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Lakers Debut Less Than a Week Away

| Sports | October 17, 2019

by Diego Marquez

The Los Angeles Lakers open up the 2019-20 NBA Season in less than a week as they play host to in-town rivals, the Clippers on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at Staples Center and there is already a buzz about what the franchise can do with the roster they built this offseason.

On top of acquiring All-Star Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans, the Lakers also acquired complementary pieces like, three-point specialists Danny Green and Troy Daniels, defensive stalwart Avery Bradley, along with veteran players DeMarcus Cousins, Dwight Howard and Jared Dudley.

Among those named, there have been some pleasant surprises so far, as some players have turned some heads during the Preseason.

In Monday’s game against the Golden State Warriors, Howard was the one that looked to be in mid-season form and back to his old self finishing the night with 12 points, 13 boards (four of which where offensive), six assists and four steals.

Rookie’s Zach Novell Jr. produced impressive stat lines as the former scored 22 points on 6-of-13 shooting (3-of-8 from 3-point), 7-for-8 from the free-throw line, four rebounds, one assists and one steal in 33 minutes of action.

Demetrius Jackson came off the bench and scored 11 points, seven rebounds and four assists, one steal and one block in 24 minutes on the floor on Monday.

The Lakers conclude the preseason with two more games against the Warriors, tonight at the Staples Center and on the road on Friday, Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Chase Center in San Francisco. Both games tip-off at 7:30.

Dodgers Let Opportunity Slip Away, Look to Close Out Series in Five

| Sports | October 9, 2019

by Diego Marquez
After leading the Washington Nationals 2-1 heading into the fourth game of the National League Division Series, the Dodgers’ chances of advancing looked good as Los Angeles’ third baseman Justin Turner launched a solo home run in the top of the first inning to give the Dodgers the lead.

That run was negated when Nationals’ Anthony Rendon hit a sacrifice-fly to score a run, and one of his three RBIs of the night, to propel Washington past Los Angeles and survive to play at least for one more day with a 6-1 win on Monday.
The location, scenario and mood have all changed as Game 5 of the NLDS returns to Los Angeles tonight for the final and decisive game between the two clubhouses.

Los Angeles finished with the best home record in the National League with a 59-22 record at Chavez Ravine and are vying for their fourth consecutive NLCS while Washington is looking for its second appearance in franchise history.

Although the Dodgers are considered the favorites, Washington does not look at it that way as they will have one of their aces, and recent Game 2 starter, right-handed pitcher Stephen Strasburg, who is 18-6 in 2019 and has a postseason ERA of 0.64, struck out 10 Dodgers and allowed one earned run in the Nationals 4-2 win to tie the series up at 1-1 on Friday.

The Dodgers are just as confident sending Game 1’s winning pitcher, Walker Buehler, out on the mound for the decisive Game 5 today. Buehler struck out eight batters and walked three others in a one-hit performance.

First pitch is scheduled for 5:37 p.m. at Dodgers Stadium.

Dodgers Gear Up to Face Nationals in NLDS

| Sports | October 3, 2019

by Diego Marquez

After the Washington Nationals come-from-behind 4-3 win against the Milwaukee Brewers in the Nationals League Wild Card Game on Tuesday the Nationals League Division Series is set to begin on Thursday at 5:37 p.m.

The Los Angeles Dodgers head into the postseason at the seven-time defending NL Champions after finishing with the NL’s and a franchise best 106 games.

The Dodgers were lethal throughout the year on offense scoring the most runs (886) while being just as stingy on defense allowing (613) to end with a run differential of plus 273.

This will come in handy when they face Washingtons’ equally impressive starting pitching rotation, Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasbourg and Patrick Corbin.

The trio have combined to pitch 583.1 innings, struck out 732 batters and earned 43 wins throughout the season.

Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger heads up a nightmare induced lineup that has hit 279 home runs on the season with Bellinger (47), Joc Pederson (36), Max Muncy (35) and Justin Turner (27) all hitting 25 or more home runs.

Things look good for the Dodgers who pulled out four of seven wins from the visitors this season.

It Was Quite a Weekend for College Football in Los Angeles

| Sports | September 26, 2019

by Diego Marquez

It began with USC football rebounding from last week’s road loss at BYU to defeat Pac-12 opponent Utah, and UCLA football completed the wild weekend with a come-from-behind road win against Washington State.

Taking over for injured quarterback Kedon Slovis, USC’s third string quarterback Matt Fink entered the game in the first quarter of Friday night’s home contest against the No. 10 ranked Utah Utes and led the Trojans to a 30-23 victory.

Finishing out the game, Fink took command of the Trojans’ offense and completed 21-of-30 passes for 351 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Spreading out his throws amongst six receivers, Fink connected with his favorite target, Michael Pittman Jr., 10 times for 232 yards and one receiving touchdown.

Amon-Ra St. Brown and Tyler Vaughns also finished the night with a receiving touchdown each as the former caught five passes for 68 yards, while the latter pulled down four catches for 49 yards. Redshirt freshman Markese Stepp scored the lone rushing touchdown.

The Trojans are on the road this Saturday against No. 17 ranked Washington at 12:30 p.m.

Entering the fourth matchup of the 2019 season, the Bruins were still winless going up against No. 19 Washington State in Saturday night’s Pac-12 matchup. Overcoming a 32-point deficit, the Bruins escaped with a 67-63 win for the record books.

UCLA’s quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson was 25-of-38 for 507 yards and five touchdowns and one interception, and ran another two in. Chris Costa and Joshua Kelly each caught a touchdown while Demetria Felton pulled down two on his way to 150 yards on seven receptions.

With the win, the Bruins can use the momentum to turn things around after a 0-3 start to the season and will be on the road for the second-straight week as they face the Arizona Wildcats at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Trojan Football in the Hot Seat After BYU Upset

| Sports | September 19, 2019

by Diego Marquez

Coming off a big program win over then No. 23 ranked Stanford a week ago on Saturday, Sept. 7, freshman quarterback Kedon Slovis proved the majority of critics wrong winning his first career start.

The freshman quarterback was brilliant in the win, completing 28-of-33 passes for 377 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. He added six rushes for 12 yards.

But in his second career start against BYU Saturday, Sept. 14, it all came crashing down in a 30-27 overtime-loss.

In his first road start, Slovis showed his inexperience as a freshman throwing three interceptions, none more costly than the costly throw that was picked off by BYU defensive back Dayan Ghanwoloku.

Throughout the night, Slovis forced bad pass after bad pass into tight windows and the BYU defense dropped back into zone coverage making the throws and windows that much tighter. Slovis finished completing 24-of-34 passes for 281 yards and two touchdowns for a QB rating of 54.0.
With the loss the Trojans (2-1 overall, 1-0 Pac-12 South) fall out of the College Football AP Top 25 Week 4 Rankings where they previously held the No. 24 spot and the road doesn’t get any easier as USC faces three ranked opponents, two of which are from the Pac-12, in No. 10 ranked Utah (Friday, Sept. 19) and No. 22 Washington (Saturday, Sept. 28) and have a bye week before facing No. 7 Notre Dame on the road (Saturday, Oct. 12).

Coach Joseph Maiale Blazing New Trails

| Canyon Country Magazine, Sports | September 13, 2019

Less than a year ago, Joseph Maiale got married, started a new job and took over the Canyon High School football team. With so many transitions at one time, it’s safe to say this new cowboy is a trailblazer.

Coach Joseph Maiale with team captains Evan Cox (#24) and Aydyn Litz (#12)

“It’s been amazing – I’ve loved every second at Canyon,” said the 38-year-old Maiale, who joined the special education staff at the school last semester when he also began working with the football team. “They are both, in many ways, full-time jobs. But it doesn’t feel like work. I spend a lot of time here at Canyon – I like teaching and coaching is a pleasure on top of that.”

Just last month he moved to Santa Clarita from Oxnard, where he coached a successful football program. He joined them during a rebuilding phase, which he’s also been a part of at other schools.

“I’ve worked on several staffs – St. Genevieve, Harvard-Westlake – it’s something I have experience with and the process is really fun,” said the coach, who may apply similar rebuilding strategies at Canyon, which he describes as having “a couple of rough years.”

Maiale’s strategy? Consistency.

“Do we do the little things right? Do we do them all the time?” he posed. “Consistency is good in whatever we do. The lessons are consistency and effort.”

Maiale grew up in Reseda and played football at Cleveland High School and Pierce College. He then joined the football team at Menlo College in Northern California.

He’s been coaching about 15 years, but changed careers a few years ago when he left a job in sales to become a special education teacher. He also worked as a substitute teacher.
“I’m used to transitions,” he said, “but I’m looking forward to staying here.”

So, while a lot has changed in the new coach’s life, he’s no maverick on the field. He just believes everyone is the sum of their experiences.

“I’m new here. I bring my experience working at different schools,” he explained. “I have some success and some experience helping programs rebuild. And I’ve been where the facilities are not this good and there’s not this much support.”

Canyon High School football is a Maiale family experience. Maiale’s brother George was on the Cowboys coaching staff last year and continues as a defensive coordinator, while Joe’s specialty is offensive coordinating and line coaching.

“I’ve been fortunate to coach as long as I have,” Coach Joe Maiale said. “I’ve pretty much coached every position on the field.”

Joe and George’s parents, who still live in Reseda, attend the games along with other family members. Their father coached them through Pop Warner and Little League and now enjoys watching from the stands.

“I’ve been around a lot of really successful coaching,” Coach Maiale said when asked about his style. “We’re teachers. Are we teaching the kids the right way?”

The new Cowboys coach hopes to improve the program, of course, but he also wants to foster a positive family atmosphere, inviting the community to attend games.

“I want them to come out and be a part of it. We want it to be a family … we want you at the games,” he said. “We welcome Canyon alumni to be part of something special. It brings up the school and the culture.”

And so far, so good.

“Everyone is very supportive,” he said. “Everyone’s been so kind and welcoming. I’ve had the time of my life.”

Dodgers Clinch 7th Straight NL West Title

| Sports | September 12, 2019

by Diego Marquez

The Los Angeles Dodgers have punched their ticket to the postseason with a 7-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles that clinched their seventh consecutive National League West title on Tuesday.

With the win, the Dodgers clinched the NL West in their 146th game this season, moving to 93-52 overall and breaking the old record set back in 2013 when the Dodgers won the division in their 151st games.

“Under the situation that we put ourselves in last year, this doesn’t seem as dramatic,” said Dodgers’ manager Dave Roberts in an interview with MLB.com’s Zachary Silver. “It was more subdued. It was kind of just of organic. It was one of those things where we expected it. It’s obviously early in September, but it doesn’t take away from what we as an organization accomplished. As a game, it’s a tough grind. So when you do get moments like this, we do a good job of appreciating what we have accomplished, and it’s special. To win one division, but to win seven in a row — the consistency of the organization to do what we’ve done, a lot of credit goes to a lot of people. Now is the idea of just refocusing in everything we do going forward is to win 11 games in October.”

Los Angeles has been atop the NL West since mid-April and has been led by clutch batters like Cody Bellinger, Justin Turner and Joc Pederson, and mixed in with strong arms like Clayton Kershaw and Walker Buehler, the Dodgers have looked like the team to beat for a while

Highly-regarded rookie Gavin Lux added to the night’s excitement as he hit his first-career home run in the top of the fifth inning. Corey Seager added two, one in the first and another in the third inning.

Buehler picked up his 13th win of the season after a seven-inning, four-hit performance that saw him fan 11 batters and give up no earned runs.

With the division clinched, the Dodgers turn their attention to another battle — the battle for the best record in the Majors and home field advantage in the playoffs.

COC Football Kicks Off their Season this Saturday

| Community, Sports | September 5, 2019

The College of the Canyons football program will kick off the 2019 season at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7 vs. Saddleback College, in the first of 10 regular season games.

Once again, all Cougar home games will be live streamed to fans through a broadcast partnership with SoCalCollegeSports.com. Home games will also be replayed on SCVTV Channel 20 and SCVTV.com throughout the weekend.

In addition, COC head coach Ted Iacenda and the Cougars have announced a series of special free community group invites for each home game.

On Sept. 28, the college will host a 50th Anniversary Homecoming celebration prior to the game vs. Cerritos College. Fans and community members are invited to enjoy pre-game family activities, food and concessions, music, photo opportunities, T-shirt and rally towel giveaways and a special on-field half-time presentation. Festivities begin at 4 p.m., with kickoff scheduled at 6 p.m. Admission and parking are both free for this event.

2019 Schedule:
(home games in bold)

Saturday, Sept. 7 vs. Saddleback College
6 p.m. — Cougar Stadium
All scv school students/staff admitted free of charge (w/ valid ID)

Saturday, Sept. 14 vs. Grossmont College
6 p.m. — Cougar Stadium
All first responders admitted free of charge (w/ valid ID)

Saturday, Sept. 21 @ Santa Barbara City College
6 p.m. — La Playa Stadium

Saturday, Sept. 28 vs. Cerritos College
6 p.m. — Cougar Stadium
50th Anniversary Homecoming Celebration. All fans admitted free. Pre-game celebration w/ food, family activities, music and giveaways begins at 4 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 5 vs. Golden West College
1 p.m. — Golden West Stadium
Thursday, Oct. 17 vs. Moorpark College*
7 p.m. — Cougar Stadium
SCFA National Division, Northern League Opener
All SCV Youth Football & Cheer Teams Admitted Free of Charge (w/ uniform)

Saturday, Oct. 26 @ East Los Angeles College*
6 p.m. — Weingart Stadium

Saturday, Nov. 2 @ Ventura College*
6 p.m. — Ventura College Sportsplex

Saturday, Nov. 9 vs. Long Beach City College*
6 p.m. — Cougar Stadium
All veterans and active duty military admitted free (w/ valid ID).

Saturday, Nov. 16 @ Bakersfield College
6 p.m. — Memorial Stadium
*Denotes Southern California Football Association (SCFA) National Division, Northern League contest.

General admission tickets to all Cougar football games are $10. Children under 10 and seniors over 60 are $5.

Stay up-to-date on all this season’s action by following College of the Canyons Athletics on social media at @COCathletics on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.

“El Traffico” Soccer Match Ends in a Deadlock

| Sports | August 29, 2019

by Diego Marquez

One of Major League Soccer, and possibly one of Los Angeles’ biggest rivalry games between the LA Galaxy men’s soccer team and LAFC, did not disappoint with fireworks and dramatics as the bitter rivals finished in a 3-3 draw at the Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles on Sunday.

The night’s scoring began early as one of the MLS’s biggest international superstars, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, netted an early 2nd-minute goal on a pass from Cristian Pavon.

LAFC answered with a Latif Blessing goal just under

10 minutes later to tie the game, but once again Ibrahimovic stole the spotlight returning the favor for his second goal of the night in the 15th minute of play.

Not a minute later, Pavon found himself on the opposite end as he netted his first-ever MLS goal to put the Galaxy ahead 3-1, just 16 minutes into the first half.

LAFC rebutted playing inspired soccer for the rest of the first half until Blessing scored his second goal of the game off a Vela rebound to pull the home team with one point heading into halftime.

Eight minutes into the second half, striker Carlos Vela unleashed a left-footed equalizer that beat the Galaxy’s goalkeeper to tie the game and what would be the final result at 3-3.

With the draw, LAFC is winless in the last five meetings between the two squads and although LAFC is the MLS’s best team sitting at 19-15-3 overall, a clear 14 points ahead of the MLS’s second-best team Atlanta United, they are still left wanting more.

The Galaxy are 13-11-3 overall and currently sit in fourth-place in the Western Conference standings.

USC Names JT Daniels Starting Quarterback

| Sports | August 22, 2019

by Diego Marquez

The University of Southern California football team has named a starting quarterback, sophomore JT Daniels.

Head coach Clay Helton named Daniels the starting quarterback after the Mater Dei alumnus lead the offense to a 5-6 overall record in his freshman season with the Trojans. In 11 games, Daniels threw for 2,672 yards, 14 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

The quarterback battle ramped up when the Trojans hired a new offensive coordinator, Graham Harrell. The three reminding quarterbacks on the roster: redshirt sophomore Jack Sears, redshirt junior Matt Fink and freshman Kedon Slovis.

Just two weekends away from the season opener on Saturday August 31st against Fresno State, Daniels steps back into the role that he started in last year, and Slovis is expected to be named the backup after beating out Fink and Sears in the offseason.

Daniels and the Trojans have a rough schedule this year playing No. 13 Washington on September 28th and No. 9 Notre Dame on October 12th on the road, and hosting No. 25 Stanford on September 7th, No. 14 Utah on September 20th and No. 11 Oregon on November 2nd at home.

LA Dodgers and NY Yankees First MLB Teams to Reach 80 wins on Same Day

| Sports | August 15, 2019

by Diego Marquez

The Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Yankees are in familiar company after both teams got their 80th win of the 2019 MLB season on Tuesday.

Earning a 15-1 win over the Miami Marlins in Miami, the Dodgers become the first National League team to complete the feat. The Yankees accomplished the goal earlier in the day in a 8-3 home win against the Baltimore Orioles.

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the major league teams match each others’ win total for the third time in the teams’ history by reaching the 80-win mark on the same night since the 1947 season and again in the 1953 season.

The Dodgers earned an even more impressive conquest by launching six balls over the fences for home runs and are the first team to reach 200 home runs in a season, in dominant fashion, for a third year in a row. The Dodgers home run total is at 203.

Justin Turner and Corey Seager each hit two-run home runs in the seventh and in the fourth, respectively. Cody Bellinger hit a solo home run in the seventh and Matt Beaty a solo in the eight inning. Will Smith had the biggest night, hitting a solo and a two-run home run in the fourth and sixth innings in the Dodgers’ win.

With a solo homer in the seventh, Bellinger’s home run total now comes to 39 on the year, which ties him for MLB lead with crosstown rivals Angels Mike Trout, and the Milwaukee Brewers, and California-native, Christian Yelich.

Smith recorded his first multi-home run game of his career and passed Bellinger with 26 RBIs in 23 games for most RBIs in their first 23 games in the franchise’s history.

Los Angeles Dodgers After Trade Deadline

| Sports | August 8, 2019

by Diego Marquez

The MLB trade deadline came and went on Wednesday, July 31, but did the team with the best record in the big leagues make any significant additions to increase their chances of going to a third straight trip?

The Achilles heel of the Dodgers this season, and quite frankly for the past couple seasons, has been the ineffectiveness of their bullpen as a whole. The Dodgers picked up Joe Kelly and signed him to a three-year $25 million deal from the Boston Red Sox over the offseason. Adding Kelly to a bullpen that already has Kenley Jansen and Pedro Baez, who have both had their shares of woes over the past couple campaigns, still left Los Angeles needing work.

Before the deadline, the Dodgers added five players: Jedd Gyorko, Kristopher Negron, Tyler White and picked up Tampa Bay’s reliever Adam Kolarek. Kolarek was the only addition to the adequate bullpen rotation, but will figure to shoulder some of the load in the later innings
Since Kolarek’s debut in 2017, he has compiled an ERA of 4.17 while striking out 56 batters in 86.1 innings. This year Kolarek has an ERA of 3.92 through 43.2 innings of work and struck out 36 batters in 56 appearances.

With Jansen, Kelly, Baez, Julio Urias and now Kolarek, the Dodgers’ front office will have to wait and see if the moves that they made before the trade deadline were fruitful or just another whiff.

The “Freeway Series” – Dodgers vs. Angels

| Sports | July 26, 2019

by Diego Marquez

The “Freeway Series” at Chavez Ravine lived up to the hype as the Angels were able to stave off a ninth inning comeback by the Dodgers to win 5-4 on Tuesday night.

The Angels handed the Dodgers the third straight loss to their rivals thanks to Mike Trout and Kole Calhoun. The pair of Angels’ sluggers each finished the contest with a home run and key defensive plays to keep the Dodgers from obtaining the win.

Trout delivered his home run blast in the fifth inning off of Kenta Maeda and threw Max Muncy out at home plate in the second inning to keep the Dodgers off the board.

Calhoun also delivered at the plate, going 3-for-5 with two doubles and a leadoff home run in the seventh inning off of Yimi Garcia. But Calhoun’s biggest contribution of the night wasn’t his bat, it was his arm.

In the bottom of the ninth inning, with two outs and Cody Bellinger on second base, Dodgers Kike Hernandez sent a ball into right field, Calhoun got the ball and hurled a blazing throw to home plate. As Bellinger rounded third, it looked as if he would be called safe at home, but Calhoun’s throw made it in time to end the game with an Angels’ victory.

Paseo Aquatics Setting Pace as a Recognized and Accredited Safe Sport Club

| Sports | July 12, 2019

In March of 2019, Paseo Aquatics became one of the first sanctioned swimming clubs in the nation to be recognized by USA Swimming as a Safe Sport club and the first in Southern California Swimming. To date, less than 40 clubs out of some 2500 clubs nationwide have been able to satisfy the requirements set forth by USA Swimming to be recognized.

Paseo Aquatics worked through an accreditation process offered by USA Swimming set forth by the US Center for Safe Sports to ensure clubs are meeting requirements to educate families, coaches and athletes in the preventative measure that can be taken to create a safe environment for kids.

This badge found on Paseo Aquatics website (www.paseoaquatics.org) represents that Paseo Aquatics is a Safe Sport compliant swim club.

“Being such an advocate of youth sports, I was eager to help guide Paseo Aquatics on this most pivotal certifica
tion of becoming an accredited Safe Sport Club,” said Kelly Zancanaro, who serves as Paseo Aquatics Safe Sport representative. “The protection, mentally and physically, of our athletes is imperative to their continued growth, progression and love for the sport of swimming.”

Paseo Aquatics is currently working very diligently to satisfy the Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy (MAAPP), another part of the U.S. Center of Safe Sport.
Paseo Aquatics has been in existence for eight years and for the last six years a USA Sanctioned Swim Club.

As summer approaches and the pools get busy, give Paseo Aquatics a call at (661) 388-5301 to set up an evaluation for your kids to enter the program. Paseo Aquatics offers private lessons, group lessons, pre-competitive swim and competitive swim programs for all ages.

Los Angeles Angels Pitcher Tyler Skaggs Passes Away

| Sports | July 3, 2019

by Diego Marquez

The Los Angeles Angels Baseball organization received devastating news that their left-handed pitcher, Tyler Skaggs, 27, died in a Southlake, Texas hotel on Monday. The Angels were scheduled to play the Texas Rangers, but the game was postponed as a result of the day’s events.

Skaggs was pronounced dead at the scene after police received a distress call of an unconscious man at a hotel room. There is no foul play suspected and an autopsy was scheduled to determine the cause of death.

“It is with great sorrow that we report Tyler Skaggs passed away earlier today in Texas,” said the Angels organization in a statement. “Tyler has, and always will be, an important part of the Angels Family. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Carli, and his entire family during this devastating time. There are no other details at this time, please keep Tyler’s family in your thoughts and prayers.”

It was a somber scene at the Texas Rangers’ ballpark as both teams arrived and left before either clubhouse were open and no players or coaches made any comments to the media before leaving the stadium.

Skaggs was drafted by the Angels in the first round of the 2009 MLB Draft with the 40th selection out of Santa Monica High School. He was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks ahead of the 2010 season and made his MLB Debut with Diamondbacks on Aug. 22, 2012. Skaggs was traded back to the Angels after the 2013 season.

There will be a moment of silence held before today’s game against the Rangers at Globe Life Park. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.

U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team Prepared to Take on France

| Sports | June 27, 2019

by Diego Marquez

In a highly-anticipated 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup match, the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team will take on France in the quarterfinals in Paris at 12 p.m. on Friday.

The USWNT has picked up some detractors along the way, because of how they beat their first three opponents in the group stages, beginning with a 13-0 thumping of Thailand, a 3-0 shutout against Chile before rounding out with another shutout against Sweden, winning 2-0.

Then, in the Round of 16, the USWNT conceded its first goal of the tournament, defeating Spain 2-1 in what most would call the Americans’ first real test to advance to the quarterfinals.

“Hopefully a complete spectacle. Just an absolute media circus,” said Megan Rapinoe in a postgame interview with USA Today’s Nancy Armour about the match with France. “I hope it’s huge and crazy. That’s what it should be. This is the best game, this is what everybody wanted.”

Similarly, France has defeated all four of its opponents thus far, beating South Korea 4-0 in the opening match of group stages before defeating Norway 2-1 and Nigeria 1-0 in the third group stage match.

Drawing Brazil in the Round of 16, France came away with a narrow 2-1 win in extra time to defeat the South American nation and advance to play the USWNT on Friday. If the USWNT were to defeat France, they would match the World Cup record of 15 straight games without a loss set by Germany over the course of games played between 2003-11.

Special Olympics

| Sports | June 27, 2019

The Special Olympics Southern California’s 50th anniversary celebration began June 8 with the 49th annual Summer Games at Cal State Long Beach. More than 1,100 athletes from across Southern California competed for gold, silver, and bronze medals and ribbons in five summer sports, including athletics, basketball, bocce, flag football, and swimming.

Santa Clarita brought home the gold in basketball, swimming, flag football, athletics and bocce ball.

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Coaches: Tyler Burns, Cliff Penick, John Muse
Athletes: Bodey Waldeck, Jonah Stacey, Leon Wilson, Shawn Kuder, Chase Hubbard, Jason Muse

Pictured are the coaches and athletes of the Santa Clarita Valley Sharks, a first-year flag football team, who brought home the gold from their first Summer Games competition. Congratulations to all!

Lakers Turn Their Attention to Signing Other Key Free Agents

| Sports | June 20, 2019

By Diego Marquez

The Los Angeles Lakers finally completed one of the most anticipated trades that’s been lingering over the franchise’s head since about halfway into the season. They acquired All-Star power forward/center Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for the majority of their “young core” that the Lakers had intended to groom, sending players: Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart along with three first round picks, including this year’s No. 4 overall pick in tomorrow’s draft.

Signing Davis was a high priority for the Lakers front office, and now that it’s complete, they can turn their attention to thinning out the rest of the roster and the signing of another max free agent like Kawaii Leonard, Jimmy Butler and Kemba Walker.

“Lakers are trying to expand Anthony Davis trade and create ability to open max salary slot on July 6, sources tell @BobbyMarks42 and me,” said ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski via Twitter. “Lakers offering contracts of Mo Wagner/Jemerrio Jones/Isaac Bonga to additional teams, so L.A. can satisfy CBA rules on creating $32M in space.”

In order to complete the third signing of a max player, Los Angeles’ General Manager Rob Pelinka must have Davis waive his $4 million trade kicker so that the Lakers can free up $32 million in cap space to offer potential free agents. Then the organization can turn its attention to filling out the rest of the roster with complementary role players, with names like Patrick Beverly, JJ Redick and other notable key free agent shooters.

U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team Facing Scrutiny after Record Win against Thailand

| Sports | June 13, 2019

by Diego Marquez

The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team is in some hot water after defeating Thailand 13-0 in the first match of group play in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup on Tuesday.

Defeating Thailand by such a huge margin, the USWNT has been awarded the title of the biggest blowout in the tournament’s history. Alex Morgan tied the tournaments record with five goals, Rose Lavelle and Samantha Mewis each added two goals each while Lindsey Horgan, Megan Rapinoe, Carli Lloyd and Mallory Pugh also contributed with a goal of their own on this historic night.

What people took offense to was the manner and fashion that the U.S. Women celebrated even after they had the game in hand. It became evident as Twitter blew up after Rapinoe’s celebration after scoring the ninth goal.

“0.0 problem with the score line as this is THE tournament BUT celebrating goals (like #9) leaves a sour taste in my mouth like many of you. Curious to see if anyone apologizes for this postgame. #USWNT #FIFAWWC,” tweeted Taylor Twellman, an ESPN soccer analyst and former U.S. men’s national team player.

“I would tone down the celebration on the 9th goal, but that’s just me,” tweeted Max Bretos, an ESPN analyst and the play-by-play announcer for LAFC.

Entering the tournament, the U.S. Women won six straight matches and were 7-1-2 overall in 2019, and according to head coach Jill Ellis didn’t want to let up because it would be disrespectful to their opponent. The previous World Cup margin of victory was in 2007 when Germany defeated Argentina 11-0.

The USWNT continue­­s group play against Chile at 9 a.m. on Sunday on FOX.

Athletes of the Week

| Sports | June 13, 2019

The Special Olympics Southern California’s 50th anniversary celebration began June 8 with the 49th annual Summer Games at Cal State Long Beach. More than 1,100 athletes from across Southern California competed for gold, silver, and bronze medals and ribbons in five summer sports, including athletics, basketball, bocce, flag football, and swimming.

Santa Clarita brought home the gold in basketball, swimming, flag football, athletics, and bocce ball. The SCV Blue Sharks competed for two days, playing five games. They fought hard, winning 3 and losing 2, and they brought home the silver.

Pictured: The SCV Blue Sharks pose with their silver medals after competing at the 49th annual Summer Games at Cal State Long Beach.

Athletes of the Week

| Sports | June 6, 2019

Tiffany Cross is 36 years old and has been competing in Special Olympics (SO) since high school. The first sport she tried was bocce ball, followed by swimming, tennis, bowling, floor hockey, volleyball and basketball.

“Everyone at Special Olympics is very helpful,” Tiffany said. “We are one big family.”

SO has helped Tiffany lose over 170 pounds. When she first started SO she could not run, but now she runs up and down the floor while playing basketball with her team, the Diva Sharks.

Aside from Special Olympics, Tiffany is writing a book, works in a local day program, and does office work with her friends.

Sam Heyrat has been involved with Special Olympics since 2002. He started in swimming and eventually moved on to bowling, snow boarding, flag football and basketball.

Sam feels happy when is with his friends and is comfortable trying any sport he is offered, because he knows he has the support of his coaches and teammates.

During the week, Sam works in a local day program. Sam aspires to be an actor and has been in involved in acting classes in the San Fernando Valley.

Los Angeles Lakers Add Lionel Hollins to Coaching Staff

| Sports | June 6, 2019

by Diego Marquez

Adding to the already star-studded coaching staff on Tuesday, the Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to hire Lionel Hollins to the bench as an assistant coach after hiring new head coach Frank Vogel on May 13.

The Lakers first addition to Vogel’s staff was the hiring of Jason Kidd, who is already the NBA’s highest-paid assistant coach. He was fired from the Milwaukee Bucks during the 2017-18 season after posting an overall record of 23-23 through 45 games.

Hollins served as the Memphis Grizzlies’ head coach for seven seasons before serving as the Brooklyn Nets head coach and compiled a 262-272 record in the eight and a half years as head coach. Coincidently, the two assistant coaches linked up after Hollins took over for Kidd when he left for Milwaukee in 2014.

Kidd’s coaching career began in 2013-14 with the Brooklyn Nets, leading them to a second-place Atlantic Division finish and an Eastern Conference Semifinals appearance.

The addition of Hollins to the Lakers bench gives Los Angeles a veteran coach with playoff experience, as he guided the Grizzlies to their first-ever Western Conference Finals appearance and exited as Memphis’ all-time winningest coach.

The Lakers preseason begins on Oct. 5 as they travel to San Francisco to take on the Golden State Warriors at 5:30 p.m.

UCLA Baseball Gets Top Overall Seed in NCAA Tournament

| Sports | May 30, 2019

by Diego Marquez

The 2018-19 NCAA Baseball season was long and arduous for the University of California, Los Angeles baseball team, but the hard work and perseverance has paid off, as the team comes out on top as the top overall seed in the NCAA Baseball Championships set to begin Friday.

For the first time in program history, the Pac-12 Champions won every series they played this year, finishing the regular season with a 10-game winning streak to hold a 47-8 overall record and being awarded the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament.

The Bruins rounded out the regular season with a batting average of .294 and were inside the top 10 in fielding, hits allowed through nine innings and shutouts. Leading the nation in earned run average (ERA) boasting a 2.59 team ERA, the Burins top throwers: Ryan Garcia and Jack Ralston combine to be a perfect 20-0 this year.

Their bullpen is pretty handy; Nathan Hadley finished with an 8-1 record and closer Holden Powell led the Pac-12 Conference with 16 saves. The Bruins’ arms get 10.5 strikeouts per nine innings with a 3.12 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Backing up the throwing with some hitting, UCLA averages 6.6 runs scored per game and has multiple batters hitting over .300 and has been atop the Division 1 standings for the past 10 weeks as they head into the NCAA Tournament and will open up play against Nebraska-Omaha (31-22-1 overall) who is making their first Division 1 tournament appearance.

The Bruins are the top-overall seed in the Los Angeles Regional and will host the Mavericks on the UCLA campus. The game will be aired on ESPN3 at 7 p.m. on Friday.

Athletes of the Week

| Sports | May 30, 2019

Kayla Livermore is 18 years old and has been in the Special Olympics for five years. She plays on the women’s Diva Sharks basketball team.

“I have great girlfriends on the team and (I) like that my mom helps coach the Divas,” said Kayla. “I always try my hardest to make good shots.”

“I am so proud of Kayla and the Divas,” said Valerie, Kayla’s mother and coach. “The girls are all very positive and they try their hardest.”

Kayla will be graduating from Canyon High School very soon and will be attending COC, and she is really looking forward to her senior trip to Disneyland.

 

Darci Price has been in the Special Olympics (SO) for four years. She plays soccer, softball, and is on the women’s basketball team, the Diva Sharks. She is known to always listen and give 100 percent to the game.

Darci loves being on the Diva’s basketball team because, “I enjoy my teammates. We are buddies and we work together.”

Special Olympics is a way of life for the Price family, as David, Darci’s husband, is an SO coach.

During the week, Darci works at a local grocery store.

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