CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 2013 |
Brian Banks, the former Long Beach Polytechnic High School football standout who spent five years in prison before his rape conviction was overturned, has finally earned a spot with an NFL team. Banks, 27, has signed with the Atlanta Falcons as a linebacker, the team announced Wednesday on its website. “We are pleased to have Brian join our team,” general manager Thomas Dimitroff said. “We had a chance to work him out last year and have been monitoring his progress since then.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 2013 |
This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details. To Brian Banks, signing an NFL contact signified “the biggest accomplishment of my life” -- with the notable exception of regaining his freedom. Banks, the former Long Beach Polytechnic High School football standout who spent years in prison before his rape conviction was overturned, earned a spot Wednesday with the Atlanta Falcons. In a teleconference with reporters, Banks said making the Falcons' 53-man roster would signify success for him. “We talk about coming from the bottom,” he said.
October 25, 2010 |
So I'm reading the newspaper here, because what else is there to do in this city, when I find my curiosity piqued. You probably recall the name too: Jim Fassel . He was big time in Southern California as a quarterback at Anaheim High, then Fullerton College, on to USC and Long Beach State. He recruited John Elway out of high school, coaching him at Stanford and later with the Broncos. A line began to form, NFL teams wanting his offensive input as coordinator, the Redskins, Broncos, Chiefs, Raiders, Rams talking to him about becoming a head coach.
November 28, 2009 |
Chilean club Rangers has dropped a court case that threatened the national team's participation at next year's World Cup. FIFA, the governing body of world soccer, had said it could kick Chile out of the World Cup unless Rangers withdrew the court case, which contested the club's demotion to the second division of the national league. The move clears the way for Chile to play in the tournament, its first appearance since 1998. UCLA and Portland, familiar foes, will play at 5 tonight in an NCAA women's soccer quarterfinal at UCLA's Drake Stadium.
September 19, 2012 |
North Carolina basketball Coach Roy Williams was recovering from surgery Wednesday to remove a tumor from his right kidney and is expected to be on the sideline when the season starts. Still, the coach might need another operation to remove another tumor from his left kidney. "I fully expect him to coach this season and for years to come," Dr. Eric Wallen said in a statement. "He could miss some practice time if we perform another procedure sometime in October, but he would be able to resume his coaching duties prior to the start of the regular season.
October 31, 2009 |
Where they are now, as if anyone who follows USC gives a load of lumber: Jeff Van Orsow lives in Spokane, Wash., and is pursuing his commercial pilot's license Matthew Harper graduated with a political science degree and works as an intern in Oregon's athletic department. Greg Laybourn plays in the United Football League for the Las Vegas Locomotives. It's Halloween on Saturday, USC has crossed the state line into Oregon again, and three haunting faces of the Trojans' past have come to deliver a message: Boo. USC's last three excursions into Oregon have had the Trojans seeing green but even more red. Three losses in three years may have cost USC three national championships -- dreams ruined by an aspiring pilot, a poli-sci grad and a former walk-on.