USC's athletic fortunes are won and lost with the football program, and on that note, Pat Haden's legacy is TBA.
Los Angeles Teams
How the Dodgers got creative with Maeda
Kenta Maeda was the first pitcher to land an eight-year deal since Mike Hampton, but the Dodgers did an outstanding job of protecting their investment: They are on the hook for just $25 million in guaranteed money. Creative contracts (Insider)
Though the Rams are leaving for Los Angeles, the commissioner says the NFL is open to discussing a future for the league in St. Louis.
UCLA coach Jim Mora hopes its new recruiting class will help addess the issues with the size and strength on the defensive line.
David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer
I'm not so sure the Dodgers trade Andre Ethier. Yes, they have outfield depth but Ethier was productive last year and is a much better bet for 2016 than Carl Crawford while providing a hedge against Joc Pederson and Yasiel Puig. Scott Van Slyke and Trayce Thompson, meanwhile, are more right-handed platoon bats than everyday players. It's a logjam but the solution may be just to eat Crawford's money.
Kobe Bryant is like a fine wine
Just getting better with age -- at least this past week. Bryant seems to have turned back the clock, averaging 29.3 PPG in his last three games.
Black Mamba's big game vs. Pelicans
Kobe Bryant dropped 27 and grabbed 12 rebounds in the 99-96 win over New Orleans on Thursday. Kobe's last 25-point/10-rebound game against the Raptors in Nov. 2014.
Todd Gurley could pick up a pair of awards this weekend, and the young star is already looking forward to 2016.
The Black Mamba inside top 15
Kobe Bean Byrant is settled at No. 12 in our list. This Lakers legend is the only player in NBA history to play 20 or more seasons with a single team. Love him or hate him, he will be missed once he hangs them up at the end of this season. All-Time #NBARank
Where's The Logo on our list?
Lakers legend Jerry West settles at No. 13 on our list. West and MJ are the only players in NBA history to average 40 points per game for an entire postseason. All-Time #NBARank
USC's Pat Haden resigning
The Trojans athletic director will step down at the end of June. Haden has been in his current position for over 5 years. USC president Max Nikias said Haden will guide the renovation of the Coliseum for a year after he retires.
L.A. teams are both on the bubble
USC's win over UCLA on Thursday may have done more to push the Bruins back than advance USC's case, writes Eamonn Brennan. Bubble Watch
Pat Haden will step down as the athletic director at USC effective June 30, it was announced Friday.
It should come as no surprise that 113 of the 267 players to sign Wednesday with Pac-12 schools hail from prospect-rich California.
USC head coach Clay Helton joins Max and Marcellus to discuss the talent the Trojans recently acquired, what it's like to be the head coach and his high expectations for the upcoming season.
Neutral site clashes highlight Week 1
Jerry's World, the Georgia Dome and Lambeau Field are hosts of three of college football's biggest Week 1 games.
Five SEC teams in FPI preseason top 10
FPI projects LSU as preseason No. 1 followed by Florida State, Oklahoma and Clemson. Four more SEC teams round out the top 10.
Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer
Rams running back Todd Gurley told me this morning that the foot issue that kept him out of the regular season finale is not an issue moving forward. He's planning to set up in Los Angeles soon and go through a full offseason of workouts there. Gurley didn't get to do that last offseason as he rehabbed a torn ACL but is looking forward to it now. "Last year it was just all about my knee," Gurley said. "I couldn't do like extra workouts on my own because they had to keep an eye on it. I'm definitely looking forward to being able to doing my own workouts and not having to be monitored by everybody."
Given the benefit of hindsight, Mike Sando didn't think too highly of the work the Rams did last year in the offseason.
Top Headline: Kobe Bryant leads Lakers past the Pelicans.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver said changes are likely coming after the season to the "hack-a-player" rule as the number of intentional fouls has skyrocketed this season.
Kicker Michael Brown won't officially be a member of Clay Helton's first recruiting class at USC, but he will be a big part of the 2016 roster.