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April 12, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
Quarterback Matt Barkley made big news when he announced he was passing on the NFL draft to stay for his senior season at USC. But another USC standout did the same with far less fanfare. Steve Johnson, the reigning NCAA men's singles champion, opted to stay at USC for his senior season -- and a chance to lead the tennis team to a fourth consecutive NCAA title -- rather than turn pro right away. Johnson has won 55 singles matches in a row. The Trojans will play in the Pac-12 Championships at the Ojai Valley Tennis Championships on April 25-29.
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July 25, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
Martina Hingis, who played for the Washington Kastles, was named most valuable player  of the World Team Tennis season and former USC star Steve Johnson was named rookie of the year Thursday. Johnson played for the Orange County Breakers. Hingis is entered in the doubles competition next week at the WTA event in Carlsbad, causing speculation the 32-year-old former No. 1-ranked player in the world might be considering a comeback. Jean-Julien Rojer of the Springfield Lasers was named the men's most valuable player and Murphy Jensen, coach of the Kastles, is coach of the year.
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April 27, 2012 | Bill Dwyre
Friday in Ojai was a day best suited for canvas and watercolors. Also, because it was Ojai, for tennis. We live in an era where tradition means you did the same thing last year. In Ojai, their tennis tradition runs a bit deeper. This weekend's tournament, simply called "The Ojai" because that's all that is needed, is the 112th. Some of the trees surrounding the courts in Libbey Park look as if they were there when this all started. To be clear, this is no collection of hackers in green shorts and cheap rackets.
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July 12, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
Former USC and NCAA champion tennis star Steve Johnson and CoCo Vandeweghe will lead the Orange County Breakers on Saturday night at the Bren Center at UC Irvine in a Mylan World Team Tennis match against the Springfield Lasers. Former U.S. Open champion and perennial top 10 player Andy Roddick, who is in his first year of retirement from the ATP Tour, will lead the Lasers. Also on hand will be World Team Tennis Founder Billie Jean King. The match begins at 7 p.m. Tickets run from $27.50 to $55. ALSO: Patriots defensive back Alfonzo Dennard arrested again Female cyclists start a petition to be included in Tour de France Q&A: Kobe Bryant on rehab, Dwight Howard and the Lakers' future    
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July 22, 2012 | By Andrew Owens
Steve Johnson accomplished more in his four years at USC than any tennis player in NCAA history. He was a part of four team national championships, won two individual titles and set the record for most consecutive victories, with 72. However, there is one aspect of the sport he never quite discovered with the Trojans. He never learned how to lose. "It's definitely going to be different," Johnson said of a professional career in which losing is a harsh reality for even the greatest players.
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February 23, 1990 | From Associated Press
Disgruntled center Steve Johnson, who has feuded with Minnesota management since being picked third in the 1989 NBA expansion draft, was traded Thursday night to Seattle in exchange for forward Brad Sellers. The Timberwolves also would give Seattle their 1991 second-round draft pick if they make a contract offer to Sellers by July 1 or if they sign Sellers to a contract that covers at least the 1990-91 season, according to the Timberwolves. Sellers, the former Ohio State star who was the No.
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March 29, 2009 | Ben Bolch
Steve Johnson was not happy. His stare haunting, his voice booming above the din of Arco Arena, the Rialto Eisenhower High boys' basketball coach unloaded on sophomore guard Devin Garner in the final minutes of the state Division II title game. Moments later, television analyst Sean Farnham passed a note down press row, incredulous at the scene unfolding before him. "Ike is leading, right?" the note read.
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October 26, 1990
The Golden State Warriors signed center Steve Johnson, 32, to a one-year contract.
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April 3, 1997
Steve Johnson, Newbury Park: Johnson led the Panthers, who were expected to finish near the bottom in the Marmonte League, to a share of the league title and the quarterfinals of the Southern Section Division II-A playoffs. Johnson developed Jim Newton, a 6-foot-9 forward, into an offensive force in the second half of the season.
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November 27, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
The U.S Tennis Assn. announced Tuesday that former top 30 player Bethanie Mattek-Sands, former U.S. Open junior champion Jack Sock and two-time reigning NCAA singles champion Steve Johnson of USC are among the players who will compete in the  Australian Open wild-card playoffs, held Dec. 14-16, at Life Time Athletic & Tennis at Peachtree Corners in Norcross, Ga. The men's and women's winners will earn berths in the Australian Open main draw...
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August 31, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK -- Steve Johnson, who won 72 consecutive matches and back-to-back NCAA singles titles to close out his collegiate career at USC earlier this year, is playing at the U.S. Open as if he will be more than just a player struggling to earn points and make it into main draws. Johnson, who got a wild card into the U.S. Open because of his NCAA singles title, advanced to the third round of the Open with a significant 6-7 (3), 7-6 (5), 6-3, 6-4 win Friday over veteran Ernests Gulbis of Latvia, who had won the 2011 Los Angeles Open at UCLA.
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August 31, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK -- Laura Robson, the 18-year-old from Britain who ended the 29-year-old Kim Clijsters' singles tennis career by upsetting the three-time champion in the second round, took the confidence she gained from that match and used it in upsetting ninth-seeded Li Na of China, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-2  on a hot Friday at the U.S. Open. The 30-year-old Li had lost only five matches to lower-ranked players in 2012. Robson had already achieved her best-ever major tournament results when she took out Clijsters in an emotional match where Clijsters said a tearful goodbye to singles tennis.
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July 24, 2012 | By Andrew Owens
Michael Russell is an old man by ATP standards at 34, but he says that what he has lost in quickness has been made up for by his competitive drive. “I always have been” a competitor, Russell says. “I've always believed I could succeed.” Russell, who said he wants to play through the 2013 season, defeated 24-year-old Jesse Levine, 6-3, 6-4, on Tuesday afternoon at UCLA's L.A. Tennis Center to advance to the second round and face top-seeded Benoit Paire of France. “A lot of it is mental - believing you belong there is a hurdle,” Russell said of trying to knock off top players.
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July 23, 2012 | By Andrew Owens
When: Monday-Sunday. Where: L.A. Tennis Center at UCLA. Whom to watch: Last year's champion, Ernests Gulbis, is not competing in this year's tournament, but the 2009 and 2010 champion, Sam Querrey, is looking for his third Farmers Classic singles title. The 2007 runner-up, James Blake, returns and is still searching for his first tournament singles title, and rising stars such as Steve Johnson look to take hold of the tournament themselves. Fast fact: Now in its 86th year, the Farmers Classic is the longest-running professional sporting event in Los Angeles.
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July 22, 2012 | By Andrew Owens
Steve Johnson accomplished more in his four years at USC than any tennis player in NCAA history. He was a part of four team national championships, won two individual titles and set the record for most consecutive victories, with 72. However, there is one aspect of the sport he never quite discovered with the Trojans. He never learned how to lose. "It's definitely going to be different," Johnson said of a professional career in which losing is a harsh reality for even the greatest players.
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December 31, 1990 | From Associated Press
The Golden State Warriors released 6-foot-10 starting center Steve Johnson, who averaged 3.8 points in 24 games. "It means we're going to have to win games with our smaller lineup," said Coach Don Nelson, adding that the team's experiment with a low-post "power attack" was over.
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May 29, 2012 | By Gary Klein
USC tennis player Steve Johnson extended his winning streak to 72 matches and won his second consecutive NCAA singles title Sunday at Athens, Ga. Johnson, in the near-court in the above video, defeated Kentucky's Eric Quigley, 6-4, 6-4, to finish the season 32-0. Last week Johnson, a senior from Orange, helped the Trojans win their fourth consecutive NCAA team title. “Coming into college, I was thinking I'd be happy if could get one title,” Johnson said in a phone interview.
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April 27, 2012 | Bill Dwyre
Friday in Ojai was a day best suited for canvas and watercolors. Also, because it was Ojai, for tennis. We live in an era where tradition means you did the same thing last year. In Ojai, their tennis tradition runs a bit deeper. This weekend's tournament, simply called "The Ojai" because that's all that is needed, is the 112th. Some of the trees surrounding the courts in Libbey Park look as if they were there when this all started. To be clear, this is no collection of hackers in green shorts and cheap rackets.
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