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Trojans rise in power rankings

USC finished off UCLA by 19 points on Thursday and Elijah Stewart played a big part with 16 points and six rebounds off the bench. Couple that with a sweep of the Washington schools, and the Trojans are trending up in this week's set of rankings. Power Rankings

Pac-12 ready to make noise in March

You might have never guessed that a league with just three teams ranked in the AP Top 25 would be in position to invade the NCAA tournament bracket. But the Pac-12 is poised to do just that, thanks in part to many of the teams' RPI-friendly out-of-conference schedules. Tuesday Truths (Insider)

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Jackson and Buss likely to make changes

According to sources it is very likely Phil Jackson will leave the Knicks after this season and Jeanie Buss will clean house and bring Phil back. Mason and Ireland discuss the best options the Lakers have in order to rebuild the organization.

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Is it finally Yasiel Puig's year?

Puig has all the tools to be a superstar, but the hype around him is starting to sound like a broken record. Will this be the year he gets his act together? Breakout hitters in 2016 (Insider)

Tyronn Lue tells story of swatting Kobe

"Long story short is, it was a game point and [Bryant] drove baseline and I was at the elbow. ... And I went down the lane and I pinned his dunk against the glass. ... We came down, Devean George made a layup for game and Brian Shaw went, 'Ahhh, he blocked you!' He went crazy. Kobe wanted to fight me at first and then, second, he wanted to play one-on-one after practice." 'Unbelievable' competitor

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyrie Irving asked to compared Kobe and LeBron: "They're both great in their own right, I can tell you that. But I've never played with Kobe, so I don't (know). We can only kind of guess from what we see what his work ethic is like. And his leadership, I can't see it from within. But I'm around Bron every single day and I think I have a different perspective of learning from a guy every single day than kind of just having conversations and communicating with a guy through the phone or seeing him in person. So, every single day I get to see Bron. But I don't get to see, I didn't get to see, Kobe every single day so I think I wouldn't give you a better perspective of what you're looking for between the two. But they're both great though."

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Clippers suspend Blake Griffin 4 games

The team suspended its star forward for four games and will withhold his wages for one additional contest as punishment for punching an assistant equipment manager last month. Griffin suffered a fractured right hand as a result of the altercation and was expected to miss four to six weeks. Story

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Buy/sell: Oregon has the most to prove

The Ducks have been very good under Mark Helfrich, but the bar is set very high in Eugene and 2016 could be a pivotal season.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

The deadline for the Los Angeles Rams to accept refundable $100 deposits for the 2016 season tickets ended Monday and the team announced Tuesday that it received more than 56,000. Those deposits allow fans to purchase up to eight tickets a piece with fans getting priority based on when they placed their deposits. Those putting down deposits will get more information on when they can buy their tickets in the coming months.

Will Bruins break through?

Josh Rosen will be the straw that stirs the drink, but UCLA needs defensive talent around him in order to take the next step. The Bruins may have just done that with a bevy of defenders signed, including one who should help immediately. Updated too-early Top 25

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Sophomore slump for Todd Gurley?

Mike Clay of Pro Football Focus doesn't see that happening. If Los Angeles can improve just slightly at quarterback, the running back should have plenty of scoring opportunities in 2016. Way-too-early fantasy rankings

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Post-signing day Pac-12 Power Rankings

With signing day behind us, here's an early look at how teams stack up in the Pac-12 heading into next season.

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Five Pac-12 breakout candidates in 2016

A group of transfer quarterbacks and the top wide receiver recruit in the country are among those who could emerge to make a big impact in the Pac-12.

Trojans looking forward to 2016

USC signed what might be the best class in the Pac-12, a coup for new coach Clay Helton. Luckily, much of it can sit on the bench and learn behind established veterans. Updated too-early Top 25