Compiled from wire reports
USC fires Kiffin hours after defeat
•?Southern California fired Lane Kiffin early Sunday morning, ending the coach’s tumultuous tenure a few hours after the Trojans lost 62-41 at Arizona State.
USC posted a short news release on its sports website saying Athletic Director Pat Haden informed Kiffin of the decision “upon the team charter’s arrival back in Los Angeles” after the ugly defeat. The Trojans (3-2, 0-2 Pac-12) matched the most points allowed in school history in their seventh loss in 11 games.
USC spokesman Tim Tessalone declined to confirm ESPN’s report that Ed Orgeron, Kiffin’s assistant head coach and the former Mississippi head coach, would take over in an interim role. Orgeron didn’t return a message from the AP.
After Saturday’s loss, Kiffin said of his job security, “That’s the last thing I’m worried about.”
•?California kicked defensive end Chris McCain off the squad for conduct detrimental to the team. Coach Sonny Dykes announced the move Sunday, a day after the Golden Bears lost 55-16 to Oregon to fall to 1-3 on the season. McCain was supposed to be one of Cal’s best defenders this season. But he and his teammates have struggled so far in Dykes’ first year, allowing 181 points in the first four games of the season. McCain has 11 tackles and one forced fumble this season.
NBA mulling change to series format
•?The NBA Finals could return to a 2-2-1-1-1 format. The league’s Competition Committee voted unanimously to recommend the change from the current 2-3-2 system and owners will vote on it next month at their meetings. If approved, it hasn’t been decided if the change would begin with the 2014 finals. The Competition Committee’s vote was first reported by the Boston Herald. The format was switched beginning in 1985, a recommendation Commissioner David Stern has said came in part from former Celtics boss Red Auerbach to reduce the cross-country trips between Boston and Los Angeles. All other rounds in the NBA playoffs use the 2-2-1-1-1 format.
Ducks make trade for center Perreault
•?The Anaheim Ducks acquired center Mathieu Perreault from the Washington Capitals in exchange for minor-leaguer John Mitchell and a fourth-round pick in next year’s draft. The teams announced the deal Sunday. Perreault has played in 159 games with the Capitals, scoring 70 points with a plus-17 rating. He has won 51.2 percent of his faceoffs. Perreault began his career in Washington playing for Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau, who also coached Perreault in the AHL.
•?Forward Jannik Hansen and the Vancouver Canucks agreed to a four-year contract extension. The 27-year-old from Denmark had 10 goals and 17 assists in 47 games for Vancouver last season. Hansen has 50 goals and 81 assists in 318 career games, all of them with the Canucks. He was selected by Vancouver in the seventh round of the 2004 draft. He has also appeared in 58 career playoff games, with five goals and nine assists.
•?The Los Angeles Kings loaned right wing Tyler Toffoli to their AHL affiliate in Manchester. The Kings also loaned center Linden Vey and left wing Tanner Pearson to Manchester on Sunday. Toffoli, 21, played in 10 regular-season games last season, scoring five points in his first career NHL action. He also appeared in 12 playoff games, scoring six points while the Kings reached the Western Conference finals. Pearson appeared in one playoff game for the Kings last season, making his NHL debut. Vey also is among Los Angeles’ top prospects, but has yet to play in an NHL game.
— From wire reports