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  • Bill Plaschke: Bruins go to school on the Trojans

    Bill Plaschke: Bruins go to school on the Trojans

    Everyone knows the UCLA basketball team can score, and dish, and run through the gym as if they are flying. But at a rollicking Pauley Pavilion that included all those things Saturday night, the Bruins proved capable of equally important attributes. They can learn. They can grow. And yes, they...

  • Pac-12 and Southland basketball roundup: Stanford rallies past California, 73-68

    Pac-12 and Southland basketball roundup: Stanford rallies past California, 73-68

    Dorian Pickens scored 23 points, Reid Travis had 19 with nine rebounds and Stanford held on to beat California 73-68 on Friday night.  Marcus Allen added 11 points for the Cardinal, who overcame an early 12-point deficit to beat their cross-bay rivals for the 21st time in the last 24 meetings between...

  • USC looks for historic fifth consecutive win over UCLA. Bruins say not so fast

    USC looks for historic fifth consecutive win over UCLA. Bruins say not so fast

    Two years ago, in a dim locker room in the bowels of the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, the USC basketball team held a wake for a season that ended just as some team members had expected: in the Pac-12 Conference tournament, with a loss to rival UCLA. Players showered, dressed and plodded...

  • The creator of UCLA's iconic Frisbee Cheer fondly remembers when he did it his way

    The creator of UCLA's iconic Frisbee Cheer fondly remembers when he did it his way

    Is this a basketball? Is that the court? Is that the loooooosing team? For most of the 40 seasons since he created UCLA’s iconic basketball cheer, Larry “Frisbee” Davis would feel affirmation in the earsplitting response of Bruins students inside Pauley Pavilion. Yes, that’s a basketball. Yes,...

  • It's time for college baseball; openers are this week

    It's time for college baseball; openers are this week

    College baseball season opens this week, with Long Beach State expected to battle Cal State Fullerton for supremacy in the Big West Conference, Pepperdine forecast as a West Coast Conference title contender and UCLA and USC hoping for bounce-back seasons in the always-competitive Pac-12 Conference....

  • UCLA is trying not to live in the past when it comes to USC

    UCLA is trying not to live in the past when it comes to USC

    The Joe E. Brown All-Stars, Bank of America and Universal Pictures don’t find their way onto UCLA’s schedule anymore. It may sound like the stuff of Hollywood, but those were actual opponents of the Bruins in the 1930s and 1940s. Equally surreal was what was happening in the rivalry between UCLA...

  • Sloppiness down the stretch costs USC in 81-70 loss to Oregon

    Sloppiness down the stretch costs USC in 81-70 loss to Oregon

    Fans in the lower bowl of Galen Center were on their feet, screaming and clapping. Fans in the upper level waved and roared as USC, which had trailed No. 5 Oregon by 11 points late in the first half Saturday, pulled two points ahead early in the second half. The Trojans would expand their lead...

  • Pac-12 basketball: UCLA women lose to Oregon State

    Pac-12 basketball: UCLA women lose to Oregon State

    Kobie Orum and Mikayla Pivec each scored 12 points and No. 9 Oregon State rebounded from a loss to unranked USC on Friday with a 68-61 victory over No. 15 UCLA on Sunday in Corvallis, Ore.  Sydney Wiese had 10 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists for Oregon State (23-3, 12-2 Pac-12). With her second...

  • USC challenges No. 5 Oregon for a while

    USC challenges No. 5 Oregon for a while

    It was about 15 minutes after USC let a winnable game slip away Saturday evening, 81-70 to No. 5 Oregon, that players began sliding into side gyms at the Galen Center. Shaqquan Aaron walked past a security guard on his way to his typical postgame shooting routine. “Still love you guys,” the security...

  • Sneak peek of March Madness bracket aims to give tournament an early boost

    Sneak peek of March Madness bracket aims to give tournament an early boost

    People in Kansas probably love seeing their Jayhawks ranked among the top teams in the nation. UCLA fans probably don’t like the idea of the Bruins traveling across country to start the NCAA tournament. A few smiles, a few grumbles, all of it works for the powers-that-be in college basketball. ...

  • College basketball: UCLA women upset by Oregon; USC upends Oregon State

    College basketball: UCLA women upset by Oregon; USC upends Oregon State

    Lexi Bando scored a season-high 25 points, including five three-pointers, Sabrina Ionescu had her fourth triple-double of the season and Oregon beat No. 15 UCLA, 84-74, on Friday night in Eugene.  Ionescu, a 5-foot-10 freshman, finished with 11 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Ruthy Hebard,...

  • USC surges after Bennie Boatwright's return, using tricks it learned without him

    USC surges after Bennie Boatwright's return, using tricks it learned without him

    Early in the morning of Dec. 1, the USC coaching staff huddled in the ornamented lobby of the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego to plot a forward path. The staff holds similar meetings after every game. At home, they gather in the office of Coach Andy Enfield, who usually sets out peppermint...

  • USC cruises to another win, this time over lowly Oregon State

    USC cruises to another win, this time over lowly Oregon State

    The USC basketball team has attracted scant attention. The Trojans haven’t cracked the Associated Press top 25 in weeks. Coach Andy Enfield sounded amused on a weekly teleconference this week when Pac-12 reporters asked him a total of one question. For some out-of-town viewers, an early chunk of...

  • Falcons assistant Steve Sarkisian speaks publicly of his battle against alcoholism

    Falcons assistant Steve Sarkisian speaks publicly of his battle against alcoholism

    Steve Sarkisian politely sidestepped questions about the subject before he called plays for Alabama in the College Football Playoff championship game last month. The issues that contributed to his dismissal as USC’s coach in 2015, he told reporters, were something to be discussed at another time....

  • USC holds off a surging Washington State, 86-77

    USC holds off a surging Washington State, 86-77

    Chimezie Metu scored a career-high 29 points, grabbed eight rebounds and USC outlasted Washington State, 86-77, on Saturday night.  Metu finished 12 of 14 from the field. Jonah Mathews chipped in 18 points and six boards for the Trojans (20-4, 7-4 Pac-12), who have won four straight.  After a Josh...

  • Bennie Boatwright's return from injury was breathtaking - literally

    Bennie Boatwright's return from injury was breathtaking - literally

    The return of USC forward Bennie Boatwright against Washington on Wednesday began modestly. "I only played like four or five minutes in the first half,” Boatwright said Friday. In his first game in about two months — a span of 15 games — he picked up two quick fouls and had to sit. “I was dead...

  • College basketball: Stanford women beat USC to give Coach Tara VanDerveer her 1,000th win

    College basketball: Stanford women beat USC to give Coach Tara VanDerveer her 1,000th win

    Tara VanDerveer became just the second NCAA women's coach to reach 1,000 career victories Friday night, when No. 8 Stanford beat USC 58-42 to give the Hall of Famer a major milestone to share with the home crowd at Maples Pavilion.  VanDerveer joined the late Pat Summitt, a dear friend who died...

  • Rich McKay, whose Atlanta Falcons are near pinnacle, cites a lesson from his dad, John

    Rich McKay, whose Atlanta Falcons are near pinnacle, cites a lesson from his dad, John

    Among the many qualities Atlanta Falcons President Rich McKay appreciated about his famous father, a legendary college football coach, was his unwillingness to walk away from difficult situations. “Finish the drill, that’s what he believed,” McKay said of his late father, John, who won four national...

  • Man indicted in shooting death of former USC and NFL player Joe McKnight

    Man indicted in shooting death of former USC and NFL player Joe McKnight

    The Louisiana man accused of killing former USC and NFL running back Joe McKnight during a road rage dispute was indicted Thursday on a charge that carries a mandatory life sentence. A grand jury charged Ronald Gasser, 55, of Terrytown, with second-degree murder, Jefferson Parish District Atty. Paul...

  • Boatwright's return leads USC past Washington, 82-74

    Boatwright's return leads USC past Washington, 82-74

    Bennie Boatwright scored 23 points in his first game in more than two months, De'Anthony Melton added 16 points and Southern California rallied in the second half for an 82-74 win over Washington on Wednesday night.  Playing for the first time since suffering a knee injury on Nov. 30, Boatwright...

  • USC's Clay Helton orchestrates a nearly flawless signing day

    USC's Clay Helton orchestrates a nearly flawless signing day

    At some point during Wednesday’s torrid national football signing day,  a question arose about where USC might fit all of its new talent. “How many scholarships does USC have this year?” former Texas coach Mack Brown asked on the ESPN2 broadcast. Nearly every player the Trojans targeted went their...

  • USC's 2017 football recruiting class

    USC's 2017 football recruiting class

    USC football signings: *Player, position, height, weight, school, comment: Bubba Bolden; DB; 6-3; 190; Las Vegas Bishop Gorman HS Made seven interceptions and had one fumble recovery for team that won eighth consecutive state title. Stephen Carr; RB; 6-0; 210; Fontana Summit HS Ran for 31 touchdowns...

  • USC could get Bennie Boatwright back for game against Washington

    USC could get Bennie Boatwright back for game against Washington

    A week after its best win of the season, USC may be able to add another kind of victory: the return of forward Bennie Boatwright from injury. Whether Boatwright will play will be a game-time decision when USC (18-4 overall, 5-4 in Pac-12 Conference play) visits Washington (9-12, 2-7) on Wednesday...

  • UCLA freshmen Lonzo Ball and TJ Leaf look to overcome recent struggles

    UCLA freshmen Lonzo Ball and TJ Leaf look to overcome recent struggles

    If this is as bad as it gets for Lonzo Ball and TJ Leaf, they might look back on it like world-class marathoners who stepped on a few wayward water cups in Mile 17. Oh, yeah. They remember that. Barely. The UCLA freshmen who maintained such a frenzied pace to start their college careers finally...

  • These football recruits have said they will sign with USC

    These football recruits have said they will sign with USC

    Here is a look at who has committed to USC’s 2017 class: Player, position, height, weight, school, comment: Bubba Bolden; S; 6-2; 200; Las Vegas Bishop Gorman HS After committing to USC in December 2015, he announced seven months later that he would reconsider his options. He recommitted during...

  • Why Wyatt, why are you leaving us to play football at Ohio State?

    Why Wyatt, why are you leaving us to play football at Ohio State?

    If you fish and have ever lost a big one — a four-digit-sized marlin kind of big — then you know how the football staffs at USC and UCLA are likely to feel this week. Wednesday is national signing day for football, when the very best high school football seniors will be officially accepting scholarships...

  • Bruins take time to get refocused after back-to-back losses

    Bruins take time to get refocused after back-to-back losses

    Long after the final turnover and forced three-pointer that led to UCLA’s second consecutive defeat, there was the word play. It might have been even more telling about what plagued the Bruins. Phrases such as “unselfish” and “sharing the ball” that had become staples among players and coaches...

  • USC's Bennie Boatwright is ready to return to the court after adjusting to life off it

    USC's Bennie Boatwright is ready to return to the court after adjusting to life off it

    At the end of a long day, Bennie Boatwright slips into basketball shorts and jogs out through the tunnel to the Galen Center floor, like he does before every home game. “Man, they got the lights off,” he says. It’s 10:03 p.m. on the eve of USC’s biggest game of the season against rival UCLA. As...

  • USC guard Shaqquan Aaron named Pac-12's player of the week

    USC guard Shaqquan Aaron named Pac-12's player of the week

    USC guard Shaqquan Aaron had the best game of his career in an upset win over UCLA last Wednesday. It was also the best performance of all the Pac-12 Conference performances last week. Pac-12 media members named Aaron the Pac-12 player of the week on Monday. Coming off the bench, Aaron scored a...

  • College basketball: Tip-in beats buzzer, lifts No. 1 Villanova

    College basketball: Tip-in beats buzzer, lifts No. 1 Villanova

    Donte DiVicenzo beat the buzzer on a tip-in to lead No. 1 Villanova to a 61-59 victory over No. 12 Virginia on Sunday in front of 20,907 at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center, the largest crowd at a college basketball game in Pennsylvania.  The Wildcats (20-2) played their worst half of the season...

  • Senior Bowl gives standouts from USC, UCLA a chance to prove they are NFL-worthy

    Senior Bowl gives standouts from USC, UCLA a chance to prove they are NFL-worthy

    He made the statement two years ago, after deciding to delay the start of his NFL career despite being draft-eligible. “I don't want to be a second- to sixth-round pick,” Zach Banner said. “I don't even want to be a first round. I want to be the No. 1 overall pick.” Reminded of that quote early...

  • Defensive back Isaiah Pola-Mao announces commitment to USC

    Defensive back Isaiah Pola-Mao announces commitment to USC

    USC recruiting, known for its closing efforts on signing day, is coming up big in the days ahead of it. Safety Isaiah Pola-Mao announced his commitment Friday from the gymnasium at Mountain Pointe High in Phoenix.  Pola-Mao, and the rest of the Trojans’ 2017 recruiting class, can sign a letter...

  • After Shaqquan Aaron's breakout game against UCLA, he went back to the gym

    After Shaqquan Aaron's breakout game against UCLA, he went back to the gym

    In case there were any doubt that he was serious, USC guard Shaqquan Aaron retreated to a side gym inside the Galen Center late Wednesday night, not long after USC’s upset win over No. 8 UCLA. Aaron brought a basketball to the post-game news conference, an unusual prop. He said he was planning...

  • UCLA holds a lengthy team meeting after fourth consecutive loss to USC

    UCLA holds a lengthy team meeting after fourth consecutive loss to USC

    UCLA wanted to talk more. Not like this. The chatter was supposed to be about help defense, not a cry for help. The words were meant to soothe, not inflame. Deliberations were intended to be about a mind-numbing quantity of points, not turnovers. The eighth-ranked Bruins did not emerge from their...

  • The USC-UCLA basketball rivalry is reminiscent of a long-gone era

    The USC-UCLA basketball rivalry is reminiscent of a long-gone era

    We missed this, didn’t we? There’s nothing like a meaningful local rivalry in college basketball, something Los Angeles was reminded of Wednesday night. The scene at the Galen Center was a flashback to a previous era, as the intimate decade-old arena rocked and roared as it did when O.J. Mayo was...

  • USC defeats UCLA, 84-76, extending its streak over crosstown rival

    USC defeats UCLA, 84-76, extending its streak over crosstown rival

    He knelt along the sideline, his back against a videoboard advertising a resort destination. UCLA Coach Steve Alford looked at the floor slats, put his hand on his temple and massaged. It had taken 38 minutes against rival USC, but his Bruins had finally found their speed. Trailing and needing...

  • It's a big game for UCLA and USC when they meet on the court

    It's a big game for UCLA and USC when they meet on the court

    As he watched his future rival dominate his future teammates game after game, TJ Leaf didn’t feel a surge of exasperation. He sensed opportunity. “It wasn’t so much being angry, but just more excited just to come in and try to make an impact,” the UCLA freshman power forward said Tuesday. He was...

  • Defensive lineman Marlon Tuipulotu switches commitment from Washington to USC

    Defensive lineman Marlon Tuipulotu switches commitment from Washington to USC

    USC’s recruiting efforts are paying off with less than two weeks until signing day. On Monday, after making an official visit to USC over the weekend, Marlon Tuipulotu announced on Twitter that he would switch his commitment from Washington to USC. “This was a tough decision for me,” wrote Tuipulotu,...

  • Trojans shake off shooting slump, edge Sun Devils

    Trojans shake off shooting slump, edge Sun Devils

    USC figured the universe owed it karmic justice, so Jordan McLaughlin looked up expectantly after launching a three-pointer from midcourt as the buzzer sounded at halftime Sunday evening. The arc of McLaughlin’s shot was long, but it bent toward the glass, then the bottom of the net. He did not...

  • College basketball: No. 13 UCLA women turn back USC, 71-67

    College basketball: No. 13 UCLA women turn back USC, 71-67

    This rivalry game wasn't decided until the final minute, but the result was the same; another UCLA women's basketball victory over USC.  The previous matchup was vastly easier for the Bruins, but UCLA beat USC for the second time in four days, a 71-67 victory Sunday at Pauley Pavilion.  UCLA (15-4,...

  • After a 20-minute respite from the drought, USC hopes its shooting woes are gone for good

    After a 20-minute respite from the drought, USC hopes its shooting woes are gone for good

    USC guard Elijah Stewart hopped on one foot and leaned back like a baseball player willing his hit to stay fair. By the time his shot arced toward the rim, Stewart, a junior, had gone two games without making a three-pointer — the first time he’s done so since his freshman season. He’d made just...

  • USC's second-half rally falls short against No. 14 Arizona

    Rarely in the history of basketball has a game swung so dramatically because of a chicken sandwich. But so it was 30 minutes into USC’s contest with No. 14 Arizona on Thursday evening. As part of a promotion, whenever an opponent misses a pair of free throws in the second half, everyone at the...

  • USC's recruiting fortunes have mirrored its on-field turnaround

    The plane carrying a jubilant USC football team landed early in the morning of Nov. 13. The Trojans were a few hours removed from the most consequential win of their season to that point, a 26-13 victory over previously undefeated Washington. By 10:30 a.m., the coaching staff still hadn’t had much...

  • USC football commitments list

    USC football, 2017 verbal commitments Bubba Bolden; S; 6-2; 200; Las Vegas Bishop Gorman HS: After committing to USC in Dec. 2015, he announced seven months later that he would reconsider his options. He recommitted during a the broadcast of the Army All-American game.  Juwan Burgess; ATH; 6-0;...

  • College basketball roundup: Sooners get past No. 7 Mountaineers

    Jordan Woodard’s layup with 2.2 seconds left in overtime lifted Oklahoma to an 89-87 victory over No. 7 West Virginia on Wednesday night at Morgantown, W.Va. Kristian Doolittle scored six of his 12 points in overtime and Woodard scored 18 of his 20 points after halftime in his second start since...

  • USC's four-overtime victory over Arizona still resonates a year later

    It was a time for celebration, but that required energy, and Jordan McLaughlin, Elijah Stewart and the rest of their USC teammates had none of that. In January 2016, USC had just scored its biggest victory in years. It had taken four overtimes to defeat Arizona, but the Trojans did it. Afterward,...

  • USC's football schedule contains no bye week for first time since 1995

    USC’s football schedule next season figures again to be one of the toughest in the nation, with nonconference games against last season’s Cotton Bowl participant, Western Michigan, along with Texas and Notre Dame. And there will be no rest for the weary. The Trojans’ full schedule was released...

  • Chimezie Metu carries USC past Colorado, 71-68, ending Trojans' two-game skid

    No. 25 USC didn’t have a long time to huddle, but it didn’t need long to draw up a play. Sunday evening’s officiating crew, maybe out of awe as much as precaution, was reviewing Colorado’s shot-clock-beating three-pointer to confirm that, yes, it had indeed daggered the Trojans with just 43 seconds...

  • Adrian Klemm is out as UCLA's offensive line coach

    UCLA has parted ways with offensive line coach Adrian Klemm less than three weeks before signing day, a person close to the situation confirmed Sunday on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to disclose the information publicly. Klemm becomes the second Bruins assistant to depart...

  • USC takes another shot at breaking its slump in Colorado

    Shaqquan Aaron stood in the cold outside Utah’s Jon M. Huntsman Center after USC’s blowout loss on Thursday evening and remarked that he’d seen the Trojans’ efforts dip so low only once before. “It happened in the Oregon game,” he said. “We can’t let things like that happen.” The Trojans (15-3,...

  • College basketball: UCLA women stop Oregon State's 12-game winning streak

    Jordin Canada had 18 points and 10 rebounds to help No. 17 UCLA beat No. 10 Oregon State, 66-56, on Friday night, snapping the Beavers' 12-game winning streak.  Down five after three quarters, UCLA outscored the Beavers, 25-10, in the final quarter.  Monique Billings added 17 points for the Bruins...

  • USC gives itself no shot against Utah

    As his teammates left to scarf down sandwiches and shower before departing for Utah on Wednesday, USC shooting guard Elijah Stewart lingered on the practice court to hoist some extra shots. Three managers juggled four basketballs on a constant rotation to Stewart. He was trying to burst through...

  • One last box to check in USC's rebuild: winning consistently on the road

    A charter bus idled outside Galen Center on Wednesday afternoon with its underbelly open waiting to ferry USC to Los Angeles International Airport. It was an ominous portent. As the Trojans (15-2 overall, 2-2 in Pac-12 Conference play) prepare for an important series against Utah (11-4, 2-1) and...

  • Looking ahead to 2017 college football, there's Alabama again

    The Clemson football team won’t get too long to savor its last-second victory over Alabama in the national championship game. Within days, the players will be back on campus and gathering for their first official meeting of the 2017 season. “There will be a new group of seniors sitting in the front...

  • Clemson tops final AP poll and USC jumps to No. 3, but what about Penn State?

    In the wake of a thrilling national championship game, it is no surprise to see Clemson at No. 1 and Alabama just behind in the final Associated Press Top 25 Poll on Tuesday. The big surprise was No. 3. And No. 7. USC, which started the season by losing three of its first four games, made the jump...

  • Former USC quarterback Matt Leinart named to College Football Hall of Fame

    Matt Leinart led USC to two national championships, came within seconds of a third and captured a Heisman Trophy as the Trojans’ quarterback. Now, Leinart is entering the College Football Hall of Fame. The Hall announced Monday that Leinart was part of a 13-member 2017 class, which will be inducted...

  • College football: Max Browne ready to compete for job at Pitt

    Max Browne spent four years at USC constantly competing for the starting quarterback job, with mixed results at best. The big-armed 21-year-old will get one last shot 2,500 miles away.  Sure, it's not quite the way Browne expected his college career to go. Yet standing inside the Pittsburgh complex...

  • Letters: How to end a season smelling like a Rose

    I have been a USC football fan since I was a kid in the ’40s. I have always thought that the greatest college football game I have ever seen was USC’s 55-24 victory over Notre Dame in 1974. With all due respect to Anthony Davis, Pat Haden, and J.K McKay, and the Trojans’ great defense that year,...

  • USC puts forth a workmanlike effort in defeating Stanford

    Jordan McLaughlin untucked his shirt and exhaled, as if he had just returned home after a long workday. There was no celebration at the final buzzer of No. 25 USC’s win over Stanford on Thursday despite the lopsided score, 72-56. Players walked to the bench, filed through a handshake line and meandered...

  • Trojans aim to get back to winning ways vs. Stanford

    After practice Wednesday, USC point guard Jordan McLaughlin stepped off the court at Galen Center and, with a groan, lay face down across the chairs that form USC’s bench.  "It's been a tough couple practices,” he said. “But something we needed.” USC has experienced this week something new to this...

  • How close is USC to winning a national championship?

    In a boisterous corridor outside the winning locker room following a classic Rose Bowl game on Monday evening, Lynn Swann, USC’s athletic director, was asked if the win meant the Trojans were back at the top of college football. "No, if we were back at the top of the national landscape, we'd be...

  • Keary Colbert's one-handed catch is a rare Rose Bowl link for the current USC team

    Coach Clay Helton has already picked out what video he will cue up when USC meets as a team for the last time before the Rose Bowl. It’s from the 2004 Rose Bowl. A Michigan defensive back is draped around the left arm of a receiver. The receiver plucks the ball out of the air with his right hand,...

  • Last of Paterno-era recruits poised for 'storybook ending' in Rose Bowl

    In the middle of a hotel ballroom in downtown Los Angeles, Malik Golden watched his Penn State teammates mug for pictures with red roses, grin as they faced the bright lights of television cameras and eye the Rose Bowl’s 21-inch sterling silver trophy. The fifth-year senior seemed to be in disbelief....

  • USC vs. Penn State: How the teams match up in the Rose Bowl

    No. 9 USC (9-3, 7-2 in the Pac-12) vs. No. 5 Penn State (11-2, 8-1 in the Big Ten), at the Rose Bowl on Monday. TV: ESPN, 2 p.m. Most intriguing story line: Bowl games have taken some lumps. Over-indulgence watered down their prestige. The College Football Playoff rendered the others less meaningful....

  • Monday's college football bowl previews and predictions

    Monday’s bowl games Outback:  Iowa (8-4) vs. No. 17 Florida (8-4), at Tampa, 10 a.m., Channel 7 — If this were a boxing match, it would be between a couple of worn, overweight middleweights fighting as light heavyweights. Statistically, the Hawkeyes and Gators have two of the worst offenses in...

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