Play it forward: Feb. 28-March 6 on your L.A. sports calendar

Highlights of the week ahead in sports, both here and afar:



NHL: Kings vs. Detroit, Staples Center, 7:30 p.m., FSW:

The league’s trade deadline arrives, and what do the Kings have to show for it? The Red Wings, easily leading the Western Conference’s Central Division and second overall in the conference standings, could line up as a possible first-round playoff opponent for the Kings — but why should they worry? The Kings have beaten the Red Wings twice already this season, including 5-0 in Detroit in mid-December.

NBA: Clippers at Sacramento, 7 p.m., Prime:

No matter how serious the Maloofs are about moving these Kings to Anaheim (the deadline to declare is tomorrow), would they dare keep naming them the “Kings”? How would that go over in the O.C.?


NBA: Lakers at Minnesota, 5 p.m., Channel 9:

These teen-wolves still aren’t scaring anyone. Paging Rickey Rubio? You betcha.


NBA: Clippers vs. Houston, Staples Center, 7:30 p.m., Prime:

Still waiting for Yao Ming to come out from behind the Staples Center curtain for his All-Star game intro.

NHL: Ducks vs. Detroit, Honda Center, 7 p.m., FSW:

What can Dan Ellis do for these Ducks?


College basketball: UCLA at Washington, 6 p.m., ESPN2; USC at Washington State, 7 p.m.:

If you’re looking at tie-breaker scenarios, as both angle for the runner-up spot behind Arizona in the Pac-10 standings, the Bruins need to avoid a Huskies’ sweep in the season series. Washington won at Pauley Pavilion for the first time in four years, 74-63, last month behind Matthew Bryan-Amaning’s 21 points and 10 rebounds. Isaiah Thomas added 17 points and nine assists.

NHL: Kings vs. Phoenix, Staples Center, 7:30 p.m., FSW:

Another important battle for positioning in the West.

Golf: PGA’s Honda Classic, first round, noon, Golf Channel:

They move everything now to presumably sunny Florida, starting in Palm Beach Gardens. NBC has the last two rounds Saturday and Sunday at noon.


NBA: Lakers vs. Charlotte, Staples Center, 7:30 p.m., FSW:

And we all know how well the Lakers do against the Bobcats. Charlotte’s 20-point smacker on Valentine’s Day means it has beaten the Lakers in eight of their last 10 meetings — and it’s one of only two teams in the NBA with a winning record against the Lakers. Who needs Larry Brown?

NHL: Ducks vs. Dallas, Honda Center, 7 p.m., Prime:

Brad Richards, Star or not?


College basketball: UCLA at Washington State, 2:30 p.m., FSW; USC at Washington, 7:30 p.m., FSW:

Last chance to make someone proud before the Pac-10 tournament begins at Staples Center next week. Who’ll avoid the play-in games?

NHL: Kings vs. Vancouver, Staples Center, 1 p.m., FSW:

Here some them Sedin twins again.

NBA: Clippers vs. Denver, Staples Center, 7:30 p.m., Prime:

No Carmelo, no worries.


NBA: Lakers at San Antonio, 12:30 p.m., Channel 7:

What do you make of West coach Gregg Popovich giving Tim Duncan just 11 minutes of gametime in the recent NBA All-Star exhibition at Staples Center, and another 20 more to Manu Ginobili — and then squeezing a combined 54 minutes out of Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol, including crunch-time grind production down the stretch of what turned out to be a close game? Even Justin Bieber could figure out that gamesmanship. These two Western Conference sparring partners could be at a crossroads, with the Spurs, leaders since last October, showing their age, and the Lakers, laying back, in prime form to make another statement. The Spurs have won the previous two meetings, including 89-88 at Staples earlier this month on that crazy Antonio McDyess tipin at the buzzer.

NHL: Ducks vs. Vancouver, Honda Center, 5 p.m., Prime:

You figure out which Sedin is which yet?

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First time’s a charm: Notre Dame High starts its Athletic Hall of Fame with eight inductees in Saturday ceremony

Greg Goossen, David Kopay, Tim Foli, John Vella, Larry Deisinger, Gordy Ceresino, Lee Danielsen and the late Bill Stifter are the first inductees into the Notre Dame High of Sherman Oaks’ Athletic Hall of Fame, in a ceremony set for Saturday night at the NDHS gymnasium.

Athletic director and head football coach Kevin Rooney is among the 13 members of the Hall of Fame committee, headed by Charlie Perkins. The event, which begins at 6 p.m., will have Notre Dame alum Bill Seward, a sports anchor at KFWB-AM (980) and KNBC-Channel 4, as the master of ceremonies.


Goossen (Class of ’64), a four-year varsity baseball letterman who also played two years of football, got in six years of a major-league career as a catcher, first baseman and outfielder with the N.Y. Mets, Seattle Pilots, Milwaukee Brewers and Washington Senators from 1965-’70 after he was drafted by the Dodgers. Goossen, who had his best season with the one-year expansion Pilots in 1969, was the subject of a feature story in the Daily News in 2009 (linked here).


Kopay (Class of ’60) lettered in football, track and basketball, and accepted a football scholarship to Marquette. But when the university dropped the sport, he joined his brother Tony and went on to be an All-American running back at the University of Washington, playing offense and defense and scoring his team’s only touchdown in a ’64 Rose Bowl loss to Illinois. He then played in the NFL from 1964-’72 with San Francisco, Detroit, New Orleans, Oakland and Green Bay. Three years after his retirement, he made national news as the first pro team sports athlete to come out as gay. His 1977 best-selling book, “The David Kopay Story” continues to stand as ground-breaking piece of literature, leading to his becoming a leading public speaker on human rights issues.


Foli (Class of ’68), a captain in football, baseball and basketball at the school and offered a football scholarship at USC, was the No. 1 overall draft choice of the New York Mets in ’68 — ahead of Thurman Munson, Bobby Valentine, Greg Luzinski and Gary Matthews — plus Steve Garvey, Davey Lopes, Ron Cey and Bill Buckner. He made his debut with the team as a shortstop two years later. The infielder had a 16-year MLB career with the Mets, Expos, Giants, Pirates, Angels and Yankees, and winning a World Series with Pittsburgh in 1979. He went on to be a coach with Texas, Milwaukee, Kansas City, Cincinnati and Washington.

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Vella (Class of ’68), another three-sport standout in high school, became a star offensive tackle for USC’s football team, drafted in the second round of the ’72 NFL draft by Oakland, playing on the standout Raiders’ offensive line in the ’77 Super Bowl with Gene Upshaw, Art Shell, Dave Dalby and George Buehler, and staying in the league through 1980.

Deisinger (Class of ’59) was the school’s first All-CIF player in football as a senior, also lettering in track, before joining the Air Force. Ceresino (Class of ’75) went on to be a member of the Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame for his career as a linebacker and played a season for the 1979 San Francisco 49ers. Danielsen (Class of ’62) was an All-American swimmers, breaking the four-minute barrier in the 400 yard freestyle for the first time. He swam four more years at Ohio State, where he was a two-time All-American, before joining the Air Force. Stifter (Class of ’62) was an All-CIF quarterback for the Knights who went on to play halfback and defensive back for the University of Washington. A cardiologist living in Seattle, he died in a plane crash in 2008.

In addition to the Hall of Fame inductions, Ron Renaud (Class of ’64), a long-time volunteer and a member of the school’s board of directors, will receive the Knight of Honor award for 2011. Previous winners of this include alums such as Admiral Mike Mullen (’64), the current chair of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff; Paul Sunderland (’70), a star volleyball and basketball player and now a well-known sports broadcaster; Terry Donahue (’62), the former UCLA head footblal coach; and Jamie (’83) and the late Maggie Dixon (’95), who went on to be successful major college basketball coaches.

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Getting to the Poynt(er): ESPN goes to outside source for ombudsmanship-shape appraisal


ESPN sideline reporter Erin Andrews recently signed a deal to be a spokesperson for Reebok. Is that a problem? How about the timing of it — two weeks after her damaging report on Nike football shoe during the BCS national title game, featuring Oregon, and its deep Nike connection? “Journalists can review products,” media ethicist Kelly McBride of the Poynter Institute recently told The Oregonian (linked here). “But they can’t take money from a company to endorse them. That totally ruins their credibility.” ESPN responded by saying that if Andrews reports on sneakers, she’ll reveal her connection to the brand. With a new ESPN/Poynter media ethics review bring this issue up? The photo above, by the way, is one of the photo poses she now uses in her Twitter profile wallpaper (linked here) Does she just not get it?

Having used an independent ombudsman individual to occasionally critique the way they do business and then post a column on their website, ESPN has recruited a panel at the Poynter Institute of media studies for an 18-month run to comment on how the network conducts its business.

The Poynter Review Project will star posting commentaries in March on

The Poynter Institute ( was founded in 1975 in St. Petersburg, Fla. and has become one of the nation’s top schools for professional journalists, teachers and news media leaders, with training in online and multimedia, leadership and management, reporting, writing and editing, TV and radio, ethics and diversity, journalism education and visual journalism.


John Walsh, ESPN’s executive vice president and executive editor, calls the Poynter Institute’s reputation in the field of journalism “unmatched and we welcome the panel’s scrutiny in this new format. Our goal is to improve our content through increased accountability, transparency and timeliness. We believe The Review will take the traditional ombudsman role and advance it for the 21st century media world.”

Added Poynter President Karen B. Dunlap in a statement: “This project with ESPN allows us to join with a major multi-media organization interested in the connection between values and quality news and information. For more than 35 years, Poynter has taught the skills and values on which journalism excellence is based. As media evolve we have new opportunities to promote and learn from best practices–across all platforms.”

Former TV producer Don Ohlmeyer was the latest ESPN ombudsman, preceded by former New York Times sports editor Le Anne Schreiber and former Washington Post sports editor George Solomon. All had 18-month terms.

Among the Poynter contributors:

== Kelly McBride, a writer, teacher and one of the country’s leading voices on media ethics, on the Poynter faculty for eight years — and mentioned above in that Oregonian story.

== Regina McCombs, Poynter’s faculty for multimedia and mobile, teaches digital skills in on-site and distance-learning programs. She was the senior producer for multimedia at in Minneapolis-St. Paul.

== Butch Ward is both managing director and a member of the Poynter faculty who coordinates the Institute’s business departments and teaches leadership, management, editing, reporting and writing. He was a journalist for 27 years at The Philadelphia Inquirer and Baltimore News-American.

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Play it forward: Feb. 21-27 on your sports calendar

Highlights of the week ahead in sports, both here and afar:



NHL: Washington at Pittsburgh, 4:30 p.m., Versus:

It’s back indoors for this President’s Day affair, after that New Year’s Day meeting on Heinz Field where the Caps won, 3-1, and then beat the Pens, 3-0, on Super Bowl Sunday. Any more heated words between these two will ruin the holiday for all of us.



NBA: Lakers vs. Atlanta, Staples Center, 7:30 p.m., FSW:

Had a nice, relaxing All-Star break? Now shake it off. Recess is over — one that for the Lakers started midway through a lethargic loss in Orlando two Sundays ago. This marks the start of the last 25 regular season games, with 14 of them at home. Hawks coach Larry Drew, the former Lakers guard, has a team fifth overall in the Eastern Conference and 7-3 in its last 10 road games.

NBA: Clippers at Oklahoma City, 5 p.m., Prime:

The afterglow of NBA All-Star weekend hits home for Blake Griffin. He had arranged to have close friend Wilson Holloway attend this game, Griffin’s first as a pro in his home town. But Holloway’s death at 22 last week after a battle with cancer changed everyone’s plans – he was to attend Holloway’s funeral on Monday.



NHL: Kings at Ducks, Honda Center, 7:30 p.m., FSW:

Round three in the season rivalry (they’ve split the first two) and they’ve each got 32 wins, 4 OT losses, and 68 points, holding down the last two spots in the Western Conference playoff race. On ESPN’s NHL power rankings for Week 20, the Ducks jumped from No. 12 to No. 5, and the Kings went from No. 13 to No. 6. And there’s three more meetings between March 19 and April 9. An indication of how the teams have been playing lately: The Kings have a plus-21 in goals scored versus allowed. The Ducks are minus-9.

NBA: Lakers at Portland, 7:30 p.m., ESPN, Channel 9:

Channel the new IFC series “Portlandia” as you watch the Lakers make a same-day trip to the Rose City. They haven’t played each other since early November (a Lakers’ 25-point victory) and now see each other three times in the next six weeks.

NBA: Clippers at New Orleans, 6:30 p.m., Prime, ESPN:

Forget their previous meeting on Nov. 9 – the Clippers were mired in a nine-game losing streak and dropped a 19-point decision, improving the Hornets record to 7-0.

Golf: WCG Match Play Championship, 11 a.m., Golf Channel:

Spit-free Tiger Woods, with a No. 3 ranking now, has committed to playing in this five-day, man-to-man tournament, meaning it has the top 64 players in the world locked in. Woods, who won this thing three times, missed last year, as did Phil Mickelson, when both were Nos. 1 and 3. Ian Poulter defends his title. NBC has the final two days on Saturday and Sunday (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)



NHL: Kings vs. Minnesota, Staples Center, 7:30 p.m., FSW:

For the first time since Jan. 26, the Kings get to roll out of their El Segundo morning skate and go straight to Staples Center — the first of six in a row at home, and 14 of their last 22 to end the regular season. Yet, with all the recent success of that recent Grammy road trip, how much of a rollover effect will it have?

College basketball: USC vs. Arizona, Galen Center, 7:30 p.m.; UCLA vs. Arizona State, Pauley Pavilion, 8 p.m., Prime:

The Pac-10 leading Wildcats handed the Trojans a nine-point loss in Tuscon at the end of last month. The Bruins needed OT to fight off the Sun Devils in Tempe, with Lazeric Jones scoring 18 points.



NBA: Clippers at Lakers, Staples Center, 7:30 p.m., FSW:

With the NBA’s trading deadline having come and gone the day before, will either team have new faces to introduce to the L.A. crowd? The Clippers would love to reintroduce Eric Gordon, out since with a fractured wrist since Jan. 22. He scored 30 points in the Clippers’ nine-point win over the Lakers back on that Sunday, Jan. 16 afternoon that ended with the bizarre ejections of Blake Griffin, Baron Davis, Lamar Odom and Ron Artest. These two have one more meeting in late March.

NHL: Ducks vs. Minnesota, Honda Center, 7 p.m., KDOC:

The Wild blasted the shell-shocked Ducks and goaltender Curtis McElhinney, 5-1, last Friday.



MLB exhibition: Dodgers vs. Angels, Tempe, Ariz., noon:


It’s a Freeway Series in Arizona to start the spring training season, with the first one at the Angels’ camp and on Sunday back down the 10 Freeway in Glendale (on Prime Ticket).

NHL: Kings vs. Colorado, Staples Center, 1 p.m., FSW:

The underachieving Avs tried to fix their goaltending problems by trading Craig Anderson, who set a franchise record with 71 starts a year ago, to Washington for Brian Elliott late last week.


College basketball: UCLA vs. Arizona, Pauley Pavilion, 1 p.m., Prime; USC vs. Arizona State, Galen Center, 4:30 p.m., Prime:

Arizona led by as much as 18 points in the second half before locking down an 11-point win over the Bruins earlier this season. Reeves Nelson finished with a game-high 24 points, but the Bruins were just 2-of-15 from 3-point range trying to play catchup.


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Special: The Academy Awards, 5 p.m., Channel 7:

Does “The Fighter” have a fighting chance for best picture? Maybe if it boosts its social network publicity.

NBA: Lakers at Oklahoma City, 11:30 a.m., Channel 7:

If OKC and LAL end up tied in the final Western Conference standings — they’re pretty much even for the No. 3 spot behind San Antonio and Dallas at this point — these head-to-head battles could mean something. The NBA takes the top three division winners (likely the Lakers, Spurs and Thunder) and the team with the next-best record (Mavericks) and hands them the No. 1-through-4 seeds, in order of overall record. Ties are broken by head-to-head meetings. The Lakers stopped the Thunder at Staples Center on MLK Day, despite 32 points from Russell Westbrook, and they have one more meeting next month.

Basketball: Harlem Globetrotters, Staples Center, noon:

Can they show the Lakers-Thunder game on the video screens? The Globies are also at Anaheim’s Honda Center on Saturday (2 and 7 p.m.) and the Ontario arena on Thursday (7 p.m.).


NHRA: Winternationals eliminations, Pomona, 4 p.m., ESPN2:

The season kickoff event has a special tribute to Van Nuys legend Don “the Snake” Prudhomme. ESPN2 has Saturday’s qualifying from 8-10 p.m.

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Sager and Bieber: An TNT All-Star moment


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East’s Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic shakes hands Justin Bieber, with encouragement from the Chicago Bulls mascot, during the first half of Sunday’s NBA All Star Game at Staples Center.

A snapshot of Sunday night’s NBA All-Star telecast by TNT, at the start of the second quarter, as the West holds a 10-point lead in the annual exhibition against the East:

TNT sideline reporter Craig Sager, dressed as Liberace, sits courtside next to pop star Justin Bieber and has a conversation so engrossing they have to show the live game on a split screen.

Dirk Nowitzki misses a shot that goes out of bounds.

Two questions in, they “flash” back to Beiber’s “performance” in the celebrity All-Star game.

Sager: “Don’t you gotta go to school or anything?”
Bieber: “Uh, yeah, I have school, but it’s the weekend.”

Sager: “You’re now 16 … you have a driver’s license?”
Bieber: “Dude, I do have a driver’s license … and I have a car in Atlanta.”


LeBron James misses a 3-point attempt.

Sager: “You get an allowance, gas money or anything?”
Bieber: “Not really an allowance, but a limit …”

Blake Griffin makes a twisting hook shot to give the West a 12-point lead.

Sager: “Who’s gonna win the MVP of tonight’s game?”

Jalen Rose misses a shot.

Bieber: “I don’t know … they’re just having fun with it. …”

Chris Bosh misses a tip. Kevin Love rebounds.

Sager: “Kobe your favorite player?”
Bieber: “Kobe is my favorite player but tonight …”

Nowitzki misses a jumper.

“Tonight, if the Lakers were playing, I’d be going for Kobe.”

Russell Westbrook makes a tip-in as the West goes up by 14.

Interview ends. Reggie Miller wonders aloud if Sager was trying to be Anderson Cooper on “60 Minutes.”

Only a minute and a half of game action was gone, but it seemed like 60 minutes.

And sadly, to that point, it was highlight of the telecast.

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