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Lillard, Plumlee connect for sky-high oop (0:16)
USC wins LA bragging rights, beats UCLA (1:26)
Trojans' offense imposed their will on Bruins' defense (2:17)

USC coach Helton proud of his team

USC interim coach Clay Helton said after his team's 40-21 win over UCLA to send the Trojans to the Pac-12 title game: "I can't tell you how proud I am for them. They're not only great players but great people."

Kessler: 'Everyone stuck together' (1:40)
Helton proud of players for reaching Pac-12 championship (0:37)

Rogers will not be denied a TD

USC's Darreus Rogers leaps to make the catch at the four-yard line and then stretches out to reach the goal line for a Trojans TD on ABC.

AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Randle, Hibbert worth budgeting for

Lakers rookie Julius Randle has already had a good fantasy outing against the Blazers this week. And big man Roy Hibbert's steady fantasy floor makes him a safe cheap play on Saturday. DFS best buys (Insider)


Green rumbles for defensive TD for USC

Claude Pelon sacked UCLA QB Jacob Rosen, and 6-foot-5, 285-pound freshman Rasheem Green scooped up Rosen's fumble and went 32 yards for a TD. USC leads No. 22 UCLA 26-21 midway through the third quarter on ABC/ESPN2.


No. 22 UCLA regains lead vs. USC

It's been a back-and-forth affair in Los Angeles, and UCLA is back on top 21-20 after this 1-yard TD run by Paul Perkins, his second score of the game.

USC returns rare punt for TD vs. UCLA

Adoree' Jackson's punt return TD was the first punt return TD allowed by UCLA since Sept. 24, 2011 against Oregon State. The Trojans lead the Bruins 20-14 at halftime. Live on ABC, WatchESPN

Halftime interview with USC interim HC Clay Helton (0:24)

Adoree' Jackson returns punt for TD

Jackson broke one tackle just after catching UCLA's short punt then took it back to the house, giving USC a 20-14 lead over the 22nd-ranked Bruins late in the second quarter on ABC/ESPN2.


UCLA moves back in front in rivalry game

Thomas Duarte boxed out his defender and hauled in this Josh Rosen pass to give No. 22 UCLA a 14-10 lead over USC on ABC/ESPN2.


Kessler scores to put USC back on top

Trojans QB Cody Kessler's 1-yard TD run capped an 85-yard drive and put USC back in front of No. 22 UCLA, 10-7 in the second quarter on ABC/ESPN2.


Paul Perkins puts UCLA on top

Perkins kept his balance on fourth down, picking up the first down and rumbling for a TD to give UCLA a 7-3 lead over USC. The winner will face Stanford in the Pac-12 Championship Game.

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Watch: (22) UCLA vs. USC

For the first time since 2012, this game will decide the winner of the Pac-12 South. Just like in 2012, the winner will play Stanford. Live on ABC/ESPN2/WatchESPN

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lakers announce that due to personal reasons guard Lou Williams is not with the team and thus will not play in tonight's game against the Portland Trail Blazers. His grandfather passed away, the team says.

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Lakers coach Byron Scott on "noise" from fans: "I block it out. The one thing I've always said, and a great old coach told me this a long time ago, 'If you start listening to the fans, you're going to be sitting with them next.' So I don't pay a whole lot of attention to fans because fans are fans. Fans aren't at practice every day. They don't know the preparation. They don't know what goes into it. They just see the end product. So they have no idea. They all have their own opinions. But, yeah, I don't put a lot of stock into it."

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

It's another beautiful day in Los Angeles, where USC hosts UCLA in a game that kicks off at 12:30 p.m., local time. Temperatures will be in the low 60s throughout the game with few clouds and a lot of sunshine, according to AccuWeather. Winds will be calm and are not expected to impact the game.

UCLA to make it four in a row over USC? (0:46)
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Scott: Benching Kobe 'not an option'

Despite the struggles of the Lakers' star, coach Byron Scott told ESPN's Baxter Holmes: "I would never, never, never do that. That's not an option whatsoever." Kobe is shooting a career-worst 31.1% from the field and 19.5% from 3-point range. No benching