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A Tough Day For L.A. Sports

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Yesterday was one of the toughest days in Los Angeles sports:

- USC loses to Stanford 24-23. Yes, Stanford. The school with a tree mascot. The same school who went 1-11 last year, and lost their starting quarterback earlier in the week. Their coach, Jim Harbaugh, proclaimed that USC was the best team in college football history, getting some snickers from Pete Carroll throughout the week. The question before the game was whether Carroll was going to run up the score against the Cardinal. The Trojans were 41-point favorites, and were carrying a 35 game winning streak at the Coliseum. Booty threw four interceptions, but it was David Buehler's blocked PAT, that became the difference. There are still games to play, but this loss hurts.

- UCLA loses to Notre Dame 20-6. The same team that had lost eight straight games, and has become the biggest laughing stock in NCAA football. At least the Bruins had an excuse, Ben Olson got hurt again, and was replaced by a walk-on quarterback named McLeod Bethel-Thompson.

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- LSU beats Florida 28-24. Just to rub it in a little bit, Florida blew a 10 point lead in the fourth quarter, as LSU rallied past the defending champions. This hurts.

- Cubs and Phillies swept by NL West Teams. I don't know if this makes Dodger fans feel good about themselves, knowing that the NL West is being represented by teams in their same division, or feel bad, knowing that the Dodgers probably could've beaten the Phillies or Cubs in the playoffs. Oh well, there's always next year.

- Vladimir Guerrero is day-to-day (aren't we all), as the Angels face the Red Sox in Anaheim today. Curt Schilling will face Jered Weaver, as the Red Sox go for the sweep.

AP photo by Matt Sayles