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2014 Pac-12 Medal Winners

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The Pac-12 selected Devon Kennard (football) and Natalie Hagglund (women's volleyball) as the 2013-14 Tom Hansen Conference Medal Winners for the seniors that exhibited the greatest combination of performance and achievement in scholarship, athletics and leadership.

Click here for the Pac-12 release.

Hagglund finished her career as a three-time All-American libero and a First Team Academic All-American.  Kennard captained the Trojans through a tumultuous season, which ended successfully in 10 wins, while individually, he piled up a team-high nine sacks as well as starring in the classroom.

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Rooster Strikes Again

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Former USC football player Gerald Washington remains undefeated in the second act of his athletic career as a professional heavyweight boxer.  "El Gallo Negro" is now 13-0 after stopping veteran Travis Walker in the second round.


Year in Troy: 100 NCAA Titles

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As we close up shop on 2013-14, here is a look at the teams, athletes and moments that made it a milestone year.

USC collected two more NCAA crowns this year with men's water polo and men's tennis continuing dominant reigns over their respective sports.  Men's water polo has now won six consecutive NCAA team titles, while men's tennis came through for the fifth time in six years clinching the 100th NCAA championship in USC history.

Vavic-Nikola-Stan-13-McG.jpgJovan Vavic's dynasty always seems to be dangling on the precipice, but the Trojans thrive in drama creating predictable results in the most unpredictable fashion.  In the 2013 NCAA title match against Pacific, USC closed a two-goal gap in the final period to force overtime, which ended in storybook fashion thanks to Nikola Vavic (pictured) whose championship-winning goal was the last of his record-setting career.

Peter Smith had to do it without Steve Johnson and Daniel Nguyen this time.  The four-time champions will never be replaced, but men's tennis found the winning formula again after a one-year hiatus.  Depth and experience captured the crown as the Trojans overcame Oklahoma to hit USC's all-time century mark.

In the last three years, USC has won seven national championships, which ties Florida for the most by any school. Along with the two titles this campaign, 10 other Trojan teams finished in the national Top 10.

Women's golf (No. 2 NCAA), women's water polo (No. 3 NCAA), women's sand volleyball (No. 3 AVCA), men's track and field (T-No.4 NCAA), women's swimming and diving (No. 5 NCAA), women's volleyball (No. 5 NCAA), men's swimming and diving (No. 8 NCAA), men's volleyball (No. 9 AVCA), women's tennis (T-No. 10 NCAA) and women's rowing (No. 10 NCAA) all had accomplished seasons.  Football and women's track and field also finished inside the Top 25.

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Tommy Gun

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Major league baseball is nearing its midway point, and eight different Trojans made an impact in the first half led by Oakland A's starting pitcher Tommy Milone (pictured).  The southpaw has been on fire for the American League's best team going 6-0 in his last 10 starts.

The 27-year-old is in his third full major league season in Oakland after being traded to the A's in 2012 by the Washington Nationals, the team that drafted him in 2008.  He is headed towards his third double-digit win campaign in the Bay earning the label of "Mr. Reliable" in the Oakland rotation.

Click here for more on Milone.

Here's an update on the other seven Trojans in the big leagues:

RP Ryan Cook, A's - 3.91 ERA in 23 appearances including a save

RP Brad Boxberger, Rays - 3.18 ERA in 29 appearances in his first year in the American League

1B Lucas Duda, Mets - Hitting .255 with 12 HR, 41 RBI and an .824 OPS

OF Grant Green, Angels - Hitting .324 in 26 games in a reserve role playing multiple positions

SP Ian Kennedy, Padres - 4.01 ERA in 17 starts (5-9 record) in his first full season in San Diego

RP J.P. Howell, Dodgers - Sparkling 1.59 ERA in 38 appearances for the Texas alum who started at USC

RP Chad Smith, Tigers - Earned his first big league call-up making 4 appearances for Detroit

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Two Months Away

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Two months from today, USC football is back! 

The Trojans tee it up in the Coliseum against Fresno State on Saturday, August 30, at 4:30 p.m. PT.  The USC secondary will be anchored by Freshman All-American safety Su'a Cravens, who snagged four interceptions in his first season.

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Solomon's American Champ

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USC alum Duane Solomon sprinted to a first place finish in the 800m highlighting several standout performances by Trojans at the USA Track & Field Championships in Sacramento.  Solomon posted a winning time of 1:44.30 to make it back-to-back U.S. titles for the 2012 Olympian.

"I think my best way to race is to run like this," said Solomon. "If I run like this every race, I'm going to be hard to beat."

Click here for the complete recap.

Several Trojans littered the Top 5 in other events including Ryan Wilson and Aleec Harris, who finished second and fourth respectively in the 110m HH, as well as NCAA champion Reggie Wyatt, who grabbed third in the 400m IH.


Final All-Around Standings

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USC closed strong this school year to move up to 8th in the final Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings, which rank the performances of each school's 10 best men's and women's programs.  Stanford won the Directors' Cup for the 20th time.

Click here for the final standings.

The Trojans were carried by the men this year with tennis and water polo winning national championships, so USC fared even better in the Capital One Cup men's standings finishing 5th (pictured below), which is an improvement from 14th last year.  The Women of Troy finished 2013-14 at 18th in the women's Capital One Cup standings.

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Tri and Tri Again

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USC men's volleyball alum Tri Bourne picked up his first gold medal on the professional beach volleyball circuit by teaming up with John Hyden, a San Diego State alum, to win the FIVB Berlin Grand Slam.  Bourne, who recently turned 25 on June 20, helped make Hyden, 41, the oldest men's player ever to win FIVB open gold. 

Click here for the complete story.

Bourne, a native of Hawaii, is playing on the beach after a professional indoor career in Puerto Rico. He was a member of USC teams that were the NCAA runner-up in 2009 and finished third in 2011 when he was a senior.

Hyden (left) and Bourne (right) hangin' loose on the Berlin beach.
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Libero U

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USC is known as a factory for many skilled professions like entrepreneur, filmmaker and linebacker.  Women's volleyball is developing a libero legacy.

As Team USA preps for its Galen Center showdown against No. 1 Brazil on July 6, two Women of Troy alums battle it out for the starting libero spot.

Nicole Davis is the veteran.  She led USC to back-to-back national championships in 2002 and 2003, and she is a two-time U.S. Olympian.

Natalie Hagglund is the new kid on the block.  She recently finished up her Trojan career as a three-time All-American and Academic All-American First Team.

Here is a video profile on Davis with commentary from Hagglund:


Throwback Thursday: USC-Hawks

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Thanks to Getty Images for this gem of Super Bowl champions Michael Morgan, Malcolm Smith and Anthony McCoy, who were sure to find each other at the Seahawks celebration to represent their Trojan pride.

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