09.10.18: Five things you should plan for the week ahead based on unscientific evidence of guaranteed importance

1oneWhere in the world is Sergio Dipp? The ESPN sideline reporter who was part of the 2017 first “Monday Night Football” team with Beth Mowins and Rex Ryan on the Chargers-Broncos game from Denver became something of an instant legend for his reporting. But then … nothing.
Since we can’t quite wrap up Week 1 of the NFL regular season without a) the Rams’ participating, b) the Raiders participating, c) a New York-centic story, we have the first two taken care of in the back end of the ESPN Monday Night Football doubleheader with the Rams traveling to Oakland (7:15 p.m., also on Channel 7). That comes after Sam Darnold makes his first start for the New York Jets against Detroit (5:15 p.m.)
Right on the heels of that is Week 2,the L.A. market gets: Rams at Arizona (Sunday, 1:05 p.m., Channel 11), the Chargers are at Buffalo (Sunday, 10 a.m., Channel 2) and that makes room for the Raiders’ game at Denver (Sunday, 1:25 p.m., Channel 2)
Other games of note:
Thursday: Baltimore at Cincinnati (5:20 p.m., NFL Network)
Sunday: N.Y. Giants at Dallas (5:20 p.m., Channel 4)

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1twoA sign spotted during last Saturday’s ESPN “College GameDay” read: “The alphabet has more W’s than Texas.” Ah, those clever kids. But you can’t spell “Texas Longhorns” without at least one of the Xs and a couple of Os that go into game planning for USC this Saturday (Channel 11, 5 p.m.). The Trojans’ trip to Austin, Tex., is payback for the Longhorns coming to the Coliseum last Sept. 16 and nearly pushing USC into overtime before surrendering a 27-24 decision based on Chase McGrath’s 43-yard field. Two games into the ’18 season, McGrath has field goals of 46, 38, 29,47 and 36 against UNLV, then provided all the USC points on a 35-yard field goal in the third quarter of a 17-3 loss at Stanford last week. Texas posted its W last Saturday, 28-21, against Tulsa last week following a 34-29 something-of-an-upset loss at Maryland in the opener. Meanwhile, UCLA’s 0-2 start may not get much of a reprieve when it plays host to Fresno State at the Rose Bowl (Saturday, 7:30 p.m., FS1). The Bulldogs crushed Idaho in their opener at home, 79-13, but then surrendered a 21-14 game at Minnesota last week.
Other games of note for Week 3:
Thursday: Boston College at Wake Forest (4:30 p.m., ESPN)
Saturday: Oklahoma at Iowa State (9 a.m., Channel 7); Ken State at Penn State (9 a.m., FS1); Central Florida at North Carolina (9 a.m., ESPNU); Florida State at Syracuse (9 a.m., ESPN); UC Davis at Stanford (11 a.m., Pac 12 Net); Vanderbilt at Notre Dame (11:30 a.m., Channel 4); BYU at Wisconsin (12:30 p.m., Channel 7); LSU at Auburn (12:30 p.m., Channel 2); Boise State at Oklahoma State (12:30 p.m., ESPN); San Jose State at Oregon (2 p.m., Pac 12 Net); Idaho State at Cal (3 p.m., Pac 12 Net); Alabama at Mississippi (4 p.m., ESPN); Oregon State at Nevada (4 p.m., ESPN3); Ohio State at Texas Christian (5 p.m., Channel 7); Eastern Washington at Washington State (5 p.m., Pac 12 Net); Washington at Utah (7 p.m., ESPN); Arizona State at San Diego State (7:30 p.m., CBSSN); Southern Utah at Arizona (8 p.m., Pac 12 Net).

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1threeNice to see Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez are back on fighting terms, unfortunately not at Dodger Stadium as was rumored a year ago (see above). The undefeated and unified middleweight titleholder Golovin (38-1-1, 34 KOs) takes on former champ Alvarez (49-1-1) on Saturday at the T-Mobile Center in Las Vegas (5 p.m., HBO pay-per-view) on what now happens to be Mexican Independence Day. It happens nearly a year to the day at the same place where the bout titled “Supremacy” ended in a split draw. A rematch was set for last May 5, but canceled when Alvarez tested positive for a banned substance and then suspended through Aug. 17. Golovin, aka GGG, aka Triple G, out of Kazakhstan, is currently ranked the world’s best active boxer pound for pound by the Ring, second by ESPN and third by the Boxing Writers Association of America.
FYI: More than 450 movie theaters has the fight to show, and Golden Boy Promotions will stream the pay-per-view card ($84.95, same as the traditional PPV) live on its Ring magazine website. The stream of the card will be the international version of the broadcast, not the HBO version.

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1fourThe Dodgers drag to the end of a 10-day, 10-game road trip with a Sunday Night Baseball appearance in St. Louis (5 p.m., ESPN). That’s followed by a three-game series against NL West-leading Colorado back at Dodger Stadium on Sept. 17, but let’s not look too far ahead. Clayton Kershaw was scheduled to throw in the day game in Cincinnati, but that’s now turned into a bullpen/everyone up occasion so Kershaw can start the first game of the series in St. Louis. Kershaw (7-5) has a 2.42 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 134:21 Ks-to-BB radio over 137 1/3 innings this season in 22 starts.
The Dodgers this week:
*At Cincinnati: Monday and Tuesday at 3:40 p.m., Wednesday at 9:35 a.m., SportsNet LA
*At St. Louis: Thursday at 4:15 p.m., SNLA; Friday at 5:15 p.m., SNLA; Saturday at 10 a.m., Channel 11; Sunday at 5 p.m., ESPN
The Angels this week:
*At Angel Stadium vs. Texas: Monday-Wednesday, 7:07 p.m., FSW
*At Angel Stadium vs. Seattle: Thursday and Friday at 7:07 p.m., Saturday at 6:07 p.m., Sunday at 1:07 p.m., FSW

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1fiveU.S. Men’s National Soccer Team showed some more growing pains in a 2-0 friendly loss to Brazil last week, so they try again to work out the snags by taking on rival Mexico at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn. (Tuesday, 5:30 p.m., ESPN). Then the MLS resumes it schedule with LAFC at Banc of California Stadium vs. New England (Saturday, 7:30 p.m., YouTube TV), following the Galaxy’s appearance at Toronto (Saturday, 4:30 p.m., Spectrum SportsNet)

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