August 6, 2016 |
In 2006, on her first day of high school in Voorhees, English Gardner was given an assignment: Write down a short-term goal and a long-term goal. Gardner simply drew the iconic Olympic rings on a piece of paper and handed it in. Ten years later, Gardner, 24, earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic track and field team after running her personal best at the trials in Oregon on July 3. Gardner's performance - 10.74 in the 100-meter dash - made her the fourth-fastest woman in U.S. history.
March 10, 2013 |
Injured Chicago Bulls superstar Derrick Rose is "not quite" ready to return from his knee injury, coach Tom Thibodeau said Friday. The 2011 NBA MVP continues to practice without restrictions, but his return from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee remains up in the air. "He's been cleared to do everything there is," Thibodeau said before the Bulls hosted the Utah Jazz at the United Center. "Before he makes the final step, everyone has to get together and sign off. That hasn't happened yet. The most important part of this is that we have to trust Derrick, and I trust him. " ESPNChicago.com reported Friday that Rose's doctor has cleared him to play, but he has told the team he won't until he can dunk with confidence off his left foot.
March 7, 2013 |
ATLANTA - Former 76ers guard Lou Williams was lost for the season on Jan. 18 when he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. But Williams, who signed with the Atlanta Hawks last summer, is optimistic about returning to the NBA next season. A huge reason for Williams' optimism is his surgeon, James Andrews of Gulf Breeze, Fla. Andrews has become a surgical superstar when it comes to repairing knees. He was the surgeon for Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, the NFL's MVP last season.
February 24, 2013 |
INDIANAPOLIS - Sharrif Floyd is riding the wave that has the Florida defensive tackle slated to go in the top five picks in many mock NFL drafts. "It's not really tough. It's kind of like, you give me [that status], and I'm not giving it up," Floyd said Saturday at the NFL combine. "Honestly, they feel I'm at the top, and I'm trying not to lose that right now. If they're talking about me, let them keep talking about me. " Floyd, the George Washington High School graduate who decided to skip his senior season at Florida and enter the draft last month, was projected as a late-first-round pick early in the offseason.
February 19, 2013 |
ROGER CLEMENS said little publicly in the immediate aftermath of the Hall of Fame vote. More than a month later, he's willing to share his thoughts - but the 354-game winner is not about to start a lobbying campaign. "I'm not going to lose any sleep over it," Clemens said in Kissimmee, Fla. "If those guys feel I deserve to be there, then I deserve to be there. If they feel I don't, then that's OK, too. " Clemens was at spring training Monday as a special instructor for the Houston Astros, and he spoke for a bit with the team's pitchers about his mental approach to the game.
February 8, 2013 |
PAUL PIERCE scored 24 points and led a third-quarter surge as the Boston Celtics routed the visiting Lakers, 116-95, on Thursday night, improving to 6-0 since losing point guard Rajon Rondo for the season with a torn knee ligament. The Lakers had cut a 58-44 halftime deficit to 72-61 with 5:07 left in the third quarter. Then the Celtics went on a 23-8 run and led 95-69 going into the fourth. Pierce started the surge with a three-point play and ended it with a three-pointer with 41 seconds left, giving him 12 points in the period.
January 24, 2013
Spotlight on: Willingboro senior Imani Stepney On Tuesday, the night before its biggest win in years, the Willingboro girls' basketball team held a team dinner. It was a bonding exercise. And it led to a conversation that resonated with every player. "As we were talking, we all just realized and really started to believe that this was our year," senior guard Imani Stepney said. "I feel like we left that night feeling closer as a team, and that helped us come out ready to play against RV. " On Wednesday, for the first time in four years, Stepney's Chimeras (10-2)
January 14, 2013 |
For more than a month, Kiersten Daly thought her high school athletic career was over. A three-sport athlete at Lower Merion, the senior suffered a knee injury in the fourth game of the Aces' soccer season. An MRI exam revealed a torn anterior cruciate ligament. "I was beside myself," Daly said. "I heard a pop and had that feeling in my stomach. It was so hard. " An athlete all her life, Daly wasn't sure how she was going to fill her time without sports. Then it came time for surgery in mid-October - and the unexpected happened.
August 27, 2012 |
THE BUFFALO Bills are negotiating to restructure the final year of Tarvaris Jackson's contract before completing a trade with the Seattle Seahawks to acquire the seventh-year quarterback. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll confirmed the deal had been agreed to by both teams Sunday, but added the trade wasn't completed. "It has been agreed upon, but there is still a little bit of paperwork to do," Carroll said Sunday night. Jackson is scheduled to make $4 million this season, which the Bills deem to be too expensive for a player to fill a backup job. Carroll didn't say what the Seahawks will get in return, though it's expected to be a mid- to late-round draft pick from Buffalo.
August 8, 2012 |
A CORONER said signs pointed to "an apparent natural death" pending results from toxicology tests and on other tissue after an autopsy performed on Columbus Crew midfielder Kirk Urso on Monday. The 22-year-old Urso was pronounced dead at 1:50 a.m. Sunday at Grant Medical Center after collapsing at a downtown Columbus bar and restaurant. Franklin County Coroner Jan Gorniak said toxicology tests will not be finalized for 4 to 6 weeks. "It's leaning toward an apparent natural death, but we don't know why," Gorniak said.