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Win one for the fat man? Win one for the Holtzer? Could anyone have dreamed, even a month ago, that the 1996 college football season would come down to this? To a USC team turned upside-down by three consecutive defeats and speculation that its coach is about to be turned loose? To a Notre Dame team whose coach is walking away, virtually without explanation, from the sport's best job? Yet that's exactly how the script reads when Notre Dame (8-2) plays USC (5-6) tonight at a sold-out Coliseum.
April 25, 2014 | By Chris Foster
There are two ways to look at UCLA's spring game. There's the cleats-on-the-ground view: "We need to make sure we lock into everything," safety Anthony Jefferson said. "We need to make sure we're assignment perfect. " And there's a coach's big-canvas brush strokes: "I wouldn't put stock at all in the results of a spring game, who plays well and who doesn't," Coach Jim Mora said. "It's just a piece to the puzzle. " The Bruins wrap up spring practice with a scrimmage at the StubHub Center on Saturday at 5 p.m. Mora said he wanted a "real game" and divided the teams along traditional lines - first-team offense against first-team defense, second-team offense against second-team defense.
David Klingler threw an NCAA-record 11 touchdown passes and tied the NCAA season record of 47 scoring throws in a season, leading No. 12 Houston to an 84-21 victory over Eastern Washington on Saturday. A week ago, the Texas Longhorns beat Houston, 45-24, knocking the Cougars (9-1) out of a chance to win the national championship and ending their 12-game winning streak. Klingler wanted to put that behind them in a hurry.
April 16, 2014 | Gary Klein
In 2013, USC quarterback Cody Kessler endured a spring, summer and early fall of uncertainty, never knowing exactly where he stood on the Trojans' depth chart. That won't be a problem moving forward. First-year Coach Steve Sarkisian announced Tuesday that Kessler was the Trojans' starting quarterback, ending what was generously labeled a competition with redshirt freshman Max Browne during spring practice. "We can go out and win a lot of football games with Cody Kessler as our quarterback," Sarkisian said.
September 27, 2012 | By Eric Sondheimer
Santa Ana Mater Dei (4-0) at Harbor City Narbonne (4-0), 7 p.m. (Time Warner Cable, Channel 101, midnight ): Narbonne could be the best City Section team since Crenshaw's group in 2009 and Birmingham's group in 2007. "It's one of the best teams I've seen on tape in a lot of years," Mater Dei Coach Bruce Rollinson said. In trying to deal with the Gauchos' speed and talent, Mater Dei will try to pick up first downs, control the clock and limit mistakes. Receiver-linebacker Thomas Duarte will be key on both sides of the ball.
August 30, 2012 | By Eric Sondheimer
N ewhall Hart (0-0) at Rancho Santa Margarita Tesoro (1-0), 7 p.m. — Hart is ranked No. 1 in the Northern Division and has enjoyed a talent surge after struggling against top teams in recent years. Sophomore receiver Trent Irwin is a rising standout. The Indians intend to play two quarterbacks, sophomore Brady White and junior Connor Wingenroth. Tesoro returns 17 starters, led by veteran quarterback Matt Adam and hard-charging running back Nate Tago. The pick: Tesoro. Corona Centennial (0-0)
November 26, 1989
Concerning all this eligibility and disqualification between the CIF and Orange County football teams. (Nov. 16) Let's set aside all the disappointments and high emotions involved. The facts are, if the rules violated are agreed upon between the CIF and the school, the offending team is disqualified. Period. All this lawyer and courtroom activity is absolutely ridiculous. Next we will witness a referee or umpire making a decision that determines the outcome of a game, and within a day the losers will be in court asking the judge to overturn that decision.
November 22, 1996
Southern Section Playoffs Games 7:30 p.m. DIVISION I Bishop Amat vs. Fountain Valley, Orange Coast College Esperanza vs. Redlands, University of Redlands Long Beach Jordan vs. Mater Dei, Santa Ana Stadium Long Beach Wilson at Capistrano Valley Los Alamitos vs. Long Beach Poly, Veterans Stadium Trabuco Hills at Bellflower St. John Bosco DIVISION V Anaheim at Newport Harbor Cypress vs. Foothill, Tustin HS El Modena vs. Santa Margarita, Saddleback College Irvine vs.
March 21, 2014 | By Corina Knoll
It was a collision that rewrote the future of a young man: A football team captain on the verge of heading off to college would instead become a child-like invalid who struggled to tie his shoes. Edward Acuna was 17 when he took the field for Pomona's Garey High on an October night. In the fourth quarter, he sustained a helmet-to-helmet hit. When the defensive lineman eventually regained consciousness, he was partially paralyzed, was unable to utter simple words and had lost his short-term memory.
March 15, 2014 | Times staff and wire reports
Kenny Spencer kicked two field goals in the final minute, including a 35-yarder as time expired, to give the L.A. KISS a 41-38 victory in their Arena League Football debut against the host San Antonio Talons on Saturday evening. The KISS built leads of 28-17 in the third quarter and 35-24 in the fourth before Talons quarterback Mitch Mustain completed touchdown passes of five and 16 yards to D.J.  Stephens midway through the final quarter to put San Antonio ahead, 38-35. L.A. quarterback J.J. Raterink drove the KISS into field-goal range in the final minute and Spencer tied the score, 38-38, with 43 seconds left on a 21-yard kick.
December 15, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
If a championship high school football game was ever worthy of filling the 27,000-seat StubHub Center in Carson, it's the CIF Open Division bowl game Saturday between Bellflower St. John Bosco (15-0) and Concord De La Salle (14-0). These two teams have been front and center as the best in the state for 15 weeks. They've shown few weaknesses while letting their gigantic linemen and big-time college prospects take center stage. Now comes a matchup that should produce plenty of drama.
December 13, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
As many as four people were stabbed in the stadium parking lot after the Denver Broncos game, at least the third incidence of violence at National Football League venues this season. On Thursday night outside the Sports Authority Stadium Field at Mile High in Denver, three males were found stabbed after the Broncos lost to the San Diego Chargers, police reported. “Stadium Management Company is aware of an incident that occurred in a parking lot adjacent to Sports Authority Field at Mile High,” the company said in a statement released Thursday night.
December 10, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 This weekend's CIF state championship regional bowl games will be televised live by Time Warner Cable for the Open Division, Division I and II games. The Open Division game between Corona Centennial and St. John Bosco on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. will be broadcast on TWC SportsNet, the Lakers' channel. The Division II game between Chaminade and Hart will be broadcast Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on Channels 101 and HD 354. The Division III game between Corona del Mar and Nordhoff will be shown at midnight on Channels 101 and HD 354. The Division I game between Bakersfield and Mission Hills will be broadcast live on Friday at 7:30 p.m. on Channels 101 and HD 354. The Division IV game between Bakersfield Christian and View Park Prep will be shown Friday at midnight on Channels 101 and HD 354.  
December 8, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
There has been a shift in power in Southern California high school football, with seven of the eight teams selected on Sunday to play in CIF state championship regional playoff games making their first appearance. The only returning school is Corona Centennial (12-2), and the Huskies will be facing the toughest road of all when they play unbeaten Bellflower St. John Bosco (14-0), the Southland's top-ranked team, in the Open Division regional game on Saturday night at Cerritos College.
December 6, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
Saturday's high school football championship games: Santa Ana Mater Dei (11-2) vs. Bellflower St. John Bosco (13-0) at Angel Stadium, 8 p.m. Prime Ticket, 830 AM: It could be a rainy, muddy night for the Pac-5 Division championship game, and that could create some intriguing moments when each team's big offensive line tries to grind out drives. Mater Dei lost the first meeting, 24-2, in the Trinity League. Coach Bruce Rollinson will have his players fired up, but unless the Monarchs' defense puts pressure on quarterback Josh Rosen, the Braves will be tough to topple.
December 5, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 No matter who scores touchdowns on Friday night in the Hart-Valencia Northern Division championship game, the game balls should be awarded to the linemen who either block or tackle, because they're going to decide this rematch of Foothill League teams. Either Hart's offensive line is going to do a better job protecting quarterback Brady White after giving up nine sacks the last time the two teams played or Valencia's defensive line is going to come through again and deliver victory.
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