A come-from-behind no-no win? It’s been done, by George


What Ervin Santana pulled off today in Cleveland was not only a bit unusual because the Indians scored a run but also because the Angels actually trailed in the game, 1-0, after the first inning and had to make a comeback to win it — while their pitcher was throwing a no-hitter.

Ever happen before? Todd Betzag of the Elias Sport Bureau has the answer:

On July 29, 1968 — 43 years ago this Friday — the Cincinnati Reds’ George Culver (linked here) no-hit Philadelphia in the second game of a doubleheader, 6-1, at Connie Mack Stadium.

The Phillies scored in the bottom of the second to take the 1-0 lead — Richie Allen reached first on an error given to Reds’ first baseman Tony Perez, and went to second when a second error was charged to second baseman Woody Woodward. Allen moved to third on a groundout and, one batter later, scored the unearned run on Cookie Rojas’ sacrifice fly.

FYI: Rojas is the father of Angels broadcaster Victor Rojas, who called Santana’s no-no today for FSW.

In the top of the third, the visiting Reds took the lead with three runs and didn’t look back (box score linked here from Retrosheet.org).


And whatever happened to Culver? He ended up pitching for the Dodgers in 1973, and until recently was the Dodgers’ spring training pitching coordinator in Glendale, Ariz.

A come-from-behind no-no also happened on Aug. 25, 1967:

== Dean Chance, a former Angels’ Cy Young Award winner pitching for Minnesota, no-hit Cleveland, 2-1. The Indians, as they did Wednesday against the Angels, scored a run in the first inning at home — but this time it was earned. It came on two walks, and error, and Chance’s wild pitch. The Twins came back with one in the second and one in the sixth. Chance walked five and struck out eight in that game.

== Three pitchers have thrown no-hitters and lost because they’re team couldn’t score enough runs. In 1967, Steve Barber and Stu Miller lost for Baltimore even while no-hitting Detroit, 2-1. In 1964, Houston’s Ken Johnson no-hit Philadelphia but lost, 1-0, on an unearned run at the Astrodome.

And in 2008, Jered Weaver and Jose Arredondo combined on a no-hitter against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium through eight innings, but lost the game, 1-0, and were not credited for a no-no because they didn’t go at least nine innings since the Dodgers didn’t have to bat in the bottom of the ninth.

Big thanks to Paul Olden , the New York Yankees’ public address announcer and former MLB and NFL play-by-play man, for passing on that gem.

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Your Pac-12 TV network, in a bunch of broken-off little pieces


A day after implying during an interview at the conference’s annual media day in L.A. that an announcement about a Pacific-12 Network was still a ways off, commissioner Larry Scott told a New York press conference at an East Coast media day that it’s all been pulled together.

A deal that the conference calls “innovative” and “transformative” in its press release, the Pac-12 Network will begin in August, 2012 as a two-pronged entity — one nationally distributed, and six regional networks in Southern California, Northern California, Arizona, Oregon, Washington, and the Mountain regions that are directly linked with Time Warner, Comcast, Cox Communications and Bright House Networks.

The Pac-12 would own the channels as Pac-12 Media Enterprises, which would also expand to wireless services.

Some 40 million cable TV homes will be in play here with about 850 conference events — 350 nationally, and 500 on the local channels that will be basic digital. The national channel would be available on a sports tier, charging viewers extra fees. DirecTV appears to be one of the national distributors of the channel, but that has not been announced.

“It’s such a unique opportunity,” Scott told the New York reporters. “We’ve had a national brand, but the tribal nature make college sports very local. So this is an attempt through the unique structure of our conference and the cable industry to super-serve fans in a hyper-local way.”

In the conference release, Scott also said: “As we explored the potential for a Pac-12 network, it became clear that we could customize programming towards local interests and provide our students, alumni, and many fans the widest possible range of events with the best opportunity to see the schools they care about most.”

This is all in addition the Pac-12’s previously-announced 12-year, $3 billion deal with ESPN and Fox to carry football and basketball games starting in 2012.

“Larry Scott and his staff have again done an outstanding job in showcasing the conference with this model for the Pac-12 Network,” UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero said. “The idea of having both national and regional platforms, as well as multiple cable partners, will give fans a greater opportunity to follow the accomplishments of our student-athletes in all sports.

“There is obviously a lot to learn in the next few months but it is clear that the young men and women who compete at UCLA and other Pac-12 institutions will receive television exposure like never before and that is very exciting.

“In addition, the network will provide opportunities to highlight the academic success of our student-athletes as well as the overall academic accomplishments of this outstanding university. This will be a great showcase for UCLA.”

USC athletic director Pat Haden: “Kudos to commissioner Larry Scott and the Pac-12 staff for the work they did in putting together this visionary broadcasting opportunity. It will be an invaluable benefit to all 12 conference institutions.

“For us, the Pac-12 Networks will provide great exposure for our 640 student-athletes and will give us a unique platform to deliver our message about USC’s athletic and academic programs. Trojan fans across the country will be able to watch all of our 21 sports, not just football and basketball. If you are a parent of a Trojan student-athlete, no matter where you reside you will be able to watch your son or daughter compete. It’s a great boon for our Olympic sports, where so many more people will be able to witness our unparalleled tradition of producing NCAA champions and Olympic medalists.

“I’m also excited about the network’s academic component and I look forward to working with our provost in developing programming that tells the story of USC’s academic achievements.”

More to come …

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Crazy stupid Kevin Love: A real beach volleyball boy in the making


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Kevin Love, right, and pro beach volleyball player John Hyden play on a beach court set up Tuesday in New York’s Times Square.

Kevin Love has decided to be a Manhattan Beach boy.

When the new Jose Cuervo Pro Beach Volleyball Series hits Southern California for a $200,000 event in Manhattan Beach on Aug. 26-28, the Oregon native who spent one season at UCLA before jumping to the NBA says he’ll dig himself out of the league’s lockout situation and try to spike it rich.

During a sponsor event where a beach volleyball court was put up in New York’s Times Square and attended by Olympic volleyball hopefuls Sean Scott and Encino’s John Hyden, Love, the Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star declared his new love for the beach game.


“I have always been a fan of beach volleyball and when I received the opportunity to play in the Jose Cuervo Pro Beach Volleyball Series, I knew I wanted to be a part of it,” said the 6-foot-10 Love. “I’m tall, I’m quick, I can jump, and I’ve spent some time playing beach volleyball during my time in Los Angeles. Now that I have to start thinking about a backup plan with the basketball lockout, I thought ‘why not?'”

The son of one-time Lakers forward Stan Love (who played in some beach events with and against former Lakers center Wilt Chamberlain during the 1970s) and nephew of Beach Boys’ lead singer Mike Love admits he doesn’t have a partner yet and hasn’t played much lately before Tuesday’s promotional event.

But don’t throw him a pity party because of that.

“More than anything, I’m just going to be having fun with it, playing as much as I can up to that point and just working on my craft. I thought it was a great idea, a way for me to be out in the sun, be active and have fun during the lockout,” said Love. “It’s sport, it’s active, it’s a way to stay in shape, so I just thought it was a home run.”

FYI: There are no home runs in beach volleyball.

Love acknowledged other pros may target him as a weak link, but he’s “hoping to surprise them. … I’m not necessarily expecting to win, but I’m expecting to go out there and compete.”

Since the demise of the AVP in the middle of last summer, most Olympic-caliber beach players have been playing overseas in anticipation of the 2012 Games in London, or staying home and playing in smaller local events.

The Manhattan Beach Open next month comes before the tour stops in Miami on Sept. 16-18 and the national championships at Hermosa Beach on Sept. 23-25, to be shown on the Versus network.

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Even without the News of the World, Brit reporters will have it out for Olympic blokes and blokettes, BOA warns


The Associated Press

Training for the 2012 London Olympics extends beyond gyms and running tracks for British athletes. Coaching is being provided on how to deal with scoop-hungry British journalists.

The British Olympic Association is warning athletes that general news reporters will be at the Games to find front-page stories that “will not be in the athlete’s interest.”

“These writers have no allegiance to your sport and are sent to an event such as the Olympic Games to get a story,” says the BOA’s “Athletes’ Guide to Dealing with the Media.”

“These stories by their very nature are usually linked to a scandal and the writer does not care if he/she treads on any toes to find a lead. The news reporter’s aim is to find a front page story.”

And the media training handout cautions: “If you’re not willing to give your views then someone may make up your views for you.”

Meanwhile, some British athletes have been warned to be careful when tweeting.

People will be assigned to watch what their athletes are posting on social networking sites. Criticizing officials is on the banned list as well as obscene language.

“They know the parameters,” said David Faulkner, the British hockey team’s performance director. “If they break the rules, they will come in for disciplinary action.”

The International Olympic Committee bans athletes or coaches from “comment on the activities of other participants or accredited persons.”

IOC President Jacques Rogge urges athletes: “Think first, tweet later.”

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A win-Vin Hollywood ending to a star-struck story

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The story that started out in early June with the discovery that Vin Scully’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star was not only in poor shape, but next to a theatre with a history of being haunted (linked here), continued to where a fan named Glenn Mingay stepped up to say he’d raise the money to fix it (linked here) and reached some kind of resolution when the soon-to-be bankrupt Dodgers said they’d pay for it (linked here) reached a neat and clean conclusion.

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Mingay, a Southern California native who lives in Chicago, was back out here last week for his father’s surprise birthday in Camarillo, and was able to help put the finishing touches on Scully’s star restoration, the $2,500 of which was paid by the Dodgers.

“Having seen the pictures of it before all weathered and cracked, it was great to see the sealant we put on it really make it pop,” Mingay said. “I couldn’t believe they blocked off the sidewalk for us. It kind of created a whole scene where people walking by wondered what was happening, so they started talking pictures as well. I had one couple from Europe even ask me, ‘Who’s Vin Scully?'”

Ana Martinez at the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce said Mingay was treated to a lunch at Mel’s Diner and given “the VIP treatment at the Hollywood History Museum. He is a good guy and had a great time.”

Historic Trust Board members Jeff Briggs and Donelle Dadigan, who are behind the upcoming facelift of the whole Walk of Fame beginning this fall, were also on hand to welcome Mingay.


The next night, Mingay got more VIP treatment: He went to Friday’s Dodgers-Nationals game and met with Scully in the press box, bringing along his wife, Lori, and two more friends.

“Friday was unbelieveable,” Mingay said. “First, I hadn’t been to the stadium in awhile, so I was surprised at all the updates made, and the collection of memorabilia on the club level. When we got to the press box and spoke to Mr. Scully, he was so kind to me and my wife and my friends, he thanked me again. He mentioned that he hadn’t been to his star since it was put in in 1982, but he said that ‘people walk on me all day anyway, so it’s no big deal.’

“Everything that people have said about Mr. Scully is true: He’s just such a kind and generous man. It was an awesome day. And after that, my wife had her first Dodger Dog.”

Mingay has kept his website, SaveVinsStar.com, up for another month in case people still want to make donations — which will be forwarded to the Bryan Stow Fund to help the San Francisco Giants fan who is recovering from being assaulted in the Dodger Stadium parking lot on March 31 Opening Day.

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