Morning sports update: Los Angeles Times faces backlash for Super Bowl front page

"To insult the Rams with a sophomoric headline was in poor taste."

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Rams coach Sean McVay walks off the field after losing Super Bowl LIII. –Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

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The Los Angeles Times’ day-after headline from Super Bowl LIII wasn’t a popular choice: Following Super Bowl LIII, the Los Angeles Times ran a headline on the newspaper’s front page that read, “Lambs, not Rams.”

The newspaper faced backlash from Rams fans, with one fan describing it as “simply an act of meanness.”

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Times columnist Arash Markazi defended the headline, saying that it wasn’t interpreted correctly by some fans.

“The headline was written for a story about the Rams being young,” Markazi wrote on Twitter. The Times published several letters to the editor from fans who criticized the headline choice.

“To refer to the Rams as ‘lambs’ in your Monday front-page headline because they lost the Super Bowl on Sunday — a game that was tied with seven minutes to play — is simply an act of meanness,” wrote on fan.

Deputy sports editor Mike Hiserman acknowledged that it was “not the best of choices.”

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On this day: In 1970, Manchester United’s George Best scored six goals against Northampton.

In 1991, Dave Cowens and Nate “Tiny” Archibald were voted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, joining a class that also included Bob Knight.

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“The Prez got some good headlines and photo ops for his effort,” wrote Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy. “In fact, not since the salad days of Reggie Jackson have we seen such grandstanding. But at least Reggie could back it up. Brother Bill is clueless.”

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Daily highlight: Diego Fagundez nutmegged a Dynamo Kyiv opponent before scoring a quality goal in the Revolution’s preseason victory.