Players champion Manhattan – Olympian April Ross, Manhattan Open champions Kolinske, and Hughes join ranks of local champions

by Paul Teetor The City of Champions just gained another one. Manhattan Beach’s sports luminaries already included NBA champion Luke Walton, Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova and Olympic beach volleyball champion Alix Klineman all call Manhattan Beach home.  Now one more has been added to the city’s ever-growing list of present and future Sports Hall of…

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All Ball Sports: Steve Nash Stayin’ Alive

By Paul Teetor Steve Nash survived a near-death experience this week. There will be a few scars and some long-range consequences yet unknown, but he will live to coach another season.      In the process the long-time Manhattan Beach resident learned the most important lesson for an employee in a high-stress workplace: when a big shot…

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All Ball Sports: Roberts is Dodgers’ real all-star  

by Paul Teetor Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts is either a miracle worker or the luckiest man in sports. Let’s go with miracle worker – for now.  But check back in October. That’s when we’ll really know. When all of Major League Baseball converges on Dodgers Stadium Tuesday night for the All-Star game, they should give…

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Olympic teammates face off in Hermosa Beach AVP finals

Sponcil, Cheng split after Tokyo, meet up in Hermosa finals by Paul Teetor When an intense, complicated and seemingly successful relationship comes to a sudden and unexpected end, it’s tough enough to run into your ex on the street, at the grocery store or in a casual party setting. But when you run into your…

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Bill “Missile” Austin is Missing  

Bill “Missile” Austin earned his nickname for his headfirst approach to the hoops at Live Oak Park, and to everything else he undertook, including sailing by Paul Teetor When Bill Austin first showed up at the Live Oak Park 3-on-3 basketball games 20 years ago, one of the regulars noticed his positive, fast-forward energy, and…

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All Ball Sports: Lakers shoot an air ball in NBA draft

by Paul Teetor   When the Golden State Warriors won their fourth NBA title in the last eight years last week, it set the stage for the annual NBA Draft Thursday night. The draft is the lifeblood of the NBA. Once a year, 60 of the very best college, and international players are selected by the…

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All Ball Sports: New Sheriff in Lakers Land

by Paul Teetor   For the first time all year, Russell Westbrook displayed an impeccable sense of timing. No rushed shots to beat the 24-second clock, no off-target passes to teammates looking the other way, no basketballs dribbled off his foot while running a one-man fast break. That’s because this well-timed move was off the…

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All Ball Sports: Sandy gets a statue

By Paul Teetor   There are plenty of retired sports stars walking around Los Angeles. Right here in the Beach Cities we have big-name guys like former USC quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart, former Boston Red Sox shortstop and World Series hero Nomar Garciaparra, and former Phoenix Suns point guard Steve Nash, a two-time…

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All Ball Sports: The Force is with you, Luke; Aaron Donald too

by Paul Teetor   Six years ago Manhattan Beach’s own Luke Walton was the hottest head coaching candidate in the entire NBA.  Today, not so much. As the interim head coach of the Golden State Warriors in 2015-16, he led the Warriors to a 39-4 record while Head Coach Steve Kerr missed much of the season…

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