L.A. Pro Sports Update

Dodgers ousted and Ducks and Kings get back on track while Rams continue downward spiral. In addition, basketball season makes its way to Staples Center.

Kyle Kohner, Writer

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MLB

L.A. Dodgers: Despite leading the Chicago Cubs 2-1 after game three of the National League Champion Series, the Dodgers and their polarizing pitching staff slipped up and let the Cubs hammer out three straight wins to advance to the World Series for the first time in 71 years. Not even the pitching prowess of ace Clayton Kershaw taking the mound in game six could salvage the Dodgers’ hopes of advancing to the World Series. In spite of the season-ending heartbreaker, Los Angeles fans should keep their heads high as 2016 exceeded expectations in Dave Roberts’ first year as manager.

Postseason MVP: Third baseman Justin Turner: .286 BA AVG, 2 HR, 1 3B, 0 2B, 8 RBI, 1 SB

NFL

L.A. Rams: The clamor for 2016 first overall draft pick Jared Goff to start at quarterback have kicked into high gear. The Rams took on the New York Giants in London on Oct. 23. Struggling starting quarterback Case Keenum and the Rams got off to a fast start, leading the Giants 10-0 early on. Unfortunately, Keenum threw four interceptions, allowing for New York to score 17 unanswered points and eventually losing 17-10. With their third straight loss, Los Angeles falls to 3-4 overall. The sputtering Rams have a bye week this week, which provides the Rams an opportunity to reevaluate their quarterback situation. During this last week of practice, Goff has taken first team reps, but coach Jeff Fisher remains adamant in keeping Keenum as their starting play caller.

Player of the week: Wide Receiver Brian Quick: 4 Receptions, 92 Passing Yards

NHL

L.A. Kings:  The goaltender switch to Peter Budaj from Jeff Zatkoff has injected life into a struggling Kings team. After starting the season 0-3, Los Angeles has tallied off three straight wins, all in extra minutes of playing time, which shows just how relentless this talented team remains.

Player of the week: Left Wing Tanner Pearson: 2 Goals, 2 Assists

Anaheim Ducks: The Ducks have tightened up their play and went 3-1 on the week, improving their season record to 3-3-2 on the year. Star center Ryan Getzlaf has provided a lot of scoring setups for teammates, as he led the team with four assists during their last three games. The Oct. 26 game against the Nashville Predators capped off their strong week, as they steamrolled the Preds 6-1.

Player of the week: Center Ryan Getzlaf: 0 Goals, 4 Assists

NBA

L.A. Lakers: The Lakers are back to playing meaningful basketball. Los Angeles’ season opened up on a positive note Oct. 26, as the Lakers defeated the Houston Rockets 120-114. Four Lakers players scored in double-digits to lead the Lakers' offensive explosion, including shooting guard Jordan Clarkson’s 25 points. However, Los Angeles did struggle to defend Rockets’ star point guard James Harden, as he led the Rockets with 34 points and 17 assists.