Sunday, August 18, 2019

Miocic reclaims belt from Cormier

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Stipe Miocic waited over a year to face Daniel Cormier again, and his plan for the rematch didn't start to work until they were deep in the fourth round.

That's when the patient, determined firefighter from Cleveland finally got his revenge -- and suddenly reclaimed his UFC heavyweight title.

Miocic stopped Cormier with a barrage of punches in the fourth, taking back his championship belt with a comeback victory at UFC 241 on Saturday night.

Miocic (19-3) lost the first two rounds on every judge's scorecard in his rematch with the 40-year-old Cormier (22-2). After making some progress in the third, Miocic steadily came forward through Cormier's blows in the fourth and finally hurt the champion with a punch to the body.

Miocic then landed several powerhouse right hands to Cormier's head, buckling his knees and eventually forcing referee Herb Dean to stop the fight with 51 seconds left in the fourth round. The 6-foot-5 behemoth leaped onto the wall of the cage and celebrated with fans still stunned by the fight's sudden turn.

"I saw some weakness in that third round," Miocic said. "And then in that fourth round, I caught him with that right hand. Thank God, because he's tough."

Miocic reigned as the UFC's heavyweight champion for 26 months, and he defended his belt a UFC-record three consecutive times before Cormier dethroned him in July 2018 with a first-round stoppage victory. Despite Cormier's decisive victory, Miocic campaigned for a rematch and eventually received it when Cormier said he "deserved it."

Cormier's quick hands were the difference early in the rematch. The 5-foot-11 Cormier also picked up his much larger opponent and slammed him onto the canvas during the first round, showing off the elite athleticism lurking in his dad bod.

"He got hit with everything but the kitchen sink, and he managed to stay in the fight," UFC President Dana White said of Miocic.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Aloha Stadium top 10 memories

When the Los Angeles Rams and Dallas Cowboys meet on Saturday, it will be nearly 43 years to the day since the only other time NFL teams played a preseason game at Aloha Stadium. A crowd of 36,364 showed up on Aug. 21, 1976 to see the 49ers edge the Chargers 17-16.

When tickets quickly sold out for this Saturday’s exhibition, it seemed a good time to rank the biggest games in the history of Aloha Stadium, which has been open since 1975. So the Star-Advertiser sports staff voted on the most memorable sports events ever staged at the 50,000-seat Halawa facility.

Not surprisingly, seven of the top 10 are University of Hawaii football games. Just one of the top 10 — the Major League Baseball series between the San Diego Padres and St. Louis Cardinals — is not a football game.

More than half of the voters chose UH’s victory over Washington to cap the 2007 undefeated regular season as No. 1. That game had importance (the win put the Warriors in the Sugar Bowl) and drama (Ryan Mouton’s last-minute interception sealed a comeback victory).

“It was surreal, and honestly if it weren’t for Gerard Lewis tipping the pass I wouldn’t have been able to make a play on the ball.” said Mouton, who grew up in Texas as a Cowboys fan. “Being able to have that sellout crowd and have them behind us the entire game as we completed the comeback is one of the best feelings ever. I can still hear the roar of the fans and I have this picture that I keep of all the fans cheering and raising their hands after I caught that interception.”

1. PERFECTION

Dec. 1, 2007 (49,566)

Hawaii 35, Washington 28

It was a fitting end to Hawaii’s 2007 football season. As they had four times earlier in the season, the Warriors fell behind early or had to come back late. This time, the Huskies — UH’s only regular-season opponent from a major conference — took a 21-0 lead in the first quarter. But Colt Brennan, who would finish third in the Heisman Trophy voting, threw five touchdown passes, four to Jason Rivers. The fifth was to Ryan Grice-Mullins with 44 seconds left.

Washington then got to the Hawaii 4. But after Solomon Elimimian stopped Jake Locker for a 2-yard loss, Ryan Mouton intercepted Locker’s pass in the end zone with three seconds left.

The victory propelled Hawaii — the only unbeaten Division I (FBS) team — to its first and to this date only New Year’s Day bowl game

2. FINALLY

Oct. 28, 1989 (46,841)

Hawaii 56, BYU 14

More than a decade of futility against the Cougars ended emphatically. The Rainbows scored on their first five possessions, with Garrett Gabriel completing 14 of his first 15 passes.

Gabriel threw for a then-school-record 440 yards, and Chris Roscoe caught eight passes for 158 yards as UH deviated from its usual flexbone running offense.

“We knew how the defense was going to line up and it was nothing tricky,” Gabriel said.

Hawaii amassed 622 yards against BYU, which had won the previous 10 meetings of the Western Athletic Conference teams.

“We could have scored 70 points tonight,” said UH safety Walter Briggs, who intercepted two Ty Detmer passes.

5. BCS BUSTER

Dec. 8, 2001 (46,958)

Hawaii 72, BYU 45

Both teams came into this game feeling disrespected — BYU because it was undefeated and feeling left out of the BCS picture, the Warriors because BYU seemed to be looking past them. Plus, UH was 8-3 and shut out of the bowl picture completely.

Hawaii was much, much better at proving its point. Nick Rolovich continued his torrid late-season run, throwing eight touchdown passes to total 20 in his last three games. Freshman Chad Owens ran wild, returning both a kickoff and a punt for touchdowns, and totaling an NCAA-record 342 return yards.

Pisa Tinoisamoa’s crushing goal-line tackle of quarterback Brandon Doman as the first half ended with Hawaii leading 31-10 deflated BYU’s hopes for a comeback. When Craig Stutzmann punted the pigskin into the stands after his TD reception made it 52-24, there was really no need to put another ball in play — even with nearly 19 minutes left.

The fact that a sizzling Hawaii team with a 9-3 record had no bowl in which to play led to the creation of the Hawaii Bowl.

Thursday, August 08, 2019

Friday, August 02, 2019

2019 High School Football

8/2/19 - St. Louis reloads
8/1/19 - Despite exodus, Punahou still has talent
7/31/19 - Campbell is a machine on offense
7/30/19 - Mililani has a tough schedule
7/28/19 - Kamehameha is going to play fast-break football
7/29/19 - Kahuku hoping to stay healthy
7/27./19 - Waipahu continues to ascend
7/26/19 - Lahainaluna endure change at top
7/25/19 - Hilo ready to make another title run
7/24/19 - Iolani aims to be special
7/23/19 - St. Louis ranked no. 11 in MaxPreps poll
3/7/19 - St. Louis to play Bishop Gorman at inaugural Aloha Football Classic

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

NBA transactions 2019-2020 / NBA draft

8/3/19 - Draymond Green signs four-year, $100 million extension
8/1/19 - Lance Stephenson signs with Liaoning (China) for $4 million
7/31/19 - C.J. McCollum agrees to three-year $100 million extension
7/24/19 - Pau Gasol to sign with Portland
7/22/19 - Tim Duncan to rejoin Spurs as assistant coach
7/20/19 - Kyle Korver signs with Milwaukee
7/12/19 - Tyson Chandler agrees to one-year deal with Rockets
7/11/19 - Oklahoma City trades Russell Westbrook to Houston for Chris Paul, 2024 first round pick, 2026 first round pick, and pick swaps in 2021 and 2025
7/11/19 - Kelly Oubre to return to Phoenix for $30 million, two years
7/11/19 - Marcus Morris headed to New York instead of San Antonio for $15 million / Spurs signs Trey Lyles instead
7/8/19 - LeBron to move to point guard
7/8/19 - Jabari Parker signs with Atlanta for $13 million, two years
7/8/19 - Jerami Grant traded from Oklahoma City to Denver for 2020 first round pick
7/8/19 - Lakers have become nearly unbeatable with the signing of Avery Bradley for $9.7 million, two years
7/8/19 - JaMychal Green re-signs with Clippers for $10 million, two years
7/9/19 - Alec Burks leaves Oklahoma City for Golden State who is trading Damian Jones to Atlanta for Omari Spellman
7/6/19 - Marcus Morris headed from Boston to San Antonio for $20 million, two years
7/6/19 - After being rejected by Kawhi, Lakers sign DeMarcus Cousins ($3.5 million), Danny Green, Quinn Cook, Rajon Rondo ($2.6 million, two years)
7/6/19 - Clippers to acquire Paul George from Oklahoma City for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Danilo Gallinari, and at least four first-round picks (five)
7/6/19 - Kawhi Leonard decides on Clippers for $140.6 million, four years
7/5/19 - Wizards trade Dwight Howard to Memphis for C.J. Miles
7/4/19 - Boban headed to Dallas
7/3/19 - Jimmer leaves Golden State
7/3/19 - Phoenix trades Josh Jackson, De'Anthony Melton, 2020 second-round pick, 2021 conditional second-round pick to Memphis for Kyle Korver and Jevon Carter
7/3/19 - Markieff Morris to sign with Detroit for two years
7/3/19 - Jake Layman leaves Portland for Minnesota for $11.5 million, three years
7/3/19 - Memphis trades Chandler Parsons to Atlanta for Solomon Hill and Miles Plumlee
7/2/19 - Willie Cauley-Stein to join Warriors
7/2/19 - Noah Vonley to Minnesota for $2 million
7/2/19 - Jared Dudley to join Lakers for $2.6 million
7/2/19 - Luke Kornet from Knicks to Bulls
7/2/19 - Jeff Green to Utah for $2.5 million
7/2/19 - Glenn Robinson to Golden State on two-year deal

7/1/19 - July 1 roundup
7/1/19 - Knicks sign Elfrid Payton for $16 million, two years
7/1/19 - Isaiah Thomas joining Wizards on one year deal
7/1/19 - Boston adds Enes Kanter for $10 million, 2 years
7/1/19 - Seth Curry signs with Dallas for $32 million, four years
7/1/19 - Miami trades Hassan Whiteside to Portland for Mo Harkless and Meyers Leonard / Harkless on his way to Clippers / and now Goran Dragic to stay with Miami
7/1/19 - Kevon Looney returning to Golden State for $15 million, three years
7/1/19 - Jordan Bell agrees to join Timberwolves for one year, $1.6 million
7/1/19 - Troy Daniels signs with Lakers for one year, $2.1 million
7/1/19 - Corey Joseph signs with Sacramento for $37 million, three years
7/1/19 - Shabazz Napier and Treveon Graham on the move to Minnesota
7/1/19 - Frank Kaminsky to sign with Suns for $10 million, two years
7/1/19 - Iguodala to sign with the Lakers?
7/1/19 - Barea to stay in Dallas for another year
7/1/19 - Wesley Matthew signing with Milwaukee for the minimum
7/1/19 - Austin Rivers to return to Houston with a 1+1 contract
7/1/19 - Patrick Beverly turns down Kings to return to Clippers for $40 million, three years
7/1/19 - Reggie Bullock signs with Knicks for $21 million, two years

6/30/19 - Winners and losers from day 1
6/30/19 - New Orleans trades assets to Utah for Derrick Favors
6/30/19 - Bobby Portis to sign with Knicks for $31 million, two years
6/30/19 - Jamal Murray agrees to $170 million, five year extension with Denver
6/30/19 - Golden State to acquire D'Angelo Russell from Brooklyn for $117 million, four years
6/30/19 - Golden State trading Andre Iguodala and draft picks to Memphis
6/30/19 - Patrick Beverly to remain with Clippers for $40 million, three years
6/30/19 - Al Horford headed to Philadelphia from Boston for $109 million, four years
6/30/19 - Jimmy Butler reportedly headed to Miami from Philadelphia, Josh Richardson headed to Philadelphia from Miami, Goran Dragic headed from Miami to Dallas
6/30/19 - J.J. Redick leaves Philadelphia for New Orleans for $25.6 million, two years
6/30/19 - DeMarre Carroll agrees to join Spurs for $12 million, 2 years
6/30/19 - Khris Middleton to remain with Bucks for five years, $178 million
6/30/19 - Terry Rozier headed from Boston to Charlotte for three years, $58 million
6/30/19 - Tobias Harris to re-sign with Philadelphia for $180 million, 5 years
6/30/19 - Rodney Hood agrees to return to Portland for 2 years, $16 million (or $11.7 million)
6/30/19 - Jeremy Lamb leaves Charlotte for Indiana for $31.5 million, three years
6/30/19 - Milwaukee re-signing George Hill for $29 million, three years
6/30/19 - Milwaukee signs Malcolm Brogdon for four years, $86 million then trades him to Indiana for a first round and two second round picks
6/30/19 - Bojan Bogdanovic headed from Indiana to Utah for $73 million, four years
6/30/19 - Ricky Rubio signs with Phoenix for $51 million, three years
Jeremy Lamb
6/30/19 - Terrence Ross re-signing with Orlando for $54 million, four years / Orlando also signs Al-Farouq Aminu away from Portland for $29 million, three years
6/30/19 - Rudy Gay returning to San Antonio for $32 million, two years
6/30/19 - Milwaukee signs Robin Lopez too
6/30/19 - Milwaukee re-signs Brook Lopez for four years, $52 million
6/30/19 - Damian Lillard to re-sign with Portland for five years, $196 million
6/30/19 - Thaddeus Young signs with Chicago for $41 million, 3 years
6/30/19 - Trevor Ariza to sign with Sacramento for $25 million, 2 years
6/30/19 - DeAndre Jordan to join Kyrie and Durant in Brooklyn for $40 million, four years
6/30/19 - Kevin Durant to depart Golden State for Brooklyn
6/30/19 - Kemba Walker to sign with Celtics for $141 million, four years
6/30/19 - Derrick Rose to sign with Detroit for $15 million, two years
6/30/19 - Dallas wraps up Kristaps Porzingas for $158 million, five years
6/30/19 - Knicks signs Julius Randle for $63 million, three years and Taj Gibson for $20 million, two years
6/30/19 - Harrison Barnes to stay with Sacramento for $85 million, four years
6/30/19 - Valanciunas to return to Memphis for $45 million, three years

2019 free agent tracker

6/29/19 - Denver picks up $30 million option to retain Paul Millsap
6/29/19 - Vucevic to remain with Orlando for $100 million, four years
6/29/19 - Klay Thompson to remain with Warriors for five years, $189.6 million
6/29/19 - Darren Collison surprisingly retires instead of joining the Bulls
6/28/19 - Lakers trade Mo Wagner, Isaac Bonga, Jemarrio Jones, and 2022 second-rounder to Wizards to open up cap space
6/24/19 - Portland trades Evan Turner to Atlanta for Kent Bazemore

NBA draft winners and losers

undraftedTaco Fall
44 - Miami (to Denver) Bol Bol, C, Oregon

30 - Milwaukee (to Detroit to Cleveland) - Kevin Porter Jr., SG, USC
29 - San Antonio - Keldon Johnson, SF, Kentucky
28 - Golden State - Jordan Poole, SG, Michigan
27 - Brooklyn (to Clippers) - Mifondu Kabengele, C, Florida State
26 - Cleveland - Dylan Windler, SF, Belmont
25 -  Portland - Nassir Little, SF, North Carolina
Boston to trade Jerome to Phoenix for future first rounder
24 - Philadelphia (to Boston) - Ty Jerome, PG, Virginia
23 - Utah (to Memphis to Oklahoma City) - Darius Bazley, SF, United States
22.  Boston - Grant Williams, PF, Tennessee
21.  Oklahoma City (to Memphis) - Brandon Clarke, PF, Gonzaga
Oklahoma City trades 21 to Memphis for 23 and a future pick
20.  Boston (to Philadelphia) - Matisse Thybulle, SF, Washington
Philadelphia trades 24th pick and 33rd pick for Boston's 20th pick
19.  San Antonio - Luka Samanic, PF, Croatia
18.  Indiana - Goga Bitadze, C, Georgia
17.  Brooklyn (to Atlanta to New Orleans) - Nickeil Alexander-Walker, SG, Virginia Tech
16.  Orlando - Chuma Okeke, PF, Auburn
15.  Detroit - Sekou Doumbouya, PF, France
14.  Boston - Romeo Langford, SG, Indiana
13.  Miami - Tyler Herro, SG, Kentucky
12.  Charlotte - P.J. Washington, PF, Kentucky
11.  Minnesota (to Phoenix) - Cameron Johnson, SF, North Carolina
10.  Atlanta - Cam Reddish, SF, Duke
9.  Washington - Rui Hachimura, PF, Gonzaga
8.  Atlanta (to New Orleans) - Jaxson Hayes, C, Texas
7.  Chicago - Coby White, PG, North Carolina
6.  Phoenix (to Minnesota) - Jarrett Culver, SG, Texas Tech
5.  Cleveland - Darius Garland, PG, Vanderbilt
4.  Lakers (to New Orleans to Atlanta) - De'Andre Hunter, F, Virginia
3.  New York - R.J. Barrett, SG, Duke
2.  Memphis - Ja Morant, PG, Murray State
1.  New Orleans - Zion Williamson, PF, Duke

6/20/19 - Minnesota trades no. 11 pick and Dario Saric to Suns for no. 6 pick
6/20/19 - Suns trade T.J. Warren and no. 32 pick to Indiana for cash
6/20/19 - New Orleans to send no. 4 pick, Solomon Hill, no. 57 pick, future second-rounder to Atlanta for no. 8 pick, no. 17 pick, no. 35 pick.
6/19/19 - Mike Conley traded from Memphis to Utah for Jae Crowder, Kyle Korver, Grayson Allen, 23rd pick and future first rounder
6/18/19 - Houston reportedly shopped Chris Paul
6/15/19 - Anthony Davis traded from New Orleans to Lakers for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, and three first-round picks (including no.4 this year) / oops
6/11/19 - Memphis to hire Bucks assistant Taylor Jenkins as head coach
6/7/19 - Nets to trade Allen Crabbe (and his $18.5 million salary), 2019 first round pick, 2020 first round pick (lottery-protected) to Atlanta for Taurean Prince and a 2021 second round pick
5/22/19 - Michigan hires Juwan Howard as head coach in five-year deal
5/13/19 - Michigan Wolverines' ​John Beilein has agreed to a five-year deal to become the next coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers
5/11/19 - Frank Vogel agrees to become Lakers head coach / Jason Kidd to join Lakers as assistant
5/4/19 - Monty Williams agrees to become Suns head coach

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

2019 Hawaii Rainbow Warrior Football

7/23/19 - Kaimana Padello is the ambassador
7/23/19 - MWC Media Day - Hawaii media guide released
7/23/19 - Hawaii picked for fourth in MWC West
7/21/19 - Cole McDonald's tattoo / position-by-position preview
5/24/19 - It could be Hawaii vs. BYU on Christmas Eve
5/11/19 - Mark Blocker, Lawndale (California), joining Hawaii's team
4/12/19 - Eliki Tanuvasa granted hardship waiver and will be allowed to play for Hawaii
4/8/19 - Nalu Ferguson, DB (Kahuku) signs with Hawaii
4/5/19 - Former coaches attend practice
3/29/19 - Spring practice: five storylines
3/26/19 - Spring ball: position-by-position
3/19/19 - Shawn "Kamali'i" Akina headed to Hawaii
2/6/19 - Signing Day / Rolovich comments / the second wave
2/5/19 - Hawaii has a challenging 2019 schedule
2/5/19 - Tavion Allen, DB (Scottsdale CC), Djuan Matthews, DL (Blinn College) to sign with Hawaii
1/31/19 - Caden Hilborn, DL/OL (Highland High, Salt Lake City, Utah) commits to Hawaii
1/18/19 - Boone Abbott, QB (American Fork High, Utah), accepts offer from Hawaii
1/15/19 - Grey Ihu (Pac-Five) joins Warriors
1/13/19 - Chance Kalaugher will switch from basketball to football
1/11/19 - Parker Higgins (Kaiser) transfers to Hawaii from Arizona State
1/9/19 - Rolovich agrees to two-year contract extension
1/6/19 - Eliki Tanuvasa (Saint Louis) comes home
1/2/19 - Moussa leaving for Junior College
12/31/18 - Warriors looking ahead

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Jimo (aka Jimmer)

[1/30/17] Jimmer Fredette is a sensation again. He hadn’t expected this to happen, certainly not in Shanghai, where he signed to play for one of the Chinese Basketball Association’s worst teams. But then came the 40-point nights, Shanghai’s unexpected rise from the bottom to the top and another group of fans halfway around the world was chanting his name.

“Jimo. Jimo. Jimo.”

There is no Chinese way to say “Jimmer,” his translator told him. They are using the word that sounds closest.

It means “lonely,” the translator added.

At first, Fredette was disappointed.

“I thought, ‘Lonely? That’s kind of depressing,’ ” he told The Vertical.

But the translator went on to explain that the conversion from Mandarin to English is not perfect, that the fans were not chanting “lonely” but rather something like “loneliness master” or “loneliness god.” They were saying he stood at such a high level, alone at the top, that he had no enemies. He was, in a sense, the very best.

It shouldn’t be a shock that he has become a sensation in Shanghai, averaging a league-leading 37 points per game. His story in America was always larger-than-life. Why wouldn’t it be the same in China? While he is hardly the first NBA player to go there and score lots of points, he is one of the few who has made a difference in his city. He has done more than make baskets. He has helped turn one of the CBA’s worst teams into the best. And many must have wondered if that were possible.

The Shanghai Sharks have not been good for a long time, making the playoffs just three times since winning the league in 2002. Last season, they finished in a three-way tie for 10th in a 20-team league. Financial problems almost drove them out of business in 2009, surviving only when Yao Ming stepped in to run the franchise. That the Sharks are now 25-6 and tied for first with only a handful of games left in the regular season is something of a miracle. A big reason for that turnaround is Fredette.

*** [3/16/17 posted]

Jimmer named MVP in China / what now?

*** [11/9/17]

Jimmer is averaging 38.6 in China (good for third place)

*** 6/1/18

Jimmer would love another chance at the NBA (after another year in China)

[7/10/19] Jimmer's NBA career begins and ends in Sacramento

[7/10/19] Jimmer signs two-year contract with Greek team Panathinaikos

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Yankees sign The Martian

In the tight-knit world of baseball in the Dominican Republic, the legend of the kid spread quickly. He was a switch-hitter with world-class speed, an arm nobody would challenge and the body of a man. Someone called him El Marciano, and the nickname stuck. The Martian, it meant. Because there was no way he was from this world.

The praise for Jasson Dominguez started when he was barely a teenager, and it abounds still. And come this Tuesday, when he is expected to formalize a deal with the New York Yankees that includes a $5 million signing bonus, the 16-year-old center fielder instantaneously will become the most fascinating prospect for the game's most storied team, his debut next year eagerly anticipated by those who haven't seen him as well as by those who have.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

2020 University of Hawaii Football commitments

6/30/19 - Matthew Shipley, K, Liberty Hill High, Texas to sign with Hawaii
6/18/19 - Kilohana Haasenritter, WR, Hilo High, accepts offer from Hawaii
6/10/19 - Jake Tuatagaloa, OL, Mililani, commits to Hawaii
5/9/19 - Ezra Evaimalo, DE, Kamehameha, orally commits to Hawaii for 2020
1/24/19 - Tamatoa Mokiao-Atimalala, DB/WR, Campbell commits to Hawaii

Friday, June 28, 2019

Michelle Wie taking the rest of the year off

JUPITER, Fla. >> Michelle Wie says she’ll take a break for the rest of the year to try to get healthy.

Wie had surgery on her right hand in October and tried to return in February, completing one tournament. She sat out a month and returned to the LPGA Tour’s first major and to her hometown event in Hawaii, both times missing the cut. After withdrawing from the U.S. Women’s Open, the 29-year-old Wie played in the Women’s PGA Championship at Hazeltine National and shot rounds of 84-82.

In a tweet today, Wie says, “After doing everything I could to play this year, I have made the decision to take the rest of the year off from competitive golf.” She says that will be her best chance to “finally get healthy.”

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

2018-19 Hawai‘i Athletics Season In Review

The 2018-19 University of Hawai'i athletics season featured success from its student-athletes and teams both on the playing field and in the classroom. The year was highlighted by seven team and nine individual postseason appearances.

Post-season appearances (Team):

The Rainbow Warrior football team qualified for the 2018 SoFi Hawaiʻi Bowl, its 12th all-time bowl appearance and second in three seasons under head coach Nick Rolovich.

The women's volleyball team earned an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament for their 37th overall and 26th consecutive appearance.

The Rainbow Wahine basketball team received an automatic bid into the Women's National Invitation Tournament after finishing as the Big West runner-up in the conference tournament.

The beach volleyball team became one of just five teams to appear in all four NCAA tournaments.

The coed sailing team advanced to its sixth ICSA Coed National Championships in the last seven years. It was UH's 18th all-time bid into the national championship.

The women's water polo team earned the Big West's automatic bid into the NCAA tournament after winning the BWC Tournament. It marked the program's sixth NCAA Tournament appearance and first since 2015.

The men's volleyball team earned the Big West's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament after capturing the 2019 BWC title. It was the Rainbow Warriors sixth NCAA Tournament appearance, and third in the last five years.

[and more]

Monday, June 24, 2019

NBA Awards 2018-2019

The NBA’s elite turned up in Los Angeles to see Shaquille O’Neal rap and the NBA’s major awards handed out, capping off a wild year in the league.

Defensive Player of the Year: Rudy Gobert (over Giannis Antetokounmpo and Paul George)

Coach of the Year: Mike Budenholzer (over Nick Nurse and Doc Rivers)

Sixth Man of the Year: Lou Williams (over Montrezl Harrell and Domantas Sabonis)

Most Improved Player: Pascal Siakam (over D'Angelo Russell, De'Aron Fox, Derrick Rose)

Rookie of the Year: Luca Doncic (over Trae Young and Deandre Ayton)

where's the rest?

Most Valuable Player: Giannis Antetokounmpo (over Paul George, James Harden)

***

jaw-dropping moments

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Linsanity

[6/15/19] Jeremy Lin predicted his championship fate in 2013

[2/22/19] Jeremy Lin: Miracle from God

[12/15/16] D'Antoni remembers Linsanity

[10/27/16] Second act for Jeremy Lin and Kenny Atkinson

[4/29/16] Jeremy Lin's impact in Charlotte on NBA GameTime

[4/21/16] Jeremy Lin, solid NBA player

[3/22/16] Jeremy Lin, role player

[10/31/15] Lin finds ideal locale in low-key Charlotte

[9/26/15] Five answers from Jeremy Lin

[7/13/15] Jeremy Lin in search of stability

[6/9/15] Jeremy Lin working out with Steve Nash

[3/29/15] Missed it by 8 weeks (from Isolation Play, an ESPN the Magazine story)

[2/17/15] Jeremy Lin's time in Los Angeles hasn't been smooth

[10/3/14] Anything but Linsanity

[10/9/13] Linsanity hits the Phillipines

[8/26/13] Coming in October

[4/16/13] NBA sensation Jeremy Lin chats with Shira Lazar at SXSW about his brand new documentary, "Linsanity" the movie, appearing in various YouTube videos and the overall message he wants fans to take away from his new film.

Linsanity on 60 Minutes
[4/5/13] The movie

[12/17/12] Jeremy Lin is playing terrible this season

[6/9/12] Training with Jeremy Lin (pre-Lin-Sanity)

[4/22/12] Jeremy Lin tops the Time 100

[3/31/12] NEW YORK >> Linsanity won't be around for a playoff push.

Jeremy Lin is instead heading for left knee surgery that is expected to sideline him six weeks, possibly ending his amazing breakthrough season and leaving the New York Knicks without their starting point guard as they fight for a postseason spot.

Lin had an MRI exam this week that revealed a small, chronic meniscus tear and he has elected to have surgery next week in New York.

With the regular season ending April 26, the biggest story in basketball this season is probably done unless the Knicks make a deep playoff run.

[3/22/12] One-on-One with Ahmad Rashad

[3/22/12] Coca-Cola wants a piece of "Linsanity." Knicks fans will soon see Coke ads in Chinese on the rotating courtside signs at Madison Square Garden. Coca-Cola spokeswoman Susan Stribling said Coke has a long-standing partnership with the NBA and already displays ads at The Garden, but wants to take advantage of the enthusiasm surrounding NBA sensation Jeremy Lin and the Knicks.

[3/20/12] Jeremy Lin signs with Volvo

[3/14/12] Fact or Fiction? Are the Knicks better without D'Antoni?

[3/14/12] Mike D'Antoni resigns

[3/14/12] Trouble in New York

[2/22/12] Two straight SI covers (article, article) (new links: 2/20/12, 2/27/12)

[2/17/12] Lin-Sanity responsible for return of MSG to Time Warner Cable?

[2/16/12] Jeremy Lin added to Rising Stars lineup

[2/16/12] Today's Jeremy Lin story

[2/16/12] Jeremy Lin finds an apartment

[2/13/12] The latest tribute video

[2/12/12] Somehow, the most improbable story in NBA history found himself in the most improbable place on Friday night: The ball in his hands, Madison Square Garden on its feet, and the fourth quarter genius of Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant determined to obliterate this burgeoning mythology. Out of Bryant, had come a barrage: twisted, contorted fades, a self-pass off the backboard, the A-list arsenal out of the world’s most gifted scorer.

Somehow, Jeremy Lin never flinched. Somehow, Jeremy Lin never let himself become a spectator, never stopped to wonder what in the world he was doing out here. The ball was so safe, so snug, in his hands. There was such an easy effortlessness to the downright diabolical manner with which he dismantled the Lakers and Bryant. Sheer hysteria had thundered down on the Garden floor, a phenomenon called Linsanity, and the most polished, most poised, presence happened to be Lin.

This kid out of nowhere – out of Harvard University, out of the Reno Bighorns and Erie Bayhawks – had done it again, done it with a devastating 38 points, seven assists, four rebounds and two steals in the Knicks’ 92-85 victory over the Lakers.

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Jeremy Lin cut through the Nets' defense all night before he was finally surrounded.

As teammates hugged him at center court while Pearl Jam's ''Jeremy'' blasted through the arena, it was clear the New York Knicks had finally found a spark.

Lin scored a career-high 25 points and the Knicks salvaged the finale of a back-to-back-to-back set by the New Jersey Nets 99-92 on Saturday night.
 
[video highlights]

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NBA Mock Draft 2019

6/20/19 - NBC mock draft 7.0

1.  New Orleans - Zion Williamson, PF, Duke
2.  Memphis - Ja Morant, PG, Murray State
3.  New York - R.J. Barrett, SF, Duke
4.  New Orleans - Darius Garland, PG, Vanderbilt
5.  Cleveland - Jarrett Culver, SG, Texas Tech
6.  Phoenix - Coby White, PG, North Carolina
7.  Chicago - D'Andre Hunter, SF, Virginia
8.  Atlanta - Cam Reddish, SF, Duke
9.  Washington - Sekou Doumbouya, PF, France
10.  Atlanta - Jaxson Hayes, C, Texas
11.  Minnesota - Brandon Clarke, PF, Gonzaga
12.  Charlotte - Rui Hachimura, PF, Gonzaga
13. Miami - P.J. Washington, PF, Kentucky
14. Boston - Nassir Little, SF, North Carolina

6/19/19 - Yahoo mock draft 5.0

1.  New Orleans - Zion Williamson, PF, Duke
2.  Memphis - Ja Morant, PG, Murray State
3.  New York - R.J. Barrett, SF, Duke
4.  New Orleans - Jarrett Culver, SG, Texas Tech
5.  Cleveland - D'Andre Hunter, SF, Virginia
6.  Phoenix - Coby White, PG, North Carolina
7.  Chicago - Darius Garland, PG, Vanderbilt
8.  Atlanta - Cam Reddish, SF, Duke
9.  Washington - Sekou Doumbouya, PF, France
10.  Atlanta - Jaxson Hayes, C, Texas
11.  Minnesota - Rui Hachimura, PF, Gonzaga
12.  Charlotte - Nassir Little, SF, North Carolina
13. Miami - Romeo Langford, SG, Indiana
14. Boston - Tyler Herro, SG, Kentucky

6/18/19 - Consensus Mock Draft

1.  New Orleans - Zion Williamson, PF, Duke
2.  Memphis - Ja Morant, PG, Murray State
3.  New York - R.J. Barrett, SF, Duke
4.  New Orleans - D'Andre Hunter, SF, Virginia
5.  Cleveland - Jarrett Culver, SG, Texas Tech
6.  Phoenix - Darius Garland, PG, Vanderbilt
7.  Chicago - Coby White, PG, North Carolina
8.  Atlanta - Cam Reddish, SF, Duke
9.  Washington - Sekou Doumbouya, PF, France
10.  Atlanta - Jaxson Hayes, C, Texas
11.  Minnestoa - Rui Hachimura, PF, Gonzaga / Brandon Clarke, PF, Gonzaga
12.  Charlotte - Rui Hachimura, PF, Gonzaga
13. Miami - Nassir Little, SF, North Carolina
14. Boston - Goga Bitadze, C, Georgia / Tyler Herro, SG, Kentucky

6/15/19 - CBS Mock Draft (after Anthony Davis trade)

1.  New Orleans - Zion Williamson, PF, Duke
2.  Memphis - Ja Morant, PG, Murray State
3.  New York - R.J. Barrett, SF, Duke
4.  New Orleans - D'Andre Hunter, SF, Virginia
5.  Cleveland - Jarrett Culver, SG, Texas Tech
6.  Phoenix - Darius Garland, PG, Vanderbilt
7.  Chicago - Coby White, PG, North Carolina
8.  Atlanta - Nassir Little, SF, North Carolina
9.  Washington - Sekou Doumbouya, PF, France
10.  Atlanta - Jaxson Hayes, C, Texas
11.  Minnestoa - Cam Reddish, SF, Duke
12.  Charlotte - Romeo Langford, SG, Indiana
13.  Miami - P.J. Washington, PF, Kentucky
14.  Boston - Brandon Clarke, PF, Gonzaga

6/11/19 - CBS Mock Draft

1.  New Orleans - Zion Williamson, PF, Duke
2.  Memphis - Ja Morant, PG, Murray State
3.  New York - R.J. Barrett, SF, Duke
4.  Los Angeles Lakers - Darius Garland, PG, Vanderbilt
5.  Cleveland - Jarrett Culver, SG, Texas Tech
6.  Phoenix - De'Andre Hunter, SF, Virginia
7.  Chicago - Coby White, PG, North Carolina
8.  Atlanta - Cam Reddish, SF, Duke
9.  Washington - Sekou Doumbouya, PF, France
10.  Atlanta - Jaxson Hayes, C, Texas
11.  Minnesota - P.J. Washington, PF, Kentucky
12.  Charlotte - Nassir Little, SF, North Carolina
13.  Miami - Romeo Langford, SG, Indiana
14.  Boston - Brandon Clarke, PF, Gonzaga

Friday, June 14, 2019

Alika Smith to coach at Waiakea

Word got around quickly on the Big Island.

Then, Star-Advertiser All-State Fab 15 guard Kelsie Imai was called in for a meeting. Imai, Keeli-Jade Smith and Bethany Honma, Waiakea’s co-captains, met with their new coach.

Imai didn’t know a thing about Alika Smith, but she’ll learn soon enough that Smith led his previous team at Kalaheo to three boys basketball state titles. Smith replaces Brandon Kauhi, who was released shortly after the girls basketball season ended in February. Waiakea finished fourth statewide after winning the BIIF.

“We’ve been bugging our AD (Tom Correa) for the longest time. He said, ‘Stop asking already.’ But we want to have a good senior year,” she said. “We found out (Tuesday).”

Even months before Smith was hired by Waiakea to coach the girls basketball program, he mentioned to a reporter that he would apply for the job. It was so unexpected, it sounded like he was kidding. Why would a state-championship coach and (almost) lifelong resident of Oahu move to another island?

Smith coached at Hawaii Hilo for one season, after his playing career at Hawaii, and before his assistant coaching gig there. The former All-State guard and All-Western Athletic Conference performer was one of two finalists for the Waiakea position.

Over the weekend, a youth coach from East Hawaii noted that Smith was a finalist. Smith was at a tournament in Hilo watching his son play for a local club team. Smith denied that he had applied then.

Word got around by Tuesday night that Waiakea had selected Smith. Smith declined to comment. On Wednesday morning, Correa said the school was not prepared to make an announcement.

Waiakea ended a title drought by winning the BIIF last season under Kauhi, who was then released from his position. The Warriors hadn’t won the league since 2008, when Konawaena emerged as the dominant program. They reached the state semifinal round in ’18 and lost in the quarterfinals in ’19.

The Warriors won state championships in ’85 and ’86. Ten of the 14 players from last season’s team will return, including Imai.

The Smith family has a legacy matched by none in father-son state titles. The late Pete Smith guided the Mustangs to crowns in 1985, ’95 and ’01 at Kalaheo. Son Alika went 24-4 in one season at Punahou, then guided Kalaheo to a Division II title in ’12, and then the Mustangs took the ’13 state championship with a 60-54 overtime win over Maryknoll.

Two years later, the Mustangs edged ‘Iolani 53-45 for another state crown. Smith was released by Kalaheo after that season after he refused to sign a contract based loosely on the Positive Coaching Alliance principles. (PCA is a national non-profit organization which provides training workshops to coaches, parents, and administrators of schools and youth sports organizations and focuses on positive character building).

Smith has not coached in high school since.

Saturday, June 08, 2019

college 3-point line moving back

The men's college basketball 3-point line is being pushed back next season to the international distance of 22 feet, 1¾ inches, the NCAA announced Wednesday.

The rule change was approved by the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel. It will go into effect next season for Division I but will wait until 2020-21 for Divisions II and III.

"After gathering information over the last two seasons, we feel it's time to make the change," Colorado coach Tad Boyle, the committee chair, said when the proposal was made in early May. "Freedom of movement in the game remains important, and we feel this will open up the game. We believe this will remove some of the congestion on the way to the basket."

The current 3-point line is 20 feet, 9 inches; it was moved back from 19 feet, 9 inches prior to the 2008-09 season. The NBA 3-point line ranges from 22 feet in the corners out to 23 feet, 9 inches.

According to the committee, moving the 3-point line back will clear the lane for more drives to the rim, make 3-point shots more challenging and therefore less prevalent, and improve offensive spacing.

The Playing Rules Oversight Panel also approved resetting the shot clock to 20 seconds after an offensive rebound.

Three other proposals were also approved:

Players being assessed technical fouls for using derogatory language about an opponent's race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation or disability;

Allowing coaches to call live-ball timeouts in the last two minutes of the second half and overtime;

Conducting instant replay review for goaltending or basket interference calls in the final two minutes of the second half and overtime.

Monday, June 03, 2019

Bob Nash selected for Circle of Honor

A “Fabulous” member of the basketball program, a decorated diver, a trail-blazing administrator and a generous supporter have joined the University of Hawaii’s sports elite.

Bob Nash, Emma Friesen, Hugh Yoshida and Carolyn A. Berry Wilson have been selected to UH’s Circle of Honor. They will be feted in a banquet in September.

Nash was affiliated with the UH basketball program for more than three decades, first as a power forward on the “Fabulous Five” teams and then as an assistant coach, associate head coach and head coach.

“I’m honored the (selection) committee saw fit to honor me with this award,” Nash said. “But at the end of the day, it’s all about a group effort. You never do anything alone. You always have people who push you to the top, and I appreciate the people who pushed me to this level.”

Nash was a highly sought junior college player who appeared set to join Kansas. But he did not feel the same connection with the Kansas staff as he did with Red Rocha, who was UH’s coach at the time. Rocha showed Nash an 8mm film of the Rainbows, then pitched a vision of a team that was a few players away from success. “He was very honest, and that’s what I was looking for,” Nash recalled.

Nash, John Penebacker, Dwight Holiday, Jerome Freeman and Al Davis became the Fabulous Five, winning 47 of 55 games during the 1970-71 and 1971-72 seasons. The Rainbows qualified for the 25-team NCAA in 1971 and the NIT in 1972. In the 1971 Rainbow Classic, Nash grabbed a school-record 30 rebounds against Arizona State. In the 1972 NBA Draft, the Detroit Pistons picked Nash ninth overall — a spot ahead of Paul Westphal and three in front of Julius “Dr. J” Erving.

After his pro career, Nash returned to Honolulu, where he worked for an insurance company. At the suggestion of Riley Wallace, who was an associate head coach at the time, Nash returned to UH as an assistant while completing student-teaching work. In 1984, Nash earned his bachelor’s degree in education, and then was promoted to full-time assistant coach. Nash worked under head coaches Larry Little, Frank Arnold and then Wallace before being hired for the head job in 2007. After three seasons as UH’s head coach, he coached seven years in Japan.

Nash, who is in negotiations to coach with Japanese teams, often spends time in San Diego to be with his children, Bobby and Erika, and grandchildren. “Hawaii is home,” Nash said.

Sunday, June 02, 2019

Ruiz upsets Joshua

Andy Ruiz Jr. had six weeks to prepare for the fight of his life.

He'll have a lifetime to celebrate one of boxing's biggest heavyweight stunners.

A massive underdog just like Buster Douglas, Ruiz knocked down British champion Anthony Joshua four times -- four! -- and the final two in the seventh round proved the decisive blows.

Ruiz, the first heavyweight of Mexican descent to win a heavyweight title, capped one of boxing's epic upsets to win Joshua's shares of the heavyweight championship Saturday night at Madison Square Garden.

"I just feel so good, man," Ruiz said. "This is what I've been dreaming about, this is what I've been working hard for. I can't believe I just made my dreams come true."

Ruiz etched his name in heavyweight lore by TKO at 1:27 in the seventh round to become the surprise champ in a bout that had shades of Douglas' upset over Mike Tyson for the heavyweight title in 1990. Ruiz barely was on anyone's heavyweight radar when he was summoned as a replacement to fight the undefeated Joshua in front of a packed Garden.

Considered a joke by fans, all Ruiz did was dominate the British champion and used a TKO to turn his life and the heavyweight division upside down. The 270-pound heavyset heavyweight knocked down Joshua twice in the third round and did it two more times in the seventh before referee Mike Griffin ended the fight. Joshua was woozy and seemed to stumble toward the wrong corner after the final blow.

Ruiz stepped in after fighting on April 20, when he stopped Alexander Dimitrenko. Jarrell Miller's failed drug tests sent the challenger to the sideline and paved the way for Ruiz's unexpected title shot. Ruiz (33-1, 21 KO's) seized the opportunity and made boxing history to win the
WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO championships. He raised his arms in celebration and jumped around the ring as his corner quickly mobbed him and a wild celebration kicked off.

"I've got that Mexican blood in me," he said. "Talking about the Mexican style? I just proved it."

The true shock might have been that the Garden was packed on a Saturday night for a fight few expected to be competitive. Yes, Ruiz is up there with Douglas and Hasim Rahman for who-can-believe-it wins, but casual sports fans don't even know the names of most boxing champions -- consider, instead of pay-per-view parties, this card was streamed by DAZN.

When ring announcer Michael Buffer announced the name of the judges "should this fight go the distance," fans laughed at the ridiculous possibility as Ruiz was an ultimate underdog.

Joshua (22-1, 22 KO's) and Ruiz were both knocked down in an electrifying third round that had the sellout crowd of 20,201 howling with each heavy hit. Joshua knocked down Ruiz early in the round and the promise of an early finish seemed horizon.

Ruiz, his trunks a bit too low for his portly frame, came right back and used an overhand right that rocked the champ and sent him to the canvas. Joshua recovered only to get pummeled in the corner. Ruiz knocked him down again in the final ticks of the round as fans in a disbelieving Garden crowd screamed "Oh my God!" Again, Joshua beat the count but the bell saved the Brit from a going a second longer in his weakened state. Had it not been a championship fight, perhaps Griffin would
have stopped the bout.

Alas, for Joshua, it went on.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

All NBA 2018-2019

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo and Houston Rockets guard James Harden have been unanimously selected to the 2018-19 All-NBA First Team.

Antetokounmpo and Harden both received All-NBA First Team votes on all 100 ballots to finish with 500 points each.  This marks the first All-NBA First Team honor for Antetokounmpo, a two-time Second Team member.  Harden earns his fifth First Team nod, including his third in a row as a unanimous selection.

The 2018-19 All-NBA First Team also features Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (482 points; 91 First Team votes), Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George (433 points; 71 First Team votes) and Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokić (411 points; 59 First Team votes).

Curry is an All-NBA First Team selection for the third time.  George, a four-time Third Team honoree, makes his First Team debut.  Jokić has been named to his first All-NBA Team.

Antetokounmpo, Harden and George are the three finalists for the 2018-19 Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Award.  The winner will be revealed at the 2019 NBA Awards presented by Kia on Monday, June 24 at 9 p.m. ET on TNT.  The third annual NBA Awards, honoring this season’s top performers, will take place at Barker Hangar in Los Angeles.

The 2018-19 All-NBA Second Team consists of Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (372 points), Warriors forward Kevin Durant (358), Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (306), Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (242) and Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (195).

The 2018-19 All-NBA Third Team is made up of Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (178 points), Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (115), Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (111), Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (89) and Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker (51).

James has tied the NBA record for most All-NBA selections with 15, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan.  Walker, an eight-year veteran, has earned his first All-NBA honor.

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Snubbed: Klay Thompson, Bradley Beal, Karl-Anthony Towns

just a bit outside

possibly the worst first pitch in history

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Bart Starr

Bart Starr was an ordinary quarterback until teaming with Vince Lombardi on the powerhouse Green Bay Packers teams that ruled the 1960s and ushered in the NFL as America’s most popular sport.

The quarterback’s graceful throws helped turn a run-heavy league into a passing spectacle, yet it’s a run for which he’s most famous: the sneak that won the famed “Ice Bowl” in 1967.

Starr died Sunday at age 85 in Birmingham, Alabama, the Packers said. He had been in failing health since suffering two strokes and a heart attack in 2014.

Starr is the third of Lombardi’s dozen Hall of Famers to die in the past eight months. Fullback Jim Taylor died in October and offensive tackle Forrest Gregg died last month.

The Packers selected Starr out of the University of Alabama with the 200th pick in the 1956 draft. He led Green Bay to six division titles, five NFL championships and wins in the first two Super Bowls.

“Bart Starr was one of the most genuine, sincere people I knew,” NFL Commissioner Roger Godell said in a statement. “He personified the values of our league as a football player, a family man, and a tireless philanthropist who cared deeply about helping at-risk kids. Above all, he was a wonderful human being who will be remembered for his kindness and compassion.”

Until Brett Favre came along, Starr was known as the best Packer ever. The team retired his No. 15 jersey in 1973, making him just the third player to receive that honor. Four years later, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

After losing the 1960 NFL title game in his first playoff appearance, the Packers never lost another playoff game under Starr, going 9-0, including wins over the Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders in the first two Super Bowls.

Starr was a four-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time All-Pro. He won NFL titles in 1961, ’62, ’65, ‘67 and ’68. He was the 1966 NFL MVP and was named to the 1960s All-Decade team. He also was named MVP of the first two Super Bowls.

When Starr retired following the 1971 season, his career completion rate of 57.4 percent was tops in the run-heavy NFL, and his passer rating of 80.5 was second-best ever, behind only Otto Graham.  But the play he was most famous for was a run.

In the NFL championship on Dec. 31, 1967, Starr knifed into the end zone behind guard Jerry Kramer and center Ken Bowman with 16 seconds left to lift the Packers over the Dallas Cowboys 21-17 in what became known as the “Ice Bowl.”

The Packers had spent $80,000 for a heating coil system that was to have kept the field soft and warm, and forecasters said not to worry because the approaching cold front wouldn’t arrive until after the game.

“It was 20 degrees the day before,” the late Tom Landry once recalled. “It was great. Vince and I were together that night and we talked about how good the conditions were and what a great game it would be.”

They were half-right. When the grounds crew rolled up the tarpaulin, a layer of condensation had formed underneath and, with 40 mph wind, the field promptly froze like an ice rink. Packers running back Chuck Mercein would later compare the ground to “jagged concrete.”

With a temperature of minus-14 and a wind chill of minus-49, it was the coldest NFL game ever recorded. The wind chill had dipped another 20 degrees by the time the Packers got the ball at their 32 trailing 17-14 with five minutes left.

With one last chance for an aging dynasty to win a fifth NFL title in seven seasons, Starr took the field as linebacker Ray Nitschke hollered, “Don’t let me down!”

Starr wouldn’t, completing all five of his passes and directing one of the most memorable drives in NFL history.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Dick Couch

Dick Couch, a four-time state sportswriter of the year at the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, died Thursday at his home in Honolulu from complications due to pneumonia, his son, Richard, said. He was 83.

Couch, who lived most of the past 50 years in Kailua, worked at the Star-Bulletin from 1971 to his retirement in 2001.

He was best known for writing about University of Hawaii sports as the program ascended to Division I status. Couch covered the “Fabulous Five” basketball teams of the early ’70s, and the improving football and baseball teams.

Monday, May 13, 2019

June Jones agrees to join XFL

Former University of Hawaii football coach June Jones has been named head coach and general manager of the XFL’s Houston franchise.

”It’s a great opportunity,“ Jones told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser today.

Jones was approached about a month ago. He said he decided about a week ago and finalized the agreement on a two-year contract today.

Jones said he will begin organizational plans in Houston this month. The fledgling XFL will begin its first season in February 2020.

By joining the XFL, Jones is resigning as offensive coordinator of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League. Jones was with Hamilton for two years. At the end of the 2018 season, Jones volunteered to move from head coach to offensive coordinator.

Jones said the XFL’s season is considerably shorter than the CFL’s schedule. “I can spend six months in Hawaii,” Jones said.

This will be Jones’ fifth head coaching job. Before serving as UH’s head coach for nine seasons, culminating with the 2007 team that reached the 2008 Sugar Bowl, Jones was the head coach for the Atlanta Falcons and San Diego Chargers. He also was Southern Methodist’s head coach.

The XFL has franchises in Houston, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, St. Louis, Seattle, Tampa Bay and Washington DC. The league has secured national television deals with ESPN and Fox.

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[6/13/19]  Norm Chow joins XFL as Los Angeles offensive coordinator

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Dick Tomey

Football coach Dick Tomey, one of the University of Hawaii’s most beloved athletic figures, died Friday night at the age of 80, according to his family in Tucson, Ariz.

Tomey was diagnosed with lung cancer in December. He died 9:30 p.m. Friday surrounded by his family in Arizona.

“As a family, we rarely talk about how many games Dick Tomey won — we talk about how many hearts he won… including all of ours,” Tomey’s family said in a statement.

Tomey went 63-46-3 in 10 seasons at UH (1977-‘86) during which he resuscitated a languishing football program and led the Rainbow Warriors into the Western Athletic Conference while playing before large crowds at Aloha Stadium.

Under Tomey’s guidance, the ‘Bows drew their first sellout crowd at the 50,000-seat stadium in 1978 losing to eventual national champion USC, 21-5, after trailing, 7-3, into the fourth quarter. Gritty defense and solid special teams play were hallmarks of his tenure at UH.

A native of Indiana, Tomey came to UH from UCLA where he had been an assistant coach to take over an independent Rainbow team that had gone 3-8 and was in turmoil with large numbers of players departing.

He went 5-6 in his inaugural season and then reeled off five consecutive winning seasons including a 9-2 finish in 1981 during which UH climbed as high as No. 19 in the Associated Press poll.

Tomey left after the 1986 season as UH’s all-time winningest coach (later surpassed by June Jones) to take over Arizona, where he coached for 14 years. Tomey also became the Wildcats’ winningest coach (995-64-4).

He later spent five seasons at San Jose State going 25-35 and served as an assistant coach with the San Francisco 49ers (2003) and University of Texas (2004). His final coaching job was a one-year stint as UH’s special teams coach in 2011.

The Tomey family said a memorial service is envisioned for July in Hawaii, though no date as yet been set.

In lieu of flowers, the family said the Dick Tomey Legacy Fund has been established through the nonprofit organization Positive Coaching Alliance. According to the organization, “100% of these funds will go directly to providing scholarships and programming for underserved youth in the markets where Dick spent the majority of his years in the community as the head football coach.”

If you are interested in donating to the Dick Tomey Legacy Fund, visit positivecoach.org/TomeyFund to designate the Hawaii, Arizona, or Bay Area chapter as the beneficiary.

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5/12/19 - Dick Tomey lived aloha

5/12/19 - Former players, coaches, associates remember Tomey

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6/4/19 - Hawaii and San Jose State will play for a trophy honoring Dick Tomey

Saturday, May 04, 2019

NBA transactions 2018-2019

5/4/19 - Monty Williams agrees to become Suns head coach
4/25/19 - NBA and Sacramento Kings investigating allegations against Luke Walton
4/23/19 - Suns fire Kokoskov after one season
4/13/19 - Kings quickly sign Luke Walton to multi-year deal
4/12/19 - Lakers and Luke Walton agree to part ways after three seasons
4/12/19 - Sacramento fire Dave Joerger
4/11/19 - Larry Drew and Cavaliers agree to part ways
4/9/19 - Magic Johnson steps down as Lakers president of operations
3/1/19 - Pau Gasol to join Bucks after Spurs buyout
3/1/19 - Bledsoe agrees to stay with Bucks for four years, $70 million
2/15/19 - New Orleans to part ways with GM Dell Demps
2/14/19 - Markieff Morris to sign with Oklahoma City
2/13/19 - Enes Kanter chooses to sign with Portland
2/11/19 - Jeremy Lin to join Toronto from Atlanta after buy-out
2/8/19 - NBA Trade Deadline Roundup
2/7/19 - Wesley Mathews to be released by Knicks and will sign with Indiana
2/7/19 - Clippers trade Mike Muscala to Lakers for Michael Beasley and Ivica Zubac
2/7/19 - Philadelphia trading Markelle Fultz to Orlando for Jonathan Simmons, first-round pick (Oklahoma City) and second-round pick (Cleveland)
2/7/19 - Memphis trades Garrett Temple and JaMychal Green to Clippers for Avery Bradley
2/7/19 - Toronto lands Marc Gasol from Memphis for Jonas Valaciunas, Delon Wright, CJ Miles, and 2024 secound-round pick
2/7/19 - Rockets trade Nick Stauskas and Wade Baldwin to Pacers and a second round pick to get below the luxury tax.  Pacers will waive Stauskas and Baldwin
2/7/19 - Milwaukee trades for Nikola Mirotic from New Orleans for Stanley Johnson and Jason Smith and four second-round picks / Detroit trades Stanley Johnson to Milwaukee for Thon Maker / So Milwaukee gets Mirotic (from New Orleans).  Detroit gets Maker (from Milwaukee).  New Orleans gets Stanley Johnson (from Detroit) and Jason Smith and four-second rounders (from Milwaukee).
2/6/19 - Chicago is trading Jabari Parker and Bobby Portis to Washington for Otto Porter
2/6/19 - Dallas trades Harrison Barnes to Sacramento for Justin Jackson and Zach Randolph
2/6/19 - New Orleans trades Wesley Johnson to Washington for Markieff Morris
2/6/19 - Detroit trades Reggie Bullock to Lakers for Svi Mykhauiluk and future second round pick
2/6/19 - Houston receives Iman Shumpert from Kings and Nick Stauskas and Wade Baldwin from the Cleveland.  Cavaliers receive Brandon Knight and Marquese Chriss from the Rockets.  Kings receive Alec Burks and second round pick from Cleveland.
2/6/19 - Miami trading Tyler Johnson and Wayne Ellington to Phoenix for Ryan Anderson (and his contract)
2/6/19 - Clippers trade Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic, Mike Scott to Philadelphia for Wilson Chandler, Mike Muscala, Landry Shamet, 2020 first-round (lottery protected), 2021 first-round (unprotected), 2021 second round, 2021 second round.
2/4/19 - Cleveland trades Rodney Hood to Portland for Nik Stauskas and Wade Baldwin and two future second rounders
1/31/19 - Knicks trade Porzingis, Courtney Lee, Tim Hardaway Jr., Trey Burke to Dallas for Dennis Smith Jr., DeAndre Jordan (expiring contract), Wes Matthews (expiring contract), and two future first-round draft picks
1/28/19 - Anthony Davis says he won't re-sign with New Orleans and requests trade
1/21/19 - Rockets to pay Chicago to take Carmelo Anthony (who will then waive him) [and rights to Jon Diebler] / and get rights to Tadija Dragicevic
1/6/19 - Minnesota fires Tom Thibodeau as president head coach (why?)
1/3/19 - Chicago trades Justin Holiday to Memphis for Marshon Brooks, Wayne Selden, 2019 and 2020 second round picks / Chicago waives Cameron Payne
12/24/18 - Rockets sign Austin Rivers
12/15/18 - Wizards trade Kelly Oubre and Austin Rivers to Suns for Trevor Ariza
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