Photo courtesy of USC Sports Information More to cheer about · Only a week after winning the national championship, the Trojans are awarded the 2008 Pac-10 championship. Photo courtesy of USC Sports Information The USC men’s tennis team was declared the 2008 Pac-10 champions Tuesday, May 29, after the Pac-10 Conference stripped the UCLA men’s tennis team of the title for allowing an ineligible player to compete during the 2008 season.UCLA was required to forfeit all singles and doubles matches in which the ineligible athlete participated. After the results of each conference match were recalculated, the outcomes of two matches were reversed. Both USC and Arizona State were awarded victories for their matches against UCLA in April of 2008.The two losses changed the Bruins’ previously undefeated 7-0 conference record to 5-2. The Trojans, who had been 6-1 before the outcome of their match with UCLA was reversed, are now 7-0 and have been declared conference champions.UCLA self-reported the incident.The implicated athlete received money that was paid up-front from an employer to pay for student fees. Once the compliance learned the money was paid up-front, it reported the incident to NCAAs and the Pac-10.The athlete was cleared by the NCAA to participate in the 2009 season so long as he paid a portion of the fee amount to charity. During the 2009 season, however, the Pac-10 completed a separated evaluation of the incident and chose to strip the Bruins of their 2008 Pac-10 title.
THE GAME: Joc Pederson hit his first home run of the spring as the Dodgers beat the San Francisco Giants 7-6 Wednesday night in Scottsdale.PITCHING REPORT: Left-hander Scott Kazmir retired the first four batters he faced in his spring debut, three on groundouts and the fourth on a strikeout. He lost his way after that. He walked a batter, threw a wild pitch, gave up a rocket double off the right-field wall, walked another batter and finally got a run-scoring groundout before coming out of the game. … Dodgers pitchers gave up only six hits in the game — but walked eight.HITTING REPORT: Pederson’s first hit of the Cactus League schedule was a three-run home run off Giants reliever George Kontos in the fifth inning. He was 0 for 6 before the home run which gave the Dodgers the lead, 6-5. … The Dodgers strung together four consecutive hits against Giants starter Matt Cain for three runs in the second inning. Singles by Cody Bellinger, Bobby Wilson and Charlie Culberson were followed by a two-run triple from Henry Ramos.QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I had a long bullpen (before the game) and everything was on point. … As the night was going on, I kind of got lazy with the stuff I’ve been working on. The first inning, I was able to sync some things up. That’s really what it is for me.” — Kazmir on losing the timing and rhythm in his delivery. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error ALSO: Shortstop Corey Seager suffered a contusion to his right leg when he fouled a ball off his shin during Monday’s game. X-rays were negative. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said the swelling has gone down and he expects Seager to play in one of Friday’s split-squad games. … Left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu reported no problem After throwing a bullpen session Wednesday. Ryu had discomfort in the adductor muscle on his left side earlier in the week. … Closer Kenley Jansen is scheduled to make his first spring appearance in Thursday’s game.UP NEXT: Indians (RHP Danny Salazar) at Dodgers (LHP Clayton Kershaw), noon, today, Camelback Ranch. Radio only (AM 570). –Bill Plunkett