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McGillen Gallery: USC at Arizona

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Last night, USC men's basketball challenged No. 4 Arizona on its home court. After coming out strong, the Trojans fell behind the Wildcats, who were 69-1 in their last 70 games at McKale Center, and eventually dropped a 90-77 decision.

USC photographer John McGillen was there to capture the best moment's of the hard-fought game.

Heritage Hall Heavyweight

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Former USC football player Gerald Washington will fight Deontay Wilder for the WBC heavyweight title on Saturday night (5 p.m. PT on FOX). Washington, known as "El Gallo Negro" in the ring, is undefeated (18-0-1) in his late-blossoming boxing career, but Wilder will be his toughest test to date.

While Washington is a heavy underdog, this is the shot at glory for which the 34-year-old has been patiently waiting.

"This felt like destiny. It's my time," Washington told ESPN about the bout. "We're very excited for the opportunity. Man, it's a dream come true and I look forward to fighting Deontay Wilder in his backyard for the WBC title. It's an amazing opportunity for me and we are ready to take the challenge on."

Click here for an ESPN feature on Washington.

Click here for a Vice Sports profile on Washington.

If Washington can defy the odds, he plans on redecorating Heritage Hall, so the heavyweight belt hangs with all the other sporting accomplishments of Trojan greats.

"Put it right next to the Heisman Trophies," he told Vice Sports. "That's going to be crazy."


Trojans Fall in Tucson

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USC men's basketball, playing its third straight game against a Top 6 team, fell to No. 4 Arizona in Tucson last night.

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The Trojans came out of the gates strong, taking a 9-point lead with 6:56 to go in the first half. But the Wildcats, fueled by the 14,644 fans at McKale Center, started sinking shots to surge ahead. USC trailed 44-39 at the half.

The Trojans, led by Bennie Boatwright and Chimezie Metu, hung with the Cats for most of the second half. Boatwright had a team-high 23 points, including an 8-of-8 clip from the free throw line. Metu notched a double-double with 15 points and 10 boards. Captain Jordan McLaughlin and freshman De'Anthony Melton also reached double figures for the Trojans.

Arizona sealed the deal in the final minutes, and USC fell, 90-77, in the first game of its last regular season road trip. The Trojans shot 52.9 percent from the floor, but made six fewer threes than the Wildcats, who have now 70 of their last 71 games at home.

USC now sports a 21-7 (8-7 Pac-12) record with three regular season games remaining.

First up is a Sunday tilt at Arizona State (3:30 p.m. PT on Pac-12 Network) before one final homestand against Washington State and Washington.

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Just Keep Swimming

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After two days of competition, USC women's swimming and diving team sits in fourth place at the Pac-12 Championships.

The Trojans sit behind No. 1 Stanford, No. 2 Cal and No. 17 Arizona at the halfway point in the tournament.

Freshman Louise Hansson has had a hand in USC's success so far, finishing third in yesterday's 200y IM with a career-best 1:53.72. It was the second-fastest mark in USC history, behind Hansson's fellow Olympian, Katinka Hosszu.

Freshman diver Naomi Gowlett also posted a third place finish in the 1-meter final.

USC's men's diving team fared even better, with Dashiell Enos and Henry Fusaro going 1-2 in the 3-meter springboard.

Enos became USC's first back-to-back conference champion since 1998-99.

The Pac-12 tournament continue today and tomorrow before a champion is crowned. Follow the Trojans on Twitter and Instagram and watch the live stream on Pac-12.com to stay in the loop on scores!

Off to the Races

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USC's fifth-ranked women's swimming and diving team kicked off its Pac-12 title defense yesterday.

The Trojans finished the two-event day in third place, just behind No. 1 Stanford and No. 2 Cal.

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The quartet of Hanni Leach, Riley Scott, Louise Hansson and Anika Apostalon set a school record in the 200y medley relay, finishing less than a second behind Stanford and Cal.

In the 800y free relay, Hansson's leadoff leg set a new USC record. The freshman, who swam for Team Sweden at the Rio Olympics this summer, posted a 1:42.10 in the 200y sprint -- the third-fastest time in the NCAA this year.

Hansson and the Trojans hit the pool again today, tomorrow and Saturday in attempt to defend the Pac-12 crown.

Meanwhile, USC men's diving team got off to a good start, with Dashiell Enos leading the way with a 324.95, good for fifth place.

Catch all the action on Pac-12.com!

Three In a Row

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USC men's volleyball topped No. 11 Cal State Northridge last night in five sets for its third consecutive win over a ranked opponent.

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The three-match win streak is USC's longest since the 2015 season and brought the No. 14 Trojans to 6-9 (5-7 MPSF) this year.

For the second straight match, the Trojans shot out to a 2-0 lead. But the Matadors clawed their way back to tie things up at 2 sets all before USC took the tiebreak and won, 25-22, 25-21, 18-25, 22-25, 15-10.

Senior Lucas Yoder (pictured) racked up 24 kills in the win to extend his nation-leading mark to 260 on the season.

The Trojans have now split the season series with Stanford, Pepperdine and CSUN after losing their first matchups with each. Tomorrow, they go for a season sweep over No. 2 Long Beach State.

Follow the Trojans on Twitter and Instagram to stay up-to-date on scores and information!

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Packing Perfection

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USC baseball is off to a 4-0 start after sweeping Coppin State and then pulling off a thrilling comeback to top Long Beach State in extra innings. Now, the Trojans will test their mettle on the road at Wake Forest and Duke, playing three against the Deacons (February 24-26) before one versus the Blue Devils (February 27).

USC's bats warmed up quickly this season, scoring 37 runs over the first three games, but the Trojans needed clutch pitching to stay in the Tuesday game against Long Beach State before Lars Nootbaar was able to deliver the game-tying home run in the eighth inning. The sophomore slugger is expected to anchor the middle of the lineup, and he's setting a blistering pace through the opening week. In only 12 official at-bats, he has 8 hits (2 homers), 5 walks and 10 RBI.

Click here to watch highlights of the comeback over LBSU.

In episode two of The Road, head coach Dan Hubbs and the Trojans look back at the opening weekend sweep and ahead to the southern swing through North Carolina.


Defend the Crown

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USC women's swimming and diving team sets off on its conference title defense at the 2017 Pac-12 Championships in Federal Way, WA today.

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The fifth-ranked Trojans have their work cut out for them, facing four other ranked squads: No. 1 Stanford, No. 2 California, No. 17 Arizona and No. 21 UCLA.

The Trojans fell to Cal and Stanford, two teams stocked with Olympians, earlier this season, but have bested every other Pac-12 team they've faced so far.

Individually, Trojan student-athletes have won at least two Pac-12 titles (including diving) in nine straight years and in 15 of the past 16 seasons. This year, freshman Louise Hansson has torched the competition in the 100y free, 200y free, 200y IM and 100y fly. Sophomore Maddie Wright also made an NCAA A cut in the 200y fly this season, while freshman Becca Mann did so in the 1650y free.

The Pac-12 women's swimming and diving tournament, as well as the men's diving portion, will be streamed on Pac-12.com and on the Pac-12 Now App from today until Saturday.

Dare to Dream

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After missing an entire season due to hip surgery, Ajene Harris switched positions from wide receiver to cornerback as a redshirt sophomore and then climbed the depth chart to become the first-team nickel back.

"He came back, went to the other side of the ball, and became a star. I don't know if that's happened in USC history. He's a unique person and I think it all comes back to his leadership qualities," said USC OC Tee Martin about Harris.

As remarkable as that may be, Harris has consistently displayed the kind of perseverance and optimism it takes to make the impossible seem possible.

Click here to read how Harris has made his dreams come true at USC.

Harris grew up at 84th and Budlong, just down the street from campus, but the leap from South Central to USC is more than a few city blocks. With steadfast determination and a little help from a local mentor, he made the jump and now wants to help others in his community do the same.

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Play Fair, Not Foul

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USC men's tennis aims to improve upon its 10-2 record with two home matches this week.

Tomorrow, the No. 12 Trojans take on No. 33 Cal Poly, and on Friday, they face No. 35 Stanford in a nonconference match.

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USC is fresh off a trip to the ITA National Team Indoors, where the team bounced back from a first round loss to win two consolation matches.

The Trojans hope to keep the ball rolling against the Mustangs, who are 5-2 on the season. USC has never lost to Cal Poly in five all-time matchups, but the Mustangs are enjoying their highest ITA ranking since the team moved to Division I competition.

The match against Cal Poly will feature PlaySight technology as part of the PlayFair initiative, which aims to improve accuracy and cut down on cheating on line calls by providing multiple camera angles of the court.

USC is one of just a handful of schools implementing the technology this season.

Tomorrow's match against Cal Poly kicks off at 2 p.m., while Friday's match vs. Stanford begins at 3 p.m. at USC's Marks Stadium.