January 11, 2012 |
The Angels and first baseman/designated hitter Kendrys Morales avoided salary arbitration by striking a deal for the 2012 season Wednesday. Morales, still recovering from a broken left ankle suffered when he jumped on home plate after his game-winning homer against the Seattle Mariners on May 29, 2010, hasn't played since having surgery and a follow-up operation last May to clean scar tissue and debris in the joint. Details of the deal were not immediately available, but it's thought that Morales and the Angels settled on a figure somewhere near his 2011 salary of $3 million.
January 9, 2012 |
USC's roster, which will be limited to 75 scholarship players in the fall, remained in flux Monday as receiver Kyle Prater announced he was transferring and defensive lineman Armond Armstead met with school officials to explore doing the same for his final season of eligibility. Prater, a third-year sophomore from Illinois, is the second player in less than a week to leave the Trojans. Sophomore tailback Amir Carlisle obtained his release from USC and is transferring to Notre Dame.
November 17, 2011 |
USC released a video Thursday promoting Robert Woods for the Biletnikoff Award, presented annually to college football's top receiver. That might seem like odd timing. Woods sat out practice for a second consecutive day because of ankle and shoulder injuries that Coach Lane Kiffin said could sideline the sophomore when the No. 18 Trojans play No. 4 Oregon at Autzen Stadium on Saturday. Or, the promo could portend what anyone who knows Woods, including Oregon Coach Chip Kelly , expects to happen.
October 9, 2011 |
Linebacker Dion Bailey leads USC in tackles, but the redshirt freshman from Lakewood is not impressed with his performance. Not even after making 14 tackles against Arizona, the most by a USC freshman since Butkus Award winner Chris Claiborne had 20 against Arizona State in 1996. "I'm playing well but I feel like I'm not really helping my team like I'm supposed to," Bailey said after practice Sunday. "Like a true linebacker, I need to lead the team in pass breakups or interceptions.
September 6, 2011 |
Just in time for the Pacific 12 Conference opener, tailback intrigue is back at USC. Senior Marc Tyler , who was suspended for the season opener because of several off-season incidents, has been reinstated and will play against Utah, Coach Lane Kiffin said Tuesday. Tyler, the Trojans' leading rusher in 2010, joins a mix that has D.J. Morgan atop the depth chart, Dillon Baxter fresh off a meeting with Kiffin about his lack of playing time and Curtis McNeal hoping to build on his performance in the opener against Minnesota.
August 16, 2011 |
Matt Barkley displayed an even temperament through two seasons as USC's starting quarterback and for more than a year as the face of a program dealing with NCAA sanctions. So it was unusual to see a more excitable Barkley on Tuesday. After a series of dropped passes by several receivers during practice, the junior sprinted at least 10 yards to meet redshirt freshman Kyle Prater — and appeared to give him an earful. Asked if his comments were born of frustration, Barkley chose other adjectives.