Haralabidis Pop Quiz

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No. 1 USC women's water polo's Haralabidis twins have combined to score 420 goals in their college careers. Ioanna and Stephania are always in sync in the pool, but how much do the sisters know about each other outside of the water?

Ahead of their final home game, Saturday's showdown with No. 2 Stanford (5 p.m. at Uytengsu Aquatics Center), we quizzed them to find out more.

McGillen Gallery: Spring Practice At The Coliseum

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For the first time this spring, USC football made its way to the Coliseum for practice.

Check out team photographer John McGillen's photos from yesterday's session:

Anytime, Anywhere

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USC men's golf is the top-ranked team in the nation, and has finished first or second in each of its last six events.

After falling in last season's NCAA semifinals, the Trojans have their eyes on the NCAA title this year.

We caught up with two of USC's standouts, Sean Crocker and Rico Hoey, practicing their craft on the team's simulator on campus.

Meet Deland McCullough

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Following the departure of Tommie Robinson, USC football hired Deland McCullough as running backs coach/run game coordinator.

McCullough spent the past six years in the same position at Indiana, developing three future NFL RBs in Stephen Houston, Tevin Coleman and Jordan Howard, with another potentially heading to the league this year.

The Ohio native inherits a strong running game at Troy, led by junior RB Ronald Jones II, who rushed for 1,082 yards and 12 TD last season.

Meet Deland McCullough:

Locked Up

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USC men's volleyball earned a crucial win last night to secure the final spot in next week's MPSF Tournament.

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On Senior Night, the Trojans topped Cal Baptist in four sets (25-18, 25-21, 23-25, 25-22), improving to 13-13 on the season and 7-10 in MPSF action.

Seniors Lucas Yoder and Andy Benesh shined in their final match in the Galen Center. Yoder led the Trojans with 17 kills, while Benesh (pictured) notched 13 kills and six blocks. Yoder's 4.76 kills per set is tops in the MPSF this year, while Benesh, the team captain, ranks eighth in the nation in blocks and hitting percentage.

Senior Vinnie Rios, meanwhile, led the way with seven digs on the night.

With the win, the 11th-ranked Trojans cemented a Top 8 finish in the MPSF and a spot in the conference tournament, as only eight of 12 teams can compete. Before the tourney, though, they face Cal Baptist one more time. Tomorrow, the Trojans close out the regular season in Riverside, CA with another battle against the Lancers.

Follow the Trojans on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat as they gear up for the MPSF Tournament, which begins on April 15.

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2017 Spring Practice #11: Notes

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The Trojans practiced in the Coliseum for the first time this spring.
  • Here is the injury report per head coach Clay Helton: WR Deontay Burnett (dinged his head), OL Viane Talamaivao (elbow surgery went well), OL Andrew Voorhees (back) and CB Iman Marshall (shoulder sprain).
  • Coliseum-Spring.jpegHelton picked up the dirt from the Coliseum floor and reminded his team about the history of the stadium, and they rewarded him with one of the most energetic practices of the spring. "The competitive nature that our kids played with today makes you a happy football coach," he said afterward. "Every time that we walk into this special, special place, there's an attitude that we bring with it. I'm so happy that they brought that today."
  • Practice really heated up during the red zone drills with wide receivers and defensive backs going one-on-one. Michael Pittman Jr. did an "absolutely tremendous job" in his battle with CB Jack Jones during that session, said Helton.
  • The pass rush drills were equally competitive as the defensive front is "getting honed in with their pressures," according to Helton, who was "impressed with the aggressiveness." But, the head coach also complimented his quarterback, Sam Darnold, for getting the ball out quickly under duress.
  • OLB Oluwole Betiku picked up at least one sack in practice. He is a "hard man to block," Helton said, because he is now adding fundamentals and technique to his tremendous athleticism and physique. "At first when I came, I didn't really embrace [learning the playbook] or like it. But now I love it," Betiku said.
  • The USC defense emphasizes individual film study now more than ever because of the influence of Michael Hutchings, last year's senior captain, Helton said. "You have to know your opponent," said OLB Uchenna Nwosu. "You have to study your opponent. You have to know what type of sets he's going to give you."
  • Nwosu could end up being a senior captain this season as he's emerged as a respected voice in the locker room. "Of course, that is my ultimate goal to become an All-American who wouldn't want that, but the guys see me as a leader, trying to play hard for them and if I come off like an All-American to them then that's what I am looking for," he said.
  • Betiku uses his free time to study film and be around his position coach Johnny Nansen. "Whenever I have a little break in classes, I'll go meet [Nansen]," he said. "Sometimes I'll go alone and he just teaches me about life, teaches me about football, shares experiences, shows me NFL film, and guys that play my position."
  • The Coliseum (pictured) is under construction as the two video boards on the Peristyle come down. Two new video boards will soon go up in the upper corners of the stadium on that side in place of the bleacher seats.
  • Here is Helton's press conference in full:

Racking Up Miles

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After netting three wins to open up MPSF play, USC's ninth-ranked women's lacrosse team hits the road this weekend looking for two more.

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Tomorrow at 1 p.m., the Trojans take on Oregon in Eugene, where USC has never lost. The very next day, USC play in San Diego, CA against the SDSU Aztecs at 6 p.m.

These games represent the first time this season that USC plays on back-to-back days -- valuable practice for the upcoming MPSF Tournament.

Tomorrow, the Trojans will go up against the only player in the MPSF averaging more points per game than USC's own Michaela Michael in Oregon's Shannon Williams. While Michaels, the back-to-back-to-back MPSF Offensive Player of the Week, boasts 40 goals and 12 assists, Williams has netted 37 goals and 18 assists.

Follow the Women of Troy on Twitter and Instagram for updates!


Throwback Thursday

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USC baseball aims to snap a four-game skid with a series against Stanford this week.

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Freshman Chris Clarke gets the start on the mound this evening to kick off the series. Two sophomores will get the start on Friday and Saturday, in CJ Stubbs and Marrick Crouse, respectively.

While the Trojans are looking for consistency in their pitching game, their defense has kept them afloat. USC boasts the seventh-best fielding percentage in the nation at .983.

While USC is 15-12 on the season and right in the middle of the pack in the conference standings, Stanford is 15-9, ranking third-to-last.

Tonight's 6 p.m. matchup will feature a Throwback Thursday deal, where fans can receive a Barry Zito snapback hat.

Tomorrow is Free Dog Friday, where the first 200 students in attendance receive three free hot dogs.

On Saturday, USC hosts the annual Kids Take Over The Ballpark event.

Click here to see all of USC's baseball promos this year!

Go North

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This weekend, the Trojan men's tennis team heads to the Bay to continue Pac-12 Play.

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No. 5 USC topped Oregon and Washington this weekend to start 2-0 in conference competition, and aims to improve upon that record against No. 19 Stanford and No. 12 Cal.

Despite inexperience, two freshmen have provided a consistent boost for the Trojans this season. Riley Smith has won 11 straight for a 15-1 overall dual match record in his first year at Troy, while Brandon Holt has held his own on the top two courts and managed a 12-4 record and a No. 19 national ranking.

Holt and Smith (pictured) have proven a formidable duo in doubles, reaching a No. 11 national ranking with a 13-2 record on Court 1.

Holt, Smith and the Trojans face Stanford tomorrow at 3 p.m. and Cal on Saturday at 1 p.m. Follow the team on Twitter and Instagram for updates!


Going For 100

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usc-beach-volleyball-2017-zuma-ucla-mcgillen-7466.jpgUSC beach volleyball seniors Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes have the chance to win their 100th consecutive match together during the front end of USC's double header on Friday.

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Claes and Hughes' winning streak stretches back over two years, beginning on April 2, 2015. Between then and now, the duo has won 99 straight matches -- all but eight in straight sets -- including the 2015 AVCA Pairs National Championship and the 2016 Pac-12 Pairs Championship. Their 118-3 overall record together makes them the winningest pair in USC beach volleyball history.

Claes and Hughes' success on Court 1 has helped the Trojans win back-to-back national titles en route to 50 consecutive dual match victories.

No. 1 USC is 20-0 this season heading into Friday's matches against Washington and No. 15 Arizona State.

Claes and Hughes have a shot at 100 when they take on the Huskies' top team at 4 p.m. on Friday. Should they prevail, they go for 101 against the Sun Devils at 6 p.m. Both matches take place at USC's Merle Norman Stadium. Admission is free.

Stream the game on Pac-12+ or follow the top-ranked Trojans on Twitter and Instagram if you can't be there.