November 29, 2013 |
NEW YORK - For the second time this season, Drexel's basketball team showed tremendous resilience while facing a heavyweight from the Pac-12 Conference. But the Dragons lost a big lead, then one of their key players and finally the game, a 66-62 defeat to No. 4 Arizona on Wednesday night in an NIT Season Tip-Off semifinal at Madison Square Garden. Drexel will face the loser of the second semifinal between Duke and Alabama on Friday at 3:30 p.m. Arizona (6-0) will play the winner in the championship at 6. Leading by 41-38, Drexel lost 6-foot-6 junior Damion Lee, who went down to the floor in pain and had to be helped into the locker room with 10 minutes, 15 seconds left.
November 27, 2013 |
DREXEL COACH Bruiser Flint hopes his Dragons can improve upon their last respectable Madison Square Garden appearance. Drexel (3-1) faces unbeaten and No. 4-ranked Arizona (5-0) tonight at 7 o'clock in a NIT Season Tip-Off semifinal. In 2005, Drexel gave then-No. 1 Duke all it could handle before losing by 10 points. Then the Dragons lost by just one point to UCLA, prompting ESPN analyst Dick Vitale to exclaim, "If Drexel is the [preseason] No. 7 team in the CAA, that must be a heckuva league.
November 22, 2013 |
The Arizona Wildcats are headed to New York City. Not that anyone ever doubted they would be. Nick Johnson had 20 points, a career-high 10 rebounds and six assists to lead the fifth-ranked Wildcats to an 87-59 rout of Rhode Island on Tuesday night in Tucson, Ariz., in the second round of the NIT Season Tip-off. Arizona will face Drexel on Wednesday in the first semifinal at Madison Square Garden. No. 6 Duke will play Alabama in the second semifinal. Brandon Ashley added 16 points, Chester's Rondae Hollis-Jefferson 13, and Aaron Gordon 12 for the Wildcats (5-0)
November 20, 2013 |
PERHAPS the city's highest-rated football recruit in the current senior class, Imhotep Charter's Deandre Scott announced last night that he orally committed to Arizona State University. Scott, a 5-8, 180-pound safety, said he received offers from more than 30 schools, including Miami, Nebraska and South Carolina. He chose the school without an official visit, in part, because of his relationship with current Sun Devils wideout and former West Catholic standout Jaelen Strong. He made the announcement via Twitter and cited a trust with ASU co-defensive coordinator Chris Ball, and potential roster room, with graduating senior defensive backs.
November 13, 2013
OPENS WITH ARIZONA The Soul will open its 2014 season on March 15 at Arizona, its chief nemesis the last few years. Philadelphia has lost its last four games against Arizona, including the last two ArenaBowl title games. Due to the uncertainty of the availability of the Wells Fargo Center, the Soul's first home game is in Week 6 when conference rival Jacksonville visits. The Soul have beaten the Sharks in the conference title game the last two seasons. Iowa joins the Soul in the East Division, along with Cleveland and Pittsburgh.
October 21, 2013 |
A receiver got loose behind the secondary, a pass found him as he reached the end zone. Text messages started flying around Philadelphia. "You watching the Notre Dame game?" The receiver, the touchdown-scorer that night, wasn't with the Irish. He was with the other guys, Arizona State. And he was John Rankin's kid. So a retired Philadelphia police officer, Rankin's old partner, high-fived his television and started dancing his own version of an end-zone celebration - "I started to get my little shuffle on. " A college basketball coach in South Jersey, one of Rankin's old coaches, said to himself, "Who can I text this late at night?"
October 10, 2013 |
Alison Miller and her husband, Charles "Chuck" Dearing, sold their Westampton, Burlington County, house, and set off on their grand adventure in 2009. No address. No ties to place. Just a Ford Escape and two suitcases. The Inquirer published a May 2012 Home & Design article about the couple's adventures after one of their visits back to South Jersey, where Chuck had a reassuring follow-up visit with an oncologist about a rare cancer that had temporarily interrupted their travels.
October 4, 2013
RYAN HOWARD is headed to the Hall of Fame . . . in Arizona. Howard will be inducted into the Arizona Fall League Hall of Fame on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at Scottsdale Stadium before the Scottsdale Scorpions' home opener in Arizona Fall League play. Howard, who missed the last 3 months of the Phillies season while recovering from knee surgery, played for the Phoenix Desert Dogs in 2004. "Ryan Howard is a record-setting all-star player, a World Series champion, and a great ballplayer, teammate and person," Fall League director Steve Cobb said in a press release.