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Injuries take toll as USC football prepares for Washington State

LOS ANGELES >> USC coach Clay Helton keeps the same meeting each morning. Helton gathers with head trainer Russ Romano. It was an addition to the front of his daily schedule for this season. He reasoned it would be necessary. The Tro...

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