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  • USC's walk-on kicker and punter earn scholarships for 2018 season

    USC's walk-on kicker and punter earn scholarships for 2018 season

    Among all the USC football players who received awards at the team’s banquet on Wednesday night, kicker Chase McGrath and punter Reid Budrovich might have been the biggest winners. The walk-ons got the unexpected news they will receive scholarships beginning next season. Coach Clay Helton told...

  • The Times' college football experts make their early bowl game picks

    The Times' college football experts make their early bowl game picks

    The Los Angeles Times’ college football experts — it’s how they refer to themselves — make choices on the early bowl games. Warning: If they could accurately predict results, they wouldn’t be reporters or editors. :: Ben Bolch Grambling vs. North Carolina A&T: North Carolina A&T, 28-21 Troy vs....

  • Cotton Bowl berth means a return trip to AT&T Stadium for USC

    Cotton Bowl berth means a return trip to AT&T Stadium for USC

    The Cotton Bowl means something more to USC than just a big-time postseason game. It also means a return to AT&T Stadium. Coach Clay Helton remembers all too well: “Last time we were there, we got our butts beat.” That would be the 2016 season opener against top-ranked Alabama, when the No. 20...

  • UCLA receives a commitment from highly touted receiver Chase Cota

    UCLA receives a commitment from highly touted receiver Chase Cota

    UCLA received a nonbinding commitment Wednesday from Chase Cota, a highly touted wide receiver from South Medford (Ore.) High who picked the Bruins despite strong family ties to Oregon. Cota’s father, Chad, played for Oregon’s 1995 Rose Bowl team and his cousin Brady Breeze is a freshman safety...

  • USC's Ronald Jones II improves his game, avoids the spotlight

    USC's Ronald Jones II improves his game, avoids the spotlight

    Given a choice in the matter, Ronald Jones II would prefer to fly under the radar for the next few weeks. If it were up to him, all the talk surrounding the Cotton Bowl showdown between No. 8 USC and No. 5 Ohio State would focus on the quarterbacks or maybe the defenses. No one would make a fuss...

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  • LAFC signs rising Uruguayan star Diego Rossi

    LAFC signs rising Uruguayan star Diego Rossi

    Age may be just a number, but Los Angeles soccer fans will have a chance to see a rising Uruguayan star play in a new stadium for a new team. The Los Angeles Football Club today announced the signing of 19-year-old Uruguayan striker Diego Rossi. LAFC, just removed from acquiring five players in...

  • Peter Guber is taking what he's learned from the Warriors and Dodgers and applying it to the new Los Angeles Football Club

    Peter Guber is taking what he's learned from the Warriors and Dodgers and applying it to the new Los Angeles Football Club

    When Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr was sidelined with back pain during last spring’s NBA playoffs, he got a call from Peter Guber, one of the team’s owners. But Guber wasn’t calling to pressure his coach to get back on the bench and he didn’t want to talk tactics. He just wanted to talk....

  • Galaxy signs top Norwegian defender Jorgen Skjelvik

    Galaxy signs top Norwegian defender Jorgen Skjelvik

    The Galaxy have acquired highly touted Norwegian defender Jorgen Skjelvik, according to a club official familiar with the negotiations. The 6-foot Skjelvik, 26, suited up for his country a little less than a month ago and has played at multiple levels throughout the Norwegian national-team system....

  • LAFC add players through expansion draft and trade

    LAFC add players through expansion draft and trade

    As quickly as it started, it was over. And with it months of preparation came to a quick conclusion as Los Angeles Football Club made five picks in Tuesday’s MLS expansion draft. “I think people were expecting the work started in the last 48 hours," general manager John Thorrington said. "I describe...

  • LAFC acquires top defender Laurent Ciman from Montreal

    LAFC acquires top defender Laurent Ciman from Montreal

    Coach Bob Bradley has promised the Los Angeles Football Club will play an attractive and offensive style of soccer, but the expansion team’s initial trades have been designed to fortify the team’s back line. Someone has to defend, after all. LAFC acquired former MLS defender of the year Laurent...

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  • Tennis: France wins Davis Cup for first time in 16 years

    Tennis: France wins Davis Cup for first time in 16 years

    France won the Davis Cup for the first time in 16 years after beating Belgium 3-2 on Sunday. Lucas Pouille's lopsided 6-3, 6-1, 6-0 win over Steve Darcis in the second reverse singles gave France its 10th Davis Cup title, ending a run of three losses in finals. France joined Britain in third place...

  • Former Wimbledon champion Jana Novotna dies at 49

    Former Wimbledon champion Jana Novotna dies at 49

    Jana Novotna, who won the hearts of the tennis world by sobbing on the shoulder of a member of the British royal family after a tough loss in the Wimbledon final, has died at the age of 49. The WTA announced Novotna's death on Monday. The women's tennis body said she died on Sunday after a long...

  • Grigor Dimitrov has his first marquee title after beating David Goffin to win the ATP Finals

    Grigor Dimitrov has his first marquee title after beating David Goffin to win the ATP Finals

    Grigor Dimitrov claimed the biggest title of his career at the season-ending ATP Finals on Sunday, prevailing on his fifth match point to beat David Goffin of Belgium 7-5, 4-6, 6-3. The sixth-seeded Bulgarian won in 2 hours 30 minutes 15 seconds for the longest best-of-three sets final in the tournament's...

  • David Goffin upsets Roger Federer, will meet Grigor Dimitrov for ATP Finals title

    David Goffin upsets Roger Federer, will meet Grigor Dimitrov for ATP Finals title

    A set up against a man he'd never lost to, Roger Federer looked to be cruising toward a shot at a seventh ATP Finals title. David Goffin had other ideas. The Belgian rallied in the semifinals on Saturday to claim the biggest win of his career and stun the favorite 2-6, 6-3, 6-4. “It is the best...

  • U.S. ends 17-year drought by beating Belarus for Fed Cup title

    U.S. ends 17-year drought by beating Belarus for Fed Cup title

    A 17-year championship drought came to an end Sunday for the United States when it beat Belarus 3-2 to take its 18th Fed Cup title. CoCo Vandeweghe and Shelby Rogers defeated Aryna Sabalenka and Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-3, 7-6 (3) in the deciding doubles of the 2017 final. It was the first Fed Cup...

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