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USC might be only three games above .500, but Trojans coach Kevin O'Neill will not rule out the chances for an NCAA Tournament bid with a strong finish. "If we were to win out and go 19-12 going into the Pac-10 Tournament, who knows?" O'Neill said.
The NCAA said in a letter to USC that Trojans coach Lane Kiffin and his coaching staff committed recruiting violations while at Tennessee and failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance with the rules.
PORTLAND, Ore. - Andrew Bynum told reporters Monday his surgically repaired right knee still isn't as strong as it could be. Then he went and grabbed 15 rebounds during the Lakers' victory Tuesday over the Atlanta Hawks.
PORTLAND, Ore. - They were done. History. Down and out. The Lakers trailed the Portland Trail Blazers by eight points with a little more than four minutes to play Wednesday night at the Rose Garden.
NEW ORLEANS - Clippers point guard Baron Davis didn't play Wednesday because of a sore left knee. At least, that's what the Clippers said.
OKLAHOMA CITY - Blake Griffin's return home featured a rousing start and a forgettable finish.
Sitting on the Lakers' bench the past couple of years gave Josh Powell an up-close look at the skill and artistry of a two-time-defending champion.
Staff writers Vincent Bonsignore, Tom Hoffarth and Jill Painter each received awards in the Associated Press Sports Editors' annual national contest, it was announced last week in Indianapolis.
HOCKEY: Ex-Ducks prospect alleged religious discrimination against Anaheim's ECHL affiliate. Two weekends ago, Jason Bailey left Southern California with two goals and a kiss after playing in three ECHL games against the Ontario Reign.
EL SEGUNDO - The Lakers returned to practice after the four-day NBA All-Star break Monday and welcomed back an old friend.
Well, that was cool. Los Angeles put on a great show during All-Star weekend - paying attention, NFL? - the Blake Griffin brand blew through the roof and Kobe Bryant reminded everybody L.A. still is his city and the NBA remains his empire.
Nikki Caldwell hasn't had to deal with many lopsided losses during her 109-game coaching career with the UCLA women's basketball team.
Jasmine Dixon insists UCLA has the swagger necessary to defeat Pac-10 rival Stanford, the Bruins just didn't show it Sunday. Stanford coach Tara Vanderveer endorses UCLA as one of the nation's top women's basketball teams.
BERKELEY - UCLA head coach Ben Howland waved his head in disgust and then smacked his right hand directly on his forehead, his shoulders collapsing.
BA Former UCLA teammates Westbrook, Love soak in atmosphere as they play together on West. He was the last All-Star to score, but the way Kevin Love looks at it he plans on getting another chance or two.
Blake Griffin jumped up off the bench, ripped off his sweats and checked into Sunday's NBA All-Star Game at Staples Center late in the first quarter. He replaced Kobe Bryant, the two sharing a fist bump and a smile near the West sideline.
Near the end, the NBA's annual midseason showcase turned into something fun and exciting and maybe a little bit unexpected, too. Suddenly, spectacularly, overshadowing the hype and the music, there was a game to be played and won.
GIRLS' WATER POLO: After allowing first two goals, Malibu responds on defense in quarterfinal victory.
Harvard-Westlake took the frustration of last year's quarterfinal loss out on host Trabuco Hills to move on to the Southern Section Div. IV girls' water polo semifinals.
WRESTLING: Hickman advances to Masters for the fourth time. OXNARD -- Practice might not make perfect, but it does get you pretty far.