DigicelSportsMax2 matches:Saturday, August 89 a.m: Bournmouth vs Aston Villa11 a.m: Chelsea vs Swansea6 p.m: Everton vs Watford9 p.m: Norwich vs Crystal PalaceSunday, August 97:30 a.m: Arsenal vs West Ham10 a.m: Stoke vs Liverpool2 p.m: Newcastle vs Southampton4 p.m: Leicester vs Sunderland
Third-seeded USC advances to face fourth-seeded Oregon today at 3 p.m. in the conference final. No player currently on the team had won a game in the Pac-10 Tournament before this week. The Trojans have never won the tournament, once before advancing to the final in 2002. Beating Stanford likely put to rest any lingering doubts that the Trojans will make the NCAA Tournament. Now they are working on improving their seeding. This victory gives USC its seventh win over a top-25 team this season. The Trojans are 7-4 against ranked opponents, a statistic that should impress the NCAA selection committee on Sunday. USC (23-10) is now one victory away from equaling the highest total in its 101-year history. The Trojans had 24 wins in 2001, 1992, 1974 and 1971. Oregon 81, Cal 63: The Oregon Ducks ran out to a big lead, then survived a big scare from Cal but ultimately held on to win at Staples Center. Oregon (25-7) flourished, as it usually does, with its speedy backcourt. Freshman Tajuan Porter and junior Malik Hairston combined for 46 points on 18 of 25 shots. The Ducks shot 62.5 percent from the field, outrebounded Cal by four and ran up a 21-point halftime lead. – Jill Painter 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES – Gabe Pruitt, Nick Young and Lodrick Stewart suffered through USC basketball pre-Tim Floyd. They experienced the lowest depths in Trojans basketball history, and it shows. With every 3-pointer that left their hands Friday and the fist pumps that followed, they looked like players who have come a long way to get this opportunity and success and weren’t going to let it pass them by. The original three combined to score 33 of USC’s first 34 points to spark the Trojans to a 70-61 victory over No. 11 Washington State in the Pac-10 Tournament semifinals at Staples Center.
1 Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Saturday’s newspapers…Manchester United are planning for life without Robin van Persie and look certain to part company with the Dutch striker in the summer with a year remaining on his current contract. (Independent)Louis van Gaal has delayed his decision on whether to buy Radamel Falcao because of the latest injury to the Manchester United striker. (Daily Mail)Juventus are willing to listen to offers for midfielder Arturo Vidal. Manchester United tried to sign the Chilean midfielder during the summer transfer window and may now make a fresh move. (London Evening Standard)Arsenal will look to beat Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham to £30m Monaco midfielder Joao Moutinho as the long-term replacement for Mikel Arteta. (Daily Express)Arsenal remain favourites to sign Petr Cech from Chelsea should they pay the £7million asking price. Liverpool are also in the frame, while AC Milan, Roma and Real Madrid have all shown an interest. (Daily Mail)Raheem Sterling has confirmed he is about to commit his long term future to Liverpool. The winger has been linked with Real Madrid but insists he has no interest in leaving the Reds. (Daily Mirror)Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers wants Saido Berahino to solve his goalscoring problems in January. The Reds boss has identified the West Brom striker as the man he wants to add goals to his misfiring forward line. (Daily Mail)Croatian forward Andrej Kramaric is set to join Chelsea. The Blues are one of a host of clubs trailing the Rijeka star and it appears they have won the race for his signature. (Daily Star)Norwegian wonderkid Martin Odegaard is set to sign a five-year deal with Real Madrid when he turns 16. The 15-year-old, likened to Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, has been tracked by Europe’s elite clubs, including Bayern Munich, Manchester United and Liverpool. (Daily Mail)Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has confirmed the club have opened contract talks with full-back Nathaniel Clyne. (Daily Mail)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Exclusive – Welbeck has nothing to prove against Man United, claims Arsenal ace Oxlade-ChamberlainSami Khedira latest: Arsenal players speak to midfielder but have Bayern reached an agreement?I have the support of Levy, insists Tottenham boss PochettinoBelgian star can’t make Liverpool move in January, admits RodgersWest Ham to renew their interest in Sampdoria star Transfer rumours and paper review