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January 30, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
When first generation rapper Doug E. Fresh, former Roots beatmaker Rahzel or "Yo Gabba Gabba" rapper Biz Markie learned to mimic a hip-hop rhythm using only their voices, chances were they had little idea what they were actually doing with their mouths. "Beatboxing,” as it came to be known, includes laryngeal lowering and lingual retraction, labial approximation, velic raising (to seal the nasopharynx off from the oral vocal tract, of course) and rapid raising of the tongue dorsal.
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April 21, 2014 | By Gary Klein
Former USC basketball player Byron Wesley, who announced last week that he would graduate this summer and transfer for his final season of eligibility, has been contacted by seven schools, he told USCFootball.com. Wesley, a guard who was the Trojans' leading scorer last season, told reporter Chris Swanson that he had been contacted by Indiana, Baylor, Michigan State, Gonzaga, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Providence. "I'm still trying to narrow down my list right now and take a few official visits," Wesley told Swanson . "I want to check out some schools, meet the coaches, players on the team and everyone.
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March 25, 2014 | By Corina Knoll and Francine Orr
The attorney who oversaw USC law students in their efforts to free 74-year-old Mary Virginia Jones, convicted for her role in a 1981 murder, after 32 years behind bars said the the win came after a difficult road. Jones walked out of Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood around 11 p.m. Monday after Judge William C. Ryan ordered her release  earlier in the day. USC Law School's Post-Conviction Justice Project argued that Jones' abusive boyfriend had forced her at gunpoint to help rob and shoot two drug dealers, one of whom died.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 2014 | By Corina Knoll and Francine Orr
The attorney who oversaw USC law students in their efforts to free 74-year-old Mary Virginia Jones, convicted for her role in a 1981 murder, after 32 years behind bars said the the win came after a difficult road. Jones walked out of Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood around 11 p.m. Monday after Judge William C. Ryan ordered her release  earlier in the day. USC Law School's Post-Conviction Justice Project argued that Jones' abusive boyfriend had forced her at gunpoint to help rob and shoot two drug dealers, one of whom died.
OPINION
January 6, 2006
Re "History Scrambles Past Trojans," Jan. 5 May I just say how proud I am of our Trojans? They conducted themselves like true gentlemen against a tough opponent, Texas. They played tough and they played clean -- and honored us on the field Wednesday night. JASON J. POSTON Los Angeles Our two Trojans (grandma, 1947, and daughter, 2007) led this family in cheering the Trojan football team through a nail-biting Rose Bowl game. This time the greatest team in college football happened to lose, leaving it 34-1 and the greatest team in college football.
SPORTS
April 5, 1986
Mike McGee should be congratulated for hiring George Raveling as USC's new basketball coach. The hooting, hollering, ranting, raving, motor-mouth Raveling is the perfect choice for the hooting, hollering, ranting, raving, motor-mouth team he's inheriting. FRANK BISHOP Santa Monica
SPORTS
January 5, 2005 | Bill Plaschke
Computers can't crash this. Polls won't pollute this. Biases don't break this. Not now, not after three years of whiny debate and nagging doubt ended Tuesday in bloodied faces and busted perceptions. USC stuck a four-hour fist into an Oklahoma mouth. USC slapped a grass-stained, padded forearm around a national consciousness. Amid grinding and whirring and banging, USC lowered a cardinal-and-gold dome upon a deep foundation. Welcome to the college football's new capital.
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November 9, 2013 | Gary Klein
Ed Orgeron does not have fond memories of Memorial Stadium. The last time he visited, 10 years ago, Orgeron was the defensive line coach for a third-ranked USC team that spotted California a 14-point halftime lead before losing to the Golden Bears in triple overtime. It was a turning point for USC, which bounced back from the defeat and went on to win 34 consecutive games and two national titles. However, the circumstances of the loss remain vivid. "It was just devastating," Orgeron said.
SPORTS
June 29, 2002
Congratulations to Paul Hackett. Because the NCAA is forcing Cal to forfeit all of its football victories in 1999, the USC team from that year has had its record changed from 6-6 to 7-5. The 1999 Trojans are now bowl-eligible. Randolph Ziskin Los Angeles
SPORTS
November 29, 1986
Let's hope Ted Tollner's boss, Mike McGee, was as embarrassed as the rest of us. Just how can a USC team be so poorly prepared? The arm-tackling by the defense was not vintage USC football. The only hit that the secondary mastered was the late hit. If McGee is satisfied with Tollner's performance, then maybe USC President Zumberge should consider replacing them both. JERRY SAUNDERS Monterey Park
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November 17, 2013 | BILL PLASCHKE
The deep green Coliseum field turned cardinal and gold, swarmed by thousands of fans, enveloped in thousands of screams, a heart of Trojans nation beating together in dizzy disbelief. In the middle stood one sweating man who was somehow bigger than all of it, his giant white-sleeved arms raised above his giant smile, his massive shoulders carrying this bear of a victory. He was rocked, he was hugged, he was loved like no man has been loved here since the early days of Pete Carroll.
SPORTS
November 9, 2013 | Gary Klein
Ed Orgeron does not have fond memories of Memorial Stadium. The last time he visited, 10 years ago, Orgeron was the defensive line coach for a third-ranked USC team that spotted California a 14-point halftime lead before losing to the Golden Bears in triple overtime. It was a turning point for USC, which bounced back from the defeat and went on to win 34 consecutive games and two national titles. However, the circumstances of the loss remain vivid. "It was just devastating," Orgeron said.
SPORTS
November 4, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
Omar Oraby is 7 feet 2 and stands up straight as a light pole. Sometimes kids who are extremely tall try to look less tall. They hunch their shoulders. They nonchalantly bend their knees. But Oraby is proud of who he is. He's proud of his height. He is proud to be a USC senior and well on his way to a college degree. He is proud to be a basketball player with soft hands, nifty footwork and talent that doesn't always come naturally to a big man from a country that doesn't produce many basketball players.
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October 19, 2013 | By Gary Klein
MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. — Upon arriving at USC's team hotel late Thursday night, quarterback Cody Kessler picked up his room key and made his way toward a ballroom set up as a dining center. "Good memories from this place," he said, to no one in particular. Two years ago, Kessler was a wide-eyed freshman learning the steps of preparation from road-game roommate Matt Barkley, who in 2009 led USC to victory over Notre Dame in his first game at Notre Dame Stadium. On Saturday night, Kessler will try to do the same when USC plays the Fighting Irish in the 85th football game between the rivals.
SPORTS
October 10, 2013 | By Gary Klein
The desserts that returned as part of training table fare were scrumptious. The whooping and hollering during a player-coached scrimmage proved cathartic. And a movie screening the night before the game relaxed a USC team about to play its first game under interim Coach Ed Orgeron. But how would USC respond when it finally played a game without the fired Lane Kiffin? On Thursday night, the Trojans answered with a 38-31 victory over stubborn Arizona at the Coliseum. With the animated Orgeron leading the way, and offensive coordinator Clay Helton calling plays for the first time, the Trojans improved to 4-2 overall and 1-2 in Pac-12 Conference play heading into their next game at Notre Dame.
SPORTS
October 9, 2013 | By Gary Klein
USC plays its first game under interim Coach Ed Orgeron, who begins an eight-game audition for the full-time job. Times staff writer Gary Klein examines the story lines: Pivotal game Last season's 39-36 loss at Arizona was a turning point for a USC team that had entered the game with a 6-1 record and was ranked No. 10. USC lost five of its last six games, placing immense pressure on former coach Lane Kiffin and Athletic Director...
SPORTS
April 12, 2013 | By Gary Klein
Cynthia Cooper-Dyke is coming home. The Los Angeles Locke High alum who played on two NCAA championship teams at USC and competed in the WNBA was hired as USC's women's basketball coach, the school announced Thursday. Cooper-Dyke, who coached last season at Texas Southern, replaces Michael Cooper, whose USC team finished 11-20 last season. "If you were to ask me what my dream job was at any point in my coaching career, I would always have said my dream is to come back and lead the USC women's basketball team," Cooper-Dyke said in a statement.
SPORTS
August 23, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
New USC basketball Coach Andy Enfield spoke Friday afternoon about the Trojans' newest  player, D.J. Haley, who played three seasons at Virginia Commonwealth. Enfield said Haley, who graduated in three years and is immediately eligible, plans to enter USC's engineering graduate school. Haley, a 7-footer from Palmdale who averaged 1.9 points and 1.9 rebounds last season, fills a need for a USC team that lost forward Eric Wise, who exhausted his eligibility, and center Dewayne Dedmon, who entered the NBA draft but wasn't taken.
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April 12, 2013 | By Gary Klein
Cynthia Cooper-Dyke is coming home. The Los Angeles Locke High alum who played on two NCAA championship teams at USC and competed in the WNBA was hired as USC's women's basketball coach, the school announced Thursday. Cooper-Dyke, who coached last season at Texas Southern, replaces Michael Cooper, whose USC team finished 11-20 last season. "If you were to ask me what my dream job was at any point in my coaching career, I would always have said my dream is to come back and lead the USC women's basketball team," Cooper-Dyke said in a statement.
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