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Race for the South: USC

After finishing behind Colorado in the Pac-12 South last season, USC roars into 2017 with a division title, and much more, on its to-do list.

Joe Lunardi Senior Writer, ESPN.com 

Sweet 16 "seed scores" (coach's record of advancing in tourney relative to seed, since 2002): Greg Gard (1.50), John Beilein (1.35), Chris Mack (1.19), Frank Martin (1.18), Chris Holtmann (1.17), Sean Miller (1.12), John Calipari (1.06), Matt Painter (1.06), Roy Williams (1.03), Dana Altman (1.00), Scott Drew (1.00), Mike White (1.00), Mark Few (0.90), Steve Alford (0.84), Bob Huggins (0.84), Bill Self (0.79).

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Stephen A. loses it after Ball likens Lonzo to Magic (2:17)
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10 years ago, Kobe made scoring history (1:11)
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Predicting Dodgers' 2017 record

The Los Angeles Dodgers won a fourth straight NL West title in 2016 despite a piecemeal rotation. Joe Peta doesn't think the bullpen will bail L.A. out to such a degree in 2017.

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Goodman's Sweet 16 preview

ESPN Analyst Jeff Goodman explains what he considers a successful run for UCLA, Gonzaga's chances, why West Virginia is considered the most feared and Steve Alford's future.

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On this date: NC State ends UCLA's championship reign (0:38)
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P.R.: U.S. team misinterpreted postgame party

Players for Team USA said reports of a planned celebration for Puerto Rico's team gave them motivation for the WBC final, but Puerto Rico said the celebration would have occurred, win or lose.

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U.S. routs Puerto Rico to win its first WBC

Tournament MVP Marcus Stroman tossed six hitless innings, Ian Kinsler slugged a two-run homer, and the United States routed Puerto Rico 8-0 on Wednesday night to win the World Baseball Classic.

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Rakell dekes and scores in Ducks' win (0:16)
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McDavid scores highlight-reel goal in loss (0:21)
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Trout filets Bass, shows he's the king fish (1:15)
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FiveThirtyEight: Is UCLA in trouble?

According to FiveThirtyEight's round-by-round probabilities, UCLA has just a 32 percent chance to beat Kentucky on Friday night. If the Bruins get through the stacked South Region, however, they can win it all.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Players' union director Tony Clark said communication was made with Dodgers 1B Adrian Gonzalez after Gonzalez was upset over a tie-breaker rule that eliminated his Mexico team from the WBC: "We appreciate Adrian and what he brings to the table, not just for his country, but for our game. We understood the comments that Adrian made and did have dialogue with Adrian understanding where those comments came from and why they came in the fashion that they did and are confident that as the tournament moves forward, and that as our game moves forward, that Adrian's support and his place in the game are in a good place."

MLB 

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says that a crowd of over 50,000 is expected at Dodger Stadium for Wednesday night's WBC championship game between the United States and Puerto Rico.

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