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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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...

  • USC receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster to declare for NFL draft

    USC receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster to declare for NFL draft

    Receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster will forgo his senior season at USC to declare for the NFL Draft, Smith-Schuster announced on Twitter on Saturday evening, becoming the Trojans’ second early departure following its Rose Bowl victory this week. Guard Damien Mama announced Friday he would enter the draft....

  • USC's surprising depth has been a key to its even more surprising 15-1 start

    USC's surprising depth has been a key to its even more surprising 15-1 start

    USC was lagging midway through the first half against Stanford on Thursday when it received a kick from a full-court press and an unlikely source. Jonah Mathews, USC’s freshman guard, swarmed Stanford’s guard, intercepted a lazy pass, and converted it for a layup. On the very next possession, Mathews...

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

    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

    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

    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

    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?

    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...

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

    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 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...

  • Keith Jackson returns to the Rose Bowl game, just not in the broadcast booth

    Keith Jackson returns to the Rose Bowl game, just not in the broadcast booth

    This year’s Rose Bowl will feature a legendary comeback, no matter what happens on the field between USC and Penn State. A college football icon is coming home. Announcer Keith Jackson, whose voice was the quintessential Saturday soundtrack for generations, will be at the game as a spectator. He...

  • Penn State quarterback may not pass 'eyeball test,' but talent runs deep

    Penn State quarterback may not pass 'eyeball test,' but talent runs deep

    Trace McSorley doesn’t look like a prototypical quarterback at first glance, never mind one who throws some of the country’s best deep balls.  Penn State’s roster lists the third-year sophomore at 6 feet tall and, in person, he seems even shorter. Most schools recruited him as a safety. But Penn...

  • Rose Bowl game will be traditional Pac-12 vs. Big Ten. The offenses didn't get the memo

    Rose Bowl game will be traditional Pac-12 vs. Big Ten. The offenses didn't get the memo

    Monday’s Rose Bowl will be as it almost always has been. Parade goers will settle in to watch a Pac-12 Conference team play one from the Big Ten Conference. There will be, as usual, an efficient offense behind a line of prodigious size. The other team will offer a familiar contrast, a speedy spread...

  • No Rose Bowl for USC without Darreus Rogers in the neighborhood

    No Rose Bowl for USC without Darreus Rogers in the neighborhood

    All week long, USC’s players have been trying to explain how a team that started 1-3 ended up winning eight straight games and qualifying to play in the Rose Bowl game. There was an important players-only meeting after the third loss. That helped. There was Coach Clay Helton’s steady guidance....

  • Penn State's Koa Farmer comes home with 'big time' role

    Penn State's Koa Farmer comes home with 'big time' role

    The text message arrived on Koa Farmer’s phone as Penn State’s third-year sophomore slept the morning after Christmas. Brent Pry, the school’s defensive coordinator, wanted him to call immediately. Farmer roused himself in an upstairs bedroom at his family’s home in Lake View Terrace — the name...

  • Alabama vs. Washington: How do they match up?

    Alabama vs. Washington: How do they match up?

    Peach Bowl (CFP semifinal) No. 1 Alabama (13-0) vs. No. 4 Washington (12-1), at Atlanta, noon, ESPN Most intriguing story line: While at Boise State, Chris Petersen coached the Broncos to an unexpected win over Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, the first of several upsets his team would score against...

  • Saturday's college football bowl game previews and picks

    Saturday's college football bowl game previews and picks

    Saturday’s bowl games Citrus: No. 13 Louisville (9-3) vs. No. 20 Louisiana State (7-4), at Orlando, 8 a.m., Channel 7 — Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson, meet the best defense you have faced all season, the one that shut out top-ranked Alabama for three quarters and held the Crimson Tide to...

  • Bill Plaschke | USC-Penn State matchup: a Rose Bowl the way it's meant to be

    Bill Plaschke | USC-Penn State matchup: a Rose Bowl the way it's meant to be

    The awestruck Midwesterners were so enamored with the Rose Parade, they were later caught in traffic and didn’t arrive at the stadium until shortly before the scheduled kickoff. The sophisticated Southern Californians grew so impatient waiting for their opponents, when the rubes finally did arrive,...

  • Penn State's road to the Rose Bowl

    A game-by-game look at Penn State’s 2016 football season: Penn State 33, Kent State 13 Sept. 3, at State College, Pa.  Trace McSorley passed for 209 yards and two touchdowns, and Saquon Barkley ran for 105 yards as the Nittany Lions, leading only 16-13 at halftime, overcame a sluggish start. Amani...

  • USC’s road to the Rose Bowl

    A game-by-game look at USC’s 2016 football season: Alabama 52, USC 3 Sept. 3 at Arlington Texas  The good: USC led 3-0 after the first quarter. The bad: pretty much everything that happened afterward. Alabama outgained USC, 465-194. USC rushed for 64 yards. USC blew defensive assignments, turned...

  • USC's Stevie Tu'ikolovatu (finally) reckons with the end of college, but the NFL beckons

    Adoree’ Jackson was still practicing with the track and field team this summer when USC’s defensive tackle transfer, Stevie Tu’ikolovatu, first showed up on campus. “This guy named Stevie is coming to school,” Jackson said. “So I'm trying to figure out: Who is Stevie?” He was told that Tu’ikolovatu...

  • Penn State running back Saquon Barkley thrills with his hurdle instinct

    The gravity-defying habit came naturally to Saquon Barkley. Long before the sophomore running back at Penn State became a fixture of YouTube highlight videos — during the last two weeks a quarter-million people have watched the latest one — he sized up a cornerback four years ago during a game...

  • Steve Alford says UCLA's game against Oregon State on Friday is a must-win

    Going from unbeaten overall to winless in the Pac-12 Conference has changed the dynamic for UCLA. A midseason game against middling Oregon State on Friday night at Gill Coliseum has taken on new meaning. “That’s a must-win for us,” Bruins Coach Steve Alford said Wednesday after his team dropped...

  • USC needs overtime against Wyoming to keep perfect record intact

    As he dribbled the ball up the court in the final seconds of overtime in Friday night’s Las Vegas Classic final, USC point guard Jordan McLaughlin scanned the Wyoming defense and recognized that he wanted to take the last shot himself and eschew Coach Andy Enfield’s suggestion. “Coach was calling...

  • NCAA's move to change judges in Todd McNair's lawsuit is overturned

    An appellate court has overturned the NCAA’s attempt to change judges in former USC assistant football coach Todd McNair’s defamation lawsuit against the organization.   In an 11-page opinion issued Friday, a three-justice panel from California’s 2nd District Court of Appeal said the trial court...

  • No. 23 USC keeps its record perfect with victory over Missouri State, 83-75

    USC’s undefeated march through overmatched nonconference opponents continued Thursday night in the Las Vegas Classic.  The Trojans’ 83-75 victory over Missouri State at the Orleans Arena was much like the 11 wins that preceded it, different only in manner. Whereas of late the Trojans had started...

  • USC is enjoying its schedule ahead of the Rose Bowl

    USC Coach Clay Helton has his game plan, and by the time the ninth-ranked Trojans play fifth-ranked Penn State in the Rose Bowl, it will have been checked three times. The Trojans on Thursday concluded their second week of practice in a downpour. They will resume preparation for the Jan. 2 game...

  • USC starts planning to keep Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley in check

    Reviewing fundamentals is coming to an end. As USC nears the conclusion of its second week of Rose Bowl preparation, Coach Clay Helton and the Trojans have turned to planning for Penn State and quarterback Trace McSorley. “We watched a little bit as a team at his ability to scramble and his ability...

  • USC basketball: Trojans' unexpected winning streak shouldn't be threatened by Las Vegas Classic lineup

    Fourth-year USC basketball Coach Andy Enfield readily cites statistics about his roster’s youth down to two decimals. After four transfers and two early draft declarees last summer, he says his players now average 1.09 years of experience, which ranks 328th out of the nation’s 351 teams. He cites...

  • Skip a bowl game for the draft? Not for the Rose Bowl, USC players say

    USC receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster ducked behind teammates marching from USC’s practice field to the locker room, using them as a shield. Smith-Schuster had been asked often about whether he would leave early for the NFL draft, and by Tuesday, he’d heard enough. After USC’s practice, he tried to...

  • A look at the UCLA-USC rivalry in 1970-71, the last time both won so many games to start a season

    The last time UCLA and USC won this many games to start a season, the college basketball world was about to lose its pebbled leather grip. John Wooden’s Bruins, winners of four consecutive national titles, were being challenged for supremacy by Bob Boyd’s Trojans, who usually received second billing...

  • USC stays unbeaten with a 79-67 win over Cornell

    In a hallway inside Galen Center on Monday evening, one of USC Coach Andy Enfield’s assistants was walking to the coaches’ offices when he chuckled and said, “That was ugly, huh?” Enfield was smiling just as sheepishly a few minutes earlier during his postgame news conference. USC had issues against...

  • Up next for USC basketball: Sunday vs. Cornell

    NEXT UP USC VS. CORNELL When: Monday, 7:30 p.m. Where: Galen Center. On the air: TV: Pac-12 Networks; Radio 710. Update: The last time USC (10-0) won 10 games in a row was 15 years ago, in a stretch that spanned parts of two seasons. Its last 10-game winning streak in one season was in 1970-71,...

  • No. 24 USC rallies, then holds off Troy, 82-77

    After USC forward Bennie Boatwright went down with a knee injury that is expected to sideline him for several weeks, Coach Andy Enfield made a strange declaration. “I think we’ll still score the same amount of points,” Enfield said. “It’s who’s going to step up?” In USC’s first two games afterward,...

  • Elijah Stewart's rise has mimicked USC's

    When Elijah Stewart showed up at USC as a freshman two years ago, he didn’t know where he could go for advice. Everyone, it seemed, was young. Everyone was learning a new system. “No one really knew what to do,” Stewart said. “It was the blind leading the blind.” Two seasons later, USC (9-0), which...

  • Alabama names Steve Sarkisian to replace Lane Kiffin as offensive coordinator

    The resuscitation of Steve Sarkisian’s troubled career took a huge step forward on Friday when the former USC coach was named offensive coordinator at Alabama. The announcement came a little more than a year after the Trojans dismissed Sarkisian amid reports of erratic behavior and alcohol-related...

  • Former USC quarterback Max Browne will transfer to Pittsburgh

    When Max Browne gave USC Coach Clay Helton an update on his pending transfer recently, the quarterback gave Helton a list of schools he was considering. Pittsburgh seemed especially appealing to Browne, Helton recalled. “He was excited about it,” Helton said. “I think they were excited about him.”...

  • Penn State QB Trace McSorley reminds USC's coach of ... the Trojans' Sam Darnold

    USC Coach Clay Helton was assessing Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley in a team meeting Wednesday, searching for an apt description. Helton has come to regard McSorley as a quick, confident decision maker with good vision and the ability to scamper when necessary. McSorley hasn’t made many...

  • Lane Kiffin reportedly accepts head coaching job at Florida Atlantic

    Three years after USC fired him — at the airport, in the middle of the night — Lane Kiffin has made his way back to the head coaching ranks. Kiffin came to terms with Florida Atlantic on Monday, taking over a beleaguered football program that has won all of nine games in the past three seasons....

  • Suspended USC linebacker Osa Masina ordered to stand trial on first-degree rape

    Suspended USC linebacker Osa Masina has been ordered to stand trial on one charge of first-degree rape and two charges of forcible sodomy after a preliminary hearing in Salt Lake City on Monday, according to Masina’s attorney. The alleged victim testified at the hearing that Masina raped her in...

  • USC dominates Pepperdine from the start to improve to 9-0

    On they roll, the other high-flying, high-scoring, undefeated college basketball team in Los Angeles. The one yet to crack the polls. USC continued to do Sunday what it has throughout this early season, dispatching Pepperdine with ease, 93-67, at the Galen Center to push its record to 9-0. It’s...

  • It's a new USC that begins to prepare for Penn State in the Rose Bowl

    Now that USC is 9-3 and has secured an improbable Rose Bowl berth, its players are amused to report that their early assessment of the team was pretty much the same as most fans’. “We were 1-3, me and my boys were like, ‘Man we suck!’ ” receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster said. “Joking around, though.”...

  • Up next for USC basketball; Sunday vs. Pepperdine

    USC (8-0) is among the few teams in college basketball without a loss, and is the only one not ranked in the Associated Press top 25. Here’s a look When: 7 p.m. Where: Galen Center. On the air: TV: Pac-12 Networks. Update: The Trojans are inching closer to the top 25 after finishing with the second-most...

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