Fattal: Notre Dame, Sierra Canyon proves best high school basketball resides in San Fernando Valley

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LOS ANGELES — The game was being pumped for months as a must-attend event. Each week, the number of tickets sold was increasing by thousands.

3,000 … 4,000 …

Sierra Canyon and Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks set to face off in a Mission League boys basketball showdown riddled with high-level college talent for all of Los Angeles to enjoy at historic Pauley Pavilion in Westwood.

5,000 … 6,000 …

Then earlier this week, Bronny James was selected to the McDonald’s All-American Game, which added extra layer of luster to the much-anticipated matchup. The son of an already-NBA legend with a headlining name had garnered enough attention for the game to be broadest over ESPN’s airwaves, too.

He didn’t play.

The Daily News reported James would miss his fourth straight game five hours before tip off for rest, a cautionary approach to the senior’s swollen knee. There was concern that ticket holders weren’t going to show if James wasn’t going to play.

It didn’t matter.

Despite notice of the country’s most polarizing high school basketball player not playing, the love for San Fernando Valley hoops, and what’s argued as the best league in the country, was on display in Notre Dame’s 66-62 win over Sierra Canyon in front of 7,846 fans.

Mercy Miller of Notre Dame is guarded by Dylan Metoyer
of Sierra Canyon in a Mission League boys basketball game at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion.(Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

Mercy Miller of Notre Dame is guarded by Dylan Metoyer
of Sierra Canyon in a Mission League boys basketball game at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion.(Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

Mercy Miller of Notre Dame looks for help against Sierra Canyon in a Mission League boys basketball game at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion.(Photo by Andy Holzman, …read more

Source:: Los Angeles Daily News

The Memphis Police Department’s original report on Tyre Nichols death is full of discrepancies and outright omissions, newly released bodycam footage shows

The image from video released on Jan. 27, 2023, by the City of Memphis, shows police officers talking after a brutal attack on Tyre Nichols by five Memphis police officers on Jan. 7, 2023, in Memphis, Tenn. Nichols died on Jan. 10. The five officers have since been fired and charged with second-degree murder and other offenses.

On January 8, Memphis Police released a statement about a “confrontation” with a reckless driver.
Tyre Nichols died of injuries from a “use-of-force incident” that occurred during the traffic stop.
New bodycam video shows officers beating Nichols, which is omitted in the police version of events.

On January 8, the Memphis Police Department released a statement describing a “confrontation” with an alleged reckless driver, later identified as Tyre Nichols. But bodycam footage of the incident, released Friday, revealed a different story of the brutal beating that left the 29-year-old dead.

“On January 7, 2023, at approximately 8:30pm, officers in the area of Raines Road and Ross Road attempted to make a traffic stop for reckless driving,” The original Memphis Police Department statement read. “As officers approached the driver of the vehicle, a confrontation occurred, and the suspect fled the scene on foot.”

—Memphis Police Dept (@MEM_PoliceDept) January 8, 2023


The statement continued: “Officers pursued the suspect and again attempted to take the suspect into custody. While attempting to take the suspect into custody, another confrontation occurred; however, the suspect was ultimately apprehended. Afterward, the suspect complained of shortness of breath, at which time an ambulance was called to the scene. The suspect was transported to St. Francis Hospital in critical condition.”

Memphis Chief of Police Cerelyn Davis said on Thursday that the officers had no proof to pull Nichols over, and has called the video “heinous, reckless, and inhumane.” 

“We’ve looked …read more

Source:: Businessinsider

This is what rowing across the Atlantic in 42 days will do to your face

A composite picture of the four rowers before and after the trip.

Clockwise from top left: Mike Hatch, Elliot Holman, Rachel Lasham and Hollie Luff (Pictures: In Our Element)

How brave do you have to be to decide you’re going to row across the Atlantic, not long after taking up the sport as a pastime?

Some might say you’d need a backbone of titanium.

Fortunately enough, Hollie Luff has one of those.

In fact, it was while she was recovering from having the titanium spine fitted during corrective surgery for scoliosis several years ago that the idea first came to her.

Hollie, a manager at Premier Marinas, was told to slow down as part of her convalescence – not something that came easy to the adventurous spirit – and when she was finally given the all-clear to start taking on activites again, river rowing was what drew her in.

But she knew there was something bigger for her to take on in the future, even if she wasn’t able to place exactly what it was: a lifetime-scale challenge to demonstrate she was stronger than ever after her surgery.

Then, she saw the light – the light from a red flare, to be specific.

It was at a talk being given by a woman who had completed the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, an annual event that pits rowing teams from around the world against each other, on a race from La Gomera in the Canary Islands to Antigua in the Caribbean.

Hollie Luff was inspired by this image of Ellen Macarthur celebrating after her record-breaking journey around the world (Picture: Getty Images)

The picture on the advert showed her team raising lit flares in the air after crossing the finish line, and it brought back a childhood memory for Hollie – seeing the inspirational Ellen Macarthur hold her own flares in the air after …read more

Source:: Metro News

Cyber attacks in space: How safe are our satellites?

Space Information Sharing and Analysis Center's
A rendering of the Space Information Sharing and Analysis Center’s watch centre’s video wall (Picture: Space Information Sharing and Analysis Center)

‘There are interference mechanisms that need to be treated the same way that you treat cybersecurity on any system to ensure that your communication protocols are secure and cannot be interfered with,’ 

With private companies such as SpaceX and Blue Orgin entering the space race, there are nearly 10351 satellites in orbit today, making their security a priority.

‘Both physical security and cyber security are things we’re paying close attention to,’ Erika Wagner, Blue Origin’s Senior Director for Emerging Markets, told Metro.co.uk.

‘We are thinking about security from the way that we design our systems to the way we operate them and certainly are grateful for organisations on the government side that are taking care of all of us in space,’

For the most part, it does look like it’s up to governments to keep space infrastructure safe.


One of the more novel solutions to hacker-proof satellites was introduced by the US Air Force in 2020 — an annual satellite hacking competition.

‘Hack-A-Sat’ is a competition for ethical hackers to find vulnerabilities in satellites before cyber villains get to it.

The event is a real-time contest between teams of security researchers competing to prove their offensive and defensive hacking skills.

The systems the hackers are trying to break will be safely on the ground.

Members of the Poland Can Into Space CTF team compete in the first Hack-A-Sat contest in 2020. (Picture: Stanisław Podgórski/Poland Can Into Space)

If you fancy taking a shot at hacking a satellite, the qualification round for this year will take place the weekend of 1st April.

The contest is open to all individuals, nationalities, ages, academic institutions, and business entities, according to its website.

‘The same way that cybersecurity evolved on the internet and in other hardware, it’s going to eventually evolve in space,’ said Al Amiri.

Satellites are vital space infrastructure for systems on earth to run smoothly and hacking them is not just stuff of science fiction now.

Ensuring their security will need to be on top of government agendas as humans venture further into space and political tensions can carry over beyond the earth.


As space becomes the latest frontier for human dominance, satellites are becoming ever-important for life on Earth to function.

There are currently 10,352 satellites orbiting the Earth of which 2317 were launched last year, according to the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs.

But just like any other piece of complex technology, satellites can be hacked.

Last year, just before the Russian invasion of Ukraine, alleged Russian government hackers disabled communications in Ukraine by launching an attack on a US satellite company Viasat.

The incident became one of the largest publicly known cyber attacks to take place since Russia invaded Ukraine and highlighted that our precious space equipment was indeed hackable.

While the cyber attack on Viasat’s KA-SAT, targeted the satellite’s ground infrastructure and not the satellite itself, it still resulted in tens of thousands of people being cut off from the internet.

The attack also had a knock-on effect, disrupting internet connections across Europe, from Poland to France.

Previous satellite hacks

It’s not the first time satellites have been hacked. US military satellites have been subjected to hostile jamming attacks since at least 2006.

In 2007, independent rebels affiliated with the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka hacked into the communications channel of a US-made Intelsat satellite and used it to distribute propaganda via international television and radio broadcasts.

Hackers have also taken control of Nasa’s Terra EOS Earth Observation system satellite multiple times for several minutes.

SpaceX reprioritized to cyber defense & overcoming signal jamming.

Will cause slight delays in Starship & Starlink V2.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 5, 2022

In 2014, hackers based in China successfully brought down US weather satellites for around 12 hours. 

Last year, hackers even hijacked a decommissioned …read more

Source:: Metro News

Activists are spreading carefree videos of Tyre Nichols skateboarding to remember him as someone who ‘lived in joy’

A woman leaves a flower during a vigil on the day of the release of a video showing the Memphis police beating of Tyre Nichols.

Five Memphis Police Department officers have been charged in the death of Tyre Nichols.
In anticipation of the release of bodycam footage, his skating videos were circulated online. 
His mother also remembered him as a skater in a public crowdfunding post.

Tyre Nichols was a gentle skateboarder who loved his family and photography. And his friends, family, and activists protesting his death want to remember him that way. 

A video compilation of the 29-year-old grinding rails and catching air in Sacramento, California is being shared across social media to commemorate the life of Nichols, who died after five Memphis Police Department officers beat, pepper-sprayed, and tased him in Memphis, Tennessee on January 7 following a traffic stop.

Camara Williams, a podcaster, attorney, and community organizer who advocates for abolishing the police, tweeted the video on Friday, telling Insider the video showed “he was a person who lived in life and lived in joy.” 

—The Uncultured Black (@camarawilliams) January 27, 2023


The video of Nichols enjoying simple moments of “Black joy” was something Williams said every Black person can relate to.

“I saw that and I was like, ‘wow, this is something that we’ve all had,'” Williams said. “We’ve had moments where we enjoyed the sunset, or where we were doing something that made us happy, whether it’s cutting some wood or gardening or doing something that may be unremarkable in the greater scheme of life, but it was remarkable in that it gave us peace. I felt like that is that was such a beautiful thing to capture and share.”

Williams compared the situation to his own life, telling Insider he had been harmed by bullies in the …read more

Source:: Businessinsider

USC women lose to Alissa Pili, No. 9 Utah

By JOHN COON The Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY — The USC women’s basketball team was done in by a familiar face on Friday night.

Alissa Pili, who spent her first three seasons at USC before transferring to Utah, scored 21 points and Kennedy McQueen added 17 behind five 3-pointers to lead the ninth-ranked Utes to an 83-73 victory over the Trojans.

Pili shot 9 for 13 from the floor to pace an efficient offensive attack for the Utes (17-2 overall, 7-2 Pac-12). Gianna Kneepkens added 16 points for Utah, which shot 53% from the field and outscored USC 42-26 in the paint.

“She’s a terrific player. No one knows that more than us,” USC coach Lindsey Gottlieb said of Pili, who had 17 points by halftime. “We just let her be too comfortable in the first half. A player of that ability, if you let her into her sweet spot, she’s going to score.”

The Utes overcame a late rally by the Trojans after making only two baskets in the fourth quarter.

“It’s hard to be up and continue to have that killer instinct and that’s part of our development,” Utah coach Lynne Roberts said. “We just kind of took our foot off the gas and offensively, we were sputtering.”

Rayah Marshall had 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Destiny Littleton also scored 15 points for USC (15-5, 5-4), which had its four-game winning streak snapped. Odako Adika added 12 points on four 3-pointers.

After trailing by as many as 20 in the second half, the Trojans trimmed the deficit to single digits midway through the fourth quarter. Adika and Littleton made back-to-back 3-pointers to cut Utah’s lead to 74-68.

The Utes went nearly 10 minutes without scoring a basket before McQueen ended the drought with her fourth 3-pointer.

McQueen’s final outside basket put Utah ahead 83-73 with 52 …read more

Source:: Los Angeles Daily News

Horoscope for Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023

Moon Alert

There are no restrictions to shopping or important decisions. The moon is in Taurus.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

Keep an eye on your money and your assets because something unexpected might affect them. For example, you might find money, you might lose money. Be smart and protect what you own against loss, theft or damage. Respect your money-making ideas. They might be clever!

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

You might be impulsive and willing to act rashly, which is not usually your style. Your moods might also change quickly. Basically, you want to break free from your normal routine and do something completely different. That’s fine; however, remember to be patient with loved ones.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Don’t worry if you feel restless or a little off-base. What’s happening is that moon is in a hidden part of your chart charged up by unpredictable Uranus. This gives you the feeling that you’re waiting for the other shoe to drop. You’re not sure what’s happening. Relax. This is a fleeting feeling.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

You might meet a real character. Or perhaps someone you already know will do something unusual or unexpected that surprises you. Likewise, a group or an organization to which you belong might suddenly change their mandate or make an unusual announcement. They might challenge your position in the group? Eeek.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

Expect a few surprises from bosses, parents, teachers, VIPs and the police. (Something you did not expect from an authority figure.) The thing to remember is to wait before you respond. Take a beat. Give yourself a chance to process what you didn’t expect. Be cool and remember never to underestimate the power of courtesy.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Sudden opportunities to travel might fall in your lap today. (One can only hope.) Unfortunately, travel plans might also change or be canceled or …read more

Source:: Chicago Sun Times

ICYMI: Nadhim Zahawi, Ukraine and HS2 – this week’s five biggest stories, explained


The news (Pictures: Metro.co.uk)

As journalists, we’re not in the business of lying, so we’ll come right out with it and tell you that the news was about as joyless as the weather this week.

Lots of bleak bits about politicians being politicians and a train which was going to stop in London before possibly not stopping in London but is now definitely stopping in London?

We won’t torture you with an ‘it’s Saturday’ spin, we’ll just stick to the job description and say it straight.

Don’t be the sod at the pub who doesn’t know what’s happening, read the news.

Here is the news.

A Tory may have toyed with the law (again)

Nadhim Zahawi has been accused of trying to dodge paying capital gains tax on a company sale worth more than £20 million.

The former chancellor of the exchequer reportedly had to pay an estimated £1.1 million fine and £3.7 million in back tax for when he sold shares in YouGov, the polling company he co-founded.

The politician on Monday said the HMRC accepted the error was ‘careless and not deliberate’.

He has not revealed any details about the reported fine, sticking to the type of inoffensive vagueness Westminster loves.

He said he chose to ‘settle the matter and pay what they said was due, which was the right thing to do’.

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Mr Zahawi, who is currently the Tory Party chairman, explained: ‘When we set [YouGov] up, I didn’t have the money or the expertise to go it alone. So I asked my father to help.

‘In the process, he took founder shares in the business in exchange for some capital and his invaluable guidance.

‘Twenty one …read more

Source:: Metro News

Inside secret Facebook group exposing sexual abusers on dating apps

Inside secret Facebook group exposing sexual abusers on dating apps

‘Are we dating the same guy? London’ was launched on Facebook in May last year (Picture: Metro.co.uk)

‘He sleeps with women without a condom, but has multiple STIs. He works in the police,’ reads a comment under a screenshotted dating profile of a man.

It is one of the hundreds of alarming warnings on a secret Facebook group, which has more than 17,000 members.

Dating apps are now so rife with sexual violence, harassment and unwanted nudes that women are having to seek ‘references’ for men on social media.

This is at least what Metro.co.uk learnt after joining ‘Are we dating the same guy? London’ on Facebook.

It is an online community where women can anonymously share ‘red flags’ about former partners, or request information – or ‘tea’ – about their matches.

‘Please be careful of this man. He comes across as nice, nerdy and considerate but he has severe control and domination issues,’ a recent post read.

‘He raped me on more than one occasion. He pressured me into sex many times, something that I know he has done to other women.

‘He also tried to control how I looked – my hair colour, clothes, nails, weight, etc.

Warnings about sexual assault are common (Picture: Getty/Metro.co.uk)

‘I confronted him about all of those things and he apologised profusely and said he would change but he never did.’

Metro.co.uk looked at hundreds of posts – mostly screenshotted dating profiles – going back since May 2022.

On the surface, the purpose of the group is to help women verify if their partners are seeing other people.

But amongst the negative dating experiences, warnings about sexual assault and coercion are alarmingly common.

One woman revealed that a man whose picture was posted on the Facebook group had threatened to punish her for …read more

Source:: Metro News

8 realistic things you can actually do to tackle climate change

A collage of various ways people can help curb climate change, from recycling to flying less.

We’re not doomed just yet, experts say (Pictures: Getty)

Your bills are piling up, the price of pasta keeps rising, you have a cold you can’t shake, and politics has been anything but strong and stable of late.

Throw in that gnawing sense of impending climate change doom and, well, the world can sure feel like a lot now.

Nine out of 10 Brits are anxious about climate change, according to research by ad agency CPB London.

This is all pretty ‘overwhelming’, Dr Christina Demski, the deputy director of the Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations at the University of Bath, tells Metro.co.uk.

‘In part, people might feel overwhelmed because they feel their own actions are insignificant. People also don’t realise how much other people are concerned,’ she says.

‘We then get the sense that we are alone in our worry and willingness to take action.’

Now, International Reducing Co2 Emissions Day 2023 is right around the corner, taking place on Saturday (January 28).

With this in mind, here are eight realistic changes you can make to help the climate according to environmental experts and campaigners.

1. Make your voice heard

Your MP was elected for a reason (Picture: Getty Images)

Your local MP’s job is supposed to be a simple one – representing their constituents.

So if you’re concerned about the climate, contact your MP, councillor, mayor or any other elected official you can think of and tell them all about it, says Dr Neil Jennings, a partnership development manager at the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment at the Imperial College London.

‘Whether that’s your local councillor or MP, it’s really important that they know so that they can put the right infrastructure (e.g. cycle lanes) …read more

Source:: Metro News

No. 8 UCLA women lose to Colorado in overtime

By MIKE CRANSTON The Associated Press

BOULDER, Colo. — The UCLA women’s basketball team is looking to get one of its most important players turned around, while Colorado is celebrating after getting a winning basket from an unlikely source.

Kindyll Wetta made a corner 3-pointer with 2.1 seconds left in overtime to snap a tie and No. 25 Colorado improved to 3-0 against ranked teams at home with a 73-70 victory over No. 8 UCLA on Friday night.

Quay Miller had 20 points and 12 rebounds, and Jaylyn Sherrod overcame cramping in OT to add 18 points and six assists, including the pass to Wetta for her only 3-point attempt of the game.

“That’s one of the biggest shots we’ve seen all year,” Colorado coach JR Payne said.

And it came from an unlikely source. Wetta, a sophomore, had attempted just 20 3-point shots all season, making seven. And she had never hit a winning shot.

“Not even in middle school, high school, nothing,” she said.

The Buffaloes (16-4, 7-2 Pac-12) beat UCLA for the third straight time after losing 10 straight to the Bruins. They also own home wins over current No. 9 Utah and No. 19 Arizona.

“Unbelievably proud of our team,” Payne said.

Freshman Londynn Jones scored 14 points for the Bruins (17-4, 6-3), but made just one of two free throws with 42 seconds left to tie it. A kicked ball violation allowed the Buffs the chance to run down the clock before Wetta’s bucket.

UCLA couldn’t overcome another poor shooting outing from leading scorer Charisma Osborne. The senior started 0 of 6 from the field and finished with 12 points while shooting 3 for 16. She’s shooting 25% (22 for 88) over the past six games.

UCLA coach Cori Close said she’s not concerned.

“I think what Charisma brings to our team is so much more than scoring. …read more

Source:: Los Angeles Daily News

Disneyland abruptly ends All-American College Band after 50-year run

A Disneyland tradition for more than half a century that brought the sounds of trumpets, saxophones and drums marching down Main Street U.S.A. has come to a sudden end with the abrupt cancellation of a beloved college music program.

The Disneyland All-American College Band program that has been an institution at the Anaheim theme park for more than 50 years will be going on indefinite hiatus, according to social media posts on the band’s official Facebook and Instagram accounts.

Disneyland officials said the college music program that impacted thousands of participants and countless visitors would leave a lasting legacy at the park, according to a letter from Disneyland posted to the All-American College Band social media pages.

“We are proud of that legacy and want you to know that the Disneyland resort remains committed to offering unique educational performance opportunities for college students across the country,” according to the Disneyland letter.

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Since 1971, the All-American College Band has performed in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle, along Main Street U.S.A. and in Disneyland’s Town Square. The marching band accompanied Disney favorites such as “Under the Sea” and “Let It Go” with signature dance moves that made the group a fan favorite in the park.

Drummer and alumni Steve Such — who has toured with the “Rock Of Ages” Broadway musical — begged Disneyland to reconsider the move, which he called “sad.”

“This program has literally changed hundreds of lives, myself included. Thousands when you consider the positive ripple effects across the music industry.” Such wrote on Facebook.

SEE ALSO: ‘World of Color — One’ is a rare …read more

Source:: Los Angeles Daily News

Isabeau Levito wins U.S. women’s figure skating title

SAN JOSE — All week Isabeau Levito had reminded herself to keep emotions suppressed.

Don’t get distracted, she told herself, by “the little things.”

It wasn’t until the end of the U.S. Figure Skating Championships women’s competition that the New Jersey 15-year-old finally let her emotions go.

“I was just so glad I finally did it,” she said “and I did it at this competition.”

It was a performance that exuded confidence and a poise that belied her age in capturing the women’s title with a decisive victory at the SAP Center

Levito, the World junior champion, began the night with just a two-hundredths of a point lead over two-time U.S. champion Bradie Tennell.

But after Tennell stumbled in an early jump combination in the free skate, Levito nailed an opening triple Lutz, triple loop jump combination and never looked back.

Her score of 223.33 put her more than 10 points ahead of Tennell (213.12).

Texan Amber Glenn was third at 207.44.

Starr Andrews had also been expected to challenge for the title. The 21-year-old Los Angeles native became the first African American skater to earn an International Skating Union Grand Prix medal, picking up a silver at Skate Canada earlier this season.

But Andrews popped out of a triple flip early in her program and then ended it by knocking on the side of her head with her knuckles, recognizing the missed opportunity. She finished fourth at 188.24.

The leader for much of the night was Irvine’s Josephine Lee, who doesn’t turn 15 until next Thursday.

Lee was 11th after a disastrous short program Thursday night. Her short program music is titled “Letting Go” and that’s just what Lee did Friday.

Her free skate score of 132.08 gave her an overall score of 187.68, which held the lead until the final four of 18 skaters and placed her fifth in the final …read more

Source:: Los Angeles Daily News

Some donations from George Santos’ failed 2020 campaign are attributed to addresses that don’t exist, report says

Rep. George Santos leaves a GOP caucus meeting on Capitol Hill on January 25, 2023.

Mother Jones tried to track down donors listed in George Santos’ 2020 campaign filings.
More than a dozen top donors had addresses that don’t exist or names that could not be verified.
The congressman’s latest campaign is under scrutiny due to questionable loans and sources of funding.

More than a dozen top donors listed in George Santos’s failed 2020 campaign were attributed to addresses that don’t exist or to names that could not be verified, according to a Mother Jones report published Friday.

Before he was elected in New York’s 3rd congressional district last year — a term which is already facing one scandal after another with reports of a fabricated backstory and potential campaign finance violations — Santos made an unsuccessful bid for Congress in 2020.

His campaign raised $338,000 that year. But an investigation by Mother Jones reports that at least more than $30,000 came from donors whose identities can’t be confirmed, raising concerns of possible violations of federal campaign finance laws.

In one case, Santos’ 2020 campaign filings listed a $2,500 donation from an individual named Stephen Berger at a Brawley, California address. However, the location is associated with William Brandt, a longtime California rancher and Republican donor, and his wife, Mother Jones reported.

A spokesperson for Brandt told the publication that “neither he or his wife (the only other occupant [at the Brandt Road home]) have made any donations to George Santos. He does not know Stephen Berger nor has Stephen Berger ever lived at…Brandt Road.”

Santos’ communications director, Naysa Woomer, did not respond to a request for comment.

There were also instances where the addresses of reported donors did not exist. One donor was reported to be located at 45 New Mexico …read more

Source:: Businessinsider

Keeler: DU Pios, College of Colorado hockey brought pizza, whiskey, boarding and one wild party to Ball Arena. “One of the highlights of the year.”

Kyle Gustafson grabbed a green lawn chair, pounded all four legs into the tallest snowbank within shouting distance, and plopped down like it was the Fourth of July.

“One of the highlights of the year,” Gustafson chuckled, adjusting his grey DU Pioneers stocking cap as darkness fell, right along with the temps, in a parking lot 150 yards north of Ball Arena.

“Every time we play Colorado College, we beat up on them, you know? It’s all good fun.”

The best fun, now that you mention it. In its Ball Arena debut, the Gold Pan Series looked and sounded like the Avs never left.

“Country roaaaaaad, take me home …” a capacity crowd — 17,952 strong, rocking to the rafters — sang in unison with 7:10 left in the tilt and the Pios leading, 2-0, en route to an eighth consecutive win in the rivalry.

DU students locked arms and swayed. For a few hours on a frigid Friday night, Chopper Circle was Magness North.

“Give me a C!”


“Give me an O!”


“Give me an N!”

“Give me a D!”


“Give me an O!”


“Give me an M!”

Stop! Stop! Stop!

Family newspaper, people.

“Hockey was kind of that thing we would rally around in college,” Paul Sherman, DU Class of ’17, had explained earlier in the night, pointing a yellow temperature gauge that looked like a Star Wars prop at a portable brick pizza oven. “And this is my first game since college.”

So to celebrate, Sherman and a half-dozen of his closest pals — including one yet to arrive who’d attended Colorado College — set up a tailgate outside Ball Arena in a 36-degree chill. The menu: Pizza and whiskey.

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Source:: The Denver Post

DU hockey wins chippy affair over rival Colorado College in Gold Pan’s Ball Arena debut

To celebrate the occasion of playing in an NHL arena, Denver and Colorado College hockey grappled like NHL rivals.

DU triumphed 2-0 in an unusually chippy college hockey game Friday night at Ball Arena, which was as packed and as loud as an Avalanche game for the Gold Pan rivalry’s first-ever visit to the venue. The announced attendance was 17,952. The combined penalty total was 14.

Jared Wright and Connor Caponi scored for the Pioneers (20-7), and goaltender Magnus Chrona added to his stunning shutout streak against the Tigers. He now hasn’t allowed a goal to the rivals in 306:07, dating back to Feb. 25, 2021. In the opposite net, Team U.S.A. goalie Kaidan Mbereko kept the game close. He made one glove save so good that it fooled the goal horn and the DU faithful.

The Pioneers snapped a two-game losing streak by winning their eighth consecutive game against Colorado College and 12th in the past 14 meetings. They need to win just one of the last three matchups this season to retain the Gold Pan trophy.

A pseudo-home crowd for Denver seemed to savor the big stage as much as the athletes: DU students showered Colorado College with profanities and gleefully waved farewell to CC defenseman Jack Millar as he was sent off for a game misconduct and a five-minute major penalty late in the second period.

That was the crux of the drama that had been building for 35 minutes, but not the end. Millar and Denver forward Carter Mazur were going at it all night, starting with an early exchange of shoves and words away from the puck. Later in the first period, a kerfuffle broke out around the Denver net front. Four players were formally penalized for roughing — Justin Lee and Rieger Lorenz for DU, Hunter McKown and Noah …read more

Source:: The Denver Post