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Chargers’ 23-20 road loss to Green Bay Packers by the numbers



Chargers’ 23-20 road loss to Green Bay Packers by the numbers

Breaking down the notable numbers behind the Chargers’ 23-20 road loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday:


Consecutive games without 300 yards passing for the Packers before they faced the Chargers, who have the NFL’s last-ranked pass defense. Jordan Love completed 27 of 40 passes for 322 yards and two touchdowns. It was Love’s first career 300-yard game.


Chargers losses by a field goal or less since the franchise drafted quarterback Justin Herbert. Five of the Chargers’ six defeats this season have been decided by a combined 14 points.


Chargers’ record against the NFC North this season. They lost to the Packers and Lions and defeated the Vikings and Bears.


Games with 100 yards receiving for Chargers wideout Keenan Allen in his career. He finished with 10 catches for 116 yards receiving and a touchdown. He has at least eight receptions in four consecutive games.



Career games with at least 10 catches and 100 yards receiving for Allen, which is tied for third in NFL history. Andre Johnson (21) and Antonio Brown (20) are first and second. Tied with Allen are Davante Adams and Julio Jones.


Year the last time the Chargers won a game in Green Bay.


CHARGERS 3 7 3 7 — 20
Green Bay 0 10 6 7 — 23

CHARGERS — Field goal Dicker 25, 1:22. Drive: 12 plays, 79 yards, 6:38. Key plays: Herbert 10 pass to Parham on 3rd-and-4, Ekeler 37 run on 3rd-and-1.

Green Bay — Reed 32 run (Carlson kick), 14:53. Drive: 7 plays, 69 yards, 1:29. Key plays: Nixon kick return to Green Bay 31, Reed 15 run, Love 20 pass to Dillon on 3rd-and-8.


CHARGERS — Smartt 51 pass from Herbert (Dicker kick), 12:16. Drive: 7 plays, 75 yards, 2:37. Key plays: Herbert 11 run, Herbert 12 pass to Erickson on 3rd-and-5.

Green Bay — Field goal Carlson 28, :07. Drive: 16 plays, 71 yards, 5:44. Key plays: Love 17 pass to Reed on 3rd-and-12, Dillon 3 run on 3rd-and-2, Love 19 pass to Reed.

CHARGERS — Field goal Dicker 26, 10:44. Drive: 11 plays, 71 yards, 4:16. Key plays: D.Davis kick return to CHARGERS 22, Ekeler 14 run, Herbert 17 pass to Johnston, Herbert 28 run on 3rd-and-7.

Green Bay — Watson 11 pass from Love (kick failed), :04. Drive: 5 plays, 70 yards, 2:21. Key plays: Love 27 pass to Wicks, Love 27 pass to Kraft.

CHARGERS — K.Allen 10 pass from Herbert (Dicker kick), 5:24. Drive: 11 plays, 63 yards, 5:36. Key plays: Herbert 12 pass to Parham on 3rd-and-8, Herbert 11 pass to K.Allen, Herbert 17 pass to K.Allen, Herbert 11 run.


Green Bay — Doubs 24 pass from Love (Carlson kick), 2:29. Drive: 7 plays, 75 yards, 2:51. Key play: Love 35 pass to Wicks.

RUSHING: CHARGERS, Herbert 8-73, Ekeler 10-64, Kelley 6-13. GREEN BAY, Reed 3-46, Dillon 14-29, A.Jones 4-14, Em.Wilson 3-12, Watson 1-1, Love 3-0.

PASSING: CHARGERS, Herbert 21-36-0-260. GREEN BAY, Love 27-40-0-322.

RECEIVING: CHARGERS, K.Allen 10-116, Parham 4-57, Johnston 2-21, Ekeler 2-6, Smartt 1-51, Erickson 1-12, D.Davis 1-(minus 3). GREEN BAY, Doubs 5-53, Reed 4-46, Dillon 4-32, Musgrave 4-28, Wicks 3-91, Kraft 2-32, Watson 2-21, Em.Wilson 1-9, Heath 1-7, A.Jones 1-3.

PUNT RETURNS: CHARGERS, D.Davis 1-6. GREEN BAY, Reed 1-7, Nixon 2-2.


KICKOFF RETURNS: CHARGERS, D.Davis 3-58. GREEN BAY, Nixon 2-60, Heath 1-1.

TACKLES-ASSISTS-SACKS: CHARGERS, Mack 8-0-2, Murray 6-4-0, Gilman 6-3-0, Kendricks 6-3-0, James 5-2-0, Marlowe 5-0-0, Joseph-Day 3-0-1, Tuipulotu 3-0-0, M.Davis 2-1-0, Taylor 2-0-0, N.Williams 1-2-0, A.Johnson 1-1-0, Samuel 1-0-0. GREEN BAY, Campbell 6-1-0, Nixon 6-1-0, Owens 4-4-0, Ballentine 4-1-0, Johnson 3-1-0, Valentine 3-1-0, Q.Walker 2-5-0, Van Ness 2-0-0, Gary 1-1-1, Smith 1-1-0, Brooks 1-0-1, Clark 1-0-0, Enagbare 1-0-0, Slaton 1-0-0, Wyatt 1-0-0.



Officials — Referee John Hussey, Ump Carl Paganelli, HL Frank LeBlanc, LJ Carl Johnson, FJ Anthony Flemming, SJ Allen Baynes, BJ Matt Edwards, Replay James Nicholson.


Attendance — 77,432.

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Yankees land Alex Verdugo in trade with AL East rival Red Sox



Yankees land Alex Verdugo in trade with AL East rival Red Sox

The New York Yankees struck a trade with their bitter AL East rival, the Boston Red Sox, to land star outfielder Alex Verdugo.

The Yankees acquired Verdugo in exchange for right-handed pitchers Richard Fitts, Greg Weissert and Nicholas Judice, the team announced. ESPN first reported the deal.

It’s just the eighth time since 1969 the Red Sox and Yankees have made a deal together. 

Boston Red Sox’s Alex Verdugo, right, is welcomed to the dugout by Justin Turner (2) after scoring on a ground rule double by Red Sox’s Triston Casas in the fifth inning of the second game of a baseball doubleheader against the New York Yankees, Sunday, June 18, 2023, in Boston.  (AP Photo/Steven Senne)


But for New York, GM Brian Cashman was looking for left-handed outfield help, and he gets a 27-year-old that fits the description.

Verdugo has been a fan favorite with the Red Sox over the past four seasons after spending his first three MLB seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers. So he knows how to handle playing in a big city. 


The Yankees are very familiar with his work, especially in their own ballpark. Verdugo has a career .252/.299/.437 slash line at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx with five homers, seven doubles and 12 RBI over 31 games. 

The Yankees were a righty-dominant team last season in a ballpark that favors lefties, which is why Cashman had an emphasis on adding that aspect to his 2024 roster. While the Yankees remain in on players available via trade, like Juan Soto, and free agents like Cody Bellinger, adding someone like Verdugo who has shown he can play in one of the hardest cities to produce is a smart strategy. 

Alex Verdugo celebrates walk-off hit

Boston Red Sox’s Alex Verdugo celebrates his walk-off, RBI single during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Verdugo had a .264/.324/.421 line in 142 games with the Sox last season, and that batting average is low for his standards. A high-contact hitter, Verdugo hit .280 in 2022 and .289 in 2021, so he’ll be looking to bring that average up next season for his new squad. 

For his career, Verdugo is a .281/.337/.428 hitter with 152 doubles, 57 homers and 255 RBI in 651 games. 

This is just one of what’s expected to be a few moves made by Cashman and the Yankees’ front office after not making the postseason in 2023 following a 2022 campaign that ended with an ALCS appearance. 

The Yankees have been linked heavily to Soto, Bellinger, and Japanese star pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto. 

Alex Verdugo looks on field

Alex Verdugo #99 of the Boston Red Sox walks into the dugout before a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on April 4, 2023 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Maddie Malhotra/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)


Verdugo has just this year left on his rookie contract before becoming a free agent in 2025. 

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Austin Reaves’ three-pointer lifts Lakers past the Phoenix Suns for a trip to Vegas



Austin Reaves’ three-pointer lifts Lakers past the Phoenix Suns for a trip to Vegas

The joke, publicly and privately, among the Lakers leading up to and during the NBA’s inaugural in-season tournament was the amazement at how badly a room of rich people could want to win the $500,000 prize waiting for each winning player in Las Vegas.

“The bag,” they said was an amazing motivator, the kind that could turn pre-Christmas, regular-season basketball into something that rivaled postseason energy and intensity.

But there was one other driving factor, the biggest competitors on earth all pushing to be the first.

Tuesday night in the quarterfinals, a game that would end or extend the Lakers’ time in the tournament, Austin Reaves’ three-pointer with 15 seconds left pushed them to a 106-103 win over the Phoenix Suns at Arena. The Lakers will play the New Orleans Pelicans in Las Vegas on Thursday at 6 p.m. PST, two wins away from the grand prize. The Milwaukee Bucks face the Indiana Pacers in an earlier semifinal.

The tone for this entire event has been set by LeBron James, the biggest star in the league who approached the games with added urgency.


“He really wants to be the first,” one Lakers staffer admitted pregame.

Tuesday, he played like it.

The beat to Dr. Dre’s “The Next Episode” boomed as the fans rose to their feet and waited for James to write the script for whatever was coming next.

He bounded into the paint with the speed and strength that has been unmatched at age 38 in basketball history. He contorted and scored from the left side, the Suns calling a timeout and James delivering his 31st point of the game.

He finished with those 31 to go with eight rebounds and 11 assists. He also had five steals, playing with the kind of defensive effort that’s usually not there on a nightly basis for the league’s all-time leading scorer.


The Suns had a late chance, nearly forcing a Reaves turnover in the backcourt, but the Lakers were awarded a timeout. Anthony Davis split on a pair of free throws, but Kevin Durant’s long shot at the buzzer wasn’t close.

In their first two meetings this season, the script was nearly identical.

The Suns, the team with the better shot-making, would race to the big early lead before the Lakers would find something leading to a second-half run and a stolen win.

This time, the plot was the same — the characters just swapped parts.

It began with a gift, a sloppy turnover to begin the second half for a team that did almost nothing but commit them for the previous 24 minutes.


The mistake triggered a run that would erase all the good will the Lakers had built in the first half.

Unlike their first two meetings, the Lakers were the team that set the tone from the tip, dictating the flow of the game with force and intensity. The Suns seemed to be caught off guard, committing 10 of their 20 turnovers in the first quarter.

The Lakers led by as many 15, James’ playmaking and Davis’ dominance inside putting them in great position to advance with just two quarters to play.

Then, the gift.

James began the second half with a turnover leading to an easy uncontested layup for the Suns that gassed them up for a quick, lighting-strike run to reset the game.


The Suns scored 14 straight points beginning with that bucket, enough to grab the lead for the first time since the score was 9-7.

The Lakers, knocked back on their heels, turned to Reaves who reinjected life into the team after a horrific 113 seconds erased its double-digit lead. He responded with a snippet of the play that made him one of Team USA’s best this summer at the FIBA World Cup, hitting threes, drawing fouls and even scoring on a putback.

But the big shot in the fourth, an arcing triple with 15.1 seconds left that ended with Reaves flexing and howling, was his biggest moment.

Now, the Lakers get a chance at making more of them.

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Dodgers’ Dave Roberts might have made big mistake in Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes



Dodgers’ Dave Roberts might have made big mistake in Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts confirmed that the team met with Shohei Ohtani “a couple days ago,” but that comment alone may have an impact on landing the highly sought after free agent superstar. 

Ohtani owns MLB free agency talk, especially at the league’s Winter Meetings in Nashville this week. But the courting of Ohtani by teams that want his once-in-a-lifetime abilities on the mound and in the batter’s box has been mum from prospective clubs. 

That is until Roberts dropped what’s become a bomb in free agent rumors despite it being a simple confirmation that a meeting occurred.

Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels at third base during the Major League Baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies  on August 28, 2023 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)


Why? Well, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported earlier this week if Ohtani’s camp caught wind of a meeting with a team going public, he “will hold it against the interested club.”

Now, this wasn’t just a rumor from a reporter. The Dodgers’ manager was outright in saying it happened, and added, “I think it went well.”

Dodgers GM Brandon Gomes was asked about the meeting due to Roberts’ comments, which he acknowledged, saying, “Dave made a comment.” He was reportedly surprised that occurred, but when asked if Roberts’ comments would hurt the team’s pursuit, Gomes was succinct. 


“I have no idea,” he responded.


Roberts explained why he believed his comments about the meeting weren’t a big deal. 

“I don’t feel like lying is something I do,” he told the LA Times. “I was asked a question. And yeah, I think to be forthright in this situation, we kept it quiet. But it’s gonna come out at some point that we met. … So I don’t think myself or anyone else in our organization would want to lie about it.”

Gomes would not make any comments about the Ohtani meeting. 

The Dodgers are one of the frontrunners to land Ohtani, who is looking for a record-setting contract in free agency after winning his second AL MVP with the Los Angeles Angels after belting 44 homers and slashing .304/.412/.654 with a 1.066 OPS, while also pitching to a 3.14 ERA with 167 strikeouts over 132 innings. 

Shohei Ohtani in the dugout

Shohei Ohtani sits on the bench in the fourth inning during a game against the Detroit Tigers at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 16, 2023 in Anaheim, California. (John McCoy/Getty Images)

Ohtani underwent Tommy John surgery in September, though, which should keep him off the mound until 2025. However, Ohtani is expected to be free of any restrictions hitting for the 2024 season. 


Other teams in the running for Ohtani are the Toronto Blue Jays, who reportedly met with him at their spring training facility in Florida on Monday. Blue Jays manager John Schneider was coy when asked about the situation, though. 


“It’s exciting that we’re in the mix for it,” he told TSN. “There’s a lot of different ways to make our team better, but he’s obviously a great player.”

The San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs were also mentioned as potential aggressors in the Ohtani sweepstakes. 

With the Winter Meetings in full swing, we’ll see if a record-breaking deal that Ohtani approves of comes this week. But, as we saw with players like Aaron Judge last season, free agency decisions, especially from those at the top of the game, may need some more time to figure out before the new year begins. 

Dave Roberts grimaces

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts watches from the dugout before Game 2 of a baseball NL Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Monday, Oct. 9, 2023, in Los Angeles.  (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

And Roberts will hope his comments don’t affect Ohtani’s decision when that time comes. 

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