Finley's Sports Roundup

Dodgers, Yankees clash next week at Dodger Stadium

The Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Yankees are two of the best teams in major league baseball. On Friday August 23 the two teams will start a three game series at Dodger Stadium that might be a preview of the World Series. The game on Friday will start at 7 p.m., Saturday's start time is 1 p.m. and Sunday, August 25 the game will star at 4 p.m. and be televised by ESPN.

At press time (Wednesday) the teams were tied at the top of the major league standings with a record of 80-41. The only other team close to the big city teams was the Houston Astros with a record of 78-42. Before they battle the Yankees they start the home stand with a three game series against the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Rams and the Chargers play home preseason games this weekend but this Rams home game is five hours away by plane in Hawaii against the Cowboys on Saturday at 7 p.m., on Channel 2. The Chargers will face the New Orleans Saints on Sunday in Carson at 1 p.m. in Carson.

The Rams will need a healthy Todd Gurley II if they expect to make another run back to the Super Bowl. Rams quarterback Jared Goff has to have a great running game to be successful. With a new offensive line a productive running game is extremely important.

The Chargers are in the same position as the Rams. They need a strong running game to have another successful season and without starting running back Melvin Gordon there may be some problems with the offense. The 2015 first round draft choice from Wisconsin is holding out for a new contract. Veteran quarterback Phillip Rivers does not need a good running back like Gordon to be successful but it will make his job a lot easier.

The LAFC of the major soccer league (MLS) is still has the best record in the league at 17-3-4. Their next two home games are Wednesday, August 21, at 7:30 p.m. against San Jose and Sunday at 7 p.m. against the LA Galaxy. LAFC is looking to even the series against the Galaxy after their loss in Carson last month. All home games are played at the new Banc of California Stadium.

Carlos Vela of the LAFC is on track to be named the Most Valuable Player in the league. At press time he is leading the league with 23 goals and he is also leading the league in assists with 15 and shots on goal with 118.

This sports column is dedicated to former Culver City Observer Editor and Sports Editor Mitch Chortkoff.


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