Robert Morales

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Robert Morales

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  • College World Series

    Oregon State pitching to test CSU Fullerton in College World Series opener

    It was Tuesday, and Cal State Fullerton baseball coach Rick Vanderhook had no idea whether Luke Heimlich would be available to pitch for Oregon State when it takes on the Titans at noon today in Game 1 of the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb.To him, it didn’t matter.“They had the best pitching staff in the country,” Vanderhook said of the top-ranked Beavers (54-4), who have a 1.80 ERA that’s easily the best in the nation, as...

  • Boxing

    Boxing: Sergey Kovalev will have his hands full in Andre Ward rematch

    Andre Ward does not hit that hard, but he is difficult to hit cleanly. Even if you don’t think he beat Sergey Kovalev in November, he was at least close because of that ability to evade the worst a punch has to offer.Ward was decked in the second round, but by the second half of the fight he fought like he had figured out Kovalev, and took the decision by a point on all three cards. This newspaper had Kovalev winning by a point, but Ward earned respect here.Since...

  • Boxing

    Injured boxer Daniel Franco has ‘good night,’ dad says

    Al Franco, father and trainer of injured Rancho Cucamonga boxer Daniel Franco, on Thursday morning posted a short, encouraging update on his son’s GoFundMe page.The update read, in part, “Good morning, Daniel had another good night. His temperature fluctuates but they say that is normal. Today they are taking him off of propofol and are (weaning) him off all the other drugs slowly over the next couple of...

  • College baseball

    ‘Old man’ Timmy Richards leads Cal State Fullerton

    With a sense of humor and appreciation, Timmy Richards can’t help but smile when Cal State Fullerton baseball coach Rick Vanderhook calls him the “old man” of the team.“Yeah, it always cracks me up when he calls me ‘old man,’” said the senior shortstop will will lead the Titans (39-22) into the College World Series, with Game 1 at noon Saturday against top-ranked Oregon State (54-4) in Omaha, Neb. (on ESPN).He’s heard it...

  • Boxing

    Daniel Franco’s father: ‘You want to tell him you love him’

    Al Franco wants to hug and kiss his son Daniel to tell him how much he loves him, and to tell him to hang in there. But he can’t because Daniel Franco remains in a deep medically induced coma at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa, and doctors want him to remain as immobile and undisturbed as possible.Daniel Franco, 25, of Rancho Cucamonga was knocked out in the eighth round by Jose Haro in their featherweight main event Saturday at WinnaVegas Casino in nearby Sloan, Iowa.

  • Boxing

    Boxer Daniel Franco in medically induced coma, father says

    Al Franco late Monday morning posted an update on his son, Rancho Cucamonga featherweight boxer Daniel Franco, who was seriously injured three days earlier during an eighth-round knockout loss to Jose Haro at WinnaVegas Casino in Sloan, Iowa.The statement, on Franco’s GoFundMe page, read in part, “Daniel had a rough night, his brain pressure was high, pushing the limits doctors would like to see on the monitor and he ran a...

  • College baseball

    Cal State Fullerton tops Long Beach, heads to College World Series

    LONG BEACH >>Colton Eastman didn’t pitch for 2 1/2 months because of elbow tightness, but on Sunday he pitched seven superb innings to lead Cal State Fullerton to a 2-1 victory over rival Long Beach State in Game 3 of their Super Regional in front of 2,896 at Blair Field.The victory advances the Titans to their 18th College World Series appearance, and second in three years as they most recently went in 2015. They will begin play Saturday in Omaha, Nebraska in pursuit of...

  • Boxing

    Rancho Cucamonga’s Daniel Franco seriously injured in boxing bout

    Featherweight boxer Daniel Franco of Rancho Cucamonga on Saturday night sustained severe head injuries during his eighth-round knockout loss to Jose Haro at WinnaVegas Casino in Sloan, Iowa. Franco, 25, after the bout was transported to a nearby hospital where he underwent emergency surgery to repair two brain bleeds, according to a statement released by Roc Nation Sports. “At this point the doctors have told us the next 48 hours will be critical in regards to him making...

  • College baseball

    Dirtbags forced into Game 3 after 12-0 rout vs. Cal State Fullerton

    LONG BEACH >> Do-or-die games often bring out the best in good baseball teams. That was the case Saturday when Cal State Fullerton took on rival Long Beach State in Game 2 of their Super Regional.A loss would have ended the Titans’ season. But they stared that possibility in the face and came away with a rousing 12-0 victory over the Dirtbags before 2,867 on a cool day at Blair Field.The Cal State Fullerton victory forced Game 3 at noon Sunday. The winner will...

  • Long Beach State

    Cal State Fullerton’s Vanderhook not happy after loss to Dirtbags

    Cal State Fullerton baseball coach Rick Vanderhook was not a happy man when he walked into the post-game news conference Friday following his team’s 3-0 loss to rival Long Beach State in Game 1 of their Super Regional at Blair Field.“Another good, tight game between us,” he said, then drastically changed gears.“I’ll give you a little better information tomorrow after I watch the game tonight on what I think of the umpires, so don’t ask...