June 24, 2010 |
Reporting from Omaha — Matt Purke wears black eyeglasses and his baseball cap sits tilted on his head, as those worn by many left-handed pitchers seem to do. He's a bit quirky, too — another trait shared by lefties in baseball lore — and his Texas Christian teammates have nicknamed him " Harry Potter." You could say he also has some other wizard-like qualities. Purke, a 6-foot-4, 180-pound freshman with a fastball that tops out at about 97 mph, has a record of 15-0 in 17 starts.
June 4, 2011 |
The metamorphosis for UC Irvine's baseball team appears complete. In 10 seasons since the program was resurrected, the Anteaters have gone from new kid on the block to gutty little upstart to the college baseball A-list. Saturday evening brought another step in that journey. The Anteaters' 4-3 victory over San Francisco in the NCAA regional at UCLA's Jackie Robinson Stadium left them one victory shy of advancing to a super regional. Irvine (41-16) can move on Sunday evening, when at 6 p.m. it faces the winner of the afternoon's elimination game between San Francisco (32-24)
April 8, 2010 |
Big Division I baseball program, right? Well, in about the fourth inning of UCLA's game Tuesday night, someone opens the hood to the snack bar grill, and burger smoke drifts down over Jackie Robinson Stadium like velum. It's enough to make a vegetarian join the steer-of-the-month club. Indeed, the smoke is so primal and evocative, a couple of the infielders look like they are about to cry. So summarizes the casual/cozy vibe of college baseball, even around an elite program such as this.
June 5, 2012 |
Surrounded by family and friends at an Encino restaurant, left-handed pitcher Max Fried of Studio City Harvard-Westlake looked up at the television screen and heard Commissioner Bud Selig announce his name as the seventh overall selection in baseball's amateur draft. "Honestly, it's all a blur," Fried said Monday night. "It's an unbelievable feeling. " Fried was selected by the San Diego Padres. His Harvard-Westlake teammate Lucas Giolito was selected No. 16 overall by the Washington Nationals, ending a day of uncertainty for the 6-foot-6 right-hander.
June 15, 2008 |
French Open champion Rafael Nadal defeated third-seeded Andy Roddick, 7-5, 6-4, Saturday to reach the Queen's Club final in London for the first time. The top-seeded Nadal is trying to become the first Spaniard in 36 years to win a grass-court tournament. Andres Gimeno won at Eastbourne in 1972. Nadal will face second-seeded Novak Djokovic in today's final. Djokovic defeated fourth-seeded David Nalbandian, 6-1, 6-0.
April 29, 2010 |
The road to the Final Four will have a new look next season. On Thursday, the NCAA's board of directors approved expansion from 65 to 68 teams and endorsed a proposal to add three more opening-round games to the schedule. It's only the second time in a quarter-century that the NCAA has increased the number of teams competing for the men's national championship. Now it's time to start mapping out the details, which could include putting at-large teams in the early games. "The [men's basketball]
April 16, 2011 |
PGA Tour rookie Brendan Steele birdied Nos. 17 and 18 for a four-under-par 68, grabbing sole possession of the lead in the PGA Tour's Texas Open at San Antonio at seven-under 209 after beginning the round Saturday tied with six other players for the top spot. Steele's late surge was enough for a one-stroke lead over Cameron Tringale , who led by two after 16 holes but hooked his tee shot on No. 18 into the deep rough and finished with a bogey for a 68. Another rookie, Kevin Chappell (70)
January 2, 2011 |
It's time to peer into my crystal ball and see what 2011 has in store for Southern California high school athletes, coaches and fans: Huntington Beach Edison pitcher Henry Owens will be chosen in the first 10 picks of baseball's June amateur draft, then celebrate by getting on his surfboard and riding the best waves at 56th Street in Newport Beach. Darnell Taylor from Los Angeles Crenshaw will shatter a glass backboard with a dunk. On football letter-of-intent day, USC will proclaim that it has signed the three best players in Southern California, and the Trojans will be accurate with a class that includes De'Anthony Thomas of Crenshaw, George Farmer of Gardena Serra and Tre Madden of Mission Viejo.
January 1, 2010 |
It's time to look into my crystal ball and see what 2010 has in store for the world of high school sports and beyond. Here's what I'm seeing: Santa Ana Mater Dei's Gary McKnight , after becoming the winningest basketball coach in California prep history, will be invited to appear on "Dancing With the Stars." Wide receivers will be the No. 1 target of college football recruiters in Southern California this fall, with an intense debate breaking out over who's best among George Farmer of Gardena Serra, Victor Blackwell of Mater Dei, Antoine Arnold of Temecula Chaparral and Nelson Spruce of Westlake Village Westlake.
June 17, 2010 |
This weekend might have been more interesting if Vladimir Shpunt were still on the Dodgers' payroll.ÃÂÃÂ
Would the "positive energy" transmitted by the Russian emigre physicist and self-proclaimed healer trump the negative vibe directed at Manny Ramirez by Red Sox fans? ÃÂÃÂ
Sadly, we'll never know.ÃÂÃÂ
The Sandy Koufax comparisons are premature, of course, but Clayton Kershaw gives Dodgers fans reason to dream.