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Leigh Steinberg | June 25, 2011
Climate change is under way in a harmful and dramatic way. Did you know sports can be part of the solution? Melting ice caps, rising oceans, hurricanes and tornadoes, the science and evidence is indisputable. As fossil fuel, water and other resources diminish, major change in our energy grid and wasteful practices is necessary. We don't want to be the first generation in American history to hand a degraded quality of life down to our children. We need to act now before the problem is unsolvable.
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May 22, 2010
Orange Coast College sophomore outfielder Katrina Gaar earned first-team All-Orange Empire Conference recognition in softball. Gaar, a Corona del Mar High product, hit .343 with 36 hits, 22 runs and 13 runs batted in for the Pirates (11-24, 3-18 in conference). Gaar, who is now headed to play for University of Maryland Baltimore County, was also successful on seven of eight stolen base attempts. She played 34 games and started 31 times. — From staff reports
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | June 6, 2012
COSTA MESA - The spread has been the same around this time of the school year for athletes and coaches at Estancia High. The sports seasons are done with. It was time for them to chow down on barbecued chopped beef brisket sandwiches or pulled pork sandwiches, barbecued beans and mashed potatoes on Wednesday. The athletes and coaches have not gotten tired of the free food from the Newport Rib Co. They earned it again after beating out cross-town rival Costa Mesa for the All-Sports Cup for the third straight year.
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By Leigh Steinberg | February 15, 2014
That loud cracking sound you heard was the last major taboo in sports being demolished this week. All-American defensive lineman Michael Sam, a prospective May NFL Draft pick from Missouri, became the first player entering pro football to declare that he is gay. He is a major talent, selected SEC Defensive Player of the Year, and the waves of change will ripple through all sports. Retired athletes have declared their sexual orientation, but this is an active athlete. The preliminary reaction of NFL personnel that this revelation will cause Sam to drop in the draft is the last gasp of unreasoning prejudice.
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November 14, 2004
Chief Photographer Don Leach's photo of Orange Coast College's Omar Munoz celebrating after scoring a goal is a prime example of how a great sports photograph doesn't always have to capture a key play. Sure, a great action shot looks great on the pages and catches the eyes of the reader, but capturing that moment when a player gets to celebrate after his or her hard work has paid off is priceless, and provides complete coverage of the event. With our schedules being as hectic as they are, when we photograph a game, we can only hope to capture such a display of emotion.
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July 9, 2010
Ex-'Eaters make team Former UC Irvine All-Americans Ryan Bailey, Jeff Powers and Tim Hutten are among 16 members of the United States men's water polo team, announced Monday by Team USA Coach Terry Schroeder, that will compete in the FINA World League Super Final and FINA World Cup later this month. Bailey, a three-time Olympian, Powers, a two-time Olympian and Hutten all helped the Americans win silver at the Beijing Olympic Games, the U.S. men's program's first medal since 1988.
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By Steve Virgen | March 10, 2012
There was a bit of an awkward silence when I delivered the final question to the great Hale Irwin during a phone interview last week. Irwin was asked when the last time he won on the Champions Tour, for golfers 50 and older. For a moment I thought he would tell me he was done with winning and content with all that he had accomplished. Perish that thought. "It's been several years," Irwin said of his last win, which was five years ago. "I'm anxious to try to get back in the winner's circle.
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January 19, 2012
Scott “Meato” Mathew Rask, 38, of Newport Beach, left us for an Endless Summer on January 12, 2012. Scott was born August, 26 1973 in Escondido, California. Sur¿ng was Scott's number one passion, followed closely by Fishing and all sports. There wasn't any sport Scott would not try and excel at; he was an awesome athlete. With a heart of gold, Scott loved and cared for all his family and friends greatly. Scott's dynamic smile and great sense of humor always brought joy and laughter to us all.  Scott was an Awesome Son,  Brother, Nephew, Uncle, God Father and Friend.
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February 7, 2012
Jack Butefish August 17, 1932 to January 30, 2012 Jack Butefish passed away from Parkinson's Disease at Silverado Residence in Newport Beach California on Monday morning. Jack was raised by Clinton and Margaret Butefish who came to California from Kansas and were successful in the post WWII baby store business. Jack worked in their stores as a child and then, as his height soared to 6'7”, he excelled as an athlete at Inglewood High School.  When he and his friends went down to the train station in LA to enlist in the Korean War, his height caused him to be sent home because “he couldn't fit into the uniforms and beds”.
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By Leigh Steinberg | January 19, 2012
Remember back to the dispiriting offseason of locked out players and no transactions in the NFL. Relive the anxiety and angst surrounding whether there would be a season at all (although I wrote repeatedly it would all work out). Recall the two incredible weeks in which every single draft pick and free agent had to be signed. Think of the truncated training camp schedule and the number of new coaches and new systems that needed implementing. This seemed an unlikely prescription for the unprecedented success and domination that the NFL produced.
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By Hannah Fry | May 1, 2014
Mariners Elementary students greeted UC Irvine basketball players Wednesday afternoon with about as much fanfare as one might expect if a teenage pop sensation visited the Newport Beach campus. The students clamored around the college athletes for their chance at an autograph and, if they were lucky, a selfie with one of the basketball players. Six men and women from UCI's basketball programs visited the fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade classes at the Newport Beach elementary school to talk about sports and the importance of earning a degree.
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By Matt Morrison | April 30, 2014
Like most Saturday afternoons at the Newport-Mesa YMCA, the basketball court squeaks with starts, stops, and misdirection of hard-rubber soles on varnished hardwood. On a mid-April day there was a little more spring in each step. As a championship game unfolded between two co-ed teams of young teenagers, it became clear there were nothing but winners in the gym, regardless of the final score. The Save Our Youth (SOY) Jaguars of Costa Mesa didn't take this title game but were satisfied just the same.
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April 17, 2014
On the first day high school seniors can sign a national letter of intent during the NCAA spring period, Newport-Mesa athletes committed to colleges on Wednesday. Corona del Mar High had the most sign national letters of intent with five. The Sea Kings were Annie Mortimer (Michigan women's water polo), Kenzie Purcifull (UCLA women's tennis), Brett Olson (Auburn baseball), Nick Catranis (UC Berkeley men's crew), and Elizabeth Russell (UC Berkeley women's crew). The four CdM athletes who took part in the day's event on campus and will play at Ivy League schools included Tyler Duncan (Yale baseball)
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By Steve Virgen | April 8, 2014
John Hamilton expressed remorse and disappointment, yet pride during an interview Tuesday afternoon in his Newport Beach office. It's what happens when he announces Newport Sports Museum has closed its doors after 18 years and he will begin to sell its prized items. The founder of the museum, known for its cute scavenger hunt and free admission, cited reasons such as costs, his own health, wanting to spend more time with his family and a recent break-in to shutting down the place.
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April 3, 2014
The Newport-Mesa Unified School District wants to build a sports stadium with 1,000 seats, a synthetic turf field and a new track at Corona del Mar High School. An augmentation includes 1,500 stadium-style seats, field lights, a press box, snack bars and team rooms. This stadium would be in the middle of a calm residential community of more than 1,500 homes and would cause huge problems for the residents. I'm thinking of added traffic, parking and safety issues, excessive noise and blinding lights.
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By Bradley Zint | April 2, 2014
Citing dissatisfaction with City Hall decisions, a longtime Costa Mesa youth sports advocate confirmed Wednesday that he has resigned from his sports leadership positions. Gordon Bowley had been serving as president of Costa Mesa United and as chairman of the Costa Mesa Youth Sports Council. His resignations were effective March 18. Bowley, a Costa Mesa resident since 1968 and former coach for youth baseball and soccer, was Costa Mesa United's president for the last seven years.
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By Bradley Zint | March 28, 2014
Officials with a popular flag football program allegedly made misstatements to the city of Costa Mesa to avoid paying nearly $50,000 in fees to use a public field, according to allegations contained in a confidential city memo reviewed by the Daily Pilot. City CEO Tom Hatch contends in the Feb. 18 memo that Newport-Mesa Friday Night Lights owes taxpayers back payment for its use of the city-owned Jack R. Hammett Sports Complex. In the memo addressed to the City Council, Police Chief Tom Gazsi and high-ranking administrators, Hatch asserts that former municipal Recreation Manager Bob Knapp granted Friday Night Lights its fee waiver based on a "likely fraudulent" letter written by President Mark Broersma of Orange County Youth Sports Assn., which operates the youth football league.
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March 4, 2014
New facility warrants community support Track coach Bill Sumner's vision for improved athletic facilities at Corona del Mar High School needs the community's strong support ( "A sporting mission," Feb. 28). CdM's exceptional students and faculty are tarnished by the inferior (and in the case of some practice fields, dangerous) sports complex. I am sure out-of-town players are amazed at the poor quality of the game field at one of California's wealthiest communities. CdM players have long complained about the condition of the fields.
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By Bradley Zint | February 28, 2014
If Costa Mesa sports boosters had their way, there would be light. Enough of it, at least, so that the throngs of children and adults could toss, punt, pass, kick, bat and throw the ball around until 9 or 10 p.m. Such was the prevailing sentiment Thursday evening at the city's Parks and Recreation Commission meeting. The five-member body received a staff report about field use in Costa Mesa, including challenges faced by the youth and adult sports communities. Staff noted that few city sports facilities have permanent lighting.
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By Emily Foxhall | February 28, 2014
Two Newport Beach newcomers are being guaranteed the high quality of life for which the city is known. They already had a great view, and now city officials are making sure the temperature is just right - nothing's too good for these coastal birds. City staff plans to disconnect the lightbulbs on a sports field light at Bonita Creek Park where an osprey nest was built earlier this month . This is being done "out of an abundance of caution," Laura Detweiler, recreation and senior services director for the city, wrote in an email.
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