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January 15, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
When: 7 p.m. PST. Where: Jon M. Huntsman Center, Salt Lake City. On the air: TV: Pac-12 Networks; Radio: 710. Records: USC 9-7, 0-3 in Pac-12 play; Utah 12-4, 1-3. Update: The Trojans are still looking for their first Pac-12 Conference win as they come off their worst offensive showing of the season. USC scored its fewest points this season in a 73-53 loss to No. 1-ranked Arizona on Sunday despite 18 points from junior guard Byron Wesley. Although the Utes lost close games on the road last week to Washington and Washington State, Utah is 12-1 on its home court.
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April 27, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 For the first time since 2005, USC won a three-game series over UCLA this past weekend, sweeping the three games. It gives the Trojans (24-17, 12-9) a nine-game winning streak. Leading the way have been a group of former Southland high school standouts. Jake Hernandez, a Los Osos grad, leads the Trojans in hitting with a .367 batting average. Freshman Jeremy Martinez (Mater Dei) is at .324, and Loyola grad Kevin Swick is at .321. Kyle Davis, a sophomore from Garden Grove Pacifica, has become the standout closer.
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January 11, 2014 | By Gary Klein
When: 6. Where: Galen Center. On the air: TV: Pac-12 Networks; Radio: 710. Records: USC 9-6, 0-2; Arizona 16-0, 3-0. Update: USC has been unable to stay with UCLA or Arizona State in losses to open Pac-12 Conference play. The Trojans missed open shots in Thursday night's 79-60 loss to Arizona State and continue to struggle at the free-throw line. However, Byron Wesley has played well. The junior swingman followed a strong effort against UCLA by scoring 20 points and taking a career-best 14 rebounds against Arizona State.
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April 25, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
It was former high school standouts from Southern California who led USC to its seventh consecutive victory, a 10-0 win over UCLA, on Thursday night in the first game of a three-game Pac-12 series. Wyatt Strahan (Villa Park) threw eight shutout innings. Timmy Robinson (Huntington Beach Ocean View) hit a three-run home run. Vahn Bozoian (Chino Hills Ayala) had a three-run double. Jake Hernandez (Los Osos) had two hits and two RBIs.   Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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January 26, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
  USC's basketball team battled back against Stanford at the end of regulation play Sunday to force overtime at the Galen Center. But that's when the Trojans' bid for a second consecutive Pac-12 Conference win came to a halt. Three-point baskets by Chasson Randle and John Gage in the five-minute overtime period spearheaded the Cardinal's 79-71 win over USC. BOX SCORE: Stanford 79, USC 71 (OT) "We played very hard today and had a chance to win," USC Coach Andy Enfield said.
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December 19, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
J.T. Terrell was eligible to play for USC, according to Coach Andy Enfield, but he didn't play. Byron Wesley is the Trojans' leading scorer and has been eligible all year, but he didn't start. Maybe that's the reason the Trojans started off so slowly Thursday night. A double-digit halftime deficit couldn't be overcome and Long Beach State (2-9) beat the Trojans, 72-71, at Long Beach's Walter Pyramid. Wesley, a 6-foot-5 junior, has been the constant on this up-and-down USC team (7-4)
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December 8, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
By Diane Pucin   Here is what people have been expecting from the USC basketball team as coached by Andy Enfield, whose Florida Gulf Coast squad last season was nicknamed "Dunk City. " With about seven minutes left Sunday in the Trojans' game against Boston College, point guard Pe'Shon Howard found freshman Julian Jacobs, who slammed the ball home from about a foot above the basket. Five Trojans scored in double figures as USC (6-3) won, 78-62, at the Galen Center, its second victory in a row. The Trojans were led by Jacobs, who had 16 points and eight rebounds.
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November 20, 2013 | By Gary Klein
Ed Orgeron is building a resume to convince USC Athletic Director Pat Haden that, once the season ends, he should drop the interim tag and make Orgeron the fulltime head coach. Along with support from fans, players and influential alums, Orgeron also could offer something else to make his case: A coach-of-the-year award. The Maxwell Football Club announced Wednesday that Orgeron was one of 16 semifinalists for its annual award, which will be announced Dec. 17. The semifinalist list includes Alabama's Nick Saban and Ohio State's Urban Meyer.
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February 10, 2011 | Eric Sondheimer
When Matt Cassel was 12, he was so secure and composed in front of a TV camera that he could have given an interview to Vin Scully without anyone realizing his age. He was fun-loving, goofy and seemed to greet everyone with a hug. His outgoing personality mesmerized friends and strangers alike. From the first day we met, when he was among the youngest members of the 1994 Northridge team that made it to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa., to last year, when he showed up at a football camp at the Rose Bowl wearing a Chatsworth High baseball cap, I've never seen him display a hint of shyness.
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January 10, 2011
USC next At Oregon, Thursday at Matthew Knight Arena, Eugene, Ore., 8 p.m., FSN ? It's the opener for Oregon's $200-million arena, and the Ducks (7-9, 0-4 in Pacific 10 Conference play) are on a six-game losing streak. Senior guard Joevan Catron (15.9 points per game) leads Oregon in scoring. The Ducks won both games with USC last season. ?Baxter Holmes
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April 25, 2014 | By Jason Song
The USC Shoah Foundation will expand its study of genocide by establishing a new center devoted to the study of mass killings and how such violent incidents begin, officials announced Friday. The foundation was started by film director Steven Spielberg on the set of his film "Schindler's List" and became part of USC in 2006. The foundation has collected more than 52,000 eyewitness testimonies of survivors of the Holocaust, Rwandan genocide and Nanjing Massacre.  The new group, called the Center for Advanced Genocide Research, will focus on resistance to mass killings and how the violence impacts emotional and physical behavior.
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April 24, 2014 | By Gary Klein and Chris Foster
Don't look for the union label around USC's or UCLA's football practice facilities any time soon. Football players at both schools are aware that Northwestern players might unionize. But when asked about the issue recently during spring practice, several said they were only casually monitoring the situation. "There has been some small talk around the locker room," said UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley. "We'll get a lot more information. Obviously, they are starting something. " Northwestern players will vote Friday on whether to unionize.
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April 24, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 It's not every day that someone shows up with a gift of a $20,000 academic scholarship, but that's what happened on Thursday at Garfield High, where Foot Locker and DoSomething.org presented Josh Davis with the academic scholarship handed to him by USC's Marqise Lee. Davis, a Bulldog standout in football, is also a top student in the classroom.   Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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April 23, 2014 | By Gary Klein
Former USC receiver Marqise Lee is among 30 players who have confirmed they plan to attend next month's NFL draft in New York. Lee is one of seven receivers who will be at the draft, which begins May 8 at Radio City Music Hall. Odell Beckham Jr. of Louisiana State, Brandin Cooks of Oregon State, Mike Evans of Texas A&M, Cody Latimer of Indiana, Jordan Matthews of Vanderbilt and Sammy Watkins of Clemson are other receivers scheduled to attend. Lee declared for the draft after playing three seasons at USC. He won the Biletnikoff Award as college football's top receiver in 2012.
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April 22, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
When it comes to best senior receiver in Southern California this fall, the college football recruiters are saying that Equanimeous St. Brown of Anaheim Servite is No. 1. UCLA is the latest to offer the 6-foot-5 St. Brown, joining USC, Notre Dame, Arizona State, Colorado, Stanford and Tennessee, among others. St. Brown caught 42 passes for 725 yards and six touchdowns as a junior. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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April 22, 2014 | By Paul Thornton
Brandon Spencer, the 21-year-old former gang member sentenced to 40 years to life in prison for attempted murder, may have sobbed like a toddler Friday after learning that the next several decades of his life will be spent behind bars, but he deserves little sympathy, wrote Times columnist Sandy Banks on Monday. But several of our readers had a much more charitable, even forgiving, attitude toward Spencer. The two sides don't dispute the facts: A gun-toting Spencer showed up at a Halloween party at USC in 2012 looking to exact revenge on a gang rival; several shots later, three innocent bystanders in addition to Spencer's target were injured.
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July 14, 2010 | By Paul Pringle, Los Angeles Times
Former USC football coach Pete Carroll shows his game face in denouncing the NCAA's penalties against the school, contending they are too harsh because he and other administrators never knew that star athletes such as Reggie Bush had violated the rules. But Carroll has been shy about mentioning that the NCAA found his quiet hiring of an extra coach, a big name from the NFL, was a major violation. The association also said that Carroll did not clear the hire with USC's compliance office, a finding that contradicts what he told The Times last year.
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Keep Ted! Keep Ted! Keep Ted! Don't mind me. I'm a UCLA fan. BRUCE JAGAROSOVICH Orange
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April 21, 2014 | Sandy Banks
Brandon Spencer ought to be considered an object lesson by wannabe gangsters carrying guns. The 21-year-old was sentenced Friday to 40 years to life in prison for shooting into a crowd waiting in line for a Halloween party on the USC campus in 2012. He wounded four people - including his target - but seems to think he ought to get leniency because nobody died. Spencer threw a tantrum in the courtroom when the judge announced his sentence, crying and banging his head on a table, like a 2-year-old sentenced to time-out.
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April 21, 2014 | By Gary Klein
A celebration of life gathering for Lonnie White, a former USC football player and Los Angeles Times sportswriter, will be held Saturday at noon in the Founder's Room of USC's Galen Center. White died March 29 . He was 49. White played receiver and also was a special-teams player at USC from 1982 to 1986. His 716 yards in kick-off return yardage was a school season record that stood until 2010. White worked for The Times from 1987 to 2008. He covered the Clippers, Kings, NFL, UCLA football, USC basketball and high school sports and was a general-assignment reporter.
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