Dave Velasquez was a year out of college, new on the San Diego State men’s basketball staff, when he noticed a fresh name on the list of recruiting targets scribbled on the white board in assistant coach Justin Hutson’s office.“I just remember seeing this weird name,” Velasquez says. “The first time you see it, you have to think to yourself, ‘How do you pronounce that?’ ”Kawhi Leonard.It was early in the 2007-08 season, and Hutson had spotted Leonard at Riverside’s Martin Luther King High during a holiday tournament. He had gone to see no one in particular, just knowing several of Southern California’s top players and teams were entered. He left transfixed with a 6-foot-6 junior who wore his hair in throw-back corn rows. They were recruiting wings that year, on account of losing seniors Lorrenzo Wade and Kyle Spain from a team that would finish 20-13 and reach the NIT. Hutson quietly added Leonard to the white-board list that … [Read more...] about Looking back: Just how did San Diego State get Kawhi Leonard?
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Updated 9:11 pm PDT, Friday, May 10, 2019 FILE - In this Feb. 18, 1997 file photo John McGrail, director of the Department of Energy stockpile stewardship program, talks about the $100 million Device Assembly Facility behind him at the Nevada Test Site in Mercury, Nev. Nevada's U.S. senators and Energy Secretary Rick Perry are set to tour the site north of Las Vegas where the federal government is handling weapons-grade plutonium shipped from South Carolina. Aides say the Friday, May 10, 2019, visit to the Device Assembly Facility at the Nevada National Security Site and briefings with Democratic Sens. Catherine Cortez Masto and Jacky Rosen will be closed to the media and public. less FILE - In this Feb. 18, 1997 file photo John McGrail, director of the Department of Energy stockpile stewardship program, talks about the $100 million Device Assembly Facility behind him at the Nevada Test Site ... more Photo: … [Read more...] about Nevada senators, energy secretary tour plutonium site
Just picture it: You’ve always dreamed of being on “Jeopardy!” You take the online test. You impress producers at the in-person audition. You beat out thousands of other hopefuls. You travel to Los Angeles. You step onstage under the bright lights of the TV set. You see Alex Trebek. This is your moment to shine. And then you have to play against James Holzhauer. This has been the harsh reality for the 32 people in the last three weeks who have faced off against one of the most dominant players in “Jeopardy!” history – someone who may have cracked the code to the iconic game show, to the point where it might never be the same. Holzhauer, a professional gambler from Las Vegas, has racked up an astounding $1.2 million over the last 16 episodes, and is averaging the highest amount per game in the show’s history. Ratings have spiked as viewers tune in to see his aggressive gameplay: a strategy that involves picking the highest-dollar clues first, … [Read more...] about What it’s like to lose to unstoppable ‘Jeopardy!’ champion James Holzhauer
IT is one of Britain’s best-kept secrets – because most of us think County Durham is actually in Ireland! But the county between Northumberland and North Yorkshire is home to a huge variety of adventure opportunities and rich history. My wife, kids and I kicked off our exploration with a night’s stay at 600-year-old Lumley Castle. Standing on a hill outside Chester-Le-Street and overlooking the county cricket ground, if there was prize for the friendliest hotel in the UK then Lumley Castle is surely a contender. After a night’s rest we went to Beamish Wild, a tree-top white-knuckle adventure course of zip wires, rope walks, tyre swings and a heart-stopping free-fall finale. My little monkeys Emily, 17, Jack, 16 and Ben 14, were up those trees like, er, little monkeys. It was a bit tougher for a clapped-out old git like me and at times it was exhausting. But I was never going to quit in front of three sniggering teenagers. After my pulse returned to normal we … [Read more...] about Travel back in time with a night’s stay at the 600-year-old Lumley Castle on a whirlwind tour of County Durham
Updated 9:23 pm PST, Saturday, March 9, 2019 In this Wednesday, March 6, 2019 photo, Joyce Terhaar, former executive editor and senior vice president of the Sacramento Bee, poses for a portrait in Sacramento, Calif. She is currently a board member with the American Society of News Editors. less In this Wednesday, March 6, 2019 photo, Joyce Terhaar, former executive editor and senior vice president of the Sacramento Bee, poses for a portrait in Sacramento, Calif. She is currently a board member with ... more Photo: Rich Pedroncelli, AP Photo: Rich Pedroncelli, AP Image 1 of / 3 Caption Close Image 1 of 3 In this Wednesday, March 6, 2019 photo, Joyce Terhaar, former executive editor and senior vice president of the Sacramento Bee, poses for a portrait in Sacramento, Calif. She is … [Read more...] about Communities lose when newspapers die or slide into decline