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Blackhawks rally to top Ducks in OT (0:49)
Xavier defeats USC, advances to AdvoCare title game (0:50)
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Scott: Benching Kobe 'not an option'

Despite the Lakers star's struggles, 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


No-look 360 pass leads to easy dunk

No. 23 Xavier's Makinde London pulled off the sweet spinning no-look dime to Sean O'Mara for the two-handed dunk in the Musketeers' 87-77 win over USC.

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Chris Paul among top DFS plays

The Clippers point guard is one of Tom Carpenter's top recommendations for Friday night, when Los Angeles will try to break from its slump in hosting New Orleans. Best buys (Insider)

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Five things to watch: No. 22 UCLA at USC

Trojans senior QB Cody Kessler looks for his first win in the rivalry; USC has to stop Bruins freshman QB Josh Rosen and block DL Kenny Clark.

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Where will Justin Upton end up signing?

A look at five possible free agent destinations for Justin Upton, yet don't be surprised if Upton provides his own surprise with his decision.

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Payton will face test vs. Trojans

Todd McShay is eager to see how UCLA wide receiver Jordan Payton, who comes off two standout performances, will fare on Saturday against USC cornerback Adoree' Jackson. Players with something to prove (Insider)

USC band announces special guest

Legendary guitarist Slash will join the Trojans' band in playing the national anthem ahead of Saturday's "Battle for Los Angeles" vs. UCLA (3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2/WatchESPN). The former Guns N' Roses star is the first guest artist to accompany the band. Also set to be present during halftime's Star Wars performance? Luke Skywalker himself -- actor Mark Hamill.

Bretos: Kobe's not a good fit for the Lakers (1:10)
Wichita State can't hit shot at buzzer, falls to USC (1:00)

USC shocks No. 20 Wichita State

USC pulled off the 72-69 upset after Wichita State's Zach Brown just missed this desperation 3-pointer at the horn.


Baker with the huge block vs. USC

Wichita State's Ron Baker can shoot it with the best of them. USC learned the hard way he can play defense too. (Live on ESPN2)