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  • Major League Baseball Suspends Trevor Bauer for Two Years, Over Allegations of Domestic Abuse

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|May 2, 2022

    Trevor Bauer has been suspended for 324 games, which is two years, over allegations that he abused his girlfriend. "Trevor Bauer receives 324-game suspension for violating MLB’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Child Abuse Policy after an investigation into allegations of sexual assault," said MLB in a statement. "In the strongest possible terms, I deny committing any violation of the league's domestic violence & sexual assault policy. I am appealing this action and expect to p...

  • Santa Monica High School Varsity Baseball Hosts Serra in a pre-season game

    Morgan Genser, Observer Staff Writer|Mar 5, 2022

    1)Left Delton Prinze from the Serra High School boys varsity baseball team dives back to second base where he was tagged out by Christian Recendez from Santa Monica High School at Samohi on Saturday Februrary 28th 2022 when Samohi hosted Serra in a pre-season tournament game and lost 8-3 dropping their record to 3 wins and 4 defeats 2)Christian Recendez from the Santa Monica High School boys varsity baseball team jumps into the air and throws the baseball towards first to throw out the baserunne...

  • Two Billion People Transfixed By the Indian Premiere League Cricket tournament in Dubai

    Preity Upala, Observer Staff Writer|Oct 18, 2021

    10.12.21: Thirty-five Degrees Celsius. 95 Farenheit. Scorching heat in the desert. Stadium full of obsessed fans in yellow and blue shirts. But the real heat is on the pitch as the most awaited sporting event in the world resumed at the Dubai International Cricket stadium, United Arab Emirates on September 19th. Two arch-rivals, the Mumbai Indians and the Chennai Super Kings battled it out for a spot in the playoffs. They were playing in the Indian Premiere League (IPL), a Cricket tournament,...

  • Santa Monica's Laura Gordon Chosen as Head Coach of the Open Tennis Team at the Maccabiah Games in Israel

    Melissa Perlman, Blue Ivey Communications|Aug 2, 2021

    Laura Gordon of Santa Monica was named Head Coach of the Open Tennis Team at the Maccabiah Games in Israel – which will take place July 2022. The Maccabiah Games, also known as the Jewish Olympics, are the third largest international multi-sport event in the world! Nearly 10,000 Jewish athletes from more than 80 countries competing in 40 sports are expected at the 2022 Maccabiah Games in Israel next year; Team USA will bring approximately 1,200 team members. Laura Gordon is a former assistant...

  • There's a Good Reason the Norway Women's Beach Handball Uniforms Are Different. Here It Is:

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 30, 2021

    It's the summer, nothing's on TV and the top story in the world are the bikini bottoms worn by the Norway Women's Beach Handball Team. Personally, I'll take this over any Covid related story. Beach Handball has not yet made the Olympics permanently. At the 2020 games, it is an exhibition sport striving for world attention. The ladies look just awesome dressed that way. Sorry, but who really wants to see the guys dressed that way, anyway? "Norway's Women's Beach handball team just took a stand fo...

  • Santa Monica Police Sponsor 5K Race in Memory of Officer Lost to an IED in Afghanistan in 2005

    May 28, 2021

    The Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) will be joining the Santa Monica Police Activities League (PAL) to host the Inaugural Rick Crocker Challenge, a 5K run/walk pairing the youth of our community with SMPD Officers. This event is in honor of fallen SMPD Officer and Marine Corps Reserve Major, Ricardo Crocker, who was killed by a rocket propelled grenade while on tour in Iraq on May 26, 2005. Previous to being redeployed to Iraq, Rick was assigned at PAL where he was a passionate advocate...

  • First Post Pandemic Super Bowl Slated for SoFi Stadium in Inglewood

    LASuperBowlHC.com|Apr 2, 2021

    Today the National Football League (NFL) and the Los Angeles Super Bowl Host Committee (LASBHC) confirmed the Super Bowl LVI game will be played on Sunday, February 13, 2022, at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. Los Angeles will welcome the Super Bowl to the region for the first time in nearly three decades. Los Angeles hosted the first Super Bowl in 1967 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The last time the Super Bowl was in the Los Angeles region was 1993, when the Dallas Cowboys...

  • Despite LA Marathon Postponement, Santa Monica PAL Will Create Its Own Marathon For Its Youth Running Program

    Cameron Andrews, City of Santa Monica|Mar 23, 2021

    3/17 "I felt so accomplished and felt unbeatable," said 17-year-old Audrialice Evans about running her first race. Running has become a passion for her and 7 youths, aged 12-17 who have been training to run the LA Marathon through the Santa Monica Police Activities League (PAL) running program and Students Run LA. Despite their best intentions, COVID-19 has complicated matters yet again. With the LA Marathon postponed, the weekly PAL running program has decided to create its own marathon for...

  • Los Angeles County Can Now Allow Moderate and High Contact Sports

    LA County Department of Public Health|Feb 26, 2021

    As of Friday, updated State guidance allows for all outdoor youth and adult recreational sports, including moderate contact and high contact sports, to resume practice, training and competitions in counties where the case rate is at or below 14 cases per 100,000 population, on Friday, February 26. Since L.A. County's adjusted case rate is now at 12.3 cases per 100,000, county protocols are being revised to align with the new State guidance. Moderate contact sports include: baseball, field hockey...

  • Local Youth Score Big with Online Chevron Soccer Academy

    Jenny Macintosh, Corporate Affairs, Chevron|Feb 23, 2021

    Chevron Open Goal Project and Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) are taking their in-person, professional-level training digital with Chevron Soccer Academy Online Training – a program designed to integrate the drills, skills and fun of physical soccer camps into today's socially-distant new normal. Since 2018, the mission of the Chevron Soccer Academy (CSA) has been to create accessible soccer opportunities for youth and provide the proper resources, knowledge, and support system for players...

  • Super Bowl halftime show a little incomprehensible. Who's the Weeknd anyway?

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|Feb 9, 2021

    The Weeknd's super weird, Superbowl half time show made no sense to anyone. The guys marching in masks was half Michael Jackon's Thriller, Half pandemic fears. It sucked as much as Bruce Springsteen's let's all get together ad, but we watched anyway because we had nothing better to do. Is anyone else has lost as I was? I turned on the TV to see some Canadian guy in a field full of people wearing masks in redcoats marching around the field. Completely not sure what it supposed to represent. To...

  • A Local Soccer Coach Reveals How to Make Everyone a Stakeholder In The Success of an AYSO Team

    Steve Morris, Author What Size Balls do I Need|Sep 24, 2020

    "What do you know about coaching?" The question was valid; it was the sneer that got me. I turned into the narrow, skeptical eyes that pierced me from the passenger seat. "Huh? What do you know about coaching?" He might have been only five, but my son Evan could take me out at the knees as wickedly as any seasoned defensive back in the NFL. I'd just told him that I was pulling him out of a soccer program run by a popular but capricious coach, and enrolling him in mine . . . which didn't exist...

  • Covid Era: Stanford Eliminates 11 Varsity Team Sports for 2020-2021

    Observer Staff|Jul 12, 2020

    Citing budget constraints and Covid-19, Stanford University has announced that it will eliminate eleven sports for 2020. These include fencing, field hockey, lightweight rowing, men's rowing, co-ed and women's sailing, squash, synchronized swimming, men's volleyball, and wrestling for next year. Eleven sports in total will disappear. Nationally, experts have commented that swimming pools are unlikely to open this summer, given the potential for spread of coronavirus. " In consultation with the B...

  • City Should Continue to fund parks and recreation fields during these extraordinary times

    Letter to the Editor, Mei Lisa Thompson|May 25, 2020

    We hope that the Santa Monica City Council will vote to continue to fund parks and recreation fields during these extraordinary times. Specifically we hope that access to Clover Park, Memorial Park, Marine Park, JAMS, Lincoln MS and Airport Park will continue. There are basically just two all-girl sports in Santa Monica, softball and soccer. Many girls play all-year round. We feel it is a shame that the City government doesn't understand what you are taking away from these 8-14 girls when they...

  • "If you could change anything about yourself what would it be?"

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|May 1, 2020

    "If you could change anything about yourself what would it be?" a reporter asked Trey Adams. "Uh,..... a bigger dick," he replied after a moment of thought. The reporter laughed. Trey Adams, a football tackle for the Buffalo Bills, recently dropped from a projected third round draft choice, to become an undrafted free agent. The reporter was really probably wondering whether Adams regretted that decision or not. The reporter probably wondered whether Adams could have done something to avoid...

  • Person Working the BNP Paribas Tennis Open Contracts CoronaVirus. Possibly a Tennis Pro Player

    Samuel Alioto, Observer Staff Writer|Mar 11, 2020

    Sunday night, the first case of Coronavirus was diagnosed in Riverside County. The media said the patient was being treated at the Eisenhower med center in Rancho Mirage. However one local TV station reports that this person was actually at the Eisenhower medical center on Washington Blvd, in La Quinta." What's the difference? The subtle difference is that the illness apparently directly involved personnel at the BNP Tennis Open, now cancelled. "This is literally across the street from the India...

  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Adam Scott at the Genesis Invitational Golf Tournament Saturday

    Chris Butchko, Observer Sports Writer|Feb 19, 2020

    Tiger Woods came into the round after a year where he let the field know he was the still a force to be feared. He narrowly made the cut, but was in the place that struck fear into the tour for so many years: lurking. This year, the crouching Tiger threw up a four-putt from two feet on the 13th hole to finish with a 76 and end up 15 shots behind the lead. In Tiger's usual spot just behind the leaders is Russ Henley, who shot a three-under 68 to place one shot out of the lead. Henley, like...

  • Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Brooks Koepka Face off against Spain's John Rahm

    Chris Butchko, Observer Staff Writer|Feb 16, 2020

    As Friday's play proved, this year's field for the Invitational at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades may have the strongest field of any golf event for the year, having nine of the top ten players in the world rankings. The problem, for fans and Genesis Motors, is that the tough, long, and punishing Riviera course has a bad habit of turning away fan favorites after the cut. This year, though, the big names are mostly spared. At the top of the list for most people hoping to see the top...

  • Kobe Bryant, daughter, 4 friends and a pilot killed in helicopter crash in Calabassas

    Samuel Alioto, Observer Staff Writer|Feb 2, 2020

    Nine people killed in a helicopter crash in Malibu included basketball superstar Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gigi, said Alex Villanueva, chief of the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Dept. Bryant's other daughters Capri, Natalia and wife Vanessa were not on board the doomed Sikorsky helicopter. LASD confirmed Kobe's daughter Gianna Maria Onore -- aka GiGi -- was also on board the helicopter and died in the crash. She was on the way to play a game. He said other victims of the crash could not be...

  • Do we really love horses? Or do we just love to watch them race.

    Rachel Ganz, Observer Staff Writer|Nov 11, 2019

    On November 1-2 the Breeder's Cup Word Championship 2019 returned for the 10th time to the Santa Anita Park Racetrack, surrounded by the picturesque San Gabriel Mountains in Arcadia. The Breeder's Cup is one of the most glorious events in Thoroughbred racing, displaying the world's leading and prime horses, owners, jockeys and trainers. It was nationally televised and viewed by millions of horse racing fans who enthusiastically cheered as the beautiful thoroughbreds competed in one million...

  • Malibu Half Marathon and 5K runs across Zuma Beach Sunday

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Nov 11, 2019

    The eighth annual Malibu Half Marathon ran through Zuma Beach on Sunday, Nov. 6. A 5,000 meter fun run also had a few hundred entrants. About 2,500 runners ran the annual event, which organizers described as a rare opportunity to run on Pacific Coast Highway along the beach without fighting traffics or cars. 48 year old Ken Rideout of Pacific Palisades won the event overall, with a time of 1:13:26. Emily Gallin of Malibu finished tenth overall and also won the Women's division, touring the 13.1...

  • GBK Honors Sports' greatest at the 2019 ESPY Awards Celebrity Gifting Lounge

    Preity Upala, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 22, 2019

    The ESPY Awards are what the Oscars are to actors and filmmakers. The highest recognition of talent and performance in Sport. During the 2019 ESPY AWARD seasons of the year, GBK was once again the sponsor for the Celebrity Gifting suite. This year they teamed up with premiere brands from all around the world to gift the most innovative and unique gifts to the guests in attendance. GBK, which has long been a leader in Luxury lifestyle gift lounges and special events, specializing in...

  • GBK Productions Pre-ESPY Awards Celebrity Gift Lounge packed with outstanding athletes in sporting world

    Rachel Ganz, Special to the Observer|Jul 16, 2019

    On Tuesday, July 9, 2019 GBK Productions hosted their annual Pre-Espy Awards Celebrity Gift lounge at the beautiful La Peer Hotel in West Hollywood. This was a lavish and enjoyable celebration that attracted a room filled of famous athletes and well known people in the sporting world. I briefly chatted with past Super Bowl winner Ronnie Hillman (Broncos) as well as WWE Super Fred Rosser, who drew a lot of attention when he took off his shirt, revealing a very muscular and defined athletic build...

  • Tyler Skaggs Mother Debbie Throws Out the First Pitch at Friday's Angels v. Mariners Game

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 14, 2019

    Friday night July 12, Debbie Skaggs threw out the first pitch, and the entire Angels team wore "45" in memory of Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs. Skaggs died on July 1 of uncertain causes, and this was the first home game since then. After throwing out the first pitch, Tyler Skaggs' mother walked toward home plate, and hugged the team manager. She seemed emotional, but strong. Mrs. Skaggs is a softball coach and physical education teacher at Santa Monica High School. The official Angels Twitter...

  • Hometown Hero Tyler Skagg's Had a Dark Side, Autopsy Report Reveals

    Observer Staff, and Wire Services|Jul 6, 2019
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    Update: On August 30, 2019, the Tarrant County Toxicologist said that Tyler Skaggs had alcohol, fentanyl and oxycodone all present in his system at his death. He choked on his own vomit. This is surprising because Skaggs had a clean living image. We were forced to cleanse this story of any mention of drugs or alcohol, even though we initially reported it on July 2, 2019, just 2 days after his death. On July 1, 2019, Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs was found unresponsive in his hotel room in...

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