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.
NCAA accuses Kiffin of violations at Tennessee Feb. 23, 2011
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.
LAKERS NOTEBOOK: Bynum still dealing with knee issues Feb. 23, 2011
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.
Late rally is enough for Lakers Feb. 23, 2011
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.
Change may be coming for the Clippers Feb. 23, 2011
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.
Lakers look like their old selves out of the break Feb. 22, 2011
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.
Daily News writers win APSE awards Feb. 21, 2011
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.
LAKERS NOTEBOOK: Barnes could be back next week Feb. 21, 2011
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.
UCLA tries to solve Stanford - Ninth-ranked Bruins look to end nine-game losing skid against No. 3 C Feb. 20, 2011
Nikki Caldwell hasn't had to deal with many lopsided losses during her 109-game coaching career with the UCLA women's basketball team.
UCLA women lose to Stanford for 10th straight time Feb. 20, 2011
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.
UCLA falls into Bear trap placed by Cal's Gutierrez Feb. 20, 2011
BERKELEY - UCLA head coach Ben Howland waved his head in disgust and then smacked his right hand directly on his forehead, his shoulders collapsing.
West All-Stars Westbrook, Love enjoy a Bruin reunion Feb. 20, 2011
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.
BONSIGNORE: Griffin might be the hip Clip, but Lakers star Bryant remains the leading man of L.A. NB Feb. 20, 2011
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.
Bryant closes down Staples Center's house party, getting MVP honors in West's NBA All-Star Game vict Feb. 20, 2011
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.
Malibu girls' water polo wakes up in time Feb. 19, 2011
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.