Briefs: Hayes, Succop on MNF

The Monday Night Football game, Kansas City at Pittsburgh, will have some local flavor.

Laird Hayes, a Newport Beach resident and retired Orange Coast College professor, will be the side judge with the officiating crew at Heinz Field.

Also, Kansas City includes kicker Ryan Succop, who was Mr. Irrelevant in 2009, when he was the final pick of the NFL Draft.

Mr. Irrelevant is roasted and celebrated during Irrelevant Week based in Newport Beach and at parties in Orange County.

Hayes is in his 18th season and has worked in three Super Bowls, including last season when the New York Giants beat the New England Patriots.

The game will be televised by ESPN at 5:30 p.m. PST.

— Steve Virgen


UCI's Russell honored

UC Irvine junior Travis Russell has been named the Big West Conference Golfer of the Month for October.

Russell, a Newport Harbor High product, finished third among 108 competitors in the Bill Cullum Invitational at Wood Ranch Golf Club Oct. 22-23.

He shot a 54-hole total of seven-under-par 209 on rounds of 69-72-68 to help UCI to a season-best fifth-place finish in the tournament.

Russell, a transfer from Hawaii-Hilo, leads the 'Eaters with a 72.9 average in three tournaments this fall.

UCI competes in the Warrior Wave Invitational at Makai Golf Club in Princeville, Hawaii, Monday through Wednesday.

— From staff reports

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