November 11, 2013 |
As recruiting coordinator and interim coach at USC, Ed Orgeron has identified his quarry. There is the wide receiver, regarded as perhaps the best in the nation. Tight ends, linemen, linebackers and several defensive backs also have been targeted. "They're the No. 1 recruits on our board," Orgeron said. Orgeron is not discussing high school or junior college prospects. He is talking about USC's draft-eligible juniors and third-year sophomores. Like all major programs, USC annually faces the possibility of players' leaving for professional football before they have exhausted their eligibility.
November 9, 2013 |
What a depressing, dispiriting week in the NFL. The Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin situation is an embarrassment to the Miami Dolphins and the NFL, and gets worse with each hour that someone of authority doesn't step up and condemn those hateful, despicable voice and text messages. A quick review: After an apparent emotional breakdown, Martin, a second-year tackle, walked away from the team and his starting job. Incognito, a veteran guard, is believed to have harassed him with ugly messages that were threatening and bigoted.
November 3, 2013 |
“Pitchers break.” That was the rational side of Mark Walter's brain speaking . You know, before the Dodgers' chairman agreed to sign right-hander Zack Greinke to a guaranteed $147-million , six-year contract. Which worked out well in the first year of his deal, and leaves you wondering exactly where they are headed with left-handed ace Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw, 25, is going to become stupidly rich, the only question being exactly how stupidly rich. He is arbitration-eligible for 2014, and then if the Dodgers don't sign him to a long-term deal, he can become a free agent after next season.
October 29, 2013 |
For gamblers, this weekend's Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita offer the most challenging but potentially the most lucrative betting opportunities of the year. "It's high risk but also high reward," Daily Racing Form national correspondent Jay Privman said. Last year, 10 of the 15 Breeders' Cup race winners paid $20.40 or more on a $2 bet, and there were four winners that returned $32.60 or higher. Typically, in the Breeders' Cup large fields are stocked with Grade I or Group I winners and that leaves the opportunity for surprises, especially if racing luck isn't on the side of the favorite.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Mayor Eric Garcetti, on his first trip to the nation's capital as Los Angeles' chief executive, isn't letting Washington's preoccupation with budget deficits get in the way of his push for federal approval of a $1-billion project to restore the Los Angeles River. In meetings on Capitol Hill and at the White House, Garcetti lobbied officials to support a project that is more than double the cost of the one recommended by the Army Corps of Engineers. He even got about 15 minutes in the Oval Office with President Obama, who brought up the river project.
October 28, 2013 |
Ed Orgeron hovered over Southern California in a helicopter, traversing the region in search of prospects. It was a Friday night, and Orgeron was less than two weeks into his new role as USC's interim coach. Before Lane Kiffin was fired on Sept. 29, many of the top high school players in the Southland had been up in the air about playing for the Trojans. Now, Orgeron was literally circling above them as part of a mission to reboot local recruiting. Orgeron is striving to become USC's full-time head coach.