“This is wonderful for him,” Notre Dame coach Kevin Rooney said. “Aaron has worked very hard in the classroom and on the football field. He’s a good football player, and he probably would have been a big-time recruit if he was just a little bigger.” Thomas is the first Notre Dame football player to sign with Harvard – which, as a member of the Ivy League, doesn’t grant athletic scholarships – since offensive lineman John Simic in 1985. “Of course, the biggest challenge is going to be balancing academics and football, but I’m ready,” Thomas said. “Notre Dame is tough but Harvard is going to be way tougher. I think I’m going to be all right.” This semester, Thomas has helped Notre Dame’s basketball team to the secondround of the Div.I-AA playoffs, in which it will play host to Thousand Oaks on Tuesday. Thomas said he plans to attend law school, but he’s not sure if he wants to be an attorney or a sports agent. “Sports is my passion, so being an agent is a way to stay close to sports without being a pro athlete,” Thomas said. “Plus, I’ve got so many friends that might play pro ball one day: my football teammates Sam DeMartinis, Charlie Carmichael and Shane Horton, plus Mike Stanton, who might play pro baseball. I have other friends at other schools, too, like (running backs) Milton Knox (Birmingham of Lake Balboa) and J.J. DiLuigi (Canyon).” Knox said such a deal sounds fine with him. “We were all hanging out, and Aaron said by the time he graduates from Harvard, he’ll still be a year older than me, so he’ll be my agent,” said Knox, a junior. “I told him I’d take it into consideration.” Knox, who set a Birmingham record with 2,347 yards rushing lastseason, said he’s narrowed his top-five college choices to UCLA, USC, Cal, Notre Dame and Florida State. UCLA and Florida State already have offered scholarships (along with outsider Mississippi), and the others are recruiting him heavily and are expected to offer soon. “Those are my top five, but I’m pretty wide-open right now. I think I’ll take some visits,” Knox said. Cal State Northridge guard Jonathan Heard provided a couple of spectacular highlights Wednesday in a 91-74 victory over visiting UCDavis, twice slam-dunking over 7-2 Michael Boone. “Have I ever dunked over a 7-2 guy before? No, but my adrenaline was really pumping,” said Heard, a 6-5 junior from Inglewood who is averaging 14.9 points. There isn’t a more enthusiastic public address announcer than CrespiHigh of Encino athletic director Dick Dornan. The community will miss Hart of Newhall’s passionate girls’ basketball coach Dave Munroe, who will retire after the season. Munroe has won 15 league titles in 18 seasons, and his teams have reached the section title game fivetimes (four over the past fiveyears), winning twice. Munroe is 380-122 overall, a winning percentage of .757. High-profile basketball transfer Keegan Hornbuckle of Campbell Hall of North Hollywood will face his former team when the Vikings play at Oaks Christian of Westlake Village at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Hornbuckle, a 6-6 sophomore who averages about 10 points and fiverebounds per game, has come on strong during the second half of the season, helping Campbell Hall (25-1) to 17 consecutive victories, all but three by 15 points or more. “Keegan has really stepped up for us. He’s going to be a heck of a player,” coach Terry Kelly said. The team’s other key transfer, high-scoring Dallas Rutherford from Hillcrest Christian of Granada Hills, continues to be bothered by a knee injury. He has played sporadically this season, sitting out the past fourgames, including the first-round playoff victory New Roads of SantaMonica on Friday. “Dallas just never has felt comfortable since coming back, and he keeps on getting the knee re-examined,” Kelly said. Robert Stock, who decided to forgo his senior season at Agoura High – and a possible million-dollar professional baseball contract as a high draft choice next summer – to attend USC a year early is getting playing time for the Trojans despite being just 17. Stock entered this past weekend with two saves in two appearances, and was batting .217 with one home run in 23 at-bats as a part-time catcher. He has also played errorless defense. “It was a good decision to come to USC,” he said. “I’m a much better baseball player because of it, and I’m a better person, too.” Gerry Gittelson’s column appears Sundays in the Daily News. email@example.com (661) 257-5218 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It’s a good opportunity to get the best education in the world,” Thomas said. “Just to play college football in general is a good opportunity, so I’m very excited.” Thomas, a 6-foot-3, 243-pounder, has nearly a 4.0 grade-point average, and scored 2,050 out of a possible 2,400 on the SAT. We have a Harvard man in our midst. Aaron Thomas, a defensive tackle from Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks, has committed to play football at Harvard.
Wall Street greeted a second Obama term the way it greeted the first.Investors dumped stocks Wednesday in the sharpest sell-off of the year. With the election only hours behind them, they focused on big problems ahead in Washington and across the Atlantic Ocean.Frantic selling recalled the days after Obama’s first victory, as the financial crisis raged and stocks spiraled downward. Four years later, American voters returned a divided government to power and left investors fretting about a package of tax increases and government spending cuts that could stall the economic recovery unless Congress acts to stop it by Jan. 1.In Europe, leaders warned that unemployment could remain high for years, and cut their forecasts for economic growth for this year and 2013. The head of the European Central Bank said not even powerhouse Germany is immune.The Dow Jones industrial average plummeted as much as 369 points, or 2.8 percent, in the first two hours of trading. It recovered steadily in the afternoon, but slid into the close and ended down 313, its biggest point drop since this time last year.“It does look ugly,” said Robert Pavlik, chief market strategist at Banyan Partners LLC. He said it was hard to untangle the impact of Europe-related selling from nerves about the nation’s fiscal uncertainty.
The PS Vita has now launched in Japan, but it appears that the first batch of Vita hardware has some serious issues. Japanese gamers are venting their anger online, and a few videos have started appearing showing exactly what the problem is (watch them below).The main issue is the system freezing, to the point where both the touchscreen and buttons don’t work. It looks as though the only way to reset the machine in this instance is to remove the battery. Otherwise, Sony advices holding down the power button for 20 seconds to do a hard reset, then a further 5 seconds when turning the system back on.There have also been reports of just the touchscreen becoming unresponsive, the Vita not turning on, PSN accounts not being configurable, and even positional data either being wrong or not accessible.There’s a suspicion that Sony knew about the issues before launch because an apology has already been issued via the Japanese PlayStation website (translated). A software update is also available that’s meant to fix many of the problems. We’re not sure how that helps someone with a Vita that won’t turn on though, and a trip back to the store for a replacement may be in order.I’m sure a few Western gamers were upset when they heard a release of the PS Vita wouldn’t happen until February next year in the US and Europe. But if these are the kinds of problem getting solved in Japan, I don’t mind waiting a couple of months and my PS Vita working as expected out the box. More at Engadget