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Buckingham's Palace

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Thanks to the USC Marshall School of Business, Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and the Thornton School of Music, the Trojan Family was treated to a special performance featuring Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham and the Trojan Marching Band.

Here are Buckingham and the Spirit of Troy doing "Tusk" and "Go Your Own Way":


Pac-12 Awards for Pac-12 Champs

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USC women's tennis head coach Richard Gallien and freshman Madison Westby were named the Pac-12 Coach and Freshman of the Year after leading the Women of Troy to a perfect 10-0 record in conference play. Gallien and Westby were not alone on the honor roll, junior Giuliana Olmos made All-Pac-12 first team, while seniors Sabrina Santamaria and Zoe Scandalis were placed on the second team.

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Gallien is the conference coach of the year for the fifth time in his 20 seasons in charge of the program. He has guided the Women of Troy to the No. 1 overall seed heading into this year's NCAA Tournament.

Westby (pictured) is the program's third conference freshman/newcomer of the year, joining Amanda Fink (2006) and Sarah Fansler (2007). She earned her stripes in the clutch this season, picking up six match-clinching singles victories, including the Pac-12 title decider over UCLA.

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Future Four

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Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

Replacing seniors Hayley Crone, Hannah Schraer and Emily Young is no easy task for the USC women's volleyball team, but head coach Mick Haley feels confident in his quartet of talented, top 50 freshmen who will join the Women of Troy this season. The incoming class features Victoria Garrick, Baylee Johnson, Rachel Reed and Alyse Wallace-Ford.

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"We are excited to bring in this group of competitors," said Haley. "With these four, we've filled a number of holes left by our graduating class. Each of these signees are rated among the nation's top 50 recruits with Johnson and Wallace-Ford right at the top of the class."

Johnson enrolled at USC this spring and has already had a chance to begin practicing with the Women of Troy. As a setter playing for the Northern Kentucky Volleyball Club, she was ranked as the No. 28 Senior Ace by PrepVolleyball.com and was recently named one of Volleyball Magazine's Fab 50 players.

Wallace-Ford played outside hitter for Laguna Beach Volleyball Club, the same club that produced current Trojans Elise Ruddins and Taylor Whittingham. The incoming freshman was also named to Volleyball Magazine's Fab 50 list and is ranked the No. 16 Senior Ace by PrepVolleyball.com. She was also the 2014 CIF Co-Player of the Year, helping to lead Mater Dei to the CIF final.

Reed, a middle blocker, led her high school team in Texas to back-to-back state championships and is ranked No. 48 among the Top 50 Senior Aces by PrepVolleyball.com. Garrick is a libero who was a two-time High School All-American at Sacred Heart. A captain for two years, she helped lead her team to the Northern California championship.

(Garrick, Johnson, Reed, Wallace-Ford)
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International Additions

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Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

A British Olympian forward and a Spanish wing will be welcomed as new additions to the USC women's basketball team for the 2015-16 season. Temi Fagbenle, a forward who participated in the 2012 Olympic Games for Great Britain, is a graduate transfer who recently finished her undergraduate degree in anthropology from Harvard. Candela Abejón will have four years of eligibility as a Trojan after studying at the University de Ovideo in Asturias, Spain for a year.

According to head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke, Fagbenle will bring maturity, intellect and international experience to the team. Last season at Harvard, the forward averaged 14.4 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. Abejón has averaged 16.0 points, 8.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game this season, playing as a wing on her home team in Spain.

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Photo Gallery: Track Doubles Down on UCLA

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The USC track & field seniors celebrated their final home meet like every Trojan would dream. First, they were honored alongside their families in front of a huge crowd at Loker Stadium, and then, they swept the Bruins in the annual Dual Meet.

John McGillen captured the dramatic day in two galleries. On top, all the action, culminating in the winning 4x400m men's relay. And then below, see the Senior Day celebration.




One More for Micah

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USC men's volleyball season came to a dramatic close when the Trojans fell to No. 2 UC Irvine in the MPSF semifinals. The five-set thriller marked the end of the esteemed career of setter Micah Christenson, who was named a First Team All-American for the second consecutive year this week.

Christenson had 43 aces, 1095 assists and 233 digs in 2015, USC team bests in all categories.



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Senior middle blocker Robert Feathers and sophomore middle blocker Andy Benesh made 2015 AVCA All-American honorable mention. The Trojans finished the season at 19-9 overall, ranked No. 7 in the nation.

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Trojans Dominate Draft...Again

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USC football enjoyed its best NFL Draft since 2011, having six Trojans selected in the seven rounds, including two first round picks for the first time since 2012. Plus, four USC players were picked up by NFL teams as undrafted free agents: DB Gerald Bowman (Ravens), OL Aundrey Walker (Dolphins), WR George Farmer (Cowboys) and OLB J.R. Tavai (Titans).

The six Trojans drafted trumped Notre Dame, which had only one, so USC is back atop the list of most all-time draft picks by school. Ohio State did not have a first round pick, so USC opened up its gap with the Buckeyes in that category thanks to Leonard Williams and Nelson Agholor.

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Ramirez's Run

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Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

Last weekend, the No. 13 USC baseball team snapped its three-game losing streak, winning two of three games against Utah and advancing to 32-14 on the season. In a year that has featured a host of different Trojans stepping up to the plate when it matters most, last week was junior AJ Ramirez's time to shine.

Ramirez performed unbelievably at the plate in the Trojans' last four games, going 9-for-18 with 12 RBI, including his first collegiate grand slam to beat Utah on Saturday. The versatile junior, who has played both infield and outfield this season, was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week as well as the Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week for his outstanding effort. 

Following a loss to Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday, in which Ramirez went 2-for-3 with two RBI, the junior stepped up his game even further in Salt Lake City. On Friday, he repeated his two RBI performance, adding two doubles and one run scored in USC's 12-7 victory over the Utes.


The Trojans relied on Ramirez's bat again on Saturday when he knocked his first career grand slam out of Smith's Ballpark, effectively winning the second game of the series for his team. The Trojans won 8-5, and the junior finished the day just a double shy of the cycle. He now leads the the Trojans with six home runs on the year. 


USC was unable to complete the sweep on Sunday, falling 8-5 to the Utes in 10 innings. Ramirez, however, still performed exceptionally, going 2-for-5 and driving in three of the Trojans' five runs. His average over the course of the week jumped from .230 to .261 and his 12 RBI moved him to second on the team. 

The Trojans host UC Irvine on Tuesday at 6 p.m. PT before Stanford comes to Dedeaux Field for USC's eighth conference series of the season. Friday's game will be played at 7:30 p.m. PT, Saturday's at 7 p.m. PT and Sunday's at 3 p.m. PT. All of USC's baseball action this week will be broadcast live on Pac-12 Networks. 

Check out the highlights from last Saturday's victory, including Ramirez's grand slam here...

Crocker Cooked from Day One

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Sean Crocker was named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year after leading USC men's golf to a fourth place finish at the Pac-12 Championships. He finished tied for sixth at the conference tournament, shooting two more rounds in the 60s, his 16th and 17th of the season.

"Sean has been an incredible player for us this year," head coach Chris Zambri said. "From our first event of the season to the Pac-12 Championships this week, Sean has played great golf. He will be a key player for us heading into the upcoming NCAA Regional Championship."

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USC men's golf boasts back-to-back Pac-12 Freshman of the Year winners as Rico Hoey took home the honors last season. Now a sophomore, Hoey joined Crocker on the All-Pac-12 First Team.

"Rico has played consistently great golf since arriving here at USC in the fall of 2013," Zambri said. "Rico is one of our co-captains this year and besides playing at a high level, he has developed leadership skills that has made us a better team."

Jonah Texeira accompanies Crocker on the All-Pac-12 Freshman Team, forming a three-headed nucleus that expects to contend at the NCAA Championships, which begin next week with Regionals, as well as the years to come. USC is seeded No. 3 in its region, which will play at Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton, Washington.

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Breaking New Ground

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USC women's lacrosse earned the program's first invite to the NCAA Tournament after a 13-5 season, including a second place finish in the MPSF and conference tournament. Despite falling to Stanford 16-11 in the MPSF Final on Sunday, the Women of Troy picked up an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament, which begins Friday against James Madison in Durham, North Carolina.

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The winner of USC's first round match will play No. 3 Duke, the host team, on Sunday, May 10. While the level of competition is elite from this point forward, the Women of Troy are thrilled to take this next milestone step in the three-year history of the program.