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  • 09 Apr
    LONDON -- A week after having the best performance of his career, Case Keenum had one of his worst.That doesnt mean the Los Angeles Rams are ready to change starting quarterbacks just yet.Keenum threw four interceptions, including one in the end zone with 42 seconds remaining, in the Rams 17-10 loss to the New York Giants at Twickenham Stadium on Sunday.And though Keenum was tabbed as the Rams starting quarterback over Jared Goff, the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, coach Jeff Fisher said after the game that Goff will remain on the bench.The quarterback is not the reason, by the way, that we lost (the last) three games, Fisher said. Im staying with Case.His first interception, a high throw in the second quarter that deflected off the hands of wide receiver Tavon Austin, was recovered by Giants strong safety Landon Collins and returned 44 yards for a touchdown.The other three occurred on the final three drives of the game. One throw was tipped by Giants linebacker Keenan Robinson before being caught by Collins, and another was intended for Austin in the end zone when it was undercut by cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.The fourth was grabbed by Rodgers-Cromartie when, after changing the call on third-and-10 from the Giants 15-yard line with 50 seconds remaining, Keenum threw too far inside Brian Quick, the intended receiver.Until that point, the Rams (3-4) drove 65 yards in 12 plays over 2:21 and seemed on the verge of tying the score.What I saw pre-snap was they were going to pressure us, said Keenum, who completed 32 of a career-high 53 passes for 291 yards and a touchdown. I was just trying to get Brian a chance in the back of the end zone. I didnt see it well enough. We werent on the same page.Keenum threw for 321 yards and three touchdowns in a 31-28 loss to the Detroit Lions a week earlier and set a franchise record with 19 consecutive completions -- including a 18-for-18 mark in the third quarter.He seemed to carry that momentum into the game against the Giants (4-3), completing nine of his 10 first-quarter attempts, as the Rams gained 122 yards and took a 10-0 lead.They gained only 106 yards over the next two quarters, though, and punted on their seven possessions following Collins first interception -- a streak that was broken by his second.The Giants defense, ranked 22nd against the pass entering Sunday, had forced only three turnovers, two of which were interceptions by cornerback Janoris Jenkins.Its a momentum-changer, Collins said. When you get an interception, it takes a lot out of the defense on the other side of the field and takes a lot out of that offense because thats where the trust issues come in.Keenum has thrown for eight touchdowns and 10 interceptions this season. He had an interception returned for a go-ahead touchdown by the Buffalo Bills two weeks ago and threw one that squandered the Rams final drive against the Lions.Take a look at the tape, Fisher said. See whos responsible for the interceptions. ... Ill make changes at receiver before I make changes with the quarterback.The Rams selected Keenum as their starter early in training camp despite Goffs presence. He ascended to that role last November, when the Rams benched Nick Foles, and had seemingly grown more comfortable in the offense during a recent three-game winning streak.Goff, who completed only 44.9 percent of his passes over all four preseason games, has gotten only limited work as Keenums backup. The Rams also have Sean Mannion on their roster.Jareds going to play when we feel Jareds ready, you know? Fisher said. Had we won this game, you wouldnt have been asking about Jared, which I understand. We didnt lose this game because of quarterback play today. We lost because of other positions.The Rams enter the bye week with a three-game losing streak, and a season that seemed to hold promise after wins over the NFC West rival Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals appears much more unsteady.That layoff gives Fisher ample opportunity to reconsider his stance -- but also could give him a chance to diagnose other issues plaguing the Rams offense.Were going to recharge our batteries, Keenum said. Were going to hit the ground running next week. I think were all ready to roll off a few games in our favor.---AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP-NFL Air Force 1 Clearance . The deal is pending a physical, assistant general manager Bobby Evans said. 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Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek defeated Nenad Zimonjic and Ilija Bozoljac 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (4) on the indoor hard-court at Belgrade Arena. The victory improved the Czech pairs impressive cup doubles record to 14-1. In her second exclusive column for ESPN, Australian Olympian Emily Seebohm opens up about those who have inspired her as she gets set to race for gold in Rio de Janeiro.Im incredibly lucky to have so much support in my life, and its thanks to all those who are close to me that Im in the position Im in. Without them, thered be no way Id be in Rio chasing gold.To be honest, if I didnt go down the swimming path, Id love to have been a netballer -- I found it really fun in my younger days because its so different. As a team sport, you get to hang out together, and with swimming, its just you.But I do love swimming, and one of my big inspirations is Ian Thorpe. Hes had such an amazing career -- hes won the most Olympic gold medals in Australias history -- but thats not the whole story.Ive heard him speak about the challenges he faced during his career, and I think I know that feeling; starting so young with swimming and basically growing up in front of the camera. Its interesting hearing his take on his career, and from my side, seeing the media take on his life, its almost two completely different stories.Of course, my family is my strongest support network. Mum taught me to swim when I was a little kid; she, as well as dad and two of my brothers, are in Rio, which is great. I love knowing theyre here -- its nice having that support, and you can almost feel that energy coming through.Another major influence on my life is my partneer in crime Mitch Larkin [a mens swimmer who is also on the Australian Olympic team].ddddddddddddIt is so nice having him with me in Rio because hes a little bit of home while were on the other side of the world. Its so great that we get to share our experiences and we can talk about them with someone who truly gets it.As a couple, we have to make it up as we go along; during the year, were often in different countries and its really hard being away from him as theres not a lot of one-on-one time, so that makes it a challenge. But its really special when we do get to spend time together.Mitch has actually been really helpful because we draw from each other a lot, and its great for our swimming, but we can also get away from the pressure of the sport when we can and we can talk about everything outside of swimming.So what happens if one of us is successful and the other isnt at Rio? Of course, were both extremely competitive, but we both respect each other so much that it wouldnt matter if one of us did better because of the bond we have. Weve spoken about it and we know its a possibility -- weve just got to deal with it if and when we come to it.In saying that, itd be a dream if we both achieved the goals we set out to. Weve both put in enough hard work, so hopefully our dreams do become a reality. ' ' '