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USC will play Virginia in NCAA baseball regional

USC will make its first appearance in the NCAA baseball tournament since 2005 when the Trojans play Virginia on Friday in regional competition at The Diamond in Lake Elsinore.

The double-elimination regional, one of 16 in the 64-team tournament, also includes top-seeded UC Santa Barbara and fourth-seeded San Diego State.

Second-seeded USC finished 37-19 overall and 18-12 in Pac-12 Conference play.

Third-seeded Virginia (34-22) is making its 12th consecutive regional appearance. The Cavaliers finished 15-15 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Santa Barbara (40-15-1) is making its second regional appearance in three seasons. The Gauchos were 16-8 in the Big West Conference.

San Diego State (40-21) won the Mountain West Conference tournament. The Aztecs were 20-10 in conference play.

The regional champion advances to a super regional against the winner of a regional hosted by UCLA (42-14), the top-seeded team in the tournament.

Super regional winners advance to the College World Series in Omaha,...

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USC recruiting: Tight end targets in the 2016 class

USC is expected to sign two to three tight ends in the 2016 recruiting class.

At least seven players have been offered: Devin Asiasi, Cary Angeline, Naseir Upshur, Isaac Nauta, Thaddeus Moss, Nick Eubanks and Isaac Garcia.

The 6-foot, 265-pound Asiasi caught 16 passes for 264 yards and two touchdowns during the 2014 season at Concord De La Salle High.

Asiasi will visit USC in July and also could visit UCLA, he said, adding that he would likely make a signing day decision.

Angeline, 6-foot-7 and 230 pounds, caught 67 passes for 1,031 yards and ten touchdowns last season at Downingtown East in Exton, Penn.

Angeline said he has not narrowed his list of more than 20 offers.

Upshur, 6-foot-3 and 227 pounds, is from Philadelphia and attends Imhotep Institute Charter School.

Upshur has a list of top-15 schools which include Alabama, Michigan, USC and Oregon, among others. He said would try to make unofficial visits to USC, Florida State, South Carolina and Wisconsin this summer.

Moss, from Victory...

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USC Now morning report: Former Trojans reunite in Philadelphia
USC, UCLA received about $21.3 million each from Pac-12 Conference

USC and UCLA each received about $21.3 million from the Pac-12 Conference during the 2013-14 fiscal year, according to the conference’s federal tax return.

The conference provided the return in response to a request from The Times.

The reporting period covers July 2013 to June 2014.

The Pac-12 reported total revenue of $374 million, an increase of about $41 million from the previous year.

All Pac-12 schools except Utah received more than $21 million. Utah received $16.1 million.

Commissioner Larry Scott earned total compensation of about $3.5 million.


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USC Now morning report: Carson Palmer trains with Cardinals

Tweet of the day: "#AZCardinals QB Carson Palmer still limited in first OTA of offseason, but [Coach Bruce] Arians said there is a chance Palmer will do more in minicamp."

 -- Darren Urban, @cardschatter,

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USC center Max Tuerk on Rimington Trophy watch list

USC’s Max Tuerk is among 54 players on the watch list for the Rimington Trophy, presented annually to college football’s top center.

Tuerk, 6 feet 6 and 285 pounds, will start at center for the second season after playing guard and tackle as a freshman and sophomore.

Tuerk, who came to USC from Santa Margarita High, was voted All-Pac-12 Conference last season by conference coaches.

Tuerk is the most experienced player on a Trojans offensive line that returns starters at every position.

A USC player has never won the Rimington Trophy. The award was established in 2000.

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