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Same stadium, one year later. When USC's players trudged off Autzen Stadium's artificial turf after a 17-13 loss last season, tailback Chad Morton said the team felt sick over a defeat that knocked the Trojans back among the also-rans in the Pacific 10 Conference race. This time, their minds are set on using Oregon as a stepladder to a spot among the leaders in the topsy-turvy Pac-10 as USC (2-0) and Oregon (2-1) open conference play tonight. Memories of last year linger for USC.
March 7, 1999 | DAVID WHARTON
Now the Trojans must wait by the telephone, hoping for a call and an invitation from National Invitation Tournament officials. Either way, Coach Henry Bibby says he is encouraged by the way his team won four of its final six Pacific 10 Conference games and by the improvement of newcomers Brian Scalabrine, Sam Clancy and Brandon Granville. "You are looking at so many guys on this team who came in here not knowing what to expect," Bibby said.
November 27, 1998 | LARRY STEWART
Even though you often can't believe what you hear on sports talk radio, the firing of Joe McDonnell by XTRA Sports 1150 was not a hoax or a publicity stunt. McDonnell was given his walking papers for real after he finished his show last Friday. The publicity stunt, if there was one, was that the man who fired McDonnell, new station operations manager Mike Thompson, went on the air last Monday and took calls from listeners for four hours. Actually, it was gutty, and somewhat refreshing.
Time: 12:30 p.m. * Site: Rose Bowl * Records: USC 7-3, 5-2; UCLA 9-0, 7-0. * Television: Channel 7 * Radio: AM 690, AM 1150 * The offenses: It's UCLA senior quarterback Cade McNown against USC freshman Carson Palmer, making his third start. But a freshman won this game three years ago: McNown, in a 24-20 upset. The offenses are a clash of opposites. UCLA averages almost 41 points a game.
July 16, 1998 | ELLIOTT TEAFORD
The Mighty Ducks are expected to announce today they have agreed to a three-year radio deal with XTRA 690, the San Diego-based all-sports station. The Ducks have been trying to land a deal with XTRA since their inaugural season in 1993-94. But the station was in the midst of an eight-year contract with the Kings and had no room for the Ducks on its schedule. They landed instead on KEZY 95.9-FM for four seasons before moving to KRLA 1110 last season.
June 20, 1998 | From Bloomberg News
Interpool Inc. and Leon Black's Apollo Management agreed to buy Xtra Corp., which leases trailers and freight containers, for $1.9 billion in stock and assumed debt. Apollo and Princeton, N.J.-based Interpool, which also leases cargo containers, will pay $65 a share in cash, or about $976 million, for 90% of Boston-based Xtra. News of the deal boosted Xtra shares up $14.94 to close at $61 on the New York Stock Exchange. Interpool rose $1.06 to close at $15.75, also on the NYSE.
March 3, 1998 | LARRY STEWART
USC and XTRA 690 have agreed to a three-year deal for the San Diego radio station to broadcast all Trojan football and basketball games. USC will produce the broadcasts, hire the announcers and sell most of the advertising. The station will produce promotional programming and sell some of the advertising. USC Athletic Director Mike Garrett said the announcers will be named in the near future. Football announcers Larry Kahn and Mike Lamb are not expected to be back.
March 14, 1997 | LARRY STEWART
The report card on XTRA Sports 1150 after a week as Los Angeles' latest attempt at all-sports radio: Not a bad effort but needs work. First of all, San Diego's XTRA 690, sister station of Los Angeles' XTRA 1150--formerly KIIS-AM--is competing for the same listeners. Both stations carry the same morning-drive show, and both carry Jim Rome, but at different times. Doesn't seem to make much sense.
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