Late World Cup Talk

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Germany survives in extra time with a 2-1 victory over Algeria but were not impressive and now advance to face France in the quarterfinals. Goal keeper Manuel Neuer (above) was the best part of the match for the Germans.

Picture Of The Day

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Here’s USC quarterback Tom Maudlin throwing a pass in 1957. Maudlin is wearing a gold helmet with black numbers on the side, the only year USC wore gold helmets.

Early World Cup Talk

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France book a spot in the quarterfinals with a 2-0 victory over Nigeria. Now can Germany follow suit? So far I’ve only missed one prediction (Brazil over Chile). How about you?

Travis Waller Update

WALLERServite quarterback Travis Waller is now down to Oregon and Notre Dame as he makes his decision tomorrow. That means USC will get to face him if it does not intend to offer him a scholarship.

USC Morning Buzz

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For a certain generation of USC fans, there was not a finer player than halfback Jon Arnett. An All-American, Arnett was a two-time winner of the Voit Award, which went to the best player on the Pacific Coast. He was the No. 2 pick in the 1957 NFL draft and selected by the Los Angeles Rams, where he was a five-time Pro Bowl. He also is in the College Football Hall of Fame.

USC At USA Track And Field Finals

Former USC runner Duane Solomon won the 800 meters (1:44.30) today at the U.S. Track and Field championships in Sacramento. Former USC hurdler and current assistant coach Ryan Wilson finished second in the 110-meter high hurdles (13.16) while current USC hurdler Aleec Harris was fourth (13.26).

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A Man’s Game

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Here’s a vintage Street & Smith’s yearbook from 1946 with USC lineman John Ferraro, who went on to become the longest-serving L.A. City Council member in history (1966-2001).

World Cup Talk

Penalty or dive? Even the soccer analysts were divided on whether the Netherlands deserved a penalty kick that beat Mexico, 2-1, in extra time. What can’t be disputed are the Dutch being real contenders to win the World Cup. Telemundo cannot be happy Mexico is out if the tournament. Can Costa Rica stay on its hot streak?