December 1, 2011 |
It's Saturday morning, and four of Westlake High's six offensive linemen have shown up to practice wearing pajama bottoms. "If we know the coaches aren't going to have a problem with us being comfortable, then we're going to be comfortable," said the line's spokesman, senior center Jordie Hannel. "So it's wake up, throw on the most comfortable thing we can find, come to practice. " There's no reason to doubt the sincerity of Hannel, a 6-foot-2, 250-pound senior who has a 4.7 grade-point average, a 2320 SAT score out of a possible 2400 and has never received a grade other than A on his report card in high school.
October 1, 2011 |
Robert Woods lined up in the USC backfield at one point Saturday, triggering panic among Arizona's defenders. "Woods! Woods! Woods!" the Wildcats barked. Shadowing the Trojans receiver was possible … until the ball was snapped. Then the sophomore continually baffled his opponents. He turned short catches into big plays. He forced safeties to all but ignore other receivers. He transformed the Coliseum into his oversized playground during USC's 48-41 victory. "He tore our zone up, man," cornerback Shaquille Richardson said.
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June 10, 2011 |
Clara M. Luper, a black civil rights activist in Oklahoma whose early leadership of lunch counter sit-ins helped break down racial barriers at restaurants and diners nearly two years before the Greensboro, N.C., sit-ins captured national attention in 1960, died of natural causes Wednesday at her home in Oklahoma City, her family said. She was 88. Luper's role in civil rights history began with a Greyhound bus trip to New York City in 1957. A high school history teacher, Luper had written a play called "Brother President," about the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the leader of the successful Montgomery, Ala., bus boycott.
March 26, 2011 |
Courtney Vandersloot scored 29 points, handed out seven assists and got seven steals to lead 11th-seeded Gonzaga to the Elite Eight for the first time in school history with a 76-69 win over Louisville on Saturday night in the Spokane Regional semifinal of the NCAA women's tournament. Gonzaga is the lowest-seeded team to advance to a regional final in the history of the women's tournament. Playing less than two miles from their campus in Spokane, Wash., the Bulldogs (31-4) sent the blood pressure rising for the 10,000 or so hometown fans in attendance after squandering nearly all of a 20-point second half lead.
February 17, 2011 |
There was an important lesson learned by UCLA's baseball team last year en route to its most successful season in school history: Don't celebrate with a dog pile. The Bruins lost one of their best hitters, infielder Tyler Rahmatulla, to a broken hand during a postgame victory celebration in the Super Regionals. Insult was added to injury when South Carolina's pitchers shut down the Bruins' hitting in consecutive victories in a best-of-three series for the national championship. Rahmatulla is healthy for his junior season even though he broke his foot on the first day of fall practice.
January 31, 2011 |
Concerns that NCAA sanctions would end USC's reign as a college football recruiting force were apparently unfounded. USC Coach Lane Kiffin has already welcomed nine players who enrolled early in January. And on Wednesday, the first day of the NCAA's signing period for fall sports, USC is expected to sign as many as two dozen more players to cap what will surely be a national top-10 recruiting class. So what happened to the 15-scholarship limit that was supposed to handcuff the program?