June 5, 2013 |
A fastball that touches 96 mph combined with pinpoint control could lead to right-hander Phil Bickford of Westlake Village Oaks Christian becoming a top-10 selection when the first 73 picks of Major League Baseball's amateur draft are made Thursday in Secaucus, N.J. Rounds 3 through 10 will take place Friday, followed by Rounds 11 through 40 on Saturday. The draft begins at 4 p.m. PDT. The Houston Astros have the No. 1 pick, followed by the Chicago Cubs and Colorado Rockies. The Dodgers have the 18th pick; the Angels' first choice comes at No. 59. The 6-foot-4, 185-pound Bickford has momentum entering the draft after striking out 18 batters, including 11 in a row, Saturday night when Oaks Christian won the Southern Section Division 4 championship with a 4-0 victory over Pico Rivera El Rancho.
October 12, 2012 |
LONDON - In some European capitals, they mutter about a Fourth Reich and compare the German chancellor to Adolf Hitler. The French complain about British obstructionism; Brits complain about everyone else. In Spain, a separatist movement is gaining traction. But the Nobel committee chose to take the long view on Friday, awarding the 2012 Peace Prize to the European Union. The panel reasoned that even if economic divisions are tearing at the harmony Europeans have spent decades building, it no longer seems possible that they will start killing each other again.
June 11, 2012 |
There was a UCLA basketball reunion of sorts Monday at Oaks Christian High in Westlake Village, where former Bruins Jrue Holiday, Tyler Honeycutt and Lazeric Jones came to work out. It was also a pyramid of NBA success, if you will. Holiday is the starting point guard for the Philadelphia 76ers. Honeycutt recently completed his rookie season with the Sacramento Kings. And Jones is an NBA hopeful, eager to hear his name called in the June 28 draft. Jones is not listed on the mock draft boards of draftexpress.com or nbadraft.net, but the 6-foot-1 point guard remained optimistic he would play professionally.
April 25, 2012 |
NEW YORK — We won't get fooled again. Unlike a year ago, when an early run on quarterbacks caught most NFL draft prognosticators flat-footed, most have now resigned themselves to the notion that the QB count might reach four before the first round is done Thursday night. And the first two passers are already penned in. Stanford's Andrew Luck will be the No. 1 pick, by Indianapolis, and Washington will take Baylor's Robert Griffin III second. It will be the first time quarterbacks have gone 1-2 in the draft since 1999.
March 6, 2012 |
Sarah Palin cast a vote tonight for one of the Republican presidential candidates. But for whom? A CNN producer caught the former vice presidential nominee after she voted in a presidential preference poll at the Alaska district convention in her home town of Wasilla. Video is below. While she would not say which candidate was getting her vote, she again said she wants the nominating process to continue -- and would not rule out being an option for Republicans in the case of a brokered convention.
February 4, 2012 |
At first glance, the newspaper ad depicting an enormous locust looking over the Hong Kong skyline seems like a plug for a horror movie. In fact, it's the latest slap in the face to the millions of mainland Chinese tourists who flood Hong Kong each year, bringing with them what many in the territory see as less-than-refined social habits in addition to their bulging wallets. Mainland tourists stand accused of littering, spitting, urinating in public, smoking cigarettes in inappropriate places and other breaches of etiquette that offend the more fastidious sensibilities of many Hong Kong natives.