Randy Cross and Sam Cunningham, College Football Hall of Famers

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Randy Cross, the UCLA All-American offensive lineman out of Crespi High, and Sam “Bam” Cunningham, the bruising USC fullback who is credited with helping integrate the game in the South, were among the 14 players elected to the College Football Hall of Fame today.

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Cross, now an analyst for CBS on the NFL and college football, played on the 1976 Rose Bowl championship Bruins team as a guard, starting 28 of his 34 career games, including the final 23. He started a center but was moved to right guard as a junior and went between center and guard as a senior.

A second-round draft pick of the San Francisco 49ers in 1976, he played 13 years, made three Pro Bowls and played on three Super Bowl teams.

“I’m extremely proud and humbled to be selected to be a part of such a special College Football Hall of Fame class,” Cross, who lives near Atlanta, said in a statement through CBS. “My teammates at UCLA share in this honor and without their help and influences this would not be possible. To them I say thank you.

“My late father, Dennis Cross, raised me to be a Bruin and my mother Rita was manager at Dykstra and Sproul residence halls on campus, so UCLA has been a part of life since I can remember. Joining some of the legendary Bruins in the College Football Hall of Fame is very much a young boy growing up in Tarzana dream come true.

“Coaches from UCLA shaped me as a young man, taught me lessons on and off the field and helped in life well after I left Westwood. I owe those men, Steve Butler, Moe Freedman, Terry Donahue, Pepper Rodgers, Dick Vermeil and Bobb McKittrick more than I can ever repay.”

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Cunningham, out of Santa Barbara, was an All-American in 1972 when the Trojans won the national title. He scored four touchdowns in the 1973 Rose Bowl — a modern-day record — and was inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame in 1992

On Sept. 12, 1970, he ran for 135 yards and two touchdowns against an all-white University of Alabama team in Birmingham as USC beat the Tide 42-21. Jerry Claiborne, a Bear Bryant assistant, said: “Sam Cunningham did more to integrate Alabama in 60 minutes than Martin Luther King did in 20 years.” Wilbur Jackson, the first African-American offered a scholarship at Alabama, watched the game from the stands, ineligible to play as a freshman due to NCAA rules at the time.

Cunningham co-authored a book on the game, “Turning Of The Tide: How One Game Changed The South,” that is currently in development for a movie.

Cunningham went on to play for the New England Patriots, rushing for more than 5,400 yards and 49 touchdowns. He’s the older brother of former UNLV and NFL quarterback Randall Cunningham.

Cross and Cunningham will be joined in the College Hall of Fame for a July induction with the late Pat Tillman (Arizona State), Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard (Michigan), Dennis Byrd (North Carolina State), Ronnie Caveness (Arkansas), Ray Childress (Texas A&M), Mark Herrmann (Purdue), Clarkston Hines (Duke), Chet Moeller (Navy), Jerry Stovall (LSU) and Alfred Williams (Colorado). The newly elected Hall of Fame coaches are Barry Alvarez and Gene Stallings.

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Odds are that Phil won’t decide until he has to

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Or, if you’re at Bodog.com and need to capitalize on this, you post odds:

Where will Phil Jackson be coaching for game 1 of the 2010/2011 NBA Regular Season?

Los Angeles Lakers: 2/5

New Jersey Nets: 5/1

Chicago Bulls: 10/1

Cleveland Cavaliers: 15/1

Will not coach: 2/1

Odds of him proposing marriage to Jeanne Buss: Off the table

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It’s elementary: Fox folks react to their 2014 Super Bowl landing sled-first in a Jersey (hopefully) snowstorm

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The NFL’s announcement today that Super Bowl XLVII in 2014 will be staged at the new New York Giants and Jets’ home field in New Jersey — and not the usual warm-weather or domed site — drew this reaction from those in charge at L.A.-based and perfect-climate-controlled Fox, the network that’s in the rotation to televise this game:

David Hill, Fox Sports Media Group Chairman and CEO: “Having the Super Bowl in the new home of the Jets and Giants is fantastic. It’s the biggest sports event in the country on the country’s biggest stage. It’s different, and should create buzz for months leading up to it and if we’re really lucky, it will begin snowing right after halftime.”

Fox NFL studio analyst and former Giants star Michael Strahan: “It’s going to be great. It will add a new dimension to the game that we haven’t seen in many years. Many of the NFL’s most memorable games have been played in inclement weather. As a player, you’ll play anywhere to have an opportunity to win a Super Bowl and as a fan, you’ll be part of a historic game. The way I look at it, anyone who is worried about snow or if it will be too cold doesn’t deserve to go to or play in a Super Bowl.”

Fox play-by-play man Joe Buck: “Staging an event as big as the Super Bowl in New York will be terrific. As far as the weather complaints, you play both conference championship games in whatever city and don’t consider the temperature or conditions. Football is an elements game. I know if I had a ticket, I’d go.”

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Hail to the hurler … he admits he’s guilty … but still looks like a Kruk offspring

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The Associated Press

A 21-year-old New Jersey man pleaded guilty Tuesday to vomiting on another spectator and his 11-year-old daughter in the stands during a Philadelphia Phillies game.

Matthew Clemmens, of Cherry Hill, N.J., pleaded guilty to one count each of simple assault, disorderly conduct and harassment for his conduct during an April 14 Phillies-Nationals game at Citizens Bank Park.

Clemmens stuck his fingers down his throat and vomited on Michael Vangelo, an off-duty Easton police captain, and one of Vangelo’s daughters after Clemmens’ companion was ejected from the park, Assistant District Attorney Patrick Doyle said.

Clemmens and his friend were spilling beer, cursing and heckling Vangelo and his daughters from the time they arrived at their seats, according to a statement of facts read in court.

Vangelo’s 15-year-old daughter asked the pair to stop the profanity, and Vangelo complained to security that Clemmens’ friend was spitting, with some of it hitting his 11-year-old daughter, Doyle said.

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After the friend was ejected, Clemmens was sitting alone behind the Vangelos when he answered his cell phone and said, “I need to do what I need to do. I’m going to get sick,” the prosecutor said.

Clemmens then put his fingers down his throat and threw up on the father, with some vomit splashing onto Vangelo’s younger daughter, Doyle said.

He then punched the father several times in the head before other fans in the stands subdued him, the prosecutor said. He screamed expletives at the crowd as he was led out of the park, Doyle said.

Clemmens’ mug shot showed him with a swollen black eye, and authorities acknowledged he was hit as he was being subdued. No one else was charged in the case.

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