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Fontana Sports: Pee Wee Soccer

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The Mayor and City Council invite the public to take advantage of Fontana Sports programs this spring by registering their children for Pee Wee Soccer before the March 3 deadline.

Registration fees for the program are $35 per child for residents and $45 for non-residents.

Registration will be held February 1 through March 3 for residents and February 24 through March 3 for non-residents.

The Mighty Mites division is for children born in the years 2003 through 2005. Monday and Wednesday sessions begin April 4 at Ralph M. Lewis and Southridge Parks; with Tuesday and Thursday sessions beginning April 5 at Ralph M. Lewis Park.

The Junior Mites division is for older children born in 2006 and 2007. Monday and Wednesday sessions for this division also begin April 4 at Ralph M. Lewis and Southridge Parks; with Tuesday and Thursday sessions beginning April 5 at Ralph M. Lewis Park.

Registration is taken on a first-come basis at all City of Fontana Community Centers and will not be accepted without the following required information: a waiver, release & indemnity agreement, birth certificate, signed parent’s oath and payment.

Registration fees include a program shirt and award.

For more information about Fontana Sports programs, please visit www.FontanaSports.org or call (909) 428-8864.

King Of The Cage 'Empire' Beckons At San Manuel Casino

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Thursday, February 3, 2011, King of the Cage “EMPIRE” returns to San Manuel, where head-to-head battles continue among San Manuel favorites including Hesperia fighter Chris Cully, Bobby Green from Fontana, and Saad Awad of San Bernardino. Tickets available at Ticketmaster.com and the San Manuel box office for $40 and $75.

Coming off two consecutive wins at San Manuel Casino, Kenny McCorkell 10-4-0 (W-LD) will take on Jonathan Brandon, whose record of 6-1-0, will challenge McCorkell’s winning streak. With rumors swirling that Bobby “King” Green (14-4-0) went into retirement after his TKO of Tim “Dirty Bird” Means, Green is back to take on a fellow Inland Empire native, Saad Awad (8-3- 0). The main card features two championship bouts, Flyweight and Superheavyweight. Jared Papazian (11-5-1) will fight Jimmie Rivera (7-1-0) for the King of the Cage Flyweight Championship, and Esteves Jones (5-1-0) and Neil Cooke (6- 0-0) will fight for the King of the Cage Super-heavyweight Championship.

King of the Cage has featured well-known mixed martial arts athletes such as Forrest Griffin, Quinton Rampage Jackson, Rashad Evans, among others. Other fights on the undercard include: Kris Armbrister (2-0-0) vs. Andrew Pena (1-0-0); Joe Williams (1-1-0) vs. Jimmy Stormo (1-3-0); Chris Culley (8- 6-0) vs. TBA; and Paul Arras (4- 2-0) vs. Demetrice Woods (2-3- 0). *Fights are subject to change.

Every Thursday night with headliner entertainment, San Manuel gives away $1,000 just for seeing the show. To be eligible to win, guests only need a ticket to the show, a Club Serrano card and to be 21 or older. Guests can enter beginning at noon on such days. Three drawings will be held on those nights: $250 at 7:20 p.m., $250 at 10:00 p.m. and $500 at 11:00 p.m. Winners must be present.

Rose Bowl Hall of Fame Honors Inductees

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By Earl Heath –

The 2011 Rose Bowl Hall of Fame class was filled with the traditional Pac-10 Big Ten flavor. For USC’s Brad Budde representing the Pac-10, while former Purdue All-American Leroy Keyes and Iowa coach Hayden Fry did the Big Ten proud.

Budde grew up in Kansas City always watching the Rose Bowl on TV. His father Ed spent almost two decades with the Kansas City Chiefs. Ed and Brad became the first and only father and son in NFL history to be drafted in the first round, to the same team and play the same position.

“The first thing I thought about was the community of Pasadena,” said Budde. “The military and athletes are always about teamwork and about family.”

Budde himself won three different Rose Bowls, 1977, 1979 and 1980. The offensive lineman was also the 1979 Lombardy Award winner.

Fry was not as fortunate. The Hawkeye head coach fell short in 1982, 1986 and 1991 on his trips to Pasadena. A case could be made for game preparation.

At the time, the Hawkeye’s had no indoor facility. “We had to practice in the ice and snow,” said Fry. “Then we met three great teams. We played Washington twice one year when they were National champs and the other year they were ranked 5th in the country.”

Fry also ran into a red hot UCLA team coached by Terry Donahue. “We had a great experience coming here.” Despite the loses, there was a lifetime change for one of Fry’s players.

Starting QB Gordie Bohannon who fell in love with the Rose Bowl Queen and they got married and had a great family.

Keyes was one of the greatest athletes to ever land on the floor of the Rose Bowl. He was a two way player – a running back and defensive back.

Spending some time with him, he looks as though he could still put on the pads and run over a few.

Keyes and his underdog Boilermaker squad came to Pasadena and upset USC. As a junior, Keyes ran for over 986 yards with 13 touchdowns and amassed 1,870 offensive yards. He was named the Big Ten MVP.

“Coming from West Lafayette, Indiana was a God send,” said Keyes. “To come out and represent the Big Ten, the University and your family was a wonderful, exciting, warm feeling. We give all the credit to our Heavenly Father.”

Keyes is already in the Purdue Hall of Fame and the College Hall of Fame. He thought he was through with inductions until the Rose Bowl called.

“You’ve got to be kidding,” said Keyes when he received the call.

“We don’t make mistakes,” said Libby Wright. “We induct those who deserve it and you deserve it.”

Keyes now works on the Purdue Club at the University. His wife Monica is one of the nicest people you could ever meet. With all that talent and personality, Chuck ‘the Ironman’ Hayes summed up Keyes the Best. “He was prime before prime.”

Boston Celtics Survive Late Spurs Run to Win Battle of Best

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(Reuters) - The Boston Celtics won the battle of the NBA's best on Wednesday with a thrilling 105-103 victory over the San Antonio Spurs.

Ray Allen scored a game-high 31 points for the Celtics, who led 105-96 with less than a minute left but needed a Paul Pierce block as time expired to fend off the charging Spurs.

San Antonio ran off seven successive points in the final seconds to pull within two but Manu Ginobili's 24-footer was blocked by Pierce.

"You knew it was going to be a nip-tuck game pretty much all night," Pierce told reporters after scoring 18 points. "You got two heavyweights battling and it was fun to be a part of it. I'm just glad we won."

Boston had a chance to clinch the game with eight seconds left but Allen missed two free throws. It was a pair of rare misses for Allen, who made 13 of 16 field goal attempts for the game.

Ginobili finished with a team-high 24 points for the Spurs (29-6), who lost consecutive games for the first time this season.

Playing in his third game back from injury, point guard Rajon Rondo recorded his 11th career triple-double with 12 points, 22 assists and 10 rebounds to help Boston (27-7) win their third game in a row.

The NBA leader in assists per game, Rondo's sizzling performance included a season-high six steals. He ignited the team to 61 percent shooting from the field.

Glen Davis added 23 points while starting in place of the injured Kevin Garnett who suffered a leg injury December 29 and is expected to miss at least another week.

With the game tightly contested through the first three quarters, the Celtics used a 9-0 run to seize control in the final minute before San Antonio answered.

Tim Duncan and Tony Parker had 18 points each for San Antonio, who still owns the best record in the NBA.

"We're very hard on ourselves. We're not satisfied with where we are and honestly, I don't care what our record is," Duncan said. "We're definitely not satisfied with where we are at defensively right now."

The Spurs were coming off a 128-115 loss to the New York Knicks a night earlier.

(Editing by Peter Rutherford)


Rookie Joe Webb Leads Vikings to Shock Win Over Eagles

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(Reuters) - Untried rookie quarterback Joe Webb led the Minnesota Vikings to a shocking 24-14 upset victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Tuesday.

Making his first NFL start in place of the injured Brett Favre, Webb threw for 195 yards without an interception and ran for a touchdown.

Adrian Peterson ran for 118 yards and a score as the Vikings (6-9) snapped the explosive Eagles' three-game winning streak.

"You always have to have composure as a quarterback," Webb told reporters.

"You always have to show (your team mates) that you have confidence no matter the score. My team mates were rallying behind me the whole game and I have to give those guys credit."

Philadelphia (10-5), who clinched the NFC East Division with the New York Giants' loss on Sunday, were coming off a stunning comeback from 21 points down in the final eight minutes to beat the Giants last week.

MVP candidate Michael Vick threw for 263 yards and accounted for two touchdowns against Minnesota but was held in check and sacked six times.

He also threw an interception and spilled two fumbles as he was harassed all game by the visiting defense.

"You have to take the good with the bad," said Vick, who limped most of the night and appeared to suffer a minor injury early.

"I've got to do a better job of protecting the football. The thing to do now is to regroup, look at our mistakes and get better.

The Eagles had a chance to clinch a bye in the first round of the playoffs by winning their final two games of the season and having the Chicago Bears lose their finale, but fell short.

Minnesota defensive back Antoine Winfield forced a fumble from Vick and returned it 45 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter. Webb added a nine-yard score in the third to give the Vikings a 17-7 lead.

Vick scored on a 10-yard run to pull the Eagles within 17-14 with 10:17 remaining but the Vikings responded with a 60-yard drive that led to Peterson's game-clinching 1-yard TD.

Peterson returned to action after he was sidelined with a thigh injury in last week's loss to the Bears.

Favre suffered a concussion in that game and has said his career would come to a close after the Week 17 season finale whether he played or not.

The game was the first Tuesday contest in the NFL since 1946. It was originally scheduled for Sunday but postponed due to snow blizzards in Philadelphia.

(Editing by John O'Brien)


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