Los Angeles teams
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
Lakers coach Byron Scott says under no circumstances will he bench Kobe Bryant during what could be the 37-year-old star's final season.
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.
Trevon Bluiett scored 16 points and No. 23 Xavier beat Southern California 87-77 on Friday to reach AdvoCare Invitational title game.
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)
Los Angeles briefing: Kobe Bryant giving the Lakers an easy out, previewing UCLA-USC and more in L.A. sports
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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.
Can senior QB Cody Kessler and interim coach Clay Helton get a statement win and break USC's streak of three losses to the Bruins?
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.
As the Los Angeles Lakers consider whether to bring Kobe Bryant back, his declining play has basically made their decision for them.
The 5-on-5 experts look at the first month of the 2015-16 NBA season and give their thoughts on what has surprised them, positively and negatively.
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.
USC sophomore Olajuwon Tucker on playing middle linebacker: 'I actually feel like I'm back in my natural habitat.'
Top Headline: Many issues sinking Clippers' ship
UCLA is among the eight-team field announced for the 2016 Wooden Legacy tournament.
Freshman Bennie Boatright had a career-high 22 points and USC beat No. 20 Wichita State 72-69 in a first-round game Thursday at the AdvoCare Invitational.
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)
The Thanksgiving break means it's time for our annual prediction of who's in and who's out of the playoffs by the time April rolls around. Here we go!
Top Headline: Blake Griffin frustrated after another loss