SU women’s lacrosse sweeps weekend slate, Orange tennis’ season ends with loss to No. 1 Notre Dame

first_img— Compiled by The Daily Orange Sports Staff Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 25, 2010 at 12:00 pm Comments Women’s lacrosseSaco’s speech motivates Orange in 2 victories to close series against UConnTwelve different players scored a goal for SU against Cincinnati, but it was senior midfielder Christina Dove who led the way for the Orange. Dove tallied four goals on the afternoon, including three of the first five of the game.Syracuse was dominant from start to finish, taking a comfortable 13-1 lead into halftime. Senior attack Jackie DePetris added three goals for the Orange, and senior attack Halley Quillinan and freshman attack Michele Tumolo contributed with two goals and an assist.Syracuse had a much tighter contest Sunday but was able to pull it out and extend its winning streak to five. The Orange only led 8-7 at the break but ran away with the game in the second half, outscoring the Cardinals 8-4.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDove scored five goals and had a game-high eight points, becoming Syracuse’s all-time leader in goals with 236. Dove is the active Division I leader in both goals and points (315). Dove wasn’t the only Orange player to get her name in the record books. Tumolo had three goals and three assists, increasing her point total on the season to 60, a new program record for a freshman. Tumolo also holds the freshman record for assists with 31.TennisSyracuse lost to Notre Dame in the semifinal of the Big East championship, ending a record-breaking season. Its program-record 19 regular-season wins were not enough to help take down the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament. The No. 4 seed Orange defeated Marquette, 4-3, in the quarterfinals. SU came from behind after dropping the doubles point and two of the first three singles points.  Sophomore Alessondra Parra clinched the win at the No. 4 spot to put away the match. Parra’s match was also a come-from-behind battle. She lost the first set to opponent Christina Ruiz but won the tiebreaker in the second to force a deciding third set. She won the third in a tiebreaker as well. The tournament took place in South Bend, Ind., which gave Syracuse’s next opponent, Notre Dame, home-court advantage.  The weather Saturday forced the match indoors to the Eck Tennis Pavilion. Although the Orange practices indoors, it was unable to translate that advantage into points.  The Fighting Irish quickly took the doubles point. The Orange’s previously undefeated No. 1 pairing, CC Sardinha and Emily Harman, lost 8-0 to the Notre Dame duo of Kristy Frilling and Kali Krisik. A win at the No. 3 doubles spot left the Orange down 0-1. From there, Notre Dame made quick work of the singles. Frilling dominated Syracuse’s Sardinha 6-2, 6-0. Parra, whose match won the quarters for the Orange, was the final loss of the dual match against Notre Dame.  The final score of the match was 4-0. Notre Dame went on to beat DePaul 4-0 Sunday to win the tournament. This is the third year in row Notre Dame has won the Big East championship. It will continue on to the NCAA tournament.  This is the fifth year in a row the Orange has lost in the semifinals of the championships. Despite head coach Luke Jensen’s outstanding regular season, he has not yet found the ingredient necessary to get his team to the finals.  last_img read more

Schwarzenegger Institute director dies at 62

first_imgBonnie Reiss, the global director of the USC Schwarzenegger Institute, died Tuesday at her home in Malibu. She was 62.Bonnie Reiss (left), stands with University President C. L. Max Nikias and former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist. Photo courtesy of the Schwarzenegger Institute.Reiss served as Arnold Schwarzenegger’s senior advisor during his term as Governor of California. She also served as California secretary of education and held a seat on the California State Board of Education. Schwarzenegger released a statement on Tuesday calling Reiss a treasure to California, the country and everyone she met.“For the past year, she bravely fought cancer, just as she fought for equality and justice, students and the environment, and every other important issue you can imagine throughout her life of public service,” Schwarzenegger said in the statement. “Bonnie inspired me on a daily basis, and her legacy will inspire me forever.”According to the statement, a scholarship has been established in Reiss’ name at the USC Price School of Public Policy. Jack Knott, the dean of the Price School, remembers Reiss as a spirited individual.“She’s just been a dynamic leader of the Schwarzenegger institute,” Knott said. “She got the institute off the ground and built it from scratch with Arnold and the faculty and staff here. She made it well-known, not only here at USC but across the country and internationally.”People loved working with Reiss because of her energy, compassion and infectious enthusiasm, Knott said. Conyers Davis, director of programming and special projects at the Schwarzenegger Institute, said Reiss’ energy made working for her pleasant. “Working for Bonnie was first and foremost fun,” Davis said. “She really spent a lot of time and energy making sure that as much as we were getting important things done at the Schwarzenegger Institute, we were having a good time while we did it.”Davis said Reiss’ compassion is what set her apart from others he’s worked for in the past. Reiss was a mentor to almost everyone she met, Davis recalled. He said she was most comfortable doing work that she knew she would not be recognized for.“Her name isn’t on a lot of the great legislation that was passed in the last 10 to 15 years here in California but her fingerprints were on so much of it,” Davis said. “She was very comfortable not being the person who got the credit for all the work.”Reiss also founded the nonprofits Earth Communications Office and After-School All-Stars. She also created the Spotlight Award, which recognizes USC undergraduate students for their civic engagement and volunteerism.“She really believes in this power of one where a single individual could make a big difference,” Knott said. “Her setting up the Spotlight Award for undergraduate students to honor students who have also been inspirational through their volunteerism reflects that.”Reiss is survived by her sister Sandi Rabrich, her niece Lori Siegerman, her nephew Jeff Rabrich and her dog Bu Reiss. Rabrich said she will miss her sister’s loving spirit.“She was giving, loving and she only had the best interest in heart for the environment, for the world [and] for her friends,” Rabrich said. “She was a wonderful sister; her accomplishments were terrific but on a personal level, that’s what meant most to me.”last_img read more

Opponent preview: What to know about Georgia Tech

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (14-12, 7-8 Atlantic Coast) hopes to begin its bounce-back end to the season at 4 p.m. Saturday against Georgia Tech in the Carrier Dome. SU traveled to Atlanta, Georgia earlier in the season and blew out the Yellow Jackets, 97-63. On Saturday, the Orange hope for more of the same.Here’s what to know about GT ahead of the matchup.All-time series: Series tied, 6-6Last time they played: On Dec. 7, Syracuse scored its highest point total of the season in a 97-63 rout of the Yellow Jackets in Atlanta, Georgia. Elijah Hughes had perhaps his strongest game of the year, scoring 33 points and shooting 6-for-11 from 3-point range.The Georgia Tech report: Since Syracuse last played Georgia Tech, the Yellow Jackets have completely morphed into a new team after the return of starting point guard Jose Alvarado. Without Alvarado on the floor, Michael Devoe was required to be the team’s primary playmaker. This was something he took on successfully in less competitive games but when he disappeared against the Orange the Yellow Jackets were not only beat, but destroyed. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAlvarado and Devoe sharing the floor together makes guarding the Yellow Jackets guards tricky. Devoe is adept as a shooter and shot creator from anywhere on the floor and Alvarado scores his points in the flow of the offense, with teams always wary of his ability to pass. With a team like Syracuse that can’t deny the paint, overplaying him can only bolster one of his biggest strengths.How Syracuse beats GT: Force Georgia Tech to shoot jump shots. We’ve seen this several times this year, where SU has stayed in a game that normally wouldn’t be close because it forced the opponent to get much of its production from the outside. If SU clogs driving lanes, Alvarado and Devoe will have many of their usual scoring and playmaking options cut off. That coupled with another offensive explosion couldn’t hurt, either.Stat to know: 29.9 — The Yellow Jackets’ 3-point percentage, the 319th-ranked rate in the nation.KenPom odds: Syracuse has a 66% chance to win the game Saturday, with a projected final score of 73-69, per KenPom.Player to watch: Jose Alvarado, guard, No. 10When Syracuse played Georgia Tech last, its offense was stagnant and there was little movement. Alvarado will effectively wipe out that concern, as creation for himself or another is his best asset. The Yellow Jackets starting point guard isn’t just a passer, though. He averages the second-highest point total on the team at 14 points per game and can find offense in many different situations. Comments Published on February 22, 2020 at 10:34 am Contact Michael: mmcclear@syr.edu | @MikeJMcClearylast_img read more

SuperSport to Feature WWE Clash of Champions on September 16

first_imgDstv and GOtv viewers will be in for a thrilling night of professional wrestling action as SuperSport features the 2019 WWE Clash of Champions from the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina on September 16 at 12:00am on SuperSport 4The headline match for the Clash of Champions is the finals match for the King of the Ring tournament. This will see one of the following Raw representatives – Samoa Joe, Ricochet or Baron Corbin – face either Elias or Chad Gable of Smackdown to win the legendary title, which has helped launch the careers of wrestlers such as Bret Hart, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Kurt Angle and Brock Lesnar.But the King of the Ring final is just one of the major matches on the card, with every single WWE Championship belt set to be defended through the course of the event. This includes the Women’s Smackdown Championship (Bayley v Charlotte Flair), WWE Championship (Kofi Kingston v Randy Orton), WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championship (The New Day v The Revival) and the WWE Intercontinental Championship (Shinsuke Nakamura v The Miz), amongst others. One of the most unique storylines heading into WWE’s Clash of Champions is the relationship between Seth Rollins and Braun Strowman. The pair will face off for Rollins’ WWE Universal Championship in one of the most eagerly anticipated battles of the event, but also be teammates in defence of the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship against the duo of Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler.SuperSport viewers can also enjoy Alex Bliss & Nikki Cross v Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship, a fierce rivalry between Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks, with ‘The Man’ putting her WWE Raw Women’s Championship on the line, and a potential thriller as Drew Gulak, Humerto Carrillo and Lince Dorado face each other in a Triple Threat Match for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

CAF Set To Collaborate With CDES For Ex-African Players

first_imgThe Confederation of African Football (CAF) are in advanced talks on a partnership arrangement with the Center for Law and Economics of Sport (CDES) in France.The partnership is in a bid for former African players to receive training in football administration and governance.The proposed collaboration between CAF and the renowned CDES of the University of Limoges was made known via a statement which read as follows: “The Confederation of African Football (CAF) wants to collaborate with the Center for Law and Economics of Sport (CDES) in France, so that former players in Africa can benefit from training in football administration and governance.The African Football Confederation (CAF), which its new president, Ahmad Ahmad, wants to modernize, has moved closer to the well-known Center for Law and Economics of Sport (CDES) of the University of Limoges.The objective: to form a partnership so that former African players receive training in football administration and governance (management, stadium management, match organization …).Seeking to involve more former champions in the development of this sport on the continent, the Confederation would like these courses to be taught in English and French.” the statement concluded.RelatedSouthampton FC vs Manchester UnitedJune 30, 2017Similar postFIFA Ends Six-Month CAF TakeoverFebruary 3, 2020In “Africa”Audit Report Finds Possible Embezzlement Of $4.6m CAF FundsFebruary 8, 2020In “Africa”last_img read more

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho says Troy Parrott still has ‘a lot to learn’

first_imgTOTTENHAM manager Jose Mourinho did not promise Troy Parrott any future game time despite getting onto the field against Wolves at the weekend.The youngster made his second Premier League appearance, coming off the bench late as Spurs found themselves 3-2 losers.1 Mourinho insists Parrott will need to be patientCredit: ReutersAnd Mourinho did not promise the youngster any future game time when quizzed about the Dubliner on Tuesday.He said of Parrott: “He has qualities, he has potential, he is not an end product and has a lot to learn.”He has a lot to develop at every level but he is going to be on the bench tomorrow again and a few minutes he has played already.HAPPY TO BE HERE”He has two appearances in the Premier League which is something that is not very normal with 18-year-old kids so I think it is a privilege and I think in this moment he understands the privilege that he has to be training and being part of the first team every day.”Parrott recently signed a new contract with the club and will be hoping to secure more game time come the business end of the season.Speaking after the Wolves defeat, Mourinho said of Parrott: “He’s not ready. He’s a good kid we want to help, not only on the pitch but off it.MOST READ IN SPORT THROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless'”He’s a kid who’s going to have real opportunity but when we decide it’s right. He was on the bench because Lamela said he was not ready.”He was on the bench so for the last five minutes we brought him on to give some more space for Dele.”The 18-year-old made his international debut late last year in a friendly against New Zealand at the Aviva Stadium but failed to get on the score sheet and has already been ruled out of selection for the crunch play off against Slovakia.last_img read more

Oceania rugby appoints first female representative

first_imgThe announcement was made in Fiji by Oceania Rugby President Richard Sapias.”I am delighted to announce that at our recent Oceania Rugby Board meeting – the directors and I unanimously appointed Fiji’s Cathy Wong to be Oceania Rugby’s first female representative to the World Rugby Council,” he said.”World Rugby as an outcome of its Council Meeting in November last year, in London, underscored its commitment to furthering gender equality at all levels of the organization by announcing sweeping reforms of its Council with an ambition of at least one-third women’s representation from 2018 onwards,” Sapias said.”Cathy’s appointment will give Women’s Rugby in the Oceania Region a louder voice to share the work that our Member Unions are doing to increase participation and involvement at all levels of the game,” he added.Sapias noted that through this historic and unprecedented decision spearheaded by Chairman Bill Beaumont, World Rugby has now increased the number of people who sit on Council – its highest decision-making body – from 32 to 49, with the 17 new representatives to be women.”This appointment will strengthen the recognition of women as Board directors and the value women bring into boards,” Cathy Wong said at the announcement.”It recognises the importance that World Rugby has placed women in the highest level of governance in rugby, the contribution we bring to the table and our contribution towards building an inclusive model of decision making,” she added.”I see this as a major breakthrough in changing the mind-set that women can be the best at whatever they choose to be,” she mentioned.”I would like to see us maximize the power of athletes as mentors and agents for change in issues like violence against women, harassment in sports, drugs in sports, safeguarding of athletes, the fight against NCD’s (Non-Communicable Diseases) in Oceania,” she added.In order to support that growth, promote greater parity at all levels across the sport and further strengthen and grow the game globally; the Council Meeting last year also ratified and approved a new strategic Women’s Plan.Rugby Services Manager Oceania, World Rugby and General Manager, Oceania Rugby Bruce Cook said,”Rugby’s popularity makes it an ideal platform to raise awareness, build understanding, adjust negative social norms, and support innovative solutions to promote gender-equality and to end violence against women and girls.””Cathy’s appointment on the back of this transformational reform – will change the way rugby is governed going forward; making a difference not just for women in rugby but for all of rugby,”Cook further added, “a record number of women’s team are now competing at national and international level.””Since 2015, almost 80 thousand girls in 14 Pacific Island countries have participated in “Get into Rugby” and in 2017, 56% of Get into Rugby participants were girls,” Cook said.”We place our utmost confidence and pledge our continued support to Cathy and congratulate her once again on her appointment, Cook added.Cathy has had a notable career in sports-medicine and was former Director of Physiotherapy for Fiji Rugby Union (FRU).FRU Chief Executive Officer John O’Connor said, “this is a historic milestone for FRU and likewise for rugby in Fiji as Cathy is the first Fijian woman or Fijian to be appointed to the World Rugby Council.””In 2016 we were proud to nominate Cathy as one of the independent members to the Oceania Rugby Council and we are so proud now to hear the announcement of her appointment to the World Rugby Council,” O’Connor added.”Congratulations to Cathy and we wish her all the best in her appointment to the World Rugby Council and we look forward to working with her in growing the women’s game in Fiji,” O’Connor concluded.last_img read more

AZ Reid admits San Miguel took Blackwater lightly

first_imgJapeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum The Elite hung on to the lead as the clock ran out to go up 2-0 in a surprise start. “We started relaxing, chilling, and thinking it’s funny, laughing, and joking,” said Reid who finished with 26 points and 12 rebounds. “Just keep your mouth shut and try to play the best that you can, and hopefully you come out on top.”The loss sent the Beermen to fall to the seventh seed with a 1-1 record instead of being at the second spot with a 2-0 card and tied with Magnolia and Blackwater.San Miguel, though, will have more than two weeks of break as the PBA heads into recess to accommodate the fourth window of the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers.“We just got to regroup and hopefully everyone takes it seriously next time,” said Reid. “We got to stay tough, mentally tough, get a lead and not fold, not break. We broke tonight, and it resulted in a loss.” ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Sigh of relief as Slaughter walks off tweaked ankle Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title The Elite were able to stun the mighty Beermen, 103-100, for their second straight win and import AZ Reid knows why they lost to a team that bears little history.“We took them lightly, we didn’t play the way we normally play, like the way we played in the first game,” said Reid Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “We played around, a lot of smiling, a lot of joking, so we lost.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’San Miguel was ahead 82-74 heading into the fourth quarter but the Elite chipped away at the margin throughout the period.After falling behind 92-91 off of Chris Ross’ three at the 5:46 mark, the Elite mounted a 7-0 run to take a 98-92 lead on Henry Walker’s triple with 3:29 left in the game. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown In terms of history, no other team in the PBA can match up to San Miguel but for one night in the 2018 Governors’ Cup humble Blackwater was able to write its own footnote.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

Lasorda’s optimism in usual overdrive

first_imgAnd, before I’m even able to ask Lasorda a question about how he feels about being on the threshold of turning 80, he launches into a stream of consciousness spiel about the greatness of the Dodgers and the greatness of Frank McCourt and the greatness of Ned Colletti and the greatness of his still drawing a paycheck from the team as vice-president/special adviser to McCourt. “What a tremendous owner Frank McCourt has turned out to be,” says Lasorda, who would never bite the hand that feeds him unless, of course, it was overflowing with linguini and clams. “He has treated me so great, and made me feel so welcome and utilized my expertise. I’ve been impressed with him ever since he’s been here with the way he’s always going around shaking hands with fans and saying hello to people. “Can you believe it?” he says. “Where have all the years gone? I just can’t believe how old I’ve become. I’m now playing the back nine. But the one good thing about getting old is that it means at least you didn’t die when you were young.” Well, that’s one curious way to look at it, although that might be the only shining virtue of the aging process irrespective of retirement. Naturally, Tommy Lasorda has had a typically frenetic offseason, traveling around the country giving speeches at various colleges, fraternal organizations, retirement parties, baseball banquets, and just about any other imaginable gathering. “I just spoke in downtown L.A. the other day to a group of firemen,” says Lasorda, who also bestows his rhetorical charms routinely at police functions. “I just told them how important they are to the community, and how they so often put their lives on the line to protect us.” Even at this late date, Tommy Lasorda, who’s never too busy to sign an autograph or gab with an admirer, still finds it difficult to believe how fortunate he has been throughout his existence. “Who’s been more blessed than me?” he says. “Wonderful wife. Wonderful family. Wonderful organization I’ve worked for since I was a kid. I’m a guy who got lucky and has done what he wanted to do all his life. …” They staged the Long Beach State women’s volleyball banquet last Monday night at the Ramada Renaissance, and it was quite a lively affair with stirring speeches from Brian Gimmillaro, Dr. F. King (The Boy Wonder) Alexander and Vic Cegles, as well as from Gimmillaro’s three seniors, Heather Hetzer, Robin Miramontes and Mariko Crum. Naturally, Long Beach’s very own Cindy Crawford, Dania Gimmillaro, dazzling 6-foot wife of the 5-9 Gimmillaro, stood out sartorially in her shockingly gleaming knee-high white boots and chic mini-skirt, and, oh, did she and I have an uncontrollable giggle together at the expense of, of all people, this city’s zaniest character, Dickie (Too Fast Too Furious/Count Dracula) Babian. Mr. Babian, the incredibly colorful 72-year-old, 5-foot-2 1/2, 240-pound owner of Crow’s, was seated at the Gimmillaro table, along with me, Mr. Moneybags, Glen Bickerstaff and his spunky wife Debbie, and also Susan St. Germain, revered, exquisite better half of acclaimed tooth eradicator Dr. Terri St. Germain, when Mr. Moneybags was called upon to deliver a speech that, incidentally, turned out to be quite moving. But, as Bickerstaff, who has donated millions to the university and is one of this community’s stellar philanthropists and stellar guys, walked to the podium and the crowd drew respectfully silent, there was Dickie Babian in his shrieking voice shouting into his cell phone, “What’d you say? I can’t hear you!” All the patrons in the room fixed their glaze on Ol’ Dickie Boy, who was totally oblivious that he had become the center of attention. Dania Gimmillaro and I erupted into seizures of guffaws, much to the growing irritation of Spunky Bickerstaff, ever protective of dear hubby. Visibly embarrassed when he finally realized his conversation was being listened to by everybody, Mr. Babian, who somehow fit into his stylish black suit – think of a bowling ball adorned in an Armani – apologized humbly and looked as though someone had spray-painted his face red. But no one was upset with Dickie Babian, who, after all, had moments earlier written out a $1,000 check to Gimmillaro’s program. Later, the Gimmillaros even joined Babian and myself at his joint for a quick one – Dickie plied the coughing, wheezing Brian with three 7Ups against his wishes – and he introduced us to his beautiful former wife, Delores Babian, who now lives in Florida and who should be granted sainthood for remaining with Dickie for 28 years. And Delores Babian, who has a stunning facial resemblance to Andy Granatelli perhaps because the STP guy is her uncle, even told me she’d consider remarrying the old codger if only he would desist with his wild lifestyle. “I’m too old to stop drinking,” says Babian, who will do a lot of it during the next three weeks when he goes on a Caribbean vacation. … I’d be more excited if Sugar Shane Mosley were fighting Floyd Mayweather on May 5 than Oscar De La Hoya. Mosley already has beaten De La Hoya twice, and looked overwhelming in pitching a 12-round shutout last Saturday night against Luis Collazo. He’d at least have a chance against Mayweather because of his speed. I’ll be surprised if the slower, aging De La Hoya is able to land so much as one solid punch against Mayweather. … I don’t think I’ve ever avoided a red light going south on Bellflower at either 7th Street or Pacific Coast Highway. … Nice touch by Joe (The Fixer) Picarelli Wednesday to call and wish me a Happy Valentine’s Day. And it would have been astonishingly nice had only I been in Paris rather than Long Beach. … Someone told me they played the Pro Bowl last Saturday. Funny, but I once again skipped watching a game that should have been disbanded long ago, so help me Drew Brees. … I think I’ll skip watching the NBA All-Star match Sunday, too. … I’m not sure any coach in college basketball is doing a better job this season than Virginia Tech’s Seth Greenberg, who holds two victories over North Carolina and beat Duke at Durham. … Dean Spanos should have fired Marty Schottenheimer before the playoffs, not in the middle of February. … Donald Sterling made a horrible mistake giving Mike Dunleavy a long-term contract because he definitely will wind up firing him before its conclusion. … Finally made contact with the former Long Beach State president, Dr. Robert (Fightin’ Bob) Maxson, and it turns out he hasn’t become a fishing recluse with wife Sylvia at their San Juan Islands estate, but has been busy doing his consulting chores in recent months at state colleges in Northern California. He wants all his friends in Long Beach to know that he is happy, healthy and hearty, and also says, “I think King Alexander is doing a wonderful job at Long Beach State. He has been just terrific.” Bob Maxson is echoing the prevailing community sentiment. … If Brian Gimmillaro hadn’t have made it as a legendary women’s volleyball coach, he easily could have made it as a televangelist. He might not be Joel Osteen, but he would have given him serious competition. I always become hopelessly mesmerized listening to Brian’s talks. … Ran into Eric Karros last weekend in Las Vegas, and he’s just moved over from ESPN to Fox Sports where he signed to a three-year deal to do baseball. … Gary Anderson has been doing another commendable job this season at Long Beach City College. … My pal, Brian O’Connor, the venerable Cerritos Black Angus mixologist, says he, too, is going to put in a paternity claim on the 5-month-old daughter of the late Anna Nicole Smith. “Why not … everyone else is,” he says with a certain amount of logic. “I served Anna Nicole drinks in late 2005 and we later went out up in Hollywood and had a good time.” To be honest, I doubt my pal’s veracity in this one. The only places O’Connor ever goes around in this area are to bars to serve drinks and consume them and to race tracks to bet horses who follow horses. … Checking out Nashville, Tenn., this weekend, and, eat your heart out Frank Burlison, even will attend Saturday’s game between No. 1 Florida against Vanderbilt. … The young community-oriented owners of the Gaslamp on PCH, Alicia Shelton and Jennifer McDonald, are putting on a big charity shindig Wednesday night to benefit Long Beach police officers Roy Wade Jr. and Abe Yapp. Both men were shot and critically wounded in the line of duty on Dec. 22, and both have been making remarkable recoveries from their injuries. Doors will open at 5 p.m., and there will be no admission charge. All proceeds from food and drinks will go to the Long Beach Police Officers Association. This affair was the brainchild of Shelton, McDonald and the Southern Wines & Spirit bigwig, Bernie (The Prince of Tabs) Selmanson, who will donate the liquor. The Blue Steel band will provide the entertainment, and there will be both drawings and auctions for prizes at a most worthy event that I’m sure will draw an overflow crowd. Doug Krikorian can be reached at doug.krikorian@presstelegram.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! I need laughter, I need optimism, I need uplifting rhetoric to shield me from the creepy world news and the vain combat I’ve been waging my entire life against the relentless, cruel, dark demon that is time. And so I call up Mr. Pollyanna himself, Tom Lasorda, who Thursday officially began his 58th year with the Dodger organization when he flew back to Vero Beach for the start of the team’s spring training. center_img “He’s bringing back the family atmosphere to the Dodgers that disappeared for a while after Peter (O’Malley) left. There was a time when every team in baseball tried to pattern itself after the Dodgers, and Frank McCourt is trying for the team to reach that level of identity again.” Tom Lasorda pauses momentarily to catch his breath. “What a fantastic job Ned Colletti has done,” he resumes. “The offseason acquisitions of Juan Pierre and Luis Gonzalez are going to upgrade our offense. And Jason Schmidt is a very tough pitcher who always gave us trouble. And Randy Wolf is a very good pitcher if his arm comes back. Ned has put together a good blend of young players and veterans. “I like our team. I like our general manager. I like our owner. Oh, I’m just looking so forward to this season. I promise you, it’s going to be a memorable one. As entertaining as we were last season, we’ll be even more entertaining this season.” Before ol’ Tommy crowns the Dodgers as World Series champions of the 2007 season, I interrupt and wonder how he feels about that milestone birthday he will celebrate on Sept. 22 that will mark the 80th year he has graced this planet with his divine presence. last_img read more