March 19, 2013 |
When it comes to making three-point shots, no girls' basketball player in Southern Section history has had a better season than senior Courtney Jaco of Los Angeles Windward High. She enters the Open Division state championship game Saturday in Sacramento against Oakland Bishop O'Dowd as the single-season Southern Section record-holder with 142 three-pointers, according to CalHiSports.com. She has 408 three-pointers in her career. "Practice makes perfect," Jaco said of her success.
March 16, 2013 |
For those who have never seen what a No. 1 team in the country looks like, go watch the Los Angeles Windward girls' basketball team. Thirty-two consecutive victories. A guard duo destined for the college ranks. A point guard whom commentators one day will be talking about on ESPN. It's all there and more for the unbeaten Wildcats (32-0), who shot the ball so well Saturday night it was as if they were playing in a gym instead of a challenging arena setting en route to an 81-71 victory over Santa Ana Mater Dei in the CIF Southern California Open Division championship game at Citizens Business Bank Arena.
March 14, 2013
The election of a new pope is primarily of interest to Roman Catholics, for whom the bishop of Rome is the Vicar of Christ and the keeper of the keys to heaven. But there is a reason, other than a fascination with history and pageantry, that the wider world will watch expectantly as Pope Francis, the former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, begins his ministry. Although Stalin famously mocked the papacy by asking, "How many divisions does the pope have?," the institution remains hugely influential, with reach well beyond the church.
March 13, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS - Coach Ben Howland has said UCLA is here on a "business trip" this week. For Bruins swingman Shabazz Muhammad, business is also pleasure. Muhammad, like every other Pac-12 player encamped at the MGM Grand Hotel this week, is here to win the conference tournament. UCLA's fortunes depend a great deal on him. Yet Muhammad is also home. This is where he made his bones as a high school player. "Midway through his freshmen season he was outplaying seniors who were getting college scholarships," Las Vegas Bishop Gorman Coach Grant Rice said.
March 1, 2013 |
With the CIF championship riding on every dribble, Ashleigh Sparks knew precisely what to do in the closing moments of Friday night's Southern Section Division 1A final. The 5-5 senior guard caught the inbounds pass, broke to the sideline, drove the length of the court and made a layup as time expired to lift Moreno Valley Canyon Springs to a 48-46 victory over La Puente Bishop Amat at the Anaheim Convention Center. Cheyenne Greenhouse had 24 points and eight rebounds and sank a free throw to give the second-seeded Cougars (20-9)
February 14, 2013 |
London bookmakers see a contest among Nigeria's Cardinal Francis Arinze, Marc Ouellet of Canada and Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson of Ghana, each of whom would present a smiling face of Catholicism as the next pope. (Either of the Africans might also guide the church to a future in the developing world.) Liberals hope for someone like Christoph Schoenborn of Vienna, who seems open to sharing power with laypeople. Some longtime Vatican watchers say the Italians seek to reassert their control, in order to fix the management problems inside the bureaucracy.