College Professional Sports

SPORTS DIGEST: Commissioner says NFL is still weighing options on Los Angeles

National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell said Jan. 30 the league is weighing options for a possible return of a team to Los Angeles, but no definitive plans are in place.

“There have been no determinations of us going to Los Angeles, any particular team going to Los Angeles or going to any particular stadium,” Goodell said during a Phoenix news conference in advance of Super Bowl XLIX. “We have several alternatives that we’re evaluating, … there are teams that are interested but are trying to work their interests out locally.

“And so as a league we haven’t gotten to that stage yet, and they {teams] would all be subject to relocation policy requirements.”

Interest in a possible NFL team returning to Los Angeles was heightened last month when St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke announced plans to build an 80,000-seat sports stadium as part of the redevelopment of the former Hollywood Park racetrack in Inglewood.

Developers involved in the deal insisted that the plans did not mean the Rams would be moving back to the Southland, where the team played from 1946 to 1994.

Goodell noted, however, that the league wants “all of our franchises to stay in their current markets.”

“That’s a shared responsibility, that’s something that we all have to work together on,” Goodell said. “The league has programs, including stadium-funding programs, that we make available. And we will work and help with the communities, including St. Louis.”

Goodell also noted that officials in St. Louis “seem determined to build a stadium” to keep the team.

“That’s a positive development, something that we look forward to working on with them,” he said.

Compton players

chosen all-conference

COMPTON — El Camino College Compton Center wrapped up the fall sports season with special recognition for several student-athletes from the Tartar football and soccer programs who were named to the Southern California Football Association and California Community College Athletic Association all-conference teams.

The Tartar football team had three sophomores recognized by the CCCAA Southern California Football Association American Division All-Mountain League. Middle linebacker Maurice Simmons and punter Jeremiah Rideaux were honored as first-team selections. Cornerback Brandon Ward was named to the second team. All three students plan to transfer to four-year universities in the fall.

The CCCAA All-South Coast Conference soccer team recognized three members of the Tartar women’s soccer team. Freshman midfielder Crystal Rocha was named to the first team, while sophomore defender Kimberly Vargas was named to the second team, and freshman defender Jennifer Hernandez received an honorable mention.

The men’s soccer team also had members named to the all-conference team. Sophomore defender Martin Gonzalez made the first team and Edgar Ortiz-Barajas, also a sophomore defender, made the second team. Freshman forward Ulises Aldaz received an honorable mention as well.

Dodgers welcomed

at L.A. City Hall

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers were welcomed Jan. 30 to City Hall.

About two dozen Dodger players and coaches were on hand when Councilman Gil Cedillo recognized the team for its 12th annual “community service caravan,” in which team members visited young people at stops around the city and announced grants for youth and community programs.

The visit to City Hall was also made to raise awareness about the team’s support for the Wounded Warriors Project, which offers support to injured service members.

It wasn’t long before the team’s upcoming season became the topic of discussion, with Yasiel Puig promising that “this year we are going to give you guys the championship.”

The council also got an introduction to one of the team’s new additions, Howie Kendrick, who spent the last eight seasons with the Dodgers’ cross-town rival, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the city more … even though I’m only 20 miles away from where I used to be. … I’m definitely excited about being up here in this part of L.A. and I guess the real L.A. team is what everybody always said,” Kendrick said to approving cheers.

Cedillo singled out Kendrick during his presentation, telling him, “You are a Dodger now, and there is nothing in the world like being a Dodger, and you know that now, right?”

“Oh yeah, I’m starting to realize that and understand that,” Kendrick responded. He said the community support in Los Angeles is on a different level than what he experienced in Anaheim.

Earlier that morning, Dodger players and former players led warm-up exercises for students at South East High School in South Gate.

The community caravan also visited Garfield High School in East Los Angeles Jan. 26.