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Smell the Roses

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USC will play Penn State in the 103rd Rose Bowl Game on January 2! The Trojans will appear in the "Granddaddy of Them All" for a record 34th time.

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"We are tremendously excited and proud to be invited to the 2017 Rose Bowl," said USC head coach Clay Helton. "It is a great honor for our team to have the opportunity to represent our university and the Trojan Family in the Rose Bowl, a bowl in which we have such a long tradition. We are extremely thankful for the invitation. It is a great reward for our football team after a very strong finish to the 2016 season.

"We congratulate Coach Franklin and the Penn State football team on their outstanding season and look forward to what should be a fun and compelling bowl matchup. We can't wait to see the Trojan Family in Pasadena on January 2."

Click here to visit USC Bowl Central for tickets and information!

Information on obtaining tickets from USC's allotment to the 103rd annual Rose Bowl will be sent via email after 4 p.m. PT today to Trojan Athletic Fund members and USC Season Ticket Holders. Other USC fans can visit USC's Bowl Central website for more information.

A lottery for Rose Bowl tickets from USC's allotment will be held for the first 200 fans who are not current season ticket holders but who purchase new 2017 football season tickets. To purchase 2017 season tickets, which are on sale now, click here or call 213-740-4672 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT on Monday.

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USC Takes Down BYU at STAPLES Center

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USC Takes Down BYU at Staples Center

Two National Championship Day?

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USC women's soccer and men's water polo will compete for the NCAA championships in their respective sports on Sunday at 3 p.m. PT in the Bay Area.

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The Women of Troy defeated Georgetown, 1-0, in the national semifinal on Friday night thanks to a second half strike from Katie Johnson. They will play No. 1 West Virginia for the College Cup on Sunday in San Jose. The game will be broadcast live on ESPNU.

No. 1 USC men's water polo cruised past Harvard, 19-4, to make its 12th consecutive NCAA title match, looking for its first crown since 2013. The Trojans will square off with host Cal for the national championship on Sunday in Berkeley. The game will be streamed live on NCAA.com.

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#FightOnForever: Sammy Lee

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Two-time Olympic gold medalist diver Dr. Sammy Lee, who was USC's oldest surviving Olympian, died on Friday, Dec. 2, in Newport Beach, Calif., due to pneumonia. He was 96.

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Lee, a diminutive (5-foot) Korean descendant, overcame discrimination to achieve his goals of being an Olympic champion and medical doctor. He was the first Asian-American to win an Olympic gold medal for the U.S., the first man to win back-to-back Olympic golds in platform diving (1948 and 1952) and the oldest diver (at age 32) to win an Olympic gold medal. He also won a bronze medal in the springboard in the 1948 Olympics.

He was the AAU national champion in the platform and springboard in 1942 (becoming the first person of color to win a national diving title) and in the platform in 1946. He won the 1953 Sullivan Award as the top amateur athlete in the U.S. He was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1968 and U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame in 1990. He was honored with a spot on the Anaheim/Orange County Walk of Stars in 2009.

After attending Occidental College, he graduated from the USC School of Medicine in 1947 and became an ear, nose and throat physician. He served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps in the Korean War.

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Former USC RB Joe McKnight Killed

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Former USC RB Joe McKnight was killed in Terrytown, LA yesterday. He was 28 years old.

McKnight played for USC from 2007-09, leading the team in punt return yards his freshman season and in rushing yards in his final season. He ranks 15th all-time on USC's career rushing yards list. McKnight's 206 all-purpose yards and a TD were key in USC's 49-17 win over Illinois in the 2008 Rose Bowl, as were his 105 all-purpose yards in USC's 18-15 come-from-behind victory over Ohio State in Matt Barkley's first career start in 2009.

The Kenner, LA native was drafted in the fourth round (112th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft by the New York Jets. He played for New York from 2010-12, then for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2014. After his NFL career ended, he moved on to the CFL, where he played for the Edmonton Eskimos and the Saskatchewan Roughriders this season.

According to local police, McKnight was shot at about 3 p.m. yesterday at an intersection in Terrytown, LA. The investigation into the incident is still ongoing.

Upon the news of his death, McKnight and his family received an outpouring of love from Trojans including Justin Davis, Matt Barkley, Cody Kessler, Robert Woods, Brian Cushing, Malcolm Smith, Frostee Rucker, Pete Carroll and many more.

Fight On Forever, Joe McKnight.

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Leventhal Stat of the Week - End of Regular Season

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USC's 45-27 victory over Notre Dame was the latest of eight straight wins for the Trojans, marking the longest win streak for USC since the 2008-09 seasons.

USC's last loss came on Sept. 23 at Utah, in freshman QB Sam Darnold's first career start. Since then, the Trojans have racked up at least 400 yards of offense in each game and beaten opponents by an average of 20.5 points.

The Trojans' current eight-game win streak ranks among the longest in the nation, with only undefeated Alabama and Western Michigan having won more consecutive contests this season.

Back in 2008, USC won its last 10 games of the season, then carried its win streak over to 2009, winning its first two games of that year to make it a 12-game streak across two seasons.

The Trojans have a chance to extend their win streak in this year's bowl game. The team will learn its fate on Sunday, when bowl game selections are announced.

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Straight to the Semis

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After winning the MPSF Tournament and finishing the regular season ranked No. 1 in the nation, USC men's water polo sets up for an NCAA semifinal game tomorrow at Cal's Spieker Aquatic Center in Berkeley, CA.

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For winning their conference tournament, the Trojans earned a first-round bye and a trip straight to the semis, where they'll face the winner of today's match between UC Davis and Harvard. USC is 15-0 all-time against UC Davis and 1-0 against Harvard.

USC enters the semifinal matchup with a 23-1 record and a 15-game win streak, including two recent wins against UCLA, the two-time defending national champion. The Bruins are on the other side of the bracket, and will face the winner of Cal and Pomona-Pitzer in the semifinals tomorrow evening.

Should the Trojans win tomorrow, they'll advance to their 12th consecutive title appearance. After winning six straight national championships from 2008-13, USC fell to UCLA in each of the last two title games.

The Trojans begin their quest for a 10th national championship tomorrow at 3 p.m. Follow USC water polo on Twitter for more information and stream the games online by clicking here!

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Finally Time for the Final Four

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Tomorrow, USC women's soccer faces fellow two-seed Georgetown in the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament.

It's been a long road for the Trojans, who lost their first two games before setting a school record with seven straight shutout wins and finishing the regular season on a 14-2-1 run.

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No. 7 USC beat Eastern Washington, Texas A&M, Utah and Auburn to earn a spot in the NCAA Women's College Cup against Georgetown. The two programs have never met before, but they do share two common opponents this season. While the Hoyas lost, 3-0, to Stanford in August, the Trojans topped the Cardinal by the same margin in October. Most recently, the Hoyas advanced to the Final Four with a 1-0 win over Santa Clara, a squad that beat USC in the first game of the season, 3-2.

The Final Four matchup will be a battle between Georgetown's explosive offense and USC's stalwart defense. While the Hoyas average 2.44 goals per game (7th in the nation), the Women of Troy allow just .425 goals per game (8th in the nation) and have shut out their opponents in 65.2 pct of their games (8th in the nation). USC head coach Keidane McAlpine noted that the Hoyas have four players with 10+ goals this season but are also impressive defensively.

USC vs. Georgetown in the Final Four will kick off at 4:30 p.m. tomorrow at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, CA. The game will be broadcast on ESPNU. Follow the team on Twitter for updates and check out USC Athletics on Snapchat to follow the team's journey.

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Trojans Top Toreros

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USC men's basketball improved to 7-0 on the season with a 76-55 win over USD last night.

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The Trojans persevered despite starting forward Bennie Boatwright's sustaining a knee injury in the third minute. The sophomore missed the rest of the game, after which head coach Andy Enfield said he believed it was an MCL sprain that he hoped would only keep the team's leading 3-point shooter out a few weeks.

In Boatwright's absence, the Trojans were dismal from beyond the arc (3-for-18) but found a way to win by 21. Chimezie Metu led the way with 19 points on 9-of-11 shooting and added 12 rebounds for his third career double-double.

USC is one of 15 programs still undefeated this season. The Trojans are off to their best start since they opened the 2001 season 8-0, and have the opportunity to match that start on Saturday. USC faces BYU at 5 p.m. at Staples Center as part of a double-header with Arizona and Gonzaga.

#WhyNotAdoree

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