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Former USC linebacker Keith Rivers retires from NFL, writes open letter

After a seven-year NFL career, former USC All-American linebacker Keith Rivers announced that he was retiring.

Rivers, 29, wrote an open letter in which he thanked family, friends, coaches and teammates for taking part in his life and career.

“This experience has been less than what I expected for myself but more than I ever dreamed of,” wrote Rivers, who signed a one-year contract with the Dallas...

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USC freshmen preview: Tyler Petite could fill need at tight end

Player: Tyler Petite

Position: Tight end

Number: 82

Height: 6 feet 6

Weight: 235 pounds

High school: Moraga Campolindo

Hometown: Lafayette, Calif.

High school: Petite caught 68 passes, 20 for touchdowns, during three varsity seasons. He helped Campolindo win the CIF state Division III title in 2014, catching seven passes for 102 yards in the championship game against Lakeside El Capitan. He switched...

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USC football: Steve Sarkisian eager to evaluate Iman Marshall

When USC opens training camp on Saturday, much of the attention will be on Iman Marshall.

The incoming freshman from Long Beach Poly is listed as a cornerback.

Asked Friday if the 6-foot-2, 200-pound Marshall would play cornerback or safety, Coach Steve Sarkisian said Marshall could play either position.

“We’ve got to see what best fits what we need,” Sarkisian said, adding, “I haven’t seen him cover...

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USC football: Reggie Bush's No. 5 could be worn in future

The No. 5 jersey has not been worn at USC since 2005, when tailback Reggie Bush won the Heisman Trophy.

USC retires jersey numbers of Heisman winners, but Bush ultimately forfeited the Heisman in the aftermath of NCAA sanctions imposed against USC.

Coach Steve Sarkisian said that, “regardless of what happened off the field,” he regarded Bush as one of greatest and hardest-working players in college...

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Adoree' Jackson's Olympic aspirations OK with Steve Sarkisian

USC cornerback Adoree’ Jackson has Olympic aspirations.

He won the Pac-12 Conference long-jump title as a freshman and finished fifth in the NCAA championships with a leap of 25 feet, 11 inches.

Coach Steve Sarkisian said Friday that he would not stop Jackson from attempting to qualify for the 2016 Olympics.

“He’s got a lot of work to do to get to that caliber of a jumper,” Sarkisian said. ”But we’ll...

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USC Now morning report: Cody Kessler on Sports Illustrated Kids cover