The best place to catch a breeze this weekend may be Live Oak Park in Manhattan Beach, where the 24th annual Manhattan Beach Grand Prix bicycle races will be held. The races are sanctioned by the U. S. Cycling Federation.
Races for all levels of riders begin at 7:30 a.m., with the featured 100-kilometer men's criterium scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Riders will compete for $1,500 in prize money. Some of the nation's top riders are expected. Past races have attracted Olympians and well-known riders such as ice-skater-turned-cyclist Eric Heiden.
The featured women's race, a 40-K contest for $500 in prize money, is scheduled for approximately 9:15 a.m. There are assorted other races, most with a $6 entry fee.
The course, along Valley Drive and Ardmore Avenue, includes a sharp turn in the middle where the pack of whirring wheels and shifting gears makes it the most exciting part of the contest.
In the months since Loyola Marymount University decided to shake up its basketball program, most of the people involved have finally settled their situations.
Former Coach Ed Goorjian, who was dismissed in March after coaching Loyola for five years, has turned up as George McQuarn's assistant at Cal State Fullerton, though the job is officially temporary until August. The school has to announce the job publicly under affirmative action guidelines before it can be officially filled.
Goorjian, however, is already scouting summer leagues and is happy to be back on the beat at a major college in Southern California. "It's gonna be fun. I'm back on my feet, back into it," he said this week.
An interesting sidelight in the schedule: Fullerton will invade Loyola for a nonconference game Dec. 14. Loyola beat Fullerton last year under Goorjian's guidance.
Meanwhile, Mike Dunlap, who played at Loyola and had worked his way up from graduate assistant to full-time assistant coach, will become George Raveling's graduate assistant at the University of Iowa.
At Loyola, the coaches who were hired as assistants by Jim Lynam, Jay Hillock and Judas Prada, have agreed to stay on in similar positions with Paul Westhead.
The Carson High basketball team that won the Los Angeles Summer Games title is a virtual all-star team that may have established itself as the City front-runner thanks to two newcomers.
Senior Clifford Allen, the 6-10 center who was not in school last year, is back and may be the best big man in California as he enters his senior year. He was named most valuable player in the Summer Games.
He was joined on the all-tournament team by 6-6 forward Anthony January, who was a Times all-star and All-City as a junior. The high-scoring southpaw is reminiscent of a past Carson star, Eldridge Hudson, in style and ability to score around the basket.
The Colts also have point guard Izzy Washington and apparently have added sophomore guard James Moses, who was a freshman sensation at Alemany last year. Moses was commuting from the Carson area and was reportedly considering transferring to a South Bay school, Serra and Carson being mentioned most. Moses has surfaced with Carson this summer. The Colts also return Reggie McCready and John Howell, who saw considerable action as juniors.
Washington, an unselfish player whose brother Chris starts at UC Berkeley, may be the key. He has to keep a stableful of high scorers happy and still take a few shots himself to keep defenses honest.