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UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel knows the pressure that exists from two 4-8 seasons in three years cannot be dissipated with one eventful scrimmage.
USC coach Lane Kiffin was asked Friday if he considered awarding freshman wide receiver Marqise Lee the No. 1 jersey.
Abner Mares is going to be honored by the city of Hawaiian Gardens on Sunday because he became his hometown's first world champion by winning a majority decision over Joseph "King Kong" Agbeko a week ago in Las Vegas.
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Trey Dickerson, a 6-foot senior point guard, confirmed Friday he'll be attending Sierra Canyon this fall after cut its athletic program in July. Dickerson averaged 17.6points, 6.2 assists and 1.
CARSON -- Robbie Keane is not wasting any time. He couldn't wait to get on the field Friday with his new team, in part to "get the jet lag out of me system.
DENVER - Another solid pitching performance and a rare burst of run support from the Dodgers was enough to end Hiroki Kuroda's lengthy drought against the Colorado Rockies.
ANAHEIM - The youth movement was evident in the Angels' clubhouse well before Friday's game. Prized prospect Mike Trout settled back into his locker near fellow rookie Hank Conger.
ANAHEIM - No matter how down the Angels get, Torii Hunter usually has a smile and bright outlook.
I'm not going to lie. I was seconds away Thursday from pushing the send button on a story detailing the sudden, premature death of the Angels' 2011 season.
Go play golf, Tiger. Competitive golf, that is. Tiger Woods needs reps right now. He's lost that competitive edge.
MILWAUKEE - The Dodgers' offense is sputtering again. Chad Billingsley tossed seven strong innings, but the bullpen gave up Mark Kotsay's tiebreaking RBI single in the ninth in the Dodgers' 2-1 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday.
Flintridge Sacred Heart graduate Andrea Kropp captured a silver medal Tuesday in the women's 200-meter breaststroke final at the World University Games in Shenzhen, China. Kropp, a sophomore at Princeton, clocked a lifetime-best 2 minutes, 26.
Angel McCoughtry scored 23 points and the Atlanta Dream ruined Candace Parker's return to the Sparks with an 84-79 win Tuesday night.
MILWAUKEE - The Dodgers' offense is sputtering again. Chad Billingsley tossed seven strong innings, but the bullpen gave up Mark Kotsay's tiebreaking RBI single in the ninth in the Dodgers' 2-1 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night.
ANAHEIM - Since being demoted to the bullpen, Joel Pi±eiro hasn't complained. Instead, he's quietly worked on his mechanics: shortening his stride and putting less break in his breaking ball.
ANAHEIM - A rookie pitcher falls behind early to a powerful Texas offense and the Angels bats are unable to mount a comeback. Sounds a lot like Monday's loss to open the series.
A day after taking a big step forward, UCLA quarterback Richard Brehaut took a hobbling step back. Brehaut suffered a sprained foot late in Monday's afternoon practice, and was held out Tuesday and listed as day to day.
USC will host a weeknight Pacific-12 game at the Coliseum in either 2012 or 2013, athletic director Pat Haden said Tuesday. "We will have to do it; it's part of our (TV) contract," Haden said.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he wants his players to approach every game the same no matter who they're playing, but he admitted he was looking forward to the trip that starts today with a series against the National League Central-leading.