Owsley returns to practice
Hawaii forward P.J. Owsley suited up for practice yesterday for the first time since suffering a knee injury.
Owsley, who has missed the Rainbow Warriors' last two games, did some shooting and went through some post drills at "about 75 percent" during the workout at the Stan Sheriff Center, but didn't participate in any of the team drills.
Owsley, a 6-foot-8 senior, is averaging 4.4 points and three rebounds and is one of the Rainbows' better post defenders. The 'Bows (10-12, 6-4 Western Athletic Conference) face first-place Utah State (18-7, 8-2) Saturday at the Sheriff Center.
HPU provides Pan-Pacific tune-up
In a tune-up for the Pan-Pacific Championship, Japan League champion Gamba Osaka will play Hawaii Pacific in a soccer match Sunday at the Waipio Peninsula Soccer Park stadium.
The exhibition, consisting of three 45-minute periods, begins at 3 p.m.
"It is such a privilege to play against such a high-caliber opponent," Sea Warriors coach Scott Liedtke said in a press release. "This is a great opportunity for our players and coaches to see up close what the highest level of soccer looks like."
Pro Bowl ratings increase
The NFL's Pro Bowl drew its best ratings in eight years.
Sunday's game on Fox earned a 6.3 rating and a 12 share. That's up 37 percent from last year's 4.6. It's the highest Pro Bowl rating since the game attracted an 8.6 in 2000.
The rating is the percentage of homes with televisions watching a broadcast, and the share is the percentage watching among those with the TV on at the time.
Weightlifting gold for Moser
James Moser of Kihei, Maui, won the gold medal Sunday in the 242-pound weight class at the USA Junior National Weightlifting Championships at Chattanooga, Tenn.
The 18-year-old Moser, who weighs 220.5 pounds, had a combined lift of 748 pounds, with a snatch of 341 and a clean and jerk of 407. He had the second-highest total of the meet.
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Vulcans rout Bears on road
Led by senior forward Sam Wilhoite's 24 points and 11 rebounds, Hawaii-Hilo rolled over Golden State Baptist 73-48 in men's basketball at Santa Clara, Calif., last night.
Junior forward Jacob Briggs came off the bench for 12 points and seven rebounds for the Vulcans (11-9).
BYUH drops softball doubleheader
Kahealani Betham's three-run home run in the top of the first gave Brigham Young-Hawaii (0-8) an early 3-0 lead, but the Seasiders couldn't hold on, falling to Vanguard 6-3 in the second game of a softball doubleheader in Costa Mesa, Calif.
The Lions (8-0) won the opener 4-0 behind the 1-hit, 13-strikeout performance of Jennifer Olvera.
Alves cited by ESPN for academics
Brigham Young-Hawaii sophomore forward Lucas Alves was named to the Academic All-District VIII basketball team by ESPN The Magazine.
Alves, a Brazilian national, has a 3.71 GPA in exercise and sport science.
He is now eligible for the national ballot, which will be voted on next week.