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LAst Night's Action: Trojans Squeak By

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USC Trojans defeat USF Dons 74-69. Things are a little bleak for the Trojans. The Dons excellent three-point shooting kept them in the game. Actually it was what helped them build a 12 point lead in the first half. But the Trojans went on an 18-5 spurt to take a one point lead at the half. In the second half the Trojans kept the Dons in the game until a 21-15 run by the Trojans let the escape Galen Center with a victory. Good news: the Trojans are undefeated at home. Bad news: they next face the Oklahoma Sooners in Norman.

Narbonne High School Gauchos (Harbor City) defeat Birmingham High School Patriots (Lake Balboa) 45-35. All hail the Green and Gold! The G-men in the midst of their best season in forever defeated the reigning City Section champs on Wednesday in the playoffs. The top seeded Gauchos ran away with a four touchdown lead early in the game and staved off a comeback by Birmingham. The Gauchos now face Crenshaw High in the semi finals Friday night. Full disclosure: I am an alum from Narbonne High School.

Toronto Maple Leafs defeat LA Kings 3-1. Alexander Frolov scored a goal 57 seconds after the game started. And that ends the Kings highlights. They held off the Leafs for two periods, but in the third period they fell apart. Sean O'Donnell and Dustin Brown were called for tripping leading to two power play goals for the Leafs in less than 1:30.

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Detroit Red Wings defeat Anaheim Ducks 2-1. Goalie Jean-Sebastian Giguere was the difference in the game. With a sore groin, he left the game after two periods. Red Wings score the winning goal in the third period. The Red Wings hand the Ducks their first defeat in four games.

Tonight's Action

LA Lakers at Indiana Pacers. The Lakers begin their three-game road trip with a back-to-back. I'm still waiting for the Lakers to play a real team. 4:00 pm KCAL 9, AM 570 KLAC.

LA Clippers at Dallas Mavericks. The Clippers also start a road trip, though they face a stiffer test. 5:30 pm KTLA 5, AM 710 KSPN.

AP Photo by Gus Ruelas