The Dodgers placed Carl Crawford on the disabled list Saturday morning, the seventh time in the last six seasons the 34-year-old outfielder has ended up there. The cause this time was soreness in his lower back, which has affected him since the middle of March. The team recalled infielder Micah Johnson, who could useful on the bases as a pinch runner for Manager Dave Roberts. Johnson also played the outfield on Friday night for triple-A Oklahoma City. With Crawford out, Roberts intends to split the playing time in left field between veteran Scott Van Slyke and rookie Trayce Thompson.
What Kevin Durant might do, it seems, is more heavily analyzed than what he actually does. His free-agency fortunes are dissected almost daily even though nothing will happen involving the Oklahoma City Thunder star until this summer. Will he stay in Oklahoma City, where the honeymoon appears permanent? Will he go home again, picking the Washington Wizards in a move that would reunite him with Scott Brooks, his one-time coach? Or will he take a chance on a wildcard like the Lakers, becoming the centerpiece of a suddenly faceless franchise?
Heather O'Reilly scored in her final international game and Carli Lloyd had a hat trick to lead the U.S. women's national team to a 9-0 victory over Thailand on Thursday night. Three of the U.S. team's goals, including O'Reilly's, came within the opening five minutes. O'Reilly previously announced that she is retiring following a 15-year run with the national team. The match drew attention at the start when midfielder Megan Rapinoe knelt during the national anthem in solidarity with NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who is refusing to stand in protest of racial inequality in the United States. Rapinoe came in as a sub to start the second half.
On Sunday morning, the final day before the All-Star break, Clayton Kershaw took a sizable step toward his return to the Dodgers. He threw a light bullpen session before his team faced San Diego, which marked the first time he threw off a mound since receiving an epidural injection on June 29 to aid a herniated disk in his lower back. Manager Dave Roberts indicated Kershaw will not be a part of the team's rotation during the first five games after the break. But he left open the possibility that Kershaw could rejoin the team during the next turn through the rotation. "To see Clayton in a pen, throwing off a mound, is definitely encouraging," Roberts said.
The Rams put their trust in Case Keenum, making him the starting quarterback despite the selection of Jared Goff with the No. 1 pick in the draft. After playing poorly in a season-opening defeat against the San Francisco 49ers, Keenum said Wednesday that he needed to trust himself and not overthink decisions. "I think I was seeing ghosts," Keenum said of his struggles against the 49ers. "I was seeing things that weren't there. The Seattle Seahawks, fresh off a come-from-behind victory over the Miami Dolphins, are coming to the Coliseum for the Rams' home opener.