Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Ron Myers said firefighters relied heavily on water-dropping units because of the rough terrain. “It’s a steep (area) with heavy brush,” Myers said. Officials reiterated concerns about the severe fire danger, with Los Angeles on track to have the driest rainy season on record. [email protected] (818) 713-3329160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! UNIVERSAL CITY – Two Illinois teens surrendered Friday after allegedly touching off a wildfire that scorched the tinder-dry hills west of Griffith Park and spewed a column of smoke that could be seen for miles. About 300 firefighters and seven water-dropping air units battled the blaze, which spread quickly from five to 150 acres near Barham Boulevard and Forest Lawn Drive, officials said. At an evening news conference, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said the blaze had been deliberately set. “They’ve admitted that they started this fire,” Villaraigosa said of the 16- and 17-year-old boys, who turned themselves in to Burbank police and were later taken to the LAPD’s Hollywood station. No other details about the boys were available. Firefighters responded about 1 p.m. to a call at the Oakwood Toluca Hills Apartment Complex in the 3600 block of North Barham Boulevard. The fire was dangerously close to the facility, known for housing out-of-town actors looking for their big break in Hollywood. “It’s something you don’t want to see in your backyard, that’s for sure,” said actor and apartment resident Travis Caldwell, 18. “It was nuts. It started so small and it just raced right up the hill.” There were some anxious moments as flames threatened Warner Bros. Studios and the landmark Hollywood sign, but no structural damage was reported. One firefighter suffered a minor injury, officials said.
Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Tuesday’s newspapers…Manchester City are ready to launch a fresh bid for Everton and England midfielder Ross Barkley, 20, next summer after the Toffees’ £50m valuation drove them away during the last transfer window. (Daily Mirror) Arsenal and Liverpool have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of out-of-favour Real Madrid midfielder Isco, 22, after Real boss Carlo Ancelotti confirmed that the club will not sell him in January. (Metro) Roma have joined Manchester United and Liverpool in the race to sign 15-year-old midfielder Martin Odegaard from Stromsgodset. (Daily Express) Manchester United are ready to reject a move for one of their former heroes, 29-year-old forward Cristiano Ronaldo – now of Real Madrid – to avoid upsetting their current crop of stars. (Metro) Meanwhile, United also want to patch up their defence with Netherlands defender Ron Vlaar, 29, who is out of contract at Aston Villa at the end of the season. Arsenal are also interested. (Daily Express) Cardiff are keen on signing West Ham midfielder Ravel Morrison on loan – but will send the 21-year-old back to the Hammers in January when he starts his court case. (Daily Mail) Former Watford and West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola, 48, is on Fulham’s five-man managerial shortlist along with Chris Hughton, Tim Sherwood, Steve Clarke and caretaker boss Kit Symons. (Daily Mirror) And here are the latest talkSPORT.com transfer rumours…Exclusive – Man United boss Van Gaal does NOT rate Shaw, claims MeulensteenEx-Red defends Liverpool’s poor start to the season: ‘New players need time to settle’Exclusive – Van Gaal’s ‘strange’ decision to sub Di Maria gave Leicester a lift, admits Phillips Exclusive – Warnock: Captial One Cup not on Crystal Palace’s radarRoma join Man United in race for Norway starletFiorentina weigh up move for Liverpool and Tottenham targetNothing in Liverpool and Newcastle transfer talk, insists Lyon starRoma issue transfer warning over Man United target Strootman
“We definitely feel on top of the world,” Moeai said. “Usually in the morning, I wake up and I’m so tired. But since we won the game last week, I can’t wait to wake up and go to school. We’ve never had the spotlight before and it’s been great, but we’re trying to stay humble because we have one more game left.”Cruz said she has enjoyed the support from the Banning student body.“Everyone knows who we are now,” Cruz said. “It’s been a long time since Banning made it to a City final. Every time we hear someone congratulate us or tell us that we’re one game closer, it’s not pressure. Rather, it’s a feeling inside of us we never felt before, and it brings out a lot of excitement in us.”Most of the Pilots were 5 years old or younger the last time Banning made a City final in softball in 1993. Both Moeai and Cruz were 2? years old at the time.Espinoza said he is taking a page from the Rose Bowl and has planned several major team festivities.The Pilots already had a fun golf tournament at their field and a postgame pizza party Friday.Then the Pilots made a team trip to Universal Studios Sunday.This weekend, Espinoza said he is taking the team to the Arizona softball regional to watch the University of Arizona, the alma mater of his sister, Laura, in Tucson.Then the Pilots will make it home Sunday for a trip to Magic Mountain.“I’m trying to make this an experience they’ll never forget,” Espinoza said. “It took us 13 years to get back here the last time, and we’re not guaranteed of returning to this game next year, so we’re making the most of it. Winning the game would be nice, but I want the girls to be able to take this with them for the rest of their lives.”As far as winning the game, even Espinoza said San Pedro is the odds-on favorite. The Pirates are making their seventh City title game appearance.The thing about the Pilots is that they are scrappy, hard-nosed and don’t concede anything. They split with San Pedro in the season series.“San Pedro’s a great team, but our team is so unpredictable and we always have a chance,” Moeai said. “I’ve never played on a team with so much fire, so much heart.”Shining stars: Devin Drag and Billy Sulentor, two former Mary Star pitchers, played pivotal roles in helping Chapman College win its second straight NCAA Division III West Region baseball title.Next up is the Division III College World Series in Appleton, Wis., on Friday.Drag, the national ERA leader at 0.80, posted a 7-2 win over Trinity in the quarterfinals and pitched the final four innings to earn the win in a 4-3 come-from-behind win over Texas Lutheran in the final. Drag is 9-1 this season.Sulentor, a left-hander, threw a six-hitter with six strikeouts and no walks to beat George Fox, 7-1, in the semifinals.Drag and Sulentor made the All-West Region tournament team. Both were members of the Stars’ 2001 CIF Division V finalist team.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champIt’s a major accomplishment for a sports program that has not made a City title game appearance in any sport since the football team’s improbable 2000 City title.“It’s a huge deal for the school and an even bigger deal for the community,” Espinoza said. “This has definitely put a charge into our school. The girls are walking around like movie stars.“The community is also in an uproar. I’ve received more phone calls of congratulations in the last couple of days than I normally get in a month. A lot of people have come out, offering their support and sometimes even donations.“We’re going into UCLA deep, with a lot of people.”Moeai, who delivered the game-wining hit in the semifinal against Carson in the bottom of the seventh, said the spotlight has been unexpected. Briana Moeai said classmates have asked for her autograph.Mika Cruz said the Banning softball players get high-fives and congratulations from classmates they’ve never met. Coach Jesse Espinoza said the Pilots have been embraced by a proud community eager to lend its support.The Pilots certainly have been enjoying the red-carpet treatment they’ve received since advancing to the L.A. City final, where they will face Marine League rival San Pedro on May 31 at UCLA’s Easton Stadium at 4 p.m.