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Photo Gallery: Hoops 3OT Thriller

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USC men's basketball played the third longest game in program history Thursday night and the longest since a four overtime victory over UCLA in 1985. While the drama ended in a loss to Colorado, the Trojans received outstanding individual performances from redshirt sophomore SG Katin Reinhardt and sophomore PF Nikola Jovanovic, which will ink their names in the USC record books.

Reinhardt tied the school record by making 9 three-pointers in a single game, which Anthony Pendleton set back in 1987. He finished the night with 35 points, the most by a Trojan since O.J. Mayo dropped 37 in 2008.

Jovanovic, who scored 30 points of his own, and Reinhardt are the first USC teammates to ever score 30 or more in the same game.

Here are John McGillen galleries from regulation and the overtimes:

Photo Galleries: Tennis Kicks Off in Style

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No. 1 USC men's tennis and No. 14 USC women's tennis advanced to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships on the strength of a pair of sweeps each over the weekend at Marks Stadium. The defending national champions took out Louisiana and Santa Clara, while the Women of Troy made easy work of Denver and Pepperdine.

Click here for the men's recap.

Click here for the women's recap.

Here are the John McGillen photos of the men (top) and women (bottom) in action:

Photo Gallery: MVB's Resounding Start

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No. 5 USC men's volleyball doubled down on its home opening weekend of success by sweeping No. 12 Stanford after knocking off No. 2 Pepperdine three days earlier. 

Click here for the recap.

Click here for the Rapid Reaction.

Click here for the Pac-12 recap.

Now 3-0 on the season, the Trojans were given a big boost by highly touted freshman Larry Tuileta in his first career start who tied the team-high with nine kills in the match. The Hawaiian phenom spent the fall as a backup quarterback and now joins the men's volleyball program with the season just barely in progress.

Here are the John McGillen photos from the win over the Cardinal:

Photo Gallery: MVB Takes Down No. 2

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No. 8 USC men's volleyball scored its first signature win of the season defeating No. 2 Pepperdine in four sets Friday night at Galen Center. The 2015 home opener featured an all-around team effort including strong performances by Christoper Orenic (14 kills), Cristian Rivera (13 kills) and Micah Christenson (5 aces and 11 digs).

Click here for the match recap.

Now, the Trojans are challenged by another tough opponent in No. 12 Stanford tonight at 5 p.m. If you cannot make it to Galen Center, Pac-12 Networks will carry the action live.

Here are the John McGillen photos from the win over the Waves:

Photo Gallery: Hoops Closes 2014

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USC men's basketball sits at No. 96 in the national RPI, which ranks sixth best in the Pac-12. The promising start for the young Trojans includes an 8-4 non-conference record after defeating Vermont last night.

Here are the John McGillen photos:

McGillen Galleries: USC 45, Nebraska 42

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On a San Diego night filled with fireworks, literally and figuratively, John McGillen provided the memorable pictures in four different galleries.

Photo Gallery: 2014 Football Awards

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The USC coaches, players and supporters celebrated the achievements of the 2014 season at the annual awards banquet Wednesday night held in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center.

Here are the Pierson Clair photos of the festivities:

Photo Gallery: Christmas Gift Delivery

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USC student-athletes spent their weekend passing out gifts to children in underprivileged Los Angeles neighborhoods.

Click here for the story.

Here are the John McGillen photos:

Photo Gallery: Water Polo's Epic Fight

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USC men's water polo never goes quietly into the night. Down 7-4 heading into the final period of the NCAA Title Match, the Trojans stormed back to knot the game at 7-7 before eventually falling 9-8 to UCLA.

The atmosphere at UC San Diego matched the drama in the pool yesterday. Here are the John McGillen photos to prove it:

Photo Gallery: 4th Annual Community Bowl

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USC held its fourth annual Community Bowl on Saturday at El Sereno Middle School, in which over 140 student-athletes partnered with over 300 El Sereno students to beautify the school, practice good study habits and play games.

The focus of the day was mentorship on behalf of the Trojans, as representatives from nearly every sport spent one-on-one time with the middle school students. The entire day was a success with the students completing over 30 projects ranging from mural painting to flower planting to school clean up.

Here are the John McGillen photos from all of Saturday's activities:

Photo Gallery: Hoops Slams LMU

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USC men's basketball has a roster loaded with athletes who can play above the rim, and the Trojans put on an aerial display during last night's 77-61 win over Loyola Marymount.

Fans can catch USC's high-flying act again on Sunday at 2 p.m. against Utah State inside Galen Center.

Here are the John McGillen photos capturing the fun:

McGillen Galleries: USC vs. Notre Dame

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Enjoy another look at USC's blowout win over Notre Dame through John McGillen's photography in three separate galleries.

SooHoo Gallery: USC vs. Notre Dame

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Here is a look at USC's win over Notre Dame through the lens of Jon SooHoo:

11/29/14-USCvND - Images by Jon SooHoo

SooHoo Gallery: USC vs. UCLA

Here are the Jon SooHoo photos from USC's loss at the Rose Bowl on Saturday:

11/22/14-USC@UCLA - Images by Jon SooHoo

McGillen Galleries: USC vs. UCLA

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The Trojans fell to the Bruins on Saturday but John McGillen was there to capture every moment from the rivalry at the Rose Bowl. Here are his photos...

Photo Gallery: Hoops on the Board

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USC men's basketball picked up its first win of the season Monday night sliding past Tennessee Tech 70-58.

Here are the John McGillen photos:

Photo Gallery: MWP Senior Day

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USC men's water polo knows how to do Senior Day.  The Trojans honored their national championship ringed quartet before taking down Cal 7-6 Saturday behind a pair of hat tricks from seniors Kostas Genidounias and Marc Vonderweidt.

Click here for the match recap.

The Trojans finished the regular season 21-4, and they will be the No. 3 seed at this weekend's MPSF Championship in Long Beach.  USC will need a strong showing at the conference tournament to earn an NCAA bid and keep hope alive for a seventh consecutive national championship.

Here are the John McGillen photos from Senior Day:

Photo Gallery: WVB Senior Day

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USC women's volleyball paid tribute to its senior class Friday night before falling in a classic five-setter to Cal.  For the Women of Troy, Hayley Crone, Hannah Schraer and Emily Young played their final home matches.

Here are the John McGillen photos:

Onward and Upward

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Written by Caroline Deisley, USC blog contributor 

The USC women's soccer team concluded its impressive season under new head coach Keidane McAlpine in heartbreaking fashion on Saturday, falling to the No. 4 Pepperdine Waves in penalty kicks in the first round of the NCAA tournament. 

"These are never easy. They're never anything that you can walk away from and feel just great about," said McAlpine. "In the same way, we are extremely proud of the season we had changing the direction of the program." 

The Trojans battled toe-to-toe with the Waves in front of a feisty Pepperdine crowd in Malibu for 110 minutes before heading to penalty kicks to decide the outcome. Freshman Nicole Molen gave the Women of Troy the early lead when she scored her first career goal for USC off a tremendous corner from junior Jamie Fink. USC held the lead until the 70th minute when Pepperdine evened things out with a goal off of a rebound from senior goalie Caroline Stanley's save.

Both squads had plenty of opportunities in the second half and the two overtime periods; however, neither team could capitalize ultimately leading to the most heartbreaking way to decide a game: penalty kicks. Stanley saved the first Pepperdine attempt, but the Waves responded immediately with a block of their own. The Trojans ultimately fell 4-2 in PKs ending their season in devastating fashion. 

"In regards to the game, we fought hard - that's a long game when you go into double overtime and then PKs, but the game is cruel," said the senior goalkeeper. "It really doesn't judge the talent of this squad. I'm not worried about them at all next year. In fact, I think they're only going to go up and rebuild this program into a dynasty." 

The Women of Troy finished the 2014 season with a trip to the NCAA tournament and a winning season for the first time since 2010 - a goal of the new coaching staff. After finishing 11th in the PAC-12 last year, no one really considered a trip to the NCAA tournament in 2014, especially with the implementation of a brand new coaching staff. 

"When we looked at the roster, we knew it had a lot of talent on it. The question was could we get them to believe in the vision, get them to believe in each other, get them to commit to being great teammates because we believe it starts with great chemistry," said the head coach. 

Well, the girls bought into McAlpine's system finishing fourth in the PAC-12 under the leadership of the reigning PAC-12 Coach of the Year. The Women of Troy set a school record for the best start - opening the season with six wins and two ties and prior to Saturday, they had 41 goals which surpasses the 31 goals for all of the 2013 season. 

Though the 2014 season just concluded on Saturday, McAlpine is already preparing for his sophomore season focusing on the growth potential of his young team. However, the Women of Troy do lose four seniors in goalie Caroline Stanley, forward Jessica Musmanno, midfielder Alex Quincey and defender Heather Davis.

"We ask them to get better every day. We ask them to just grind every day. Now that they've been with us for a year, there's some understanding of expectations," said McAlpine. "We're just going to continue to clean up details, clean up technically. We return a large group of women, so we expect big things."

Here are John McGillen's photos from the devastating first-round loss to Pepperdine...

SooHoo Gallery: USC vs. Cal

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Here are the Jon SooHoo photos from USC's 38-30 Thursday night victory over Cal at the Coliseum:

Ready for Primetime

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USC men's and women's basketball season tips off Saturday as the Trojans host Portland St. (7:30 p.m. at Galen Center) and the Women of Troy travel to South Carolina (7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on SEC Network).  Both teams tuned up with scrimmage victories this past weekend at home as the men defeated Cal State LA 87-68 and the women thumped Concordia 120-56.

Click here for the men's recap.

Click here for the women's recap.

Here are the John McGillen photos of the women's win in front of more than 7,000 fans at Galen Center:

Photo Gallery: Epic Night at Uytengsu

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USC men's water polo has battled back and forth with UCLA in three matches this season, but the Trojans lost the latest encounter (10-8) to the Bruins on Sunday night.  The result seesaws the SoCal BMW Crosstown Cup standings (15-10) back in favor of UCLA for the time being with Friday's soccer showdown at the Coliseum next on the docket.

Click here for the SoCal BMW Crosstown Cup official site and results page.

Nevertheless, the atmosphere was electric at Uytengsu and the John McGillen photos paint the picture.

Photo Gallery: Trojan Tip-Off

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USC men's and women's basketball tipped of the 2014-15 season Sunday at Galen Center with an afternoon spectacle for the fans.  Along with games and autographs, the scrimmages had an all-star feel complete with alley-oops, no-look passes and fancy dribbling.

Here are the men's photos (top) and women's photos (bottom) by John McGillen:

McGillen Galleries: USC vs Utah

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From Adoree' Jackson's 100-yard kickoff return to Su'a Cravens' monster sacks, John McGillen captured every wild moment of the Trojans' narrow loss to Utah on Saturday.

Here are his galleries:

Photo Gallery: Soccer Stumbles

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USC women's soccer will hit the road after wrapping up its five match home stand with a 2-0 loss to Arizona State.  The Women of Troy play the next four in the Pacific Northwest starting with Oregon (Friday) and Oregon State (Sunday).

The Trojans dominated the Sun Devils statistically racking up 25 shots to ASU's 11, but they could not find the back of the net.

"Once again I didn't think we came out with the intensity necessary to win the game from the start," said head coach Keidane McAlpine. "We then had to play from behind, and you can't do that in this league and expect to win games."

Here are the John McGillen photos:

SooHoo Gallery: USC vs. Colorado

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With the Dodgers season over, the great Jon SooHoo is back in the Coliseum photographing the Trojans.  Here are his photos from Homecoming:

McGillen Galleries: USC vs. Colorado

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John McGillen was camped out in the end zone to catch the touchdown carousel at the Coliseum as the Trojans hung 56 on the scoreboard.

Here are the photos from pregame, first half and second half:

Photo Gallery: Clippers at Galen

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The Los Angeles Clippers took over Galen Center for an intrasquad scrimmage Wednesday as they continue preparation for the upcoming NBA season.

John McGillen was there to catch Lob City:

Photo Gallery: Walters' Dedication

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No. 4 USC men's water polo celebrated a resounding 14-5 victory over No. 5 UC Santa Barbara on Saturday and then commemorated the life of Jon Walters, who tragically died earlier this year, with a plaque that will live forever on the walls of the Uytengsu Aquatics Center.

Click here for the game recap.

The Walters' family, including his brother James who is a freshman this year, were part of the post-game ceremony.  The photos of the plaque and the family are at the end of the John McGillen photo gallery below.

Photo Gallery: Soccer's Home Split

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No. 18 USC women's soccer split its weekend home matches with the mountain schools dropping Friday's contest to Colorado 1-0 before bouncing back Sunday with a 2-0 win over Utah.  The Women of Troy controlled the action against the Buffaloes, but could not push one over the line until Sunday when Alex Quincey slammed in a brace to beat the Utes.

Click here for the recap.

The Trojans are a promising 8-2-2 on the season and 2-1 in Pac-12 play.  The competition ramps up considerably this week with No. 12 California (Friday at Noon) and No. 3 Stanford (Sunday at 3 p.m.) coming to McAlister Field.

Here are the John McGillen photos from USC vs. Colorado:

McGillen Galleries: USC vs. ASU

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John McGillen was in the Coliseum to capture a dramatic night as the Trojans were gutted at the buzzer by an Arizona State Hail Mary.

McGillen Galleries: USC vs. OSU

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From the pick-six to the Hail Mary, USC's 35-10 win over Oregon State featured some indelible moments, which John McGillen captured through his lens. 

Click here for the "USCquence" of the week.

Here are McGillen's photos starting with pregame then first half and finally second half:

Photo Gallery: Volley Blitzed by Bruins

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USC is in an early 10-0 hole in the BMW Crosstown Cup standings after women's volleyball was swept by the Bruins at Galen Center last night, which follows men's water polo's loss to UCLA in the NorCal Tournament this past weekend.

Click here for the women's volleyball recap.

The Women of Troy never found their feet last night losing 25-23, 25-13 and 27-25 to fall to 7-4 on the season.  No. 9 USC will look to bounce back Friday night at Galen Center (6 p.m. start) against No. 19 Arizona State.

Here are the John McGillen photos from the Crosstown Showdown:

Photo Gallery: Soccer Scores Record

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No. 15 USC women's soccer took its first loss of the season Sunday dropping a 2-1 decision to No. 12 Pepperdine, but the Women of Troy are still a healthy 6-1-2 on the campaign after setting a program record Friday by scoring nine goals in a game.

Click here for the Pepperdine recap.

The Trojans begin Pac-12 play this week with a test in Tucson against Arizona on Friday (Pac-12 Networks at 2 p.m. PT).

Here are the John McGillen photos from the record-setting victory against Arkansas-Pine Bluff:

Photo Gallery: Men's Golf Takes 2nd

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USC men's golf is in the midst of its fall schedule, and the Trojans impressed by taking second place at the Southwestern Intercollegiate.  USC was topped only by Stanford as the Trojans received a strong performance from freshman Sean Crocker (5-under) who finished second individually.

Click here for the recap.

Here are the John McGillen photos from a day on the course in Westlake Village:

McGillen Galleries: USC vs. Stanford

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Team photographer John McGillen captured all the craziness from a wild afternoon in Palo Alto as USC ended Stanford's 17-game home winning streak.

Below are four galleries starting with pregame followed by first half, second half and post-game celebration.

SooHoo Gallery: USC vs. Stanford

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Legendary Los Angeles sports photographer Jon SooHoo flew up to Palo Alto for the rivalry clash between USC and Stanford.

Here are his photos:

09/06/14-USC at STANFORD - Images by Jon SooHoo

McGillen Galleries: USC 52, Fresno State 13

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The Trojans opened the 2014 season with a commanding win over the Fresno State Bulldogs. From Nelson Agholor's two scores to Bryce Dixon and Adoree' Jackson's first touchdowns of their USC careers, John McGillen captured all of the magic on Saturday. Here are his galleries...


First Half:

Second Half:

Photo Gallery: 2014 Salute to Troy

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USC football kicked off the new season in a ceremonial fashion Saturday with the annual Salute to Troy BBQ.  The 1964 and 1989 Trojans were honored on their 50- and 25-year anniversaries, and the 2014 team was introduced to a packed crowd on Cromwell Field.

Here are the Pierson Clair photos:

Photo Gallery: 2014 Fall Camp #13

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The Trojans played some real football last night at the Coliseum, albeit against each other, and the playmakers showed up including freshmen Adoree' Jackson and JuJu Smith who had return touchdowns on special teams. 

Here are the John McGillen photos:

Photo Gallery: 2014 Fall Camp #6

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Two-a-day practices for the Trojans kicked off on Sunday and the team was ready to go after a day off. 

Check out the John McGillen photo gallery for all the action, including head coach Steve Sarkisian taking the Ice Bucket Challenge. 

USC Football Fall Camp 08.10.2014 - Images by John McGillen

Photo Gallery: 2014 Fall Camp #4

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The Trojans practiced in the Coliseum for the first time Thursday opening the eyes of the fall freshmen who had never previously played on the hallowed turf.

Here are the John McGillen photos featuring many of those freshmen and an incredible catch by George Farmer:

USC Football Fall Camp 08.07.2014 - Images by John McGillen

Photo Gallery: 2014 Fall Camp #2

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The USC offense found its rhythm on day two of Fall Camp last night.  The Trojans will play under the sun for the first time this afternoon.

Here are John McGillen's photos from Tuesday:

USC Football Fall Camp 08.05.2014 - Images by John McGillen

Photo Gallery: 2014 Fall Camp #1

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USC is back on Howard Jones and Brian Kennedy Fields as Fall Camp kicked off Monday night under the lights.

Here is a look at the first practice of the new season courtesy of John McGillen:

USC Football Fall Camp 08/04/2014 - Images by John McGillen

Photo Gallery: 2014 Pac-12 Media Day

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USC head coach Steve Sarkisian, QB Cody Kessler and DL Leonard Williams enjoyed themselves at Pac-12 Media Day today at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles. 

The Trojans morning mostly featured hopping from tent-to-tent and reporter-to-reporter answering question-after-question about the upcoming season and everything else under the sun.  But, they had some fun too including a competitive game of "corn hole" and dressing up for a selfie.

Here are the photos courtesy of Pierson Clair:

Photo Gallery: 2014 Football 101

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USC's annual hands-on football tutorial for fans of the Trojans was another huge success as novices of the game were able to learn the ins and outs from Steve Sarkisian and his coaching staff.

Attendees can click here for their photos.

Here are the Pierson Clair photos from a fun day in Troy:

Photo Gallery: Baseball Senior Day

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USC baseball was one of the "first four" teams NOT to be selected to the NCAA Tournament. While the near miss is something of a disappointment, optimism is in growing supply at Dedeaux Field after the Trojans finished off a 29-24 campaign by taking two out of three from No. 1 Oregon State.

The Trojans have not made the postseason since 2005, and while that fact still holds true, the program's arrow is pointing up under second-year head coach Dan Hubbs. USC improved by nine wins over last season, including six more Pac-12 victories, thanks in large part to a strong group of leaders including the 2014 senior class.

The senior six-pack features J.R. Aguirre, James Guillen, Jake Hernandez (the team's leading hitter at .327), Sean Silva, Kevin Swick (the team's leader in hits and runs scored) and Bob Wheatley.  The group was honored before Sunday's season finale (bottom photo gallery).

"Nothing can describe what these seniors have done for the USC baseball program," tweeted junior ace Wyatt Strahan. 

Generally speaking, the roster is still young and the playoff drought is under serious threat with sophomore RHP Kyle Davis (team-best 1.12 ERA) and freshman C Jeremy Martinez (team-high .748 OPS) leading the charge.

Here are the John McGillen photos from Kyle Davis' gem and the senior sendoff:

USC v OSU 05/25/2014 - Images by John McGillen

USC v OSU Senior Day - Images by John McGillen

Photo Gallery: Marks Foundation Lunch

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USC's top scholar-athletes were honored at the Marks Luncheon prior to the Student-Athlete Graduation Thursday.

Here are the Pierson Clair photos:

Photo Gallery: Arreola vs. Stiverne

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USC's Galen Center hosted boxing history Saturday night as Bermane Stiverne stopped Chris Arreola in the 6th round to become the first ever heavyweight champion from Haiti.

Here are the John McGillen photos including the Trojan Marching Band playing the national anthem:

Boxing @ Galen - Images by John McGillen

Photo Gallery: Five Jewels Reunion

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As we documented and previewed last week, USC baseball welcomed home members of the five consecutive national championship teams from 1970-74 known as "The Five Jewels of the Crown" before Saturday's game at Dedeaux Field.

The all-star guest list included former big leaguers Fred Lynn, Dave Kingman, Roy Smalley, and Steve Kemp, as well as George Milke, the 1974 College World Series MVP and Russ McQueen, the 1972 College World Series MVP, and many other notables.

Here are the John McGillen reunion photos:

Reunion - Images by John McGillen

Photo Gallery: Dual Meet Split

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USC track and field split the annual Dual Meet with UCLA Sunday as the Women of Troy were victorious, but the men dropped a close one.

The meet marked the end of regular season play between the Trojans and Bruins in 2013-14.  Here are the updated Gauntlet standings: USC 62.5, UCLA 52.5.

The Trojan Family has all but assured crosstown bragging rights, but the victory is not clinched until postseason play is completed as USC and UCLA could see each other again, which would potentially shake things up.

Here are the John McGillen photos from Drake Stadium in Westwood:

USC Track & Field Duel Meet @ ULCA Gallery - Images by John McGillen

Photo Gallery: Rowing by UCLA

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USC women's rowing helped the entire Trojan Family put one hand on the Gauntlet by defeating UCLA in the annual dual meet for the 13th consecutive time.

Here are the John McGillen photos from the Port of Los Angeles:

USC Rowing Duel Meet - Images by John McGillen

Photo Gallery: 2014 Tommy Awards

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The annual Tommy Awards, USC's version of the ESPYs, were held last night inside the Founders' Room at Galen Center. 

Here are this year's winners as voted on by the whole athletic department including the student-athletes, coaches and staff:

Male Athlete of the Year - Nikola Vavic

Female Athlete of the Year - Natalie Hagglund

Male Trojan of the Year - Kevin Swick

Female Trojan of the Year - Elizabeth Eddy

Best Single Competition Performance - Football vs. Stanford

Record-Breaking Performance - Women's Golf

Male Rising Star - Buck Allen

Female Rising Star - Alexandra Collatz

Male Rookie of the Year - Jon Walters

Female Rookie of the Year - Annie Park

Head Coach of the Year - Jovan Vavic

Assistant Coach of the Year - Marko Pintaric

Staff Member of the Year - Monica Morita

Team of the Year - Men's Water Polo

Here are the Jon Kondrath photos of the Tommy Awards:

Photo Gallery: Lacrosse at Wrigley

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USC women's lacrosse enjoyed the unique experience of playing No. 5 Northwestern inside the friendly confines of historic Wrigley Field Saturday. 

The Women of Troy fell to the Wildcats 12-7, but they bounced back to beat Marquette 11-5 Sunday in Milwaukee.  Now, they head into the MPSF Tournament in Denver where the Trojans will open up with Oregon this Thursday.

John McGillen took the trip to the Windy City to provide all the lacrosse photos with a classic backdrop.

v NU Wrigley Field - Images by John McGillen

6-Points: 2014 USC Spring Football

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The first spring football season under head coach Steve Sarkisian is in the books, so let's recap what we learned.

Don't Blink

McGillen_042014_MCG4332_SPRINGGAME.JPGThe biggest difference on Howard Jones Field this spring was the pace of play.  The Trojans are running their offense at breakneck speed, which will not only get opponent's on their heels come fall, but the USC defense will be fit to face all the no-huddle attacks in the Pac-12.  Despite the increased tempo, the Trojans are still a run-first offense with a deep group of tailbacks competing for carries led by Buck Allen and Tre Madden.  "Whoever plays us should be worried.  We've got monsters in the backfield," said WR Nelson Agholor.

Too Tough to Unseat

Sarkisian made it clear that no player would suffer from preconceived opinions, and every spot was up for grabs.  However, in the end, Cody Kessler was too sharp and savvy to cede his spot to the hard charging Max Browne.  Kessler displayed improved arm strength and accuracy, and appears to be the undisputed leader on offense.  "Cody's got a really quick release, tremendous arm strength and he's really accurate down the field," praised Sarkisian.  "I think we can win a lot of football games with Cody Kessler as our quarterback."

On the Nose

Spring football is a great showcase for players primed to break out.  No player took better advantage than junior nose tackle Antwaun Woods who has matured into an unexpected leader and dominant run stuffer. "He has had a heck of a spring. I think Antwaun has really been the standard on the defensive side of the ball all spring long," said Sarkisian. "He's really a playmaker, he lives in the backfield. He does an amazing job of making the ball bounce to the perimeter and he does it with tremendous energy."

McGillen_042014_MCG3937_SPRINGGAME.JPGCenter of Attention

USC was forced to shuffle its offensive line this spring to due to injuries and departures.  Veteran Max Tuerk was the biggest chess piece to move as he takes over the center position vacated by Marcus Martin. Tuerk has always been considered a heady lineman who can play multiple spots, and the coaches trust him to make the correct calls at the line of scrimmage. "Max is a very talented player. He's very bright. He could probably play three different positions on the offensive line," Sarkisian said. "We have to see how we evolve up front. It is comforting to know that you have an experienced player at center when you are operating at this pace."

Whoa Nelly

The torch has officially been passed.  USC has been blessed with elite playmakers on the outside for the last handful of seasons, including record-setters Robert Woods and Marqise Lee, but now Nelson Agholor is the danger man.  While several candidates battle for the No. 2 position, Agholor is undoubtedly the top target.  "Nelson is a really good player," said Sarkisian. "He is a dynamic football player. I've been very impressed by him."

Help on the Way

When Sarkisian released his end of spring depth chart, 23 names were listed at the bottom under injured.  The head coach expects all of them to be fully fit for fall camp plus a collection of exciting prospects from a Top 10 recruiting class.  "I'm hopeful the next time we have a scrimmage like this in the middle of Fall Camp that we are a little more efficient on both sides of the ball," explained the head coach after the Spring Game. "There will be a lot more guys participating by then too which will be key." The highlight additions include All-American DL Leonard Williams, Freshman All-American DB Su'a Cravens, CB Josh Shaw, RB Justin Davis, WR/DB JuJu Smith and WR/DB Adoree' Jackson.

Here are the John McGillen photos from the USC Spring Game:

Spring Game Gallery - Images by John McGillen

Photo Gallery: Men's Tennis Wins Pac-12

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Head coach Peter Smith had his players focused on one thing last week, but not what you would expect.  Playing UCLA for the Pac-12 regular season title, he was more intent on beating the Bruins than controlling the conference.  In the end, the Trojans owned both.

"The goal is always to beat UCLA," said Smith before the match. "We don't care where we play them. We could play them at 8 a.m. in Chicago, we could play them at 6 a.m. in Hawaii. Yes, winning the Pac-12 is something we'd love to do, but mostly we just want to beat UCLA. Period. And that's the beauty of the rivalry."

It was a beauty of a rivalry match in the end.  The Trojans battled back after dropping the doubles' point thanks to singles winners No. 1 Yannick Hanfmann, No. 3 Roberto Quiroz, No. 4 Max de Vroome and No. 5 Eric Johnson.

Quiroz came through with the clinching victory and was promptly mobbed by his teammates after collapsing to the ground.  Here are the John McGillen photos:

M Tennis v UCLA - Images by John McGillen

Photo Gallery: Lacrosse in the Coliseum

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USC women's lacrosse celebrated its first ever Senior Day with a dramatic 11-10 victory over Stanford in the Coliseum.  Ceilidh Meagher, the lone senior, started the day walking through a tunnel of lacrosse sticks with her parents and ended the afternoon inside a dog pile with her teammates.

Click here for the recap.

The Women of Troy had fallen on hard luck in recent weeks.  Once tied atop the conference, USC dropped three consecutive heartbreakers before finally seeing the ball bounce the Trojans' way on Sunday.

USC finished the MPSF regular season 6-3, and now hits the road for a big non-conference tilt with perennial power Northwestern inside historic Wrigley Field.  John McGillen will travel with the Women of Troy to document their trip to the Windy City, and he also provided the photos from a picture perfect day at the Coliseum.

v Stanford - Images by John McGillen

Photo Gallery: Strahan Twirls Shutout

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USC baseball received a huge lift from junior ace Wyatt Strahan who tossed a five-hit complete game shutout Thursday night to lead the Trojans to a 1-0 victory.  The right-hander silenced the Arizona Wildcats lineup, which is considered the best in the Pac-12.

Click here for the SnappyTV highlights.

The win lifted USC to 18-17 overall with two more big games coming to Dedeaux Field tonight (7 p.m.) and Saturday (7 p.m.) against Arizona.  Both games will be aired live on Pac-12 Networks.

Here are the John McGillen photos of the first shutout of Strahan's career:

Baseball v UA gallery - Images by John McGillen

Photo Gallery: WWP Senior Day

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USC women's water polo celebrated its national championship-winning senior class Wednesday recognizing a decorated group featuring Flora Bolonyai, Kaleigh Gilchrist, Kelly Mendoza, Colleen O'Donnell, Olivia Cummins and Madeline Rosenthal.

The Women of Troy were unable to defeat UCLA dropping a physical 6-4 conference regular season finale, but they will likely see their rivals again in the MPSF and/or NCAA Championships, which will both be held at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center.

Here are the John McGillen photos from yesterday's rivalry clash:

wpolo v UCLA Gallery - Images by John McGillen

Photo Gallery: Women's Tennis Senior Day

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No. 13 USC women's tennis honored senior All-Americans Kaitlin Christian and Brynn Boren Friday before the Women of Troy knocked off No. 19 Arizona State.  The Trojans also swept Arizona to finish the home schedule with only a road trip to UCLA (Friday at 2 p.m. on Pac-12 Networks) left this regular season.

Boren has made an immediate impact in her one season at Troy as a transfer from Tennessee, but Christian will leave a lasting legacy winning the 2013 NCAA Doubles Championship with partner Sabrina Santamaria.  The Christian/Santamaria tandem became the first NCAA doubles champions in USC history, and the first ever to complete the "Triple Crown" as doubles champs at the ITA All-American Championship, the ITA National Indoors Championship and the NCAA Tournament.

Here are the John McGillen photos as Christian and Boren celebrated Senior Day with a team victory:

W Tennis V ASU gallery - Images by John McGillen

Photo Gallery: Women's Water Polo vs. UCI

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While All-Americans Flora Bolonyai and Monica Vavic are the core of No. 3 USC women's water polo, the Trojans have some new stars emerging in junior Eike Daube and freshmen twin sisters Ioanna and Stephania Haralabidis.  Daube scored a career-high five goals in the most recent victory over UC Irvine, while the Haralabidis' sisters are both top five in goals scored this season on the team.

Here are the Trojans in action as John McGillen documented the 16-5 win over No. 6 UCI:

v UCI - Images by John McGillen

Photo Gallery: Men's Tennis vs. Stanford

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No. 2 USC men's tennis made short work of the Bay Area schools this weekend sweeping both Stanford and No. 18 California.  The Trojans have rolled up 13 consecutive dual match victories to move to 22-2 on the season. 

Click here for the recap.

USC will make its final road trip of the regular season this weekend through Arizona (Friday at 1:30 p.m. PT) and Utah (Sunday at Noon).  The big match on the horizon is the Pac-12 finale against UCLA on Friday, April 18, at Marks Stadium.

Here are the John McGillen photos from the Trojans sweep of the Cardinal:

MT v stanford - Images by John McGillen

Photo Gallery: Sand Volley Sweeps UCLA

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No. 1 USC women's sand volleyball overwhelmed UCLA with talent and hustle Thursday in a 5-0 sweep to kickoff the Crosstown Rivalry on the beach. 

Click here for the recap.

Here are the John McGillen photos of the Women of Troy putting on a show in front of a packed Merle Norman Stadium:

SVB v UCLA Gallery - Images by John McGillen

Photo Gallery: Baseball Goes Extras

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USC baseball endured a rough weekend getting swept by the Washington Huskies.  After blowout losses on Friday and Saturday, the Trojans battled for 14 innings to salvage the series on Sunday before giving up 5 runs in the final frame.

Click here for the recap.

USC (13-13 overall and 3-6 in Pac-12 play) is next in action Tuesday at Dedeaux Field against Long Beach State (6 p.m. first pitch).  Here are the John McGillen photos from Sunday's marathon:

Baseball v UW gallery - Images by John McGillen

Photo Gallery: Lacrosse Cruises

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USC women's lacrosse got back to business in conference play dominating San Diego State 13-9 to move to 2-0 in the MPSF and 4-4 on the season.  The Women of Troy attack was spearheaded by sophomore Caroline de Lyra who had four goals and two assists.

Click here for the recap.

The Women of Troy now depart on a marathon five-game road trip through Fresno, the Bay Area and Colorado.  They do not play another home match until Oregon on April 18.

Here are the John McGillen photos from yesterday's victory:

USC v SDSU - Images by John McGillen

Photo Gallery: Sand Volley Beats No. 1

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No. 1 Pepperdine sand volleyball had never lost in regular season play until the Women of Troy did the honors Tuesday.  Now, No. 2 USC has a claim on the top spot and the confidence to ride past the Waves if the teams meet again in the postseason.

In perhaps the biggest dual match win in the program's three-year history, USC dominated Pepperdine 4-1 at Merle Norman Stadium.  By doing so, the Women of Troy avenged their only loss of the season moving to 8-1 on the campaign.

Click here for the recap.

Another great crowd turned out for a sport that is rising in popularity at USC.  Here are the John McGillen photos which document the smiling faces of victory:

SVB v Pepperdine Gallery - Images by John McGillen

Photo Galleries: WBB in the Tourney

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USC women's basketball had its most successful season in years despite the heartbreaking loss that brought it to a sudden end.  The Pac-12 Tournament champions left it all on the floor against St. John's in the NCAA Tournament.

Here are the John McGillen photos:

NCAA Tournament: v St. John's Pregame - Images by John McGillen

NCAA Tournament: v St. John's 1st Half - Images by John McGillen

NCAA Tournament: v St. John's 2nd Half - Images by John McGillen

Playing for a Legend

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USC women's basketball head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke is a living legend in her sport.  In case the Women of Troy did not already know that, they found out today on a tour of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame.

Here is a John McGillen photo gallery of the experience:

Hall of Fame Tours - Images by John McGillen

Photo Gallery: USC Pro Day 2014 Inside Drills

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Before taking to the field, the group of Trojans participating in Pro Day were measured and tested in the John McKay Center in front of a large audience of NFL scouts. The inside drills included vertical jump, broad jump and bench press. Here are the photos via John McGillen: 

Photo Gallery: Spring Practice #1

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The Trojans were happy to be back at work on Tuesday as you can see the smiles littered throughout our first John McGillen gallery of the spring.

As a reference, WR Steven Mitchell is now No. 7 and LB Quinton Powell wears No. 18.  Click here for the complete roster.

The sidelines were filled with 2014 signees like WR/DB Adoree' Jackson and OL Damien Mama, but they cannot practice until the fall. 

Spring Ball March 11, 2014 - Images by John McGillen

Photo Gallery: Baseball Rivalry

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USC and UCLA engaged in a classic rivalry matchup Sunday with the Bruins prevailing 6-5 thanks to a run in the ninth.  The Trojans are looking to snap a four-game losing skid on Tuesday when they welcome Loyola Marymount to Dedeaux Field (6 p.m. first pitch).

Thanks to a sold out crowd yesterday, here are some great photos by John McGillen:

USC V UCLA GALLERY - Images by John McGillen

Photo Gallery: Women's Golf Back on Top

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No. 1 USC women's golf has now won nine of its last 10 tournaments after beating UCLA and the field by 13 strokes at the Bruin Wave Invitational.  The Women of Troy occupied the top three spots on the individual leaderboard with sophomore Kyung Kim taking the crown, and Doris Chen and Annie Park tying for second.

Click here for the recap.

"I'm really proud of the team for coming back this week and dominating at this course," USC Coach Andrea Gaston said. "It's one of the most difficult courses we'll play all year. We had little time to prepare, and had to practice between rainstorms, but they got it done."

Here are the John McGillen photos:

2014 Bruin-Wave Invitational Gallery - Images by John McGillen

Photo Gallery: Baseball Blowout

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USC baseball waited, waited and then waited some more this weekend before finally playing a late afternoon doubleheader on Sunday with No. 11 Cal Poly at Dedeaux Field.  The Mustangs took game one, but the Trojans responded with a 16-0 demolition in the nightcap paced by SP Bob Wheatley who tossed seven scoreless innings including a career-high 10 strikeouts.

Click here for the recap.

The three-game series had to be abbreviated to two thanks to Friday and Saturday's rain showers.  The Top 25 win is a boost for the Trojans heading into another big week which includes a trip to play Mike Gillespie's UC Irvine Anteaters on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. and a home stand versus Houston, Pepperdine and No. 13 UCLA (Sunday at 1 p.m.).

Here are the John McGillen photos from Sunday's victory:

Baseball v Mustangs - Images by John McGillen

Photo Gallery: Lacrosse in the Rain

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USC women's lacrosse opened its second season with a home loss to Marist.  The game had to be moved to the Loker Track Stadium thanks to the pouring rain.

While the wet and wild conditions made life difficult on the players, the rain made for good photos.  Here is a look through John McGillen's camera:

Lacrosse v Marist - Images by John McGillen

Photo Gallery: Men's Hoops' Senior Day

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USC men's basketball wrapped up its home schedule by paying tribute to a quintet of seniors Saturday featuring Pe'Shon Howard, J.T. Terrell, Daniel Munoz, Omar Oraby and D.J. Haley. 

Pierson Clair was in the house to catch the celebration and an entertaining game, which ultimately ended in defeat for the Trojans.

Photo Gallery: Women's Tennis vs. St. Mary's

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USC women's tennis is on a 4-match winning streak heading into high profile duals at Texas (Sunday at Noon) and home to UCLA (Friday, March 7 at 3 p.m.).  The Trojans dominated St. Mary's Thursday 6-1 with NCAA champions Sabrina Santamaria and Kaitlyn Christian comfortably winning in singles and doubles.

Click here for the recap.

As the rankings stand now, the Crosstown Rivalry will pit No. 6 USC vs. No. 2 UCLA at Marks Stadium next week.  Here are the John McGillen photos from the latest win:

USC W Tennis v St. Mary's - Images by John McGillen

Photo Gallery: Women's Hoops' Senior Day

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While USC women's basketball wanted to send out its senior class with a victory, the Women of Troy were tripped up by Cal Sunday.  Nevertheless, the Trojan Family honored seniors Cassie Harberts, Desiree Bradley, Kate Oliver and Rachel Totten, and the quartet all marked their final home game by scoring at least one bucket apiece.

Harberts, who still has two more games plus postseason play to go in her USC career, will be the biggest loss.  She is in the top eight all-time in scoring and rebounding.  In her final home game, she had 18 points, scoring in double figures for the 11th consecutive contest.

Here are the Pierson Clair photos from an emotional day:

Dedeaux Statue Unveiled

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Monday marked what would have been Rod Dedeaux's 100th birthday.  The legendary manager led USC baseball to 11 national championships.

At the field which already bears his name, Dedeaux was immortalized on Sunday as a statue of his likeness was unveiled before the Trojans defeated Northwestern to complete a season-opening three-game sweep. 

Here are the John McGillen photos of the unveiling featuring USC president Max Nikias, athletic director Pat Haden, close friend and former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda, future Hall of Fame pitcher Randy Johnson, senior associate AD Don Winston, head baseball coach Dan Hubbs and his son Justin Dedeaux.

Rod Dedeaux Unveiling - Images by John McGillen

Early Season Drama

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If the first series of the season is any indication, the Dedeaux Field groundskeepers will be put to the test this spring.  The Trojans worked overtime on Friday (11 innings) and Saturday (15 innings) to complete dramatic victories before sweeping the weekend set from Northwestern on Sunday (only 9 innings).

Click here for the recaps.

The three-game sweep featured several heroes, but the relief pitching was key providing 18.1 innings giving up only 2 runs.  In particular, Jeff Paschke and Nigel Nootbaar combined to throw 8 innings of shutout relief to extend Saturday's marathon.

In terms of walk-off heroes, Frankie Rios scored the winning run on a Northwestern error in the 11th on Friday, while freshman Joe Corrigan delivered the game-winning sacrifice fly to score Dante Flores on Saturday.  Sophomore A.J. Ramirez carried the offense on Sunday going 4-for-4 with 3 RBI, while Vahn Bozoian cracked the team's first homerun of the season.

Next up: No. 3 Cal State Fullerton comes into Dedeaux Field tonight at 6 p.m. Here are the John McGillen photos from Sunday's win:

USC V NORTHWESTERN: SUNDAY - Images by John McGillen

Photo Gallery: Make It Eight

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No. 1 USC women's golf's historic run continued this week as the reigning national champions captured the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge, the team's eighth consecutive tournament victory.  The win mirrored so many of the ones before it as the Trojans dominated the field by seven strokes, and sophomore Annie Park claimed the individual crown for the school-record tying fifth time in her young career.

Click here for the recap.

Here are all the photos of the final round courtesy of John McGillen:

USC Golf: Northrop Gruman - Images by John McGillen

Photo Gallery: Crosstown Sweep

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USC women's basketball got back on track Saturday blowing out the Bruins and sweeping the crosstown series maintaining Cynthia Cooper-Dyke's immaculate record against UCLA as a player and a coach.  The Women of Troy, who were led by Cassie Harberts' 17 points and 9 rebounds, are back on the road this week with a trip to Oregon (Friday at 7:30 p.m. on Pac-12 Networks) and Oregon State (Sunday at Noon on Pac-12 Networks).

Here are the John McGillen photos from the rivalry win during which the Trojans never trailed:

W BBALL v UCLA - Images by John McGillen

Taj and Nick

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Thanks to a lucky break in scheduling, Taj Gibson was able to join his former USC teammate Nick Young at the men's basketball game vs. UCLA on Saturday before the their respective NBA teams, the Bulls and Lakers, squared off on Sunday.

Click here for John McGillen's gallery from the Lakers/Bulls game.

Young is currently sitting out with a knee injury, but Taj Gibson is enjoying a starting role in Chicago averaging 22.7 points per game and 10.3 rebounds per contest over the last three games including a win over the Lakers. 


Photo Gallery: A Day in Troy

Thousands of local kids enjoyed a day on the USC campus to understand the value of higher education.  After tours led by Trojan student-athletes, the next generation experienced a Women of Troy victory over UCLA and an all-around fun day at Galen Center.

Here are the John McGillen photos:

USC DAY IN TROY - Images by John McGillen

Photo Gallery: Men's Swimming Still Building

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For swimming and diving, dual meets coincide with rigorous pool work to build up stamina and speed in anticipation for the NCAA Championships.  So, while No. 3 USC still likes its chances this March in Austin, Texas, the Trojans were swept by the Bay Area schools this past weekend at Uytengsu Aquatics Center.

Here are the John McGillen photos:

Mswim vs cal - Images by John McGillen

Photo Gallery: Heritage Hall Gala

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The new Heritage Hall was grandly reopened to the Trojan Family Saturday night as part of a Hall of Fame anniversary gala and red carpet dinner.

Click here to see photos of the new Heritage Hall! 

With all the VIPs in the building, including Matt Leinart, Sam Cunningham, Rodney Peete, Randy Johnson, Tina Thompson, Cynthia Cooper-Dyke, John Naber, Paul Westphal and Tom Kelly, we needed three photographers to cover the event.  Here are all the photos courtesy of John McGillen, Jenn Kassar and Pierson Clair...



Photo Gallery: Women's Swimming Blasts No. 1

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USC women's swimming and diving dominated No. 1 Cal on Friday, including beating four-time Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin in a pair of races.  The Women of Troy split the weekend dropping Saturday's meet to No. 4 Stanford.

Click here for the recaps and results.

Here are the John McGillen photos of Missy vs. the Trojans:

USC W V CAL - Images by John McGillen

Photo Galleries: New Heritage Hall

The new Heritage Hall will be open to the public starting Monday, and all fans, students and faculty will be welcome inside the USC Athletics' museum from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, as well as 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

The $35 million renovation project turned a 48,000 square foot space into an 80,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility which includes an interactive two-story museum in the lobby as well as offices for USC athletic administrators and coaches, a sports performance center, a broadcast studio, a lounge for Women of Troy student-athletes, a rowing ergometer room and an indoor golf driving area, plus new locker rooms, meeting rooms, equipment room and event space.

And finally, the new Heritage Hall unveiled in two John McGillen photo galleries...

USC Heritage Hall 2014 - Images by John McGillen

USC Heritage Hall Basement - Images by John McGillen

Photo Galleries: Tennis Kicks Off 2014

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Both USC men's and women's tennis emerged victorious in the first two dual matches of the spring season as part of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend.  No. 4 Men's tennis swept Santa Clara and Wichita State, while the No. 6 Women of Troy blanked North Texas and Saint Mary's.

Next up: Women's tennis hosts Pepperdine on Thursday at 3 p.m.  The men's team will be at Marks Stadium this weekend for the Pac-12/SEC Showdown featuring dual matches with fellow national powers Georgia (Saturday at 1 p.m.) and Florida (Sunday at 1 p.m.).

Here are a pair of John McGillen photo galleries from last weekend, one for each team:

USC W TENNIS ITA KICK OFF - Images by John McGillen

USC MEN'S TENNIS ITA KICK OFF - Images by John McGillen

Photo Galleries: Enfield on the Board

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USC men's basketball head coach Andy Enfield collected the first Pac-12 win of his tenure guiding the Trojans past Cal at Galen Center last night.  USC was led by freshman Nikola Jovanovic who posted a career-high 23 points.

Here are the John McGillen photo galleries:

USC v CAL 2014 1st - Images by John McGillen

USC v CAL 2014 2nd - Images by John McGillen

Photo Galleries: WBB Drops 109

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USC women's basketball is on fire.  The Women of Troy swept Oregon State and Oregon this weekend in a pair of routs culminating in a 109-point scoring outburst against the Ducks.

The Women of Troy hit the century mark at Galen Center for the first time ever.  And, the Trojans posted their highest scoring game since 1982.

Click here for the recap and highlights.

Senior captain Cassie Harberts earned Pac-12 Player of the Week for her stat-stuffing performances.  She finished with 22 points in the win over the Beavers to move into the program's all-time top 10 in scoring, and followed that with 30 points and a career-high 7 assists on Sunday.

The Trojans are hitting on all cylinders as the biggest road trip of the season looms this upcoming weekend.  USC, 6-1 in Pac-12 play, travels to No. 16 California (Friday at 6 p.m.) and No. 4 Stanford (Monday at 6 p.m.) for a shot at conference supremacy. 

Here are the John McGillen photos of the record-setting performance against Oregon:

USC v OU - Images by John McGillen

Photo Gallery: MVB Wins Thriller

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No. 5 USC men's volleyball came back to beat No. 7 UC Irvine, the two-time defending national champions, in a five-set classic last night at Galen Center.  The Trojans are off to a perfect 3-0 start thanks in large part to the freshman class including Lucas Yoder, who had a career-best 21 kills, and Andy Benesh, who had a career-high 15 kills hitting .789.

USC will face another stiff home test on Thursday night against No. 3 Pepperdine at 7 p.m. 

Here are the photos from last night's victory courtesy of John McGillen:

USC V UCI - Images by John McGillen

Photo Gallery: Ernie Hix Tribute

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USC men's volleyball paid tribute to legendary head coach Ernie Hix at the annual preseason banquet.  Dan Avila was in attendance to bring you photos from the event.

Photo Gallery: USC Hoops vs. No. 1 Arizona

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USC men's basketball put up a good fight last night in front of a great crowd at Galen Center, but No. 1 Arizona emerged victorious and remains undefeated.

Here are the John McGillen photos:

USC UA 1ST - Images by John McGillen

USC UA 2ND - Images by John McGillen

Photo Gallery: 2013 USC Football Images of the Year

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Happy New Year to the Trojan Family! 

Before we make some new memories in 2014, here is a look back at the 2013 football season in photos by John McGillen.

SEASON IN PHOTOS: FOOTBALL 2013 - Images by John McGillen

McGillen Galleries: USC vs. Fresno State

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The Trojans finished off a 10-win season with a bowl blowout of No. 20 Fresno State.  Here are the John McGillen photos from Las Vegas...

RPLVB PREGAME - Images by John McGillen

RPLVB 1ST - Images by John McGillen

RPLVB 2ND - Images by John McGillen

RPLVB POSTGAME - Images by John McGillen

Vegas Bowl Practice #7: Notes

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The Trojans practiced at Bishop Gorman High School this afternoon in preparation for Saturday's game.
  • With a wind chill quickly descending on the practice field once the sun went down, interim head coach Clay Helton kept his media session short.  He was self-deprecating calling himself "a third string coach," but extremely complimentary of his team and what they have accomplished this season.  "They are the definition of our sports motto Fight On," he said.
  • Forgetting the city or the bowl game, Helton explained that the team is far more motivated for the Las Vegas Bowl because of the opportunity to win 10 games.  "When you are trying to get a double digit win, that's a special thing," he said.  "We have talked about finishing and making our Trojan Family proud.  We want this team to be remembered.  It's not a wasted year.  With 47 scholarship players going out on the field on get that 10th win would be something very special and would hopefully catapult USC into even bigger things under Coach Sarkisian."
  • Junior TE Xavier Grimble is enjoying his Las Vegas homecoming trip, and he got to practice at his high school today, which boasts impressive facilities.  Grimble's teammates were joking with him that Bishop Gorman was so nice that he downgraded when he came to USC.  The players were calling it "Bishop Gorman University."  Grimble was quick to remind everyone that he never lost on that field.
  • Grimble has been the Vegas tour guide for his teammates.  He is chaperoning the team on the Strip, but he is also showing them inner city Las Vegas, which is where he grew up.  "I am proud of where I am from," he said.  "Vegas is more than just the lights that you see."
  • Grimble has accumulated "30-something" tickets for Saturday, and he is working to find more for friends and family.
  • Here are the John McGillen photos from today's practice...

Practice: Vegas - Images by John McGillen

Photo Gallery: 2013 Football Awards

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USC football saluted the 2013 senior class one last time and doled out a year's worth of awards at the annual banquet Friday. 

Click here for the award winners.

Here are the Pierson Clair photos...

Photo Gallery: Construction Updates

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The new Heritage Hall and Uytengsu Aquatics Center are set to be unveiled early in 2014, but we went into the constructions sites to give you a sneak peek at how the buildings are shaping up.

Here are the John McGillen photos:

Construction 12/13/2013 - Images by John McGillen

Photo Gallery: 2013 Community Bowl

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Written by Matt Ackels, Director of Community Outreach

This Saturday, over 170 student-athletes visited 32nd Street School for the 3rd Annual Community Bowl, a day of mentorship, campus beautification, and sport.

Despite the incessant rain and cold temperatures, the Trojans joined children and families to undertake eleven beautification projects to renovate the elementary school campus across the street from USC. From spray painting murals to planting vegetable gardens to replacing tattered basketball nets, the athletes got their hands dirty, and wet, during a hard day's work. After the projects, attendees were rewarded with reading time, a healthy lunch, and a field day of events.

The day was made possible by the aid of the Trojan Athletic Parents Association, whose donations of time and materials facilitated the expansive school makeover. The project was funded by the Otis Booth Community Outreach Endowment for USC Athletics.

Here are the John McGillen photos:

community bowl 2013 - Images by John McGillen

Photo Gallery: Hoops Soars Past BC

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USC men's basketball blew out Boston College by 16 in the second half last night at Galen Center to move to 5-0 at home this season.  The Trojans earned ovations for some remarkable alley-oops, but they also showed a defensive stinginess holding the Eagles to a season-low in points.

Here are the John McGillen photos:

USC v BC 1ST - Images by John McGillen

USC V BC 2ND - Images by John McGillen