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June 17, 2011
A man accused in the 1994 death of a wealthy Newport Beach businessman is set to appear in court Monday, records show. Eric Naposki, 44, a former NFL linebacker, is charged with the murder of Bill McLaughlin, the husband of Nanette Ann Packard, whom Naposki was dating. McLaughlin started dating Packard in 1991 and was financially supporting her, while she also started a relationship with Naposki, a bouncer at the Thunderbird Nightclub, according to an Orange County district attorney's office news release.
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SPORTS
By David Carrillo Peñaloza, david.carrillo@latimes.com | June 15, 2011
COSTA MESA — Oscar Reyes found the perfect Father's Day gift for his older brother and it did not cost him a cent. He is certain Ray, who is serving in the Navy, will find a lot of value in the item. Reyes can thank Costa Mesa High football coach Wally Grant for being able to take care of his brother this Sunday. Grant brought in one of his former players he coached nine years ago as an assistant at Tustin High. That player is now in the NFL and protecting one of the game's young star quarterbacks.
SPORTS
By David Carrillo Peñaloza, david.carrillo@latimes.com | September 30, 2010
Conner Ascher first wanted to play quarterback at Sage Hill School when he made the jump to varsity last season. In the way, three hurdles. The first issue was Ascher's size. At 5-foot-8, 120 pounds back then, one hit and he can seriously get hurt in the pocket. He also stood third on the depth chart at quarterback. The starting quarterback gave Ascher great advice. "Randall [Mycorn] said I should think about it, just being the backup," said Ascher, who began wondering where he belonged on the football field.
SPORTS
By David Carrillo Peñaloza, david.carrillo@latimes.com | July 3, 2010
ANAHEIM — Most NFL players ride to special events in limos or in exotic sports cars. When the player is the dead-last pick in the draft, he rolls in the back of a vehicle more ideal for a soccer mom. Welcome to the life of Tim Toone, Mr. Irrelevant. There was no need to valet park the van for Toone at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Spa on Friday. Toone jumped into the van with his parents, brother, two Mr. Irrelevant Week volunteers, and his agent. Before the seven left the hotel for a Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim game, a couple of guests in the lobby rolled their eyes at the choice of transportation and then grinned.
FEATURES
By Steve Virgen | April 24, 2010
Tim Toone says people give him strange looks in Ogden, Utah. It’s a conservative town, and Toone usually catches people by surprise because of his hairdo. There aren’t too many white men with dreadlocks in Ogden. But Toone appears to have a flair for being different. On Sunday, at the end of the NFL Draft, Toone became unique again. The Detroit Lions picked him with the 255th and dead-last selection, making him Mr. Irrelevant XXXV. Yes, Mr. Irrelevant is a white man with dreadlocks.
NEWS
By Tom Ragan | February 5, 2010
As millions of football fanatics sit down Sunday to watch the Super Bowl between the New Orleans Saints and the Indianapolis Colts, know this, Orange County folks: There’s a Newport Beach resident who’s been to the Super Bowl twice — and he wasn’t sitting in the stands. He’s got the pinstripes, the hat, the shoes, the whistle, the flags, even the professional pig skin. He even has a number: It’s No. 125. Laird Hayes, an Orange Coast College instructor, is living the dream.
FEATURES
By Jim Carnett | January 5, 2010
The top-ranked University of Alabama and Texas football teams have been practicing in the area this week for Thursday’s Bowl Championship Series title game at the Rose Bowl. While the Longhorns practiced at UC Irvine, the Crimson Tide squad has been using Orange Coast College’s locker room, weight room, training facility and cardio-lab. It’s practicing across the street on the natural turf of the Farm Sports Complex in anticipation of the Rose Bowl’s natural surface.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | November 10, 2009
A former NFL player and his former girlfriend from Ladera Ranch can stand trial for the killing of a Newport Beach man nearly 15 years ago, Orange County Superior Court Judge Robert Gannon ruled Monday. Nanette Packard, 44, and Eric Naposki, 42, are charged with killing Bill McLaughlin, a Newport Beach father and successful businessman, on Dec. 15, 1994. Prosecutors claim that Packard, who was financially supported by McLaughlin and was his longtime girlfriend, persuaded her secret lover, Naposki, to kill McLaughlin inside his home.
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