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Vucevic, O’Neill a perfect fit for USC


Someone asked Nikola Vucevic after USC’s 66-63 win over California on Thursday if he enjoyed being put on the spot near the end of the game, when he knocked down four free throws in a span of 10 seconds to secure a crucial victory for the Trojans. The sophomore didn’t hesitate. “When I made them, […]

Cooper shows fire in torrid remarks


Well, that’s one way to put it. After the USC women’s basketball team beat UCLA 70-63 on Sunday, coach Michael Cooper opened the postgame news conference by saying, “My opening statement is, f— UCLA.” Cooper went on to say many more words after that, but — not surprisingly — none seemed to have the same […]

Power shift goes unnoticed in rivalry


It sounds like a mad lib. The upstart (adjective) USC men’s basketball team (typically inferior proper noun) walloped the miserable (depressing adjective) UCLA men’s basketball team (proper noun synonymous with Goliath) Saturday at Pauley Pavilion (above noun’s preferred location) by 21 (ridiculously large number) points. Except this isn’t a mad lib. This is real. Yet, […]