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Letters: Readers play the numbers game

Until the Dodgers finally come to their senses and retire Gil Hodges’ No. 14, clubhouse manager Mitch Poole [“Digital Domination,” July 19] should exercise his discretion, as he has been doing with Fernando's No. 34, and not give out No. 14. And, for that matter, how about the No. 36 of Don Newcombe,...

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  • Clay Helton sets date to name Max Browne or Sam Darnold USC's quarterback

    Clay Helton sets date to name Max Browne or Sam Darnold USC's quarterback

    If USC’s football season began on Thursday, Coach Clay Helton said, Max Browne would be the starting quarterback. But USC’s season does not start on Thursday, the first day of Pac-12 Media Days. So USC’s quarterback competition, between Browne and Sam Darnold, will march on to fall camp. Helton...

  • USC's Zach Banner shows he has a future in broadcasting [Video]

    USC's Zach Banner shows he has a future in broadcasting [Video]

    Whenever Zach Banner's days as a football player end, look for him to become a broadcaster. The USC senior offensive lineman is interested in joining the profession and knows how to talk with the best. His expertise, confidence and intelligence were on display Thursday during the Pac-12 media day....

  • Lessons from the swamp: USC football will try to win the Helton way

    Lessons from the swamp: USC football will try to win the Helton way

    The gators congregate near the Heltons’ house in Everglade City, Fla., after big rains, when the rivers flood the mouth of the Gulf of Mexico with brackish water. In one inlet, Clay and Tyson Helton have seen as many as 20 alligators. They call it Alligator Cove. Near there is where they make annual family...

  • USC's Jordan McLaughlin searches for competition in Australia

    USC's Jordan McLaughlin searches for competition in Australia

    Jordan McLaughlin knifed to the rim at the Galen Center last week, then flicked a multi-colored FIBA basketball at the glass. McLaughlin, the USC point guard, was practicing with the Pac-12 Conference All-Star team, which is in the middle of a three-game tour of Australia. The colorful ball, and...

  • Cal State L.A.'s Khallifa Rosser advances at U.S. track and field trials

    Cal State L.A.'s Khallifa Rosser advances at U.S. track and field trials

    Khallifa Rosser of Cal State Los Angeles opened some eyes at the Mt. San Antonio College relays in April when he beat a 400-meter hurdles field that included 2012 Olympic silver medalist Michael Tinsley. Rosser, who won the NCAA Division II title in May, proved Thursday those performances weren’t...

  • As Lynn Swann enters, J.K. McKay, another USC legend, exits

    As Lynn Swann enters, J.K. McKay, another USC legend, exits

    The first day of USC Athletic Director Lynn Swann’s tenure, July 1, coincided with the last day for another USC fixture, J.K. McKay. McKay, USC’s senior associate athletic director, is no longer part of the program, McKay and USC confirmed Thursday. “He is in the process of transitioning to another...

  • USC wins Capital One Cup for top women's athletic program

    USC wins Capital One Cup for top women's athletic program

    No college athletics program anywhere had a better season than USC’s women’s teams. That’s according to the point-based system of the Women's Capital One Cup, an all-sports competition that judges the best women's Division-I program. The Trojans won the title for the first time in the competition’s...

  • Randall Cunningham's son follows in his footsteps with NCAA high jump victory

    Randall Cunningham's son follows in his footsteps with NCAA high jump victory

    USC high jumper Randall Cunningham has spent a lifetime living in the shadow of his famous father, but the younger Cunningham made a name for himself — even though he shares the same name as his father — when he captured an NCAA championship Friday evening at Hayward Field. Cunningham, already...

  • Former USC receiver Nelson Agholor is accused of rape

    Former USC receiver Nelson Agholor is accused of rape

    Former USC receiver Nelson Agholor is being investigated by police for allegedly sexually assaulting a dancer at a Philadelphia nightclub. According to a report by Philadelphia magazine, the 27-year-old dancer told Philadelphia police that she was raped by Agholor on Thursday afternoon at Cheerleaders...

  • USC sprinter Tynia Gaither qualifies for three NCAA finals

    USC sprinter Tynia Gaither qualifies for three NCAA finals

    USC track star Tynia Gaither can take your breath away with her sprinting skills. Unfortunately for Gaither, she took her own breath away when an asthma attack forced her to use an inhaler and rest several minutes Thursday night after she qualified for three finals in the NCAA track and field championships....

  • For college teams, one MLB draft decision can make or break a season

    For college teams, one MLB draft decision can make or break a season

    Two days before the Major League baseball draft began, USC Coach Dan Hubbs sat in his office, crossed his arms and tapped his foot like a teenager uneasily agitating a gas pedal. The stress and uncertainty was upon him. Hubbs guessed he would have trouble sleeping the next couple of nights. His...

  • USC’s Jackson is fifth in long jump at NCAA finals

    USC’s Jackson is fifth in long jump at NCAA finals

    USC’s Adoree’ Jackson came to historic Hayward Field, the mecca of track and field in the United States, in search of a lifetime-best long jump that would qualify him for next month’s U.S. Olympic trials. Jackson failed to qualify, and he failed to set a personal record. He did not, however, fail...

  • Santa Margarita’s Brett Neilon commits to USC’s 2017 recruiting class

    Santa Margarita’s Brett Neilon commits to USC’s 2017 recruiting class

    Brett Neilon, an offensive lineman from Santa Margarita High, announced his commitment to USC on Wednesday. “The decision was difficult, but after careful consideration I have decided to make my commitment to the University of Southern California,” Neilon wrote on Twitter. Neilon, 6 feet 2 and...

  • Former USC volleyball coach Ernie Hix dies at 80

    Former USC volleyball coach Ernie Hix dies at 80

    Ernie Hix, who earned the nickname “the father of USC men’s volleyball” after winning two national championships with the school, died on Saturday. He was 80. The coach’s death, confirmed by USC, was due to a malignant melanoma. Hix compiled a record of 138-49 over eight seasons with USC. His teams...

  • UCLA's nonconference basketball slate will provide another test

    UCLA's nonconference basketball slate will provide another test

    Of all of the oddities in UCLA’s last basketball season — and there were many — there was this: UCLA won more games against Kentucky (one) than it did against USC (zero, in three tries). It was a reminder that success even against a bruising early schedule doesn’t guarantee Pac-12 eminence. But UCLA...

  • Another USC starter is gone after Nikola Jovanovic stays in NBA draft

    Another USC starter is gone after Nikola Jovanovic stays in NBA draft

    At one time, it seemed probable that the USC basketball team would return all five starters after its best season in years. Then came this off-season, which has been close to a worst-case scenario for Coach Andy Enfield and the Trojans. Forward Nikola Jovanovic, who started all 34 games last season,...

  • NCAA asks for new judge in Todd McNair lawsuit

    NCAA asks for new judge in Todd McNair lawsuit

    The NCAA has renewed its effort to remove the Los Angeles County Superior Court judge who is overseeing former USC assistant football coach Todd McNair’s defamation lawsuit against the organization, citing news stories and message-board postings about the case. In the motion filed earlier this...

  • USC paid Lane Kiffin about $2.7 million in the season after his firing

    USC paid Lane Kiffin about $2.7 million in the season after his firing

    Last year, when Alabama gave raises to its assistant football coaches, there was just one exception: offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin. The school explained that Kiffin had a “unique situation,” according to AL.com: Essentially, he was being subsidized by USC. The Trojans paid Kiffin about $2.7...

  • USC's Adoree' Jackson earns second Pac-12 title in the long jump

    USC's Adoree' Jackson earns second Pac-12 title in the long jump

    USC’s Adoree’ Jackson won a second consecutive title in the men’s long jump at the Pac-12 Track and Field Championships at the University of Washington on Saturday. Jackson, a sophomore who is a multipurpose player on the football team, leaped 25 feet 3½ inches -- the same mark that earned him...

  • USC women win water polo title

    USC women win water polo title

    Stephania Haralabidis scored with six seconds remaining and USC defeated Stanford, 8-7, to win the NCAA women's water polo championship at UCLA. Haralabidis had five goals in helping the Trojans complete a perfect season at 26-0. Stanford's Kat Klass had scored with 47 seconds left and again with...

  • L.A. sports teams' Class of 2015-16 gets a failing grade

    L.A. sports teams' Class of 2015-16 gets a failing grade

    Spring is waning, summer is coming, nine grueling months in a classroom are ending, and the annual questions have arrived. So, how was your school year? Pass some big tests? Take some cool field trips? Make some new friends? Learn anything? See the most-read stories in Sports this hour>> For Los...

  • USC women win inaugural NCAA beach volleyball title

    USC women win inaugural NCAA beach volleyball title

    Top-ranked USC won the inaugural NCAA beach volleyball championship, defeating Florida State, 3-0, in Gulf Shores, Ala. The Trojans (34-2), who also won the AVCA national title last year before the sport had an official NCAA championship designation, finished the season on a 30-match win streak....

  • USC long jumper Adoree' Jackson is within leaping distance of Olympic trials

    USC long jumper Adoree' Jackson is within leaping distance of Olympic trials

    Adoree' Jackson bent to touch his toes three times, rose to make the sign of the cross and then pointed to the sky before sprinting down the runway. The USC sophomore's leap drew gasps from the crowd as he landed in the long-jump pit, but he tossed a fistful of sand as he climbed to his feet and...

  • Bills select USC's Kevon Seymour with the 218th pick in NFL draft

    Bills select USC's Kevon Seymour with the 218th pick in NFL draft

    The Buffalo Bills selected USC cornerback Kevon Seymour with the 43rd pick in the sixth round of the NFL draft, 218th overall. Seymour, 5 feet 11 and 186 pounds, moved to a reserve role his senior season because of nagging injuries after starting as a sophomore and junior. He made two interceptions...

  • Browns select USC quarterback Cody Kessler with 93rd pick in NFL draft

    Browns select USC quarterback Cody Kessler with 93rd pick in NFL draft

    USC quarterback Cody Kessler was selected by the Cleveland Browns with the 31st pick in the third round of the NFL draft, the 93rd pick overall. Kessler, 22, was a three-year starter for the Trojans. He completed a school-record 68% of his passes during his career. Last season, Kessler passed for...

  • Chargers select USC's Max Tuerk with the 66th pick in NFL draft

    Chargers select USC's Max Tuerk with the 66th pick in NFL draft

    The San Diego Chargers have selected USC center Max Tuerk with the third pick in the third round of the NFL draft. That should come as welcome news to Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, who has been under siege in recent years. The 6-foot-5, 298-pound Tuerk suffered a season-ending knee injury...

  • Redskins select USC's Su'a Cravens with 53rd pick in NFL draft

    Redskins select USC's Su'a Cravens with 53rd pick in NFL draft

    The first USC player of the 2016 NFL draft is off the board. With the 22nd selection of the second round Friday, Washington selected former Trojans safety Su’a Cravens, the 53rd overall pick. Cravens had 52 tackles and four interceptions as a freshman before moving to more of a linebacker role,...

  • USC to play Brigham Young at Staples Center in December

    USC to play Brigham Young at Staples Center in December

    The USC basketball team will play Brigham Young as part of a basketball showcase at Staples Center next season. Hoophall LA, organized by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, will also feature Arizona playing Gonzaga. The event will be held on Dec. 3. USC’s inclusion provides an opportunity...

  • UCLA football Coach Jim Mora expects Kenneth Walker to catch on

    UCLA football Coach Jim Mora expects Kenneth Walker to catch on

    UCLA's quarterback position is one of the most secure in college football. Josh Rosen will be given wide leeway to control the offense in the fall. But UCLA still must address a pressing question before it opens against Texas A&M in September: who will be on the receiving end of Rosen's passes?...

  • Former USC tight end Bryce Dixon sentenced to six years in state prison

    Former USC tight end Bryce Dixon sentenced to six years in state prison

    Former USC tight end Bryce Dixon was sentenced to six years in state prison Thursday in connection with a two-day series of violent robberies earlier this year. Dixon, 19, pleaded no contest to three charges in Los Angeles Superior Court: carjacking and two counts of second-degree robbery, according...

  • It's official: USC doesn't have a starting quarterback

    It's official: USC doesn't have a starting quarterback

    If it wasn't official before, it is now. USC's football team will open summer camp without a starting quarterback. Coach Clay Helton delivered the message on USC's sports website late Monday afternoon, just in case anyone missed his similar comments Saturday after the Trojans' end-of-spring game. ...

  • USC ends spring practices with no decision on starting quarterback

    USC ends spring practices with no decision on starting quarterback

    The bass throbbed and the music wailed, and Max Browne, standing in front of a wall of speakers, had a substantial throng of reporters to attend to after USC's spring game Saturday. He tried talking, but it turned into a yell. So he directed the gaggle upfield, not unlike how he'll command an offense...

  • Max Browne has the edge, but USC's quarterback competition is ongoing

    Max Browne has the edge, but USC's quarterback competition is ongoing

    Life could not have been going much better for Max Browne as he was summoned to his high school auditorium. But he was heading, unknowingly, into an ambush. During his senior season at Skyline High in Sammamish, Wash., Browne had passed for 4,526 yards and 49 touchdowns, with just five interceptions....

  • USC's inexperienced defensive line remains a concern ahead of spring game

    USC's inexperienced defensive line remains a concern ahead of spring game

    The first spring practice film, three weeks ago, was not kind to USC's inexperienced defensive line. Watching it later, Coach Clay Helton said, "You went, 'Oh my gosh, they look like baby deer out there.'" It is, Helton has said numerous times, his biggest concern. USC lost five regulars on the...

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