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 25, 2009 |
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.
July 23, 2008 |
LAS VEGAS -- Sitting in a chair under the basket of the Rancho High auxiliary gym was UCLA Coach Ben Howland. Four chairs away was Arizona State Coach Herb Sendek. Ten chairs down was USC assistant Bob Cantu. Their focus was Tyler Honeycutt, a 6-foot-8 senior forward from Sylmar High, as he played in the Adidas Super 64 tournament here Tuesday. Four months ago, when a high school season in which he averaged 16 points and 10 rebounds ended, Honeycutt had zero scholarship offers.
February 29, 2008 |
Mervyl Melendez, the baseball coach at Bethune-Cookman University, respects his school's distinguished tradition within the ranks of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. He tries every year to recruit African American players to the private liberal arts school, which has about 3,000 students at its Daytona Beach, Fla., campus. "We offered, in November, seven African American kids scholarships. All but one rejected that offer and signed with different universities," he said.