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FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, file photo, Southern California quarterback Sam Darnold looks to pass during the first half of the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game against Penn State in Pasadena, Calif. Darnold was selected to the Associated Press 2016 All-Bowl Team, announced on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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  • FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, file photo, Southern California quarterback Sam Darnold looks to pass during the first half of the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game against Penn State in Pasadena, Calif. Darnold was selected to the Associated Press 2016 All-Bowl Team, announced on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    USC, ‘Bama and Clemson star on AP’s All-Bowl Team

    The college football bowl season featured so many thrilling individual performances that even a few 200-yard rushers failed to make the Associated Press 2016 All-Bowl Team. Ahead of next week’s College Football Playoff championship, here are the picks for best performances of this year’s college football bowl season. OFFENSE Quarterback Sam Darnold, Southern California: Darnold […]
  • Southern California place kicker Matt Boermeester celebrates after kicking the game winning field goal against Penn State during the second half of the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

    USC hits FG at gun, beats Penn State 52-49 in epic Rose Bowl

    PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — After 98 combined points and 1,040 yards of spectacular offensive play, the highest-scoring Rose Bowl in history rested on the left foot of a Southern California kicker who had already missed two field goals. Matt Boermeester somehow blocked out the cacophonous tension in the chilly air. He focused only on securing […]
  • Penn State defensive coordinator Brent Pry looks on during practice held at the StubHub Center in Los Angeles, Calif. on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016. Penn State plays Southern California in the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game on Jan. 2. (Joe Hermitt/PennLive/The Patriot-News via AP)

    Strong finish: No. 5 Penn St, No. 9 USC roll into Rose Bowl

    PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — The matchup in the 103rd Rose Bowl would have seemed preposterous in late September. That was right before No. 5 Penn State (11-2) won nine straight games and No. 9 Southern California (9-3) won eight in a row, propelling these traditional powers out of the depths of disappointing starts and all […]
  • Washington players walk off the field during media day for Saturday's Peach Bowl NCAA college football game against Alabama in Atlanta, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    Washington’s rise came after 25 years of turmoil

    SEATTLE (AP) — Twenty-five years ago, Washington stood on top of college football as co-national champions in the midst of a three-year run as Pac-10 Conference champions. What happened in the 2½ decades since that 1991 season for Washington was a roller coaster of momentary highs and pitiful lows, providing a cautionary tale of how […]
  • Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez, right, speaks about safety issues ahead of next week's 128th Rose Parade as he is joined by Pasadena Fire Chief Bertral Washington, left, and Rob Savage, special agent in charge of the U.S. Secret Service Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Police, other agencies ramp up security for Rose Parade

    PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Acknowledging they have learned valuable lessons from this year’s terrorist attack in Brussels, authorities said Wednesday they are tightening security at the 128th annual Rose Parade with sturdier barricades and more checkpoints to control cars, as well as numerous other measures, including some they aren’t disclosing. More than 1,000 police officers, […]