Los Angeles Teams

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2hAlden Gonzalez

Gumbo rift in past, according to Peters, Payton

Rams cornerback Marcus Peters took exception to a comment from Saints coach Sean Payton after the teams met earlier this season, but they spoke highly of each other Wednesday in advance of Sunday's NFC Championship Game.

Will the Lakers miss the playoffs? (1:51)

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams LT Andrew Whitworth, born and raised in Louisiana, said he won three high school state titles at the Superdome, in addition to a national championship while at LSU. "That place means a lot to me," he said.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams CB Marcus Peters, on Sean Payton: "I see y'all trying to make it something it's not, man. Just all respect to Sean Payton. I just love the fact that he's a competitor. It wasn't nothing to be disrespectful. I was pissed off."

Lindsey Thiry ESPN 

Sean McVay said Wednesday that Todd Gurley felt good coming off Saturday's win over the Cowboys, but that Gurley would be limited in practice this week. "We would continue to do that regardless," McVay explained. "That's just because of the workload that he's had."

Bruschi and Fox like the Saints at home (1:28)

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

LeBron James has been cleared to practice starting next week. As ESPN's Dave McMenamin reported, James will not travel with the team on its upcoming two-game trip.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Payton wasn't asked directly about Marcus Peters' "gumbo" comments at first. Instead he was asked if he's more of a chicken and andouille or seafood gumbo kind of guy. Payton said next question, but smiled and said he knew where the reporter was going with the question. ... When asked a follow-up, Payton said he has a lot of respect for Peters, and the Saints' goal in the 2015 draft was actually to come away with "Peat and Peters" with their two first-round picks — but they missed out on Peters.

Lindsey Thiry ESPN 

The Rams have constructed a large tent over their parking lot, where they will hold two walkthroughs on Wednesday. Their fields are covered with tarps, with heavy rain moving across Southern California this week.

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7hKyle Bonagura

McNair gets new trial in defamation suit vs. NCAA

A judge in Los Angeles issued an order for a new trial in Todd McNair's defamation lawsuit against the NCAA, citing insufficient evidence to justify the original verdict. McNair is now the Tampa Bay Bucs' running back coach.

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15hDavid Schoenfield

Five moves we want to see the rest of this offseason

Corey Kluber and A.J. Pollock turning the Reds into contenders? A swap of former No. 1 prospects? Dallas Keuchel teaming up with Manny or Bryce? Here's how we're hoping the rest of the hot stove season plays out.

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Lonzo dazzles with quick pass to Kuzma (0:27)
Kuzma isn't worried about Walton's job security (0:31)

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyle Kuzma says Luke Walton has done "a great job" coaching through a variety of issues the Lakers have endured this season and backed his coach like he did last season. "I think Luke has done a great job this year handling all the adversity that we've been through," Kuzma said. "Especially coming through with all these injuries to suspensions and then trying to figure out how to balance a whole new team. It's a tough job. I'm glad I'm not coaching this team because there would be a lot of different issues I would have to handle too. So I think he's done a great job and as long as we just do our part and they do their part, everybody should be fine."