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Ramses Barden didn’t figure much into the New York Giants’ offensive game plans this season, but the first-year wide receiver out of Flintiridge Prep did get some opportunities today in a season-finale 44-7 blowout loss to the Minnesota Vikings.
Drafted 85th overall in the third round of the 2009 NFL Draft out of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Barden entered Sunday’s contest still looking for his first reception. He registered his first, and only, catch as a professional on a play good for 16 yards.
Crescenta Valley High girls’ basketball player Cassie Pappas has done plenty throughout her first three-plus seasons.
The senior guard has earned her share of All-Area, All-Pacific League and All-CIF accolades.
She accomplished one more significant feat Thursday afternoon in helping Crescenta Valley beat St. Paul, 58-32, in the 11th-place game of the Beverly Hills/Harvard-Westlake Tournament at Beverly Hills High.
In the contest, Pappas eclipsed the 1,500-point barrier for her career by scoring 26 points.
Pappas scored 128 points in five tournament games, or 25.6 per game, and earned a spot on the all-tournament squad.
She has 1,501 career points entering next Tuesday’s Pacific League opener against host Burroughs.
Former Glendale resident Brandon McCarthy is one of several options to be slotted into the back end of the Texas Rangers’ starting pitching rotation for 2010, according to a report on Yahoo! Sports on Thursday.
With the top of the rotation fairly set with new acquisition Rich Harden and returners Scott Feldman and Tommy Hunter, McCarthy, who went 7-4 with a 4.62 earned-run average in 17 starts last season for Texas, is reported to be under consideration for one of the remaining two spots along with Neftali Feliz, Erik Hurley, Derek Holland and C.J. Wilson.
A recent report in the Boston Globe also linked the Rangers to free-agent starting pitcher Jon Garland.
With a grueling month’s worth of basketball tournaments now complete, six area high school basketball teams are gearing up for the beginning of Pacific League action.
League play will tip off at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
In boys’ competition, Crescenta Valley will host Burroughs, Hoover will be at Arcadia and Glendale will take on visiting Pasadena.
In girls’ competition, Crescenta Valley will travel to Burroughs, while Hoover will be home for Arcadia and Glendale will be at Pasadena.
The NFC East Division championship, momentum going into the playoffs — and, for the Philadelphia Eagles, the chance to avenge a loss from earlier in the season — are all factors that will play into the regular-season finale between the Andy Reid-coached Philadelphia Eagles and the host Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.
Reid, a Glendale Community College alumnus, addressed the media on Wednesday on the magnitude of the contest, as well as specific aspects of the matchup.
The St. Francis High soccer team, which captured the CIF Southern Section Division II Regional Championship last season, is gearing up for the start of Mission League play.
The Golden Knights, who finished fourth in league last season, will begin league play at 5 pm. Wednesday against Harvard-Westlake at Friedman Field.
St. Francis didn’t see things go particularly well for it in December.
It went 2-6, capped by three losses at the prestigious Nike Southern California Classic near San Diego on Monday and Tuesday.
St. Francis scored one total goal in losses against Brophy Prep, San Jose Bellarmine Prep and Rancho Santa Margarita.
With a new calendar year just around the corner, St. Francis Coach Glen Appels said the Golden Knights are looking to turn things around in league.
“We are pretty close to getting better, and the competition from this tournament really helped us,” Appels said. “We need to be better offensively.
“We created some better chances in our game with Santa Margarita. We did do some things better overall. We know that Harvard-Westlake will be a tough one for us.”
According to boxrec.com, Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan’s Jan. 16 bout against Kassim Ouma will be the first defense of Martirosyan’s North American Boxing Federation light middleweight title.
The Glendale-based fighter won the NABF belt, the first title of his professional career, on Dec. 19 in a third-round technical knockout of Willie Lee in Youngstown, Ohio.
Martirosyan (26-0, 17 knockouts) will face Ouma (26-6, 16 KOs), a former world title holder, in Las Vegas.