August 30, 2013 |
ATLANTA - What a tremendous break it was that the hotel I checked into did not have cable access to Thursday night's USC game at Hawaii. It meant not having to watch a game most Trojans fans probably turned off. It freed my remote to explore the exciting sights and sounds of Mississippi at Vanderbilt and then, more incredibly, Rutgers at Fresno State. If the first 24 hours of college football is going to be like this, we'll all be on medication by the end of September. You felt sorry for the NFL trying to counterattack with meaningless exhibition games, knowing no one feels sorry for the NFL once the real games start.
July 30, 2013 |
Senior pitcher Aaron Dominguez of Chino Hills has committed to Mississippi State. He throws in the 90s mph. He's one of four Chino Hills players from the class of 2014 who have committed. Cody Sporrer is headed to UC Riverside, Izzy Fuentes to San Diego State and Josh Walker to Grand Canyon. Eric.email@example.com
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July 24, 2013 |
Willie Louis, a witness to the murder of Emmett Till who testified in court in the case that opened the nation's eyes to the dangerous discrimination facing African Americans in the 1950s, died of intestinal bleeding July 18 at a hospital in a Chicago suburb, his family said. He was 76. After the trial, fearing for his life in the South, Louis fled to Chicago, changed his name and slipped out of the public eye for nearly 50 years. Louis was born June 14, 1937, in Greenwood, Miss., and lived with his grandparents, who worked as sharecroppers, said his wife, Juliet.
June 30, 2013 |
VICKSBURG, Miss. - The Siege of Vicksburg was all about the Mississippi River. Whoever controlled Vicksburg controlled the river, and whoever controlled the river was going to win the Civil War. "Vicksburg is the key," said President Lincoln. "This war can never be brought to a close until the key is in our pocket.... " There's a reason Natchez, Miss., an hour and a half south of Vicksburg, has more stately antebellum mansions today than Vicksburg, which has a few lovelies of its own. When Union troops knocked at Natchez's door in the spring of 1862, it practically laid down and rolled over.
June 25, 2013 |
Only three teams in the history of the College World Series gave up one run or less in its first four CWS games. Arizona State did it in 1972 and Holy Cross in 1952. And UCLA this season. For the Bruins, that's simply the continuation of a trend. UCLA has given up one run or less in 21 of its 65 games, including the last five. At the College World Series, Bruins starters have pitched a total of 26 innings and given up just 16 hits, four walks and three earned runs. That's a 1.04 earned-run average.
June 25, 2013 |
OMAHA -- UCLA baseball, welcome to the crowd. UCLA had won plenty of national championships - 108 in the NCAA, 129 overall - but never one in baseball. Until Tuesday, when the Bruins beat Mississippi State, 8-0, to complete a sweep of five games at the College World Series. It was UCLA's third CWS appearance in four years, and it's clear the Bruins have mastered the new era in college baseball. Fifteen years ago, there were 62 home runs hit by the final eight teams in the NCAA tournament.
June 25, 2013 |
OMAHA - UCLA baseball, welcome to the crowd. The Bruins had won plenty of national championships - 108 in the NCAA, 129 overall - but never one in baseball. Until Tuesday, when the Bruins defeated Mississippi State, 8-0, to complete a sweep of five games at the College World Series. The final out, an appropriate capper to a special season: Record-setting closer David Berg, on the mound for the final inning because Coach John Savage said he "had to be," induced a grounder to first baseman Pat Gallagher, whose underhand toss led Berg to the bag. "Ironic," Savage said.
June 24, 2013 |
It figures to be his biggest game ever, but UCLA pitcher Adam Plutko still will eat his sandwich. The Bruins' ace fashions a daylong routine out of an Italian sub or anything with capicola in it, accompanied by playlists, alarm clocks and stretches. On the morning of a start, it creates a sense of normality. On the morning of the first game of the College World Series' best-of-three championship series against hot-hitting Mississippi State in Omaha, it will be anything but. "It's an all-day deal," said Plutko, a junior right-hander.
June 21, 2013 |
Nothing comes easy for UCLA. The Bruins' Hamburger Helper offense had a little more meat to it Friday at Omaha. Top-seeded North Carolina was all but paws up in the ninth inning. Coach John Savage could relax - well, grimace less anyway - for those final three outs with lock-down closer David Berg on the mound. But that would have been boring. There were gyrations to perform before the Bruins could celebrate a 4-1 victory over the Tar Heels (59-12) that put them in the College World Series final.
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June 18, 2013 |
An intensive hunt for a fugitive couple wanted in connection with the killing of their 2-year-old daughter in Mississippi is underway in Maywood and surrounding cities after the pair was allegedly spotted in the area selling cars, DVDs and puppies. Janet and Ramon Barreto were seen as recently as last weekend in Maywood and other southeast L.A. County cities selling items and living out of a car and friends' homes, said Tony Burke of the U.S. Marshals Service. Law enforcement officials began looking for the couple after Janet Barreto failed to appear on charges of manslaughter of a child, three counts of child abuse, six counts of child neglect and tampering with a witness.