CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 2014 |
Lonnie White, a former USC football player who worked for two decades as a Los Angeles Times sportswriter, has died. He was 49. White, who had a number of health problems over the last several years, died Saturday at Glendale Memorial Hospital, his sister Terri said. White worked for The Times from 1987 to 2008. He covered the Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Kings, the NFL, UCLA football, USC basketball, high school sports and was a general-assignment reporter. His work was recognized several times in the Associated Press Sports Editors annual writing contest and he wrote the book "UCLA vs. USC: 75 years of the Greatest Rivalry in Sports.
March 28, 2014 |
University officials and the NCAA have been reluctant to acknowledge that top-tier college football programs are run these days less as athletic programs than as businesses. But a labor administrator's decision Wednesday that Northwestern University's scholarship football players are, in fact, employees with the right to unionize should get their attention. This issue has been bubbling for decades as major sports programs evolved from important but ancillary parts of a college's mission into powerful businesses enriched by multimillion-dollar TV contracts and merchandising revenue, all built on the labor of student-athletes who received no compensation beyond scholarships.
March 26, 2014 |
Northwestern University football players have the right to form a union, a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board ruled Wednesday, setting the stage for potential dramatic change to the college sports landscape. Peter Sung Ohr, in Chicago, ruled that "players receiving scholarships from the employer are 'employees'" and ordered that an election be conducted to determine whether Northwestern players wanted representation by the College Athletes Players Assn. for the purposes of collective bargaining.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 2014 |
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.
February 6, 2014 |
Scout.com has a list of the 300 top prospects for the class of 2015, and ranked No. 10 and No. 11 are quarterbacks Ricky Town (St. Bonaventure) and Josh Rosen (St. John Bosco). Defensive end Keisean Lucier-South of Orange Lutheran is No. 18 and defensive end Rasheem Green of Gardena Serra is No. 19. Here's the link to the list. Eric.firstname.lastname@example.org
February 2, 2014 |
Every new recruiting year, fans look forward to seeing what innovative ideas teenagers can come up with to announce their college choices. Lately, most have been stuck on the cap routine, in which an athlete reveals the winning school by lifting one of three baseball caps on a desk while trying to keep the TV audience in suspense. Or they try to emulate LeBron James with "I will be taking my talents to.... " With signing day on Wednesday for high school football players, get ready for 72 hours of recruiting mania on TV and the Internet.