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SPORTS
January 22, 2014
UC Irvine junior Taylor Sparks has been named first-team preseason All-American in baseball by Perfect Game. It's the third entity to recognize Sparks, the 2013 Big West Conference Co-Player of the Year, as a preseason All-American. Sparks, a third baseman, hit .360 with 10 home runs, 50 runs batted in and 25 extra-base hits as a sophomore and enters the 2014 season as Perfect Game's No. 26 prospect. Sparks and the Anteaters open the season Feb. 14 at home against Fresno State at 6 p.m. — From staff reports
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Miller | December 30, 2013
When I saw the ads for "American Hustle," the new Jennifer Lawrence movie that's fast racking up Oscar buzz, I realized I had reached a breaking point of sorts. It's easy, after all, for a tried-and-true property to cross the line into media saturation. I can only see the same image on movie posters and magazine covers so many times. No doubt it's in Hollywood's nature to beat a brand name into the ground, but it's high time we moved on to the next marketable commodity. Do you think I'm talking about Lawrence?
SPORTS
December 18, 2013
UC Irvine infielders Taylor Sparks and Connor Spencer, as well as pitcher Andrew Morales, have been selected first-team preseason All-Americans by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Assn. Sparks was named Big West Conference Co-Player of the Year in 2013, when the sophomore third baseman batted .360 with 10 home runs and 50 runs batted in. He was named second-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball and was an ABCA Gold Glove winner. Sparks, named second-team West Region by the American Baseball Coaches Assn.
SPORTS
December 13, 2013
UC Irvine seniors Marco Franco and Enrique Cardenas have been named second- and third-team All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Assn. of America. Franco, the Big West Conference Defensive Player of the Year, was a first-team All-West Region honoree after helping lead the Anteaters to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. With Franco anchoring the back line at center back, UCI posted 10 shutouts and its 0.8 goals-against average was the stingiest in the Big West. He had two assists in 2013.
SPORTS
By Barry Faulkner | December 12, 2013
"There's a symphony inside you, there's a thousand things for you to do. " - James Taylor - Nicole Ballestero plays basketball with an orchestral range that makes coaches, teammates and spectators hum approvingly along. But somewhere in the bleachers, her father, Carlos, is savoring every swish and shoe squeak of this specific full-court symphony with even greater toe-tapping delight. "If he had a choice, I think my Dad would have had a family band," Ballestero said.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | November 30, 2013
In the front window of his store on Marine Avenue on Balboa Island, Neil Roberts turned over a batch of candles in to smooth out the bottoms. The store was empty Saturday morning, but reusable bags with a small-business slogan hung on the bench outside and beckoned people in from the crowded sidewalk. This year, as in past years, the two owners of CandlEssence took part in Small Business Saturday, a promotion American Express created in 2010 to help mom-and-pop stores compete with big box retailers' Black Friday bonanza of shopping.
SPORTS
By Barry Faulkner | November 21, 2013
Jordan Davidson is a finisher. Whether on the business end of a cross, a through ball, a corner kick or a rebound, the speedy 5-foot-2 Vanguard University women's soccer forward has deposited 29 goals into the net in two years with the Lions. She scored 28 in two seasons at Paradise Valley Community College in Arizona. A conference player of the year and a first-team junior college All-American, she has twice been named Golden State Athletic Conference Player of the Year and is a virtual lock to repeat the first-team All-American recognition this year that she received as a junior.
SPORTS
By Barry Faulkner | November 6, 2013
When it comes to women's basketball on the NAIA Division I level, what happens in Southern California seldom stays there, but rather eventually winds up having a major impact on the national tournament in Frankfort, Ky. With this in mind, Vanguard University Coach Russ Davis, enters his 18th season more interested in the Lions' place in the Golden State Athletic Conference than their spot atop the NAIA preseason poll. "The way It is now, we want to play for a GSAC championship, because if you win the GSAC, you can win a national title," said Davis, who by guiding the Lions to the NAIA crown in 2008, began a run of three separate GSAC representatives winning NAIA titles in the previous six seasons.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Rhea Mahbubani | November 1, 2013
The first time Jean-Christophe Maillot laid eyes on Diana Vishneva, he was gripped by the feeling that she was weird - not in a way that made him cringe or avert his sight. Quite the opposite. He was spellbound. "She was not what we were used to seeing, not placed [on her feet] like everybody, and she was extremely skinny," said Maillot, holding up his pinky to drive his point home. "She was very atypical for a classical dancer. " Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Vishneva trained at the Vaganova Ballet Academy and won a gold medal at the Prix de Lausanne, an international young dancers' competition, in 1994.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | October 9, 2013
The Costa Mesa City Council is scheduled Tuesday to consider a rehearing of a Fairview Park project that outside experts contend may harm known Native American archaeological sites. The project includes a hotly contested turnaround where the north end of Pacific Avenue enters the 208-acre park. It also includes an adjacent children's play area. If the council majority approves holding a rehearing, it would take place at a future council meeting, city officials said. Councilwoman Sandy Genis, who serves as a council liaison on the Fairview Park Citizens Advisory Committee, requested the rehearing.
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