News: UCLA’s win over Texas A&M Sunday showed you don’t need a lot of players to find depth

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UCLA’s win over Texas A&M Sunday showed you don’t need a lot of players to find depth

ANAHEIM >> Four big guys. Two point guards. Six shooters, depending on the night. Eight defenders, depending on how closely they listen to their coach.

At last UCLA might have a basketball team that doesn’t just add up, but multiplies.

The first four games were stretching exercises for the Bruins.

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USC feel Adoree’ Jackson deserves consideration for Heisman

LOS ANGELES >> The inevitable question surfaced after Adoree’ Jackson struck a Heisman Trophy pose to celebrate returning a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown in USC’s 45-27 victory over Notre Dame on Saturday.

Does Jackson, the do-it-all cornerback, merit consideration for the famed stiff-arm trophy?

“He’s a special player," USC coach Clay Helton said Sunday on a teleconference with reporters, and he deserves to be looked at.

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Play It Forward Nov. 28-Dec. 4: UCLA has a fresh look at No. 1 Kentucky again

Ranking top 10 sports events Nov. 28-Dec. 4 you won’t want to miss:


Details/TV: At Rupp Arena, Lexington, Ky., Saturday, 9:30 a.m., Ch. 2

Our best recollection is that the Bruins invited the Wildcats to Pauley Pavilion right about this time last season — a first for the Kentucky program.

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USC men’s basketball team cruises to stay unbeaten

LOS ANGELES >> The USC men’s basketball team played its first two games this season without forward Bennie Boatwright.

It was easy to understand why.

Boatwright admitted last week that he could not hoist a shot past 15 feet because of back spasms.

The 6-foot-10 sophomore looked to have regained some of his strength Sunday night.

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Six teams move into AP Top 25 football pol

South Florida and Pittsburgh were among six teams to enter The Associated Press college football poll on Sunday, matching a record for the Top 25 era.

USF and Pitt are tied for No. 24. No. 17 Stanford, No. 19 Virginia Tech, No. 20 Navy and No. 22 Iowa also entered the rankings in the second-to-last regular-season poll.

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Lakers’ announcer Stu Lantz reminisces about Chick Hearn

LOS ANGELES >> The calls became so memorable. The catch phrases soon morphed into part of the sport’s lexicon. The streak has remained unbeaten.

Hence, it only seemed natural the late Lakers announcer Chick Hearn was honored on Sunday in what would have marked his 100th birthday. If not for Hearn’s passing on Aug.

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LA Lakers rely on bench chemistry in victory over Hawks

LOS ANGELES >> The Lakers’ floor general could only lead from the bench both with cheers and instructions. The Lakers’ bruising forward could not exert his powers as he dressed in street clothes.

Unlike what plagued them last week in overwhelming consecutive losses to Golden State, though, the Lakers showed their bench depth could overcome key injuries to guard D’Angelo Russell (left knee) and forward Julius Randle (hip pointer).

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Physical play a good barometer of Clippers’ success

INDIANAPOLIS >> After each of the Clippers’ losses this season, someone in their locker room, whether a coach or a player, has pinpointed the inability to be the aggressors as a reason why they couldn’t get a victory.

It’s partly coach speak, next to phrases like “hitting first," “going downhill," and “punching them in the mouth," in the thesaurus they hand NBA coaches after they get hired.

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