Saturday, December 08, 2018

2018 College Football

12/8/18 - Murray edges Tagovailoa to win Heisman Trophy
12/6/18 - Tua Tagovailoa wins Walter Camp player of the year
12/6/18 - Kyler Murray named AP player of the year
12/4/18 - Urban Meyer retiring after Rose Bowl
8/22/18 - Urban Meyer suspended for three games
8/8/18 - ESPN ranks Tagovailoa no. 11, Milton no. 20
8/1/18 - Ohio State puts Urban Meyer on administrative leave


Friday, December 07, 2018

NBA transactions 2018

12/7/18 - Bucks trade Dellavdova, John Henson, 2021 first and second round pick for George Hill and Sam Dekker / Wizards trade Jason Smith and second round pick to Milwaukee for Dekker
12/4/18 - Bulls fire Fred Hoiberg
11/28/18 - Kyle Korver traded by Cleveland to Utah for Alec Burks and two second-round picks
11/15/18 - Houston to part ways with Carmelo Anthony
11/10/18 - Minnesota trading Jimmy Butler and Justin Patton to Philadelphia for Robert Covington, Dario Saric, Jerryd Bayless, and 2022 second-round pick
11/5/18 - Jeff Bzdelik to return to Houston as defensive coordinator
11/3/18 - Tyson Chandler to be bought out by Phoenix and is headed to the Lakers
10/28/18 - Tyronn Lue fired after going 0-6
10/11/18 - Tex Winter passes away at 96
10/8/18 - Suns fire G.M. Ryan McDonough
9/23/18 - Six intriguing players
9/22/18 - Karl-Anthony Towns signs 5-year, max extension ($158 million - $190 million)
9/17/18 - Dwyane Wade will return
9/10/18 - Luol Deng agrees to minimum deal with Minnesota
9/7/18 - Hall of Fame highlights: Ray Allen, Steve Nash, Grant Hill, Tina Thompson, Don Nelson
9/1/18 - Lakers reach buyout agreement with Luol Deng
8/30/18 - Rockets send Ryan Anderson and D'Anthony Melton to Suns for Marquese Chriss and Brandon Knight
8/30/18 - David West retires
8/28/18 - Ginobili retires
8/7/18 - Carmelo verbally agrees to joins Rockets / it's official
7/27/18 - Clint Capela to re-sign with Houston for five years, $90 million
7/26/18 - Vince Carter to join Hawks for 1 year, $2.4 million
7/24/18 - Kevin Love signs 4 year, $120 million extension with Cleveland
7/22/18 - Alex Len to sign with Atlanta for two years, $8.5 million
7/21/18 - Montrezl Harrell to remain with Clippers for two years, $12 million
7/20/18 - Michael Beasley to join Lakers for one year, $3.5 million
7/19/18 - Carmelo Anthony and protected first round pick traded from Oklahoma City to Atlanta for Dennis Schroder and Mike Muscala / Muscala will then go to Philadelphia, Justin Anderson will go the Hawks, Carmelo will be bought out, Luwawu-Cabarrot will head to OKC
7/19/18 - Marcus Smart agrees to stay with Celtics for four years, $52 million
7/18/18 - Spurs trade Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green to Toronto for DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poetl, and protected first-round pick
7/17/18 - Sacramento trades Garrett Temple to Memphis for Ben McLemore, Deyonta Davis, future second-round pick
7/14/18 - Jabari Parker agrees to $40 million, two year deal with Bulls
7/14/18 - Nets to sign Shabazz Napier to two year deal
7/14/18 - Channing Frye headed back to Cleveland for the minimum
7/12/18 - Isaiah Thomas headed to Denver for 1 year, minimum deal
7/12/18 - Jeremy Lin and future second round pick traded from Nets to Atlanta for future second round pick and rights to Isaia Cordinier
7/12/18 - Denver sends Kenneth Faried, Darrell Arthur, 2019 first round pick, future second round pick to Nets for Isaiah Whitehead (clearing $21 million in salary for Nuggets)
7/918 - Luc Mbah a Moute re-signs with Clippers for 1 year, $4.3 million
7/8/18 - Brook Lopez signs with Bucks for 1 year, $3.4 million
7/8/18 - Zaza Pachulia to join Pistons for 1 year, $2.4 million
7/7/18 - Three team trade: Biyombo from Orlando to Charlotte, Mozgov from Charlotte to Orlando, Jerian Grant from Chicago to Orlando, Julyan Stone from Charlotte to Chicago
7/7/18 - Suns sign Devin Booker to max extension of five years, $158 million
7/7/18 - Jazz waive Jerebko, to sign with Warriors
7/6/18 - Bulls to match Kings four year, $80 million offer sheet for Zach LaVine
7/6/18 - Kyle Anderson signs four year, $37 million offer sheet with Grizzlies / Spurs won't match
7/6/18 - Nurkic staying with Portland for four years, $48 million
7/6/18 - Tony Parker to join Hornets after 17 seasons with Spurs
7/3/18 - Dwight Howard to sign with Washington for tax MLE
7/3/18 - Jeff Green to join Wizards for 1 year, $2.5 million
7/3/18 - Tyreke Evans signs with Indiana for 1 year, $12 million
7/3/18 - Denver trades Wilson Chandler and future second-round pick to Philadelphia to save $50 million
7/3/18 - Keeping up with the Lakers
7/2/18 - Avery Bradley to re-sign with Clippers for two years, $25 million
7/2/18 - DeMarcus Cousins to sign with Golden State for 1 year, $5.3 million / Lakers passed?
7/2/18 - J.J. Redick re-signs with Philadelphia for 1 year, $12-$13 million
7/2/18 - Derrick Favors re-signing with Utah for 2 years, $36 million
7/2/18 - Julius Randle to sign with New Orleans for 2 years, $18 million
7/2/18 - Rajon Rondo to sign with Lakers for 1 year, $9 million
7/2/18 - Nerlens Noel signs with Oklahoma City for two years at the minimum
7/1/18 - Elfrid Payton signs one year deal with New Orleans
7/1/18 - JaVale McGee signs with Lakers for 1 year, minimum
7/1/18 - Aaron Gordon re-signs with Magic for four years, $84 million
7/1/18 - Mario Hezoja signs with Knicks for 1 year, $6.5 million
7/1/18 - Lance Stephenson signs with Lakers for 1 year, $4.5 million
7/1/18 - Kentavious Caldwell-Pope re-signs with Lakers for 1 year, $12 million
7/1/18 - LeBron decides to sign with Lakers for 4 years, $153 million
6/30/18 - DeAndre Jordan agrees to go to Dallas for one year, $24.1 million
6/30/18 - Trevor Ariza leaving Rockets for Suns for one year, $15 million
6/30/18 - Rudy Gay to re-sign with Spurs for one year, $10 million
6/30/18 - Ersan Ilyasova to join Bucks for three years, $21 million
6/30/18 - Chris Paul returning to Rockets for four years $160 million
6/30/18 - Will Barton to remain with Denver for four years $50 million
6/30/18 - Kevin Durant agrees to stay with Warriors for two years $61.5 million
6/30/18 - Paul George agrees to re-sign with OKC for four years $137 million
6/29/18 - Enes Kanter exercises $18.6 million player option to remain with Knicks
6/27/18 - Clippers trade Austin Rivers to Wizards for Marcin Gortat
6/25/18 - Denver to re-sign Nikola Jokic to five-year $146.5 million max contract / $148 million
6/20/18 - Atlanta trades Dwight Howard to Brooklyn for Timofey Mozgov and two future second-round draft picks
6/15/18 - Toronto promotes Nick Nurse to head coach
6/11/18 - Detroit and Dwayne Casey agree on five year deal
6/7/18 - Bryan Colangelo and 76ers part ways over twitter controversy
5/17/18 - Budenholzer agrees to become Milwaukee's head coach
5/12/18 - Toronto fires Dwayne Casey
5/11/18 - Atlanta hires Philadelphia assistant Lloyd Pierce as head coach
5/10/18 - Charlotte hires James Borrego as new head coach
5/7/18 - Pistons part ways with Stan Van Gundy
5/3/18 - David Fizdale agrees to become Knicks head coach
5/2/18 - Phoenix hires Igor Kokoskov as head coach
4/25/18 - Atlanta and Mike Budenholzer agree to part ways


Sunday, December 02, 2018

Fury vs. Wilder

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury fought to a split draw Saturday night, with Wilder retaining his WBC heavyweight title after knocking down his British challenger twice.

Wilder (40-0-1) floored Fury (27-0-1) in the ninth and 12th rounds, yet Fury clearly outboxed Wilder for large portions of the remainder of their entertaining showdown at Staples Center.

Fury looked finished when Wilder put him flat on his back with two minutes left in the fight, but he rose and made it to the bell.

"We gave each other all we've got," Wilder said. "We're the best in the world. The respect was mutual."

Judge Robert Tapper scored the fight 114-112 for Fury, while Alejandro Rochin favored Wilder 115-111. Judge Phil Edwards and The Associated Press scored it a 113-113 draw, with Wilder's knockdowns compensating for Fury's superior technique.

"I hope I did you all proud after nearly three years out of the ring," Fury said. "I was never going to be knocked out tonight. I showed good heart to get up. I came here tonight and I fought my heart out."

While both men thought they won, neither was overly upset by the verdict in front of a frenzied Hollywood crowd. They embraced warmly and immediately talked about a rematch in the spring.

"One hundred percent we'll do the rematch," Fury said. "We are two great champions. Me and this man are the two best heavyweights on the planet."

The bout was a rare meeting of two unbeaten heavyweight stars in their apparent primes, with both fighters putting aside caution and the typical squabbles over money or belts to stage one of the best matchups in the glamour division's recent history.


Saturday, December 01, 2018

NFL trades and deals 2018

12/3/18 - Packers fire head coach Mike McCarthy
12/1/18 - Kansas City releases Kareem Hunt after video surfaces
11/4/18 - Arizona releases Sam Bradford
10/30/18 - Detroit trades Golden Tate to Philadelphia for third round pick
10/30/18 - Denver trades Demaryius Thomas to Houston for fourth round and seven round pick
10/29/18 - Cleveland fires Hue Jackson
9/1/18 - Khalil Mack traded by Oakland to Chicago for two first-round picks / to sign six-year $141 million extension
8/29/18 - Jets trade Teddy Bridgewater to Saints
8/29/18 - Aaron Rodgers signs four year extension worth $134 million
7/25/18 - Baker Mayfield signs four year rookie contract for $33 million
7/25/18 - Todd Gurley signs extension for four years, $60 million ($45 million guaranteed)
4/4/18 - Ravens sign RG3
4/3/18 - Rams trade first round and sixth round picks to New England for Brandin Cooks and fourth round pick
3/28/18 - NFL simplifies the catch rule
3/17/18 - Jets trade up to no. 3 (first round) sending no. 6 (first round), two second-round picks and a second-round pick in 2019 to Indianapolis
3/17/18 - Michael Crabtree signs with Baltimore for three-years, $21 million
3/16/18 - Detroit signs LeGarrette Blount
3/15/18 - Jordy Nelson signs with Raiders for two years, $15 million, release Michael Crabtree, sign Doug Martin
3/15/18 - Kirk Cousins signs with Vikings for three years, $84 million
3/14/18 - Bills sign A.J. McCarron to two-year deal
3/14/18 - Teddy Bridgewater signs with Jets
3/13/18 - Packers release Jordy Nelson, to sign Jimmy Graham
3/13/18 - Sam Bradford to sign with Arizona
3/13/18 - Case Keenum to sign with Denver
3/10/18 - Richard Sherman signs with 49ers for three years, $39 million
3/10/18 - Tyrod Taylor traded from Buffalo to Cleveland for third round pick
3/9/18 - Jarvis Landry traded from Miami to Cleveland for 2018 fourth round pick and 2019 seventh round pick
2/8/18 - 49ers sign Garoppolo for five years $137.5 million, (a new record of $27.5 million per year)
1/31/18 - Chiefs trade Alex Smith to Washington


Friday, November 30, 2018

2018 Hawaii Rainbow Warriors football

11/30/18 - Ursua named All-Mountain West
11/24/18 - San Diego State upset by Hawaii in OT 30-31 [8-5]
11/19/18 - Should Cordeiro play Saturday?
11/17/18 - Cordeiro leads Hawaii to miracle comeback over UNLV 35-28 [7-5]
11/17/18 - Warriors looking to qualify for Hawaii Bowl on senior night
11/16/18 - The Hawaii senior class
11/4/18 - Jahlani Tavai out for season with shoulder injury
11/4/18 - Vince Manuwai dies at 38
11/3/18 - Hawaii run over by Utah State 56-17 [6-5]
10/30/18 - Hawaii hosts nationally ranked Utah State
10/27/18 - Fresno State overwhelms Hawaii 50-20 [6-4]
10/20/18 - Hawaii executed by for Nevada 22-40 [6-3]
10/17/18 - Rolovich appreciates Nevada
10/14/18 - Hawaii hosts Nevada
10/13/18 - BYU blows out Hawaii 49-23 [6-2]
10/13/18 - It's Rolo's turn to try to beat BYU in Provo
10/8/18 - Chevan Cordeiro never wavered in his pledge
10/6/18 - Cordeiro leads Hawaii past Wyoming 17-14 [6-1]
10/6/18 - Memorable victories at Aloha Stadium
10/4/18 -  Tuileta the scout
9/29/18 - San Jose State outlasted by Hawaii 41-44 in 5 OTs [5-1]
9/22/18 - Hawaii 42, Duquesne 21 [4-1]
9/21/18 - Current Warriors remember 2007
9/17/18 - Hawaii hosts Duquesne in homecoming game
9/15/18 - Army 28, Hawaii 21 [3-1]
9/8/18 - Hawaii 43, Rice 29 [3-0]
9/1/18 - Hawaii 59 Navy 41 [2-0] (youtube / highlights)
8/31/18 - Ivin Jasper couldn't be more thankful / The Jasper family went through a difficult time
8/30/18 - There is little stopping Navy's Malcolm Perry
8/29/18 - Once We Were Rainbow Warriors by Brian Derby
8/27/18 - Hawaii hosts Navy / CFN prediction
8/25/18 - Hawaii holds off Colorado State 43-34 [1-0] / McDonald breaks Rolovich record (youtube)
8/22/18 - Colorado State's miracle stadium
8/21/18 - Warriors open season at Colorado State at 14-point underdogs
8/21/18 - The run and shoot was hard to stop (video)
8/20/18 - How Larry Price stopped the run and shoot
8/19/18 - Welcome back, run and shoot
8/19/18 - Ron Lee had seen enough
8/15/18 - Borden, Hensley, Choi, Tavai voted as captains
8/13/18 - position preview: Running Backs
8/10/18 - position preview: Offensive Line
8/9/18 - Corey Batoon has begun Phase 3
8/8/18 - position preview: Receivers
8/6/18 - position preview: Special Teams
8/6/18 - Warriors football TV schedule
8/5/18 - Warriors go back to move forward
8/3/18 - position preview: Defensive Line
8/3/18 - Colt Brennan stops by
8/1/18 - position preview: Secondary
7/31/18 - Mouse Davis invited to consult
7/31/18 - position preview: Linebackers
7/29/18 - Mountain West capsules
7/29/18 - Joseph Ward comes out of nowhere
7/29/18 - Media Guide: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015
7/22/18 - Rolo steers back for a fresh start to 2018
6/26/18 - Timoteo no longer on scholarship
6/13/18 - Rolovich ranked 113 (out of 130) college head coaches / 108
5/31/18 - UH is in the second group
3/22/18 - First day of practice
3/18/18 - New look Warriors head into spring ball
3/16/18 - Ghobrial to succeed Chaudari
3/3/18 - Viane Moala has transferred to Utah
2/23/18 - Billy Ray Stutzmann hired as intern for the offense
2/13/18 - Mayur Chaudhari leaving Hawaii for Atlanta Falcons
2/10/18 - Warriors sign 10, but Faumui defects to Virginia
2/7/18 - Warriors get commitments from Ernest Moore, OT and Justus Tavai, DT
2/7/18 - Dru Brown headed to Oklahoma State
2/4/18 - Vanasio "Solo" Vaipulu, C, to sign with Hawaii
2/1/18 - Manase Time, S, commits to Hawaii
1/31/18 - Aaron Faumui, DL, accepts scholarship from Hawaii
1/30/18 - Gene Pryor, OL, to accept offer from Hawaii
1/27/18 - Keala Santiago leaving UH too
1/27/18 - Thomas Wade, OL, from California verbally commits
1/23/18 - Dru Brown to leave UH for family reasons
1/18/18 - Rolovich to reload the run-and-shoot
1/17/18 - Rolovich ranked no. 108
1/16/18 - Dylan Collie to transfer to earn a graduate degree after graduating in May
1/16/18 - Andre Allen hired as receivers coach, Ricky Logo hired as defensive line coach
1/16/18 - Marc Weber to be named offensive line coach
1/5/18 - Mark Banker expected to be named assistant head coach
1/5/18 - Corey Batoon loves coaching
12/31/17 - Before and after New Orleans
12/31/17 - Rolo reflects
12/30/17 - Corey Batoon hired as defensive coordinator
12/27/17 - Sean Duggan, linebackers coach, won't be returning
12/19/17 - Warriors await National Letters of Intent Day
12/21/17 - Rolovich blows the conch shell on signing day
12/18/17 - Legi Suiaunoa and Kefense Hynson to leave Hawaii for Oregon State


Saturday, November 24, 2018

2018 High School Football

11/24/18 - St. Louis sacks Mililani 38-17 to win state championship
11/16/18 - St. Louis romps past Kahuku 49-22
11/16/18 - Mililani gets by Campbell 24-2 in Open Division semifinal
11/12/18 - Dillon Gabriel decommits from Army
11/2/18 - Mililani defeats Kahuku 27-7 to win OIA title
11/2/18 - Campbell defeats Farrington 42-26 for state playoff berth
10/27/18 - No. 1 St. Louis knocks out no. 2 Punahou 45-21
10/20/18 - Undefeated St. Francis forfeits season
10/6/18 - Campbell stuns Kahuku 28-27
9/29/18 - Kahuku stunned at home by Mililani 10-38
9/22/18 - Dillon Gabriel becomes career passing leader
9/8/18 - no. 3 Mililani taken down by no. 5 Punahou 21-43
9/7/18 - no. 1 St. Louis overwhelms no. 2 Kahuku 30-14
8/31/18 - St. John Bosco 52, Mililani 14
8/10/18 - OIA and ILH together again
8/2/18 - St. Louis is the team to beat (again)
8/1/18 - Stacked Class of 2019
7/22/18 - How the OIA-ILH alliance came about
3/9/18 - Randall Okimoto steps down as Farrington head coach
2/22/18 - ILH agreed only after pledges from Kurisu and Amemiya
2/13/18 - OIA and ILH agree to two-year pilot program of interleague play
1/23/18 - OIA will move to three tiers
1/18/18 - Kahuku names Sterling Carvalho as head coach, fifth head coach in six years


Thursday, November 01, 2018

Willie McCovey

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Willie McCovey, the sweet-swinging Hall of Famer nicknamed "Stretch" for his 6-foot-4 height and those long arms, died Wednesday. He was 80.

The San Francisco Giants announced McCovey's death, saying the fearsome hitter passed "peacefully" on Wednesday afternoon "after losing his battle with ongoing health issues."

A first baseman and left fielder, McCovey was a .270 career hitter with 521 home runs and 1,555 RBIs in 22 major league seasons, 19 of them with the Giants. He also played for the Athletics and Padres.

McCovey made his major league debut at age 21 on July 30, 1959, and played alongside the other Willie -- Hall of Famer Willie Mays -- into the 1972 season before Mays was traded to the New York Mets that May.

McCovey batted .354 with 13 homers and 38 RBIs on the way to winning the 1959 NL Rookie of the Year award. The six-time All-Star also won the 1969 NL MVP and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1986 after his first time on the ballot.

"You knew right away he wasn't an ordinary ballplayer," Hall of Famer Hank Aaron said, courtesy of the Hall of Fame. "He was so strong, and he had the gift of knowing the strike zone. There's no telling how many home runs he would have hit if those knees weren't bothering him all the time and if he played in a park other than Candlestick."

McCovey narrowly beat out Mets pitcher Tom Seaver for the 1969 MVP award. McCovey led the NL in home runs (45) and RBIs (126) for the second straight year, batting .320 while also posting NL bests with a .453 on-base percentage and .656 slugging percentage. He was walked 121 times, then drew a career-high 137 free passes the next season.

When San Francisco opened its new waterfront ballpark in 2000, the cove beyond the right-field fence was named "McCovey Cove" in appreciation of all he did for the organization. There's a statue of McCovey's likeness on the other side of the water from where those splash hits land.


Thursday, October 18, 2018

when Florida State walked off the court

By all accounts, the 1971-72 campaign was a banner season for the Florida State Seminoles. The team won a school-record 27 games and advanced to the NCAA Tournament championship, falling to John Wooden and his vaunted UCLA Bruins, 81-76. Led by All-American forward Ron King, the Seminoles eclipsed the 100-point mark seven times that year, including a 134-65 home win over Valdosta State. In the NCAAs, they beat traditional powerhouses Kentucky and North Carolina on their way to the title game against the Bruins.

But they didn’t last 10 minutes with the Hawaii Rainbows.


Sunday, October 07, 2018

brawl follows Khabib's win over McGregor

LAS VEGAS – A bout that was made when Conor McGregor attacked a bus ended with lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov leaping over the Octagon at T-Mobile Arena after a brilliant performance in the main event of UFC 229 and brawling with Dillon Danis, a member of McGregor’s team, at cageside.

Nurmagomedov submitted McGregor with a rear naked choke at 3:03 of the fourth before a melee broke out at cageside.

According to UFC broadcaster Joe Rogan, Danis was taunting Nurmagomedov from cageside, though Rogan couldn’t hear what Danis said.

A huge scrum of people got together near the Octagon, including police officers, members of both teams and members of the Nevada Athletic Commission. It was against the fence where fans were seated. Nurmagomedov and Danis exchanged punches as people attempted to separate them.

After the scrum was broken up after about 10 minutes, UFC president Dana White said to Nurmagomedov in the cage, “People are going to get arrested tonight.” Nurmagomedov responded, “Put me in jail. No problem.”

White said to Nurmagomedov, “This is what I believe: If I put this belt on you, everybody’s going to start throwing s–t into the Octagon.”

Not long after Nurmagomedov went after Danis, a man in a black T-shirt got into the Octagon and threw a least one punch at McGregor. Then, a man in a red T-shirt jumped over the cage and landed four punches on McGregor. It did not appear that McGregor ever left the cage. According to White, three members of Nurmagomedov’s team were arrested.


Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Trump vs. the NFL (and NBA)

9/10/18 - Beto O'Rourke on NFL protests
9/4/18 - Nike ad campaign features Kaepernick / backlash / Trump responds / again / a hit?
8/10/18 - Be happy, be cool!
8/8/18 - Jim Brown says he'll never kneel / What Jim Brown was and is
8/4/18 - MJ supports LJ
8/4/18 - Melania states LeBron James is working to do good things on behalf of our next generation
8/4/18 - Some NBA players respond
8/4/18 - Trump says LeBron looked smart
7/20/18 - Trump's solution to the national anthem debate
6/3/18 - Trump disinvites Philadelphia Eagles to the White House
5/24/18 - Steve Kerr comments
5/23/18 - NFL owners bow to Trump
3/3/18 - #stayinyolane
1/15/18 - NBA responds to Trump
11/22/17 - Trump calls LaVar Ball "poor man's version of Don King, but without the hair"
11/20/17 - Marshawn Lynch's mother vs. Trump
11/20/17 - Trump tweets that Marshawn Lynch should be suspended
11/19/17 - Trump's predictable response to LaVar Ball
11/18/17 - LaVar Ball comments on Trump's involvement releasing his son from China
11/17/17 - South Carolina women's basketball team won't be able to attend White House celebration
11/11/17 - Stephen Curry on the protests and veterans
10/30/17 - High School referees walk off the field to protest the protestors
10/29/17 - Houston Texans players protest owner's remarks
10/26/17 - Kennesaw State cheerleaders banned from the national anthem
10/18/17 - NFL won't force players to stand for anthem
10/17/17 - Popovich calls Trump a "soulless coward"
10/15/17 - Kaepernick files grievance against NFL owners for collusion
10/13/17 - Nate Boyer's open letter
10/10/17 - Goodell wants players to stand during anthem
10/8/17 - Pence leaves Colts game during national anthem / PR stunt?
10/1/17 - NFL protests in week 4 / Marshawn Lynch
9/29/17 - NFL wrestling on how to plot a path forward
9/27/17 - Rahm Emanuel (and others) think Trump's comments were a distraction and is dividing the nation
9/24/17 - Players who protested in week 3 (vs. week 1)
9/23/17 -  NBA players players respond / LeBronMichael JordanPopovich
9/23/17 - Trump rescinds invitation to Golden State Warriors
9/23/17 - NFL responds to Trump / Tom BradyJerry Jones
9/23/17 - Goodell: Trump shows lack of respect for the NFL (and so on)
9/22/17 - Trump says NFL owners should fire players who protest

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Sunday, August 26, 2018

Ball in the Family

[8/24/18] Four months after LaVar Ball announced his sons LaMelo and LiAngelo were quitting Lithuania’s National Basketball League with two games left in the season because “I just didn’t get along with the coach,” the BC Prienai club and coach Virjginijus Seskus are firing back — and pulling no punches.

In a press release entitled, “Big Baller Brand tried to destroy the club,” the team claimed “the club and its goals were merely a joke to the BBB, who were there only to breathe life into their dying TV show.”

Yikes. Tell us how you really feel, Lithuania.

Prienai coach Seskus on Ball family: „When our relationship got worse, we saw they were unconcerned. It looked like they were cheering for opposing team. I respect Gelo a lot – he is a good kid. But his father disturbs them to go forward.”

Coach Seskus on LaMelo: "It will be hard for him if somebody won't push him to work. He is a talent, but they're lazy. In Prienai we tried to make them eat well & healthy but they did whatever they wanted. If we didn't watch them closely, they weren't making effort in exercising"

LiAngelo, 19, averaged 12.6 points on 42.5 percent shooting in 21.7 minutes per game, mostly off the bench, over 14 appearances for Vytautas, according to The 16-year-old LaMelo appeared in just eight games, averaging 6.5 points on 26.8 percent shooting in 12.8 minutes, per RealGM. Prienai finished last and was relegated to the Lithuanian basketball league’s second division last season.


Hawaii wins World Series

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. >> After striking out his 15th batter to end the game, Hawaii’s Aukai Kea pumped his fists and let out a shout for all to hear.

Within seconds, Kea’s teammates sprinted to the pitcher’s mound to congratulate their team’s ace, hugging and pounding on him. Hawaii shut out Georgia 3-0 and Kea’s complete game sealed its berth in the Little League World Series championship.

“I just pitched my heart out,” Kea said. “Did as best I could.”

About 60 feet away, the Hawaii faithful chanted “Hon-o-lulu!” in the stands over the first-base dugout. As his home state dealt with record rainfall from Tropical Storm Lane, Kea took full note of the fans’ energy.

“When I was on the mound, I could hear them and I was like, ‘That’s why we’re here. That’s who we’re playing for. We’re playing for home, playing for Hawaii,’ ” Kea said.

After claiming the U.S championship, Hawaii will face South Korea — which beat Japan 2-1 to win the International championship — at 9 a.m. today in the LLWS championship. The game will be shown live on KITV.

The Honolulu team won the United States championship thanks to Kea’s dominant performance. He struck out 15 and didn’t allow a runner past first base. Kea and Georgia pitcher Connor Riggs-Soper were locked in a pitcher’s duel before the local kids broke through for one run in the fourth on a two-out single by pinch hitter John De la Cruz that plated Hunter Nishina.


Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Clark Kent defeats Michael Phelps

SALINAS, Calif. — Clark Kent may be Superman, but a 10-year-old boy who shares his name has the powers of Aquaman.

At the Far West International Swimming Championship Sunday, Clark Kent Apuada placed first in all seven events he swam in. But in the 100 meter butterfly, he broke a record set by Olympian Michael Phelps at the same meet back in 1995.

"Most people just call me Clark, but now, when I beat Michael Phelps' record, they start calling me Superman," he said. "I thought to myself yeah if I had positive thoughts, positive things would happen."

Saturday, July 07, 2018

Courmier KOs Miocic

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Daniel Cormier knocked out the UFC heavyweight champion, argued with a professional wrestler and left the octagon dancing with glee and perfect balance, thanks to one championship belt on each arm.

There will never be another Saturday night like it for the 39-year-old former amateur wrestler who stands on the pinnacle of the UFC.

Make that two pinnacles.

Cormier added the heavyweight championship to his light heavyweight title when he stopped Stipe Miocic in dramatic fashion during the first round of their superfight at UFC 226.

Late in a lively opening round, Cormier (21-1, 1 no-contest) abruptly flattened the UFC's long-reigning heavyweight kingpin with a right elbow out of a clinch. He finished Miocic (18-3) on the ground with 27 seconds left in the round, landing several shots to the defenseless champion's head.

Cormier became the second fighter in UFC history to hold two championship belts simultaneously. Conor McGregor was the UFC's featherweight champ in 2016 when he took the lightweight title from Eddie Alvarez.

"I was a heavyweight for a long time, and I left the division," Cormier said. "I never knew what I could become, but tonight I got the answer. I'm a two-division champion, baby!"

Cormier, a former Strikeforce heavyweight champion who moved down in weight to avoid fighting a good friend, has never lost to anyone except Jon Jones, the star-crossed former light heavyweight champion who beat him twice. The second victory last summer was changed to a no-contest when Jones failed a doping test, and he remains out of the sport.

Cormier is on top of it with less than a year to go until reaching his self-imposed retirement age of 40.

"I'm 39 years old, and I've been second many times," Cormier said. "But today, I have accomplished everything I ever wanted. From crying in this octagon almost a year ago, to leaving as the heavyweight champion."

After beating Miocic, Cormier engaged in a bit of clearly planned theatrics with Brock Lesnar, the professional wrestler and former UFC heavyweight champion. Cormier called Lesnar into the cage, and Lesnar shoved Cormier in the chest while the fighters traded insults to hype a potential future bout.

"Push me now, (and) you're going to sleep later," Cormier yelled at Lesnar. "Your days are in the past. In the stone age."

Lesnar, likely the biggest pay-per-view draw in UFC history, is widely expected to return to MMA early next year. White confirmed he'll book Cormier against Lesnar as soon as Lesnar has completed the requisite drug testing, but Cormier said he would like to defend his 205-pound title later this year before fighting Lesnar.


Wednesday, June 20, 2018

2018 NBA Draft

[6/21/18] OK, I got the NBA Draft playing on ESPN (YouTube TV on my laptop), ESPN2 (WatchESPN on my Fire tablet), NBA TV (YouTube TV on my ipad mini), Yahoo Sports (on my laptop), and CBS Sports HQ (on my laptop).  I guess I'm ready.  Shucks, I forgot to buy pizza.  ... Switch to the Roku and watch from the floor.

1. Phoenix - Deandre Ayton, C, Arizona
2. Sacramento - Marvin Bagley III, PF, Duke

Atlanta will trade the third pick to Dallas for the fifth pick and a future first round.  Atlanta will pick Doncic for Dallas.  And Dallas will pick Trae Young with the fifth pick if available.

3. Atlanta - Luka Doncic, G/F, Real Madrid
4. Memphis - Jaren Jackson Jr., PF, Michigan State
5. Dallas - Trae Young, G, Oklahoma
6. Orlando - Mohamed Bamba, C, Texas
7. Chicago - Wendell Carter, F/C, Duke
8. Cleveland - Collin Sexton, PG, Alabama
9. New York - Kevin Knox, SF, Kentucky
10. Philadelphia - Mikal Bridges, G/F, Villanova
11. Charlotte - Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, PG, Kentucky

Charlotte to trade Shai Gilgeous-Alexander to Clippers for the 12th pick and two future second round picks

12. Clippers - Miles Bridges, F, Michigan State
13. Clippers - Jerome Robinson, G, Boston College
14. Denver - Michael Porter Jr., SF, Missouri
15. Washington - Troy Brown, G/F, Oregon
16. Phoenix - Zhaire Smith, SG, Texas Tech

Philadelphia trades Mikal Bridges (no. 10) to Phoenix for Zhaire Smith (no. 16) and 2021 first-round pick.

LiAngelo undrafted

2018 NBA Draft Grades

[6/21/18] Consensus mock draft
1. Phoenix - Deandre Ayton, C, Arizona
2. Sacramento - Marvin Bagley III, PF, Duke
3. Atlanta - Luka Doncic, G/F, Real Madrid
4. Memphis - Jaren Jackson Jr., PF, Michigan State
5. Dallas - Mohamed Bamba, C/F, Texas
6. Orlando - Trae Young, G, Oklahoma
7. Chicago - Michael Porter Jr., SF, Missouri
8. Cleveland - Wendell Carter, F/C, Duke
9. New York - Collin Sexton, PG, Alabama
10. Philadelphia - Mikal Bridges, G/F, Villanova
11. Charlotte - Kevin Knox, F, Kentucky
12. Clippers - Lonnie Walker, G/F, Miami
13. Clippers - Robert Williams, C, Texas A&M / Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, PG, Kentucky
14. Denver - Miles Bridges, F, Michigan State

[6/21/18] Business Insider

[6/21/18] Yahoo 4.0

1. Phoenix - Deandre Ayton, C, Arizona
2. Sacramento - Marvin Bagley III, F, Duke
3. Atlanta - Luka Doncic, G/F, Real Madrid
4. Memphis - Michael Porter Jr., F, Missouri
5. Dallas - Mohamed Bamba, C, Texas
6. Orlando - Jaren Jackson Jr., F, Michigan State
7. Chicago - Wendell Carter, C, Duke
8. Cleveland - Trae Young, PG, Oklahoma
9. New York - Kevin Knox, F, Kentucky
10. Philadelphia - Mikal Bridges, G/F, Villanova
11. Charlotte - Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, PG, Kentucky
12. Clippers - Collin Sexton, PG, Alabama
13. Clippers - Lonnie Walker, G/F, Miami
14. Denver - Miles Bridges, F, Michigan State
15. Washington - Robert Williams, C, Texas A&M /

[6/18/18] David Aldridge mock draft

1. Phoenix - Deandre Ayton, C, Arizona
2. Sacramento - Luka Doncic, G/F, Real Madrid
3. Atlanta - Marvin Bagley III, F, Duke
4. Memphis - Trae Young, G, Oklahoma
5. Dallas - Jaren Jackson Jr., F/C, Michigan State
6. Orlando - Collin Sexton, G, Alabama
7. Chicago - Mohamed Bamba, C/F, Texas
8. Cleveland - Wendell Carter, C/F, Duke
9. New York - Michael Porter Jr., F, Missouri
10. Philadelphia - Mikal Bridges, F, Villanova
11. Charlotte - Kevin Knox, F, Kentucky
12. Clippers - Lonnie Walker, G/F, Miami
13. Clippers - Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, G, Kentucky
14. Denver - Miles Bridges, F, Michigan State
15. Washington - Robert Williams, C, Texas A&M


Saturday, June 16, 2018

June Jones headed to Canada

[7/22/18] Manziel traded to Montreal

[6/16/18] Hamilton Tiger-Cats begin season with Manziel on the bench


[8/2/17] Former University of Hawaii head football coach June Jones has been named the assistant head coach of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League.

“It’ll be fun,” Jones told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser this morning.

Jones said he departs for Canada on Thursday night.

He will remain as the athletic director of development for Saint Louis School, a position he began in December.

Ryan Blangiardi, who was named associate athletic director two weeks ago, will continue to handle the day-to-day operations at Saint Louis.

Jones was UH’s head coach from 1999 through the Warriors’ 2008 Sugar Bowl appearance.

[8/24/17] June Jones promoted to head coach after three weeks on the job

[8/28/17] Art Briles to join Hamilton staff

[8/29/17] Art Briles will not be joining Hamilton staff

[8/29/17] Hamilton worked out Johnny Manziel (but it didn't work out)

[9/14/17] June Jones, 2-0

[12/28/17] CFL opens door for Johnny Manziel

[5/19/18] Johnny Manziel signs with Hamilton (and June Jones)

[5/26/18] Manziel is only the latest project for June Jones


Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Jim Leahey retires

Jim Leahey, who painted a vivid word picture of Hawaii sports for listeners over 60 years as the state’s most recognizable radio and television broadcaster, confirmed his retirement.

“Yes, it is official,” Leahey, 75, told the Star-Advertiser today.
Leahey first disclosed his intention over the weekend at a roast for long-time boss and broadcast partner Rick Blangiardi.

“I just want to quietly go away,” said Leahey, whose final segments behind the mic came as the play-by-play broadcaster for University of Hawaii baseball on KKEA radio last month.

“I enjoyed working with Josh Pacheco and Scottie Robbs, but I’m 75 years old now and don’t want to take a position from guys who are coming up and working hard,” Leahey said after conferring with his wife, Toni.

“It has been a lot of seasons, a lot of memories,” said Leahey, who began working alongside his father, Chuck, in the 1960s and later teamed up with his son, Kanoa.

In the course of a career that saw him alternate between radio and TV — and sometimes do simulcasts across both platforms — Leahey has appeared on KGMB, KIKU, KHNL, KITV, KHET and cable. He also did preseason NFL Seahawks games for a Seattle station.

When Blangiardi took over independent station KIKU (which became KHNL) and masterminded a deal to televise UH sports on a scale of more than 100 events a year, he hired Leahey to do play-by-play. “Some years I was doing as many as seven different UH sports a year,” Leahey said. “It was great.”

A highlight? “The 56-14 victory over Brigham Young (in 1989),” said Leahey said. “BYU came in arrogant, as always. After what was it —not winning for 10 straight years against BYU? — damn that was good. I think it was the best game that UH ever played. The sound, the excitement of that crowd, is something you’ll always remember.”

In his call of the game, Leahey exclaimed, “This is better than statehood!


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Monday, May 21, 2018

Bruno Sammartino

Bruno Sammartino, an Italian immigrant who was heavyweight champion of the World Wide Wrestling Federation for a record 11 years in the 1960s and ′70s, long before the federation admitted that its matches were scripted and largely choreographed entertainment shows, died on Wednesday at 82.

His death was announced on the website of WWE, the organization also known as World Wrestling Entertainment, a successor of the World Wide Wrestling Federation. No other details were provided, but a family friend and former wrestling announcer, Christopher Cruise, told The Associated Press that Sammartino had been hospitalized for two months. Sammartino lived in Pittsburgh.

In an era when the sports world, except for some die-hard wrestling fans, knew that professional matches were staged dramatizations, with heroes and villains, story lines and beefcake actors shamming the violence, Sammartino was one of the most popular performers in the business. He wrestled in Australia, Spain, Mexico, Canada and Japan, and often drew gates of 20,000 at Madison Square Garden, where he had more than 200 matches.

Unlike many heavies on the pro wrestling circuits, he was a soft-spoken, gentlemanly connoisseur of grand opera, especially Verdi. And for one who had bench-pressed 565 pounds as an amateur, he was relatively small: under 6 feet tall and a trim 260 or 270 pounds, with bulging pectorals and biceps and a big head. He looked tiny beside giant rivals like Haystacks Calhoun, who topped 600 pounds.

He sometimes made $150,000 a year, headlining cards featuring the “bad guys” — Killer Kowalski, Hans Mortier, Waldo von Erich, Ivan Koloff, Gorilla Monsoon, Professor Toro Tanaka and George (the Animal) Steele. Feuds and insults fueled the publicity hype, and outrages in the ring sent crowds wild. Every wrestler had a gimmick: ethnicity or nationality, the personas of cowboys, lumberjacks or farmers, and sports reporters went along with the fun.

In 1959, Sammartino signed a $250-a-week contract with Capitol Pro Wrestling, owned by Mr. McMahon and Joseph Mondt, and wrestled in Pennsylvania, New York and other states. Mr. McMahon and Mr. Mondt later formed the World Wide Wrestling Federation and awarded its heavyweight title to “Nature Boy” Buddy Rogers in April 1963.

A month later, Sammartino faced Rogers at Madison Square Garden for the title. Rogers was supposed to win. But in a story often told in wrestling circles, Sammartino broke the bad news to him in the ring.

“We can do this the easy way, or the hard way,” Sammartino said. He pinned Rogers in 48 seconds, launching his championship career.

After his second reign ended in 1977, he wrestled on tours. He retired in 1981 from full-time professional wrestling, although he later appeared in exhibition matches. In 2013, he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. He had declined induction several times, dissatisfied with what he called lurid story lines, over-the-top theatrics and drug and steroid abuse by professional wrestlers.


Thursday, April 26, 2018

NFL Draft 2018

[4/26/18]  The draft begins.

1.  Cleveland Browns - Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
2.  New York Giants - Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
3.  New York Jets - Sam Darnold, QB, USC
4.  Cleveland Browns - Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State
5.  Denver Broncos - Bradley Chubb, DE, North Carolina State
6.  Indianapolis Colts - Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame

Buffalo Bills trade their first round pick (no. 12) and two second round picks to Tampa Bay for Tampa Bay's first round pick (no. 7) and eight round pick

7.  Buffalo Bills - Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
8.  Chicago Bears - Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
9.  San Francisco 49ers - Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame

Arizona Cardinals trade their first round pick (no. 15), third round pick, fifth round pick for Oakland's first round pick (no. 10) and pick...

10.  Arizona Cardinals - Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
11.  Miami Dolphins - Minkah Fitzpatrick, S, Alabama
12.  Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Vita Vea, DL, Washington
13.  Washington Redskins - Da'Ron Payne, DT, Alabama

New Orleans trades first round pick (no. 27), no. 147, 2019 first round pick to Green Bay for first round pick (no. 14).

14.  New Orleans Saints - Marcus Davenport, DE, UT San Antonio
15.  Oakland Raiders - Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA

Buffalo trades first round pick (no. 22) and 2018 third round to first round pick for Baltimore's first round pick (no. 16)

16.  Buffalo Bills - Tremaine Edmunds, LP, Virginia Tech
17.  Los Angeles Chargers - Derwin James, S, Florida State

Green Bay trades with Seattle for first round pick (no. 18) and seventh round (no. 248) for first round pick (no. 27), third round (no. 76), sixth round (no. 186)

18.  Green Bay Packers - Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville
19.  Dallas Cowboys - Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State
20.  Detroit Lions - Frank Ragnow, C, Arkansas
21.  Cincinnati Bengals - Billy Price, C, Ohio State

Tennessee acquires Baltimore's first round pick (no. 22) and sixth round (215) for first round (25) and fourth round (125)

22.  Tennessee Titans - Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama
23.  New England Patriots - Isaiah Wynn, OL, Georgia
24.  Carolina Panthers - D.J. Moore, WR, Maryland
25.  Baltimore Ravens - Hayden Hurst, TE, South Carolina
26.  Atlanta Falcons - Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
27.  Seattle Seahawks - Rashaad Penny, RB, San Diego State
28.  Pittsburgh Steelers - Terrell Edmunds, S, Virginia Tech
29.  Jacksonville Jaguars - Taven Bryan, DL, Florida
30.  Minnesota Vikings - Mike Hughes, CB, Central Florida
31.  New England Patriots - Sony Michel, RB, Georgia

Baltimore acquires Philadelphia's first round pick

32.  Baltimore Ravens - Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville

Bleacher Report grades


4/26/18 - La Canfora mock draft: Mayfield, Barkley, Darnold, Chubb, Rosen, Josh Allen, Derwin James, Quenton Nelson, Roquan Smith, Tremaine Edmunds

4/26/18 - Daniel Jeremiah's final mock draft:  Mayfield, Barkley, Darnold, Josh Allen, Quenton Nelson, Bradley Chubb, Derwin James, Roquan Smith, McGlinchey, Fitzpatrick

3/22/18 - PFW mock draft 1.0:  Baker Mayfield no. 3, Derwin James no. 4?, Saquon Barkley no. 7?, Josh Allen no. 12?

3/22/18 - CBS mock draft has Josh Allen no. 1, Saquon Barkley no. 6, Baker Mayfield no. 9 to Giants