December 19, 2013 |
Those sticking to the numbers would not expect UCLA senior Cassius Marsh to be high on an NFL team's shopping list. His 6-foot-4 frame checks in around 260 pounds, far below the beef normally found on an NFL defensive line. Yet that smaller stature has helped him become a player likely to go mid-round in the spring. "What they are looking for are good football players, first and foremost," said UCLA defensive coordinator Lou Spanos , who spent 17 seasons as an NFL assistant.
December 19, 2013 |
The Lee brothers at West Hills Chaminade, Donovan and Dymond, finally got to play football together this season, and what a memorable experience it has been. "It's life changing," said Dymond, a sophomore receiver. "It's a blessing," said Donovan, a senior running back-defensive back. For 16 weeks, they have been an invaluable one-two punch for Chaminade (13-2), which faces Redding Enterprise (13-0) in the CIF state championship Division II bowl game on Saturday at 4 p.m. at StubHub Center in Carson.
December 18, 2013 |
Linebacker Anthony Barr and offensive lineman Xavier Su'a-Filo continue to gather postseason honors while UCLA prepares to play Virginia Tech in the Hyundai Sun Bowl. Barr, a senior, was chosen first-team All-American by the Associated Press. Su'a-Filo, a junior, made the second team. What the two have meant to the Bruins beyond their in-game contributions could be seen and heard after practice Tuesday. Su'a-Filo remained on the field an extra half an hour, working with freshmen linemen Caleb Benenoch and Kenny Lacy . Barr was praised loudly by freshman linebacker Myles Jack . "Not having No. 11 to my right next year is going to be a new experience," Jack said.
December 17, 2013 |
If you're expecting a new bicycle alongside the Christmas tree, or just rolling out your old one, Michelle Mowery is on your side of the street. The city of four wheels is turning a corner on two wheels. Nearly 350 miles of new bike lanes, out of a planned 1,684, have opened to bicyclists. Mowery has spent two decades in the city's Department of Transportation as senior bicycle coordinator, and she's finally finding critical mass and critical money for L.A.'s bike plan. She knows there's an information gap about the laws, and a culture clash, but a bike-culture shift, she believes, will be the saving of L.A., from the obesity epidemic to the daily commute - including hers, from Long Beach to downtown.
December 6, 2013 |
Corona Centennial High's lightning-fast offense didn't strike with the same power as its record-setting week before, but it was good enough to give the team the CIF Inland Division championship. Led by Cal-bound running back Tre Watson, the Huskies defeated Vista Murrieta, 26-12, in the title game Friday night at Centennial High. Receiver Greyson Bankhead caught an 86-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Robert Webber with 8 minutes 7 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to provide some separation.
December 4, 2013 |
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - A senior Hezbollah commander was gunned down in Beirut early Wednesday in what could be a sign of further sectarian escalation and spillover from the Syrian conflict into Lebanon. Hassan Holo Laqqis, 53, a founding member of Hezbollah, was shot and killed outside his home in a Shiite Muslim neighborhood of the Lebanese capital, according to Al Manar, the official media arm of the Shiite militant group. Hezbollah blamed longtime enemy Israel for the killing, but Israeli officials denied responsibility.
December 2, 2013 |
It's football championship week in the Southern Section, and one player who has separated himself as special is Jaleel Wadood , a senior receiver and defensive back for top-ranked Bellflower St. John Bosco. As a receiver, Wadood has 68 receptions for 1,123 yards and 16 touchdowns. As a safety, he has 115 tackles, three interceptions and two sacks. He's down to UCLA or USC as his college choices. "He's been the pin that's kept us together," Coach Jason Negro said. St. John Bosco (13-0)
November 30, 2013 |
His name is Rashaad Penny , and lots of students at Norwalk High will remember him for years to come. "He's just a phenomenal athlete," Coach Jesse Ceniceros said. "He separates himself the moment he steps on the field. " Penny, a 6-foot-1, 195-pound senior running back, has rushed for 2,380 yards and 39 touchdowns in leading Norwalk to a 13-0 record and a spot in the Southern Section Southeast Division championship game against Whittier La Serna. In his latest performance, Penny rushed for 321 yards and five touchdowns in Norwalk's 35-28 victory over Pasadena Muir on Friday.
November 30, 2013 |
Venice players could be having nightmares about Ajene Harris for weeks. The USC-bound senior threw for a touchdown, ran for another and intercepted two passes as Los Angeles Crenshaw built a 24-point halftime lead, then withstood a furious comeback to defeat the Gondoliers, 30-25, ib Friday night in a City Section Division I semifinal game at Crenshaw High. The second-seeded Cougars (9-4) will play top-seeded and defending champion Harbor City Narbonne in the championship game next Friday night at East Los Angeles College. Harris threw a 35-yard touchdown strike to Nolan Grigsby late in the first quarter and scrambled out of the pocket for a nine-yard touchdown with 1:20 left in the second quarter to give the Cougars a 24-0 lead at halftime.
November 29, 2013 |
The kids are all right, but now it's time for senior leadership. This year's Heisman Trophy race, in case you missed it, has become muddled. The bids of non-seniors Marcus Mariota, Johnny Manziel and Bryce Petty all got sacked last week in losses. Freshman quarterback Jameis Winston is the top player on the nation's No. 2-ranked team, but his Heisman candidacy has been impaired by an investigation into a possible sexual assault. The Florida state attorney may not make a decision about whether to charge Winston until after Heisman ballots are due, so what's a Heisman voter to do?