10-17-10 October 17 Update



Ca Cruisers Commitments
Jessica Plaza, C, 2012 – Stanford
Shelby Graves, P/Util, 2011 – F.I.U


As a long-time follower of the Connecticut Huskies women’s basketball team, I have long admired Gino’s ability to recruit the best talent – and not just incidentally some truly beautiful young women like the Russian forward Svetlana Abramisova.  But, who knew that Diana Taurasi was not only one of the best players, college or pro, nationally and internationally, but a stunningly attractive woman – underneath those unforms.  Diana graces a two-page spread (no pun intended) in the latest issue of ESPN The Body magazine – wearing nothing but a small tattoo on her right hip.  An acknowledged gym rat, Diana won NBA championships twice and was named MVP in 2009, not to mention those trophies she helped bring to Storrs.

You will also look more closely at three-time Olympic medalist Julie Mancuso after you see her two-page spread.  The curves she carves on the downhill are more than matched by her own.

Then, there is the entire USA women’s water polo team, cavorting in the all-together in a pool.

Last year, the Body issue featured softball players au naturel – Cat Osterman, Natasha Watley, Lauren Lappin and a very pregnant Jessica Mendoza.  This year, ESPN has a photo montage of Penn State male and female athletes, including Cassidy Bell, in what ESPN says is a 3D format – no detail, but more like those Chinese clay soldiers.

Sooners Fall to Team NPF, 2-0 

NORMAN, Okla. – The University of Oklahoma softball team closed out fall play Friday evening with a 2-0 loss to the National Pro Fastpitch All-Stars. The Sooners welcomed home former players and personnel for alumni weekend and the team didn’t disappoint with an impressive showing against some of the game’s best players.

Starting pitcher Keilani Ricketts went 4.0 innings, striking out six and allowing just one run. Ricketts only allowed one baserunner – Lauren Lappin reached on a hit by pitch in the first. Michelle Gascoigne and Allee Allen each pitched one inning. Gascoigne gave up two hits, while A. Allen allowed one hit and walked one batter. Kirsten Allen pitched the final inning, allowing two earned runs on three hits.

Jessica Shults was the only batter to reach base for Oklahoma. Shults drew a walk in the seventh and pinch runner Cierra Hughes reached second but was left on base to end the game.

Team NPF scored both runs in the top of the seventh. A solo home run by Francesca Enea broke the scoreless tie and Megan Willis reached on a single and scored on a triple by Shanel Scott. Willis, Scott and Angeline Quiocho each had two hits.

NPF starter Cat Osterman was perfect in 5.0 innings pitched. Osterman struck out 12. Jamee Juarez picked up the save, striking out four and allowing the walk to Shults.

Texas Softball’s pitching paces sweep of UTSA

The Longhorns use a pair of complete-game pitching performances by Blaire Luna and Rachel Fox to down the Roadrunners.

AUSTIN, Texas – The Texas Softball team used a pair of complete-game shutout outings by sophomore pitcher Blaire Luna and freshman hurler Rachel Fox to down UTSA, 4-0 and 5-0, Friday night in exhibition action at McCombs Field.

In game one, UT received a no-hit performance by Luna who neared perfection in the win. Luna allowed only one baserunner on a hit by pitch and fanned 14, including 10-straight at one point.

The Horns’ offense was anchored by a pair of two-hit performances from junior third baseman Nadia Taylor and senior second baseman Raygan Feight. Each player added one run scored and Feight’s fourth-inning single drove in junior outfielder Courtney Craig. Senior Shelby Savony accounted for the rest of the offense with a two-run double to deep centerfield in the sixth inning to cap the scoring.

The nightcap was not much different as Fox followed Luna’s performance with a gem of her own. Fox pitched a complete game, allowing only one hit, hitting one batter, and striking out 17 of the 22 batters she faced. During one stretch, Fox recorded 12-straight strikeouts.

Taylor again paced the offense going 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored. Sophomore Taylor Hoagland posted a solid offensive performance with a 2-for-2 effort that included a triple off the rightfield wall. Freshmen infielder Taylor Thom went 1-for-1 on the night with a sacrifice fly and two RBI.


Consumers can buy an Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) iPhone 4 for $200 or $300, depending on the amount of memory storage. The device can cost closer to $600 when it is not tethered to an AT&T (NYSE: T) wireless subscription service.

There is at least one iPhone 4 which is much more expensive than standard models. A bejeweled Apple handset has been sold to gold-mining baron Tony Sage for $8 million. Stuart Hughes, a retailer of expensive devices, based in the UK, has built a new iPhone 4. Only two such handsets will be built, but that may depend on demand.

The handset’s specs for the iPhone 4 Diamond Rose Edition are: The bezel is handmade from rose with approx 500 individual flawless diamonds which total over 100ct.The rear section is formed using rose gold with the added touch of its rose gold Apple logo and 53 diamonds. The main navigation is made from platinum which holds a single cut 7.4ct pink diamond. Also included (not shown in picture) is a rare 8ct single cut Flawless diamond which can replace the pink one. The chest which houses this unique handset is made from a single block of Granite , in Imperial Pink with the inner lined with Nubuck top grain leather , which weight is a massive 7kg.The handset is 32gb and limited edition of only 2 to be ever made.
In a world in which many rich people have more money than sense, Stuart Hughes will be able to sell dozens of the  impractical devices. Apple products already have a cache of their own. What Apple fan would not like to own the most expensive iPhone 4?  The new version of the phone may have flaws. The antenna may not work. The screen may break easily. That does not matter to the filthy rich. They can always afford repairs.  Douglas A. McIntyre

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