Decorated Soldier Reunited With Family During Rose Parade[worldnow id=8121197 width=420 height=315 type=video] PASADENA (CBSLA.com) — A decorated soldier originally from Michigan was reunited with his family Tuesday in a heartwarming moment captured by cameras and witnessed by millions during the 124th Tournament of Roses Parade. Army Sgt. First Class Eric Pazz was riding on the “Canines of Courage” float sponsored by Natural Balance Pet Foods Tuesday when he was reunited with his wife Miriam and four-year-old son, Eric Jr. Both were watching the parade from the grandstands after winning seats. They were under the impression that 32-year-old Pazz, who was deployed, was still in Afghanistan. Video of the parade shows the heartwarming scene as Eric Jr. runs toward his father and the announcer says, “he sees Daddy. he had no idea.” After the reunion, his family joined him on the float for the remainder of the parade.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — A new college basketball tournament called the Wooden Legacy will feature 10 schools, including Marquette and Miami playing Nov. 28-Dec. 1 at two sites in Orange County.
The event announced Tuesday combines the John R. Wooden Classic doubleheader and the Anaheim Classic, an eight-team bracketed event that had been played for six years over Thanksgiving weekend.
This year’s Wooden Legacy field is: Arizona State, Cal State Fullerton, College of Charleston, Creighton, George Washington, Marquette, Miami and San Diego State.
The opening two rounds will be played at Titan Gym on the Fullerton campus on Nov. 29-30. The event then moves to Honda Center in Anaheim with four placement games. The title game will be played on Dec. 1. The ESPN networks will air all 12 games.
UCLA will play in the 2016 event. Schools are allowed to play once every four years in the same exempt event under NCAA rules.
Wooden’s son and daughter, Jim and Nancy, endorsed the new event, saying they’re delighted to honor their father and his passion for basketball.
The old Wooden Classic began in 1994 as an annual tribute to the former UCLA coach who died in 2010. It was a one-day doubleheader up until the last two years, when UCLA hosted a Pac-12 and in-state rival in a one-game event. The Anaheim Classic began in 2007.
Bracket pairings will be announced this summer.
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