa a contract extention, the Rams’ Jalen Ramsey gave a subtle hint about his contract situation by noting that others in his draft class were getting paid, tweeting a few days ago …
2016 Draft Class 1-4 gettin paid & I love it kus they all deserve it!! God’s timing & blessings are truly great and they are better than what we could even imagine. As His children, what He has for US is truly special!! 🙏🏾🙏🏾
— Jalen Ramsey (@jalenramsey) July 29, 2020
Rams beat reporter Kevin Modesti wrote: Ramsey wasn’t just dishing out compliments to the top four picks in the 2016 NFL draft – Rams quarterback Jared Goff, Philadelphia quarterback Carson Wentz, Bosa and Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott – whose contract extensions the past two summers have an average value of nearly $27 million a season.
New: The #Rams’ contracts talks with Jalen Ramsey and others will be a hot topic at training camp. Here’s what’s involved. @ladailynews @ocregister @InsideSoCalSpts https://t.co/HvtBZa9mMV
— Kevin Modesti (@KevinModesti) August 1, 2020
FIVE: LAFC’s run in the MLS is Back Tournament is over after a penalty-shootout loss in the quarterfinals to Orlando City on Sunday, ending its season.
LAFC had nearly moved on leading 1-0, but gave up a goal in the 90th minute to force overtime, leading to a crushing defeat.
LAFC coach Bob Bradley said: “I believe our guys have handled this tournament well. We stepped on the field every game to try to take the initiative in the game and push things, and you could see that (Friday night), especially in the first half. It’s rare for us to have a half where we don’t even get a shot. On that end, it was hard and I thought we could still get through and have a little bit of time to recover for the next match, but unfortunately a late goal and then we lose in penalties.”
JOAO MOUTINHO! THE FORMER LAFC MAN TIES IT UP!
Wow. 1-1. #ORLvLAFC pic.twitter.com/laeSYaGicf
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) August 1, 2020