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Arizona State-USC Preview Capsule

Arizona State-USC Preview Capsule

No. 21 USC (6-3, 4-3 Pac-12) vs. Arizona State (5-4, 3-3), 3 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)

Line: USC by 9.

Series Record: USC leads 18-10.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

USC must snap its two-game skid before even thinking about running the table on its remaining schedule and possibly returning to a major bowl, while Arizona State is looking to end yet another late-season swoon after three straight defeats.

KEY MATCHUP

Arizona State QB Taylor Kelly vs. USC CBs Nickell Robey and Josh Shaw. The Trojans have yielded 1,318 yards in their last two games, repeatedly giving up big plays with fundamental struggles. Kelly has been efficient and occasionally prolific as a first-year starter, throwing 20 TD passes against just six interceptions.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Arizona State.: DT Will Sutton. The junior has grown into a serious force on the line, recording 15 tackles for loss and 9 1/2 sacks while playing a big role in stopping both the run and the pass. USC's young offensive line has had mixed success against top tackles this year.

USC: WR Marqise Lee. He has 28 receptions for 502 yards and four TDs in the last two games, but Arizona State has the Pac-12's most effective pass defense. USC has started campaigning for Lee as a Heisman Trophy candidate with just three weeks left in the regular season.

FACTS & FIGURES

USC has won 11 of the schools' last 12 meetings, but the Sun Devils won last season's game in Tempe, 43-22. ... USC QB Matt Barkley needs just 15 yards passing to set the conference career record. He already leads in passing TDs, total offense and completions. ... Arizona State has lost six straight in the Coliseum since 1999. ... The Sun Devils have faced ranked opponents in three of their last four games. The fourth was UCLA, which has jumped up to No. 17 since beating Arizona State. ... Another way to measure the Trojans' skid: USC has its earliest kickoff time at the Coliseum since 1998.

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2018 MLB All-Star Game Live Blog

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2018 MLB All-Star Game Live Blog

This is the year's most ambitious crossover event in baseball. Dozens of MLB standouts from dozens of teams ally along either the National or American league. The two teams play against each other in a lighthearted frankensquad matchup. It's a welcome change of pace, considering how stressed we are about the Nationals' win percentage.

At the moment, we're keeping our eyes to the sky to monitor incoming rain. Aside from the threat of rain delay, we're excited to see how things unfold.

BOT 2 - Manny begins acquainting himself with his LA teammates.

BOT 2 - Chris Sale only stuck around for one inning, apparently. It's Luis Severino time in D.C. He allows a double from Matt Kemp to start but then strikes out Bryce Harper. 

TOP 2 - Aaron Judge takes Scherzer deep. 1-0 AL. Sigh.

BOT 1 - AL Starter Chris Sale responds with a scoreless frame of his own. We're on our way to that 3-2 thriller after all!!! 

TOP 1 - Scherzer strikes out Mookie Betts and Jose Altuve before walking Mike Trout (can't blame him) and allowing a hit to J.D. Martinez. No damage done though, and it's 0-0. 

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Manny Machado trade rumors are dominating headlines at All-Star Game

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Manny Machado trade rumors are dominating headlines at All-Star Game

Manny Machado could very well be playing in his final game in an Orioles uniform Tuesday night when he takes the field for the 89th Midsummer Classic at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. 

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Dodgers are now in the driver's seat as a favorite to land the All-Star shortstop. 

Machado, 26, has gone back and forth on what he does and does not know as front office deals develop and speculation continues to grow. One thing he has made clear is that the rumors have not detracted from his enjoyment of being an All-Star.

Machado is signed through the end of the season, but the Orioles intend to deal him before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

For the latest news and conversation surrounding Machado's status and the Orioles, follow along on Twitter

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