The NBA: Where money-hungry ownership happens

After 41 years in Seattle, the Supersonics are no more. On July 2, the city and the Sonics reached a $75 million settlement that terminated the two years remaining on the lease in Seattle and allowed the team to relocate to Oklahoma City.  Sonics owner Clay Bennett purchased the team[Read More…]

Women’s basketball team adds coach

The Long Beach State women’s basketball team will have a new face on the bench this season.   Assistant coach Jackie Zink will join head coach Mary Hegarty’s staff and fill the vacancy left by Jason Flowers, who accepted an assistant job at UC Riverside.   “I’m very excited about[Read More…]

Longoria holds lead in final AL All-Star ballot vote

Tampa Bay Rays rookie third baseman Evan Longoria wasn’t on the radar when Major League Baseball released its initial All-Star fan ballots this season. In fact, he wasn’t even in the Majors. Now, according to, the former Long Beach State Dirtbag leads the voting as of July 9 after[Read More…]

NFL player brings pro football to the Beach

  Long Beach State might not be a football hotbed, but that did not stop Arizona Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart from selecting the campus to host his summer camp at the Jack Rose Track. The 2004 Heisman Trophy winner, who led the USC Trojans to two national championships, was on[Read More…]

Ex-Dirtbag Longoria shines in return home

ANAHEIM — Tampa Bay Rays third baseman and former Long Beach State star Evan Longoria returned home to Southern California with a bang, much to the dismay of the Los Angeles Angels’ pitching staff. Longoria’s meteoric rise from high school player to big league phenom is quite a story. From[Read More…]

Dirtbags win Big West, to host NCAA regional

For a second consecutive season, Long Beach State fans won’t have to travel far to watch their baseball team play in the NCAA Regionals.  The Road to Omaha begins at Blair Field, as the Big West Conference co-champions and No. 1-seeded Dirtbags (37-19) will host No. 2 San Diego (41-15),[Read More…]

Ex-Dirtbag looks to make major leap

 In the last few years, ex-Dirtbags have burst onto the Major League scene like never before. Jered Weaver, Troy Tulowitzki and Evan Longoria have all made an immediate impact, paving the way for current Long Beach State stars to make the jump themselves.  Andrew Liebel is one such star. Converted[Read More…]

Lakers-Celtics rivalry one for the Millennium

Kobe Bryant and Paul Pierce were just 9 and 10 years old, respectively, when Earvin “Magic” Johnson produced a memorable shot in Game 4 of the 1987 NBA Finals at the Boston Garden — en route to the Lakers’ third championship that decade.        With six seconds left, the trademark[Read More…]

Pair of losses end Dirtbags’ regional run

For a second consecutive season, the Dirtbags hosted an NCAA Regional, and for a second consecutive season, Blair Field is where their season ended. On the brink of elimination, the No. 2-seeded Toreros prevailed, as lefty Ricardo Pecina’s stellar outing pitched San Diego to a 5-1 win over No. 1-seeded[Read More…]

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