February 2, 2012 |
Jordan Payton said he was on the telephone with UCLA Coach Jim Mora until 1 a.m. Wednesday, unsure what to do. Nearly six hours later, the coveted receiver from Westlake Village Oaks Christian called again after deciding -- for the fourth time -- where he would go to college. "He called about 6:50 a.m., right after he got out of the shower, and said, 'Coach, I'm going to follow my heart,' " Mora said. Mora's 26-member first recruiting class was ranked 11th nationally by Scout.com and 12th by Rivals.com at the end of the day. It included Monrovia defensive tackle Ellis McCarthy and quarterback Devin Fuller, both considered among the best at their positions.
June 19, 2011 |
The Copa America is less than two weeks away, with the kickoff in Argentina set for July 1, but four of the players expected to star in South America's quadrennial championship already are the talk of the European summer transfer market. The world's wealthiest clubs are lining up to throw money at one or more of the names they hope will either keep them at the top or get them there. Spanish and European champion Barcelona, for example, already has said it will splash out more than $60 million, even though most fans would say there is little that needs fixing at the Camp Nou, where Argentina's Lionel Messi is the brightest in a glittering array of stars.
March 16, 2010 |
Reporting from Las Vegas This is not a good season for college basketball in Los Angeles, surely not a good time for fans to get picky about the details. With no Bruins in the NCAA tournament, no Trojans or 49ers in sight, the situation calls for a little geographic flexibility. So if San Diego State and UC Santa Barbara seem too far-fetched, consider cheering for the Runnin' Rebels of Nevada Las Vegas. Their campus lies about four hours to the northeast, not much farther than Chino at rush hour.
March 1, 2010 |
For many NFL prospects, life begins at 40 (yards). Covering that distance in a scorching time -- as Clemson's Jacoby Ford did Sunday at the NFL scouting combine -- can turn the heads of potential employers, just as a slow 40 time can send a player's draft stock into a tailspin. According to an NFL scout who, along with dozens of others, was keeping his own stopwatch on Ford, the 5-foot-8, 182-pound receiver clocked in at hand times ranging between 4.18 and 4.23 seconds. The official (electronic)
February 9, 2010 |
Everybody take a deep breath. The sports hysteria of recent days is over. In our rearview mirror, thankfully, are the Super Bowl and high school football signing day. The NFL ran its annual scam and we all sat up and barked. No question, the game is great theater, the athletes are special and the chance to have a party is nice. The problem is, we have to hear about it constantly for two weeks, almost as if we are deaf or have attention deficit disorder. We get it. We know it is our civic duty to watch the commercials and buy from the advertisers so they will make enough money for even more expensive commercials for next year's Super Bowl.
February 5, 2010 |
As USC Coach Lane Kiffin and his staff blazed the recruiting trail the last couple of weeks, players and parents questioned them about the specter of possible NCAA sanctions against the Trojans football program. "Obviously, it was something that came up at times," Kiffin said. According to several players, coaches told them that they expected the program to be fine, that USC might forfeit some games from previous seasons or, perhaps, lose a few scholarships if sanctions were imposed.