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Haden: I haven't spoken to Sarkisian (1:17)
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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.

Clay Helton: I want this job (1:29)

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

USC athletic director Pat Haden has not spoken with Steve Sarkisian since deciding to terminate him as the Trojans football coach. He called/texted Sarkisian and his agent Monday, but was unable to make contact.

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Buccigross: Happy hockey new year

The hockey new year is upon us, so let's dive into predictions for standout rookies, how some intriguing teams look so far, early playoff projections and the top 10 college teams in the land.

Watch: USC news conference

USC AD Pat Haden, who fired football coach Steve Sarkisian on Monday, hasn't talked to Sarkisian yet about his decision. "As we sit here today, the decision to hire Steve didn't work out, and I own it," he said. Live on ESPN2/WatchESPN

USC AD: I gave Sark a second chance

Pat Haden explains why he didn't fire Steve Sarkisian in August: "I felt at that time it was in the best interest of our players ... and of Steve, not to suspend or fire him. At that time, based on the input of trusted medical and staff, it was determined that he could continue coaching." Live on ESPN2/WatchESPN

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

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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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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)