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June 21, 2011 | By Gary Klein
The victories, and a national championship they produced, are vacated. The trophies — a copy of Reggie Bush's Heisman statuette and a crystal football for a Bowl Championship Series title — are now ghosts of Heritage Hall. The forfeiture of those wins and mementos is just a fraction of what USC lost in the wake of some of the harshest penalties in college sports history — delivered largely because the NCAA found numerous violations relating to Bush. The Trojans men's basketball program also was punished for violations related to former star player O.J. Mayo, and the school actually paid some of that in cash: a $5,000 fine and the return of $206,200 it received for participation in the 2008 NCAA tournament.
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February 25, 2012
at Long Beach State 64, UC Riverside 40: Casper Ware scored 17 points for the 49ers, who are undefeated in 14 Big West Conference games. T.J. Robinson recorded his 52nd career double-double, with 10 points and 16 rebounds. Phil Martin had nine points and 10 rebounds to lead the Highlanders, who trailed, 41-18, at halftime. Riverside committed 19 turnovers. at UC Davis 78, Cal State Fullerton 75: In a game they never led, the Titans pulled to within one point in the fourth quarter, but the Aggies hung on for the victory, which ended Fullerton's six-game winning streak.
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October 28, 2011 | By Ben Bolch
Playing basketball away from Pauley Pavilion shouldn't keep UCLA from making itself at home wherever it goes in the Pacific 12 Conference. At least that was the assessment of conference media members who picked the Bruins to win the Pac-12 title in a close race with California and Arizona. UCLA, which will play most of its home games at the Sports Arena this season while its permanent home receives a makeover, received 14 first-place votes to Cal's 13 and Arizona's 11. "It doesn't help us win one game," Bruins Coach Ben Howland said Friday at L.A. Live during Pac-12 media day. "All it does is make the bull's-eye even bigger, and you've already got the bull's-eye because you have those four letters on your chest.
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October 31, 2011 | By Gary Klein
The last time USC lost in triple-overtime, the Trojans came back the next week and began a 34-game winning streak. Heading into Friday night's game at Colorado, Coach Lane Kiffin has more modest goals coming off a triple-overtime defeat against Stanford. "We're just trying to get one in a row," he said Monday. "We're not worried about 34 right now. " This is the Trojans' first trip to Boulder, Colo., since 2002, when quarterback Carson Palmer led USC to a 40-3 victory in the second game of the season.
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September 4, 2012
  Join us at noon today for a live Google+ Hangout chat with sportswriter David Wharton and deputy sports editor John Cherwa. Wharton was in China with the UCLA men's basketball on their recent historic trip. The trip to China was a trial run, the start of what could be an annual exchange between the Pac-12 and the Federation of University Sports of China. Pac-12 officials are eager to foster relationships with a country where they might someday broadcast games and sell merchandise to a basketball-crazed populace.
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August 27, 2012
  Join us at 8:15 a.m. today for a live Google+ Hangout chat with sportswriter David Wharton, who is in China with the UCLA basketball team, and Times sports editor Mike James. [ Update at 8 a.m. : The chat has been canceled because of technical difficulties. Our apologies for the cancellation.] The trip to China represents a trial run, the start of what could be an annual exchange between the Pac-12 and the Federation of University Sports of China. Pac-12 officials are eager to foster relationships with a country where they might someday broadcast games and sell merchandise to a basketball-crazed populace.
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September 10, 2011 | By Gary Klein and Baxter Holmes
USC's 23-14 victory over Utah sent Las Vegas sports books into a tizzy Saturday night. The game originally ended with USC winning, 17-14. But two hours after the game, the Pacific 12 Conference overruled game officials who had not allowed a last-second touchdown by USC's Torin Harris after a blocked field-goal attempt. Contacted about the finish by The Times, a supervisor at the MGM Mirage Sports Book said, "That cost us huge. We needed USC to cover the 8½ and when they didn't allow that touchdown, that killed us. " That was around 10 p.m. Informed the score had been officially changed, the supervisor said: "I haven't got that information.
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September 10, 2011 | By Chris Foster
San Jose State running back Ben Thompson , the son of former UCLA running back Daniel Thompson , knows all about Westwood. "Diddy Riese [Cookies], Pauley Pavilion, I have been around all of that," Ben said. A redshirt freshman from Temecula Valley High, Ben made his college debut on special teams against Stanford last week and is working his way up the depth chart. Daniel Thompson, the Orange County player of the year at Huntington Beach High as a senior, played at UCLA from 1985-88.
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September 29, 2011 | By Gary Klein
USC receiver Marqise Lee has played in four games. The freshman has caught 13 passes. Coach Lane Kiffin has seen enough. "I know it's early to say," Kiffin said Thursday. "I think he's going to be one of the best receivers ever to play at this school. " Not bad for a player many projected as a college defensive back. Lee, 6 feet, 190 pounds, has started opposite former Gardena Serra High teammate Robert Woods three times and is expected to do so again Saturday when the Trojans play Arizona at the Coliseum.
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November 1, 2011 | Eric Sondheimer
Energized alumni. Fired-up fans. Large crowds. Motivated players. It's rivalry week in high school football, and what a group of games is set for this weekend. It starts with Thursday night's Coliseum League title decider between Dorsey and host Crenshaw. Then comes the East Los Angeles Classic, with Garfield taking on Roosevelt at East Los Angeles College on Friday night. Add Santa Ana Mater Dei facing Anaheim Servite at Angel Stadium and Narbonne playing at San Pedro in a Marine League title decider, and you have a perfect storm of rivalry games.
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