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San Francisco Giants add another infielder

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With the San Francisco Giants dipping into the free-agent pool to pick up utility player Mark DeRosa on Tuesday (he signed a two-year contract), it will be interesting to see how that might affect former Glendale Community College standout Freddy Sanchez.

San Francisco acquired Sanchez, a three-time all-star, in a trade in July from the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Sanchez missed the last week of the season with a knee injury, but reportedly will be ready to go for spring training in February in Arizona.

DeRosa, who played last season with the Cleveland Indians and St. Louis Cardinals, can play most infield positions.


Written by Charles Rich

December 30, 2009 at 4:26 pm

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Former Falcons appear at Crescenta Valley Baseball Camp

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Numerous former Crescenta Valley High baseball players were on hand Monday and Tuesday at Stengel Field in Glendale for the 13th annual Crescenta Valley Baseball Camp.

The event provides pointers on the fundamentals of the game, from hitting to fielding to pitching.

Among those in attendance were Trevor Bell, Dustin Emmons, Chad Nacapoy, Aaron McGuinness and Zack Torres.

Emmons, a pitcher, and Nacapoy,  a catcher, formed a formidable battery at Crescenta Valley for several seasons, culminating with the Falcons winning several Pacific League championships.

While Emmons of UC Riverside and Nacapoy of Brigham Young University were there to work with the campers, they talked about an upcoming nonconference series between the two programs to be held Feb. 19-20 at UC Riverside.

“I hope that I will be pitching to him,” Emmons said.

Written by Charles Rich

December 29, 2009 at 2:57 pm

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Mousasi off Glendale card

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Gegard Mousasi, the Strikeforce mixed martial arts light heavyweight champion, is officially off the upcoming Glendale Glory 2 boxing card on Jan. 8.

Mousasi, regarded as one of the best light heavyweight MMA fighters in the world, was a possibility to make his pro boxing debut at the Art of Boxing Promotions card at the Glendale Civic Auditorium, even listed as one of the card’s fighters on

However, Mousasi recently signed on to fight an MMA bout on New Year’s Eve in Japan, where he’ll take on veteran “Big Daddy” Gary Goodridge.

“We’ve been working on a [New Year’s Eve] fight for [Mousasi] for a long time,” Apy Echteld, Mousasi’s manager, recently told “From our side, we didn’t believe it [was going to happen], so we went to a boxing fight on Jan. 8. Two days ago, the Japanese gave me a call and asked me if he could fight. Then they come up with a kickboxing match, and they came up with some other things. Finally, we accepted Gary Goodridge as an opponent to fight.

“Kickboxing is what they proposed to do, and we asked for it to be an MMA fight.”

Mousasi, who has trained locally in Glendale, is 27-2-1, while Goodridge is 23-19-1.

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Written by Grant Gordon

December 29, 2009 at 12:27 pm

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Former Golden Knight Loretta still a free agent

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Mark Loretta, a 1989 St. Francis High graduate, remains on the free-agent market.

Loretta, a versatile infielder, helped the Los Angeles Dodgers win the National League West Division crown this season.

He batted .232 (42 for 181) with eight doubles and 25 runs batted in.

Loretta played all four infield positions and had a .989 fielding percentage.

In the postseason, Loretta delivered a game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth inning to help the Dodgers pick up a 3-2 win against the St. Louis Cardinals in the second game of a division championship series on Oct. 8.

Loretta , a former All-Star, signed as a free agent before last season with the Dodgers after spending the 2008 season with the Houston Astros.

Written by Charles Rich

December 28, 2009 at 12:53 pm

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Reid’s Eagles take care of business

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The Philadelphia Eagles, coached by Glendale Community College alumnus Andy Reid, defeated the Denver Broncos, 30-27, on Sunday afternoon to set up a showdown with the Dallas Cowboys for the NFC East championship.

David Akers kicked a 28-yard field goal with four seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to save the Eagles (11-4) from overtime after Denver had rallied from a 27-10 deficit by scoring 17 unanswered points during a span of 9:27 beginning late in the third quarter.

Philadelphia and Dallas (10-5), which defeated the Washington Redskins, 17-0, later Sunday, are separated by a single game for first place in the NFC East and will meet in the regular-season finale on Sunday at p.m. PDT. Dallas holds a tiebreaker over Philadelphia.

Written by Gabriel Rizk

December 27, 2009 at 9:12 pm

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‘Lionheart’ wins award

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Local lightweight prospect Art “Lionheart” Hovhannesyan was named Hye Fighter of the Year for 2008 on Wednesday night at the Top Armenian Athlete banquet in North Hollywood.

Previous winner Glendale mixed-martial artist Roman Mitichyan presented the award to Hovhannesyan, who has gone 5-0 since 2008 and improved to 10-0  in 2009 with three TKO wins.

Written by Gabriel Rizk

December 24, 2009 at 2:13 pm

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Burroughs volleyball player Traci Hamanaka makes college choice

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Traci Hamanaka, a standout girls’ volleyball player at Burroughs High, will play next season at Wellesley College, which is just outside of Boston.

Hamanaka, a senior libero, will be playing volleyball for the Wellesley Blue Pride starting in the fall.

Hamanaka is a four-time All-Area selection and she was named the Pacific League co-Player of the Year this past season in which she averaged 22.2 digs a match.

Written by Jeff Tully

December 24, 2009 at 12:41 pm