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.
February 4, 2010 |
The UCLA-USC football rivalry is definitely alive and flourishing -- in recruiting, at least. Each school emerged from Wednesday, the first day high school football seniors could sign letters of intent, with prospect classes ranked in the national top 10. "We're very close [to USC], and we'll go past them very soon," UCLA Coach Rick Neuheisel predicted. The departure of USC Coach Pete Carroll to the NFL seemed to energize Neuheisel, who showed a closer mentality. Four top defensive recruits all announced in the middle of the day that they had signed with UCLA -- defensive backs Dietrich Riley of La Cañada St. Francis and Anthony Jefferson of Los Angeles Cathedral, linebacker Josh Shirley of Fontana Kaiser and defensive end Owamagbe Odighizuwa from Portland, Ore. New USC Coach Lane Kiffin ended the day by landing the biggest and best offensive line prospect in the nation, 6-foot-8, 330-pound tackle Seantrel Henderson from St. Paul, Minn.