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December 28, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
When: 2 p.m. Where: Galen Center. On the air: TV: Pac-12 Networks; Radio: 710. Records: USC (8-4); Howard (3-12). Update: The Trojans are coming from a week off after possibly their best win of the season, at Dayton, a famously difficult place to play. Pe'Shon Howard, the senior point guard transfer from Maryland, hit consecutive three-pointers in the last 30 seconds to give the Trojans the surprising win. He has seemed to fit into his leadership role more and more each game.
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December 27, 2013 | By Chris Foster
EL PASO - Usually, losing your leading tackler would cause some consternation. But UCLA linebackers coach Jeff Ulbrich has a carefree attitude these days. The Bruins will be without linebacker Eric Kendricks , who had right ankle surgery last week, when they play Virginia Tech in the Hyundai Sun Bowl on Tuesday. Few seek out ballcarriers better than Kendricks, who has led the team in tackles the last two seasons. Into that breach goes freshman Isaako Savaiinaea , who seems to have a calming effect on Ulbrich.
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December 24, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
  Pitcher Chad Plant hasn't made the varsity team yet at Upland High, because he's only a freshman, and his coach, Mike Alonso, has seen him pitch just once. But Plant has already committed to UC Santa Barbara before his first high school game. It's just another example of colleges deciding to take chances on young players based on workouts, camps and word of mouth. Plant, a 6-foot-1 right-hander, could have trouble making the starting rotation, since Upland returns Michael Gomez, who signed with Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and 6-6 junior Jeff Kross.
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December 21, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
The freshman-sophomore basketball team from Reseda Cleveland High is in a panic. It's their first home game, their friends are whooping at them from the creaky stands in the musty gym, and they can't find the basket. In their first four trips down the court against San Fernando High, they rush to the hoop and miss layups, their offense quickly dissolving into a chaotic blur. On the sideline, the kid coach with the oversized dark blue tie hanging between rolled-up light blue sleeves stares quietly at the court.
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December 20, 2013 | By Steve Galluzzo
It's been a grueling season for Modesto Central Catholic, but in the end it was all worth it for the Eagles, who got 103 yards rushing from freshman Montell Bland and capitalized on three Bakersfield Christian turnovers to earn a 36-23 victory Friday afternoon in the CIF state Division IV championship bowl game at StubHub Center in Carson. Central Catholic (15-1), which established the largest margin of victory in state bowl history with a 66-7 rout of Santa Fe Christian in last year's Division IV game, set another record Friday by becoming the first California high school team to play 16 games in back-to-back seasons.
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December 14, 2013 | By Brendan Sonnone
  NEW YORK -- From the first snap, the season has belonged to Jameis Winston. Now the 2013 Heisman Trophy does as well. Winston, Florida State's redshirt freshman quarterback, has proven to be college football's most consistent and dynamic signal caller this season. From his efficient debut against Pittsburgh to his elite performance on the road against Clemson, Winston never crumbled under pressure. Thanks to his poise, leadership and superior skills, Winston became the third Seminoles player and second redshirt freshman to win the Heisman Trophy.
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December 12, 2013 | By Gary Klein
USC safety Su'a Cravens was selected to the CollegeFootballNews.com Freshman All-America team. Cravens has intercepted four passes and made 51 tackles this season. Trojans offensive tackle Chad Wheeler, a redshirt freshman, was honorable mention. Sophomore Nelson Agholor was selected as a second-team punt return specialist for the Athlonsports.com All-America team. Sophomore defensive tackle Leonard Williams was a third-team selection. USC plays Fresno State on Dec. 21 in the Las Vegas Bowl.
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December 9, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Two weeks into the high school basketball season, a young Chatsworth Sierra Canyon team is learning to handle the pressure pretty well. With sophomore guard Devearl Ramsey scoring 25 points and 6-foot-8 freshman Cody Riley contributing 19 points, Sierra Canyon (5-0) held off Sylmar, 72-65, in a a Ventura County Classic game on Monday night at Royal. Sierra Canyon led by 12 points at halftime and had to withstand a 29-point performance by Sylmar's Devenir Duruisseau. Sherman Oaks Notre Dame defeated Oxnard, 76-61.
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December 4, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Former Lakewood Coach Vince Lobendahn confirmed he has accepted the position of football coach at Norwalk Glenn, which went 0-10 this season. Lobendahn has been a teacher at Glenn for 15 years but only coached there in 2004, when his freshman team went 9-1. "I love the school," he said. "These are my friends. " Lobendahn coached at Cerritos College this past season. His son, Toa, will be a freshman lineman at USC this fall. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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December 2, 2013 | By Chris Foster
Everybody in the Pac-12 Conference knew Myles Jack was double trouble. Now it's official. UCLA's star linebacker-turned-running-back has been chosen freshman defensive player of the year in the Pac-12. And also freshman offensive player of the year. Jack, who came to UCLA as a linebacker, doubled as a running back in the Bruins' last four games and ran for seven touchdowns and 267 yards, averaging 7.2 yards per carry. On defense, he made 70 tackles. He clinched a 34-27 victory over Utah by intercepting a pass at the five-yard line with 16 seconds left.
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