Intangibles will be key for Sparks down the stretch

The Sparks have so much to believe in.  First and foremost, they have a fresh start at the very top. Following the firing of former Head Coach and General Manager Derek Fisher, they named a new coach who has many qualities that Fisher lacked. Interim Head Coach Fred Williams has extensive coaching experience at multiple […]

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The Sparks Plug: Ever Spark should fuel the fire

Over the past two weeks, the Los Angeles Sparks players took turns proving they deserve the name on the front of their jersey.  Following a roller coaster 2-5 start, the Sparks turned in much better results with a 3-1 record in their next four games. In each win, a different player has, well, “sparked” the […]

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Pro Prose: Kerr’s speech showed more backbone than nation’s leaders 

In a pregame press conference full of people who had dedicated their lives to covering basketball, Golden State Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr made it clear that talking sports was off the table.  “I’m not going to talk about basketball,” Kerr said. “Any basketball questions don’t matter.”  Kerr proceeded to deliver an impassioned three-minute message […]

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Anthony on LA: Buss must reconsider how Lakers are run

I’m back.  Those are the words Michael Jordan released in a fax when he returned to basketball in 1995. And those are the words I release today.  I am back.  OK, back from what exactly you may ask? I was gone for basically a month. Jordan was gone for two years. The sports section didn’t […]

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Finding Fan Favorites: Garrett Stubbs has made a career out of being unique 

We have many privileges as students at the prestigious University of Southern California.  But there’s one privilege you may not realize that we have: the privilege of calling the most unique catcher in baseball one of our alumni.  Garrett Stubbs is unlike any catcher you’ve ever seen.  Attentive Trojan baseball fans were clued into this […]

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Coast to Coast: Playoffs and Play-ins in the NBA

What a year it’s been for basketball. Joel Embiid became the first center to lead the league in scoring since Shaquille O’Neal, Chris Paul helped yet another franchise set their win record and the Los Angeles Lakers set a new low for preseason betting favorites. I’ve had a lot of fun covering it all, and […]

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European Update: How Xavi changed Barcelona

Last November, FC Barcelona, one of the most popular clubs in the world, was in total shambles.  Barcelona, who has won 10 league titles and four Champions Leagues since 2000, sat in ninth place in La Liga, mired in financial difficulties and playing unexciting, unsuccessful soccer. After a 1-0 defeat to Rayo Vallecano Oct. 27, […]

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Back the Pac: Next season’s Pac-12 hoops garners excitement

The Pac-12 basketball season left a lot to be desired. Next season will be better. It has to be, right? Sending three teams to the NCAA Tournament is nothing. Imagining the conference sending even fewer teams next season is incomprehensible. The only way to go is up. But, the conference has a bit of work […]

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Soccer in the States: My last ditch pitch for you to watch the USMNT

Wow, we’ve made it to the finale. It feels like just yesterday I was previewing the United States Men’s National Team’s chances of winning its first match in World Cup Qualifying. Now, I write this knowing for certain that the U.S. is back in the biggest sporting competition on planet Earth. Feels good, doesn’t it?  […]

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