August 21, 2013 |
The auditions are over. On Wednesday, in a mock game at the Coliseum, USC quarterbacks Max Wittek and Cody Kessler had final chances to convince Coach Lane Kiffin they deserve to start the Aug. 29 opener at Hawaii. Wittek led three drives that resulted in field goals and also passed for a touchdown. Kessler had two passes intercepted but rebounded to pass for two touchdowns. So the starter will be…. "I don't know that today cleared it up much more because both guys did some good things," Kiffin said after the 121-play game that, by design, featured no tackling.
August 20, 2013 |
USC tailback Silas Redd , the Trojans' leading rusher last season, might not be ready to play in the season opener next week at Hawaii, Coach Lane Kiffin said Tuesday. "I'm not sure that he will be," Kiffin said. "I hope so. " Redd, a senior, rushed for 905 yards last season. He has rushed for 2,583 career yards at Penn State and USC - the most by any active player in major college football. But he suffered a knee injury during spring practice that required surgery. He has been limited during training camp while recovering.
August 19, 2013 |
Justin Davis graduated early from high school and enrolled at USC in January to get a head start on his football career. The tailback from Stockton wasn't thinking at the time that he might be in line to start the Trojans' opener at Hawaii. But one week before the Trojans depart for Honolulu, it's possible that Davis could be the first tailback in the game on Aug. 29. "If they call me up, I'll be ready," he said. "I won't miss a beat. " Davis is one of several first-year players who could play significant roles for the Trojans.
August 19, 2013 |
New “fulldome” films--digital movies made specifically for projection inside planetariums--will be shown next month at the Imiloa Fulldome Film Festival in Hilo. There's a conference for filmmakers, but their newest works will be screened for the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 5-7. The venue is the Imiloa Astronomy Center on the campus of the University of Hawaii at Hilo. New films for the festival include: "Cell, Cell, Cell! ," the story of how complex human bodies are formed from trillions of cells.
August 19, 2013 |
A shark attack on a surfer Sunday was the latest in a series of such incidents off the Hawaiian coast this year, a skein that has injured several swimmers and closed beaches and last week led to a dramatic rescue by two good Samaritans of a German tourist whose arm had been bitten off. But some authorities are warning against any “Jaws”-like panic. “The sharks are always out there. We'll go along for months at a time and nothing happens, and then we'll get one, two and three,” Maui Fire Department Capt.
August 19, 2013 |
Just when you thought “Shark Week” was over … Seems the folks in Hawaii are experiencing real-life reruns of the Discovery Channel's popular week of shows on the toothy denizens of the deep. On Sunday, a shark attacked a Big Island surfer. That came fresh on the heels of an attack on a German tourist off Maui on Wednesday; she lost an arm. And that makes eight attacks in Hawaiian waters this year, according to my colleague John M. Glionna. Now, true confession time: I watched quite a bit of “Shark Week.” (Not “Sharknado,” though; I still have some standards)
August 18, 2013 |
USC practiced at the Coliseum on Sunday night, giving players an opportunity to work out under the Trojans' home stadium lights. They shined bright on quarterback Cody Kessler . Coach Lane Kiffin continues to hold off naming Kessler or Max Wittek the starter for the Aug. 29 opener at Hawaii, but Kessler took the majority of snaps with the first-team offense during full-squad drills. Coaches, of course, could give Wittek most of the first-team reps Monday.
August 17, 2013 |
USC Coach Lane Kiffin will almost certainly choose a No. 1 quarterback before the Aug. 29 opener at Hawaii. Or will he? Despite a scheduled departure for Honolulu 10 days from Saturday, Kiffin reiterated that there was no timetable for picking Max Wittek or Cody Kessler - and he once again left open the possibility of making no choice at all. "We don't know when it's going to happen," Kiffin said after practice. "Ideally, we would not like to have two quarterbacks on opening day, but you never say never.
August 9, 2013 |
Cocktail connoisseurs will converge on the Big Island on Aug. 17 in search of the best mai tai at a Big Island festival devoted to the drink. The mai tai - a rum-based, coconut and pineapple-flavored drink - is an island favorite. About 20 mixologists from around the world will be blending their recipes at the Don the Beachcomber Mai Tai Festival as they seek the top prize of $10,000. The mix-off will be from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m at the Royal Kona Resort . The panel of celebrity judges includes Philip “Ippy” Alona , a local restaurateur and competitor on Food Network's “ Chopped ”; hockey player T.J. Gorence of the Philadelphia Flyers ; and Mark Nigbur, master distiller for Sammy's Beach Bar Rum , which is produced on Maui.
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August 5, 2013 |
A Cerritos woman who has been recovering in a Hawaii hospital since she was attacked by a shark is expected to fly home Tuesday. Evvone Cashman told the International Science Times that she won't let last week's grisly incident keep her on dry land forever. "I hear it's very rare [to be bitten by a shark]," Cashman told the site. "It would have to be even more rare for it to happen a second time. I can't imagine not snorkeling again...and I don't want to be afraid of the water.