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Ferd Lewis: Concussions and CTE lawsuits a growing concern, even in Hawaii

A chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) lawsuit brought by the estate of a late Lahainaluna and Kapolei High athlete who played at USC is reverberating at the University of Hawaii, where officials are concerned about UH’s potential liability in taking athletes with a history of concussions. Read More

Ferd Lewis: NCAA could take PAT kicks out of overtime

When the University of Hawaii had finally finished off San Jose State, 44-41, in five overtimes last September, the Rainbow Warriors trudged up into the stands at CEFCU Stadium to thank the enduring UH partisans in attendance. Read More

Ferd Lewis: UH athletics not chicken when it comes to sponsors

It wasn’t just the 31-23 loss in the University of Hawaii’s last visit to Nevada-Las Vegas in 2017 that had some Rainbow Warrior fans talking after the game. It was, well, the chicken fingers. Or, lack thereof. Read More

Ferd Lewis: Caddie flap proves costly to Matt Kuchar’s reputation

Matt Kuchar was effusive in the praise of his substitute caddie when they won the Mayakoba Classic in Mexico in November. But not so much, when it came to paying him. Read More

Ferd Lewis: Carper leads UH’s big men in Cal Poly mismatch

Center Dawson Carper was standing flat-footed in the green paint minding his own business Thursday night when a missed shot caromed directly into his hands. Read More

Ferd Lewis: Weak week gives Hawaii an opportunity to make a move

If the Big West Conference portion of the University of Hawaii men’s basketball schedule was a candy bar, this week would be its cream-filled center. Read More

Ferd Lewis: Ex-Kaiser star Eletise part of NCAA’s new wave of free agency

Offensive lineman Michael Eletise plans to leave the University of Arizona at the end of the semester and enroll at Hawaii this summer, but there might be more to this once-routine story in the coming months. Read More

Jimmy Yagi honored for being pioneer of small college basketball in Hawaii

This is the 44th year of the “Living Treasures of Hawaii Recognition Program” and basketball coach Jimmy Yagi might be the first of its honorees to describe his path there as beginning when he was “roped into” a role in history. Read More

Ferd Lewis: New stadium needed now no matter where it sits

Soon after the Aloha Stadium Authority accepted a structural engineering consultant’s report on the state of the 45-year-old facility Thursday in Halawa, officials made a beeline for Kapolei. Read More

Ferd Lewis: UH football schedule challenging but still provides opportunities

The University of Hawaii football team has the distinction of being the only team in the 12-member Mountain West Conference playing three opponents from Power Five conferences this year. Read More

Ferd Lewis: Rams’ visit a good deal compared with other options

Whether the Rams’ visit opens the way for future visits by the team, which moves into a permanent home in Inglewood, Calif., in 2020, or others (the Raiders?), remains to be seen. But as a business model it looks to be a vast improvement. Read More

Ferd Lewis: Monson has plenty of incentive to earn wins

When the Long Beach State men’s basketball team thudded to a fifth place (9-7) finish and early exit from the Big West Conference tournament in a second consecutive losing season last year, the 49ers did something almost unheard of in college athletics these days. Read More

Each win brightens HTA’s deal with Rams

In the early 1980s there was word of a possible deal in the works to bring the Rams — then still in their first incarnation in Los Angeles — to Aloha Stadium for a game. Read More

Ferd Lewis: Matt Kuchar ahead of the game, a spot he’s not familiar with

There was a time when Matt Kuchar’s remarkable consistency was curiously held against him, when the perception in some quarters was that he “backdoor-ed” his way to a lot of top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour. Read More

Ferd Lewis: Stewart Cink finds inspiration from health battles off the course

When golfer Stewart Cink gazed into the sunglasses of an adjacent reporter, the image that was reflected back was of facial features that looked as if an attempt had been made to white them out with caked-on sunscreen. Read More

Ferd Lewis: Drammeh finds some inspiration in opener

Somebody lit a fire under the University of Hawaii men’s basketball team Wednesday night and it was senior guard Sheriff Drammeh, of all people, that held the match. Read More

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