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Meet Matt Fink

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USC-FOOTBALL-SPRING-BALL-040617-MCGILLEN-0675lr.JPGName: Matt Fink

Position: QB

Class: Redshirt Freshman

Size: 6-foot-3, 195 pounds

Age: 19

High School (Hometown): Glendora HS (Rancho Cucamonga, CA)

Game: Fink worked mostly with the scout team as a true freshman, learning behind Sam Darnold and Max Browne. Now, he is competing with early enrollee Jack Sears for the backup job behind Darnold. Fink has noticeably improved his arm strength and accuracy in his short time as a Trojan. He fits the mold of the new USC signal-caller in that he has the arm talent to sling it from the pocket but the legs to extend the play.

Prep Career: He made 2015 Prep Star All-American, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Cal-Hi Sports All-State Medium Schools first team, All-CIF Central Division, San Gabriel Valley Tribune All-Area first team and All-Palomares League Player of the Year as a senior dual-threat quarterback at Glendora High. He completed 87-of-174 passes (50.0%) for 1,258 yards with 15 TDs and 5 interceptions in 2015, and rushed for 1,106 yards on 180 carries (6.1 avg) with 17 TDs.

Helton on Fink's performance during the spring scrimmage: "Matt Fink came along. I thought he did some good things today. He's really progressed. I was proud for him today."

Fun Fact: Fink was also the punter in high school, averaging 36.8 yards on 37 punts as a senior.

Here is Fink on his relationship with Darnold, his musical interests and more:


Four-Peat

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pac-12player-michael4.jpgFor the fourth week in a row and the ninth time in her career, USC women's lacrosse captain Michaela Michael has been named the MPSF Offensive Player of the Week.

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The Bay Area native scored six goals against Oregon last week and tied a career high with seven against San Diego State to earn the award.

Michael has come on strong down the stretch, scoring at least four goals in each of USC's last five games. Her impressive performances of late have helped her maintain the top spot in the MPSF in scoring, points and draw controls this season. Her 53 goals also rank second in the nation.

After scoring 13 goals this week, Michael moved up to second place in the MPSF's all-time scoring charts and fourth in all-time points.

The two-time All-American and 2017 Tewaaraton Award nominee has a few more chances to rewrite the record books in USC's three remaining regular season games. The Trojans' last home game of the regular season comes this Friday at 5 p.m. at the LA Memorial Coliseum against No. 5 Colorado. After that, No. 9 USC has two road games before returning home for the MPSF Tournament, then potentially traveling to the NCAA Championships.

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Beasts Of The Bayou

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USC track & field won 10 events in an impressive showing at the Battle on the Bayou in Baton Rouge, LA this weekend.

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The Trojans competed against LSU, Purdue and Penn State as well as unaffiliated athletes.

Senior Amalie Iuel and freshman Anna Cockrell went 1-2 in the women's 110 meter hurdles. Iuel's time ranked third-best in USC history and Cockrell's set USC's freshman record.

USC also went 1-2 in the women's 400 meter dash. Kendall Ellis posted the second-fastest time in USC history to win the event, while Cameron Pettigrew notched USC's eighth-best time to place second.

USC won the 400 meter dash on the men's side as well, as Ricky Morgan Jr. posted the sixth-best time in the NCAA this season.

A national champion in the event last year, USC's Randall Cunningham (pictured) topped the field again at this weekend's event.

This week, the Trojans split up for the Mt. SAC Relays in Cerritos, CA nad the Beach Invitational in Long Beach, CA.

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Helton at the Races

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USC head coach Clay Helton enjoyed a special day as the Grand Marshal of the Long Beach Grand Prix on Sunday, including riding along with racing legend Mario Andretti.

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The Texan looked right at home on the track with his wife, Angela. And, he was able to rub elbows with celebrity attendees like Patriots WR Julian Edelman, entertainer Rob Zombie and more.

Here are the John McGillen photos:


Cover The Bases

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USC baseball won its first game, but dropped the series against No. 21 Stanford last week.

USC's two home runs proved to be the difference in Thursday's 7-5 win over the Cardinal. The next night, the teams headed to extra innings knotted at 3. In the top of the 10th, Stanford's bats lit up, and they charged ahead to an 8-3 win. Despite outhitting the Cardinal on Saturday, the Trojans dropped the rubber match, 6-3.

USC is now 16-14 (5-7 Pac-12) on the season heading into this week's series at Cal State Fullerton.

Check out team photographer John McGillen's photos of Game 3 in the series:

Top 10 And Tourney Bound

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mvb-ranking-10.jpgUSC men's volleyball moved up to No. 10 in the nation after winning its regular season finale.

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The Trojans topped Cal Baptist, 3-1, in Riverside on Saturday, to take a three-match win streak into the MPSF Tournament.

The match was USC's second in a row against the Lancers, as the two teams had just faced off two days prior. The Trojans won in four sets in both matches.

USC closes out the regular season at 14-13 (8-10 MPSF). The team's first MPSF Tournament matchup comes Saturday at 7 p.m. at Long Beach State.

Finish Strong

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USC men's golf closed out the regular season with a win at the Western Intercollegiate at Pasatiempo G.C. (Santa Cruz, CA).

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Sophomore Justin Suh led the way, winning the tournament with a 5-under 205 (68-67-70). It marked Suh's third Top 3 finish this season and first win of his collegiate career.

Suh and junior Sean Crocker, who tied for second in the field, helped the No. 1 Trojans finish even at 1050 (347-348-355), 18 strokes ahead of second-place Stanford.

The win is USC's third of the season, and sixth straight Top 2 finish.

The top-ranked Trojans now head to Boulder, CO for the Pac-12 Championships at the end of the month.

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Start Fresh

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On Saturday, No. 1 USC women's water polo saw its record-setting 52-game win streak come to an end at the hands of No. 2 Stanford.

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The Trojans started their winning streak in the 2015 NCAA third place game, after falling to Stanford in the semifinals. They went undefeated and won the national title in 2016, and opened up the 2017 season 25-0 before Saturday's showdown with the Cardinal.

Stanford netted the first two goals of the game, and took a 7-5 advantage into halftime at USC's Uytengsu Aquatics Center. The Trojans notched the first goal of the second half to make it a one-point game, but Stanford answered and took control as the game went on, to secure a 12-8 win and end USC's impressive streak.

The Trojans are now 25-1 (3-1 MPSF) on the season with two more regular season matchups to go. They travel to Cal this weekend before finishing up at UCLA on April 22.

Check out team photographer John McGillen's photos of the epic battle:

McGillen Gallery: USC Rowing vs. LMU

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USC's 12th-ranked women's rowing team won each of seven races in a scrimmage against LMU this weekend in Marina Del Rey, CA.

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One Streak Ends, Another Survives

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USC's top-ranked beach volleyball squad won five matches this weekend to extend its winning streak to 55 in a row.

On Friday, the Trojans beat Washington, 4-1, and Arizona State, 5-0, in a double header. The win over the Huskies was monumental for USC's top duo of Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes, as it represented their 100th consecutive win as a pair.

After two more wins against LMU and ASU in Manhattan Beach on Saturday, Claes and Hughes had their remarkable 103-match win streak snapped. The duo fell to St. Mary's' top team in three sets, marking their first loss since April 2, 2015.

Despite Claes and Hughes' loss, the Trojans notched a team victory to improve to 25-0 (4-0 Pac-12) on the season.

USC team photographer John McGillen kicked off the weekend's action by capturing the best moments against Washington.