Austin Ekeler, an Eaton High School graduate and second-year running back for the Los Angeles Chargers, talked about his career and the team’s preparations for the upcoming National Football League playoffs during an appearance on a national sports radio show on Wednesday.,Ekeler, who graduated from Eaton in 2013 before ending up with the Chargers as an undrafted-free agent in 2017, spoke with Jim Rome on The Jim Rome Show in a 9-minute conversation that touched on the Baltimore Ravens — the Chargers’ opponent in an AFC Wild Card game on Sunday — and Ekeler’s strength that led Los Angeles coach Anthony Lynn to call him pound for pound the strongest guy on the team.,Ekeler told Rome his work in the weight room dates to his days as a student at Eaton.,Ekeler broke nearly every school rushing record at Western, he was an All-American and a finalist his senior year for the Harlon Hill Trophy — the Division II version of the Heisman Trophy.,Rome asked Ekeler about finishing his degree at Western Colorado after his first season with the Chargers.
What if quarterback Tua Tagovailoa had stepped off the plane in Los Angeles, instead of continuing east to Tuscaloosa, when he left high school in Hawaii?,At the end of the regular season, Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart accepted the head coaching job at Georgia, which prompted blue-chip recruit Jake Fromm to flip from the Crimson Tide to the Bulldogs.,But Tagovailoa later told a Hawaiian television crew that he might have left if not for the 2018 championship game, when Alabama coach Nick Saban pulled him off the bench and he ended up leading the team to victory over Georgia with a long touchdown pass in overtime.,The way Tagovailoa quickly changed things at Alabama, taking command of an offense that had played second-fiddle to the defense, transforming it into a juggernaut that averages more than 527 yards and 47 points.,In his first season as a starter — albeit surrounded by a better team — Tagovailoa just missed winning the Heisman Trophy, passing for 3,671 yards and 41 touchdowns while limiting his interceptions to four.
Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 22 points, Trey Burke added 16 and the Knicks snapped their eight-game losing streak with a 119-112 victory over Los Angeles on Friday night.,Enes Kanter scored eight of his 16 points down the stretch as the Knicks pulled away, ending their first win since Dec. 14 on an 11-3 run.,Seven players scored in double figures for New York, including 10 points in the fourth quarter from Mario Hezonja, who also had barely played since mid-December.,TIP-INS
Knicks: Frank Ntilikina played only briefly in the first half before straining his left ankle and sitting out the rest of the game.,SLOW START FOR LA
Moorhead was a month or so removed from being named Mississippi State’s new head coach.,“I think there is where you’re from and there is where you call home,” Moorhead said a year later, once again folded into a seat, but this time in Tampa, a few days prior to a Mississippi State and Iowa rendition of the Outback Bowl.,In fact, a bowl victory over Iowa would make Moorhead the only Mississippi State coach to win nine games in his first season at the helm.,If James Franklin’s 105 games spent on the sidelines as a head coach seems like a small number compared to the so-called “greats,” then Moorhead has plenty of room to make up.,He keeps in touch with Rahne as well, continuing to support a friend in a year where Penn State’s offense has sputtered between what it was and something at least not always as aesthetically pleasing even if still ultimately effective.
James Batemon III was an NJCAA All-American both of the years he spent in a North Dakota State College of Science uniform.,Now in his senior year, Batemon is taking on a role as the team’s leader.,Batemon’s led his team in points and assists in the two years he’s been in LA.,When the two teams squared off in the West Coast Conference Tournament last year, Batemon dropped 27 on national television.,They’ll probably be the toughest team we face again this year,” Batemon said.
Bill Spiller, a short, slight and stylish African American golfer, came to the Bay Area in 1948 to compete in the Richmond Open, a PGA tournament.,Spiller faded, but still finished 34th, which automatically qualified him for the following week’s Richmond Open, a PGA event.,On behalf of Spiller, Rhodes and a local black golfer named Madison Gunther, attorney John Rowell sued the PGA for $315,000 for denying the men the opportunity to obtain employment in their chosen profession.,At a tournament in San Diego in 1953, yanked from the field, Spiller challenged a high-ranking PGA official to a fistfight, then held up the tourney by blocking the first tee, either by lying down or standing in front of it.,Spiller told author Al Barkow, who wrote “Gettin’ To The Dance Floor,” an oral history of golf’s integration, that one year at the L.A. Open, he asked the starter on the first tee why all three black players in the field were in the same group.
James had 22 points, 14 assists and 12 rebounds, and the Lakers beat the New Orleans Pelicans 112-104 on Friday night.,Davis had 30 points and 20 rebounds for the Pelicans, who lost their third straight game.,New Orleans shot 32.6 percent in the second half, leaving Gentry more concerned about his fifth loss in seven games than whether or not James tampered with Davis.,NOT TALKING
Davis took the opposite tact by brushing off James' comments after posting the second game in the NBA this season with at least 30 points, 20 rebounds and five assists.,Lakers: Zubac got the start with JaVale McGee missing his third straight game because of illness and scored eight of the Lakers' first 16 points.