USC picked to win the Pac-12 football title
The media predicted a first for USC and the Pac-12 Conference’s South Division on Wednesday, picking the Trojans not only to win the South but defeat Washington in the conference championship game on Dec. 1 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.
That would certainly be newsworthy. Pac-12 South teams are 0-6 against their northern counterparts in the conference championship game. USC lost in its only appearance, in 2015.
USC is not considered a runaway favorite, however, receiving 28 votes to win the championship game versus Washington’s 22 votes. Oregon and Utah received one vote each.
The media picked defending conference champion Washington to win the Pac-12 North with 49 first-place votes and 309 points. Second-place Stanford generated one first-place vote and 247 points, followed by Washington State (206 points), Oregon (163), Oregon State (101) and California (64).
USC was selected as the South winner with 49 first-place votes and 309 points, followed by Utah (220 points), UCLA (209), Colorado (182), Arizona State (109) and Arizona (61). Utah and UCLA each received one first-place vote.
Los Angeles Lakers re-sign guard Tyler Ennis
EL SEGUNDO (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers have re-signed guard Tyler Ennis, a late-season addition who played his way into a job.
The Lakers announced the deal Wednesday.
Los Angeles acquired Ennis from the Houston Rockets on Feb. 23 in a trade for Marcelo Huertas. Ennis appeared in 22 games for the Lakers, averaging 7.7 points and 2.4 assists.
The Lakers are the fourth NBA team in three seasons for Ennis, a Syracuse product chosen 18th overall in the 2014 draft by Phoenix.
Ennis is likely to vie for a backup role behind point guard Lonzo Ball, the No. 2 overall pick.
The Lakers met with Derrick Rose, Rajon Rondo and George Hill in their quest for a veteran backup point guard to work with Ball, but all three signed elsewhere.
Warriors' Draymond Green sued over alleged assault by couple
OAKLAND (AP) — Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green was sued Tuesday by a couple who claim he and his entourage assaulted them last year in Michigan.
Jermaine Edmondson and Bianca Williams filed the lawsuit seeking unspecified monetary damages in California's Alameda County.
The lawsuit claims Green bumped into them at a night club in East Lansing last summer and that the forward bullied Edmondson, who was then a football player at Michigan State University, about how he pays for scholarships for people like him. It claims men in his entourage then physically assaulted him, pushing him against a wall and choking him. When his girlfriend tried to intervene, one of the men pushed her into a wall, the lawsuit says.
The next night they ran into Green at a restaurant and when the couple approached him to make peace, he slapped Edmondson in the face, the lawsuit claims.
Green did not immediately respond to a text message seeking comment.
The couple's lawyer, Lisa Bloom, said at a news conference in Los Angeles Tuesday that they decided to file a lawsuit because Green has refused to accept responsibility for the July 2016 incidents.
"The filing of this lawsuit was a last resort," Bloom said.
Green, a former Michigan State Spartan, last year paid $560 for a noise violation in a deal that got rid of a misdemeanor assault-and-battery charge filed in the case.
Green has been an essential member of the Warriors team that has won two championships in the past three years, and last month was named the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year.
LA Chargers acquire QB Cardale Jones in trade with Buffalo
COSTA MESA (AP) — The Los Angeles Chargers have acquired quarterback Cardale Jones from the Buffalo Bills in exchange for an undisclosed conditional draft pick.
The clubs announced the trade Wednesday, four days before the Chargers' first full practice of training camp.
The 6-foot-5 Jones led Ohio State to a national title during the 2014 season. After one more year with the Buckeyes, he was a fourth-round pick by Buffalo in 2016.
Jones was a project for the Bills, where Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn spent last season as running backs coach before his promotion to offensive coordinator. Jones was inactive for 15 games in Buffalo before throwing 11 passes in the fourth quarter of the season finale.
His future in Buffalo was in question after the Bills drafted Pitt quarterback Nathan Peterman in the fifth round last April.
The Chargers are looking for a mobile, athletic third-string quarterback behind Philip Rivers and Kellen Clemens, who has been Rivers' backup for three seasons. Undrafted quarterbacks Mike Bercovici and Eli Jenkins also are on the roster.
Robert Griffin III worked out for the Chargers on Tuesday, but wasn't signed.
Rivers is a six-time Pro Bowler who has started 185 consecutive games.
Los Angeles Rams sign veteran quarterback Dan Orlovsky
IRVINE (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams have signed veteran quarterback Dan Orlovsky.
The Rams announced the deal Wednesday while players began reporting to training camp at UC Irvine.
Orlovsky is the third quarterback on the Rams' roster. He is likely to compete with Sean Mannion for the backup job behind No. 1 draft pick Jared Goff.
Orlovsky is entering his 13th NFL season with his fifth franchise. He spent the past three seasons as Matthew Stafford's backup with the Detroit Lions, throwing 40 passes in two games in 2015.
The 33-year-old UConn product also began his career with Detroit, appearing in a career-high 10 games in 2008. He was drafted by the Lions in 2005, when current Rams quarterbacks coach Greg Olson was his offensive coordinator and position coach.