COLUMN: Darnold is the type to live up to early hype


On Sunday, Las Vegas dubbed redshirt sophomore quarterback Sam Darnold the preseason Heisman Trophy favorite, with USC’s signal caller opening as a 5-1 frontrunner at multiple sportsbooks. The announcement surprised few, especially around the campus that Darnold captivated last fall. Darnold had been the Heisman favorite for months on online betting sites (alas, I missed […]

COLUMN: Tri-nation World Cup is exciting prospect


On Monday, the soccer federations of Mexico, Canada and the United States unveiled a plan for an unprecedented bid — a proposition for a joint hosting between three countries for the 2026 World Cup. It’s always a risky move to propose something that’s never been done before. On one hand, this proposal could be the […]

COLUMN: Enfield is a keeper for Trojan basketball


It takes a lot to turn a bad team into a good one. It takes time, patience and — most importantly — the right strategy. Using a top draft pick on a quarterback who turns out to be a bust or hiring a head coach who doesn’t pan out can set a franchise back five […]

COLUMN: Successful hockey boycott is promising


On Monday, the U.S. women’s hockey team reached the semifinals of the World Championships, knocking out Finland 5-3 to earn a top seeding. The win wasn’t necessarily a surprise for the Americans, who entered ranked No. 6 in the world against their unranked opponents. But its occurrence so close to Equal Pay Day was a […]

COLUMN: Tourney finalists a blueprint for Trojans


Another March Madness is in the books as the college basketball season wraps up Monday night with a championship matchup of perennial powerhouses: North Carolina and Gonzaga. While it is a bit disappointing that the Pac-12 isn’t represented in the final tilt, West Coast basketball will be represented with the Zags. Hopefully, Gonzaga will be […]

COLUMN: Oakland’s move is a betrayal of its fanbase


If it seems like I’ve written this column before, it’s because I have — twice. When the St. Louis Rams moved to Los Angeles last year, I said it was a bad idea. When the San Diego Chargers also relocated to the City of Angels earlier this year, I said the same. I’m going to […]