June 23, 2013 |
It's a new era in college football recruiting. Sometimes it takes showing up at a camp to convince a school to offer a scholarship. That's what happened Friday at UCLA, where receiver Jordan Lasley of Gardena Serra said he ran a 4.4 40-yard dash and made such a positive impression that he received a scholarship offer from the Bruins. On Saturday, he accepted the offer. "It meant a lot," Lasley said. "I think of it as testament to my hard work. I was really appreciative. " There are risks in going to college camps, because the coaches get to see you up close and personal, and measurements and speed times might not match previous expectations.
January 8, 2013 |
Point guards are plentiful in the Mission League, but two of the best were missing in action Monday night at West Hills Chaminade, and the absence of the Eagles' Jaron Martin (strep throat) and Loyola's Parker Jackson-Cartwright (ankle injury) created opportunity for the understudies. In the end, Max Hazzard of Loyola came through at a decisive time, getting the ball to 7-footer Thomas Welsh deep into the key for an easy basket with 1 minute 19 seconds left to give the Cubs (12-2, 2-0)
July 22, 2012 |
CARDIFF, Wales — The rest of the world may think the Olympics begin in London on Friday, but Gerry Toms knows better. The first event of the Summer Games, a women's soccer match between Britain and New Zealand, actually takes place Wednesday afternoon, two days before the official opening ceremony. And it won't happen in England but rather here in the Welsh capital, 130 miles from London. Toms is manager of the enormous Millennium Stadium that will host the debut match and 10 others over the course of the Olympics.
July 6, 2012 |
It is toward midnight at the Pikey, the lights are fairly low and the Kinks are playing so loudly that you swear you can hear Ray Davies scratching his ears. You are seated beneath one of Ben Watts' photographs of aging Teddy Boys - tattooed Robert Mitchum types in dark, bespoke suits, and you may be drinking something called a Divine Brown, a peculiar mixture of Ancient Age whiskey and Dr Pepper named for the hooker caught with Hugh Grant just a few blocks from here in Hollywood. You will definitely be observing members of the crowd - in their early 20s - who don't sit down to dinner as much as drift from table to table, having a drink here and an appetizer there before vanishing into the night.
April 19, 2012 |
A Welsh urban legend says that "Every time Wales wins the rugby grand slam, a pope dies, except for 1978, when Wales were really good and two popes died. " A grand slam in rugby occurs when one nation beats all the others in the Six Nations League in one year. The six nations are England, France, Wales, Ireland, Scotland and Italy. Although many men on the street in Wales appear to believe the legend, Dr. Gareth Payne of University Hospital Wales and his colleagues disproved it -- sort of. In a 2008 article in the BMJ, they concluded that this event occurs only about 62% of the time.
April 2, 2012 |
WELSHPOOL, WalesBill Bryson leans his walking stick outside a tiny, rough-stone church, where a hand-lettered sign invites "Dykers" - that would be us - to step inside for orange juice, barley water, tea and coffee. Cracking open my guidebook, I note that this Welsh hamlet's tradition of providing free refreshment to walkers and other travelers dates to a visit by King Charles II in the late 17th century. "In that case," said Bryson, pouring us each a cup of tea, "you might want to check the sell-by date on that milk.