Allen, Bedsole, Crisp part of Pierce College’s second Athletic Hall of Fame class

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The Associated Press

Former Pittsburgh Steelers safety Jimmy Allen (above right, with coach Chuck Noll), pending College Football Hall of Fame member Hal Bedsole and longtime baseball coach Joe Kelly are among the 11 candidates that will be part of the 2012 class of the Pierce College Athletic Hall of Fame.

Major League Baseball players Coco Crisp and Steve Reed, women’s volleyball players Roxanne DeMik and Mary Perry, men’s volleyball player Dave Rubio, women’s soccer player Elia Petrosian, women’s swimmer Xan Rogers and the 1984 football team will also be inducted.

The ceremony for the second class of Hall of Famers for the Woodland Hills junior college will take place January 16 at the Woodland Hills Country Club.

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Allen, an Olympic hopeful swimmer out of Los Angeles High School, played at Pierce in 1970 and ’71 where he was a Juco All-American at tight end and defensive back. He played two years at UCLA (1972-’73) and was named All-Pac 8 before the Steelers drafted him in the fourth round — after Lynn Swann, Jack Lambert and John Stallworth, and before Mike Webster. Allen, known as “Spiderman,” played in two Super Bowls between 1974-’77 and then played with the Detroit Lions from 1978-’81.

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Bedsole, a former Reseda High star, gained his fame as a two-time All-American tight end at USC from 1961-’63 before going to the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings (’64-’66), but the 6-foot-5 and 230-pounder he was a Juco All-American quarterback at Pierce in 1960. Inducted into the USC Hall of Fame in 2001, he’s up for nomination in the College Football Hall of Fame.

Kelly was Pierce’s baseball coach from 1966 to 1982, and the baseball field at Pierce is named Joe Kelly Field.

Crisp, a member of the 2007 Boston Red Sox’s championship team, played at Pierc ein 1999. He was in the big leagues by 2002 with Cleveland and has also played in Kansas City and Oakland.

Reed, who played baseball at Pierce in 1984, pitched for 14 years in the big leagues for seven teams, appearing in 834 games.

DeMik played volleyball from 1967-’69, as well as softball, basketball and track, where she was a Juco high-jump record holder. A six-time member of the U.S. national women’s volleyball team, she coached the Pierce women’s team to two state championships and is a five-time Community College Coach of the Year recipient.

Perry played volleyball at Pierce from 1961-’62, as well as track, before becoming an All-American volleyball player at Cal State Northridge (inducted into the Matadors’ Hall of Fame in 1986). A member of the 1964 and ’68 USA Olympic volleyball team, she was awarded the prestigious USVBA Flo Hyman All-Time Great Player Award. In 2010, she was inducted into the LAUSD Sports Hall of Fame for her career at Birmingham High.

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Rubio, above, also played two years at CSUN after two years at Pierce (1978-’79). He started a coaching career at Cal State Bakersfield but has been coaching the women’s team at the University of Arizona for the last 20 years, taking the 2001 National Coach of the Year honors.

Petrosian, out of Montclair Prep, played soccer at Pierce in 2005-’06 and was the first player in Western State Conference history to be named back-to-back Player of the Year. She holds the school record for most career goals (54) and points.

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Rogers broke four Pierce swimming records in 2006 and was named All-American in two events. She went to San Diego State and posted top 10 fastest times in 100 yard and 200 yard backstrokes. She currently does modeling (www.xanrogers.com)

And the ’84 Pierce football team finished the season 10- with quarterback Eric Kramer.

Kramer was one of 12 inducted into the first Pierce College Hall of Fame last year. Others included Denny Crum (basketball), Doug DeCinces (baseball), Marv Dumphy (volleyball), Barry Zito (baseball) and Mark Harmon (football).

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Time Warner’s state football playoff coverage: A direct miss on DirecTV

For those DirecTV customers who’ve already tried to watch or DVR the CIF state football championship games from Home Depot Center in Carson, you’ve already gone through the frustating of finding out it’s not meant to be.

The DirecTV menu on Comcast SportsNet California’s channel 698 may have the games listed, but you find out later the message says they are blacked out in this area. For no apparent reason.

While the three games tonight — including the Open Division title contest between Westlake and Concord de la Salle at 8 p.m. — are videostreamed on www.socal101tv.com/prepsports, it’s not the same as watching it on the high-def big screen.

One Westlake varsity coach who found out he couldn’t see the games on his DirecTV system on Friday passed along this email:

“I decided that I was going to take every step possible to get this game. I contacted DirectTV, to see if I needed to add the expanded sports tier. DirectTV advised me that there is no expanded sports tier” they are offering, and that this game would not be available to me, unless it is offered by my local channels.

“From here, I followed the advise and went on to contact Time Warner. I advised the representative that I was a Time Warner customer a couple of years ago, and that I would like to sign up with them again, so that I could get this game. I was advised, however, that after a couple of months, a filter is placed on prior customers lines, and that a tech would need to come out to remove this NEXT WEEK.

“The statement from your article that a “TWC spokesperson said that about 90 percent of all cable customers will have access to the two bowl games tonight and the three on Saturday”, is absolutely false.”

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Ralph Nader to sports fans rescue? Just watch, dog

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By David Crary
The Associated Press

On the wall of Ralph Nader’s office hangs a color portrait of baseball legend Lou Gehrig, an old-fashioned hero who seems to rebuke so much of today’s sports world — the sex-abuse and drug scandals, labor strife, rampant commercialization.

Gehrig, who set a standard for durability while playing 2,130 consecutive games over 15 seasons, is the only sports idol acknowledged by Nader, himself a kind of “Iron Horse” in his chosen playing field, America’s consumer movement.

Since 1965, when he lit into the U.S. auto industry for marketing cars “unsafe at any speed,” Nader has taken on issues ranging from deceptive advertising to water pollution to nursing home fraud. Now, at 77, he’s channeling an increasing share of his attention and anger to problems across the gamut of U.S. sports — the major pro leagues, the NCAA, even youth sports.

“It’s spinning out of control,” says Nader. “It’s profit at all costs, win at all costs, and often it’s damaging the health of the athletes.”

Throughout his career, which has been punctuated by four presidential campaigns, Nader has helped form scores of public interest groups, including one called the League of Fans (linked here) that advocates for sweeping changes in the sports world.

Items on its agenda include ridding youth sports of tyrannical coaches, discouraging taxpayer funding of stadiums, promoting broader participation in sports at schools and colleges, and outlawing fighting in pro hockey. Many of its concerns are being addressed in a 12-part manifesto that’s on the verge of completion.

In a sense, League of Fans is a misnomer. Nader envisions it as a think tank, watchdog and advocacy group, rather than a membership-based organization.

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L.A. County Supervisor Ridley-Thomas calls for USC to take ownership of the Coliseum now that the commission has ‘run out of time outs’

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Second District Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas , the former L.A. City Councilman who graduated from Manual Arts High happened to earn a Ph.D. in Social Ethics and Policy Analysis from USC in 1989, has a pretty good understanding of the Exposition Park landscape. Aside from the fact his district covers the area.

He has written this edict on why the Coliseum Comission no longer can keep control of the place that USC has called its home football field for more than 80 years (linked here):

The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum’s future now hangs in a kind of sudden-death overtime. The nine-member Coliseum Commission is in breach of its contract with the University of Southern California. Despite struggling mightily to do so, the commission can’t find a way to pay for more than $60 million of facility repairs and upgrades it owes to USC.

That puts USC in the driver’s seat, with two options: the university can terminate its lease with the Coliseum Commission or finance the millions in stadium improvements at a 6-percent interest rate.

The Coliseum Commission can’t afford either outcome.

If USC terminates its lease, the Coliseum would lose most of its revenue and attendance in a single stroke. Even if USC were to loan the Commission money for the improvements, the stadium does not bring in enough to make such large payments.

The Commission has missed three deadlines since 2010 to come up with a plan to honor the USC contract, and USC has generously given the Coliseum Commission another grace period.

The commission has used all of its time-outs.

With no better option on the table, the majority of Coliseum Commission members appear ready to turn over day-to-day management of the facility to USC.
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If Mark Cuban buys the Dodgers, he doesn’t want to be giving all his cash to Frank McCourt

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Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban on where he stands with the Dodgers’ sale, from this morning’s Dan Patrick show (linked here):

“The (financial) book will be out soon and we signed up for it. I’ll look at it like I look at any other deal. My concern on the Dodgers is that someone is just going to come in and overpay. I’ve got a lot of money, but I don’t have unlimited money. To me you have to pay the right price because you don’t want all your money going to Frank McCourt. You want to be able to rebuild the organization and you want to be able to invest in players.
“Particularily for me walking into the L.A. market is, (if) you’ve got to be on a budget, I don’t want to spend on star players, that wouldn’t work. That would create more problems than it solves. So the question I’ve got to decide is, how much is too much and how much leaves me enough capital to go out and get the superstar players to them over the top.”

Is the team worth a billion?

“Here’s the evaluation process that people are going to go through — They’re going to guess how big the TV revenue can be and then they’re going to ask themselves whether or not they want to use all that money to take on more debt in order to be able to pay for the franchise. That’s not atypical when you’re buying a business. But the problem is, that’s exactly what Frank McCourt did.

“It actually leaves you in no different position, where the money’s going to pay the bank and not into the organization and players. My fear is someone is going to come in and say, yeah, you know what, as long as I get the right TV deal I can bid almost anything for the team and that’ll be the decision process.”

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