March 25, 2014 |
Dan Monson, the basketball coach at Long Beach State, will feel like a proud father this weekend in Sacramento as he watches not one, not two, not three, but four high school players he signed to letters of intent last November play for state championships. "I can cheer for every one of them because they're in four different games," he said. Shooting guard Deontae North of Corona Centennial, forward Jack Williams of West Hills Chaminade, point guard Justin Bibbins of Torrance Bishop Montgomery and power forward Temidayo Yussuf of Alameda St. Joseph Notre Dame form a recruiting class like few others in 49ers history.
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March 23, 2014 |
El Camino Real Charter High School won the 35th Annual California Academic Decathlon this weekend in Sacramento, officials announced Sunday. The team dominated the three-day competition held at Memorial Auditorium, clinching first place finishes in the "Super Quiz" portion and overall competition. El Camino scored 57,747.3 out of a possible 65,400 points. El Camino last won the state and national competition in 2010. The school is in Woodland Hills in the San Fernando Valley.
March 22, 2014 |
San Diego State-bound Cheyenne Greenhouse scored 27 points to spark Moreno Valley Canyon Springs to a 66-51 win over Mission Hills Alemany in the Southern California Regional Division I girls' final. Canyon Springs (24-6) led in rebounds, 41-28. Charnea Johnson Chapman had 12 points and 15 rebounds. “They did a great job today,” said Canyon Springs Coach Gail Hale, whose team lost to Long Beach Poly in last year's regional final. “I'm so proud of my kids.” Breanna Calhoun finished with 13 points and Genessa Bedoya had 12 points for Alemany (26-8)
March 22, 2014 |
Bishop Montgomery made the most of its return trip to the Southern California Regional Division IV championship game. After falling short in their bid to reach the state final last year, the Knights played with poise and purpose throughout Saturday's 66-56 victory over Cantwell-Sacred Heart at Colony High. Bishop Montgomery will play Moreau Catholic at noon next Saturday at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento. Stephen Thompson scored 26 points and Justin Bibbins added 17 points and six assists for the second-seeded Knights (27-6)
March 21, 2014 |
"How to Poo on a Date: The Lovers' Guide to Toilet Etiquette" by Mats & Enzo has been named the winner of the Diagram Prize for oddest book title of the year. Writing duo Mats & Enzo have made the finalist list for the prize three previous times with "How to Poo on Holiday," "How to Poo at Work" and "How to Bonk at Work. " This is their first win. The British prize has been awarded annually since "Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on Nude Mice" was recognized in 1978.
March 21, 2014 |
"The Phantom of the Opera" has been running on Broadway for more than 25 years. This week, the musical announced a first: a black actor has been cast in the title role in the New York production. Norm Lewis will join the company of "Phantom" at the Majestic Theatre starting May 12. He will be the first black actor to take the lead role in the Broadway run of the popular Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, which first opened in 1988. Lewis won't be the first black actor to play the role of the Phantom.
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March 21, 2014
Tony Benn Renounced title to stay in House of Commons Tony Benn, 88, a committed British socialist who irritated and fascinated Britons through a political career spanning more than five decades and who renounced his aristocratic title rather than leave the House of Commons, died March 14 at his home in west London, his family said in a statement. No cause was given. Benn held cabinet posts in Labour Party governments in the 1970s and clung unswervingly to his leftist beliefs while his party, in opposition, moved to the center and reemerged to take power again as New Labour.
March 20, 2014 |
SAN DIEGO - Guard Norman Powell was 6 years old when his uncle brought the tape. There on the screen was UCLA's Tyus Edney dribbling through Missouri defenders, then tossing in the game-winning layup at the buzzer in the defining moment of the Bruins' 1995 NCAA championship run. "This time of year, people look at UCLA because of all the national championships," Powell said. 2014 NCAA Tournament Bracket Guard Kyle Anderson, back in New Jersey, would see those four letters every March.
March 19, 2014 |
It takes years to climb the mid-major success ladder and minutes for it to be pulled out from under you. Last year, Gonzaga finally got to the top rung when it entered the NCAA tournament as the top-ranked team in the nation. The Bulldogs rolled into the Salt Lake City sub-regional with legitimate national title aspirations, even though skeptics thought Gonzaga was overrated and didn't play in a tough enough conference to warrant all the fuss. The critics were only emboldened after Gonzaga was sent home on the first weekend by a scrappy, hungry, No. 9-seeded team with something to prove.
March 16, 2014 |
Wichita State wrapped its perfect 34-0 season on March 9 only a few hours after UCLA mailed in one of the worst performances in program history - an 18-point defeat at lowly Washington State the previous night. You never could have imagined then that UCLA would end up packing flip-flops and baggy NCAA shorts for San Diego. Or, that Wichita State would get pickle-jar stuffed into the "group of death" region, with one of the "easier" games a possible first-weekend matchup against Kentucky.