Tom Hoffarth


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Tom Hoffarth

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  • Columnist

    Play It Forward Sept. 25-Oct 1: Can USC avoid the Week 5 letdown in Pullman?

    Ranking the top 10 sports events Sept. 25 to Oct. 1 you won’t want to miss:NO. 1: COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK 5: USC at WASHINGTON STATE Details/TV: At Pullman, Wash., Friday, 7:30 p.m., ESPNA short week. A 13-game win streak on the line. A crazy flight to the outskirts of Spokane with an overnight stay in Moscow, Idaho before the ultimate backpack expedition into the Palouse. The unbeaten Cougars will be playing their fifth straight home game. And...

  • Columnist

    Play It Forward Sept. 18-24: Could Lasorda’s 90th birthday mark the Dodgers’ latest NL West title celebration?

    Ranking the top 10 sports events Sept. 18-24 you won’t want to miss:NO. 1: MLB: GIANTS AT DODGERS Details/TV: At Dodger Stadium, Friday, 7:10 p.m., Saturday, 6:10 p.m., Sunday, 1:10 p.m., SportsNet LAFriday marks Tommy Lasorda’s 90th birthday. Take 90 seconds or so to let that soak in.In 1996, at age 68, he tearfully decided it was time to retire as the Dodgers manager because of what was determined to be a heart attack. A year later, he...

  • Sports media

    Lessons unlearned and more regrets from the ESPN-Jemele Hill situation

    There’s no simple way to exhume any sort of meaningful conclusion to the Jemele Hill-ESPN situation that came unglued this week and continues to collapse under its own weight. Multiple layers of semantics and protocol, accusations of preferential treatment and the simple defense of free speech complicate this journey in a disjointed digital democracy and a toxic political environment.Just when you think it’s quieted down, it stumbles into another news cycle.Wounds...

  • Golf

    Walker Cup: U.S. takes commanding lead behind play of Morikawa, Xiong

    U.S. captain Spider Miller was counting on local knowledge to be a must in reclaiming the Walker Cup trophy in the biennial event against Great Britain and Ireland’s greatest amateur golfers. He got it from two of the strongest Southern California reps.Collin Morikawa, the 20-year old at Cal from La Canada High in La Canada-Flintridge, and Norman Xiong, the 18-year-old freshman at Oregon who attended Lake Elsinore Temescal Valley High, had a record-setting day in the morning...

  • Columnist

    Play It Forward Sept. 4-10: No place for a weak stomach as Rams ramp up NFL Week 1

    Ranking the top 10 sports events Sept. 4-10 you won’t want to miss:</em>NO. 1: NFL WEEK 1:COLTS at RAMSDetails/TV: At the Coliseum, Sunday at 1:05 p.m., Ch. 2Two stories of note over the summer that have decided are somewhat Rams related and could be useful for future reference as the journey to a 6-10 season gets underway:• A study released by a San Diego-based safety video company shows that from 2012-2016, there was a 53...

  • Sports betting

    Brent Musburger — an odd fit in Vegas gambling media outfit or sure bet?

    LAS VEGAS >> On the first major Saturday of the college football season, Brent Musburger was planted inside a 30-by-35 foot, floor-to-ceiling glass booth, in the middle of a hotel sports book with spotlights pointed at him.It could not have looked more surreal, but seem to be as naturally comfortable for him at the same time.The Vegas Stats & Information Network was on the air with “Point Spread Saturday,” streaming online (vsin.com) and pouring...

  • Sports media

    Mark Shuken takes over Pac-12 Network as issues loom

    In his new position as Pac-12 Network president, Mark Shuken can shake things up.Or, he could simply try to appease those getting a little stir-crazy.The conference-owned media business has achieved measurable success in elevating exposure for the member schools, but when compared to the millions generated by other conference-based networks for their institutions, the Pac-12 may...

  • Columnist

    Play It Forward: Can’t run away from USC, UCLA football openers on a holiday weekend

    Ranking the top 10 sports events Aug. 28 to Sept. 3 you won’t want to miss:NO. 1: COLLEGE FOOTBALL SEASON OPENERSUSC vs. WESTERN MICHIGANDetails/TV: At the Coliseum, Saturday at 2:15 p.m., Pac-12 NetworkUCLA vs. TEXAS A&MDetails/TV: At the Rose Bowl, Sunday at 4:30 p.m., Channel 11Admire Sam Darnold while he’s still in got some Coliseum eligibility and a Heisman campaign.Also keep in mind it’s been 11 years...

  • Columnist

    Joey Chestnut vs. Gyoza in L.A. — can you stomach this?

    The question we’ve always wanted to ask Joey Chestnut: Why have you never won a chestnut eating contest?“No one has had one yet, but I’m sure all it would take is a sponsor …it could be easy to do,” said the 10-time Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating champion as he started to entertain the idea.“Even I could do it myself. See how many I eat and donate something to a charity for each one.“Maybe one of these years, it seems...

  • Golf

    Redman outlasts Ghim in 37 holes to win U.S. Amateur Championship at Riviera

    PACIFIC PALISADES >> Eddie Merrins stood just off to the side of the 18th green at Riviera Country Club late Sunday afternoon, perhaps not even noticing that Doc Redman and Doug Ghim went right behind him with a purpose toward the 10th tee box at the 117th U.S. Amateur Championship.“That’s about as strong a finish as you’d hope to see,” said the 84-year-old legendary golf pro at Bel-Air Country Club and former UCLA coach who, in 1954, made it to the...