October 14, 2013 |
UCLA Coach Jim Mora's mantra, "every week is a big game," rang extraordinarily true from the moment the Bruins walked off the field with a 37-10 victory over California on Saturday. The Bruins, who moved up to No. 9 in the Associated Press poll, play at Stanford, which dropped to No. 13 after being upset by Utah, 27-21. To find this big a game for the Bruins, you have to go all the way back to ... December. UCLA lost to Stanford, 27-24, in the Pac-12 championship game. The double dip this time is that the Bruins travel to Eugene to play No. 2 Oregon on Oct. 26. "Now it gets fun," linebacker Jordan Zumwalt said.
December 2, 2010 |
As you know, this game is about a coach. Two teams, 79 meetings' worth of memories, but it's really only about one coach. When USC and UCLA take the field Saturday, you know one coach will be carrying all the weight, feeling all the heat, hogging all the cliff. You know one coach needs to win this game to salvage a season, a reputation and perhaps a career. You know that if this one coach loses, even though it seems as if he just arrived, next season could conceivably be his last.
December 7, 2011 |
It is only fitting that Jordan Payton end his high school career with a championship football game for Westlake Village Oaks Christian, because he has been a consistent, invaluable weapon during his four-year varsity career. "He's the most outstanding receiver to ever come from Oaks Christian," Coach Bill Redell said. Payton enters Friday's Northern Division final against Westlake Village Westlake with 175 receptions for 2,844 yards and 42 touchdowns, all school records. "Time flies definitely in high school," Payton said.
June 28, 2011 |
As if the Angels and Washington Nationals didn't do enough to fill a blooper reel Tuesday night, the usually sure-handed teams combining for seven errors and three wild pitches, Washington right-hander Todd Coffey provided even more comic relief in the sixth inning. The bullpen gate swung open, and out burst Coffey, a 6-foot-4, 280-pounder who broke into a dead sprint on the warning track and didn't stop until he got to the mound 90 yards away. To an Angel Stadium crowd unfamiliar with Coffey's game-entering shtick, it looked like a defensive lineman who recovered a fumble and raced the length of the field for a touchdown.
October 11, 2005 |
WITH hunting season in full swing, hunters who haul deer and elk carcasses into California from other Western states could face six months in jail and fines up to $1,000. Game wardens, intent on preventing the spread of fatal chronic wasting disease, have been warning hunters since 2002 that it is against the law to bring the animals back into the state.
January 31, 1993
Even though rain and thunderstorms are expected to continue this morning, forecasters are predicting cool, cloudy weather with a 30% to 40% chance of rain by the time the Super Bowl kicks off today. "It might be a good idea to bring an umbrella," said metrologist Steve Burback of WeatherData. Afternoon temperatures should be in the low- to mid-60s. The chance of showers should decrease by evening.
December 24, 1998 |
Coach Craig Hartsburg desperately wanted to give backup goalie Dominic Roussel a start over the last few weeks, but he also hoped to play him in a meaningful game. There was one big problem for Hartsburg until Roussel shut out the Colorado Avalanche, 1-0, Tuesday at Denver. "Guy [Hebert] has been so good we've never been able to give Dom a chance to play [recently]," Hartsburg said. "I wanted to give him a big game to play in and [Tuesday] was a big game for us."
March 2, 2007 |
In an effort to discourage unauthorized companies from using the Super Bowl to peddle their products, the NFL is seeking to trademark the phrase "the Big Game." But a college football rivalry that began in 1902 might have something to say about that. Stanford and California, whose annual showdown is known as "Big Game," have taken initial steps to oppose the trademark through Collegiate Licensing Co., and have obtained a three-month extension to mull their next move.
November 22, 1999 |
It was nervous time for the Chicago Bears. It was overtime and Chris Boniol was lining up to try a 36-yard field goal. A week earlier, he missed a 41-yard attempt in overtime that would have given the Bears a victory over Minnesota. But not this time. Boniol's kick 4:58 into the overtime was good and the Bears beat the free-falling San Diego Chargers, 23-20, Sunday.
July 17, 1988 |
It was a long day's journey into day when I flew from San Diego to Fairbanks. It was, in fact, the longest day of the year. From a California dawn I headed north and west to the midnight sun of Alaska. It was that giddy time in June when baseball games--played without lights--get under way at 10:30 p.m. and picnics and barbecues follow. As I waited for my suitcase I scanned Fairbanks' airport.