USD Basketball Slides Back into Win Column versus Santa Clara

January 25, 2018

Losers of four of their last five, the University of San Diego entered tonight in dire need of a win. Leave it to a home match-up with Santa Clara, then, to get the team back on track. A 21-point effort from point guard Isaiah Wright (including 15 points in the second half) staved off attempts at a rally from the opposing Broncos and carried the home team to a 66-58…

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The Next Cooperstown Class: The Official 2018 East Village Times HOF Vote

January 23, 2018

Want to start a hotly-contested debate without venturing into taboo topics like politics and religion? There might be no better place to start than the merits of potential inductees to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. By and large, the Hall houses the understandable standouts of the sport – names like Ruth, Gehrig, Mays, and Gwynn. That doesn’t mean, however, that the baseball public agrees about the inclusion of each…

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Extending a (Brad) Hand: Reliever to Remain a Friar Through 2020

January 13, 2018

  Long live the Hand puns. Reports from Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic and Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports broke news today of a three-year contract extension for San Diego Padres reliever Brad Hand. The deal will keep the left-hander in San Diego through the 2020 season with a club option for 2021, and is reportedly worth $19.75 million in guaranteed money. The extension offers a degree of stability to…

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What to Make of New Padre Kazuhisa Makita

January 10, 2018

  For baseball folks, Japanese right-hander and recent San Diego Padres’ signee Kazuhisa Makita presents something of an enigma. There’s his physical profile: just five-foot-ten and 181 pounds, both of which qualify as undersized by the standards of those who take major league mounds on a consistent basis (he stands a decent chance of being the smallest pitcher on the Padres’ roster come spring). There’s his mechanics: one of the…

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Moral Victories Only: USD Stumbles Down Stretch in Loss to St. Mary’s

January 6, 2018

The 2017-18 University of San Diego men’s basketball team has made its money so far on stifling defense around the three-point line and a gritty lineup that runs eight deep. In a road match-up with St. Mary’s, and looking for the program’s first win in Moraga since 2007, the Toreros turned to that formula again. The opposing Gaels didn’t make a three-pointer until midway through the second half, and shot…

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Future Friars: Scouting the Return From the Yangervis Solarte Trade

January 6, 2018

This afternoon, it was announced that the San Diego Padres had dealt incumbent infielder and widespread fan favorite Yangervis Solarte to the Toronto Blue Jays. The return: a pair of prospects with upside in outfielder Edward Olivares and right-handed reliever Jared Carkuff.   I had a couple of thoughts when news of the trade (and, shortly after, the return) first broke: Man, I’m really going to miss Yangervis Solarte. Who…

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The 2017-18 WCC Basketball Preview You Didn’t Know You Needed

December 28, 2017

4-14. 6-13. Those were the conference records for the University of San Diego in each of the last two seasons. The program has undergone the collegiate version of a rebuild under head coach Lamont Smith, with the emphasis being on getting underclassmen on the court, and the win-loss records have shown as much. However, now in the third round of the Lamont Smith era, the Toreros have found more success,…

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USD’s Defense Carries Team to Best Start in Program History

December 12, 2017

For ten games now in the 2017-18 season, the University of San Diego has grounded its identity in keeping opponents off the scoreboard. The team leads the West Coast Conference in scoring defense (59.7 points per game) and shooting defense (37.3 percent), and leads the nation in three-point shooting defense at 22.4 percent. The defense-first philosophy has kept the team in games in challenging environments already this year, resulting in…

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Making Sense of the Shohei Ohtani Sweepstakes

December 6, 2017

There are a lot of things we think we know about Japanese phenom Shohei Ohtani. Some are true. We know Ohtani is a right-handed pitcher and left-handed swinger, adept enough at both to garner recognition as Japan’s best pitcher and designated hitter after the 2016 season. We know Ohtani does indeed throw upwards of 100 miles per hour, and mixes in a swing-and-miss splitter that scouts around the game have…

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No Scholarships, No Problem: USD Dominates FCS Playoff Opener

November 25, 2017

A year ago, the University of San Diego football team made headlines with a win for the ages. USD’s upset victory over Cal Poly in the first round of the 2016 Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) playoffs was the first playoff victory by a non-scholarship program over a scholarship school in postseason history. While the Toreros would go on to lose in the next round to heavily-favored North Dakota State, the…

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Toreros Men’s Basketball Set for Step Forward in 2017-18

November 12, 2017

When Lamont Smith took the reins as head coach of the University of San Diego men’s basketball team prior to the 2015-16 season, there was an understanding that success would not come quickly or easily. That first team of Toreros carried just three upperclassmen — junior Brett Bailey and seniors Duda Sanadze and Jito Kok — and won just nine games on the season. The team’s on-court struggles covered any…

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USD Tested, Not Tried by Drake in 45-15 Victory

November 5, 2017

With three minutes to go in the first half of Saturday’s home match-up with Drake, the University of San Diego was in an unfamiliar position: an honest-to-God competitive football game. Over the past month, blowouts have become commonplace for the Toreros, who spent October outscoring opponents 190-51. The team is well on its way to its fourth Pioneer League title in the last five seasons, and hasn’t been truly tested…

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