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  • Bennie Boatwright will return to USC, making the Trojans early Pac-12 title contenders

    Bennie Boatwright will return to USC, making the Trojans early Pac-12 title contenders

    USC forward Bennie Boatwright announced on Thursday that he will withdraw from the NBA draft and return for his junior season. Boatwright’s announcement means the Trojans will return almost all of their roster from last season’s NCAA tournament team. Previously, forward Chimezie Metu said he would...

  • Trial date set in Todd McNair's lawsuit against NCAA

    Trial date set in Todd McNair's lawsuit against NCAA

    Almost six years after Todd McNair sued the NCAA for defamation, the former USC assistant football coach’s lawsuit is finally moving toward trial. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Frederick Shaller scheduled the trial to start April 18, 2018, in a case-management order issued earlier this...

  • Elijah Stewart will return to USC after deciding against filing NBA draft paperwork

    Elijah Stewart will return to USC after deciding against filing NBA draft paperwork

    USC guard Elijah Stewart did not file his paperwork to declare for the NBA draft and will return to USC, Stewart said on Tuesday. Stewart had initially said he would declare without hiring an agent, which would allow him to return to USC. But he never felt fully committed. At the time, he told...

  • Judge dismisses former USC linebacker's wage lawsuit against NCAA, Pac-12

    Judge dismisses former USC linebacker's wage lawsuit against NCAA, Pac-12

    A federal judge dismissed former USC linebacker Lamar Dawson’s class-action wage lawsuit against the NCAA and Pac-12 Conference on Tuesday, saying the case was based on “untenable legal theory.” Dawson, who played for USC from 2011 through 2015, sued in U.S. District Court in San Francisco in September....

  • UCLA might beat USC for the first player selected in this year's NFL draft

    UCLA might beat USC for the first player selected in this year's NFL draft

    So who will hear his name called first in the NFL draft, a player from USC or UCLA? In the Pete Carroll era, that was a no-brainer. USC dominated in that department. In three of the last four drafts, though, a UCLA player was taken before his USC counterpart. And it could happen again this year,...

  • USC rolls out plan for Coliseum reseating and PSL-style fees

    USC rolls out plan for Coliseum reseating and PSL-style fees

    USC’s renovation of the Coliseum will place luxury boxes atop a large swath of seats near midfield, add aisles and concourses and shrink the stadium’s capacity from 94,000 to 77,500. The alterations mean many season-ticket holders will be forced to move. USC began its rollout of the re-seating...

  • College basketball: Mark Trakh returns to coach USC women

    College basketball: Mark Trakh returns to coach USC women

    USC’s new women’s basketball coach isn’t really new. The Trojans have hired Mark Trakh, who previously coached the Trojans from 2005 to 2009, to fill the open position, the school announced Friday. The announcement ends an unusually lengthy coaching search. Cynthia Cooper-Dyke resigned in March...

  • Charles O'Bannon Jr. becomes USC's first McDonald's All-American since 2008

    Charles O'Bannon Jr. becomes USC's first McDonald's All-American since 2008

    For the first time since 2008, a McDonald’s All-American has signed with USC. Charles O’Bannon Jr. filed his paperwork to join a three-man recruiting class, the school announced Thursday. O’Bannon, a 6-foot-6, 200-pound wing from Las Vegas will make an already deep backcourt even more crowded....

  • USC cornerback Adoree' Jackson makes predraft visit to Rams

    USC cornerback Adoree' Jackson makes predraft visit to Rams

    The Rams, in need of depth at cornerback, brought in USC’s Adoree’ Jackson for a visit Monday, a person with knowledge of the situation said. Jackson, 21, grew up a Rams fan in Belleville, Ill., not far from where the Rams played home games in St. Louis. The Rams do not have a first-round pick...

  • USC chooses caution over preparation in a quiet spring game

    USC chooses caution over preparation in a quiet spring game

    The most taxing portion of Sam Darnold’s Saturday came not during USC’s spring game at the Coliseum, which was not much of a game at all. USC’s starting quarterback threw six passes, handed off a few times, then stood for the rest of the afternoon on the sideline with his helmet in his hand. The...

  • The only thing missing from USC's spring game is the actual game

    The only thing missing from USC's spring game is the actual game

    Michael Pittman’s laboratory is tucked in a corner of USC’s practice field. He retreated there, usually with two team managers, for about 30 minutes after every practice this spring. A manager would load the ball into the passing machine. Clank. Pittman would pose as if he were reaching for a pass...

  • Elijah Stewart declares for NBA draft but leaves door open for return

    Elijah Stewart declares for NBA draft but leaves door open for return

    USC guard Elijah Stewart said on Tuesday that he will declare for the NBA draft, joining two other Trojans teammates who have already declared this offseason. He will not hire an agent, meaning he will retain the option to return to USC. Stewart said that a return is most likely. He is not currently...

  • USC's Jack Jones is never boring. Bored? He's working on that

    USC's Jack Jones is never boring. Bored? He's working on that

    USC’s quarterbacks came into Thursday’s scrimmage at the Coliseum with a plan. They were going to pick on the young, swaggering cornerback, Jack Jones. Jones played sparingly last season as a freshman, but by the spring he was pestering quarterback Sam Darnold like a mosquito at a picnic. He began...

  • USC forward Bennie Boatwright declares for NBA draft but does not hire agent

    USC forward Bennie Boatwright declares for NBA draft but does not hire agent

    USC forward Bennie Boatwright has declared for the NBA draft, he said on Wednesday. Boatwright said he will not hire an agent, meaning he will have the option to return to USC. Boatwright missed about half of last season because of a knee injury but quickly became USC's leading scorer upon his...

  • USC extends Andy Enfield's contract two years, through 2023

    USC extends Andy Enfield's contract two years, through 2023

    After reaching its second consecutive NCAA tournament, USC has given men’s basketball coach Andy Enfield his second consecutive contract extension. Enfield’s contract was extended another two years, through the spring of 2023, the school announced Wednesday. Terms were not disclosed. In 2013, Enfield...

  • A makeshift offensive line is stressing out USC coaches

    A makeshift offensive line is stressing out USC coaches

    USC Coach Clay Helton plunked a football down just outside the goal line. USC’s offense lined up with heels almost touching the chalk. Helton calls it the “backed-up” drill: The offense tries to punch out from its own end zone. Only on Tuesday, the defense was pushing the offense back. Quarterback...

  • USC receiver Deontay Burnett continues to bloom in spring practice

    USC receiver Deontay Burnett continues to bloom in spring practice

    After USC’s football practice ended on Saturday, Coach Clay Helton grabbed receiver Deontay Burnett and wrapped his arm around him. "I just used him as an example of what a Trojan should be,” Helton said. “Right now, he's just a shut-up-and-work guy." The departure of JuJu Smith-Schuster and Darreus...

  • USC guard Shaqquan Aaron declares for NBA draft but can still return

    USC guard Shaqquan Aaron declares for NBA draft but can still return

    USC guard Shaqquan Aaron has declared for the NBA draft, a team spokesman said Friday, but Aaron has not hired an agent, meaning he will retain the option to return to the team. Aaron, a 6-foot-7 sophomore wing, is unlikely to be drafted this year and could decide to return. He averaged 7.6 points...

  • Is a freshman already winning USC's battle for defensive tackle?

    Is a freshman already winning USC's battle for defensive tackle?

    More so than any departing USC player — more so than a lot of current players — the Trojans love to talk about Stevie Tu’ikolovatu, the 25-year-old defensive tackle transfer who became one of the defense’s best players last season. Tu’ikolovatu is mentioned several times in interviews during spring...

  • Letters: Will Steve Alford take, er, leave his Balls and go home?

    Letters: Will Steve Alford take, er, leave his Balls and go home?

    Did you hear the story of the extremely successful Los Angeles basketball coach who coached an extremely talented 6-6 point guard , the top point guard in the entire country? Who then surprisingly resigned so he could be closer to his home? Or maybe he resigned because he could not cope with the...

  • UCLA basketball team has navigated distractions en route to regional semifinal

    UCLA basketball team has navigated distractions en route to regional semifinal

    They have soared over every obstacle, defeating each team on their schedule while restoring sheen to a brand that had dulled considerably in the more than two decades since the UCLA Bruins last ruled college basketball. Showtime, once the exclusive realm of the Lakers, has moved to Westwood, where...

  • USC can't complete another comeback in 82-78 loss to third-seeded Baylor

    USC can't complete another comeback in 82-78 loss to third-seeded Baylor

    The gears of a March loss grind without a rulebook or a leader. In USC’s locker room Sunday evening, the loser’s soundtrack spun on autoplay: The spatter of a shower, the low hush of voices and the scraping of velcro as a staffer peeled off USC’s nameplates, the evidence that the Trojans had made...

  • Behind USC's streakiness? A green light that never turns yellow

    Behind USC's streakiness? A green light that never turns yellow

    When USC’s coaching staff was rehashing its last-minute victory over Southern Methodist on Friday night, assistant coach Tony Bland turned to Coach Andy Enfield and started laughing. Bland was recounting the game-winning play from earlier in the day, a three-pointer from the corner by Elijah Stewart....

  • USC vs. Baylor: How the teams match up

    USC vs. Baylor: How the teams match up

    A look at how the USC Trojans and Baylor Bears match up for a second-round game in the NCAA tournament: WHO: No. 11 USC (26-9) vs. No. 3 Baylor (26-7). WHAT: NCAA East Regional second round, Sunday, 4:45 p.m. PDT. WHERE: BOK Center, Tulsa, Okla. TV: TruTV; Radio: 690. UPDATE: USC Coach Andy Enfield...

  • USC hopes to continue its bracket-busting ways against Baylor

    USC hopes to continue its bracket-busting ways against Baylor

    The downside of pulling off an NCAA tournament upset, USC’s players have learned, is that you aggravate some who consider themselves friends. A day after 11th-seeded USC’s last-minute win over No. 6 Southern Methodist, guard Jonah Mathews swiped to a text message sent by a high school friend. You...

  • USC guard Elijah Stewart's game-winning shot reignites college basketball's oddest feud

    USC guard Elijah Stewart's game-winning shot reignites college basketball's oddest feud

    Elijah Stewart has long three-point range and, apparently, a longer memory. In an exuberant postgame locker room following USC’s dramatic 66-65 win over Southern Methodist on Friday, Stewart talked about his late three-pointer that won the game. Then he returned to a long-running feud. He turned...

  • USC again rallies from double-digit deficit to advance in NCAA tournament with win over SMU

    USC again rallies from double-digit deficit to advance in NCAA tournament with win over SMU

    In USC’s huddle, as Jonah Mathews grabbed him, shook him and told him — correctly, it turned out — that he was about to hit USC’s biggest shot in a decade, Elijah Stewart told Mathews to shut up and get the heck off him. “I was like, ‘Bro, you're messing up my vibes, man,’” Stewart said. A moment...

  • USC said it dedicated win over Providence to assistant coach's late sister

    USC said it dedicated win over Providence to assistant coach's late sister

    After USC’s unlikely comeback to defeat Providence in the First Four play-in round of the NCAA tournament on Wednesday, the team gathered in the locker room. When the last player, Jordan McLaughlin, returned from an on-court interview, everyone jumped up and down. Coach Andy Enfield told the team...

  • USC and SMU, two teams forged by loss, have changed since a November meeting

    USC and SMU, two teams forged by loss, have changed since a November meeting

    On Dec. 1, six days after USC defeated Southern Methodist, Jordan McLaughlin’s phone buzzed with news that would rattle the Trojans’ season. It was from forward Bennie Boatwright, who had just emerged from an MRI exam after leaving USC’s game the previous day on crutches and in a massive knee brace....

  • How do USC and Southern Methodist match up?

    How do USC and Southern Methodist match up?

    USC-SOUTHERN METHODIST MATCHUP WHO: No. 11 USC (25-9) vs. No. 6 Southern Methodist (30-4). WHAT: NCAA East Regional first round, Friday, 12:10 PDT. WHERE: BOK Center, Tulsa, Okla. TV: TruTV; Radio: 710. UPDATE: When USC defeated the Mustangs in November, “A lot of people said ‘So what? You beat...

  • USC wipes out 17-point deficit to defeat Providence, 75-71

    USC wipes out 17-point deficit to defeat Providence, 75-71

    March is a good time to make an introduction, and 30 minutes into an improbable USC comeback victory on Wednesday, 75-71 over Providence, the college basketball world met Nick Rakocevic. The best way to watch Rakocevic is to watch his teammates. Halfway through the second half of the NCAA tournament...

  • UCLA's Isaac Hamilton is on the upswing at the right time

    UCLA's Isaac Hamilton is on the upswing at the right time

    Isaac Hamilton was like four quarters that jangled back into the coin hopper after UCLA had lost nearly everything in Las Vegas. The senior managed two strong performances in what was an otherwise dreadful Pac-12 Conference tournament for the Bruins guards, which could have a carryover effect for...

  • A look at the First Four matchup between USC and Providence

    A look at the First Four matchup between USC and Providence

    USC-PROVIDENCE MATCHUP WHO: No. 11 USC (24-9) vs. No. 11 Providence (20-12). WHAT: NCAA East Regional First Four game, Wednesday, 6:10 p.m. PDT. WHERE: UD Arena, Dayton, Ohio. TV: truTV; Radio: 690. UPDATE: Coaches Andy Enfield of USC and Ed Cooley of Providence are golfing buddies. “He’s just...

  • March Madness: Pac-12 Conference tries to regain its swagger in NCAA basketball tournament

    March Madness: Pac-12 Conference tries to regain its swagger in NCAA basketball tournament

    Before Kadeem Allen arrived at Arizona, West Coast basketball wasn’t on his radar. Allen grew up in Wilmington, N.C., where Duke and North Carolina games crackled onto the radio and beamed onto his television. For junior college, Allen hauled out to Hutchinson, Kan., where on game days, traffic...

  • To defeat Providence, USC must first confront last season's collapse

    To defeat Providence, USC must first confront last season's collapse

    The USC men’s basketball team was marooned at Los Angeles International Airport on Monday afternoon after its charter flight to the NCAA tournament’s First Four was delayed four hours because of a mechanical issue. The turnaround to Wednesday’s play-in game against Providence was already tight,...

  • After following around losing teams for years, USC's 'Road Warriors' indulge in rare treat

    After following around losing teams for years, USC's 'Road Warriors' indulge in rare treat

    Sunday was a whirlwind day for the USC basketball team. The Trojans learned they had been placed in an NCAA tournament “First Four” play-in game, which meant arrangements had to be made to get to Dayton, Ohio, on short notice. Travel had to be planned, schedules pieced together, expenses forecast....

  • USC vs. Providence: How the Trojans and Friars match up in NCAA tournament

    No. 11 USC vs. No. 11 Providence: A look at how the Trojans and Friars match up in a play-in game for the NCAA tournament’s East Regional: WEDNESDAY AT UNIVERSITY OF DAYTON ARENA, DAYTON, OHIO How they got here: USC won almost all the games it was expected to and lost nearly all of the games it...

  • UCLA vs. Kent State: How they match up in NCAA tournament

    No. 3 UCLA vs. No. 14 Kent State: A look at how the Bruins and Golden Flashes match up in the first round of the NCAA tournament’s South Regional. FRIDAY AT GOLDEN 1 CENTER, SACRAMENTO How they got here: UCLA has won 10 of its last 11 games but did not look sharp in the Pac-12 Conference tournament,...

  • USC barely played way into NCAA tournament, and will have to do it again

    Andy Enfield walked out of the USC coaches’ offices early Sunday afternoon leading a small parade toward college basketball’s judgment day. Behind him were his three children, his wife, Amanda, and a panting, weeks-old pug named Cali that Enfield claimed was the Trojans’ good luck charm as they...

  • NCAA tournament preview: East Regional

    A look at the NCAA tournament’s East Regional: THURSDAY :: BUFFALO, N.Y. 1 Villanova (31-3, Big East champion) vs. 16 Play-in winner (See matchup below) The biggest hurdle to the heavily favored Wildcats returning to the Final Four could be an regional final matchup against Duke at Madison Square...

  • March Madness: Few would disagree with Villanova as No. 1, but there's room for griping

    There weren’t a whole lot of surprises when the field for the 2017 NCAA tournament was announced Sunday, but the selection committee still left room for a time-honored — if unofficial — tradition. Griping. March Madness gets its angry side from inevitable complaints about seedings, who got in and...

  • For USC, focusing on future means getting past Rose Bowl glory

    It has been just over two months since Deontay Burnett caught one of the most memorable touchdown passes in recent USC history, a long, improvised route to tie the score late in a classic Rose Bowl game victory. Yet Burnett claims that he has only seen video of the reception once, “scrolling through...

  • Bruins get the win but know they have to play better

    USC could have won this game. USC should have won this game. UCLA needs to think about that as it advances into a postseason that is quickly making them skittish. And the NCAA tournament selection committee needs to think about that as USC goes home to wait for what should be not only a guaranteed...

  • It's UCLA by a nose over USC in Pac-12 quarterfinals

    UCLA didn’t need to fill a whiteboard with the intricacies of its high-scoring offense or its much-improved defense. The Bruins’ game plan heading into the Pac-12 Conference tournament was simple: Just do what they do, be who they are and don’t change a thing in the wake of a lengthy winning streak...

  • USC's NCAA tournament hopes are still alive despite loss to UCLA

    USC Coach Andy Enfield fully expects USC to make the NCAA tournament when the field of 68 is revealed on Sunday. He does not have a reason for concern. Right? The Trojans’ 76-74 loss to UCLA on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 Conference tournament squandered a chance for an emphatic...

  • USC moves closer to NCAA bid but not before scare in Pac-12 tournament opener

    Mouths agape on the bench, USC looked for answers from above during the first half of its crucial Pac-12 tournament opener against Washington. After a timeout, shell-shocked by three straight Washington three-pointers, several USC players, chests heaving, gazed at the video board above the court....

  • USC has issues to solve before it is championship caliber

    USC finished last season as college football’s hottest team not named Clemson. The Trojans closed with a nine-game winning streak, minted a Heisman Trophy candidate in quarterback Sam Darnold and won a thrilling Rose Bowl game. Coach Clay Helton’s grade for the 2016 campaign? Incomplete. "The fact...

  • USC edges UCLA, 4-3, in Dodger Stadium Baseball Classic

    Lars Nootbaar made a change by staying the same. It led to an extra-innings RBI double to push USC to a 4-3 win over UCLA in the Dodger Stadium College Baseball Classic on Sunday evening. Normally when a pitcher gets two strikes against Nootbaar, the USC cleanup hitter will spread out his stance,...

  • USC's victory in regular-season finale has Coach Andy Enfield feeling better

    Andy Enfield spent much of the second half of USC’s final regular-season game, a 74-58 victory against Washington on Saturday at Galen Center, in a state of agitation. He waved his arms and stomped his feet. He emoted and dropped theatrically into his chair. Enfield had acknowledged earlier in...

  • In a 'Dunk City,' USC carves out a swat suburb

    Chimezie Metu, USC’s 6-foot-11, spidery-limbed shot blocker, was not embarrassed to report after Friday’s practice that he had been the victim — on not one, but two occasions — of a brutal rejection. On dunks, no less. By a guard. "There were no fouls,” said Metu said. “He just — he blindsided...

  • USC hires Indiana's Deland McCullough as running back's coach

    USC’s stable of running backs has a new coach. USC has hired Deland McCullough, the running backs coach at Indiana for the last six seasons, as its running backs coach, the team announced Friday. McCullough led a resurgence at the position at Indiana. He coached Tevin Coleman and Jordan Howard,...

  • Local NFL prospects invited to the scouting combine

    Local prospects who have been invited to the NFL combine in Indianapolis, which begins Wednesday: Zach Banner, OT, USC:  The son of former NFL tackle Lincoln Kennedy, Banner was listed by the Trojans last season at 6 feet 9, 360 pounds. Victor Bolden Jr., WR, Oregon State (Los Osos High School): ...

  • Arizona State stuns USC with late rally, 83-82

    Bennie Boatwright held the ball on the baseline as if it were a lit fuse and counted down in his head from five. There were 14 seconds and plenty of surprise remaining in what would become a stunning USC loss to Arizona State on Sunday, 83-82, a defeat that would deliver a late blow to the Trojans’...

  • Pac-12 basketball: UCLA women finish regular season with win at Arizona State

    Kennedy Burke scored 16 points with nine rebounds, Jordan Canada had 12 with eight boards and eight assists and No. 15 UCLA held off Arizona State, 55-52, on Sunday in Tempe, Ariz., in the regular-season finale.  Relli Richardson made a three-pointer and the Sun Devils made four free throws during...

  • USC's plan to get into the NCAA tournament includes one must: no bad losses

    During the course of a college basketball season, there are losses that can haunt a coach’s dreams, particularly if that coach’s team is not yet firmly in the NCAA tournament. Typically, there’s a hiccup during the nonconference season, or an uninspired conference game on the road — bad losses...

  • College basketball: California snaps losing streak with easy win over Oregon State

    Ivan Rabb scored 16 points with nine rebounds in what might have been his final home game, and California beat Oregon State 76-46 on Friday night.  Charlie Moore added 11 points, five assists and six rebounds while Sam Singer scored 14 on seven-of-seven shooting as the Golden Bears (19-9, 10-6...

  • UCLA's TJ Leaf prepared to hear it from Arizona fans when Bruins face Wildcats

    UCLA hasn’t just turned the page on its losses this season. The Bruins have rewritten the narratives to their liking. The prevailing memory of Oregon is no longer Ducks star Dillon Brooks sinking an improbable last-second shot but UCLA counterpart Lonzo Ball making a 30-footer. The lasting image...

  • USC can't slow down Allonzo Trier and Arizona in 90-77 loss

    The most frustrating part of playing at Arizona, where the Wildcats have won 70 of their last 71 games after USC’s 90-77 loss on Thursday, is not when a visiting team is playing poorly. That is to be expected. Wait until a team has a chance to play well here. Then futility can be understood. USC...

  • UCLA more willing to bare its teeth than just flash a smile this season

    UCLA probably would stage the Big Dance in a ballroom if it could. This team is all about etiquette. Isaac Hamilton checks into hotel rooms and immediately refolds the towels. Thomas Welsh thanks coaches at the end of practices, asking how he can get better. Bryce Alford is so engaging and gracious...

  • USC isn't happy with its No. 1 ranking in an unusual category. Where's the luck?

    Andy Enfield, the coach of the luckiest team in the nation by one measure, has had a stressful two weeks. It started two Saturdays ago, when his USC team lost a close game to No. 6 Oregon. The following Saturday, USC suffered an embarrassing 32-point loss to No. 5 UCLA on the road. Now the Trojans...

  • LaVar Ball’s boasts about sons, including UCLA star Lonzo, draw strong reactions

    The NBA world according to LaVar Ball will be a bustling place for his sons in the coming years. UCLA freshman point guard Lonzo Ball will be the No. 1 pick in the June draft, a designation to be shared by LiAngelo Ball in 2018 and LaMelo Ball in 2020 after the middle and youngest brothers also...

  • Pac-12: Utah is surprised by Oregon State

     Stephen Thompson Jr. made the winning basket and got 31 points and Oregon State waged a furious second-half rally to beat Utah, 68-67, on Sunday night.  Drew Eubanks had 12 points, six blocks and three steals for the Beavers (5-23, 1-14 Pac-12 Conference).  Kyle Kuzma had 19 points and nine rebounds,...

  • Getting chatty has made UCLA talk of the town

    If recent trends persist, the team that doesn’t like to talk can look back on the time it chattered like teenagers carrying on about the latest photo-sharing app as the moment that changed the trajectory of its season. UCLA had just been throttled by USC on Jan. 25 when the Bruins lingered in their...

  • UCLA denies USC fifth-straight win over rival with impressive 102-70 rout

    Bryce Alford drove toward the basket, extending the ball just out of the reach of Elijah Stewart with his outstretched right arm and somehow flipping it in off the backboard while getting bumped. Alford snarled and coolly walked toward the sideline, where he high-fived a few fans before doing the...

  • 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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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 loses assistant coach Tommie Robinson to Ed Orgeron and LSU

    Louisiana State has hired assistant football coach Tommie Robinson away from USC, LSU spokesman Michael Bonnette confirmed Tuesday. Robinson was among USC’s most effective recruiters. He is the first Trojans coach to leave the program in the off-season. Robinson, 53, joins the staff of former USC...

  • Steve Sarkisian leaves Alabama to become offensive coordinator for Atlanta Falcons

    Steve Sarkisian is headed to the Atlanta Falcons. The former USC coach has agreed to become the offensive coordinator for the defending NFC champions, the Falcons announced Tuesday morning. Sarkisian spent last season as offensive analyst at Alabama and was recently hired as the team’s offensive...

  • 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

    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

    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...

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