February 3, 2014 |
Quarterback Brad Kaaya of West Hills Chaminade has pulled off one of the biggest surprises of the college recruiting season. He stayed committed to the same school -- Miami -- for nearly nine months. That's an eternity these days and something difficult to do for a top high school quarterback. But at 4:02 a.m. on Wednesday, he intends to sign his letter of intent, then fax it to Miami so the school can release it immediately and begin talking about him on ESPN. Then he'll go back to sleep before heading to Chaminade for a signing ceremony, ending a process that has been challenging.
February 2, 2014 |
Every new recruiting year, fans look forward to seeing what innovative ideas teenagers can come up with to announce their college choices. Lately, most have been stuck on the cap routine, in which an athlete reveals the winning school by lifting one of three baseball caps on a desk while trying to keep the TV audience in suspense. Or they try to emulate LeBron James with "I will be taking my talents to.... " With signing day on Wednesday for high school football players, get ready for 72 hours of recruiting mania on TV and the Internet.
January 31, 2014 |
As letter of intent day approaches on Wednesday and committing and decommitting picks up steam, it's a good time to remember the tale of Jordan Payton, who two years ago was in the national spotlight as a receiver at Westlake Village Oaks Christian. During his recruiting year, he made commitments to USC, California and Washington, twice going on national TV to make his announcement. On signing day, he changed again and signed with UCLA. "It's crazy, but the people have to understand this process is crazy," Payton said in 2012.
January 31, 2014 |
A small group of Internet-obsessed UCLA football fans were worked into a frenzy Friday from reports that a Louisiana State coach was on the same flight with high school players from that state who were coming to Westwood. Tigers' offensive coordinator Cam Cameron flew west at the same time as receiver Malachi Dupre (River Ridge Curtis High), linebacker Kenny Young (Curtis High), and defensive end Davon Godchaux (Plaquemine High), who are on official visits to UCLA. There's a word for it: recruiting.
January 28, 2014 |
After months of recruiting, Gardena Serra defensive back Adoree' Jackson has a Final Four. Next Wednesday, he will announce his college choice among Florida, LSU, USC and UCLA. Eric.firstname.lastname@example.org
January 17, 2014 |
When it comes to reviews of "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit," superlatives are in short supply. Most movie critics agree that the reboot of the Tom Clancy action franchise, starring Chris Pine and directed by Kenneth Branagh, is competent - or "serviceable," or "workmanlike," or even "fairly diverting" - but not particularly compelling. The Times' Kenneth Turan writes that compared to previous films in the franchise (such as "The Hunt for Red October" and "Patriot Games"), "as well as the modern gold standard of the genre as represented by the 'Bourne' epics, 'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit' comes off as a reasonable facsimile, serviceable but not compelling, something that could pass for the real thing if you're not looking too hard.
January 16, 2014 |
Chris Pine was well aware of his action-hero options. Accepting the lead role in "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" - the $60-million thriller that hits theaters Friday - the actor became the fourth man to portray novelist Tom Clancy's iconic CIA super-spy character over the course of a five-film franchise that has spanned nearly a quarter of a century and generated more than $787 million at the box office. As such, Pine's performance could have paid implicit homage to those who came before him. He might have channeled the brisk efficiency of Alec Baldwin's submarine-bound Ryan in "The Hunt for Red October," Harrison Ford's reluctant (and frequently grimacing)
January 16, 2014 |
We all know you can't tell a book by its cover, but can you tell a film by its release date? Where "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit," is concerned, that becomes a bit of a trick question. A glance at the calendar reminds us that this tale of espionage and derring-do starring Chris Pine as CIA analyst Jack Ryan is coming to theaters in January, the traditional elephant burial ground for major studio releases. But before "The Wolf of Wall Street" dislodged it into 2014, "Jack Ryan" possessed a coveted Christmas slot all its own. So is this film a holiday gem slumming in the low-rent district, or a tawdry impostor stripped of ideas above its station?
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January 7, 2014 |
The highest-ranking woman in the history of the Los Angeles Fire Department has announced her retirement, leaving no female officers among the agency's top command staff of deputy and assistant chiefs. The departure of Deputy Chief Roxanne V. Bercik comes as the department is struggling to hire and promote more women after a string of large city payouts for alleged sexual discrimination in the ranks. Bercik, 55, had been a leading advocate for recruiting and promoting more female firefighters.
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January 6, 2014 |
The first new Los Angeles Fire Department recruit class in five years is nearly all male and mostly white despite repeated promises by the agency to diversify its ranks, according to figures released Monday evening by Mayor Eric Garcetti's office. The class of 70 firefighters, which is scheduled to begin training Monday, has just one woman and is 60% white. Twenty-three percent of the recruits are Latino, 11% are Asian American and 6% are African American, according to the figures.