It’s time to start dancing

first_imgBack in the late 1970s, when Kim Zahnow was a Weber State cheerleader, a basketball player fancied her, and eventually the two were married. Twenty-six years later, that same player called Weber State athletic director Jerry Graybeal and recommended Randy Rahe for the Wildcats’ vacant men’s basketball coaching position. “I’m happy for (Rahe), and in some way, doing the right thing may end up biting me from behind here,” said Howland, who graduated from the Ogden, Utah, school in 1979. “I hope not. I’ve known Randy for probably 15 years. He’s very good.” The Bruins (26-5) lost the top seed in the West with their first-round loss to California in the Pacific-10 Conference tournament (Kansas is the West’s top seed), but it set up a number of potentially juicy matchups along the road to Atlanta, site of the Final Four. UCLA opens against Howland’s alma mater, and could play the winner of No. 7 seed Indiana vs. No. 10 seed Gonzaga. Not only did Howland begin his coaching career as a graduate assistant with the ‘Zags, but the Bruins rallied from 17 points down to beat the Bulldogs in the regional semifinals last March. And there is also a possible Sweet 16 meeting in San Jose with Howland’s other favorite team, No. 3 seed Pittsburgh, where he coached before UCLA. “I’m not surprised by it. I don’t chuckle, but I’m not surprised by it,” Howland said. That player, now in his fourth season as UCLA’s coach, is Ben Howland, who remains very much in touch with his Wildcats roots. So when the NCAA tournament selection committee matched No. 2 seed UCLA and No. 15 Weber State in the first round of the West regional Thursday in Sacramento (tipoff is slated for 4:25 p.m.), Howland admitted seeing the irony, even if he didn’t see the humor in it. center_img “CBS is paying a lot of money to telecast the NCAA tournament, about $700 to $800 million a year over the lifetime of the deal … so, of course, if good TV is available, it’s going to be more commanding to viewership.” More pressing than the connect-the-dots lineage of Howland’s basketball career is the mindset of his Bruins, whose confidence remains shaken after they dropped their past two games to non-NCAA participants Washington and Cal. “I would say 90 percent (is the confidence level),” Bruins sophomore Alfred Aboya said. “We need just a couple more days to boost it to 100 percent.” Aboya said UCLA’s confidence was “really low” after the Pac-10 tournament loss, and Howland began to rebuild it during Saturday’s practice. Arron Afflalo, UCLA’s All-American guard, said Howland altered his practice set-up of starters against reserves. Afflalo and point guard Darren Collison were on one side, and power forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and wing Josh Shipp on the other. “We had a very hard practice, and it feels like we’re a winning team again,” Afflalo said. “It was real competitive, very intense. Coach mixed up the teams and it made it very competitive.” Certainly, getting a win will build confidence, but the Bruins face a team that improved dramatically from the beginning of the season and a program known for pulling first-round upsets. The Wildcats, who were 10-18 last season and have 10 first-year players, are well-versed in NCAA upset lore. As a 14th seed, they defeated North Carolina in 1999 and Michigan State in 1995. “Pretty much anybody that plays against UCLA has to look at them as mighty UCLA,” said Pepperdine transfer David Patten, who is scoring a team-high 14.4 points per game. [email protected] (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Paradise basketball teams receive warm welcome from Warriors

first_imgOAKLAND — Tori MacKay walked through the tunnel and was overcome with shock, disbelief and nearly on the brink of tears.MacKay and the Paradise High girls and boys basketball teams were invited by the Golden State Warriors to attend Wednesday’s night game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Oracle Arena.However, the teams were surprised with courtside seats to watch the pregame shoot around, a gift bag and were recognized on the court during halftime. When shown on the video board, the arena …last_img read more

How 6-8 Raiders can still make NFL playoffs after 4-game losing streak

first_imgOakland is finished with the Raiders. But the Raiders, incredibly, still harbor hopes for an AFC playoff berth.You read correctly. It can happen — even without a suspicious outbreak of ptomaine breaking out in selected NFL cities.Here’s how it happens:1. The Raiders have to beat the Chargers in Los Angeles and the Broncos in Denver. Now, it’s true that the Raiders haven’t won consecutive road games since 2016 — their win over the Bears in London, which came right after beating the Colts in …last_img read more

SSA Pacific Faces Penalties for San Diego Forklift Accident

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Marine cargo handler SSA Pacific has received citations for willful and serious safety violations following the investigation of a fatal forklift accident at the Port of San Diego.On January 3, a longshoreman was driving a forklift into a transit shed when he collided with a concrete support column and suffered fatal injuries after being thrown from the forklift.An investigation by California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) found that the employee was not wearing a seatbelt and that the forklift had multiple safety devices disabled, including a seatbelt warning buzzer and mast interlock system designed to disconnect power from the hydraulic lift when the operator is unseated.Cal/OSHA issued six citations totaling USD 205,235 in proposed penalties to SSA Pacific, a division of Seattle-based international marine cargo handler SSA Marine.The citations issued included four serious violations for the employer’s failure to ensure that forklift operators use seatbelts, properly maintain and inspect forklifts, ensure operators were effectively trained and for improperly altering forklift safety features. A general violation was cited for the employer’s failure to establish and maintain an effective heat illness prevention plan.SSA Pacific was also issued a citation for a willful-serious violation as the employer failed to ensure workers perform a forklift safety check at the beginning of each shift and report unsafe conditions, a violation the company was cited for in 2016 following an accident inspection at the Port of Long Beach.last_img read more