Kickin' It With Keidane - Week 10

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USC women's soccer moved up to No. 4 in the nation after two more wins this weekend over Washington State and Washington. The Women of Troy improved to 13-3 with the two shutout victories, during which head coach Keidane McAlpine called his goalkeeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme "phenomenal."

Hear everything McAlpine had to say about his team and the final three games of the regular season:

#USCtotheNBA in 2016

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With the 2016-17 NBA season tipping off tonight, we take a look at the five former USC players on opening day rosters.

taj gibson.jpgF Taj Gibson (Chicago Bulls)

The longest-tenured member of a fresh-faced Bulls roster, Gibson will start at forward for Chicago in their season opener on Thursday evening. Last season, Gibson averaged 8.6 points and 6.9 rebounds per game, and may see more opportunities to increase those numbers with big men Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah gone. After missing the playoffs last season, Gibson and his new teammates Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo aim to get Chicago back on top.

G Nick Young (Los Angeles Lakers)

Young, who is entering his fourth year with the hometown Lakers, looks to make an impact off the bench this season. The charismatic character, who scored 7.3 points per game last season, is now one of the veterans on a young Los Angeles squad looking to get back to its winning ways.

C Nikola Vucevic (Orlando Magic)

Vucevic led the Magic in scoring (18.2 PPG) rebounding (8.9 RPG) and blocks (1.1 BPG) last season. He was one of just four players (ATL's Paul Millsap, NO's Anthony Davis, SAC's DeMarcus Cousins) to lead his team in those three categories last year. Under new head coach Frank Vogel, Vucevic will look to continue his offensive excellence and potentially push the Magic into the playoffs.

C Dewayne Dedmon (San Antonio Spurs)

Dedmon, USC's most recent NBA addition, enters his first season with the Spurs when they play the Warriors tonight. The Spurs will surely rely on Dedmon's size (7 feet, 245 lbs.) to protect the rim in relief of Pau Gasol. He averaged 4.4 points and 3.9 rebounds while playing 12.2 minutes per game last year for the Magic. Dedmon and the Spurs enter the season at No. 3 in ESPN's power rankings.

G DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors)

Fresh off a gold medal winning performance in Rio, DeRozan hopes to take the next step with the Raptors this season. DeRozan led Toronto with 23.5 PPG last year, adding 4.0 assists per game and 4.5 rebounds per game on his way to his second career All-Star game. He helped the Raptors reach the Eastern Conference Finals, where they fell, 4-2, to the eventual NBA Champion Cavaliers. With Team USA this summer, he came off the bench to contribute 6.6 PPG.

Follow @USC_Hoops on Twitter for updates on Trojans in the NBA all season long.

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Poster Boys

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USC men's basketball season begins November 11 at 8 p.m. against Montana at the Galen Center. The Trojans are expected to have a big year, returning four elite players plus a host of talented newcomers.

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Last week, the Trojans revealed their 2016-17 schedule posters via social media. Be sure to follow @USC_Hoops on Twitter and @uschoops on Instagram.

Thursday Game Info

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thursday-game-header-3.jpgThe Trojan Family is used to one weekday home game per year now, but we have created a website to answer all your questions and remind you about the changes to parking, tailgating and transportation due to the Thursday night kickoff.

Click here to view the site.

With the 7:30 p.m. kickoff, parking is available on campus, but not until after 5:30 p.m. Click here to reserve a spot in advance.

Public parking in the Exposition Park/Coliseum lots is only available in Lot 1 for $25 and will be based on availability. There is also a garage located at Browning and Vermont Ave, one block north of Martin Luther King Blvd which is $25 per space. All other parking lots surrounding the Coliseum in Exposition Park are reserved for our Trojan Athletic Fund Members. Parking is also available for $15 at the Los Angeles Convention Center located on Figueroa Street between Venice Blvd and 15th Drive.

Click here for more on parking.

Tailgating or picnicking will not be permitted on campus - no exceptions. This restriction includes campus buildings, parks, the Row, plazas, etc. Tailgating at the Coliseum and Expo Park will be allowed as on a normal game day.

Click here for more tailgating options.

In terms of transportation, Expo Line trains run every six minutes before and after games. Metro's Silver Line also provides service to the 37th St/USC Station, just a short walk from the stadium. To help speed up traffic for drivers after the game, all fans leaving the Coliseum area can hop on the I-110 South ExpressLanes at the 28th St/Flower or 39th St entrance and travel to Manchester Ave AT NO CHARGE.

2016 #USCtotheNFL Week 7

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Through seven weeks of the NFL season, USC's representatives continue to set the tone. With Matt Barkley likely starting at QB for the Bears next week, USC will boast the most active QBs and most starting QBs in the league in Week 8. Check out some of the top performances by the NFL's Trojans in Week 7:

perry-nfl.jpgThe Best

All eyes were on the Packers-Bears game on Thursday night, and Nick Perry didn't disappoint. The Packers LB racked up 4 tackles, 1 sack and 1 INT (the first of his career). Perry leads the Packers with 5.5 sacks this season and ranks in the Top 10 in the league.

The Best of the Rest

Clay Matthews, LB, Packers - 3 tackles, 1 QB hit

Devon Kennard, LB, Giants - 2 tackles, 1 QB hit

T.J. McDonald, S, Rams - 4 tackles, 1 pass defended

Cody Kessler, QB, Browns - 9-of-11 for 82 pass yards before leaving game with concussion

Malcolm Smith, LB, Raiders - 6 tackles, 2 passes defended

Marqise Lee, WR, Jaguars - 8 receptions, 107 yards, plus 4 kick returns for 93 yards

Leonard Williams, DE, Jets - 3 tackles, 1 QB hit

Nelson Agholor, WR, Eagles - 2 receptions, 10 yards

Jurrell Casey, DT, Titans - 2 tackles, 1 QB hit

Xavier Grimble, TE, Steelers - 2 receptions, 14 yards

Carson Palmer, QB, Cardinals - 29-of-49 for 342 pass yards

Brian Cushing, LB, Texans - 6 tackles

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Trojans Live: Cal Preview

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In anticipation of the Thursday night showdown with Cal, USC head coach Clay Helton, tailback tandem Ronald Jones II and Aca'Cedric Ware, and Arizona Cardinals DL Frostee Rucker joined Trojans Live on Monday night at The Lab. Also, USC women's basketball season begins November 11, so Ivana Jakubcova and Sadie Edwards capped the show.

Helton broke down the Bears who have one of the nation's top offenses.

Click here to watch Helton on Trojans Live.

Rucker explained the secret to an 11-year NFL career and praised his former Wild Bunch II teammates.

Click here to watch Rucker on Trojans Live.

Jakubcova and Edwards previewed their season ahead and the reason they transferred to USC.

Click here to watch the Women of Troy on Trojans Live.

And, here are Jones and Ware talking about stepping into the starting role without Justin Davis, Halloween costumes and the power of dreadlocks.

Cal Monday: Notes

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The Trojans had no time to suffer a case of the Mondays, hitting the field hard today to prepare for Cal on Thursday.
  • Injury report, per head coach Clay Helton: DB Ajene Harris and S Leon McQuay III practiced today and are expected to play, while RB Justin Davis did not practice and is less than 50/50 to play on Thursday.
  • USC_Football_Arizona_McGillen_2016_3820.jpgHelton said the team focused on two major things today: containing Cal QB Davis Webb's deep threat ability and third down efficiency on defense.
  • "There's not gonna be too many overthrows or missed throws with this guy," Helton said of Webb. "He's an elite talent." Indeed, Webb is second in the nation with 27 pass TD and third in the nation with 368.7 pass YPG.
  • While USC is well-rested after its bye week, Cal is coming off a grueling 2OT win over Oregon on Friday. LB Michael Hutchings (pictured) said he thinks that Cal's short week gave the Trojans a two-day advantage in preparation. "We have had a chance to get up ahead of them mentally and game plan wise and schematically," he said. "So hopefully that pays off --- the extra hours we put in the film room and getting a chance to watch them this week."
  • Hutchings echoed Helton's emphasis on third down, considering the Bears' tempo (Cal's 89.6 plays per game ranks second in the nation). "They just set an NCAA record for plays in a game," Hutchings noted. "When you're dealing with an explosive team like that and a quarterback like that, it's just something you have to be ahead on."
  • LB Quinton Powell offered two simple keys to stopping Cal's high-powered offense: "Physicality and running to the ball."
  • CB-WR-RET Adoree' Jackson has been known to run to the ball this season, and Helton mentioned he might see more opportunities on offense going forward. "We bring his package into the game every week," Helton said. "If you can get it to where he's not tired, he's capable of coming over and helping you and they're not kicking it to him, you want to get it in his hands somehow, some way."
  • Should Jackson get the ball in his hands on a kickoff return, he has the chance to break USC's career kickoff return yardage record on Thursday. He is currently tied with Curtis Conway, with 1,723 yards.
  • Here is Helton's full press conference:

Photo Gallery: Swimming & Diving Home Opener

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USC's 12th-ranked men's and women's swimming and diving cruised to victory in their home opener on Friday. The women's team defeated Florida Gulf Coast, 162-124, while the men beat Cal State Bakersfield, 171-97.

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Check out photos of the Trojans' first home meet here:

Photo Gallery: Trojan Tip Off

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On Saturday, USC men's and women's basketball teams held Trojan Tip Off, a free fan fest and scrimmage, at the Galen Center. The teams met fans, signed autographs and practiced acrobatic dunks in front of the crowd.

Check out photos from the event:

Taylor's CLASS

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Senior libero Taylor Whittingham of USC women's volleyball was recently named a Senior CLASS Award candidate for the 2016 season.

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Whittingham is one of 30 candidates for the award, which stands for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School. The award is given annually to an NCAA Division I senior who shows excellence in the community, the classroom, in character and in competition.

Whittingham, a team captain, has excelled on the attack and on defense this season, leading the team with .27 aces per set and 4.91 digs per set. The Rancho Santa Margarita, CA native recently moved up to fourth on USC's all-time digs list, with 1,548 and counting.

Last season Whittingham was named a Volleyball Magazine third-team All-American, An AVCA All-Pacific South Region selection and a Pac-12 All-Conference honorable mention. She built on those this year by winning Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 3 --- the third such honor in her career.

Off the court, she holds a 3.0 GPA as a communication major and is a two-time Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention selection. She has been involved in service projects at the Los Angeles Children's Hospital and has served as a team leader and counselor for USC's annual inner-city outreach program, A Day In Troy. She also has been an active counselor for the Girl Scouts program in 2014-2015. This summer, Whittingham was joined the Pac-12 All-Star Team, which visited China to play and to put on on free volleyball clinics.

The 10 finalists for the award will be announced later in the regular season.