Press Play to Start: ‘Arcane’ shows Riot hasn’t stopped making League of Legends for everyone

Can you believe this semester is almost over? Everything flew by in such a flash. From returning to in-person instruction to the seemingly endless midterms, all of it feels like it happened just yesterday.  Of course, this doesn’t mean we are out of the woods just yet. After all, the end of classes just means […]

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Yoav’s Top 10: Big wins and strong debuts define the past two weeks

Football may have taken a week’s break, but here at the Top 10, we never rest. Men’s water polo won a primetime matchup, women’s soccer refused to lose and a couple of former Trojans had strong starts in the NBA’s return. Let’s get down to business. Underrated USC basketball The preseason AP Top 25 College […]

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Money Talks: How the Big 12’s additions will help the conference recover

In my last column, I discussed how the SEC empire increased its power when it was able to acquire University of Texas and University of Oklahoma from the Big 12. Even though the change didn’t go into effect immediately, the Big 12 decided to plan ahead.  They decided to add four new teams to the […]

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Road To Revival: What Westbrook means for the Lakers

Russell Westbrook is a stat-padder, loaded with flaws too substantial to overcome. Anthony Davis is soft and unable to stay healthy. LeBron James is washed, sent packing after the first round of the playoffs for the first time in his career. Carmelo Anthony is incapable of contributing to winning basketball, too selfish before and too […]

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Money Talks: How the SEC lured Texas and Oklahoma away from the Big 12

College football kicked off this past weekend with fantastic matchups and fired-up fans. Collegiate sports are so exciting because of long-standing rivalries among universities like USC’s very own with our Westwood counterparts, UCLA. Sometimes, these rivalries arise simply due to the fact that the schools are in the same conference or are in close proximity […]

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Press Play to Start: What the emergence of “IRL” streams on Twitch means for gaming

We’re finally back on campus! Who would’ve thought that, after a year and a half, we would actually return to in-person instruction?  It’s not as if staying at home really impacted much of my job anyway. I am one of the few lucky sports columnists who still had something to write about during quarantine. After […]

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Anthony on LA: Can the Clippers complete another comeback?

Another week means another column, and this time is the last time. Well, at least until August.  And the Los Angeles Clippers are still alive.  No, they didn’t roll over and die after the series was tied two games to two against the Utah Jazz. And, no, they didn’t hide in a corner and cry […]

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Playing for profit: Kyle Larson’s dominant run reveals hypocrisy in NASCAR

So, NASCAR is in an odd place right now. In the last year or so, the sport has increased its efforts to promote social justice initiatives. Through this year of supposed progress, NASCAR’s main selling point was its commitment to racial equity and diversity within the sport.  The only Black driver in NASCAR’s top division, […]

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Anthony on LA: With their playoff series tied, the Clippers have a chance

The NBA playoffs this year have been full of storylines.  Can the Brooklyn Nets superteam dominate the league and win their franchise’s first NBA Championship? Who from the Eastern Conference can even challenge the Nets?  Can Chris Paul and the Phoenix Suns finally make the NBA Finals?  But, the biggest and most intriguing storyline on […]

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Playing For Profit: What is happening with the sport of boxing?

Is anyone else worried about the sport of boxing? Was Sunday’s joke of a “prize fight” enough to help fans realize how far the sport has fallen? I find it hard to believe the best fights boxing has to offer involve an out-of-shape Roy Jones Jr. and Mike Tyson sweating on each other for half […]

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