| Mar 5, 2013
| 11:26 PM
Darren Fells, a former UC Irvine men's basketball standout who has not played football since high school, was signed to a three-year contract as a tight end by the Seattle Seahawks, according to NFL.com.
The 6-foot-7, 230-pound Fells, the story said,...
| Feb 23, 2013
| 9:29 PM
The Super Bowl of NFL Draft scouting — the NFL Draft combine that takes place this week — can dramatically alter the draft status of aspiring players.
Several hundred college seniors and juniors who have declared for the draft are invited...
| Jan 30, 2013
| 5:47 PM
The Harbaugh brothers and Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis are popular stories leading up to Super Bowl XLVII.
The stories are hardly important to Greg and Rebecca Beckler of Orange County. Their attention is on Raelyn Beckler, their toddler...
| Feb 1, 2013
| 12:24 AM
The story of Jesse Sapolu could have been a sad memoir, a cautionary tale for the toughest of men.
Simply put, Sapolu risked his life to play football.
The choices he made against the reality of a heart defect could have served as a warning for...
| Jan 25, 2013
| 11:59 PM
In 1950, the San Francisco 49ers traded Paul Salata to the Baltimore Colts. He doesn't hold any remorse toward the team because of it, far from it.
The 49ers have always held a special place in Salata's heart. They gave him his shot at the NFL....
| Jan 26, 2013
| 11:16 PM
The race to create new ways for fans to enjoy interacting with sports continues. It is evocative of the Oklahoma Land Rush, with innovators competing to create the next new niche that delivers an experience that is novel and fun.
The 800-pound gorilla...
| May 25, 2013
| 6:58 PM
Jesse Sapolu gathered his big students Saturday morning at Edison High.
"We're not coaching today," the former Pro Bowl center said, referring to himself and his coaching staff. "Today is about competition."
Sapolu, the Costa Mesa resident who won...
| May 25, 2013
| 9:01 PM
Laird Hayes, the NFL referee and a Newport Beach resident, was among several "celebrities" who helped raise $90,000 at the inaugural KidWorks Classic Golf Tournament April 29 at Aliso Viejo Country Club, according to a KidWorks press release.
| Dec 28, 2012
| 2:30 PM
Doug Smith says he no longer watches the hazy VHS tape, now nearly three decades old, on which he appears as a hulking accomplice to history.
The former Los Angeles Rams center, who made the first of his six Pro Bowls in 1984 while helping then-teammate...
| Dec 13, 2012
| 9:00 PM
When Allen Hardison sifted through letters from NCAA Division I universities for soccer five years ago he never thought his life would end up where it is now.
He never dreamed he would playing in a college football bowl game in New Mexico on Saturday....
| May 14, 2013
| 11:08 PM
Junior Luke Napolitano, a backup quarterback at Corona del Mar High last season, was named the MVP during the Football University national invite-only camp last month in San Diego.
Napolitano, who is 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds, stood out at quarterback...
| May 16, 2013
| 4:54 PM
NEWPORT BEACH — A special moment took place at The Pacific Club Thursday during the annual Lott IMPACT Trophy watch list luncheon.
Lott opened an envelope that revealed the recipient of a $5,000 check that put the IMPACT Foundation over the $1...