The joint MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation and Cal State Northridge Tuesday announced a $1 million grant to upgrade the university's sports facilities and support its youth baseball program.,The grant will go toward renovating Matador Stadium through the purchase of a lighting system, as well as helping CSUN's youth baseball initiative, which strives to develop baseball, leadership and life skills for kids, ages five to 17 in the San Fernando Valley.,The MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation is a joint initiative announced by Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association in July 2015 to fund efforts that focus on improving the caliber, effectiveness and availability of amateur baseball and softball programs across the United States and Canada.,The foundation also aims to enhance the quality of baseball and softball education, address overall youth participation, and help youth from underserved communities strengthen their connections to the game, according to CSUN.,Through expanded field availability, the grant also will support CSUN's youth baseball initiative that serves diverse and underserved San Fernando Valley communities.
■Jaylen LeRoy scored 20 points and grabbed five boards, and Manny Alisandro had a double-double off 16 points and 10 rebounds, but the Plymouth State men’s basketball team (11-11, 5-8 LEC) fell to Western Connecticut State, 79-74.,Rene Hudson (16 points, seven rebounds, five assists) and Jaz Laracuente (12 points, seven assists) led the Pilgrims (12-8, 11-2 Pride girls’ basketball AAU team will be hosting tryouts on Sunday at Penacook Elementary School.,The tryouts will be held at the following times for the following age groups: 2011-2009 girls and boys 1-2 p.m.; 2008-2007 girls and boys 2-3 p.m.; 2005-2006 girls only 3-4 p.m.; 2004-2001 girls only 4-5:30 p.m. To register online go to For more information contact City basketball spring AAU tryout registration is now open.,The first tryout in Concord will be Feb. 16 at Bishop Brady High School at the following times, which are broken down by age group: advanced 2nd grade-4th grade girls, 1-2 p.m.; advanced 2nd grade-4th grade boys, 2-3 p.m.; 5th-6th grade girls, 3-4 p.m.; 5th-6th grade boys, 4-5 p.m.; 7th-8th grade girls, 5-6 p.m.; 7th-8th grade boys, 6-7 p.m.; all high school girls, 7-8 p.m.; all high school boys, 8-9 p.m.,The second tryout in Concord will be March 10 at Bishop Brady at the following times, which area also broken down by age group: advanced 2nd-6th grade girls, 11 a.m.-noon; advanced 2nd-6th grade boys, noon-1 p.m.; 7th grade-all high school girls, 1-2 p.m.; 7th grade-all high school boys, 2-3 p.m.
Former Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight is on a mission to make an NFL roster, and he's hoping the inaugural season of the Alliance of American Football will help him get there.,Other league venues will be Georgia State Stadium (formerly Turner Field) for the Legends, Legion Field for the Iron, Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium for the Express, Spectrum Stadium (University of Central Florida) for the Apollos, Rice-Eccles Stadium (University of Utah) for the Stallions, the Alamodome (University Texas-San Antonio) for the Commanders and SDCCU Stadium (formerly Qualcomm Stadium) for the Fleet.,The AAF features several well-known coaches, including Steve Spurrier (Orlando), Mike Singletary (Memphis), Dennis Erickson (Salt Lake), Mike Riley (San Antonio) and Mike Martz (San Diego), in addition to Neuheisel.,Despite an impressive showing at the NFL Combine two years ago � where he finished first among quarterbacks in the vertical jump (35.5 inches), broad jump (10 feet, 5 inches) and the 40-yard dash (4.54 seconds) � Knight was not selected in the 2017 NFL Draft.,In addition to local stations, TNT will broadcast two games per season (one regular season and a playoff game) and the NFL Network will air two weekly games.
NORMAN — Freshman guard Taylor Robertson scored 21 points for Oklahoma, but the Sooners could not overcome No. 2/3 Baylor's size as the Lady Bears defeated the Sooners, 74-53, on Sunday.,Freshman Madi Williams recorded 11 points and finished with a team-high eight rebounds for the Sooners (5-13, 1-6 Big 12).,Baylor's Juicy Landrum led the Lady Bears (17-0, 7-0 Big 12) with 21 points, while Kalani Brown added 20 points and six rebounds.,Chloe Jackson also scored in double figures for Baylor with 10 points, while Lauren Cox led the Lady Bears with 12 rebounds and added two blocks.,OU finished with 25 turnovers, allowing Baylor to score 24 points off of Sooner miscues.
Hekker was a quarterback, who also punted, in high school and led his team to the Washington state championship game during his senior year in 2007.,Still, even in the NFL, Hekker’s arm and athleticism mean that teams still have to defend him “like a quarterback,” Belichick told reporters in 2016.,Slater noted that the team attempted five fakes this past regular season alone, converting two and just — in one case, controversially — coming up short on two others (Hekker at least showed some impressive arm strength on the third failed attempt).,Marveling at his ability to swing field position, Belichick called Hekker a “very unusual player,” in a good way, before the Patriots played the Rams in 2016.,Hekker went on to pin the Patriots inside their own 20 on five of his eight punts, netting an average of 52.9 yards per kick in the 2016 regular season game.
For all the debate stirred by a blatant penalty that wasn't called in the closing minutes of the NFC championship game, the Rams thoroughly earned their 26-23 overtime victory over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.,And, finally, they came up with a huge interception in overtime to set up Greg Zuerlein's 57-yard field goal — the longest kick ever to win a playoff game.,It was the first home playoff loss for the Saints with Brees and coach Sean Payton, who had been 6-0 at the Superdome since their pairing began in 2006.,If the pass interference penalty had been called, the Saints could've run most of the time off the clock to set up a winning field goal from chip-shot range.,It was another bitter end for the Saints, who lost the previous season in the divisional round on the "Minnesota Miracle" — the Vikings' long touchdown pass on the final play of the game.
The Cubs-owning Ricketts family has ripped Tunney as he seeks re-election in the 44th Ward, which includes Wrigley Field.,“I mean, Tom Tunney has always seen himself as someone who is against the Cubs,” Ricketts said.,The comment Ricketts referenced was uttered on the City Council floor in 2013, when Tunney said he would "be up your butt every day" if the Cubs owners didn't honor their commitments to Wrigleyville residents.,Told of Ricketts’ comments, Tunney said he thinks Ricketts is still upset the team didn’t get public funding to help pay for Wrigley Field renovations.,Asked whether the Ricketts family’s involvement in the race helps his candidacy in the eyes of residents leery of their reach in and around the ballpark, Tunney said “there is a genuine concern about total control of an alderman by any individual, in this case the Ricketts family.”