No parking for fans at MLS Cup
There will be no parking spaces available in or around Exposition Park and Banc of California Stadium for fans attending MLS Cup.
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1. No parking for fans at MLS Cup
LAFC will be playing in the MLS Cup for the first time in franchise history but the team sent an email to season ticket holders and fans this week that there would be no parking available for the game due to USC playing at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on the same day. More from The Sporting Tribune:
“There will be NO PARKING SPACES AVAILABLE IN OR AROUND EXPOSITION PARK AND BANC OF CALIFORNIA STADIUM for fans attending MLS Cup,” read the email from the team. “Fans must arrive to the stadium via Metro, LAFC Park & Ride Shuttles from Dodger Stadium or Rideshare apps.”
The MLS Cup between LAFC and Philadelphia Union will start at 1 p.m. at Banc of Calfornia Stadium while USC’s homecoming game against Cal at the Coliseum will start at 7:30 p.m. but USC has priority and Trojan fans will be tailgating in and around Exposition Park all day; forcing LAFC fans to look for parking and transportation alternatives.
2. USC, UCLA playoff hopes still alive
The first College Football Playoff Rankings were released Tuesday and undefeated Tennessee came in at No. 1 followed by unbeaten Ohio State, Georgia and Clemson. USC and UCLA were in the Top 12 and still have an outside shot at being in the College Football Playoff and playing in the national championship game at SoFi Stadium. More from The Sporting Tribune:
USC came in at No. 9, just behind Oregon at No. 8 and UCLA at No. 12. The good news for USC and UCLA fans hoping for a spot in the College Football Playoffs and a chance to play in the College Football National Championship at SoFi Stadium on Jan. 9 is there’s still a pathway. It’s not a clear one and they still need some help but if USC wins out and beats a one-loss, Top 10 UCLA team at the Rose Bowl on Nov. 19, Notre Dame at the Coliseum on Nov. 26 and a one-loss Top 10 Oregon team in the Pac-12 Championship Game at Allegiant Stadium on Dec. 2, they will have a strong case. The same goes for UCLA if they beat USC, Cal and avenge their loss to Oregon in the conference championship game to finish out the season.
3. Are the Dodgers thinking about signing Carlos Correa
MLB insiders believe the Dodgers may be in the market to sign Carlos Correa, infamous for his involvement in the Astros sign-stealing scandal. More from The Sporting Tribune’s Blake Harris:
This offseason needs to cool down just a bit. It’s November 1 and the rumor mill is already running wild. Last week I wrote about a wild rumor that suggested Mookie Betts could move to second base… to make room for Aaron Judge.
4. Time is not on the Raiders side
The Las Vegas Raiders will try to save their season on Sunday in Jacksonville following the team’s worst performance of 2022. The Sporting Tribune’s Steve Carp has the latest from Las Vegas:
For the Las Vegas Raiders, time is their enemy. The 2-5 Raiders have a lot of issues. But are they correctable? The head coach isn’t going anywhere. Owner Mark Davis made that clear Tuesday. The quarterback likely isn’t being benched. The team traded a defensive lineman nine days go but didn’t do anything else at the NFL’s trade deadline Tuesday.
5. Finally off the schneid, Lakers host Pelicans
Fresh off their long-awaited first victory of the season, the Los Angeles Lakers will see if they can make success a theme Wednesday when they host the New Orleans Pelicans. More from The Sporting Tribune:
The Lakers started the season on a five-game losing streak before scoring a 121-110 victory at home Sunday over the Denver Nuggets. They were the last team in the NBA to finally win a game this season. It was also the first victory for new Lakers head coach Darvin Ham, who has somewhat extended himself on a limb with his decision to use Russell Westbrook off the bench. The plan took flight against the Nuggets, with Westbrook scoring 18 points and sealing the victory with a driving basket with 1:36 remaining.
6. Clippers to lean into Paul George vs. young Rockets
With Kawhi Leonard, John Wall and Robert Covington all unavailable and the Los Angeles Clippers mired in an ugly four-game skid, Paul George needed to do something spectacular to save his team. He did just that on Monday to beat the Houston Rockets in Los Angeles. Can he do it again tonight in Houston? More from The Sporting Tribune:
George will need to keep shouldering the load. Leonard (knee) did not make the trip to Houston with the Clippers and Covington is in health and safety protocols. Wall (rest) should be available in the rematch with the Rockets, for whom he played 40 games before sitting out all of last season.
7. Odds and Ends presented by Circa Sports
Here are some odds at Circa Sports if you’re thinking about placing a wager today:
8. Ticket Time presented by TickPick
Here are the “get in” prices for tickets if you’re thinking about going to a game today:
9. On the Air presented by Pirnia Law
Here are the game times and channels for professional teams in the region:
5:00 p.m. – Los Angeles Clippers at Houston Rockets – Bally Sports SoCal
7:30 p.m. – New Orleans Pelicans at Los Angeles Lakers – Spectrum Sports Net
10. The Arash Markazi Show presented by The Sporting Tribune
On Tuesday’s show, Los Angeles radio veteran “The Sports God” Dave Smith stopped by to talk about the current state of the Lakers and Clippers and what both teams need to do to turn their seasons around.
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