Saturday, December 6, 2008
The USC Trojans defeated the UCLA Bruins 28-7, achieving their 7th straight Pac-10 championship, and 4th straight Rose Bowl berth, meaning the Trojans will stay at Pasadena a little while longer. Trojan QB Mark Sanchez threw for 268 yards and 2 touchdowns, and Joe McKnight ran for 99 yards with 1 TD. Kalihl Bell scored the Bruins only touchdown, coming off an early USC turnover deep in UCLA territory. Many in USC were satisfied with the win, despite not covering the 33-point spread. For Trojan seniors like Rey Maualuga and Patrick Turner, the win not only put a nice feather in their caps, it also avenged the 13-9 Bruin victory two years ago that knocked USC out of the BCS title game.
The Los Angeles Kings were defeated by the Edmonton Oilers 5-4 on a shootout. Edmonton scored 3 first period goals on goalie Erik Ersberg, but the Kings came back with 4 goals in the second, each one from a different player (Frolov, Handzus, Stoll, and Kopitar). Jason LaBarbera came in for Ersberg in the second, and had 30 saves. However, Dustin Penner got one past LaBarbera for a goal in the third, forcing the game into overtime, and eventually a shootout. The Oilers won the SO 2 to 1.
Friday, December 5, 2008
The USC and UCLA fans are all sitting on pins and needles waiting for the big game Saturday, one of college football's most celebrated and storied rivalries. From Reggie Bush to Troy Aikman, many of the greatest players in both NCAA and NFL history took part in the annual battle for LA. USC is a 33 point favorite, and a win for the Trojans means another trip to the Rose Bowl. Coach Rick Neuheisal still remains optimistic when it comes to the Bruins' chances against the Trojans.
The Los Angeles Clippers were defeated by the Memphis Grizzlies 93-81, dropping their third in a row. Rudy Gay led Memphis with 25 points, and USC product O.J. Mayo had 20 points with 2 steals. Baron Davis had 23 points with 8 assists, and Zach Randolph provided 21 points and 2 blocked shots. Marcus Camby had a spectacular game, providing 15 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals, and 3 blocked shots.
The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Washington Wizards 106-104, after giving up a 19 point 4th-quarter lead. Washington had a chance to win the game after Kobe Bryant made only one of two free-throws, but Coron Butler's three-pointer hit off the rim, and Andray Blatche's tip-in failed. The Laker's second unit couldn't handle the Wizards, giving up 32 points in the 4th. Kobe did his thing with 23 points and 7 rebounds, and Andrew Bynum had 19 points with 10 boards. Butler had 26 points and 3 steals for the Wizards, and Blatche had 18 points with 10 rebounds.
The USC men's basketball team lost to #6 Oklahoma 73-72, their third loss of the season. Dwight Lewis led the Trojans with 25 points, and Taj Gibson had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Blake Griffin gave the Sooners 25 points.
The UCLA men's basketball team was defeated by #8 Texas 68-64. The #12 Bruins suffered from poor perimeter running, and failed to break the 65 point mark for the 3rd straight game. Darren Collison led UCLA with 22 points and Josh Shipp added 15. Damion James had a double-double for the Longhorns with 13 points and 13 rebounds.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
The Los Angeles Clippers suffered their seventh straight loss, this time to the Houston Rockets 103-96. LA made just 5 three-pointers, and had 11 turnovers that resulted in 12 points for Houston. Al Thornton led the Clips with 24 points, and Zach Randolph and Marcus Camby both had double-doubles, Randolph with 23 points and 11 rebounds, and Camby with 11 points and 11 boards. Yao Ming gave the Rockets 24 points and 10 rebounds, shooting 12-for-13, and Ron Artest had 19 points.
The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Philidelphia 76ers 114-102 after having lost to Indiana the night before. LA shot .581 from inside the arch, and had 7 steals. Kobe Bryant had 33 impresive points in his homecoming, and Pau Gasol had 22 points, 13 rebounds, and 3 blocks. Vladimir Radmanovic had 11 points in the first half. Andre Miller led Philly with 26 points and 5 assists.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
The Los Angeles Kings lost to the Phoenix Coyotes 4-2, their second defeat in as many nights. However, just like the last game, the Kings had a 3rd period lead that slipped away. This time, Alexander Frolov and Oscar Moller scored for the Kings, who had a 2-1 lead in the 3rd. Enver Lisin quickly destroyed that lead with two goals, giving Phoenix the lead for good.
The Los Angeles Clippers were defeated by the Dallas Mavericks 100-98, falling to 3-14. The Clips had a 12 point lead with 5 minutes to go, but lost most of it with just 1:15 left. J.J. Barea hit the winning 3-pointer, giving the Mavs their only lead of the game. Zach Randolph had 27 points with 10 rebounds for LA, and Al Thornton had 23 points with 9 boards. Baron Davis had 23 points with 6 assists and 2 steals. Dirk Nowitzki led Dallas with 29 points and 10 rebounds.
The Los Angeles Lakers were defeated by the Indiana Pacers 118-117, losing on a buzzer-beater tip-in by Troy Murphy. The Lakers defense suffered throughout the entire game, blowing a fourth-quarter 15 point lead. Kobe Bryant became the second-youngest player ever to score 22, 000 points, and led LA with 28 points. Pau Gasol had 20 points with 9 rebounds, and and Trevor Ariza had 13 points, 5 boards, and 3 steals. Danny Granger led the Pacers with 32 points and Murphy had 16 points and 17 rebounds.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
The USC Trojans have elected to wear their home jerseys for Saturday's game against UCLA, despite the fact that the game is at the Rose Bowl. The Trojans decided to be penalized two timeouts (one for each half) in order to wear the cardinal and gold. This is the first time UCLA and USC will both wear home jerseys since 1982.
The Los Angeles Kings were defeated by the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1, with the two winning goals being scored within 81 seconds. Alexander Frolov scored the Kings' only goal after just 57 seconds went by in the game, but two late penalties created a 5-on3 power play that was too much for LA. Matt Stajan and Mikhail Grobovski scored the two late goals for the Leafs.
The USC men's basketball team defeated San Francisco 74-69 to improve to 5-2. The Trojans kept the Dons from making a big comeback with their turnovers, and held on for the win. Dwight Lewis led USC with 26 points, and Taj Gibson had 9 points, 7 from the free-throw line. Dior Lowhorn led USF with 23 points.
Monday, December 1, 2008
The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Toronto Raptors 112-99 to improve to 14-1, the best record in the NBA. The Lakers shot .511 from inside the arch, and had 10 steals. Pau Gasol nearly had a double-double with 24 points and 9 rebounds, while Kobe had 23 points with 7 assists. DJ Mbenga made his season debut, getting two blocks in just 3:04 playing time. Andrew Bynum accomplished his own D-D with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Chris Bosh gave the Raptors 12 points and 6 boards, while Anthony Parker led Toronto with 19 points.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
The USC football team failed to move ahead in the BSC rankings, remaining at #5. However, the Oregon State Beavers were defeated by Oregon, and USC now has the opportunity to clinch the Pac-10 championship and a Rose Bowl berth against Penn State with a win next week against crosstown rival UCLA.
The UCLA men's basketball team defeated Florida International 89-54. Jrue Holiday had a career-high 20 points, and Darren Collison had 11 points and 7 assists. The Panthers scored only 13 points in the first half, and the Bruins shot 65%. UCLA (#13) looks to gain more ground in the standings with their next game against 6th-ranked Texas.
The Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Miami Heat 97-96 for their third win of the season. LA staved off a late Miami surge to get the victory, their first against an east coast team. Ex-Knick Zach Randolph had his best Clipper game with 27 points and 13 rebounds, a drastic improvement from his last game where he scored only 7. Al Thornton also had 27, and Baron Davis had 15 with 9 assists. Chris Kaman had to sit out with a strained arch. Dwyane Wade led the Heat with 26 points and 11 assists.
The Los Angeles Kings defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2. Goalie Erik Ersberg had 22 saves, and Derek Armstrong had his first goal since February. Kyle Quincey and Michal Handzus both had 2 assists, and Alexander Frolov celebrated his 400th game with a goal and assist. Patrick Sharp and Patrick Kane both had an assist and a goal for Chicago.
The USC football team defeated the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 38-3, extending the men of Troy's winning streak over their famous rivals to 7 straight games. The game between the Trojans and Irish was seen as ND coach Charlie Weis's last opportunity to salvage the team's season and his coaching position. Heavy speculation surrounded whether Weis would be let go if the Irish failed to win. The USC defense was once again solid, and Mark Sanchez threw for 267 yards with two touchdowns, but two picks as well. Jimmy Clausen, on the other hand, gave Notre Dame just 41 yards (with the longest pass being 11) and two interceptions.