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Johnny Flores Jr.

Freelance reporter Yahoo! Sports

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Johnny Flores, Jr. is currently a senior at the University of Southern California majoring in journalism at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Johnny is also pursuing a minor in sports media studies and is an active member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

At USC, Johnny writes for a variety of student publications including the Daily Trojan and USC Annenberg Media. He is presently covering the USC football team for Annenberg Media. Outside of beat writing, Johnny routinely edits student work and is the editor of the weekly sports newsletter. Johnny also served as the MLB social media editor at Yahoo! Sports from the 2018 summer through the end of the World Series. He managed several MLB-based handles nightly and creates value additive content such as graphics and videos. He routinely wrote about baseball for Yahoo! and was credentialed to attend and cover the 2018 World Series.

Prior to landing at Yahoo! Sports, Johnny was a participant in the 2018 New York Times Student Journalism Institute, where he served as a copyeditor. In the past, Johnny has worked for the Desert Sun, USA TODAY and USA TODAY Sports.

This spring, Johnny is serving as the Senior Sports Editor Annenberg Media where he manages a group of reporters and editors. He is also a member of Yahoo! Sports' editorial team.

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04/03/2019
Conor McGregor takes to Twitter to troll Paulie Malignaggi

Conor McGregor and boxer Paulie Malignaggi have been beefing for some time, dating back to McGregor's mega-fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. Like clockwork, McGregor's disdain for Malignaggi continued Tuesday after Malignaggi slapped McGregor's teammate, Artem Lobov, at a Bare Knuckle FC media event.

Yahoo
04/10/2019
Reds Joey Votto gets beaned, chooses fun over fighting against Marlins

Just days after brawling against the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Cincinnati Reds were ready to thrown down once more. Until they weren't. Squaring off against the Miami Marlins on Tuesday, relief pitcher Wei-Yin Chen nailed Reds first baseman Joey Votto in the back in the sixth inning.

Yahoo
04/10/2019
Shaq calls on Lakers to hire another team legend to replace Magic Johnson

Just minutes after Los Angeles Lakers legend Magic Johnson stepped down as president of basketball operations, Shaquille O'Neal called on the team to replace him with another legend. Reacting to the news on "NBA on TNT," for which he is a commentator, O'Neal called on the Lakers to hire Jerry West to replace Johnson.

Yahoo
04/09/2019
David Johnson to Josh Rosen: 'I tell him to ignore [trade talks]'

As the Arizona Cardinals get set to host quarterback Kyler Murray for a pre-draft visit, running back David Johnson wants current quarterback and possible trade chip Josh Rosen to ignore trade talks. Speaking to NBC Sports, Johnson said that he ignores the speculation involving Rosen, and has advised Rosen to do the same.

Yahoo
04/09/2019
Report: Lakers teammates became distrustful of LeBron James over Anthony Davis trade talks

The Los Angeles Lakers did not expect their 2018-19 season to go the way it did. Between the various injuries, the failed trade for Anthony Davis and everything in-between, things clearly did not go as planned. Adding fuel to the fire is how LeBron James grew more distant from his teammates as the season progressed and how they later became distrustful of him.

Yahoo
04/05/2019
Lakers star Lonzo Ball and agent agree to part ways, per report

The rebuilding of Lonzo Ball continues on. This time, Ball has agreed to part ways with his agent Harrison Gaines, per ESPN. In a statement to ESPN Ball said, "Harrison Gaines has been a trusted advisor and close friend for many years. He guided my NBA career with integrity and always had my best interests at heart."

Yahoo
04/05/2019
Ichiro Suzuki turns down Japan's prestigious 'People's Honor' award

Ichiro Suzuki being gracious is nothing new. The now retired Seattle Mariners star declined Japan's prestigious "People's Honor" award for the third time on Friday, per Kyodo News. Suzuki, who retired last month during MLB's opening series in Japan against the Oakland A's, delivered a message to the Japanese government saying, "I'll strive to be able to receive the award at the end of my life."

Yahoo
04/05/2019
Harvard investigating fencing coach following suspicious home sale

Harvard University has opened an independent investigation into fencing coach Peter Brand after a Boston Globe report revealed a home sale between Brand and the father of a current and former student-athlete. Brand reportedly sold a three-bedroom home assessed at $549,300 for almost a million dollars in 2016.

Yahoo
04/10/2019
Suns Jamal Crawford tops Jordan, becomes oldest player to drop 50

On a night dedicated to Dirk Nowitzki and his retirement, Jamal Crawford topped Michael Jordan and became the oldest player to drop 50-plus points in a game. Crawford scored 51 points off the bench on 18-30 shooting, 7-13 from the 3-point line. He added five rebounds and five assists in a 120-109 loss to the Dallas Mavericks.

Yahoo
04/10/2019
Cardinals Marcell Ozuna tries to rob homer, grossly oversteps fly ball

Everyone loves a good home run robbery. So, when St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Marcell Ozuna thought Kiké Hernandez hit a fly ball, he wanted to join the highlight reel. In the eighth inning of a 4-0 Cardinals win against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Hernandez took a 3-2 pitch to deep left field.

Yahoo
04/05/2019
Giannis Antetokounmpo outduels Joel Embiid as Bucks clinch NBA's top seed

In a battle between the heavyweights of the Eastern Conference, Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks emerged victorious over the Philadelphia 76ers, 128-122. With the win, the Bucks clinch the best record in the NBA and home court advantage throughout the playoffs. The loss for the 76ers is their third straight.

Yahoo
04/04/2019
42-year-old Vince Carter: 'I do want to play another year'

21 professional seasons isn't enough for 42-year-old Vince Carter, who stated his desire to return for an NBA record 22nd season. Speaking during the Atlanta Hawks Wednesday broadcast against the Philadelphia 76ers Carter said, "It's something I want to do. I feel that I could still give it another year.

Yahoo
04/03/2019
Warriors beat Nuggets in statement win despite Durant's ejection

Facing off against the No. 2-seed in the Western Conference with an opportunity to protect home-court advantage, the Golden State Warriors needed a big game against the Denver Nuggets. They got just that in a statement win, 116-102, and in the absence of Kevin Durant, who was ejected after receiving two technical fouls.

Yahoo
03/26/2019
Warriors center Andrew Bogut credits beer for improved shape and play

Being a professional athlete requires peak physical shape over a long a season. Some athletes go on extreme diets, others like Cam Newton become celibate, but for Warriors center Andrew Bogut, all he did was add a little beer. Speaking to The Athletic, Bogut noted that while playing overseas in Australia he didn't make any changes other than drinking more beer.

Yahoo
04/03/2019
Ivica Zubac invites Lakers fans to watch 'good basketball' at Clippers games

Former Los Angeles Lakers center Ivica Zubac did not mince words when it came to discussing the difference between the Lakers and his new team, the Los Angeles Clippers. Speaking to the Orange County Register during Tuesday's practice Zubac said, "Everyone's like, 'We miss you.' And I always say, 'I'm on a better team now.

Yahoo
03/26/2019
Former Nebraska coach Tim Miles gracious as ever after being fired

Tim Miles has had a long couple of weeks. Between missing the NCAA tournament, losing in the NIT and the status of his coaching job in-between, it hasn't been easy for Miles. Now, after being fired after seven years as the Nebraska men's basketball coach, Miles handled his exit with grace and poise.

Yahoo
04/03/2019
Lonzo Ball sues Big Baller Brand co-founder Alan Foster for fraud

Lonzo Ball has filed a lawsuit against Big Baller Brand co-founder Alan Foster for allegedly utilizing a "fraudulent scheme" to take money from the company, according to TMZ Sports. Ball's lawsuit comes hot on the heels after an ESPN report revealed that Ball was missing $1.5 million from his personal and business accounts.

Yahoo
04/02/2019
Channing Frye will tell his kids about LeBron's 'smelly' breath

Channing Frye played alongside LeBron James for roughly two seasons on the Cleveland Cavaliers and while the two won an NBA championship together, Cleveland's first, Frye will most fondly remember James for his bad breath. Yes, you read that right.

Yahoo
03/26/2019
Bucs head coach Arians on female coaches: 'They're what we need'

The path for women coaching in the NFL has recently opened up and Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians believes it should continue. Speaking at the 2019 NFL owners meetings in Phoenix, Arians spoke of looking forward to the day when news of hiring a female coach would no longer be news.

2019 NFL Coverage (Combine + Pro Day)

Arc Publishing
03/01/2019
Chuma Edoga wants to move past questions regarding his maturity

INDIANAPOLIS-In 2016, Chuma Edoga was ejected in the first series against Utah State for making contact with an official. Edoga was only a sophomore at the time, but the incident has followed him ever since. At the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine, Edoga wants teams to know that he is not the same kid who put his hands on a referee.

Arc Publishing
02/27/2019
The 2019 NFL Combine takes over Indianapolis

The 2019 NFL Combine officially kicked off this week with over 300 former collegiate athletes along with general managers, coaches, team and player personnel from the league's 32 teams taking residence in downtown Indianapolis. The Combine serves as the precursor to the start of the new NFL year, which officially begins on March 13.

Arc Publishing
03/21/2019
Not a desire, an obsession-Iman Marshall wants to be the best

LOS ANGELES-It's 10:43 a.m. at USC's annual Pro Day and Iman Marshall gets set to take his next set of reps in front of an array of scouts from the NFL's 32 teams. Marshall runs backward, his legs gliding on the grass of Cromwell Field, he quickly turns and shifts his body around to catch a pass.

Arc Publishing
02/28/2019
Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn talks defense, Uchenna Nwosu

INDIANAPOLIS-The Los Angeles Chargers have behttps://wordpress.uscannenberg.arcpublishing.com/wp-admin/edit.phpcome a force to be reckoned with in the NFL under head coach Anthony Lynn. In 2017, his first season as head coach, the team improved to a 9-7 record and just narrowly missed the playoffs. The previous season the Chargers finished with a 5-11 record, good for last in the AFC West division.

Arc Publishing
From Where We Are: February 28, 2019

Today on Annenberg Radio News: The LAUSD Board of Education voted unanimously to add a proposition on an upcoming ballot to raise taxes this afternoon.

Arc Publishing
03/03/2019
Cameron Smith ready to bring leadership and physical play to the NFL

INDIANAPOLIS-At end of three collegiate seasons at USC, linebacker Cameron Smith had already amassed a plethora of accolades and was ready to join the NFL. Appearing in 37 games, Smith notched 273 tackles, one touchdown, 14 passes deflected and four interceptions along with several awards including Pac-12 Defensive Freshman of the Year and several other All-Pac-12 honors.

Arc Publishing
03/03/2019
Kyler Murray leaves all doubts behind, sets sights on NFL career

INDIANAPOLIS-Over 100 credentialed members of the media gathered around Podium 1 of the Indianapolis Convention Center's Hall K, some as early as 3:30 p.m on Friday, March 1. As the running backs and offensive lineman completed their drills at Lucas Oil Stadium across the street, the entire world leaned in as the 2018 Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray took the dais.

Arc Publishing
02/08/2019
Several Trojans invited to participate in NFL Scouting Combine

Five USC football players have been invited to participate in the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Ind. The combine, which takes place from Feb. 28 through March 3, allows draft hopefuls to cement their draft stock ahead of the NFL draft on April 25.

Arc Publishing
02/27/2019
Preview: 2019 NFL Combine need-to-knows

In the first part of our Combine preview, we looked at the Trojans participating, the drills utilized and some Combine success stories. Part 2 of our preview will look at some specific team needs, the 24-hour landscape of live coverage and Oklahoma's Kyler Murray.

Journalism Major Thesis

Professional Baseball Reporting

Yahoo
10/02/2018
12 players with the most to prove in the MLB postseason

Everything matters more in October. Just ask Mike Trout, who longs to prove himself this time of year. Or Clayton Kershaw, whose postseason accomplishments are so often under the microscope that how could they ever be good enough? Heck, ask George Springer, last season's postseason star, whose life and career hasn't been too bad since winning the World Series MVP.

Yahoo
09/29/2018
Dodgers fanatic on receiving end of yet another important home run

Catching a home run at a baseball game, let alone even receiving a ball requires a great amount of luck. For Dodgers fan Keith Hupp, the process has become routine. Hupp was once again on the receiving end of a home run on Friday night at AT&T Park when the Dodgers took on the San Francisco Giants.

Yahoo
10/29/2018
'Trans People Deserve to Live' banner hung during World Series

LOS ANGELES - A banner with the words "Trans People Deserve to Live" was unfurled from the top deck of of Dodger Stadium during the fifth inning of Game 5 of the 2018 World Series. It hung over the club suites before quickly being taken down by police, witnesses told Yahoo Sports.

Yahoo
10/06/2018
MLB Roundtable: Which team needs to win the World Series the most?

Opportunities to win the World Series don't come along very often for the vast majority of Major League Baseball franchises. When they do, there's always very little margin for error. We've already seen this week how quickly the opportunity can slip away. The postseason dreams ended for the Chicago Cubs and Oakland Athletics.

Yahoo
10/28/2018
Josh Hader winning NL Reliever of the Year is surprising in more ways than one

By: Johnny Flores, Jr. LOS ANGELES - Before Game 4 of the 2018 World Series, MLB presented the AL and NL reliever of the year awards. In 2014, the awards were renamed in honor elite relievers Mariano Rivera and Trevor Hoffman. This year's winners are Edwin Diaz of the Seattle Mariners and Josh Hader of the Milwaukee Brewers.

USC Athletics

Arc Publishing
02/23/2019
USC baseball loses two of three-game set to No. 16-ranked Arkansas at home

After winning two of their first three games against the University of Nebraska-Omaha, the USC Trojans continued their homestand with a three-game set against SEC powerhouse, Arkansas. Thursday, February 21, 2019 The Trojans opened their first game of a three-game set against No. 16-ranked Arkansas with a loss.

Arc Publishing
11/26/2018
USC football 2018 season recap

The 2018 USC football season is officially over. The Trojans finished 5-7 overall and will look to bounce back in 2019. Here is all you need to know about this season: Helton will return in 2019 Following the loss to Notre Dame, USC fans watched the fate of head coach Clay Helton closely.

Arc Publishing
03/21/2019
How Carol Folt's hiring may impact USC's athletic department in the near future

Folt previously served as the Chancellor at the University of North Carolina from 2013 until her resignation from North Carolina in January. While she has served in a variety of roles before her departure, perhaps what is most notable about Folt's presence at UNC is the massive change in the athletic department under her tenure.

Arc Publishing
01/24/2019
Five-star enrollee Bru McCoy departs USC, transfers to Texas per reports

After signing with USC in early January, heralded five-star recruit Bru McCoy is leaving the Trojans. The wide receiver will depart USC after enrolling this spring and will transfer to the University of Texas, per reports. Texas confirms that Bru McCoy has signed and sent the Horns his athletics aid agreement form.

Arc Publishing
11/27/2018
USC lets go of Tee Martin, others in post season coaching changes

In the wake of a disappointing season on Tuesday, USC Athletics announced the departure of offensive coordinator Tee Martin and two others. Martin is no longer with the coaching staff effective immediately. OFFICIAL: Tee Martin, Kenechi Udeze and Ronnie Bradford are no longer on the USC football coaching staff.

Arc Publishing
09/29/2018
USC Trojans hold on to defeat Arizona Wildcats 24-20

On Saturday, the unranked USC Trojans competed in another late night -Pac-12 contest . Fresh off a comeback win against Washington State, the Trojans took on the Arizona Wildcats in a must-win Pac-12 matchup. Despite some late hiccups, the Trojans walked out on top with a 24-20 win.

Arc Publishing
10/12/2018
Preview: USC Trojans take on undefeated No. 19 Colorado Buffaloes

The unranked USC Trojans will square off against the No. 19 ranked Colorado Buffaloes on Saturday at the Coliseum. The game will serve as USC's 6th game overall and 3rd conference game. The Trojans are coming off a bye week, while the Buffaloes are fresh off a victory against the Arizona State Sun Devils.

Arc Publishing
10/18/2018
USC Football midseason report card

The unranked USC Trojans have now officially played six games. With a 4-2 record, the Trojans are now on to their second half of the season. How have the Trojans fared so far? Here's our mid-season report card: Taking over for first round NFL draft pick Sam Darnold is no easy task.

Arc Publishing
11/13/2018
Preview: Trojans take on Bruins in must-win matchup

The USC Trojans will head across town to the Rose Bowl to take on their crosstown rivals, the UCLA Bruins, this weekend. The game marks the 85th meeting between the two programs and carries a lot at stake. Both schools find themselves in peculiar positions, looking to finish their seasons on a strong note.

Arc Publishing
11/29/2018
USC's new Offensive Coordinator Kliff Kingsbury to interview with NFL teams

The USC Athletic Department is allowing Kliff Kingsbury, the Trojan's recent hire for offensive coordinator, to interview with NFL teams for a head coaching position, according to ESPN. USC had initially denied the Jets and Cardinals interviews with Kingsbury. After much speculation, USC Athletics has made it official that Kliff Kingsbury will become the football program's new offensive coordinator.

Arc Publishing
11/10/2018
Recap: USC falls to Cal in homecoming matchup at Coliseum

On a cold night in front of a packed homecoming crowd at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the unranked USC Trojans fell against the Cal Golden Bears, 15-14. The game marks USC's second straight loss at the Coliseum. Previously, the Trojans were 19-0 under coach Clay Helton.

Arc Publishing
11/06/2018
Preview: USC takes on tough Cal defense in homecoming matchup

The unranked USC Trojans will play one of their three final regular season games against the unranked California Golden Bears at the Coliseum on Saturday. The game also serves as USC's annual homecoming. The Trojans are fresh off a 38-21 victory against the Oregon State Beavers in Corvallis, OR.

Arc Publishing
USC loses linebacker Porter Gustin to season-ending injury

The unranked USC Trojans will need to finish their 2018 season without senior linebacker Porter Gustin. Coach Clay Helton announced on Sunday that Gustin will require season-ending surgery on his fractured right ankle. The injury will also end Gustin's career at USC.

Arc Publishing
10/18/2018
USC Football midseason report card

The unranked USC Trojans have now officially played six games. With a 4-2 record, the Trojans are now on to their second half of the season. How have the Trojans fared so far? Here's our mid-season report card: Taking over for first round NFL draft pick Sam Darnold is no easy task.

Arc Publishing
11/24/2018
USC falls to Notre Dame in season finale, 24-17

In their final game of the season, the USC Trojans took on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The matchup represented the 87th meeting between the two historic teams. Despite a first half lead, the Trojans fell to the Fighting Irish 24-17 to end their season. Notre Dame entered the game ranked No.

Arc Publishing
11/06/2018
Analyzing USC's final games and potential bowl scenarios

USC's football team has just two weeks remaining in the regular season. The Trojans recently dropped to 5-5 after falling to Cal at home, 15-14. The loss eliminated USC from Pac-12 South contention. Therefore, the Trojans will not be able to defend their 2017 Pac-12 championship.

Arc Publishing
11/01/2018
Preview: Retooled USC takes on Oregon State in must-win game

The unranked USC Trojans will step out of California for the final time in the regular season when they take on the Oregon State Beavers. The game is a must-win matchup for the Trojans, who look to keep their slim shot at the Pac-12 South alive.

Specialized Reporting (Core Curriculum)

Core Curriculum
12/10/2017
As LAFC gets set to kick off, support groups build franchise today

Officially called the Los Angeles Football Club or LAFC for short, the team will begin playing during the 2018 MLS season. In the interim celebrities such as Will Ferrell and Earvin 'Magic' Johnson have bought in, Banc of California signed on to be the stadium sponsor, and Mexican soccer superstar, Carlos Vela was the first player in a series of marquee signings for the organization.

Core Curriculum (JOUR 432 with Arash Markazi)
02/20/2018
German soccer standout finding new groove in the United States

Palos Verdes, Calif. - There are few things in life that are as certain as the sun rising in the east and setting on the west. For the many children growing up in Germany, playing soccer is one of them.

Core Reporting

Medium
04/20/2018
New development to bring housing, health care to Skid Row

The first of three new development projects dedicated to providing housing and services for the unsheltered in Downtown Los Angeles broke ground in February. The seven-story building is going up in LA's Skid Row, an area of roughly 50 city blocks infamous for its many sidewalks lined with tents and people in need.

USA TODAY Special Projects

Desert Sun
07/19/2017
10 national parks you should visit and Instagram right now

CLOSE Summertime is in full swing and that means barbecues, relaxation, and of course traveling. What better way to experience the summer season than by enjoying the great outdoors. National Park Service sites have been around for decades and in that time have offered a sweeping array of experiences across the country for patrons young and old.

Daily Trojan Sports

Daily Trojan
04/13/2018
Defense forces multiple turnovers in Thursday practice | Daily Trojan

The USC football team held its second to last football practice of the spring on Thursday. Defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast put the defense through a variety of drills as the offense battled the hard winds. Injuries Senior tight end Tyler Petite, who suffered a hamstring injury last Saturday, was held out once again.

Daily Trojan
03/30/2018
Behind veteran leadership, USC defense makes strides | Daily Trojan

The USC football team held their eighth practice on Thursday, with the team focusing on defense and special teams work as the quarterback competition raged on. Defense makes progress Defensive Coordinator Clancy Pendergast hosted a series of defensive and special teams drills during practice. Redshirt senior Ajene Harris participated in an array of cornerback drills.

Daily Trojan
04/06/2018
Defense makes presence felt in Thursday's practice | Daily Trojan

With fewer than two weeks left of spring football, the USC Trojans held its 11th practice Thursday, with the team's defense rattling the Trojans' young quarterbacks. Quarterback Competition It was an on and off day for both redshirt freshman Jack Sears and redshirt sophomore Matt Fink.

Daily Trojan
04/27/2017
USC men's tennis gears up for Pac-12 tourney | Daily Trojan

The No. 7 USC men's tennis will compete in the annual Pac-12 championships on Thursday. The Trojans, fresh off a loss to crosstown rival UCLA, secured the No. 3 seed for the tournament with their 5-2 conference record. They will compete in a quarterfinal match against Utah or No.

Daily Trojan
04/20/2017
Tennis faces UCLA for third rematch | Daily Trojan

The No. 6 ranked Trojans will face crosstown rival No. 8 UCLA once more, this time for the Pac-12 regular season championship on Friday on the road in Westwood. The winner of the regular season title game will receive the top seeding for the upcoming Pac-12 Championships which will kick off on April 26 at Libbey Park in Ojai, Calif.

Daily Trojan
04/20/2017
Women's tennis falls to Pepperdine in four-hour match | Daily Trojan

The No. 32 women's tennis team fell to No. 13 Pepperdine 4-3 in a match that lasted over four hours at Marks Stadium. The loss marks USC's ninth loss of the season and brings their overall record to 10-9 as they begin to look toward postseason competition.

Daily Trojan
02/17/2017
No. 9 USC men's tennis to compete in National Indoor Championships | Daily Trojan

The No. 9 men's tennis team will be leaving the friendly confines of Marks Stadium and heading out to Charlottesville, Va. this weekend to compete in the ITA Division I National Indoor Championships. Sixteen of the top Division I teams will meet in Virginia across the next four days all vying for the coveted ITA Indoor National Championship.

Daily Trojan
02/13/2017
Tennis scores double-header victory | Daily Trojan

In a quick turn of events, the No. 9 USC men's tennis team moved their Friday afternoon doubleheader against University of San Francisco and UC Davis to Thursday evening because of inclement weather set to arrive. Still, a quick schedule change was unable to stop the surging Trojans as they claimed swift victories before next week's ITA National Team Indoor Championships in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Desert Sun Internship

Desert Sun
Indio slugger to compete against nation's best in MLB Junior Home Run Derby

CLOSE Thirteen-year old Brayan Doran is a nice kid with a mean swing. That mean swing landed him a spot in the 2017 MLB Junior Home Run Derby where he will be competing against the nation's best. The youth slugger from Indio earned his ticket to Miami by besting competition in the local and regional home run derbies.

Desert Sun
La Quinta baseball team heading to World Series

Another Coachella Valley sports team is heading to a national tournament, this time in baseball. The La Quinta Sports Association's PONY league Bronco team -- the Scorpions -- will compete in the Pony League World Series this weekend. Much like their valley counterparts, the road was not easy for the 12-and-under team.

Desert Sun
Valley Los Angeles Rams fans set to travel to first practice

With the NFL season a mere 42 days away, many teams have started practicing this week ahead of the rigorous 16 game schedule. With the Rams finally back in Los Angeles, Desert Sun Sports polled readers on Twitter to find out if any Coachella Valley locals will be making the trek to UC Irvine's Crawford Field this weekend for the first open practice.

Desert Sun
Desert Showdown 2016 offers valley boxers chance to shine

Friday marked the first day of finals for the 2016 Desert Showdown amateur boxing tournament. Between a guy named Mohmad Ali, two men over 40, and a slew of local boxers, Friday proved to be a busy day ahead of Saturday's grand finale.

Desert Sun
Desert Showdown returns for 15th annual amateur boxing tournament

One of the largest amateur boxing tournaments in the country will call the Coachella Valley home this week. The 15th annual Desert Showdown begins its five-day run Tuesday, July 19, at Fantasy Springs Casino and features fighters from as far as New York as well as from countries such as Canada and the French Polynesia islands.

Desert Sun
Coachella soccer team wins national championship

Nearly a year after their long season began, a Coachella youth soccer team won the national championship in the U.S. Youth Soccer Association's National President's Cup in Oklahoma. The season, which began in the fall, took La Laja from Coachella up and down the California coast throughout the winter and spring months before heading to the Region IV finals in Denver, where the 13-year-olds punched their ticket to Tulsa.

Desert Sun
La Quinta 16-year-old boxing his way to 2020 Olympics

Boxing dreams derailed by a crushing loss. A chance at redemption. A vengeful win over the same opponent. The No. 1 ranking in the United States. The inside track to a spot on the 2020 Olympic team. Oh, and a Nike sponsorship, too. The latest blockbuster sports movie? Nope.

Desert Sun
07/12/2016
Coachella teen hopes to elevate women's boxing

As the banner is raised on the Wall of Fame at the Coachella Valley Boxing Club, Citlalli Ortiz can't help but smile. Her banner joins the likes of Rommel Caballero, Santos Ortega and Randy Caballero as the most famous and prolific boxers to ever step foot inside Lee Espinoza's club.

Desert Sun
Rommel Caballero shadows brother's boxing success

Suspended on the walls of Coachella Boxing Club are various posters and articles highlighting the immense amount of talent that has trained at the club. Included among those clippings and posters is a young Rommel Caballero, the youngest of the famed Caballero brothers. In that image, Caballero is 10 years old and weighs 65 pounds.

Desert Sun
Coachella reinstates soccer team's fireworks permit

The city of Coachella, on Wednesday, reinstated Coachella Youth Sports Associations' permit to sell fireworks a day after revoking the nonprofit's permit after its booth was burglarized. Victor Alcantara, a spokesman for the CYSA, said the city restored the nonprofit soccer league's permit to sell fireworks on Wednesday. Shortly after 6 a.m.

Desert Sun
La Quinta grad Clay Fisher invited to USA collegiate team

The University of California Santa Barbara baseball season might be over, but that hasn't stopped the magical summer for La Quinta graduate Clay Fisher. Fisher has been named to the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team. The Collegiate National Team is under the banner of Team USA and also is home to the World Baseball Classic USA Team.

Desert Sun
Coachella youth soccer team heads to national championship in Oklahoma

The season is well over for many Coachella Valley soccer teams, but the fun continues for Coachella Youth Sports Association's U-13 boys team, La Laja. Almost a year after the season began, La Laja will try to win a championship at the U.S. Youth Soccer Association's President's National Tournament in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in mid-July.

Desert Sun
Jeff Webb, former NFL, La Quinta player, to host football camp

Jeff Webb is no stranger to success. As a high school football player for La Quinta High School, he helped lead the Blackhawks to a CIF championship in 2001. Webb then starred at San Diego State University, where he enjoyed an illustrious career and is ranked No. 2 on the all-time receivers list.

Desert Sun
Coachella girl defies critics on boys' soccer team

The game is just about to be over for the Coachella Youth Sports Association's U-13 all-boys team, La Laja. Their opponents make a final push through to help even the score. As they volley the ball from one end to the other, their hope lies on one player.

Desert Sun
Former NFL player Jeff Webb holds La Quinta football camp

Jeff Webb, a former valley athlete who helped lead La Quinta to a CIF title before playing on scholarship for San Diego State University and later being drafted to the Kansas City Chiefs, hosted his seventh-annual football camp at La Quinta High School Saturday.

Desert Sun
La Quinta's Clay Fisher to play in College World Series

While many of his friends were waiting on calls from various Major League Baseball teams this past weekend, Clay Fisher was out helping lead the University of California at Santa Barbara to its first College World Series. They and seven other teams will compete in Omaha, Nebraska over the next two weeks vying for a chance at the coveted College World Series trophy.

Desert Sun
Palm Springs police: Man found dead along hiking trail

Palm Springs police are investigating the death of a man whose body was found Thursday afternoon along the Murray Peak hiking trail. Emergency personnel were called to the area shortly before 4:15 p.m. after a hiker spotted the man's body on the trail, which sits behind the Rimrock Shopping Center at the corner of Palm Canyon Drive and Gene Autry Trail in Palm Springs.

Desert Sun
06/03/2016
Morgan Earman waits to hear his name in the MLB draft

The word "quit" has never been in Morgan Earman's vocabulary and he hopes it pays off as the three-day Major League Baseball draft kicks off today. Earman is most famous for his 2013 senior season at Bermuda Dunes-based Desert Christian Academy where he pitched to the tune of a 12-1 record, a 0.27 ERA, a couple of earned runs, and nearly 150 strikeouts along with a CIF Division VI Championship.

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