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USC Football – First Day of Pads

WR Robby Kolanz with nice over shoulder catch. Photo by Jevone Moore
WR Robby Kolanz with nice over shoulder catch. Photo by Jevone Moore

Los Angeles, Ca – Full Pads always brings up the intensity, but this SC team kept level heads during today’s practice.  It was a good physical practice where both offense & defense competed hard.

Wide Receiver Steven Mitchell Jr. stood out among his fellow wide outs with some great catches. I think the most impressive part was seeing his quick moves after the catch allowing for extra yards. The SC receivers coached by Tee Martin have a deep core group to push each other. Darreus Rodgers also had a few great practices, ending today’s Final Five with a winning post route for a touchdown. The offense came ready for the final Five taking it 3-1.

WR Steven Mitchell Jr. finding a window in the zone. Photo by Jevone Moore
WR Steven Mitchell Jr. finding a window in the zone. Photo by Jevone Moore

Coach Sarkisian spoke well of Rodgers, “…shown maturity and good to see him compete, ..put extra time into football and weight room.” When folks can see your off season work it shows a player is focused and dialed in. Coach overall is looking to evaluate the whole team for first 11 practices before making any hard stances. This should be right after full scrimmage, but there will be many others scripted situations for players to compete.

On defense corner back Jalen Jones had back to back interceptions during team segment of practice to shine. Jones being a redshirt walk-on from Serra HS, you always have to work hard to get some attention and that he did. From the defense line adding pressure upfront Antwan Woods has been turning heads from his defense tackle spot. Woods has also been a mentor to fellow DT freshman Jacob Daniels showing him the ropes. Woods happy with the team defense, “Focusing on finishing, attacking and getting negative plays..” These are keys for them to work on and continue to get better.

World Premiere Black Carpet. Photo by Jevone Moore
World Premiere Black Carpet. Photo by Jevone Moore

The whole team will have the day off tomorrow, and coach says they are going to the movies to see Straight Outta Compton. Dr. Dre from the crew N.W.A. aka Andre Young in 2013, he and music mogul Jimmy Iovine donated $70 million to establish the USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation.

The last question of the night to coach Sarkisian was from deep field which was his daughter, “What for Dinner?” The Trojans will be back at practice Friday morning back at Howard Jones field.

Sparks Get Swept In The Storm

Tough Defensive by Jenna O'Hea & Crystal Langhorne. Photo by Jevone Moore
Tough Defensive by Jenna O’Hea & Crystal Langhorne. Photo by Jevone Moore

Los Angeles, CA – The Los Angeles Sparks felt the full force of the Seattle Storm tonight loosing 85-77 to the Storm.

The LA Sparks went into tonight’s game against the Seattle Storm with the final playoff spot in their hands. Although The Sparks have lost three games against the Storm, recent Sparks games have shown us that the Storm was definitely in for a tough fight.

Nneka Ogwumike driving to the paint. Photo by Jevone Moore
Nneka Ogwumike driving to the paint. Photo by Jevone Moore

Nneka Ogwumike, determined to lead the Sparks in a winning direction, scored the first game basket but, the Storm’s Sue Bird had a passionate response to the Sparks efforts by putting up 6 points in the first quarter. Which was the momentum needed to start chipping away at the Sparks 11 point lead.

The second half of the game did not lack excitement. Head Coach Jenny Boucek of   the Storm received a technical foul for arguing a call, and with that the Storm turned up the heat on their defense, to take the lead by 2 points with 3 minutes remaining in the 3rd quarter. With 1 minute renaming the 4th, Storm lead 83-77. The Storm were handing out high five they knew this was going to be a grizzly uphill battle to pull off  this win. Final score 85-77, with the Storm once again stealing the win from the Sparks and robbing Candace Parker of a triple double. This was a great game despite the loss. Ogwumike, Parker and Lavender had 50 points collectively but, it was no match for the Storms last minute aggressive defense.

Temeka Johnson looking for a lane. Photo by Jevone Moore
Temeka Johnson looking for a lane. Photo by Jevone Moore

The World Premiere of Straight Outta Compton

World Premiere Black Carpet. Photo by Jevone Moore

Los Angeles, Ca – The World Premiere of Straight Outta Compton had the Black carpet rolled out for this much anticipated film telling the story of N.W.A. life. Producer F. Gary Gary had the whole crew in smiles at this black carpet at Microsoft Theater L.A. Live. They allowed fans who lined up earlier to be in bleacher stands to cheer the celebrities on as went to the carpet. The lucky fans in front who yelled the loudest got opportunities to take selfies with some of the stars.

In the mid-1980s, the streets of Compton, California, were some of the most dangerous in the country. When five young men translated their experiences growing up into brutally honest music that rebelled against abusive authority, they gave an explosive voice to a silenced generation. Following the meteoric rise and fall of N.W.A., Straight Outta Compton tells the astonishing story of how these young men revolutionized music and pop culture forever the moment they told the world the truth about life in the hood and ignited a cultural war.

Starring O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell as Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and Eazy-E, Straight Outta Compton is directed by F. Gary Gray (Friday, Set It Off, The Italian Job). The drama is produced by original N.W.A. members Ice Cube and Dr. Dre, who are joined by fellow producers Matt Alvarez and Tomica Woods-Wright. Will Packer serves as executive producer of the film alongside Gray.

All Photos by Jevone Moore Full Image 360

USC Football Fall Camp In Session

USC Football Tee Martin
USC Football Tee Martin
QB Cody Kessler taking snap from center Max Tuerk. Photo by Jevone Moore
QB Cody Kessler taking snap from center Max Tuerk. Photo by Jevone Moore

Los Angeles, Ca- Can you smell it? Yes it’s Football season the first professional game has been played in the NFL and The USC Trojans have had their second practice already on Howard Jones field. SC practice tempo looked fast upbeat with the players just in helmets for first two days. Day 3 & 4 they will introduce shoulder pads and see the intensity rise just little bit more. Then this Wednesday will be first day in full pads and players will have to take it one more level.

It’s still earlier but you can appreciate how each position coach seems to be pushing their players to compete. The defensive showed that they are ready, the last 5 plays of practice is a competition. The offensive won the first two plays and had 2-0 lead, then defense stepped up winning three in row. So when dust settled they recorded a coverage sack, stuffed the run and knocked down an out route to win day 2 battle. Its great way to end practice and give little bragging rights for the day. Head coach Steve Sarkisian was pleased with his defense comeback in final 5. Sarkisian spoke on defense, “Group is playing well as a team,…and not looking for one guy to do it.” Everyone is making plays thus far and seems that they are developing a great ‘Team Identity’

TE Caleb Wilson using his height for separation on DB Isaiah Langley during 1 on 1's. Photo by Jevone Moore
TE Caleb Wilson using his height for separation on DB Isaiah Langley during 1 on 1’s. Photo by Jevone Moore

We caught up with Defensive Line coach Chris Wilson to see how he felt guys were doing, “Love the big guys, they been giving nice effort, .. attention to detail.” It’s always tough to replace an all american, but this group applied pressure through out practice and all have a year under their belt in the system so they can just play football.

At then end of practice coach Sarkisian was asked about when the Blue Shirts would be on scholarship, “We have few this year and once all paperwork is done everyone will sign at once.” Some may not know what this blue shirt is all about, Sarkisian began looking at the concept few years ago when Tennessee coach Butch Jones used it. New Mexico State has been doing it for years to get few extra guys now verse later in their program. There is always a catch to everything and blue shirts is just pulling a scholarship from you next recruiting class for a “preferred” or “recruited” walk-on who pays their on way until receive that non bidding scholarship.

One on One's Compete Adoree' Jackson (2) & Isaac Whitney (15). Photo by Jevone Moore
One on One’s Compete Adoree’ Jackson (2) & Isaac Whitney (15). Photo by Jevone Moore

 

Let’s continue to watch this team grow and gain it’s new identity…….

 

 

San Jose SaberCats Hold Off The LA Kiss

LA Kiss Football Donovan Morgan after Touchdown. Photo by Jevone Moore
LA Kiss Football Donovan Morgan after Touchdown. Photo by Jevone Moore
SaberCats Defensive Back Fred Obi on Dropped Interception. Photo by Jevone Moore
SaberCats Defensive Back Fred Obi on Dropped Interception. Photo by Jevone Moore

Anaheim, Ca – LA Kiss (4-14) couldn’t keep pace tonight with the first place San Jose SaberCats (17-1) in a 60-38 defeat. The teams came into the game with series record of 1-1 this year, the Kiss were they only team to beat the Cats this year in an overtime game. This game meant a lot to the Cats which allowed them to tie season win record.

The Kiss showed fans one last time that they will compete and give the fans some exciting plays to cheer for. It was fan appreciation night and t-shirts, hats, and many other prizes were flying into the stands for LA Kiss Dancers. On the field Donovan Morgan added the excitement reaching end zone 4 times and a masking 145 yards receiving.  Morgan now moved into 9th place all time 245 receiving  touchdowns  in Arena Football League History.

Kiss QB Joe Clancy about to Celebrate his Touchdown with a Spike. Photo by Jevone Moore
Kiss QB Joe Clancy about to Celebrate his Touchdown with a Spike. Photo by Jevone Moore

San Jose had a one man wrecking crew Maurice Purify who had six touchdowns in game. Purify had 3 rushing TD’s, 3 receiving TD’s on 87 yards just in right place at the right time. This MVP performance was just in time for folks to take notice in the upcoming playoffs. Fellow wide receiver D.J. Stephens made 4 big catches for 97 yards.

Kiss Coach Bob McMillen will have long offseason to review how he can get back to his winning ways. The fans will have to wait at least one more year before seeing its beloved in the playoffs. The owners ship group are still all end and were in attendance at the game sitting in front row together.

Donovan Morgan celebrates with Kiss Owners Paul Stanley & Gene Simmons after a touchdown. Photo by Jevone Moore
Donovan Morgan celebrates with Kiss Owners Paul Stanley & Gene Simmons after a touchdown. Photo by Jevone Moore

Harold & Carole Pump Foundation – 15th Annual Gala with Guest Derek Jeter

D. Jordan, D. Pump, & B. Griffin on the Carpet. Photo by Jevone Moore
D. Jordan, D. Pump, & B. Griffin on the Carpet. Photo by Jevone Moore

Los Angeles, Ca – Live at Hyatt Regency Century Plaza was this year site for 15th Annual Harold & Carole Pump Foundation Gala honored Bo Jackson, Oscar Robertson and Thomas Tull with Special Guest Derek Jeter. The red carpet was full with photographers, videographers, and news cameras with bright lights to capture the pre-events. Inside the ballroom was nothing but class and great atmosphere to continue to raise funds for a great cause. The guest were also treated with the opportunity to bid at the silent auction that was filled with all type great memorabilia.

he Harold & Carole Pump Foundation (H&CPF) honors a beloved father who lost his battle with cancer in 2000 and a loving mother who passed away in 2012. Using their unique relationship-building talents and skills, Dana and David Pump, have raised more than $7 million for the Carole Pump Women’s Center, Harold and Carole Pump Department of Radiation Oncology, and the Leavey Cancer Center at Northridge Hospital Medical Center and other non-profit community charities.

Dr. Julius Erving & Wife all Dressed up. Photo by Jevone Moore
Dr. Julius Erving & Wife all Dressed up. Photo by Jevone Moore

The mission of the Harold & Carole Pump Foundation is to raise funds and create awareness for the treatment and cure of cancer. By engaging the community, sports leaders, and those touched by this disease, financial support is given to the development of cancer treatments, programs and services as well as the procurement of advanced medical technology.

Some of tonight’s Guest:

Derek Jeter

Thomas Tull

Bryan Cranston

Ashlee Ianconetti

Paul Pierce

Troy Polamalu

Dave Winfield

Franco Harris

John Salley

Rick Barry

Jamaal Wilkes

Artis Gilmore

Terry Norris

Rickey Henderson

Rachel Robinson

Norm Nixon

Bo Jackson

Slash

Ray Lewis

Julius Erving

Mo’ne Davis

Earl Campbell

Ralph Sampson

Gary Payton

Joe Dumars

Ozzie Smith

Baron Davis

Trevor Ariza

Mario Chalmers

Johnny Gill

Jim Harrick

Paul Westphal

Oscar Robertson

Joe Mangianello

Blake Griffin

DeAndre Jordan

Steve Nash

Jade Roper

Donovan McNabb

Moses Malone

Larry King

Kurt Rambis

Michael Buffer

Rudy Tomjanovich

Doug Gottlieb

Shawn Kemp

Thomas Hearns

Dwight Davis

LA Sparks Shock Tulsa

Nneka Ogwumike on a drive finished 26 points. Photo by Jevone Moore
Nneka Ogwumike on a drive finished 26 points. Photo by Jevone Moore

Los Angeles, Ca- Live at the Staples Center The LA Sparks put  on a clinic with this 84 – 57 victory over the visiting Tulsa Shock. The team was all smiles and meet at half court at the completion of the game for a final huddle.

The Sparks and Shock have already had two meet ups this season. In their first meeting the Sparks guard Kristi Toliver help lead the Sparks To a 98-95 victory, setting a new franchise mark and career high of 43 points.

The Sparks step out on the court ready to get this party started nice and early by sinking the first basket. That basket really set the tone for the complete game. The Sparks made the Shock play their game at their pace and with that they just couldn’t find their rhythm. By the end of the of the first quarter the Sparks had a 8 point lead over the Shock … 18-10.

Sparks Alana Beard dropped 13 points. Photo by Jevone Moore
Sparks Alana Beard dropped 13 points. Photo by Jevone Moore

In addition to the Sparks superb defense which littoral gave the Shock a clinic on ball movement and handling. The Sparks stayed looking for solid openings and insisting on not rushing shots. Keeping them in the lead throughout the game. And to be honest the Shock didn’t help their cause with their lack of offensive rebounding.

By The time the game got into the 2nd quarter the Shock were absolutely frazzled. The Shock’s head coach Fred Williams earned himself a technical foul which looked to be born out of sheer frustration. Towards the end of the 2nd quarter Temeka Johnson got hit with a flagrant foul on Riquna Williams.

With the score at the end of the 3rd 64-43 Sparks Amanda Zahui B. still had some warrior spirit still burning in her. And Nneka Ogwumike sought to help her with that problem by giving the basketball goddes two And1’s. Needless to say by the 4th quarter the Shock’s pilot light was officially out.

Candace Parker with quick first step. 10 Points, 12 Rebounds Photo by Jevone Moore
Candace Parker with quick first step. 10 Points, 12 Rebounds Photo by Jevone Moore

The Sparks attribute this win to operating as one unit. This game gives the Sparks their 4th straight win coming out of the All Star break. Can they maintain this momentum when they meet up with the Lynx on Sunday? We’ll just have to tune in.

LA Sparks – Three In A Row!!!

Candace Parker driving to the basket against Minnesota Lynx. (Photo by Jevone Moore / Full Image 360) File photo 2015
Alana Beard on tight defense of Maya Moore with Kristi Tolver there for help. Photo by Jevone Moore
Alana Beard on tight defense of Maya Moore with Kristi Tolver there for help. Photo by Jevone Moore

Los Angeles, Ca – The WNBA All Star break has been a second coming for these Los Angeles Sparks who just beat the 1st place Minnesota Lynx 83-61. Sparks Coach Brian Agler has to be ecstatic with the starting five he can put on court now. Candace Parker back from her rest leading the team with a double- double 18 points, 13 rebounds in only her four game of action. Alana Beard back off injured list from an ankle sprain poured in 10 points and 7 assists.

Parker being back on the court the Sparks now have 3-1 record, with tonight’s home win. The team wore their Pink uniforms for Breast Care Awareness night. The crowd was full with fans showing their awareness. In these pink uniforms the ball movement was flowing smoothly with the players in right positions and bench players now being able to give short relief verse having the pressure to score in double digits.

On a quiet night for the Lynx Maya Moore only mustard up 13 points, that were all from first half. The Lynx offense just didn’t catch fire finishing with  40% shooting as team from the field.  The five team three pointers kept them close until 4th quarter when the Sparks outscored them 23-10. Lynx Guard Lindsay Whalen hung tough with good defense on the ball and 13 points of her own. As the game went on you could see their coach was not happy with their play tonight. Seimone Augustus was out and didn’t travel with the team with a sore right knee.

Kristi Tolver with 18 footer jumper. Photo by Jevone Moore
Kristi Tolver with 18 footer jumper. Photo by Jevone Moore

So now the question will be, how good can this team be? Jantel Lavendar C, Nneka Ogwemike F, Candace Parker F, Alana Beard G, & Kristi Toliver G, this is what Agler signed up for. This combo of five with help off the bench has the ability to run the table. The team shot 48% from the field with only 2 three pointers on the night. They made their home in the paint with this big lineup, 54 points in the paint. Then the Sparks topped that off with additional 14 2nd chance points. Now time to see this team continue to gel and build its character.

The Sparks will have a day off tomorrow to rest before coming back to Staples Center to host Tulsa Shock at 7:30 pm PST on August 6th.

Pac 12 Media Day 2015 – Day 1

Ucla Bruins Coach Mora, Center Jake Brendel & LB Deon Hollins. Photo by Jevone Moore
Ucla Bruins Coach Mora, & LB Deon Hollins. Photo by Jevone Moore

Burbank, Ca – The Pac-12 the Conference of Champions will celebrate 100 years on its Birthday December 2nd, 2015. Commissioner Larry Scott said, “As much as it is a time to celebrate, anniversaries like this are a great time to hit the pause button and reflect, both on where we’ve been and on where we’re going.”  For this special year the Pac 12 ascended on Warner Brothers Studio with the top NCAA Coaches and players. These two spectacular days will be filled info excitement and anticipation of a great season ahead.

The first day opened with Commissioner Scott addressing the media with opening statements. Followed by the first slate of coaches and players from Arizona State, Oregon State, Ucla, Washington, Stanford, and Colorado. Each coach had the opportunity to reward two deserving student athletes to embark on media day and have the privilege to represent their college for the world to see. The day was field with radio spots, hot seats on podium, putting contest, twitter photo blast, photo shoots just list some of the activities.

Ucla Head Coach Jim Mora knew the one dying question all of us wanted to know the answer to, ‘Who will be the starting QB for this season, savoy well loved Jerry Neuheisel or the rookie Josh Rosen….’ Mora’s respond was, “I think the thing that gives me some measure of comfort is knowing that we’ve got a pretty veteran group around that player, whomever it may be. We’ve got an experienced offensive line. We return the Pac‑12’s leading rusher in Paul Perkins as well as some other really good backs.
We’ve got an experienced and pretty talented receiving core, though may not with the marquis name. So it’s very unlike Brett’s situation three years ago, where Brett had to step in and do a lot. Whoever has taken snaps from Jake can depend on those around him a little bit more than maybe Brett was able to do. So that gives me a little comfort.” We spoke to three year starting center Jake Brendel about how does feel being the real quarterback this year. He let us know that he just glad to have healthy offensive line along side himself. Brendel said, “We will be in great hands with either Jerry or Josh behind me.”.

Arizona State Head Coach Todd Graham was asked, what do you need  to do to be competitive? Graham respond, “Number one thing that we’ve worked on is with our‑‑ obviously, we talk about being one of the most explosive teams in the country. Third in TFLs in the nation in three years. Second in quarterback sacks. Second in interceptions. It’s a big play. Obviously, we’re in attack defense, and minimizing risk and those type of things are things we’ve really researched and worked hard on.”

In his first year as head coach Oregon State Gary Anderson was all smiles for his first Pac 12 Media day. A big question for the program is when and how will OSU compete? Anderson said, “For us, we’re really a day‑by‑day working team right now. We are so youthful. We have to worry about today and then take on the fights for tomorrow and find a way to be consistent.”

Each player and coach during day one represented the Pac-12 as champions. Its always refreshing to see true student athletes living out the dreams and showing how great and special this conference really is. The rest of the country has been able to see more and more Pac-12 games due to TV deals, and Pac 12 Network lessening the east coast biases, just due to lack of see our great conference play. This year we have 6 teams ranked in the Top 25 preseason poll. Look out even more can been seen with new Directv acquisition to bring games to even more households in the future.

 

 

Clayton Kershaw’s 3rd Annual PingPong4Purpose Charity Event

Kershaw Family &

PINGPONG4PURPOSE 2015

Kershaw Family & Mario Lopez Family - Photo by William Johnson
Kershaw Family & Mario Lopez Family – Photo by William Johnson

Los Angeles, Ca – The 3rd Annual PingPong4Purpose event is was a success! For the second year in a row, hosting this celebrity ping pong tournament on the field of Dodger Stadium. Celebrities and players went head to head in a fun and competitive tournament. They were so pumped to feature a silent auction that evening…and was open online leading up to the event.

Event proceeds benefit the efforts of Kershaw’s Challenge in Zambia and Los Angeles.

Blake Griffin with backhand and a smile. Photo by William Johnson
Blake Griffin with backhand and a smile. Photo by William Johnson

Mission Statement of Kershaw’s Challenge

Kershaw’s Challenge is a Christ-centered, others-focused organization. We exist to encourage people to use whatever God-given passion or talent they have to make a difference and give back to people in need. We want to empower people to use their spheres of influence to positively impact communities and to expand God’s Kingdom. We believe that God can transform at-risk children and neighborhoods through the benevolence and impact of others.

All Photos by William Johnson

The Goal for 2015

As in years past, this year Kershaw’s Challenge has one goal and four amazing partnerships. Our goal is to provide a better quality of life and give opportunities to vulnerable, underprivileged children, from the skyscraping cities of Los Angeles & Dallas, to the dirt roads of Zambia and now, the Dominican Republic. We are partnering with four non-profits who share our passion and vision to make life-changing impacts.

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