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$250,000 in grants being offered by MUSCLE MILK

The MUSCLE MILK Recovery Grant Program is returning for its third year, with $250,000 in grants being offered to help rebuild and revitalize high school athletic programs.

In the last two years, CytoSport, Inc., the owner of MUSCLE MILK, has provided $500,000 to 44 high school athletic programs.

Grants up to $25,000 will be awarded per submission.

Here's the link to apply for a grant. Applications will be accepted through Nov. 30.




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Football: Loyola's new QB is forced to wear No. 99

Loyola promoted quarterback Sean O'Malley from the sophomore team to starting quarterback this past week, and he responded with 194 yards passing against Alemany. But people in the stands were wondering what in the name of tradition was he wearing No. 99? Quarterbacks don't wear numbers in the 90s.

Loyola has a rule that numbers in the 90s are reserved only for sophomores, so O'Malley didn't have much choice. Even sophomore running back Drake Beasley is stuck wearing No. 94.

First choice for numbers goes to the seniors. Then come the juniors.

Of course, the word is some players have been willing to turn over their favorite number for a price.

"I think there's money exchanges," Coach Marvin Sanders said.

As in a couple of free lunches.

O'Malley wore No. 15 on the sophomore team, so he's going to be stuck with No. 99 for the rest of this season unless he's got some extra change in his wallet.




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Football: Arleta is about to get a lot better with the return of Isaiah Gable

Arleta is 6-1 this season and running away in the East Valley League with a 3-0 record, and that acomplishment becomes even more impressive considering the Mustangs haven't had junior Isaiah Gable, last season's league MVP.

Gable injured his wrist during the summer and hasn't played yet. But he has begun to practice and if the doctor clears him, he might be able to play on Friday against Grant.

Regardless, he'll be an important addition at running back when Arleta plays in the City Section Division I playoffs.

Arleta is already having a big season from quarterback Jonathan Porter, who has passed for 1,178 yards and 17 touchdowns. He also has rushed for 487 yards and five touchdowns.

And give credit to J'son Overstreet, who has filled in for Gable with 446 yards rushing.




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Football: Nick Jovanelly has huge game for Eagle Rock

Eagle Rock (5-2, 3-0) has taken control of the Northern League after a 34-7 win over Lincoln.

Leading the Eagles was receiver Nick Jovanelly, who caught seven passes for 192 yards and three touchdowns.

Running back Mike Soracco added 176 yards rushing.

Only a regular-season finale against Franklin is standing in the way of a Northern League title.




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Football: Get ready for the battle of Woodland Hills

Break out the surfboards.  It's the Red Zone vs. The M.E.S.S.

It's the battle for supremacy in Woodland Hills on Friday, when Taft hosts El Camino Real in a West Valley League football game.

Taft (4-3, 2-0) has won three consecutive games. Linebacker Damonn Wiggins came through with nearly 20 tackles in a 40-6 win over Chatsworth last week. Quarterback Chris Duncan passed for five touchdowns.

"We went back to basics," Coach Deron Braswell said.

El Camino Real (5-2, 1-1) is coming off a 35-22 win over Granada Hills. Adam Blythe has passed for 1,513 yards and 12 touchdowns.

There's no official mayor of Woodland Hills (it's part of Los Angeles), but in an election year, there should be some politician wanting to be seen in a packed Taft stadium.

And maybe at Zuma Beach, the surfers from Woodland Hills will have plenty to say.





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Beholder won't run in Breeders' Cup Distaff because of fever

After Wise Dan, a two-time horse of the year, was declared out because of an injury last week, the Breeders' Cup World Championships saw another defection Sunday when it was announced that two-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder won't be able to run because of a fever.

Beholder was scheduled to run in the Breeders' Cup Distaff.

"She had a little bit of a temperature this morning and it got higher [104], so we had to treat it," trainer Richard Mandella said. "We hope she doesn't get sicker, but she won't run in the Distaff."

The Breeders' Cup is set for Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 at Santa Anita.

The 4-year-old Beholder was the champion 2-year-old filly and champion 3-year-old filly.

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