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  • USC's dreadful performance is perfect way to conclude imperfect season

    USC's dreadful performance is perfect way to conclude imperfect season
    EL PASO — A football season that once swaggered through the warmth of a No. 1 ranking has curled up and expired in a cold, remote desert, buffeted by a chilled and foreboding wind. The kid coach is bundled in a black hoodie and wearing sunglasses....
  • C'mon Lane Kiffin: Trojans are about swagger, not nitpicking

    C'mon Lane Kiffin: Trojans are about swagger, not nitpicking
    Earlier this week, angered by a question about the return of an injured player, Lane Kiffin stormed out of a daily news conference after less than 30 seconds. I don't need that long to give him some advice. Chill out, dude. Stop sweating the small...
  • USC is a long way from a preseason No. 1

    USC is a long way from a preseason No. 1
    The storm may have passed, but the rumblings persist. You could feel them in the frustrated waving of Matt Barkley's arms. You could see them in the balls dropping from Curtis McNeal's and Robert Woods' fingers. You could hear them in whistles for helmet...
  • The NFL is a habit America just can't kick

    The NFL is a habit America just can't kick
    Go ahead. Stop watching the NFL. I dare you. Go on, change the channel. Live up to all the threats I've read on Twitter pages, the ranting I've seen in the blogs, the national cries for a fan boycott that would hasten the end to this zebra madness. Start...
  • Dodgers show gambling side by rolling the dice on Hyun-Jin Ryu

    Dodgers show gambling side by rolling the dice on Hyun-Jin Ryu
    It was one of the only moments in Monday's Dodgers news conference that didn't require translation. Shortly after Hyun-Jin Ryu was introduced as the newest Dodgers pitcher, General Manager Ned Colletti fell out of his chair. Seriously, literally,...
  • Angels paint the town red with Josh Hamilton

    Angels paint the town red with Josh Hamilton
    Josh Hamilton? Are you kidding me? Nobody makes a surprise splash like the Angels, but this was a flying cannonball into the middle of a Southern California pool that had been awash in Dodger blue. Nobody breaks down the door in the middle of the...
  • Seeing positives in the Dodgers' done deal of a season

    Seeing positives in the Dodgers' done deal of a season
    They had their chance. For one prolonged, precious moment Tuesday night, the Dodgers had complete control of this crazy race for the National League's second wild card. The St. Louis Cardinals had just lost. The Dodgers needed only to win to push their...
  • The national pastime becomes a time machine

    The national pastime becomes a time machine
    I'm playing hooky. It's Thursday around noon, and a column is due, but it's 1970 and I'm playing hooky. I'm watching baseball. Gloriously sunny, rapturously dramatic, midweek playoff baseball. I'm sitting in my living room in the middle of the day...
  • USC passes up a chance for a big win at Washington

    USC passes up a chance for a big win at Washington
    SEATTLE -- In one wide-eyed moment, cutting through this hostile waterside swatch of football field like a fog horn, Matt Barkley was leading USC to another resounding victory. The next minute, as if swallowed up by the gray chill, he was gone....
  • UCLA wants more than Ben Howland could deliver—and it's entitled to

    UCLA wants more than Ben Howland could deliver—and it's entitled to
    How can they fire a coach who just won a conference championship? How can they fire a leader who spent 10 years winning more than twice as many games as he lost? How can they fire a salesman who last season brought in the No. 2-ranked recruiting class...
  • Did Jerry Buss make the right decision by keeping Kobe over Shaq?

    Did Jerry Buss make the right decision by keeping Kobe over Shaq?
    In the summer of 2004, Laker owner Jerry Buss was faced with an extremely hard decision: Kobe Bryant or Shaquille O'Neal. The two superstars were feuding and Buss had to choose one Hall of Famer over another. Buss chose Bryant, a decision that Los...