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 By Steve Finley    Sports    July 14, 2016 

Two Superstars Are Better Than One For The Sparks

If you follow the history of basketball a few things are perfectly clear. If your team expects to win a championship you need at least two superstars to complete the journey to the top. The Lakers...

 
 By Steve Finley    Sports    July 7, 2016

Happy Sparks Add Chemistry To The Mix

The Los Angeles Sparks are winning, smiling and laughing on their way to the best record in the WNBA. They are 16-1 at press time and the six new players they signed in the off season have added...

 
 By Steve Finley    Sports    June 30, 2016

Sparks Move To Top Of The WNBA

The Los Angeles Sparks have the best record in the WNBA and they proved last Tuesday that they can win games under difficult circumstances. They fell behind by 22 points in the first half to the Dalla...

 
 By steve finley    Sports    June 23, 2016

Culver City graduate Jacob Weiner drives in three runs in All-Star Classic

Former Culver City High catcher Jacob Weiner drove in three r uns to lead his Gold team to a 15 -3 win over the Blue team in the Westside Victory Custom Athl etic All-Star Classic last Saturday at...

 
 By Steve finley    Sports    June 23, 2016

Minnesota Hands Sparks' First Loss

After winning their first 14 games that included three presea son games, the Minnesota Lynx showed the Sparks why there are two excellent teams in the WNBA w hen they beat Los Angeles 72 -69 last...

 
 By Steve Finley    Sports    June 16, 2016

Local Prep Stars Await Westside Classic Saturday

The 2016 Westside All-Star Classic will take place on Saturday, June 18 at West Los Angeles College. The gates will open at 12:30 p.m. and the game will start at 3 p.m. Admission is $10 and that will...

 
 By Steve Finley    Sports    June 16, 2016

Sparks Battle Top WNBA Teams

The 10-0 Los Angeles Sparks basketball team of the WNBA will try to stay unbeaten when they play two of the best teams in the league, Phoenix and Minnesota starting tonight (Friday). They will face...

 
 By Steve Finley    Sports    June 16, 2016

Local Prep Stars Await Westside Classic Saturday

The 2016 Westside All-Star Classic will take place on Saturday, June 18 at West Los Angeles College. The gates will open at 12:30 p.m. and the game will start at 3 p.m. Admission is $10 and that will...

 
 By Steve Finley    Sports    June 9, 2016

Sparks Fly As LA Stays Unbeaten At 8-0

The Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA are winning games and seem to be having fun. After their 100- 77 victory over the New York Liberty at the Staples Center last Tuesday the Sparks look like a team on...

 
 By Steve Finley    Sports    June 9, 2016

Westside Baseball Classic Moves Into Second Year

The 2016 Westside All-Star Classic will take place on Saturday, June 18 at West Los Angeles College. The gates will open at 12:30 p.m. and the game will start at 3 p.m. Admission is $10 and that will...

 
 By Steve Finley    Sports    June 2, 2016

UCLA Softball Advances To NCAA Championships

The No. 12 UCLA Bruin’s softball team started its run to the NCAA championship last Thursday when they played No. 4 Auburn in Oklahoma City. Their next game will be Friday or Saturday and if they ke...

 
 By Steve Finley    Sports    June 2, 2016

Bruins, Trojans Qualify For NCAA Track Championships

The UCLA and USC track and field teams will send a strong group of athletes to the NCAA Championships next week in Eugene, Oregon. The four-day event will start on Wednesday, June 8 and continue...

 
 By Steve Finley    Sports    May 26, 2016

UCLA, USC Baseball Teams Hit The Road

The UCLA and USC baseball teams are down to the most important part of their season. Both schools need to win their last three Pac-12 games if they expect to make the NCAA playoffs. USC is 26-27 overa...

 
 By Steve Finley    Sports    May 26, 2016

UCLA Softball Advances To Super Regional

The UCLA softball team is right where it wants to be after advancing to the NCAA Super Regional this weekend. The No. 12 Bruins travel to Oregon to face the No. 5 Ducks on Saturday and Sunday in a...

 
 By Steve Finley    Sports    May 12, 2016

Bruins, Trojans Head For Pac-12 Track Championships

The Bruins and Trojans are in Seattle this weekend for the very competitive Pac-12 Track and Field Championships on Saturday and Sunday. The men and women teams from both schools are hoping to bring...

 
 By Steve Finley    Sports    May 12, 2016

UCLA To Host USC In Baseball This Weekend

UCLA and USC will continue their rivalry in baseball this weekend when the Bruins host the Trojans in a three game series starting tonight at 7 pm inside Jackie Robinson Stadium on the Veterans...

 
 By Steve Finley    Sports    May 5, 2016

Bruin, Trojan Track Teams Ready For Conference, NCAA Meets

The UCLA and USC men and women’s dual meet that took place last Sunday proved that both schools are ready for the tough competition in the Pac-12 and NCAA championships. The Pac-12 meet starts...

 
 By Steve Finley    Sports    February 25, 2016

UCLA Womans Basketball

The No. 14 UCLA women's basketball team will play their final two home games of the regular season this weekend when they host Arizona on Friday at 8 p.m. and No. 9 Arizona State on Sunday at 11 a.m....

 
 By Steve Finley    Sports    February 25, 2016

UCLA Women To Conclude Home Schedule

The No. 14 UCLA women's basketball team will play their final two home games of the regular season this weekend when they host Arizona on Friday at 8 p.m. and No. 9 Arizona State on Sunday at 11 a.m....

 
 By Steve Finley    News    November 26, 2015

Culver City Needs To Be Thankful For Mike Cohen

By Steve Finley Culver City has a lot to be thankful for during this Thanksgiving week. It has a great school system, beautiful tree-lined neighborhoods, safe parks, an upscale mall, attractive...

 
 By Steve Finley    Sports    December 19, 2013

UCLA Must Rebound To Compete with The Best

By Steve Finley Special to the Observer The UCLA men's basketball team is 9-1 going into a season-defining game against national power Duke University Thursday at Madison Square Garden in New York....

 
 By Steve Finley    Sports    December 5, 2013

Former Coach Neuheisel Gave UCLA Hundley

Former UCLA head football coach Rick Neuheisel was probably one of the most satisfied people in America after UCLA beat USC 35-17 Saturday night. Neuheisel recruited Brett Hundley three or four years...

 
 By Steve Finley    Sports    April 1, 2013

Columnist Points Out Howland's Flaws

Columnist Points Out Howland’s Flaws When it comes to UCLA basketball, winning games, winning championships and going deep into the NCAA tournament are three different situations. Ben Howland was...

 
 By Steve Finley    Sports    March 12, 2013

Heartbreak:Culver Girls Lose Narrowly In State Tournament

Heartbreak: Culver Girls Lose Narrowly In State Tournament The Culver City High girl’s basketball team’s dream season ended last week with an overtime loss to Granada Hills in the State Regional...