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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

Ferd Lewis: Nick Rolovich goes for important job security over cash

This week University of Hawaii football coach Nick Rolovich has been rubbing elbows and trading tales with his peers at the American Football Coaches Association annual convention in San Antonio. Read More

Ferd Lewis: College championship will come down to the quarterbacks

We can discuss the Hall of Fame-bound coaches, appreciate the suffocating defenses and marvel — or bemoan — the dominant consistency of the programs, but, inevitably, talk about the College Football Playoff national championship game comes right back to the quarterbacks. Read More

Ferd Lewis: Big boys finally get to tell UCF ‘told you so’

In the end, after an interception in the final 20 seconds of the Fiesta Bowl sealed the 40-32 win for LSU on Tuesday, the Tigers mocked their opponents from Central Florida. Read More

Ferd Lewis: Marcus Mariota ready to leave painful 2018 behind

To take in Marcus Mariota’s dour press conference Monday was to hear someone for whom the year 2018 couldn’t give way to the New Year fast enough. Read More

Ferd Lewis: Drammeh bursts out of Ganot’s doghouse

One of the more interesting sights in the University of Hawaii basketball team’s victory over Alabama A&M on Saturday night didn’t exactly fit the description of on-court action. Read More

Ferd Lewis: Hawaii’s basketball schedule presents all risk and little reward

Guard Eddie Stansberry’s best night of the season saved the University of Hawaii basketball team from what surely would have been its most ignominious one. Read More

Ferd Lewis: Tua Tagovailoa gets chance to prove voters wrong

Four hours before he was awarded the Heisman Trophy, Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray sat in a New York hotel ballroom in close proximity to the iconic bronze statue and the man who was his closest competition for it, Alabama’s TuaTagovailoa. Read More

Ferd Lewis: ‘Late Clock Brock’ earns Hawaii some extra sleep

For four or five hours — he wasn’t sure which — University of Hawaii guard Brocke Stepteau said he tossed and turned Saturday night and on into Sunday morning, reliving the disappointment of his opening-day performance in the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic. Read More

Ferd Lewis: No offense, but there wasn’t any offense without Ursua

Tell us, please, that this isn’t what life after slotback John Ursua is going to look like for the University of Hawaii football team. Read More

Hawaii high school girls still fighting for equal treatment

Gov. David Ige’s plan to allocate $38.2 million on locker room facilities for girls in public high schools is a welcome and, in the historical context, long overdue step toward addressing an enduring inequity in athletics. Read More

Ferd Lewis: If not for injury, UCF’s Milton might have been at the Heisman

As is the custom at Heisman Trophy media events, reporters wedge themselves, sometimes three and four deep, arrayed in round table fashion with one finalist at each table in a question-and-answer format. Read More

Tua Tagovailoa finishes second with highest runner-up total in Heisman history

When Tua Tagovailoa chose to accept a football scholarship at Alabama, Nani Vegas, his former religion teacher at Saint Louis School and confidant over the years, questioned him about the decision. Read More

Tua Tagovailoa’s childhood dream becomes reality at Heisman festivities

Nothing, not even ankle surgery earlier this week, it seemed, was going to keep Tua Tagovailoa from a round of Friday’s Heisman festivities. Read More

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