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February 5, 2014 | By Gary Klein
USC Coach Steve Sarkisian wanted to finish a short recruiting season with a flourish. He did that Wednesday, landing all three of the top players that were targeted and uncommitted heading into national signing day. Long Beach Poly defensive back/wide receiver John “Juju” Smith announced at 1 p.m. that he would attend USC, giving the Trojans a clean sweep. Smith's announcement came two hours after Gardena Serra cornerback/receiver Adoree' Jackson announced he would sign with USC. Damien Mama, an offensive lineman at Bellflower St. John Bosco, announced Wednesday morning that he would become a Trojan.
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February 3, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Seattle linebacker Malcolm Smith had two huge interceptions during the postseason, including a pick-six of Denver quarterback Peyton Manning that helped him earn MVP honors at Super Bowl XLVIII Sunday night. But something strange happened after the game - Smith's postgame press conference was intercepted from him. By a guy wearing a red flannel shirt. As the third-year linebacker from USC was describing what it was like to be the Super Bowl MVP, a man identified by New Jersey State Police as Matthew Mills strolled to the podium, grabbed the microphone and rather calmly stated, "Investigate 9/11.
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February 3, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
At the Starr house in San Diego on Sunday, there was screaming during the Super Bowl when Malcolm Smith, a 2007 Woodland Hills Taft gradate, returned an interception of a Peyton Manning pass 69 yards for a touchdown. "It was pandemonium," said Troy Starr, who coached Smith at Taft. Smith was named MVP of the Super Bowl after helping the Seattle Seahawks defeat the Denver Broncos, 43-8. "How cool is that?" Starr said. "It couldn't have happened to a better kid. " Starr, now the head coach at Helix High, coached Smith and his older brother, Steve, who won a Super Bowl with the New York Giants.
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February 2, 2014 | By Gary Klein
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Malcolm Smith tries to keep a low profile, doing the grunt work for a Seattle Seahawks defense that is the best in the NFL. Staying under the radar might not be possible after Sunday night when the third-year linebacker from USC returned an interception for a touchdown, recovered a fumble and was voted the most valuable player of Super Bowl XLVIII. Smith also made nine tackles as the Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos, 43-8, at MetLife Stadium.
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January 29, 2014 | By Gary Klein
JERSEY CITY, N.J. - It was one of the biggest, and perhaps the most quickly forgotten, interceptions in NFL playoff history. When Seattle's Richard Sherman tipped away a pass intended for San Francisco 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree in the NFC championship game, linebacker Malcolm Smith caught the ball to complete a play that sent the Seahawks to the Super Bowl. But Smith's heads-up effort instantly became an afterthought when Sherman's emotional postgame outburst made the cornerback one of the Super Bowl's main story lines.
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January 29, 2014 | By Gary Klein
JERSEY CITY, N.J. - Their journeys to the Super Bowl might have been on different roads, but they all started from the same spot - playing college football in Los Angeles. USC and UCLA will have plenty of presence in Sunday's Super Bowl and, although most are backups, names familiar to Southern California football fans are sure to crop up. Seattle Seahawks linebackers Malcolm Smith and Mike Morgan played for the Trojans, and running back Derrick Coleman for the Bruins. Smith, a seventh-round draft pick in 2011, provided the game-saving interception in the Seahawks' NFC championship game victory over the San Francisco 49ers.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 28, 2014 | By August Brown
Back in the late '90s, when beloved singer-songwriter Elliott Smith was working on the soundtrack to "Good Will Hunting," he visited Sunset Sound studios with Soul Coughing frontman Mike Doughty. The two laid down a cappella tracks that Doughty said were intended for something hip-hop and electronic-inspired. The tapes then went missing and the collaboration never materialized. Until now. Today Doughty released the newly found and finished recordings under his beat-centric UUL alias, and they put Smith's tender whispers in a radical new context, to say the least.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 25, 2014 | By Kari Howard
This week I came across quite a lovely story by a writer who has found beauty and sorrow in the unlikeliest of places: the world of YouTube comments. First off, I admire his willingness to wade deep into what he calls a “semi-literate cesspool.” But then he manages to pluck out comments filled with such yearning they bring to mind one of the most haunting lines in film. It's in "Citizen Kane," when Kane's assistant Bernstein is remembering how he saw a woman on a ferry decades earlier: “I only saw her for one second.
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January 23, 2014 | By Dan Loumena
Geno Smith, the New York Jets quarterback who got off a Virgin America flight after he reportedly got into an argument with an attendant before takeoff, has received an apology from the airline, it was announced Thursday. The incident began on the ground at LAX during a flight scheduled for Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Exactly why he was offered the apology is unclear, but the airline issued the following statement via the Jets on the incident: "We believe it was the result of a misunderstanding that regrettably escalated unnecessarily.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 2014 | By Phil Willon
SACRAMENTO - Gun maker Smith & Wesson announced Thursday that it would stop selling newly designed semiautomatic pistols in California because of a state law requiring those firearms to imprint a unique, identifying "microstamp" on bullet casings. The law, signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2007 but not implemented until May 2013, is intended to help police investigators link shell casings found at crime scenes to a specific gun. Smith & Wesson joins gun maker Sturm, Ruger & Co. in halting the sales.
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