Hoover High and Burroughs had two soccer matches postponed, as well, and both will be made up next Monday, Hoover Athletic Director Jack Van Patten said. The boys' match will now be played at 3:30 p.m. Monday at Luther Burbank Middle School and the Hoover's girls' contest will be at home at 3:30 p.m. Monday.
TO SUPER BOWL
With the New York Giants' 20-17 overtime road victory against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday in the National Football Conference's championship game, the Giants will next compete against the New England Patriots at 3:30 p.m. PDT Feb. 5 in the Super Bowl at Indianapolis. A local tie will be present in Giants wide receiver Ramses Barden, a 2004 Flintridge Prep graduate who was selected by the Giants in the third round of the 2009 NFL Draft.
Barden, who began the season on the physically unable to perform list because of an ankle injury, was inactive for Sunday's contest. Barden, a former News-Press Athlete of the Year who excelled in football, basketball and volleyball for Flintridge Prep, didn't play in earlier playoff victories against the Atlanta Falcons and Green Bay Packers.
He last played Dec. 24 against the New York Jets. Barden caught one pass for four yards. In six games this season, he's caught nine passes for 94 yards. In his career, Barden has 15 receptions for 174 yards in 17 games.
New York will seek its first Super Bowl title since 2007, when it recorded a 17-14 win against New England.
PAPAZIAN LOSES, BUT
IMPRESSES IN UFC DEBUT
On Friday night at the UFC on FX card in Nashville, Jared "the Jackhammer" Papazian made his Ultimate Fighting Championship debut and lost a hotly contested majority decision to Mike Easton on the main card.
Scores were 30-27, 29-28, 29-29 in favor of Easton, who won the spirited three-round bantamweight (135 pounds) fight that saw both fighters engage in a mostly stand-up fight in which neither gave any quarter and, at multiple points, saw both trading punch for punch in some dynamic exchanges.