Indy Star’s Top Five

first_imgAn article I read in the Indy Star listed the 5 top juniors playing boys basketball in Indiana.  These are their candidates for Mr. Basketball next year.  Their first candidate is Joey Brunk of Southport.  He is 6’10” and obviously plays center.  The second individual is C.J. Walker of Indianapolis Tech.  He is a 6′ guard and played on the state championship team of a couple years ago.The final 3 include Eron Gordon, a 6’2″ guard playing for Cathedral High School.  If you remember, he caused quite a stir with his transfer from another Indianapolis school.  Another 6’2″ guard is Kyle Guy of Lawrence Central.  The final member of this top 5 group is Damien Jefferson of East Chicago Central High School.  He is a 6’5″ swing man which means he could either play forward or guard depending on the situation.It will be interesting to see how these 5 finish out their senior seasons at their respective schools.  Keep an eye on these 5 names.last_img read more

Driven Racing Oil designates awards for top IMCA national, regional rookie drivers

first_imgThe Memphis, Tenn., manufacturer and distributor gives $100 gift certificates to IMCA Modi­fied, IMCA Sunoco Late Model, IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car, IMCA Sunoco Stock Car, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock, Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod, Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMod and Mach-1 Sport Compact national rookies of the year, as well as to top regional Modi­fied, Stock Car and Hobby Stock rookies.  Driven certificates will be presented during the national banquet in November or mailed begin­ning the following week from the IMCA home office, and are redeemable through Driven Racing Oil only.  To redeem the certification, call Driven Racing Oil at 866-611-1820. “Driven returns this year with a great program targeting first-year competitors once again across multiple divisions,” noted IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “They have a great product for IMCA racers available from a variety of retailers and we encourage racers to use their products.” A third-year IMCA sponsor, Driven manufactures a wide variety of premium oil and lubri­cants for motorsports customers plus street, marine and off-road usage.center_img Information about those products is available at the website, by calling 866-611-1820 and on Facebook.   MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Drivers earning IMCA national or rookie of the year awards this season see their efforts rewarded by Driven Racing Oil. last_img read more

West Florida Pitching Strikes out the Competition

first_imgWest Florida Pitching Strikes out the Competition March 31, 2007 Box Score  PENSACOLA, Fla. – Wet Florida (29-10, 5-3 GSC) swept the opening day double header against West Georgia (19-14, 1-4 GSC) with a 4-2 victory in night cap of Saturday at Pelican Park on the UWF campus. Similar to game one a UWF starting pitcher broke a career strike out record, as junior transfer Jon Sintes (Fort Walton Beach, Fla./ Pensacola Junior College) struck out nine. UWF pitchers combined to strike out 22 Wolves across two games.After only scoring one run in the first game of the double header West Georgia rebound with a two-run first inning. A.J. Renfrow opened the game with a single to left field. An Argonauts error placed two runners on base and both runners scored on a single to right field by Nolan Childers.The Argonauts responded with one run in the bottom half of the inning. Peter Antoske (Olmsted Township, Ohio/ St. Edwards HS) started the inning with a single and would advance to third following a Bo Williams single (Ocala, Fla./ Pensacola Junior College) down the right field line. Antoske would score the first Argonauts run of the game on a error by the Wolves catcher, when he over threw second base attempting to catch Williams stealing.West Florida would take the lead with a three-run fourth inning. Logan Hundley (Gulf Breeze, Fla./ Jefferson Davis CC) led off the inning with a single and advanced to third following a sacrifice bunt, then a single by Jacob Whisenhunt (Mobile, Ala./ L.B. Wallace CC). Hundley would score and Whisenhunt would advance to third on a single to right field by Daniel Jones (Wetumpka, Ala./ Gulf Coast CC). The next batter Jason Kohl (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/ Pensacola Junior College) doubled off the right field wall knocking in Whisenhunt from third and Jones attempted to score from first on the well hit ball, but was thrown out at the plate. The Argonauts kept the two-out rally alive when Antoske walked and Kyle DeBos (Panama City, Fla./ Gulf Coast CC) was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Williams was able to draw a bases loaded walk to score the third run of the inning giving West Florida a 4-2 lead. Clay Wallace (Bay Minette, Ala./ Faulkner State CC) lined a shot to center field that would have scored at least two more runs in the inning if not for a great play by the Wolves center fielder Renfrow.Sintes, who gained control on the mound following the rough first inning, (6-3) pitched six strong in the win allowing two run, one earned, both in the first inning. He gave up only two hits, walked three, and struck out nine batters, his career best at West Florida.Phil Lawhorn (Virginia Beach, Va./ Pensacola Junior College) pitched a perfect seventh inning striking out two of the three batters he faced for his ninth save of the season.The final game of the three game series between West Georgia and West Florida is set for 1 p.m. tomorrow. Fans can follow all the action with a live broadcast on the stretch internet or with “Live Stats” at goargos.comPrint Friendly Version Sharelast_img read more

Bonus for women cricketers as Australia offers big pay deal

first_img(REUTERS) – Cricket Australia (CA) has proposed a new pay deal to players which offers large salary increases, particularly for women, but breaks with the 20-year model of a fixed percentage of revenue from the game going to the cricketers.The A$419M (£259.21M) offer is a 35 percent increase on the current five-year deal, which expires in July, and was laid out by CA chief James Sutherland yesterday.CA said the new deal meant international men’s players, taking into account bonuses, match fees and domestic Twenty20 wages, would be earning an average of $1.45M a year by the 2021-22 season.“We have placed the emphasis on increasing the guaranteed amount that the men will receive, rather than rely on any projected increase in revenue,” Sutherland said.“… CA believes that the model devised in the 1990s, which is based on a fixed percentage of revenue, has served its intended purpose — to make Australia’s cricketers some of the best paid sportspeople in the country.”The Australian Cricketers Association (ACA), the player’s union, responded by saying they needed to scrutinise the small print of the offer and reiterated its stance that any new deal should include a revenue-sharing model.“CA has responded to the ACA’s calls for improved pay and conditions for all cricket players regardless of gender and of the need for more investment in grassroots cricket,” ACA chief Alistair Nicholson said.“The ACA has fought long and hard for these causes. Men and women have stood united for a fairer deal for all and for the next generation of cricketers. The ACA commends our members for their resolve.”The biggest winners under the new deal would be women players, who will be included in the “memorandum of understanding” for a first time.“Under the proposal, women will receive an immediate average pay increase of more than 125 percent,” Sutherland added.“As a result, our international women cricketers will see their average pay increase from A$79 000 to A$179 000, as of July 1 this year. By 2021, we expect to see our international women cricketers earning an average of A$210 000.”last_img read more

WAFU Cup: Eagles B to Play Togo in New Format

first_imgMatches will then proceed in the same knockout format until the winner emerges on October 13.Organizers were compelled to invite North African nation, Morocco as a result of the subsisting FIFA ban that bars Sierra Leone from partaking in international football.Although the ban may be lifted before the tournament kicks off, Sierra Leone’s footballers have again been denied of much –needed exposure and excitement due to the FIFA ban, occasioned by harebrained and ridiculous corruption allegations against FA President Isha Johansen and Secretary General Chris Kamara. Earlier in the week, after about one year of empty frenzy termed trial, the High Court in Sierra Leone discharged and acquitted the duo, stating that the allegations were frivolous, and restored them to office.The FIFA ban was the reason Sierra Leone was thrown out of the 2019 AFCON qualifying series, in which they had a great chance of qualification after beating Kenya in Freetown.Hosts Senegal will open the WAFU Cup of Nations finals against Guinea Bissau on September 28.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigeria will square up to neighbours Togo in the 2019 WAFU Cup of Nations taking place in Thies, Senegal from September 28 to October 13.The new format means a first round straight knockout, with the winners proceeding to challenge for the trophy while the losers go on to contest for the Plate.The Eagles B, who lost to host nation Ghana in the final of the last edition in September 2017, will battle Togo’s Sparrow Hawks on September 29. Flying Eagles at training session in Poland.last_img read more

Hickey comfortable as lone leader

first_imgShe’s been ready for this role her whole life and, now that it’s here, she’s got it all to herself.Senior captain Annemarie Hickey will have the heavy undertaking of leading the Wisconsin volleyball team as the only active senior in the lineup.Hickey has been the Big Ten’s leader in digs the past two seasons but she has never reached the NCAA tournament, won a conference title or even finished in the top half of the league.The 5-foot 8-inch libero isn’t trying to be too sentimental about her last year as a Badger, but she knows she is the go-to leader on the squad.“I don’t want to leave with any regrets,” Hickey said. “I want to make this the best year I can make it, not just for myself, but for my teammates too. Just being in the role of, ‘I’m the only one, I need to be that leader, be that person that helps the team grow.’”Hickey has had plenty of experience leading teams in the past. In high school, she helped lead her team to two Illinois 3A state championships during her junior and senior seasons, during which the team lost a total of just four matches.Even as a sophomore at Wisconsin, she tried to become one of the team’s role models. Hickey said she never thought of age as a factor when trying to become a team leader — she only thought about how she could bring her best qualities to the team.“I’ve kind of been in this role my whole entire life,” Hickey said. “I’ve just been a really big competitor, and I’ve always wanted to win.”That will to win has been evident during team practices. Head coach Kelly Sheffield said Hickey has been a vocal leader who’s unabashed about speaking her mind on the court.“She’s mouthy,” Sheffield said. “She’s shutting people down, just housing people on the slides. She’s barking at them, yelling at them, trash talking — her mouth is leading the way.”Hickey took it upon herself to let her teammates know if they were doing something wrong even in her sophomore year. Junior Ellen Chapman recalls Hickey shouting “hit the floor” after she expected Chapman to dive for live balls.Even though Hickey could be overtly straightforward, Chapman said everything that Hickey does is for the good of the team.“Everyone does respect her,” Chapman said. “We know that when she says stuff like that, she’s not trying to hurt anyone’s feelings or get mad — we know she’s not mad, she’s just trying to make the team better.”Not only is Hickey eager for her teammates to improve, but she is ruthless about refining her own skills. Sheffield said the number one way she leads the team is with her play and her consistency. He said Hickey brings a contagious enthusiasm to the gym and even spends a great amount of time practicing away from the team.Sheffield said even though she has a lot to say, Hickey puts her money where her mouth is with her work ethic.“She’s kind of been a standard,” Sheffield said. “If you’re not even in her league, then you probably can’t say you’re working that hard.”Hickey had to put her hard work and leadership to the test this past weekend at the North Dakota State University Classic. Down two games to zero against Northern Iowa, Wisconsin looked to its senior leader for guidance. Hickey told the team if they wanted the chance to win, they needed to believe it could happen.With no break in between the second and third game, the Badgers were able to gain momentum, and with the help of 13 kills, 15 digs and two service aces from the senior captain, Wisconsin won the next three sets to complete the first 0-2 comeback in nearly 10 years.Even when the Badgers had little room for error, the senior captain provided the inspiration for a once-in-a-decade comeback.“I think a lot of my teammates look to me to be that voice of the team,” Hickey said. “[I was trying] to bring them together, to bring them up and always be positive.”Wisconsin’s three wins over the weekend, including the victory over Northern Iowa and a win over No. 17 Louisville, boosted the Badgers to a top-25 ranking for the first time since 2008.As the lone senior, this is Hickey’s last opportunity to succeed in collegiate volleyball. But, according to Chapman, this is the best volleyball at Wisconsin she has seen in her three years on the team.“Just as a team, we’re so much more together,” Chapman said. “Our whole mindset, just in practice, is get things done, get one percent better every single day. I think that’s just going to get better through the year. This is just the beginning, and we have so much farther to go than where we are now.”last_img read more

TMS Harbour Race Excites Lagos Sailing Fans

first_imgIn Hobbie class, Elie Avy and Tunde Mustapha finished the race in 2 hours 10:53minutes, Jay Smulders and Natacha Smulders recorded 2 hours 14:30 minutes, while Bradley Adam and Elena Costello finished in 2 hours 18:11 minutes to place the first, second and third respectively.In Mono Hull class, Julian Hardy and Laurens Kreuze finished in 1 hour 49:50 minutes to claim the first position ahead of Mike Barnes, and Olympic sailor who participated along with Lanre Mabawonku. They concluded the race in 1 hour 51:17 minutes to place second, while the trio of Will Grace, Zein Alzein and Eric Peute, who made it in 1 hour 52:54 minutes, were third.According to the Managing Director of TMS UK Limited, Rogerson John, the yacht racing is an avenue for people to come together, celebrate and combat the fear of the unknown whilst sailing.“The aim is to explore different sectors and ensure togetherness whereby giving back to the society” said Rogerson, who is also founder of TMS UK Limited.Cyril Ayemere, Chairman TMS Nigeria, explained that the competition was conceived to encourage people to sail.Ayemere stressed that the commitment of TMS to the harbour race was to unite people from different race and sectors to come together and overcome the fear of the unknown.“Safety measures are put in place, while we ensure a good weather condition for a hitch free sailing,” he stated.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram It was celebration galore as the Lagos Yacht Club held its Harbour Race competition at the Magazine Point, Marina Lagos.Known as the “TMS Harbour Race” and sponsored by Technical Mechanical Service, a global company that specialises in the supply of heavy duty spare parts, the carnival-like race attracted top personalities from all spheres of life.Sailors were participated from two classes – Hobbie and Mono Hull – with winners rewarded for their spirit of sportsmanship.last_img read more

Mayweather is highest earning pro athelete

first_imgGalvanized by an unprecedented deal with Showtime that guarantees him at least $32 million per fight, Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. sits atop the 10th annual Sports Illustrated Fortunate 50, which ranks the 50 highest-earning professional athletes in the U.S.With $90 million in projected earnings for 2013, and that’s with $0 in endorsement income. Mayweather tops the list for the second consecutive year.Floyd sat down with executive editor Jon Wertheim for a Q&A, featured in this week’s SI, before his victory over Robert Guerrero on May 4. He says, “Surround yourself with the right team. It takes brains to make the money.” When asked how his time in prison affected his view about money, Mayweather adds: “I got offers and huge deals when I was locked up, with CEOs writing me, wanting to do business with me, Fortune 500 companies wanting to do business with me.But my main focus was just coming home and being free. You can have all the money in the world, but if you’re not free, it’s like being poor, because you can’t do anything.”Mayweather is the only boxer in the top 50 earners.last_img read more

Tyler Skaggs returns to Angels disabled list as Eduardo Paredes returns to the majors

first_imgANAHEIM – The Angels placed pitcher Tyler Skaggs on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left adductor and added reliever Eduardo Paredes prior to Sunday’s game against the Oakland A’s.It was the 10th time that Paredes, a right-hander, has been recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake this season. According to Stats LLC, he is the first player in the last 25 years to be recalled at least 10 separate times by the same team in one season.By the fourth inning of Saturday’s loss to the A’s, Skaggs noticed the impact of the injury every time he pushed off his back leg.“I felt like I was kind of lobbing balls in there,” he said. “You can’t be doing that in the big leagues.” Skaggs allowed seven runs in 3-1/3 innings in a 7-0 loss.The 27-year-old left-hander spent 10 days on the disabled list in July with a right adductor strain, and 10 days on the DL in August with a left adductor strain prior to Saturday’s start.By Sunday, Skaggs said his groin still felt sore. He did not sound optimistic that missing the minimum 10 days would be an option.“I don’t think it’s necessarily so serious that I’ll miss the rest of the season but I need to give it the proper time,” he said. “Definitely the full 10 days and we’ll take it from there.”The Angels will play one game each of the next eight days before a day off, so Skaggs’ turn in the rotation will repeat on Thursday in Texas. They were already down one starting pitcher when Nick Tropeano returned to the disabled list with shoulder inflammation earlier in the week. For Skaggs, the recurring injury has torpedoed a career year in progress. In each of his last two starts, he has pitched merely 3-1/3 innings while allowing 10 and seven runs, respectively. Skaggs has seen his ERA rise from 2.62 to 3.78.Scioscia said that Skaggs “just never got to that point where he was comfortable turning the ball loose” on Saturday.Paredes, 23, pitched two shutout innings Sunday and has a 6.87 ERA in 14 games out of the Angels’ bullpen. In 28 games at Salt Lake, he has a 3.41 ERA and five saves.OHTANI UPDATEShohei Ohtani will throw off a bullpen mound again Monday in San Diego, Scioscia said. This one will be more intense than Ohtani’s mound work Saturday, his first since undergoing a PRP and stem cell injection in June.“Maybe a little more than a touch-and-feel,” Scioscia said. “Not 100 percent but I think he will be putting more effort into it.”Scioscia said there is not a target date for Ohtani to return to pitching in major league games, but rather a “window.”“There’s a window when we hope it would happen but we can’t get too far ahead of ourselves,” he said. “We’d be guessing if we tried to get one date. There’s a window we’re looking at that we hope would work. Certainly pitching this year is the goal and we feel that’s attainable.”INJURY UPDATESCatcher Rene Rivera (knee) is scheduled to resume his minor league rehab assignment with back-to-back games Sunday and Monday with Class-A Inland Empire, Scioscia said. He’s expected to rejoin the Angels on the road this week, but “we won’t know until he gets through these back-to-back games,” Scioscia said. …Pitcher Matt Shoemaker (forearm) does not have a target date to begin a minor league rehabilitation assignment, but Scioscia said the right-hander is making progress in his bullpen sessions.“Not that he’s going to get to 110 pitches this year – there’s not a lot of time for that – but there has to be enough pitches to where he can functionally get to a certain point of the game,” Scioscia said. …Andrelton Simmons tweaked his left knee sliding into second base Saturday and did not play Sunday. The shortstop said he was available after going through his normal pregame warmups.UP NEXTAngels (LHP Andrew Heaney, 7-7, 3.96 ERA) at Padres (LHP Clayton Richard, 7-10, 5.13 ERA), 7 p.m., Fox Sports Westcenter_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Without Dodgers’ TV channel, fans robbed of Vin Scully, too

first_imgHashing out the Dodgers’ SportsNet L.A. launch at this point in the process may be best expressed in frustrated Twitter hashtags.Take your pick from #smh, #TimeWarnerCableGreed, #DodgerFansHeldHostage, #soldoutthefans, #wantmyteamback …Not a lot of LOLs out there. That’s harsh.The #INeedMyDodgers hologram remains up in the top left corner of the screen during SportsNet L.A. programming — for those Time Warner Cable customers who already get the channel. Maybe it’s there simply as a reminder to them that there are twice as many others still without access. Really, how embarrassing can this thing get? Scully’s presence is all over Dodger Stadium as the park opened Thursday for baseball (no more hockey) for the start of the Dodgers-Angels exhibition series.There’s a new clock in the left field “Think Blue Plaza” that greets fans with Scully’s line: “It’s time for Dodger baseball.”The cover of the 2014 Dodgers Yearbook for sale at the concession stands has a classic portrait of Scully — one of the old Union 76 premiums given out to fans at the gas station back in the early 1980s. A fantastically extensive 21-page feature about Scully by new team director of digital and print content Jon Weisman may be the closest you’ll ever get to an autobiography from the 86-year-old Hall of Fame broadcaster, who has turned down numerous offers to chronicle his life story.About a month ago, Scully visited the TWC Sports studios in El Segundo to tape some promos — including many of those commercial spots you hear him voice over promoting the SportsNet L.A. channel’s availability. He was also asked to speak to a gathering of all the TWC Sports employees for about a half hour, in part to applaud them for being part of this new venture.“Nothing I say will ever do it service,” said TWC Sports chief David Rone about Scully’s appearance. “When he walks into the room and you hear that voice and marry it to 65 years of Dodger baseball, he embodies all that is the Dodgers.“He sat on our set and captivated our employees, sharing stories about what it means to be part of this family and how excited he was with a platform like this — all Dodgers, all the time. It was just him talking about what it means for this ownership group’s commitment to making this the best franchise in all of baseball. That all resonated with all the people here working so hard with this initiative. It was a moving experience to be that up close and personal.”Dodgers president Stan Kasten calls Scully the intangible piece of this SportsNet L.A. launch.“We want this to be gold standard of RSNs. We’re proud to be the first and only 24/7 dedicated to this one team. We happen to be a franchise whose history and legacy enables that kind of 24 hours of attention, and at the center of the whole television piece is Vin Scully,” Kasten said. “I can’t overstate his significance.”Kasten still relays a story about the time shortly after the Guggenheim group took over ownership of the team, and Scully called him to congratulate him.Kasten got off the phone and told his wife that Scully had just called him, and she didn’t seem as excited as he was.“You don’t understand, Vin Scully called me today!” he repeated to her. “In our profession, in the world of broadcasting, he’s larger than life while being a great person. That’s the effect he has on everyone. “We were joking here recently because we’re planning our bobblehead night schedule — we’re doing 11 of them, and one is for Vin. I was only half-joking when I said we should do all 11 of just Vin, in different poses. That would be way more popular.”The most popular decision today for the Dodgers would be for someone in charge to realize that, for whatever business reasons they made in assigning TWC the task to do all the distribution deals, now is the time to take real ownership of the channel and make sure everyone has it. At any cost.Customers of DirecTV, Charter, Comcast, Cox, AT&T Uverse and Verizon FiOS, which make up more than two-thirds of Southern California’s pay-TV systems (not counting another 700,000 who rely on over-the-air antenna and will never get the channel), can still hear Scully do the first three innings of each home game he does as part of the KLAC-AM (570) simulcast. But there’s that one-third slice of the equation that keeps coming up.We just don’t get it. It’s a no-Vin situation that puts everyone, including Scully, in an awkward situation..Maybe the Dodgers are banking on a heightened anticipation of a World Series appearance in 2014 to stir the undercurrent for channel begging. But the wet blanket thrown over it is the demeaning realization that, in what could be Scully’s 65th and final season of calling games, they’ve created a self-inflicted wound. It’s a situation where Scully’s credibility, loyalty and connection to L.A. hves become the dangling carrot in the “it’s just how we do business these days” mantra.This really isn’t such a golden moment to be putting your future business decisions in TWC’s hands, by the way.Consumer Reports issued a survey this week that put TWC 16th among 17 nationwide pay-TV services, with a rating of 58 out of 100. Its lowest marks were for value, reliability and customer support. Verizon FiOS (73), DirecTV and Dish (70) and AT&T U-verse (68) finished Nos. 3-6 in the poll behind two small internet services. If a non-TWC Southern California customer is being coaxed into dropping his current service in desperation to get the Dodgers channel, that’s a huge leap of faith in that a TWC rep could even get to their house by early April and install the equipment in a satisfactory manner.Fox Sports West carried the Angels’ version of Thursday’s Angels-Dodgers game and will do so again tonight. Clippers and Kings telecasts Saturday night prevent either FSW or Prime Ticket to have the Angels-Dodgers game from Angel Stadium, so it’s been bumped to KCOP-Channel 13 — a rare opportunity this year for those who don’t have a pay service to see the Dodgers.Sunday’s reboot of the regular season for the Dodgers in San Diego is an ESPN contest (5 p.m.), but SportsNet L.A. has exclusivity to games April 1 and 2, as well as the 1 p.m. home opener April 4 against San Francisco. Fox Sports 1 has the April 5 day game and ESPN2 takes the April 6 evening telecast.After that, it’s pretty much a SportsNet L.A. roller coaster ride, all by itself.A couple of years ago, the wicked irony in the delayed TWC SportsNet launch during its first season of Lakers games is that the Lakers’ team headquarters in El Segundo was all hooked up to DirecTV, so employees couldn’t even see their own team’s contests.Around Dodger Stadium, fans waiting in line at concession stands see the in-house video feed of the game. In the press box and press room, as well as the team’s offices, they’re all connected with Time Warner Cable, so they don’t miss anything SportsNet L.A.-wise.When MLB commissioner Bud Selig was asked about the SportsNet L.A. launch delay recently, the man who fought so hard to oust Frank McCourt so that he couldn’t personally reap the rewards of any new local TV deal offered up a wishy-washy response: “I have faith that the parties will work this out. … We would like things to be as smooth as possible, but there are always times in life when things don’t work out exactly right. But I have faith the parties will work it out and I know the parties want to work things out.”Yeah. Thanks, Bud. But if you happened to tweet out something anytime soon, add #IMissVinScully. It might resonate more.RECORD, PAUSE, DELETEGauging the media’s high- and low-level marks of the week, and what’s ahead:PREPPED FOR STATE FINALSTime Warner Cable’s deal with the CIF to carry the state basketball championships this weekend comes with a slight hitch again. Back in December, when the state football finals took place in Carson, those with access to TWC’s 101 Live channel were the only ones who could see the bulk of the divisional contests (aside from Internet streaming). For all of Friday’s basketball games from Sacramento, that’s the case again, meaning the Div. V boys game (Renaissance Academy of La Canada Flintridge vs. St. Joseph Notre Dame of Alameda at noon) and the Division III boys’ game (Chaminade of West Hills vs. Sir Francis Drake of San Anselmo at 4 p.m) and are relegated to the 101 Live channel. Saturday’s games, however, all line up on TWC SportsNet. That starts with the girls’ Division IV final (Sierra Canyon of Chatsworth vs. Justin-Siena of Napa at 10 a.m.), and includes the boys’ Division IV final (Bishop Montgomery of Torrance vs. Moreau Catholic of Hayward at noon), the girls’ Division II final (Chaminade of West Hills vs. Archbishop Mitty of San Jose at 2 p.m.), the boys’ Division II final (St. John Bosco of Bellflower vs. Folsom at 4 p.m.), and the girls’ Open final (Long Beach Poly vs. Salesian of Richmond at 6 p.m.) Former UCLA guard Jon Crispin is the analyst on five of the six boys division finals, while Drew Shiller, a former Stanford point guard and Cal-Hi Sports’ 2005 High School Athlete of the Year, has the Mater Dei-Bishop O’Dowd boys Open Division final at 8 p.m. with play-by-play man Barry Tompkins and reporter Kelli Tennant. Mary Murphy is the analyst for all six girls games this weekend, and Steve Quis calls six of the 12 games, with the other six going to Tompkins.PREPPED FOR ANAHEIM HOOPSFour years into this CBS-Turner Sports arrangement to calling the NCAA Tournament, and Marv Albert says he thinks he’s finally gotten the hang of things. The Basketball Hall of Fame broadcaster may be more accustomed to doing NBA games for TNT, but he finds himself in Anaheim this weekend (with Steve Kerr) for the conclusion of the West Regional bracket, and then it’s a week off to decompress before going back to the pro game. “The funny thing about it, there was a time when you’d finish one (college) game, and another one comes, and the mindset is, ‘When does the second half start?’ because the games are so different paced from the NBA,” the 72-year-old Albert said. “It’s a real kick doing this now. I think you parachute into this event and educate yourself without trying to get too much information into each game because then you’re just talking too much. I am much more efficient at prepping for games now, not forcing things in, and looking at things a little differently after all these years.” Albert says this time of year reminds him of his NBC days when he would often be paired with Bucky Waters on the back-up national college game to the ones Dick Enberg and Al McGuire did. It occasionally brought Albert to Pauley Pavilion to call a UCLA game. “We used to go all over the place, Saturdays and Sundays, Big East and everywhere else, and I always loved the college game,” Albert said. If we’re going to be honest here about hashing tags, the most relevant and prevalent one should be #IMissVinScully.Yes, we’re going to play the Scully card. Angst and all.“The less I say about it, it’s probably the better,” he responded when we asked recently about his thoughts on the SportsNet L.A. launch.If this matters to anyone, Scully is a DirecTV subscriber. Imagine what happens if this thing really drags out, and the Dodgers’ road trip in late April comes around, the one where they have a nine-game swing through Minnesota, Florida and Washington. That’s one of the trips where he stays home.So if he wanted to access those games from his living room, and it wasn’t there, would it be proper form for him, or someone else, to tweet out “#INeedMyDodgers?”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more