Roger Goodell calls Rams’ return to Los Angeles ‘Transformational –OC Register
By TODD HARMONSON
SAN FRANCISCO – NFL commissioner Roger Goodell called the Rams’ return to Los Angeles “transformational” and said the league is determined to help the Chargers and Raiders work on solutions in their current markets during his annual news conference Friday.
He also insisted the NFL is looking into allegations that Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning received shipments of HGH to his home and stressed the league is focused on players’ safety and conduct.
And Goodell remained vague on his feelings about the daily fantasy industry, which has come under fire at the state level.
By Vincent Bonsignore, Los Angeles Daily News
The best young running back in the National Football League didn’t need a pulling guard to open a running lane in the Radio Row maze at the Super Bowl 50 media center in downtown San Francisco on Friday.
In fact, watching Todd Gurley smoothly move from one interview to the next – and there were a whole bunch of nexts – he looked more like a Hollywood leading man working a press junket ahead of his new movie than the soon-to-be NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Meet your next Superstar, Los Angeles.
By Nick Wagoner
Three former Rams will find out on Saturday night whether they will be a part of the 2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame class.
Quarterback Kurt Warner, tackle Orlando Pace and pass-rusher Kevin Greene are among 15 modern-era finalists who could be chosen to receive the coveted gold jacket this year. That group of 15 will be pared down to five as the 46-person selection committee convenes in San Francisco to determine the 2016 class.
For Warner and Pace, it’s their second time on the ballot and second time as finalists. Greene, on the other hand, is in his 12th year of eligibility and fifth straight year as a finalist.
By Fred Katz
Kobe Bryant will be joining the St. Louis Rams in the Things We Used to Love in Sports Museum once this NBA season ends. Bryant will be retiring, fading off into the basketball abyss, as the NBA searches for a new face of the league.
The city of Los Angeles will be looking around for the same. Bryant has been the biggest name in town for years, helping the Lakers to five championships since coming into the NBA in 1996. Now, though, L.A. has the football Rams, who will relocaate from St. Louis next season, and the town’s new running back says he’s hoping to be the most recognizable face in SoCal:
By Nick Wagoner
EARTH CITY, Mo. — Rams running back Todd Gurley didn’t get to enjoy a full rookie season as he recovered from a torn left ACL. But he made the most of his 13 games, leading all rookies in rushing yards and finishing third in the NFL in that category.
Gurley will find out this weekend whether he’s earned a couple awards. Gurley is one of five nominees for the Pepsi Rookie of the Year award, and is also a top contender for the Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year award.