The LAPD won it, hands up.Sorry, they...

<i> From Staff and Wire Reports</i>

The LAPD won it, hands up.

Sorry, they were off duty. Make that hands down .

Los Angeles’ blue Centurions, in double overtime, whupped the combined Miami-Dade County police departments’ football team over the weekend as the Orange Bowl stadium hosted the Super Pig Bowl where big blue linemen meet big blue linemen.

Led by ex-Nebraska signal-caller and 1977 Liberty Bowl MVP Randy Garcia, now a Metro Division officer, the Centurions salvaged a 28-21 win from a sagging 14-0 half-time score, to the delight of Chief Daryl F. Gates.


Gates, who had a case of California wine at stake, can instead pop the corks himself to serve it with the stone crabs he won from his Florida police counterpart.

What happened in that locker room over half-time to fire up the boys from the Big Orange?

Said Cmdr. William Booth, noting in advance that he was just kidding: “I think Gates . . . might’ve gone in and asked them where they planned on working next year--what foot beat they were gonna walk.”

A brief scuffle broke out among keyed-up players near the end of the first half, prompting a cable network announcer to quip, “Call the cops!”

First the Ambassador, now the Langham.

On the heels of the closing of the Ambassador Hotel come allegations by Assemblyman Mike Roos that an old Ambassador neighbor, a former star-quality apartment building that boasted one of the first rooftop Olympic-size swimming pools in town, is sadly showing its age.

Roos showed up in answer to residents’ complaints about unattended code violations, such as not enough hot water and too many roaches inside, as well as a loiter of drug dealers, if you will, hanging around outside.

“We’re just asking these (owners) to comply,” a Roos spokeswoman said.

In its glory days, Roos’ staff said, the Langham numbered among its stellar residents the likes of Al Jolson, Ethel Merman and the Rev. Billy Graham.

The Guy with the Glove and the Preacher of Love: It was Jackson versus Jackson on Figueroa Street on Monday night--a draw.

And how they can draw.

At 6:30 p.m. at the Westin Bonaventure on Figueroa, was the Rev. Jesse Jackson, keynote speaker at the 12th annual King birthday celebration by the Martin Luther King Legacy Assn. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

At 8 p.m., at the Sports Arena on Figueroa, was singer Michael Jackson, in the first of five concerts postponed from last year when he was ailing.