| Jan 7, 2014
| 11:33 PM
Polls are tools some college basketball coaches use for whatever task they deem most important at the time. A favorable ranking can boost confidence, yet prompt a warning against complacency, while a snub can add to the motivational fire for any program....
| Dec 26, 2013
| 9:03 AM
There's an old maxim when tragedy strikes that goes "if it wasn't for bad luck I'd have no luck at all." That accurately characterizes the Los Angeles Laker situation after the recent knee injury to Kobe Bryant that took place against Memphis.
| Oct 31, 2013
| 9:52 PM
An indisputable buzz exists around the UC Irvine men's basketball team this season. Coach Russell Turner and his staff, however, would prefer a purr, the product of the kind of contentment that eventually comes from a championship season.
"It can be a...
| Jul 3, 2013
| 10:47 PM
During the summer last year, Newport Harbor High boys' basketball coach Robert Torribio and his assistant Jason Carey made a vow to bring back the George Yardley Tournament that takes place in the summer.
There were several reasons they wanted to...
| Jul 7, 2013
| 8:35 AM
As I had previously analyzed the situation in my column, Dwight Howard is leaving the Lakers to sign with the Houston Rockets. This signing dramatically alters the power dynamic in the NBA.
My prediction was not based on any inside knowledge, but an...
| Jul 8, 2013
| 11:17 PM
IRVINE — With eight professional tennis players in the house, eight children still put on one of the best performances Monday night at Bren Events Center.
Children from the Center Stage Studio of Aliso Viejo, ages 8 to 10, performed at halftime of...
| Aug 14, 2013
| 10:46 PM
The NFL Draft was held with great hoopla in April, as well as the NBA Draft in June. Usually there are barely any reports of draft pick signings for some time afterward.
The NFL Draft is followed by a snail-like timetable, draftees are raring to go,...
| Aug 20, 2013
| 4:37 PM
Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant and his wife, Vanessa, have put a house on the market in Newport Coast for $8.599 million.
Set on a half-acre and built in 1997, the Mediterranean-style home is set behind gates at the end of a cul-de-sac. “All...
| Jun 23, 2013
| 12:04 AM
The voice in Jonas Lalehzadeh's soul blares at public-address volume, announcing daringly, almost defiantly, his status as an NBA starter.
"From Irrrr-vine and I-rrran, a 6-foot-5 guard ..."
It is the kind of thing a little boy dreams, before he is...
| May 25, 2013
| 8:14 PM
Los Angeles Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro, who had the most successful tenure of any coach in Clipper history, was fired last week by owner Donald Sterling. How does unparalleled success lead to termination?
Was it the intervention of star players with...
| Jan 24, 2013
| 8:26 PM
Bill Walton came through Newport Beach on Tuesday leaving a lasting impression, a sizable impact and a wide range of emotions.
The big man threw it down.
The NBA Hall of Famer made them cry and laugh. He gave out his phone number and email address. He...
| May 4, 2013
| 5:57 PM
Those who attend Marc Warzecha's workshop at UC Irvine this week had better come prepared for serious work.
They're about to learn how to be funny.
Warzecha, a veteran TV actor and writer-director with the Second City, is among the professional...