Los Angeles Teams

Clay Helton: 'Confident' in interim role

Said USC's interim coach: "I've done this job before. I am confident in my ability to do it." Helton cited two things that will help him in his role, including a "tremendous football staff," adding, "We will compete every day like Trojans." Live on ESPN2/WatchESPN

Watch: USC news conference coverage

USC coach Steve Sarkisian has been fired, and AD Pat Haden and interim head coach Clay Helton are answering questions about the change. Live coverage on ESPN2/WatchESPN

Stats & Info

Postseason demons haunt Kershaw

Clayton Kershaw is one of six pitchers with a postseason record five games below .500 (Elias). The Dodgers' ace will get another chance at a win in Game 4 against the Mets.

USC backs Pat Haden in statement

Said school president C. L. Max Nikias: "He is a man of true character and integrity, he cares deeply for our student athletes, and he always makes their well-being his highest priority. Pat Haden has been doing an outstanding job in leading Trojan Athletics in the past five years and I want to take this opportunity to reiterate my unwavering support for him. I look forward to working with Pat Haden as our USC AD for many years to come."

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Utley's appeal hearing set

Chase Utley's appeal of his two-game suspension is scheduled to be heard on Oct. 19, according to the Los Angeles Times. He'll remain active for the remainder of the NLDS.

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Pat Haden shouldn't hire next USC coach

The blame for hiring Steve Sarkisian and bringing in a coach who would duplicate Kiffin's midseason firing in his second year falls on Pat Haden.

Chipper Jones: Utley's slide was 'out of bounds' (2:01)
What's next for USC? (2:43)
Is Pat Haden's committee role compromised? (0:51)

Shaq on current state of the Lakers

"When you mean 'turn it around,' do you mean a championship? Because that's done. That's not happening unless they make a miraculous trade and get four new people. Who do they have on the Lakers? I'm not sure. I'm not joking. Do they even have anyone to trade that somebody would want?" Lakers' new reality

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Wiley: Sarkisian firing has the 'worst timing'

ESPN 710's Marcellus Wiley weighs in on Steve Sarkisian's firing from USC. He feels that it is a "shame" for the Trojan players to not have a place to look to for leadership and that the timing couldn't have been worse.

Are Kershaw's postseason failures in his head? (1:14)