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SPORTS DIGEST: Los Angeles City Council honors former Dorsey coach

LOS ANGELES — Former Dorsey High School football coach Paul Knox, who coached the team for 30 years, was honored by the Los Angeles City Council Feb. 20 for his years of leadership and dedication to the Dorsey Dons.

During his 30-year tenure, coach Knox helped more than 100 players receive football scholarships and produced 27 NFL players, including Keyshawn Johnson, Johnathan Franklin, Rahim Moore and Stafon Johnson.

The Dons made the L.A. City playoffs every year Knox was the coach and captured the L.A. City title in 1989, 1991, 1995 and 2001.

Knox was named coach of the year five times and over his 30 years has inspired our youth to embrace their full potential and direct their lives in a positive and rewarding direction, City Council President Herb Wesson Jr. said.

Wesson named a walkway at Rancho Cienega Recreation Center, near Dorsey, after Knox.

Former baseball

coach to be honored

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — Manual Arts High School will hold a ceremony at 11 a.m. Feb. 28 at Jackie Tatum-Harvard Recreation Area, 1535 W. 62nd St., naming one of the baseball diamonds at the park after former Manual Arts baseball coach Frank Garnett.

Garnett coached baseball at Manual Arts from 1967 to 1976. He was the first African-American to coach baseball in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

During his years at Manual Arts, the school won six league championships and 12 of his players signed Major League Baseball contracts.

Manual Arts plays its home games on the diamond. The Manual Arts High School Alumni Association is paying for the sign that will mark the diamond as Frank Garnett Field.

Clippers sign

Jordan Hamilton

The Los Angeles Clippers announced Feb. 24 they have signed free agent forward Jordan Hamilton to a 10-day contract. Hamilton, 24, comes to the Clippers from the Reno Bighorns of the NBA Development League. He averaged 18.1 points, 7.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists for Reno in 27 games (22 starts).

Hamilton, who played his high school ball at Compton Dominguez High, was originally drafted by the Dallas Mavericks with the 26th overall pick in the first round of the 2011 NBA Draft out of the University of Texas.

He was traded to the Denver Nuggets on draft day. He has career averages of 5.8 points and 2.8 rebounds in 13.3 minutes over 126 games with Denver and the Houston Rockets.

He spent two years at the University of Texas, earning second team All-American following his sophomore season. He averaged 14.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists for his career at Texas over 70 games.

James Hahn wins

Northern Trust Open

PACIFIC PALISADES — James Hahn, not the former mayor, birdied the third hole of a three-man sudden-death playoff Sunday to win the $6.7 million Northern Trust Open at the Riviera County Club, his first victory on the PGA Tour.

Hahn began the round among eight players tied for seventh, four shots behind leader Retief Goosen.

He earned his way into the playoff with Dustin Johnson and Paul Casey by shooting a two-under-par 69, to go to six-under 278 for the tournament.

All three golfers in the playoff parred the first playoff hole, the par-4 18th. Casey was eliminated when he parred the second hole of the playoff, the par-4 10th, while Hahn and Johnson both had birdies.

Hahn sank a 23-foot putt on the third playoff hole, the par-3 14th.

Johnson’s putt for birdie rolled wide of the hole, giving Hahn the victory, which was worth $1.2 million.

The 33-year-old Hahn was born in South Korea and graduated from UC Berkeley in 2003 with a degree in American Studies.