December 28, 2012 |
Stanford survived its 2011 season just fine without injured inside linebacker Shayne Skov. The Cardinal almost won the Pac-12 Conference title and then almost won the Fiesta Bowl. The defense, though, was a doughnut in the sense it had a hole in the middle. Stanford missed Skov's commanding 2010 presence: 84 tackles, 7.5 sacks and 10.5 tackles for loss. Just as important, the team longed for his daily vocal vitamin C supplement. TIMELINE: College football 2012-13 bowl schedule "I'm still, to this day, more of a lead-by-example guy," star outside linebacker Chase Thomas said during Rose Bowl preparations this week.
October 12, 2013 |
The week before he won his first game as USC's interim coach, Ed Orgeron visited only one Friday night high school game to recruit. "Hopefully, in the future, I may be able to get a helicopter and get to about four or five," he joked, "but we're not doing it yet. " He is now. Orgeron, who guided USC to a 38-31 victory over Arizona on Thursday, was scheduled to helicopter over the Southland on Friday night in search of future Trojans....
September 20, 1995 |
Hueneme High parents and football players were outraged Tuesday by news that Palmdale High will not reimburse them for $2,000 worth of items stolen from a locker room during a game at Palmdale. "I have had calls from a lot of irate parents," said Jim Lane, the Hueneme athletic director. Palmdale administrators informed Hueneme this week that although the school will beef up security at future games, they have no means of compensating players for stolen items.
October 14, 1990 |
"The vote wasn't unanimous," Tommy John told me on the day the 1977 World Series between the New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Dodgers began, "but on the Dodgers we do what a majority of the players decides to do." In this case, a majority of Dodgers voted to grant me access to their locker room so I could interview them alongside my male sportswriting colleagues. But I never went into their locker room during the World Series.
January 12, 2013 |
BOULDER, Colo. -- The collective primal scream that burst through UCLA's locker room door said a lot Saturday. The way Coach Ben Howland barreled through his postgame opening statement said more. Howland was giddy. Yes, giddy. "He's happy," forward Travis Wear said. "We all are. We're where we want to be. " That would be heading home, after four days in the mountains that was anything but a trip down the bunny slopes. The Bruins couldn't exhale until a three-point shot by Askia Booker clanged off the rim, preserving a 78-75 victory.
October 1, 1992 |
Football Coach Willie Brown, a man without a team, often returns to the practice field at Cal State Long Beach. Only now he goes there to teach golf classes as part of his reassignment within the physical education department. Coaches and tutors made special class arrangements for former tight end Dan Early when he was a football player. Now the senior stands in line to register for the reduced number of seats with the rest of the 30,000-plus students.
January 25, 1992 |
You can bet it isn't on the head coach's play list, and it won't be diagramed by the TV analysts. Even so, the post-game prayer huddle has become a popular new formation in the National Football League. In what has become a common practice, players from opposing teams--the same hulking characters who may have just spent 60 minutes relentlessly bashing each other in one of civilization's most violent pastimes--quietly gather at midfield in Christian fraternity.
October 5, 2009 |
The wild goose chase started with a simple request from an apparently flustered Gil Hodges: Could the young woman please help him find the keys to the batter's box? They'd been lost, he said. That was all the recently hired newcomer needed to hear. Eager to lend a hand but unschooled in the ways of baseball and naive to the childish pranks perpetrated by ballplayers, she ignored the heat and humidity in Vero Beach, Fla., and set off across Dodgertown in dogged pursuit of the missing keys.
March 16, 2009 |
USC overcame more than a 15-point halftime deficit Saturday to win the Pacific 10 Conference tournament at Staples Center. The Trojans also had to overcome being assigned to the Clippers' locker room. Once both obstacles had been cleared, one USC official remarked while the Trojans celebrated, "Oh, yeah, there's probably been a lot of trophies brought in here." Trivia time Eleven Pac-10 players have been named outstanding player of the NCAA tournament, nine from UCLA. Name the other two.
September 6, 2009 |
Pressure, pressure everywhere, nor any time to think. With apologies to Samuel Taylor Coleridge and all that, but sometimes the game can get to you. It certainly did in at least a couple of cases recently. Take, for example, what happened to Rene Simoes, the Groucho Marx look-alike who is best remembered as coach of Jamaica's 1998 World Cup team and later as the coach who led Brazil's women to the silver medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics. Until just the other day, Simoes, 56, was coaching Portuguesa in the Brazilian second division, and things were not going well.