Honolulu Star-Advertiser from Honolulu, Hawaii on February 3, 2014 · C1
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Honolulu Star-Advertiser from Honolulu, Hawaii · C1

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Monday, February 3, 2014
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SPORTS EDITOR: Paul Arnett parnettstaradvertiser.com 529-4786 MONDAY 2314 C'S SNAP STREAK Rajon Rondo's double-double helps the Celtics end a four-game losing skid C4 TENNIS C2 G0LFC5 Hawaii lures 3 defenders before signing day tar?3tdoertlser By Stephen Tsai stsaistaradvertiser.com Racing the NCAA's recruiting clock, the University of Hawaii secured oral commitments from a linebacker and two cornerbacks on Sunday morning. Linebacker Malachi Mageo of Ju-nipero Serra High in California and cornerbacks Jerrell Jackson of Louisiana's Haynesville High and Jalen Rogers of Arizona's Mesa College reaffirmed their pledges after completing their Hawaii recruiting trips on Sunday morning. The so-called dead period, in which contact is restricted to one phone call and no face-to-face meetings between coaches and prospects, begins today and runs through Thursday. Wednesday is the first day recruits may sign binding National Letters of Intent. Mageo, Jackson and Rogers promised to sign on Wednesday, bringing UH's expected total to 21. Each school is limited to 25 initial scholarships each year. Linebacker Jeremy Castro, who redshirted in 2013 after transferring from UCLA, counts toward the Rainbow Warriors' 2014 recruiting class. Wide receiver Mack Richards of Alta (Utah) High is expected to sign. But he plans to go on a church mission beginning this summer and will not join the Warriors until June 2016. He will not count as a 2014 initial recruit. All-purpose Dayton Furuta of Mililani High, wide receiver Donald Lambert of Moanalua High, and safety Manly Williams of Farring-ton High will sign scholarship agreements with the intent of enrolling in January 2015. They can Please see WARRIORS, C3 BRUCE ASATO BASATOSTARADVERTISER.COM The Rainbow Wahine volleyball team competes in front of packed crowds, thanks largely to the efforts and vision of Donnis Thompson and Patsy T. Mink. Rise of the Wahine A documentary examines Hawaii 's role in shaping gender equality in college sports By Ann Miller amillerstaradvertiser.com Twenty colleges that rejected Patsy T. Mink after she graduated from Maui High in 1944 fed a tsunami that still washes over the country 70 years later. Dean Kaneshiro and Ryan Tsuji hope to articulate the impact Mink and Hawaii played in gender equality with "Rise of the Wahine," a documentary scheduled to be released this summer. Kaneshiro is directorproducer. Tsuji, a former TV reporter, is helping. He was Rainbow Wahine volleyball coach Dave Shoji's graduatevolunteer assistant for nearly eight years and is currently communications director for Sen. David Ige and a broadcaster for 0C Sports. Tiffany Taylor is also a producer and hopes to distribute the film nationally. The group is talking with "Walking Dead" actress and Punahou graduate Sarah Wayne Callies to do narration and possibly be part of a feature film. "So many people know Wahine volleyball and are part of it, but they don't know how it started," according to Tsuji. "The whole story of Donnis (Thompson) having this vision of a sellout at Blaisdell, bringing UCLA in and people thought she was crazy. Sell tickets to a women's sporting event? At the Blaisdell? That was unheard of, even on a national scale." Thompson, an African-American woman from Chicago, was hired as the part-time UH women's athletic director in 1972 after requesting $19,000 from the school the previous year to start a women's program. She had returned to Hawaii a few years earlier with a doctorate, intending to climb to full professorship. Thompson, who died here five years ago, first came to UH in 1961 to start a track and field program and teach. About the same time, Mink was co-authoring Title IX of the 1972 Federal Education Amendment renamed the Patsy T. Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act after her death in 2002. The legislation banned sex discrimination at colleges receiving federal aid. Mink had risen above that discrimination, becoming the first woman of Please see WAHINE, C3 Dean Kaneshiro Ryan Tsuji DAVE REARDON FURTHER REVIEW Goodell is tinkering with the wrong bowl game NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell should take that Pro Bowl concept of unconfer-encing and adapt it for the playoffs and Super Bowl. It could help prevent a future blowout like Sunday's 43-8 demolition of Denver by Seattle that had viewers taking their food and bathroom breaks during the game and hustling back to the couch in time for the commercials If this year's postseason teams had been seeded without regard to AFC or NFC affiliation, perhaps the two best teams Seattle and San Francisco would've met Sunday. Maybe you think it silly that pro football would follow suit of something done most often in high school sports . . . but is it more palatable that big-time college football will be seeding starting next season with its new playoff system? And although it often doesn't work out this way because 68 teams are involved aren't March Madness brackets designed to try to get the two best teams into the final, even if they come from the same conference? True, Denver, with its 13-3 regular-season record matching that of Seattle, would've deserved a first or second seed. But the San Francisco 49ers or Carolina Panthers, both 12-4, could've been in the Broncos' playoffs path and beaten them, probably saving us from a horribly lop sided Super Bowl. Seattle edged Carolina 12-7 and split its two regular-season games against San Francisco. And the Sea-hawks49ers NFC championship game two weeks ago was a classic that went down to the wire. I believed it then and the Super Bowl proved that those were the two best teams in the NFL this year. IT DIDN'T take long for wags to speculate that Sunday's result might spawn a sports event nearly as big as the Super Bowl: Floyd May-weather finally fighting Manny Pacquiao, since it had been rumored that May-weather wagered $10.4 million on the Broncos. If that were true, May- weather's first desire might be to fight a different Manny Ramirez, the center who snapped the ball into the end zone for a safety on the first play from scrimmage and set the tone. It never got better for the Broncos, and no amount of pro-Peyton Manning sentimentality could change the fact that Seattle's defensive front was way too much for Denver's 0-line. Things avalanched from there. I like to watch the Super Bowl with my brother, Joe. This is the first time I can remember that we both had a fairly strong feeling about the same team winning go ing in. While I didn't think it would be this thorough, I did have an inkling it might be something like when the Chicago Bears manhandled the New England Patriots 46-10 in Super Bowl XX, 28 years ago. The Seahawks used a somewhat similar formula as the Bears of a run-based offense and dominant defense. That it dominated so thoroughly, in an era in which the passing game has been helped so much by the rules and against one of the all-time great quarterbacks, puts this Seattle unit right at the top of the all-time list of Super Bowl defenses. Reach Dave Reardon at dreardonstaradvertiser.com or 5294783. Read his blogatstaradvertiser.comquickreads.

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