Crown for Kings (Galaxy, too) tops L.A. Sports Council awards

How could the Kings’ Stanley Cup victory last summer not be named the top Southern California sports moment of 2012?

The eighth annual L.A. Sports Awards held tonight at The Beverly Hilton confirmed that place in history, capping the event sponsored by the Los Angeles Sports Council.

Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick was honored as the 2012 Sportsman of the Year, beach volleyball Olympic gold medalists Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings were Sportswomen of the Year, the Kings’  Darryl Sutter was Coach of the Year award and AEG President & CEO Tim Leiweke was the Sports Executive of the Year. Continue reading

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Play It Forward: March 4-10

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

THIS WEEK’S BEST BET

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: UCLA at Washington, 11 a.m. Saturday, Channel 2:
In the last regular-season games before the Pac-12 Tournament in Vegas (March 13-16), the gamble is what Bruins team will show up. UCLA needed Larry Drew II’s jumper at the buzzer to outlast the Huskies during their first meeting on Feb. 7 at Pauley Pavilion – as Shabazz Muhammad stormed off the court because Drew didn’t pass him the ball. Drew had nine points, six assists and five steals in a team-high 36 minutes. Three days later, the Bruins had an easier time beating the Cougars for the eighth straight time and 16th of the last 17 meetings, 76-62. UCLA’s warmup for this is that nasty trip to Pullman, Wash., to face Washington State (6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Pac-12 Network). It’s followed by USC’s game at Washington (8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Pac-12 Network), with the revived Trojans knowing they held C.J. Wilcox scoreless in the second half and allowed him just eight points during a 71-60 home win over the Huskies on Feb. 11.

BEST OF THE REST: Continue reading

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Q and A: Jay Bilas’ toughness is tested … so he wrote the book on it.

It’s necessary toughness that’s the real issue here.

ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas will have to rise and fire long before sunrise Saturday morning to join a collection of bleary eyed UCLA fans at Pauley Pavilion, brought in to supply the background atmosphere for a “College GameDay” studio show that started at 7 a.m.

The fans? They’ll have it it tough, too. They won’t be allowed to start filing into the arena until 5 a.m. Call ‘em the Jolly Pauley Psychos, as mad as March hares.

Top that off with Bilas circling back to a courtside seat to break down the Bruins’ game against Arizona some 12 hours later for ESPN’s coverage.

Then again, Bilas knows tough. He’s used 254 pages to write his own definition of it in a book, “Toughness: Developing True Strength on and off the Court” ($26.95, New American Library), which comes out Tuesday.

Before the Duke grad out of the old Rolling Hills High does Saturday’s game, we shot him a few tough-minded questions about what he’s trying to accomplish with this book which, by our definition, shouldn’t ever be issued down the road in soft-cover:

Q: The book, with the forward written by your former coach Mike Krzyzewski, was the result of the tremendous reaction to a column you did for ESPN.com four years ago and has since been copied and issued and reissued by coaches and players. What sparked that initial dissertation in trying to define “toughness”? Continue reading

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It’s Out of the Question: This doesn’t mean John Wooden’s yellow seat will suddenly turn flourescent lemon, does it?

There are defining moments when a school should always ask “What Would John Wooden Do?” before announcing any kind of public decision that could result in campus-wide embarrassment.

Like, who’s bright idea was it again at UCLA to approve wearing Zubaz-type fluorescent body-builder shorts along with the Olivia Newton John sleeved shirts during the team’s Pac-12 conference tournament games?

Just because five other schools tied to the same apparel company are doing, does it mean they ll won’t be part of a classless-action NCAA investigation into a fasionista lack of control? Continue reading

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Just in: Justin Fargas seeks (another) inside path to Hollywood

Antonio Fargas, left, is pictured with his son, Justin Fargas, right, during an appearance at a Raiders boosters event in 2008. Photo originally posted here.

Justin Fargas, one of the nation’s most heralded running backs out of Sherman Oaks’ Notre Dame High in the late ’90s who spent his senior year of college at USC and then had a seven-year run with the Oakland Raiders, is looking for a connection to Hollywood.

Because his dad isn’t a good contact any more?

Fargas was one of 22 players picked to attend the second-annual “NFL Pro Hollywood Boot Camp” set for March 11-15 at Universal Studios.

That’s not all that far where Fargas’ father, Antonio Fargas, was on the set during the five-season run of the ABC prime-time series “Starsky and Hutch” from 1975-’79.

Antonio Fargas’ character, Huggy Bear, was the police snitch on the street who had all the info for the two under cover cops. They often filmed around the Fox 20th Century lot on Pico, the police stations in Long Beach and San Pedro and then the El Paso Bar on Main Street in L.A. — which was Huggy Bear’s hangout.

The 33-year-old Justin Fargas, also the half brother of Hollywood producer Matthew E. Chausse (Dark Tide), will be joined for the seminars on how to get a foot in the door for Hollywood projects are former NFL MVP Shaun Alexander, as well as four active players — Oakland’s Darrius Heyward-Bey, Cleveland’s Alex Mack, Tampa Bay’s Gerald McCoy and Miami’s Jared Odrick. Former Palmdale High star receiver Derek Hagan (Arizona State, Oakland Raiders) will also attend. Continue reading

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Weekly media column version 03.01.13

What made it as the focus for this week’s sports media column:

KSPN-AM (710) radio reporter Beto Duran listens in on an interview with the Lakers’ Dwight Howard during Wednesday’s practice in El Segundo (Staff photo by Brad Graverson)

Beto Duran’s career at KSPN-AM (710) has been the residue of taking advantage of opportunities that have presented themselves, and never stop trying to outwork the competition. He’s also in the annual Top 10/Bottom 5 list of sports radio hosts/reporters … could he also make it into the TV category as well for his work lately on TWC SportsNet on the Lakers coverage?

What didn’t make it:

== A link to the Monday conversation Duran and Steve Mason had with the caller, from the KSPN-AM (710) website. Continue reading

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