Finley's Sports Roundup
July 18, 2019
Football season is around the corner. Culver City High School and other high school teams finished their passing leagues last weekend and now they are getting ready for fall training camps which start the first week of August.
College football media days are taking place all over the nation. The Pac-12 media day is set for Wednesday, July 24 in Hollywood. Media days are designed to introduce top players from different schools and it allows the coaches to talk about their upcoming seasons.
The Rams and Chargers will also start their training camps at the end of the month. Both teams hope to repeat their successful 2018 seasons.
The Dodgers start a five game home stand on Friday at 7 p.m. when they face the Marlins in a three game series. The game on Saturday starts at 6 p.m. and Sunday's game is 1 p.m. The first place Dodgers finish the home stand with a two game series against the Angels. The Dodgers have the best record in baseball at 63-34. They are 37-12 at home. One of the major keys to their success is Manager, Dave Roberts. Since he took over the team a few years ago he has done an outstanding job.
The Sparks of the WNBA are currently in fifth place out of the 12 teams in the league with a record of 9-7. They have been battling injuries all season and this week they received some more bad news. Guard Riquna Williams, who was having one of her best seasons, was suspended for 10 games starting this week for domestic violence. Hopefully they have enough talent to stay in the top half of the league standings until they get all of their players back.
The LAFC of Major League Soccer continues to play at a high level. They have the best record in MLS at 14-2-4 (46 point), followed by Philadelphia at 10-6-6 (36 points) and Seattle at 10-5-5 (35 points). Just like the Dodgers they have an outstanding manager and coach in Bob Bradley. Bradley combines a perfect blend of coaching skills that creates a winning atmosphere.
This sports column is dedicated to former Culver City Observer Editor and Sports Editor Mitch Chortkoff.