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The Mountain West Conference gathered in Las Vegas this week to promote its football teams. Instead, the talk focused on whether a "have-not" conference, such as the 17-year-old MWC, can have a significant future in a football world revolving around five power conferences.

A team-by-team recap of the Mountain West Conference in 2013 and a look ahead for the 2014 season.

It was a move Brian Ching had never considered. But as his final year of playing professional soccer wound down in 2013, the Haleiwa native met with Houston Dynamo president Chris Canetti, who presented him with an interesting option.

At 38, the Kauai resident's resume is as heavy on the academic — a Ph.D in zoology — as it is on the athletic — a former nationally ranked swimmer and triathlete, and one of the most successful female paddleboarders the sport has known.

Washington expects to wait until the final week and a half before its Aug. 30 season-opening game with Hawaii to name a starting quarterback in the wake of the suspension of Cyler Miles.

At the end of a day that started with stressful semifinals, the Nike Golf/Aloha Section PGA Four-Ball Match Play Championship ended Wednesday with an anticlimactic concession.

Quarterback Ikaika Woolsey will take the first snap of training camp, but that will not ensure being named the University of Hawaii's starting quarterback for the Aug. 30 opener against Washington.

Local juniors do well at Callaway • Char earns a top 5 in Florida tourney

Head coach Norm Chow vowed to field an improved University of Hawaii football team this season. "We're going to be better," said Chow, who spoke at the Mountain West Conference's Football Media Days on Wednesday.

As widely expected, a media poll predicted the University of Hawaii football team will finish last — sixth out of six teams — in the Mountain West Conference's West Division this season.

Despite college football's changing landscape, the University of Hawaii football team will have a home in the Mountain West Conference, league commissioner Craig Thompson said on Tuesday.

The University of Hawaii was shut out on the Mountain West preseason all-conference football team, but four Warriors are being considered for a new individual award.

The University of Hawaii football team faces yet another glitch in preparation for the Aug. 30 season opener against Washington.

University of Hawaii men's basketball coach Gib Arnold's new contract is expected to make him the highest paid coach in the Big West Conference for a while.

A year after ending Kailua's run of four consecutive Oahu Hawaiian Canoe Racing Association titles in dramatic come-from-behind fashion, Hui Nalu Canoe Club left no doubt this time around that it is indeed worthy of carrying the championship banner.

Experience and exposure will hold far more value than final scores for local ballplayers on a late-summer trip in Southern California.

Oceanic Time Warner Cable will offer eight of the University of Hawaii's 13 football games on pay-per-view this season.

While paddlers representing Na Keiki O Ka Mo'i Canoe Club are hard to miss in their lime-green attire, Spam Laupola stands out in any crowd thanks to his hulking presence, quickly recognizable on land and in a canoe.

A tiny field and terrible semifinal weather threatened to tag team the 2014 Hawaii State Women's Golf Association Match Play Championship into submission. Kacie Komoto and Alina Ching refused to give in.

Honolulu’s John Oda defeated Malaysia’s Gavin Green, 2 and 1, in the third round of U.S. Men’s Public Links tournament in Newton, Kansas, on Thursday.

After an exceptionally soggy semifinal round, even by Oahu Country Club standards, Alina Ching asked Kacie Komoto a question rarely heard at a tournament as pressure-filled as the Hawaii State Women's Golf Association Match Play Championship.

Mariota, a University of Oregon quarterback, has been named to the watch list for the Davey O'Brien Award, the Maxwell Award and the Heisman Trophy.

Hawaii baseball coach Mike Trapasso hinted last season he might ease up on the Rainbow Warriors' normally brutal nonconference schedule. So much for that.

'Iolani senior Rose Huang eliminated Punahou junior Mariel Galdiano in an opening-round match of the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links at The Home Course in DuPont, Wash., on Wednesday.

Waialae and Oahu Country clubs trace the history of their women's invitationals back to the early 1950s. Now the organizers of both are trying to trace the disappearance of a generation.

Donovan Raiola, a former Wisconsin and Kamehameha Schools center, has joined the University of Hawaii football staff as an intern. Although he was not selected in the 2006 National Football League draft, Raiola eventually was a member of seven teams during his six-year career.

The Hawaii men's basketball coaching staff is nearly whole again. Senque Carey, a former assistant coach at Loyola Marymount and Fresno State, has been hired as Gib Arnold's third assistant, filling the position vacated by Scott Fisher in late May.

Kelly (Majam) Elms, Jessica Iwata and Stephanie Ricketts get back together this weekend to pass on their knowledge in the two-day All-American Softball Clinic at Kapolei High School.

Honolulu's John Oda and Maui's Cassy Isagawa are three strokes off the respective leads at the U.S. Men's and Women's Amateur Public Links Championships after their first rounds on Monday.

While the days of racing for pineapples, chickens and even suckling pig have given way to competing for trophies and medals, it is evident that Hui Nalu's outrigger canoe paddlers still compete at the highest level when participating in and hosting their regatta more than a century after Hui Nalu was formed.

Just an exhibition? Not really. Not for the three United States players sprawling across the Stan Sheriff Center court chasing down a ball in the fourth set of Saturday's USA Volleyball Cup finale.

Kevin Wong's world is full of oysters, each one containing a pearl-shaped volleyball. All are of equal importance, regardless of size or scope, continually being strung together on an expanding state-wide necklace.

Two hours after Corey Kozuma's come-from-behind victory Saturday at the Barbers Point Invitational, he was working with the Top Dawgs junior program at Pearl Country Club. Call it the circle of golf life.

The University of Hawaii has unveiled plans to expand its Manoa Maniacs student rooting section, a move that has angered some soon-to-be-displaced ticket holders.

Karch Kiraly arrived in Honolulu expecting a lively atmosphere at the Stan Sheriff Center and a test for the United States women's volleyball team. A third straight win over the world's top-ranked team would be pretty sweet as well.

Kekoa Cazimero earned an extra special victory by taking the Arnette Cash Pot Surf Series at Ala Moana Bowls on Friday. Cazimero considers Bowls to be his home break, and after making three finals this summer he finally came out on top.

Isaac Fotu was one of the youngest ever to play for the New Zealand national basketball team three years ago, at age 17. Now the University of Hawaii's junior forward is a step closer to being a regular.

Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming. It's a mantra as sweet and simple as Dory's ditty in the movie "Finding Nemo."It's how Joe Lileikis has approached the grenades tossed into his life.

The state should not limit itself to a smaller seating capacity when replacing 50,000-seat Aloha Stadium, several speakers told the Aloha Stadium Authority during a public meeting at the facility Thursday night.

Brazil figures prominently in the immediate and long-range goals for the U.S. women's volleyball team. In the wide view, the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio represent the ultimate target, where the host team will enter as the two-time defending gold medalist.

Some things are just better when shared with a crowd — like Sunday's 2014 World Cup final between Germany and Argentina. Hawaii futebol fans can tune in to live coverage on KITV starting with the prematch show at 7 a.m.

In one aspect, Alisha Glass was a bit jealous of her male counterparts during her volleyball career at Penn State. Where Glass made one trip to Hawaii in a decorated four-year run with the Nittany Lions, the men were nearly annual visitors to the Stan Sheriff Center.

The University of Hawaii will not wait for the results of an ongoing NCAA inquiry and is preparing to announce a three-year contract extension for men's basketball coach Gib Arnold, officials confirmed.

David Ishii, Dave Eichelberger and Doug Williams tee off Thursday afternoon in the first round of the U.S. Senior Open at Edmond, Okla., under the threat of triple-digit heat and isolated thunderstorms.

Three former champions tee off Thursday morning in the first round of the Barbers Point Invitational. Defending champion Richard Hattori is not in the field, but Jonathan Ota (2012), Alika Bell (2010) and Matt Ma (2003) are.

On the heels of an Aloha Stadium Authority consultant's recommendation for a stadium with 30,000 to 35,000 seats, the University of Hawaii athletic department has unveiled its own concept of a 30,585-seat multipurpose facility.

A familiar face helped brighten up the Hawaii men's basketball 2014-15 schedule. The Rainbow Warriors will play Pittsburgh of the Atlantic Coast Conference at Maui's War Memorial Gym on Nov. 21.

Minnesota's Kurt Suzuki was named to the major league All-Star Game for the first time on Sunday as one of the American League's two reserve catchers. Suzuki is a Baldwin alum and eight-year MLB veteran.

Former two-division world champion B.J. Penn likely stepped inside the cage for the final time on Sunday night before weathering a brutal third-round TKO loss to Frankie Edgar in the main event of the "Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale" show.

Despite facing a host of adverse situations this season, the Waikiki Beach Boys' sustained success on the water has allowed the outrigger canoe club to remain in championship contention as the Na Ohana O Na Hui Wa‘a season nears its home stretch.

The comeback is etched on Jared Dillinger's face. A full-grown beard, a rarity in the hoops-crazed land where he plies his trade, is the former Hawaii basketball player's symbol of rebirth.

There was a collective sigh of relief from the Brazilian women's national volleyball team Friday. It wasn't because they had finally arrived at LAX after their original flight from Rio de Janeiro was canceled.

As hard as the University of Hawaii is pushing sales of season tickets this football season, there is a growing realization that smaller plans will be critical as ticket buyers adopt "a wait-and-see" approach on the 2014 Rainbow Warriors.

Even though the annual Walter J. Macfarlane Regatta is technically a series of exhibition races, the tradition and history associated with the event enhance the level of pomp and prestige that motivates outrigger canoe paddlers.

Suzuki, 30, was first traded by Oakland to Washington in August 2012, then back to the Athletics the following August, before moving on to the frozen north.

The confidence lost over the last three years was back in full form on Thursday. B.J. Penn, the former two-division UFC world champion who hasn't won a fight since 2010, is back after the longest layoff of his 13-year professional career.

It's been quite a week for Makua Rothman. Two days after the birth of his daughter, the North Shore surfer dominated 30- to 40-foot waves in Thursday's final round to claim the Billabong Pico Alto in Punta Hermosa, Peru.

Defensive lineman Lawrence Lagafuaina, who spent the past four football seasons at Washington, is prepared to transfer to Hawaii. "I'm going to be a Warrior," said Lagafuaina, who is awaiting acceptance into a UH master's program.

Later this month, the USGA will basically have a "celebration of life" for its Amateur Public Links Championships. The women play their final event in Washington and the men in Kansas.

Former USC quarterback Max Wittek said there is a "good possibility" he will join the University of Hawaii football team as a non-scholarship player.

With a contract extension apparently on hold pending the results of an NCAA inquiry into the University of Hawaii men's basketball program, coach Gib Arnold will enter the final year of an agreement Tuesday.

Ka Mo‘i's women's novice A crew has epitomized the club's winning ways on the water in 2014, and on Sunday continued its undefeated run with a sixth consecutive victory at Na Ohana O Na Hui Wa‘a's Ka Mo‘i Regatta.

The University of Hawaii athletic department said it will launch new product lines when it debuts its "H-Zone" Ward Centre store Tuesday. The venture is an initiative aimed at helping the 21-team department balance its $30 million budget.

Setters leave fingerprints, not just on the ball, but on the game itself. Those belonging to Robyn Ah Mow-Santos are all over USA Volleyball, from her three Olympics to her current position as an assistant on the U.S. Women's Junior National Team.

Kevin Asano stepped off the mat, thinking he had performed his last ritsu rei (bow). The 18-year-old was done with judo, his Olympic dreams put on the shelf along with all the trophies won, including three as a national high school champion, his judogi respectfully folded and put away.

Statistics of players with Hawaii ties in professional baseball through Friday's games: • Major League • Class AAA • Class AA • Class A • Class A — Short Season • Rookie

Coaches and media selected Waiakea senior Kodi Medeiros as the Star-Advertiser All-State pitcher of the year, and picked Saint Louis senior Jordan Yamamoto as position player of the year.

In the past four days, Michelle Wie has won the most prestigious championship in women's golf, fulfilled the outrageous expectations demanded of her half a lifetime ago and blown through New York City in a Tuesday media tornado.

Two-time state high school champion John Oda captured Hawaii's final U.S. Amateur Public Links qualifying spot last Thursday. Oda fired rounds of 72-70 at Kauai Lagoons to finish at 2-under-par 142, six shots ahead of alternate Andrew Chin (77-71).

For those paying attention, another player from Hawaii, 'Iolani graduate Marissa Chow, provided the early thrills at the U.S. Women's Open.

The University of Hawaii football team wasted little time in filling a need, securing a commitment from running back Domonique Small of Cerritos College in Norwalk, Calif.

The NCAA has re-interviewed two former University of Hawaii men's basketball staff members in the past several days -- a sign its three-month inquiry into the program may not conclude this month after all.

University of Hawaii running back Aofaga Wily is expected to retire from football because of medical reasons relating to a concussion suffered last year. Wily is awaiting approval from doctors and administrators.

Toni Silva is approaching this week's Junior Olympic 3-Position Air Rifle Championships at Camp Perry, Ohio, the same way she's poised to take on Cedar Point, some 25 miles away across Sandusky Bay: with no fear.

Nearly three years ago to the day, Honolulu Pearl's members watched in horror as its koa canoe manned by a women's novice crew was launched by rough surf into the sand at Nanakuli Beach like a runaway freight train.

Cole Yamakawa surfed to victory in the second event of the NoRep Board Shorts Hawaiian Surfing Championships on Sunday at Ala Moana Bowls. For the 19-year-old from Honolulu, the win marks his first in a pro-am division.

International Surfing Day was Saturday, but it is more than a designated one-day celebration for the Kamehameha Schools surf team, which brought home three National Scholastic Surfing Association national championship trophies.

It's not often that both the top pitcher and top position player in Hawaii high school softball are underclassmen. Coaches and media voted Aubree Kim of state champion Mililani pitcher of the year and Nicole Lopez of Mid-Pacific position player of the year.

Tamari Miyashiro turns 27 on July 8, a day sandwiched between the two USA Volleyball Cup matches with No. 1 Brazil in California and the two in Honolulu. How sweet it would be for Miyashiro to again play in the Stan Sheriff Center.

Statistics of players with Hawaii ties in professional baseball through Friday's games: Major League, Class AAA, Class AA, Class A, Class A - Short Season & Rookie

Scott Squier can finally stop working out on his own. The former University of Hawaii pitcher signed with the Miami Marlins on Friday and will begin his professional career next week with the Batavia Muckdogs in the New York-Penn League.

Pinehurst Resort & Country Club's Course No. 2 is the focal point of world golf again this week. Hawaii will have three players in the U.S. Women's Open when it tees off Thursday in the Village of Pinehurst, N.C.

Taylor John McGerity produced a rare four-peat Sunday at the King Auto Group 12-under State Championships, run by the Hawaii State Junior Golf Association.

One of the University of Hawaii football team's top recruits has never been timed in the 40-yard dash nor bench-pressed 225 pounds.

On average, the University of Hawaii has self-reported suspected violations of NCAA rules to the association once a month since January 2012, according to school records.

Stanford-bound Maluhia Stark-Kinimaka of Kauai was named the seventh recipient of the Duke Kahanamoku Ambassador of Aloha award at Monday's ODKF mahalo luncheon at Outrigger Canoe Club.

Makana Dayton represents a fresh generation of youth paddlers learning the craft from coaches, family members and friends while perpetuating one of the state's iconic sports.

Dave Shoji has long been the face of the University of Hawaii women's volleyball program, and now the school is making it official. Shoji's smiling likeness will be featured on T-shirts and volleyballs -- large and small -- commemorating his milestone 40th season that starts Aug. 29 with the Chevron Rainbow Wahine Invitational.

The world's eyes are on Brazil for the next four weeks as the Copa do Mundial is played out on futebol's largest pitch. Two years from now, it will be the Games of the XXXI Olympiad, the first time the global competition is held in South America.

Those runner-up medals Nainoa Calip graciously accepted since high school made Saturday's Manoa Cup awards presentation all the more rewarding.

The dream is finally a reality for Hilo's Kodi Medeiros. After taking much longer than originally expected, Medeiros finally inked his name on a contract Saturday with the Milwaukee Brewers, who made the left-hander the No. 12 overall pick in the MLB draft earlier this month.

The Big Island will have a strong claim to the 106th Manoa Cup title. Hilo product Nainoa Calip and UH Hilo alumnus Isaac Jaffurs endured two tours around Oahu Country Club on Friday to emerge as the finalists for the state amateur match play championship.

The shape of Aaron Brown's future is the octagon. Three years after completing his University of Hawaii football career, Brown makes his professional mixed martial arts debut Saturday in Mesa, Ariz.

Scotty Yamashita and Kengo Aoshima put in some extra work at Oahu Country Club on Thursday. They're hoping for an even longer day on the course Friday.

Kengo Aoshima passed up a chance to play for a high school state championship in the spring. His pursuit of one of the state's most prestigious amateur titles continues on Thursday.

Before Michelle Wie golfed with "Uncle Kevin" Hayashi at the Sony Open in Hawaii, there was "Desperate Del-Marc" Fujita at the 94th Manoa Cup 12 years ago.

A record $1,070,000 was distributed by Friends of Hawaii Charities, Inc., this month to 177 nonprofit organizations that operate programs for Hawaii's children, women, elderly and impoverished.

The budget machete figures to get a workout as the University of Hawaii athletic department tries to pare approximately $4 million in requests from the budget it hopes to start the fiscal year with July 1.

Cassy Isagawa's preference for a neon yellow golf ball predates her career at Oregon. It just happens to blend well with her current color scheme. The Baldwin grad started playing a yellow ball while racking up junior golf accolades and a high school state championship and stuck with it when she joined the Ducks golf team.

A representative of the NCAA Enforcement Division was to arrive on Oahu on Tuesday and is expected to interview head coach Gib Arnold and his two remaining assistants, Benjy Taylor and Brandyn Akana.

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