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November 28, 1988 | MICHAEL CONNELLY and JOHN LYNCH, Times Staff Writers
At 6 feet tall and 250 pounds, former Cal State Northridge football star Tracy Anderson, a Pacoima native known as Tank, was a prime recruiting prospect. The recruiters weren't from the National Football League, though, but from a drug ring that controls the rock cocaine market of the northeast San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles police say. Increasingly, that scenario is ringing true for other former high school and college football players in the northeast Valley as well, detectives said.
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SPORTS
February 6, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
The rich just got richer. Signing players from 15 states, Alabama Coach Nick Saban continues to have the magic touch in college football recruiting. Both Rivals- .com and Scout.com proclaimed Alabama's recruiting class No. 1 in the nation on Wednesday. "They got a stud at every single position," said Greg Biggins, a national recruiting analyst for Scout.com. "There's not one single area that they didn't fill with an impact type of kid. They can recruit nationally unlike anyone right now. They're on a different level.
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NATIONAL
January 6, 2007 | David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
The Supreme Court agreed Friday to referee a high school sports dispute over whether coaches have a free-speech right to recruit athletes from other schools. Last year, a federal appeals court threw out a $3,000 fine and a two-year suspension given to a Tennessee high school football powerhouse whose coach was accused of violating the state's anti-recruiting rule, which is similar to regulations around the country.
SPORTS
April 4, 2012 | Ben Bolch
A familiar UCLA chant broke out in a Chicago hotel room a few days before the McDonald's All-American high school basketball game. Clap-clap-clap-clap.... Kyle Anderson, Bruins point-guard-in-waiting, was trying to teach the eight clap to Shabazz Muhammad, potential Bruins savior-in-waiting. It wasn't a flawless rendition. "Just like me before, you have to work on it," said Anderson, who signed a letter of intent with UCLA last fall and was lobbying to have Muhammad do the same next week.
SPORTS
May 11, 1990 | JULIE CART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As the traveler comes up over a rise, through the blasting heat of the mid-African veldt, Welkom appears. It is hot, and a dry wind is blowing. Welcome to Welkom, one of the most important mining centers in Africa. From this region come the world's largest supplies of gold, diamonds, uranium and chromium. These treasures help make South Africa one of the world's richest nations. Gold alone accounts for 42% of South Africa's export income and makes up 10% of the country's gross national product.
SPORTS
April 29, 1990 | STEVE ELLING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Deborah Lopez, mother of one of Southern California's best grade-school basketball players, was more than a little occupied with her 23-month-old twin sons. They squirmed and tugged as she walked into the gym at Campbell Hall School in North Hollywood two months ago. But the twins were not the only ones competing for her attention. Lopez was being followed by a man she had just met. He wore a blue jacket embossed with the logo of a high school all-star game. He was carrying a notebook and pen.
SPORTS
August 5, 1990 | JERRY CROWE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
He followed a more circuitous route than the others, but Curtis Conway will report today, along with 16 of his adopted classmates, for three days of freshman football practice at USC. A prep football All-American and state sprint champion two years ago at Hawthorne High, Conway probably thought at one time that he'd never make it. He needed about a year and five attempts to score the NCAA-mandated minimum on the Scholastic Aptitude Test, finally earning a passing grade last fall.
SPORTS
January 12, 1993 | LONNIE WHITE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Burt Harris has always been proud of his son. When Burt Jr. was attending Fairfax High, it was not uncommon for his father to strike up a conversation about his son's basketball exploits with those who stopped by his news stand on the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Vermont Avenue. The elder Harris even told USC Coach George Raveling about his son, hoping to get the Trojans to recruit him. "I didn't know we had been looking at his son," Raveling said.
NEWS
March 17, 1997 | MIKE PENNER GEORGE DOHRMANN and JASON REID, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Dinno Daniels, star basketball player at Walter Cohen High School in New Orleans, was sitting in English class last November when a PA announcement summoned him to the main office for an important phone call. "I thought something had happened to my mother . . . something serious," the junior guard recalled. On the phone, he heard a woman's voice--but it was a basketball recruiter. "She started telling me how she loved me as a player and that I should be playing for her. "I couldn't believe it.
SPORTS
February 1, 1994 | PAIGE A. LEECH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Running back Tyrone Crenshaw, Sylmar High's two-time City Section 4-A Division player of the year, has orally committed to play football for Michigan State. Crenshaw, who averaged 8.3 yards a carry in three seasons at Sylmar and led the Spartans to a 4-A championship title in 1992, said he will sign a letter of intent Wednesday, the first day of the early signing period. "I guess I'll be a Spartan for life--or at least another four or five years," Crenshaw joked.
SPORTS
February 2, 2012 | Chris Foster
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.
SPORTS
June 19, 2011 | GRAHAME L. JONES
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.
SPORTS
March 16, 2010 | David Wharton
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.
SPORTS
March 1, 2010 | By Sam Farmer
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)
SPORTS
February 9, 2010 | Bill Dwyre
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.
SPORTS
January 14, 2010 | By Baxter Holmes
Lane Kiffin snagged the starring role as USC football's top guy. But don't snub his supporting cast of assistant coaches. They aren't a bunch of no-name, B-list scrubs who wandered over from the service industry. The addition of Ed Orgeron and Monte Kiffin, both from the University of Tennessee, both with NFL experience, creates a possible "Dream Team" staff so good that it's been said, jokingly of course, that just about anyone could coach the Trojans. "My job must be really easy then," Lane Kiffin said, smiling.
SPORTS
July 10, 1993 | DAVE McKIBBEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jason DeVera remembers leafing through the UC Irvine Tennis Classic program this spring with his buddy, Cameran Lindee, and suddenly wondering what country he was in. "We were going down all the rosters and we couldn't help but notice all the foreign players," he said. "It was incredible. We just had to laugh." But DeVera stopped laughing a couple weeks later when he started asking college tennis coaches how many scholarships they had available.
SPORTS
October 1, 1992 | TOM HAMILTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The list of outstanding offensive players produced at Edison High School in the last 25 years reads like a who's who of Orange County high school football. Former running backs include Kerwin Bell (Kansas), Mike Dotterer (Stanford), Dave Geroux (USC) and Kaleaph Carter (UCLA). Former quarterbacks include Rick Bashore (UCLA), Steve Rakhashani (Hawaii), Frank Seurer (Kansas), Ken Major (Rice) and Edison's current coach, Dave White (Oregon State).
SPORTS
December 24, 2009 | By Mike DiGiovanna, On The Angels
The e-mails have poured in, their theme personified by Craig Dunkin of Los Angeles, who wrote: "I know I'm not the only panicky Angels fan who has written to you . . . but what the heck are they doing?" Jim Bishop asked, "Is there some sort of cap on Angels spending? Or is [General Manager] Tony Reagins simply swinging and missing?" And when news broke last week that the Angels' top two pitching targets, John Lackey and Roy Halladay, would be heading to Boston and Philadelphia, respectively, Joshua Bonwell wondered, "Did Bill Stoneman bust through the walls like the Kool-Aid man, stage a coup and reassume control of the GM position?"
SPORTS
March 25, 2009 | Kevin Baxter
Free-agent pitchers Freddy Garcia and Pedro Martinez spent most of last summer on the disabled list. Yet, in some circles, they're the solution to the New York Mets' rotation woes. The Cleveland Indians are counting on Carl Pavano, who has pitched 45 2/3 innings the last two seasons, for the middle of their rotation. And the Dodgers are so desperate for help they've auditioned more candidates than "American Idol" this spring.
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