SPORTSCOPE : Heat Signs Forward Ervine to Contract

Forward Dale Ervine, who played at North Torrance High and UCLA, has signed to play with the Los Angeles Heat of the American Professional Soccer League.

Ervine, who played with the Heat in 1986 and 1989, has also played the past four seasons with the Wichita Wings of the Major Indoor Soccer League. He is the second forward to sign with the Heat in the past two weeks. Earlier Brad Smith, formerly of Culver City High, joined the team after playing six seasons in Germany.

The Heat (3-2) plays host to the Portland Timbers (4-3) in an APSL West match Saturday night at West Torrance High at 7:30.

Last week the Heat knocked the San Diego Nomads out of first place in the APSL West Southern Division with a 2-0 overtime victory in Chula Vista, but dropped into fifth place because the point system of the APSL West recognizes only goals scored in regulation for its standings. A team gets six points for a victory, four points for a win by penalty kicks, two points for a loss by penalty kicks and an extra point for each goal scored in regulation up to a maximum of three.

The Heat has scored only nine goals this year, although goalie Mike Littman, who has allowed only four goals, has recorded three shutouts. Real Santa Barbara (37 points) leads the Southern Division, followed by the Nomads (35), New Mexico (25), Arizona (23), the Heat (22) and California (10). Portland (37 points) is in third place in the league's Northern Division.

Region 7 of the American Youth Soccer Organization holds sign-ups June 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Westchester Townhouse on Emerson near Manchester. Boys and girls 5-18 are eligible. Information: (213) 215-9024.

Sign-ups for Redondo Beach Pop Warner Football are June 9, 16, 23 and July 21 at Perry Park from noon to 3 p.m. A flag football program is offered for youths 6-7 at a cost of $25. The tackle football program for children 8-13 costs $75. Information: (213) 370-1747.

The city of Gardena needs coaches to participate in a softball game to benefit the city's anti-drug program. The event is scheduled June 9 at 11 a.m. at Recreation Park as part of the city's Services Providing Opportunities through Recreational Training and Support Program. Information: (213) 215-9574 or (213) 217-9537.

Jim O'Brien, who coached the Harbor College baseball team to the state championship, is sponsoring a series of baseball clinics on the Seahawk Field for players ages 8-18. Sessions run June 25-29, July 9-13 and 16-20 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $90 per player, $160 for two players, or $200 per family. Information: (213) 835-1410 or (213) 831-0840 after 5.

The Mustang Youth Basketball Camp for players in grades three-eight will be held June 25-29 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Mira Costa High. The fee is $80 per player. Information: (213) 545-3625.

Glenn Marx, boys' basketball coach at Mira Costa, will conduct clinics on five consecutive Friday evenings, beginning June 29 at 5 in the school gym. The clinics are for boys ages 8-15 and cost $50 per player. Information: (213) 545-3685.

Coming Road-racing events: Saturday's El Segundo 5-K, 8 a.m., $10, (213) 320-3120 or (213) 615-7622; June 9, Palos Verdes Marathon, 7 a.m., $20, (213) 548-6865 or (213) 541-5033; June 16, El Segundo Main Street 5-K/10-K, 8 a.m., cost TBA, (213) 322-1220; July 4, Torrance Spirit of America 5-K/Kiddie-K, 8 a.m., $11, (213) 320-2255; July 8, sixth City of Gardena 5-K, 8 a.m., $13 with T-shirt, $8 without, after June 25 add $2, (213) 323-0163.

A 12-week instructional program for marathon runners and walkers begins June 10 at 7301 Manchester Blvd. in L.A. The program is sponsored by the Westchester Seventh-day Adventist Church. Information: (213) 670-4222.

A Community Sports Medicine Symposium will be conducted Saturday at Cal State Dominguez Hills. Guest speakers include Dr. Donald V. Stevenson, and Dr. John J. O'Hara, orthopedic surgeons with extensive service in sports medicine, Dr. Anthony Reid, a cardiologist, and certified athletic trainers Willda Bingham of Dominguez Hills and Bernie LaReau of the Clippers. The symposium can be counted as credit units for certified athletic trainers and registered nurses. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. in the Toro Gymnasium. The cost is $35 at the door. Information: (213) 516-3764.

Ascot Raceway plays host to its 15th Antique Car and Old-timers Night Saturday at 8 p.m. The California Racing Series sprint cars highlight the action on the quarter-mile track. Stock cars return Sunday at 6 p.m. Tonight's action features CMC Motocross in the Main Stadium at 7:30 and four-wheelers in the South Bay Stadium at 7.

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