August 2, 2012 |
A BIT OF OLYMPIC history was made on the grass courts of Wimbledon's All-England Club Tuesday, when Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France defeated Milos Raonic of Canada, 6-3, 3-6, 25-23, in the second round. Check out that last set — 25-23. The longest set ever in Olympic history and the longest in tennis since 2010 when fellow Frenchman Nicolas Mahut fell to John Isner 70-68 in the fifth set of first-round Wimbledon play. The Tsonga-Raonic match lasted 3 hours, 57 minutes. During that time, Serbia's Novak Djokovic made light work of American Andy Roddick, needing just 59 minutes to defeat Roddick, 6-2, 6-1. Russia's Maria Sharapova began her match with Great Britain youngster Laura Robson, during the second set of the Tsonga-Raonic match and won before it was over.
May 31, 2012 |
TWO MONTHS ago, Allen Iverson filed a motion to dismiss his pending divorce case, claiming he and his wife were reconciling. That, most likely, is no longer the case. According to TMZ.com, the former NBA star is accusing his wife, Tawanna, of tearing his house apart earlier this month while he was out of the country. According to the website, Allen claims that Tawanna took memorabilia, furniture, art, and a large amount of cash out of his home in Atlanta. The website reported that Allen has filed legal documents in Georgia, claiming he is being harassed.
May 30, 2012 |
THE NEW YORK Knicks are caught with their guards down but don't expect Allen Iverson to be the answer to their woes any time soon. There was thought that the Knicks might be interested in the 36-year-old Iverson, who last played in 2011 in Turkey, because Knicks head coach Mike Woodson had coached Iverson here in Philly. Not so, according to the New York Post. According to the Post, "The Knicks won't pursue [Iverson], deeming it too big a gamble. " That's not good news for Iverson, who said on Wednesday, "I want to play basketball so bad. " The Knicks have been devastated at the guard position.
May 27, 2012
The pursuit of Allen Iverson as the opening ceremony in an Eastern Conference semifinal game last Wednesday between the 76ers and Celtics was not unlike a search for the Jewel of the Nile. Or, if you prefer Iverson by his hip-hop identity, the Jewelz of the Nile. We know now that it all worked out fine. Iverson made his flight, caught his limo ride from the airport, and did indeed make it on time to the Wells Fargo Center, where he slapped on his sideways ball cap, draped a baggy Sixers warm-up over a Lou Williams jersey ("Das my lil' man, right dare," Allen said afterward, in that classic raspy monotone, about his tribute to Williams)
May 25, 2012 |
THESE WERE the type of moments that made Allen Iverson a legend in Philadelphia - season on the line, odds all against you, desperate situation. I guess it was only fitting that Wednesday was the night that Sixers management persuaded Iverson to come home. If ever the Sixers needed the kind of inspiration that Iverson provided for a decade in South Philadelphia, it was Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, trailing the Boston Celtics, 3-2. I'm not really the metaphysical type.
May 24, 2012 |
Hours before Wednesday's game, fans and players alike were caught up in whether the "little guy" was in the house. "Is AI here?" Elton Brand asked a reporter two hours before the game. Fans were standing from the time they entered the Wells Fargo Center to try for a glimpse of Allen Iverson after word leaked that the former Sixers superstar would be in attendance. And the place exploded when Iverson came out of the tunnel close to the Sixers bench and, wearing a Lou Williams jersey and a Sixers warm-up jacket, handed the game ball to referee Joey Crawford.
May 1, 2012 |
It used to be that the sight of former Sixers superstar Allen Iverson running up and down the pine, hitting his jump shot, would scare many an NBA opponent. Nowadays, the dude is just plain scary, according to legal documents filed in Atlanta by A.I.'s once better half, Tawanna Iverson, 36. The Answer is so frightening, she claims in the filing, that the former Tawanna Turner wants a restraining order issued against him because he's harassing her and her family, according to a TMZ.com report.
April 25, 2012 |
IN THE MOMENT, Doug Collins could not stop smiling. For the second straight season, Collins had coached an achingly young team without a star into the playoffs, with two regular-season games to spare. In retrospect, perhaps in a week or 2, that joy will have worn off. The Sixers will have been dispatched from the playoffs for a second straight season, probably without much of a problem. Chicago and Miami are that much better. Then, Collins will reflect on what really happened this season . . . or, more to the point, what did not happen.
April 8, 2012
Andre Iguodala has already made a lot of money playing basketball in the NBA. By my calculations, he has bagged about $30 million, not counting the $13.5 million the Sixers are paying him this year and the $14.3 million and $17.5 million he will get in the next two years of his contract. But the one payment he has never received, apparently, is a reality check. In Sports Illustrated last week came a lament from Iguodala hinting at his lack of appreciation from Philadelphia fans.
March 29, 2012 |
It is part of Philadelphia sports lore, the time Andy Reid told Allen Iverson he didn't think the temperamental 76ers star could play for him. Iverson countered that, having played football in high school, he knew the NFL was different from the NBA, and he'd be different, too. Football coaches aren't just talkin' 'bout practice; it's the cornerstone of everything they do. A decade later, Reid is living out a high-stakes version of that...