February 18, 1995 |
The Harvard-Westlake High basketball team continues to tower over and overpower opponents. With 6-foot-10 sophomore twins Jason and Jarron Collins muscling inside, the Wolverines bullied their way to a 62-45 victory over La Quinta on Friday night in the second round of the Southern Section Division III-A playoffs. Harvard (24-3), the division's top-seeded team, will play a third-round match on Tuesday.
March 5, 1995 |
Ben Robbins felt it was destiny that Harvard-Westlake High would win the Southern Section Division III-A boys' basketball championship. Even when Dos Pueblos stayed close at the beginning of Saturday's championship game at The Pond, Robbins and his teammates didn't panic. "I wasn't worried; we were meant to be here and win the game," Robbins said. "At some point we were going to hit some big shots and accomplish what we and everybody else expected us to do."
April 30, 2013 |
How do you celebrate a walk-off home run in the 19th inning? Why, you throw a pie into your own face, of course. Brandon Moss hit a two-run homer off Angels reliever Barry Enright to give the Oakland Athletics a 10-8, 19-inning victory in Oakland at 1:41 a.m. Tuesday. Amazingly, the Oakland telecast of the game actually went on with a brief post-game show, including an interview with Moss. During that interview, an A's teammate walked up to Moss and handed him a plate filled with whipped cream.
March 3, 1996 |
Ryan Smiley admits he wouldn't have done it at the beginning of the season. But when he sprang free on a breakaway in the closing moments of Harvard-Westlake High's rout of Morningside at the Pond on Saturday, he rolled the ball off his fingertips short of the basket and let 6-foot-11 center Jason Collins slam it with both hands. The crowd went wild. So did Harvard, which captured its second consecutive Southern Section Division III-A title with a 75-53 victory.
April 29, 2013 |
One reason fans attend auto races is because the cars are loud -- in some cases, exceptionally loud. Spectators simply love the roar of the engines. So what if a race was held with significantly quieter cars? Would fans still find it appealing? Los Angeles plans to find out. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced last week that L.A. is one of 10 global cities where a new racing organization, Formula E, hopes to hold street races with all-electric cars, starting next year. The cars would be true race cars, roughly similar in size and shape to those in the IndyCar series.
April 30, 2013 |
A homeless man approached Chad Johnson in the South Beach area of Florida on Saturday and asked the former NFL star to buy him a beer. He picked the right guy to ask. Johnson bought the man -- first name Robert, last name unknown, goes by the nickname Porkchop -- several beers and hung around to enjoy them with him. The ex-wide receiver also bought Porkchop cigarettes and some new clothes, gave him a watch and took him out for a night on...
December 10, 1998 |
Stanford backup center Jason Collins will be sidelined indefinitely because of a dislocated right wrist. The 6-foot-10 redshirt freshman suffered the injury when he fell after scoring a basket during Monday night's victory over George Washington. Collins, a former Harvard-Westlake standout, played in only one game last season, then injured his knee during practice at the Big Island Invitational in Hawaii.
March 28, 1996 |
Twins Jason and Jarron Collins of Harvard-Westlake High have been selected the Southern Section Division III boys' basketball co-players of the year. Jason Collins, a 6-foot-11 junior center, averaged 18.2 points, 11.9 rebounds and 3.1 blocked shots to lead the Wolverines (30-2) to the state championship. He also was The Times' Valley Player of the Year. Jarron Collins, a 6-10 junior, averaged 14.3 points, 9.1 rebounds and 3.7 assists.
July 25, 2013 |
It was only last October that boxer Orlando Cruz, after 24 years as a professional fighter and with nine knockouts to his credit, announced, in an effort to be "true to myself," that he was gay. Like NBA player Jason Collins, who came out publicly in April, and Robbie Rogers, a former member of the U.S. national soccer team who did so in February, Cruz took what was seen as a brave step given the macho culture of professional sports. At the time of his announcement, The Times reported that Cruz was believed to be the first professional boxer to declare that he was gay. FOR THE RECORD: Boxing: A July 25 editorial said boxer Orlando Cruz had been fighting professionally for 24 years when he announced he was gay in 2012.