Sports Notebook

First fall practices
this week

The first of 18 Hawaii football fall camp practices open to the public and free of charge is tomorrow afternoon from 3 to 5 at the UH grass practice field. Tuesday's and Wednesday's practices are 4-6 p.m.

Beginning Thursday, workouts are from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Those are the regular hours for the rest of camp, except Sundays, when practice is 2 to 5 p.m.

There are also four "double days," when the afternoon practice is also open to the public: They are this Saturday; Aug. 16; Aug. 18 and Aug. 20. Afternoon sessions are 3:30 to 5.

The first day with full pads is Aug. 16.

The Warriors usually have one or two scrimmages during camp, normally on Saturday.

UH goes to its regular in-season practice schedule of 7 to 9 a.m. on Aug. 23, which is also the first day of classes.

The Warriors open their season Sept. 4 against Florida Atlantic at Aloha Stadium.

Sun Devil to Warrior: Ali Likio, a 6-foot-2, 310-pound sophomore defensive tackle, has transferred to UH from Arizona State.

Likio played in 10 games last year for the Sun Devils, taking part in nine tackles.

Likio is of Tongan ancestry and went to high school in Euless, Texas. He transferred to UH to be closer to family who can help care for his baby, who was born premature last year.

Likio is expected to participate in fall camp, but it has not been determined if he can play this year. He could receive a hardship exemption from the rule that prohibits a transfer from playing right away.

Rivers ready: Sophomore wide receiver Jason Rivers spent the summer tending to academic matters, but he said that doesn't mean he didn't maintain the fine physical shape he was in last spring. Coaches didn't see him around the UH weight room, but that's deceiving, Rivers said.

"I still worked out. I had a membership at 24-Hour Fitness. I wasn't able to work out during the daytime because of summer school, but at night I did a lot of running and lifting. I don't think the summer set me back."

Rivers had an outstanding season for a true freshman receiver, catching 41 passes for 451 yards and five touchdowns. His best game was the Hawaii Bowl, when he grabbed seven balls for 143 yards and three TDs. He followed that up with a great spring camp.

But he wasn't around the athletic department much in the summer, and coach June Jones has said junior walk-on Ian Sample could beat out Rivers at left wide receiver.

"I mean, shoot, there's always challenges," Rivers said. "This is just another one to face up to. I'm pretty confident in my ability. Whatever happens, happens. I'm just happy to be back."

He never really left, but Rivers did cut it close academically. He said he had to pass several tests to make up for incomplete grades last spring, and he also passed three summer school classes.

"It was kind of iffy, I really wasn't sure. But I did really well on the tests and the summer school helped," he said.

Double-duty Davis?: UH's new special teams coordinator, Mouse Davis, said he hasn't decided whether to keep his summer job or not. Davis is also coach of the arenafootball2 San Diego Riptide.

"I don't know," Davis said by phone from his home in Las Vegas. "I just want to go to Hawaii with the thought of doing the best job possible there."

Warriors linebackers coach Cal Lee is also an af2 head coach, of the Hawaiian Islanders. He hasn't had overlap problems doing both jobs since last year.


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