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December 29, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
The Houston Texans are No. 1! Only not the way they wanted to be. The Texans locked up the first overall pick in the 2014 draft Sunday with a 16-10 loss at Tennessee, meaning they lost their final 13 games - along with Coach Gary Kubiak, who was fired Dec. 6. The No. 2 pick goes to St. Louis via Washington. The Redskins traded that pick to the Rams as part of the 2012 deal to draft quarterback Robert Griffin III. So the Rams traded the No. 2 pick two years ago and received Washington's picks in the first (6th)
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December 28, 2013 | Sam Farmer
At 2-13, the Houston Texans have the inside track on the No. 1 overall pick in May's NFL draft. But if the Texans were to win at Tennessee on Sunday, and Washington were to lose at the New York Giants, the Redskins, who had a weaker schedule, would get that prime pick … … and the honor of turning it over to St. Louis as part of the Robert Griffin III deal. :: For the 11th year in a row, the league will have at least one team go from worst to first in consecutive seasons.
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December 27, 2013 | By Gary Klein
USC center Marcus Martin announced Friday that he would forgo his final season of eligibility and make himself available for the NFL draft. "Thank you Trojan Family for all that you've done for me!" Martin wrote on his Twitter feed. "This will be a season I will never forget as long as I live and I wanna thank the coaches my teammates and the fans for all that we've endured as a family! I am and always be a Trojan for life" Martin, who played at Crenshaw High, started two seasons at guard before moving to center this season.
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December 27, 2013 | By Gary Klein
USC center Marcus Martin announced Friday that he would forgo his final season of eligibility and make himself available for the NFL draft. Martin made his announcement via his Twitter feed: I will not be coming back for the 2014 season I have decided to move on to the NFL and declare for the… http://t.co/H5zNvatIwR - Marcus Martin (@ScreamMulahASAP) December 27, 2013 Martin, who played at Crenshaw High, started two seasons at guard before moving to center this season.
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December 26, 2013 | By Chris Foster
UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr knows all too well how one decision can affect a football life. There may still be a Matt Barkley-shaped indentation in the Rose Bowl turf to remind him. Barr slammed the USC quarterback to the ground last season, separating his shoulder. Barkley, many believed, would have been a first-round pick had he declared for the NFL draft after his junior season a year earlier. But he returned to USC and wound up being part of Barr's NFL application. It was something Barr recalled, and eventually dismissed, when faced with the same should-I-stay-or-should-I-go moment last December.
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December 26, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
It's time to look into my crystal ball and see what the new year has in store for Southern California high school athletes and teams: Khalil Bedart-Ghani of Los Angeles Loyola and Stanley Johnson of Santa Ana Mater Dei will engage in an epic dunk-a-thon, with the winner getting a new shoe from Nike named Air Ghani or Air Stanley. The comeback players of the year in football will be running back Malik Roberson of Gardena Serra, coming back from a torn ACL, and running back Leo Lambert III of Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, coming back from jaw surgery.
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December 23, 2013 | By Gary Klein
USC safety Dion Bailey announced Monday that he would forgo his final season of eligibility and make himself available for the NFL draft. Bailey, a fourth-year junior, intercepted five passes this season, 11 in his career. He started the previous two seasons at linebacker. “With me graduating and having my degree already, and being healthy and coming off a really good season, I feel it's best for me to enter the draft now,” he said during a news conference at the university's John McKay Center.
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December 23, 2013 | By Gary Klein
Dion Bailey hinted at it for weeks. On Monday, the USC safety made it official. Bailey announced that he would forgo his final season of eligibility and make himself available for the NFL draft. "With me graduating and having my degree already, and being healthy and coming off a really good season, I feel it's best for me to enter the draft now," he said during a news conference at the university's John McKay Center. BOWL TIMELINE: Matchups, schedule and picks Bailey, a fourth-year junior, intercepted five passes this season, 11 in his career.
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December 19, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
At first glance, it was an announcement draped in sadness, the lateral tibial plateau that stole Christmas. Six games into his comeback from a left torn Achilles' tendon, Kobe Bryant's left leg has buckled under the strain. After Bryant worked eight months to return to the court, a fractured knee will send him to the sidelines for six more weeks. There is sadness felt by an aging superstar who could be losing a slow fight with his body. There is sadness felt by a Lakers organization whose recent, foolish $48.5-million investment in Bryant is looking worse by the ache.
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December 19, 2013 | By Chris Foster
Those sticking to the numbers would not expect UCLA senior Cassius Marsh to be high on an NFL team's shopping list. His 6-foot-4 frame checks in around 260 pounds, far below the beef normally found on an NFL defensive line. Yet that smaller stature has helped him become a player likely to go mid-round in the spring. "What they are looking for are good football players, first and foremost," said UCLA defensive coordinator Lou Spanos , who spent 17 seasons as an NFL assistant.
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