Sports ShortsLIN'S NEW TEAM . . . Palo Alto High grad Jeremy Lin wasn't out of a job very long, after being waived by the Golden State Warriors last Friday. On Sunday, the Houston Rockets claimed the 23-year-old Lin off waivers, picking up the second year of his non-guaranteed contract — worth close to a reported $800,000. The 6-foot-3 Lin, a Harvard graduate, was a popular player with the Warriors but averaged only 2.6 points on 38.9 percent shooting in 29 games as a rookie last season. He spent much of the year traveling back and forth between the Warriors and their NBA Development League team, where he averaged 18 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists with the Reno Bighorns. Lin's younger brother, Joseph, meanwhile, dished out five assists to help the Hamilton College men's basketball team defeat Vassar College, 96-71, last Saturday. Joseph also is a Paly grad.
4TH AT NATIONALS . . . The Palo Alto Knights had two teams finish in fourth place at the American Youth Football National Championships last week in Orlando, Fla. The Pee Wee team dropped a tough 8-6 decision to the Mesa Soldiers from Arizona in the third-place game. Palo Alto reached that game following a 30-16 semifinal loss to the Phoenix Thunder. The Knights began their hopes for a possible national title with a 28-0 victory over the New York state champion Harlem Jets. The Palo Alto Unlimited (ninth grade) team had a great chance to play for a national title as the Knights were tied with the Florida Poinciana Predators, 14-14, in the fourth quarter and had the ball inside the one-yard line. The Knights, however, fumbled in their backfield with Florida picking up the loose ball and returning it 99 yards for the winning touchdown. Palo Alto won its opener, 12-6, over Boston, but dropped its semifinal game to the Fairlawn Cardinals of Rhode Island, 28-20.
COACHING CORNER . . . The Palo Alto Babe Ruth baseball program has openings for head coaches and team managers for the spring 2012 season. Tryouts will be in late January 2012. Those interested should contact the league at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more details, go to www.pababeruth.org.