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  • USC stays unbeaten with win over BYU, 91-84

    USC stays unbeaten with win over BYU, 91-84

    Jordan McLaughlin scored 24 points and USC defeated BYU, 91-84, on Saturday night in the second game of the inaugural Hoophall LA doubleheader at Staples Center.  No. 8 Gonzaga beat 16th-ranked Arizona 69-62 in the first game.  Shaqquan Aaron added a season-high 19 points and Elijah Stewart had...

  • No. 11 UCLA knocks off the top-ranked Wildcats in Kentucky

    No. 11 UCLA knocks off the top-ranked Wildcats in Kentucky

    Long after Rupp Arena had emptied, fans streaming through corridors in quiet resignation, Bryce Alford lingered in a corner of the 40-year-old building with his immediate and extended family. There were hugs, handshakes and smiles all around. Alford accepted congratulations from UCLA boosters and...

  • College basketball: No. 25 West Virginia upends No. 6 Virginia

    College basketball: No. 25 West Virginia upends No. 6 Virginia

    Esa Ahmad made a tiebreaking three-pointer with 1:28 remaining Saturday and No. 25 West Virginia, which scored 11 of the game’s final 13 points, ended No. 6 Virginia's home winning streak at 24 with a 66-57 victory at Charlottesville, Va.  Jevon Carter led West Virginia (6-1) with 11 points and...

  • College basketball: No. 13 Indiana cruises to sixth victory

    College basketball: No. 13 Indiana cruises to sixth victory

    Juwan Morgan scored a career-high 18 points and finished with 10 rebounds, De’Ron Davis scored 14 points and No. 13 Indiana rolled to an 83-60 victory over Southern Illinois Edwardsville on Friday night.  Indiana’s bench out-scored SIU Edwardsville’s, 34-12, and the Hoosiers dominated the glass,...

  • USC gets its third big test of season with a big hole in its lineup

    USC gets its third big test of season with a big hole in its lineup

    USC has spent the last two days of practice confronting an uncomfortable reality. The Trojans’ best offensive player, forward Bennie Boatwright, is expected to miss six weeks because of a sprained knee ligament. But Coach Andy Enfield said he hasn’t agonized over how USC (7-0) will fill Boatwright’s...

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  • Path to soccer title game came after USC players decided to take a knee

    Path to soccer title game came after USC players decided to take a knee

    Despite all that Keidane McAlpine has accomplished with the USC women’s soccer team this season — winning 18 games and a spot in Sunday’s NCAA championship game for just the second time in school history — he says one of his proudest moments as a coach was a private one that took place in a locker...

  • Brazilian tragedy unites the soccer world in sorrow

    Brazilian tragedy unites the soccer world in sorrow

    There was supposed to be a soccer game in Medellin, Colombia, last Wednesday. Instead Atletico Nacional and thousands of its fans filed into a packed stadium to pay homage to the Brazilian club they were scheduled to play. Before last week, few people outside Brazil knew much about Chapecoense,...

  • USC advances to College Cup final with 1-0 win over Georgetown

    USC advances to College Cup final with 1-0 win over Georgetown

    Katie Johnson’s goal in the 60th minute Friday gave the USC women’s soccer team a 1-0 victory over Georgetown and put the Trojans in the College Cup final for the second time. USC (18-4-2) will face West Virginia on Sunday at Avaya Stadium. The Mountaineers defeated North Carolina, 1-0, in the...

  • Toronto FC outlasts the Impact to advance to MLS Cup final

    Toronto FC outlasts the Impact to advance to MLS Cup final

    Benoit Cheyrou and Tosaint Ricketts scored two minutes apart in extra time and Toronto FC advanced to the MLS Cup final, outlasting the Montreal Impact, 5-2, in the rain Wednesday night for a 7-5 aggregate victory.  It took extra time and 12 goals to decide the two-leg Eastern Conference final....

  • Soccer players killed in plane crash were from Brazilian team dubbed 'South America's Cinderella'

    Soccer players killed in plane crash were from Brazilian team dubbed 'South America's Cinderella'

    In a country of soccer heroes, Chapecoense was a team of unlikely upstarts. The club, from the tiny agro-industrial city of Chapeco in the southern Brazilian state of Santa Catarina, was playing in the fourth division — the equivalent of baseball’s low minor leagues — less than a decade ago. But...

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  • Argentina wins first Davis Cup title with comeback victory over Croatia

    Argentina wins first Davis Cup title with comeback victory over Croatia

    Argentina won its first Davis Cup title on Sunday when Federico Delbonis swept past Ivo Karlovic in straight sets to complete a stunning 3-2 comeback win over Croatia.  Delbonis dropped to the ground after his 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 victory. His teammates fell into each other's arms and celebrated in front...

  • Croatia takes 2-1 lead over Argentina in Davis Cup final

    Croatia takes 2-1 lead over Argentina in Davis Cup final

    Argentina's longtime hopes of clinching its first Davis Cup title took a blow after a doubles loss against Croatia on Saturday.  Marin Cilic and Ivan Dodig swept past Juan Martin del Potro and Leonardo Mayer, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (4), 6-3, to give Croatia a 2-1 lead over Argentina in the Davis Cup final. ...

  • Andy Murray secures No. 1 ranking by beating Novak Djokovic in ATP Finals

    Andy Murray secures No. 1 ranking by beating Novak Djokovic in ATP Finals

    Without a doubt, Andy Murray will be the No. 1 player in the world for the rest of the year.  The Wimbledon champion needed to win the final match of the season to ensure his place at the top. And he did it, rather easily.  Murray beat Novak Djokovic, 6-3, 6-4, on Sunday to earn his first title...

  • Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic to play for No. 1 ranking in ATP Finals

    Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic to play for No. 1 ranking in ATP Finals

    Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic set up a Sunday shootout for both the ATP finals title and the year-end No. 1 ranking.  The world's top two players had contrasting wins in the semifinals at O2 Arena on Saturday, with Murray surviving a match point to beat Milos Raonic, 5-7, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (9) in 3...

  • Andy Murray joins Novak Djokovic in semifinals of ATP Finals

    Andy Murray joins Novak Djokovic in semifinals of ATP Finals

    Andy Murray kept hold of the No. 1 ranking for at least another day.  The Wimbledon champion qualified for the semifinals of the ATP World Tour Finals on Friday by beating Stan Wawrinka, 6-4, 6-2.  Murray, who needs to do better than Novak Djokovic this weekend to finish the season as the top-ranked...

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