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The NFL Draft could be coming to a city near you

(courtesy NFL)

The National Football League usually has its annual draft in New York City.

But the league is currently inviting cities to put up bids to see who is interested in hosting the event.

This week, the NFL invited Chicago, Los Angeles and New York to make their presentations to host, but no one emerged as the front-runner.

It has been reported that more than a dozen cities have shown interest in being a host in 2015. They include: Boston, Canton, Cleveland, Green Bay, Houston, Nashville, New Orleans, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

The NFL says it’ll chose a site sometime this summer.

Los Angeles Kings pursuing an outdoor game for 2014

(photo by Radomil via wikipedia commons)

Reports out of Los Angeles are saying that the NHL’s Kings are pursuing a chance to host an outdoor hockey game next season.

The Los Angeles Times did not name any sources, but did report that the Kings and their city-rivals, the Anaheim Ducks are trying to line up a game for January 25, 2014 in Dodger Stadium.

The teams will be using the NHL’s portable rink and ice refrigeration systems.

Long Beach native, UCLA product John Merrick wins Northern Trust Open in Los Angeles

John Merrick

30-year-old John Merrick growing up in the Los Angeles area always wanted to play in the Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club.

He realized a dream last week.

On Sunday, the native of Long Beach, California made a couple of clutch shots that led to two pars in a sudden-death playoff and an eventual win in the Northern Trust Open when Charlie Beljan missed a 5-foot par putt on the second extra hole.

After a 169 starts on tour, the win could not have come at a better place for Merrick. He grew up in the LA suburb of Long Beach and went to college on the westside of town at UCLA.

Merrick closed the tournament at 2-under-par 69, to become only the ninth player to win this tournament at Riviera in Los Angeles, earning his first PGA Tour victory.

Merrick finished at 11-under-par 273.


Info compiled from PGA Tour

Buffalo Bills, State of New York, Erie County, agree on new stadium lease until at least 2020

Ralph Wilson Stadium home of the Bills (photo by mikerussell via wikipedia commons)

The NFL’s Buffalo Bills have reached an agreement with the State of New York and Erie County on a new lease deal for Ralph Wilson Stadium that will keep the team in the suburb of Orchard Park until at least the year 2020.

The Bills’ current 15-year lease expires on July 31, 2013. Buffalo is located in the United States’ 56th largest TV market and the concerns have been that they might be a target for relocation to Los Angeles or even Toronto.

The $271 million agreement includes $130 million in renovations for the almost 40-year-old stadium which was opened in 1973, has the Bills paying $35 million and New York and Erie County providing the other $95 million.

The lease is for 10 years but the agreement has the Bills staying in Buffalo at least through the first seven years. The team then will have the option of buying out the remaining three years of the lease for $28 million. However, the penalty to leave early is $400 million.

(courtesy of & Buffalo Bills)

The owner of the Bills is 94-year-old Ralph Wilson, who is the oldest owner in the NFL and the oldest living former player and Pro Football Hall of Fame member. Rumors are swirling that his health is in decline.

Wilson was born in Columbus, Ohio on October 17, 1918.

#7 Ohio State Men’s Basketball dumps Long Beach State, 89-55


Deshaun Thomas scored 18 points, including a 3-point goal in an 11-point run in the first half, to power the #7 Buckeyes to an 89-55 win over a tired Long Beach State team Saturday in Columbus.

Leading by 14 at halftime, Ohio State wasted very little time putting the game completely out of reach, leading by 42 points at one point.

Long Beach State, from the Los Angeles area, lost at #4 Syracuse on Thursday 84-53 before playing another Top-10 team in the Buckeyes just over 40 hours later.

LaQuinton Ross is starting to become a scorer off the bench (courtesy Ohio State)

The 49ers, now 3-6, have now dropped three straight games.

Long Beach State was led in scoring by Dan Jennings with 16 and James Ennis with 12.

LaQuinton Ross had 16 points off the bench for the 6-1 Buckeyes.

No. 7 Ohio State (6-1) 89, Long Beach State (3-6) 55
Dec. 8, 2012
Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio
Attendance: 14,832


*        The 49ers of Long Beach State and Ohio State have met just once
previously, a 93-86 win for the Buckeyes Nov. 26, 1987, at the Lobo
Classic in Albuquerque, N.M.


*        As a ranked team (AP), No. 7 Ohio State is 432-117 all-time.
Ohio State is 311-68 when ranked in the Top 10.

*        Against members of the Big West Conference, Ohio State is 8-1

*        Four players scored in double figures for Ohio State: Deshaun
Thomas (18), Lenzelle Smith, Jr. (14), LaQuintin Ross (16) and Sam
Thompson (13).

*        Five players tied or set career highs in points: Sam Thompson
(13), Amir Williams (seven), Amedeo Della Valle (five), Trey McDonald
(four), and Alex Rogers (two).

*        Ohio State went on a 6-0 run to end the first half of play. The
Buckeyes extended the run into the second half (29-7). The team also put
together a 17-2 second half run.

*        The Buckeye bench outscored the 49ers 37-14.

*        Ohio State had 21 fast break points compared to Long Beach
State’s four.

*        Ohio State outrebounded Long Beach State 49-33.

*        With 50 points earned in the second half of play, the Buckeyes
surpassed their previous second half high of 43 points recorded vs. Albany

*        Ohio State recorded their highest rebound and assist totals for
a game this season with 49 and 22, respectively.


*        Matta is 227-66 during his career at Ohio State and 329-97
overall as a head coach.

*        In his nine seasons as Ohio State head coach, Matta has compiled
a 73-2 record against non-conference opponents at home and a 114-21 record
overall against non-conference foes. His teams have never failed to win at
least 10 non-Big Ten games.

*        During the Matta era at Ohio State, the Buckeyes have a record
of 188-21 vs. unranked opponents. Over the last three years, the Buckeyes
are 58-1 vs. unranked foes.

*        Ohio State owns a 141-12 home record during the Matta era. The
Buckeyes are 59-3 in Columbus over the past four seasons.

*        Led the Buckeyes in scoring with 18 points.

*        With 1,041 points, Thomas is currently 47th on the all-time
scoring list at Ohio State. He needs 15 points to surpass Ken Johnson and
Jamie Skelton.

*        Recorded one steal against the 49ers. He has 182 for his career,
good for No. 3 all-time in Ohio State history. David
(2007-11) is No. 2 with 191. Jay Burson (1986-89) is Ohio State’s career
leader with 204.

*        Dished a career-high four assists vs. the 49ers.

*        Recorded nine rebounds, a career high.


*        Tied a career high with five rebounds.


*        Recorded first career steal as a Buckeye.

*        Scored a career-high five points.


*        Had seven points vs. Long Beach State, a career high.


*        Dropped 13 points, which surpassed a previous career high of 11


*        Scored a career-high four points.

*        Recorded four rebounds, a career high.

*        Tallied first career steal vs. the 49ers.

*        Scored his first career field goal as a Buckeye, a layup with an
assist awarded to Sam Thompson.


No. 7 Ohio State 89 (6-1), Long Beach State 55 (3-6)

December 8, 2012

Value City Arena (Columbus, Ohio)

Attendance: 14, 832

Thad Matta, Ohio State head coach

On the play of the bench

“It started with Trey [McDonald], who came off the bench and did what he
needed to do: play great post defense and provide great energy. All of
those guys played very well and very cohesively.”

On the key to LaQuinton Ross becoming a consistent contributor

“He needs to focus on all of the little aspects of the game, and to his
credit he has done that recently and been very tuned-in in practice and in
games. He is playing his best basketball.”

On multiple scoring options

“The best teams I’ve coached are the ones that have multiple scoring
options. The ’07 team was a great example of that. Night-to-night, you
never knew who would lead you in scoring.”

Deshaun Thomas, junior forward

On four different players scoring double figures

“We passed the ball really well and different guys stepped up to hit shots.”

On excitement over his assist to Aaron Craft

“It is really just me becoming a better player and learning to become more
of an impact player without always shooting. I trust these guys to make
shots so I make the extra pass. It starts in practice and carries over to
the games.”

Lenzelle Smith Jr., junior guard

On defensive intensity

“Coach Matta wants good defense to be the identity of this team so we do a
lot of defensive drills in practice. Right now as a team we’re playing
together well on the defensive end of the floor.”

On rotation of players

“We are all going to be in foul trouble at some point during the season so
it is important to rotate guys in and let them get confidence early in the
season. When we have a lot of guys with confidence we are a scary team.”

Dan Monson, Long Beach State head coach

On his team’s performance

“It’s a work in progress and we’ve got a long way to go. Ohio State is a
very good basketball team. I was happy with how hard we fought, but you’re
not going to play well until you consistently have the same effort that we
had in the first half. The second half was a huge disappointment.”

On Ohio State’s defense

“Defensively they just got into us and frustrated us. [Aaron] Craft is as
good of an on-ball defender as anyone in the country. Mike [Caffey] is
going to be a good point guard for us, but you have to give all the credit
to Aaron.”

On his team’s challenging non-conference schedule

“You have to put kids in adverse situations to see how they react. It’s
hard but they need to figure it out. We try to embrace that. We’re trying
to get mentally tougher and this team has got to grow up a little bit.”


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