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Hey Steve Balmer, Hire a General Manager

Ric Bucher, Bleacher Report

How Shaw Scammed USC With Lies

John Walters, Newsweek

Football Already Complicated at USC

G. Klein & L. Thiry, Los Angeles Times

Suddenly, Puig's Punch Disappearing

Bill Plunkett, Orange County Register

Now that the dour cloud that was Donald Sterling has been lifted from the Los Angeles Clippers and replaced with Steve Ballmer, the comparative equivalent of stadium lights, there'...(full article)

Regardless of how it all plays out for the Los Angeles Dodgers this season, they've done exactly what they set out to do two years ago. That's the part of their story that shouldn'...(full article)

The faint aroma of skepticism that wafted through the University of Southern California athletic department last Monday morning has since been overtaken by the noxious stench of...(full article)

his was supposed to be a back-to-the-business-of-football season for USC. NCAA penalties were in the past. Unpredictable Lane Kiffin was out as coach. Steve Sarkisian was ready to ...(full article)

The idea sounds absurd. After all, Yasiel Puig was an All-Star. In his first full season in the majors, he ranks among the National League leaders in batting average (.301), doub...(full article)

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