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Football: Linebacker Josh Woods commits to UCLA

Josh Woods, a 6-foot-3 linebacker from Upland, has committed to UCLA, according to

He's known for his speed.

Woods had to sit out the 2013 because of CIF transfer rules.

He's expected to be a key player in Upland's bid to improve its defensive performance.




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Football: Inglewood duo should make impact

First-year Inglewood Coach Jason Miller knows who he's going to rely on this fall.

He has two standout returning players in 6-foot-4 linebacker Michael Williams and defensive back De'Jaun Tyson, both seniors.

Williams, a two-time all-league selection, should be one of the best players in the South Bay area.




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Baseball: Servite's Michael Flynn commits to Arizona

Anaheim Servite pitcher Michael Flynn has committed to Arizona. He will be a senior this fall.

As a junior, he struck out 15 in 13 2/3 innings.

He has been selected to play in next week's Area Code Games.




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College seminar for prep athletes in Fontana

The San Bernardino chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame is sponsoring a student athlete seminar for high school athletes on Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Jessie Turner Center, 15556 Summit Ave. in Fontana.

NCAA Clearinghouse, understanding SAT/ACT scores and other issues regarding sports scholarships will be discussed.

Information: 1-887-686-5334.





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Football: Birmingham will turn to running back Sterling Salguero

Birmingham has put together a challenging nonleague schedule that includes Oaks Christian, Chaminade and Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, but Coach Jim Rose believes it will help his team prepare for West Valley League play.

The Patriots' top player is junior running back Sterling Salguero, who demonstrated plenty of breakaway speed in rushing for 1,270 yards as a sophomore.

Ricky Clemons, a junior defensive back, has transferred in from St. Genevieve and shown he can be a standout in the secondary along with returnee Spencer Keyes.





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Baseball: Area Code Games begin on Monday in Long Beach

College and professional scouts will be out en masse beginning Monday for the Area Code Games at Blair Field in Long Beach.

The Milwaukee Brewers team has most of the high school players from Southern California. Here's the link to the roster.

Many of the players have already committed to colleges, but this is an opportunity to show what they can do in an all-star setting against top pitchers.

The competition goes through Aug. 9.





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Boys' basketball: Sierra Canyon's Deveral Ramsey makes USA 17U team

Junior point guard Deveral Ramsey of Chatsworth Sierra Canyon has been named to the final 12-man roster for the USA 17U basketball team.

He'll be playing in the FIBA U17 World Championships Aug. 8-16 in Dubai.

Ramsey's selection stamps him as one of the top point guards in the nation.




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Football: South Gate to rely on running back Lavell Thompson

There's little doubt on who's the best returning player in City Section Division II.

It's running back Lavell Thompson of South Gate. As a junior, he rushed for 2,331 yards and 30 touchdowns in helping the Rams give a real scare to San Fernando.

Thompson is back for his senior year hoping to help the Rams win the title.

"Lavell Thompson is a special player because he has a work ethic to match his athletic ability," Coach Jose Casagran said.




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Football: QB K.J. Costello picks up UCLA offer

Junior quarterback K.J. Costello of Santa Margarita has picked up a scholarship offer from UCLA, according to

The 6-foot-4 Costello is known for his strong arm. UCLA also has an offer out to Westlake junior Malik Henry.

Costello has made lots of improvement this summer.




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Baseball: San Gabriel Valley advances to Babe Ruth World Series

Brian Gadsby from Crescenta Valley threw a complete game and Justin Cage from Glendora had a two-run home run to help San Gabriel Valley defeat Modesto twice and advance to the Babe Ruth 18-and-under World Series in Washington starting Aug. 7.




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Baseball: Behind the scenes with Lucas Giolito

The baseball world is starting to pay attention to the development of former Harvard-Westlake pitcher Lucas Giolito.

He's 6-2 with a 2.34 ERA in Class A ball for the Washington Nationals, and Vice Sports put together a bio video on Giolito and his development in the minor leagues.

He has returned from Tommy John surgery and is having a terrific summer.




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Ex-Sherman Oaks Notre Dame pitcher Nick Fagnano was lightning victim

The Sherman Oaks Notre Dame High School community is in mourning after news that Nick Fagnano, a 2012 grad who who was a pitcher for the baseball team, died Sunday after a lightning strike at Venice Beach. He was 20.

Although Fagnano was not a key player for the Knights, everyone remembers him, Coach Tom Dill said Monday.

"He was the sweetest young man," Dill said. "He was very involved in our Fellowship of Christian Athletes, where you read Bible study at lunch every Friday. Everyone loved this kid. He was an amazing young man with an amazing family. This guy was one of those polite, well-mannered, respectful kids. He was a throwback from 30 years ago on how to talk to adults and how you care for people. He really understood the bigger picture."

Fagnano attended Santa Barbara City College and Santa Monica College last two years.

Former Notre Dame pitcher Tommy Wilson said, "He always had a smile on his face. He was one of the nicest kids I ever met. He had such a positive impact on...

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