June 27, 2015 |
NEW YORK - University of Arizona forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson was considered to be among the top defensive players in the NBA draft. That attribute earned him a place in the first round and his first NBA trade. The 6-foot-7, 220-pounder became the second Chester High player ever selected in the first round when the Portland Trail Blazers took him with the 23d overall pick Thursday night at the Barclays Center. The other Chester High first-round pick was Jameer Nelson, who was drafted in 2004 by Denver and then traded to Orlando. Wearing red checkered pants, a black suit jacket, and a bow tie, Jefferson, who led Arizona with 43 dunks, was ecstatic at landing in the first round.
June 26, 2015 |
NEW YORK - Ohio State star D'Angelo Russell was bombarded with questions Wednesday on the eve of the NBA draft. "D'Angelo, what did Nerlens Noel tell you about 76ers coach Brett Brown?" "D'Angelo, how do you feel about Madison Square Garden?" "D'Angelo, do you think the triangle offense is easy?" "D'Angelo, did you enjoy the city [of Philadelphia] during the workout?" The standout guard never envisioned being in this situation after only one season with the Buckeyes. At the time, he was a self-proclaimed "overlooked player," expecting to remain in college beyond one year.
June 25, 2015 |
Danny Garcia contends that less of him left more to be desired, particularly when it came to punching power. That's why Garcia said he's moving up and leaving one of his titles in the 140-pound weight class behind to make his welterweight debut on Aug. 1 against former two-time world champion Paulie Malignaggi at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. "For the first time in a long time, I can worry about training to get better and not training to lose weight," Garcia, the super-lightweight champ who has struggled to make weight, said Tuesday during a teleconference.
June 17, 2015 |
North Philadelphia's Danny Garcia has talked longingly about moving up seven pounds to fight as a welterweight, and on Aug. 1 he will get that opportunity. Garcia (30-0, 17 knockouts) gave up his World Boxing Council super-lightweight belt last week. He will make his debut at 147 pounds when he headlines a card against veteran Paulie Malignaggi at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The fight will be televised on ESPN. "I'm looking forward to getting in the ring again and putting on a great show for the East Coast fans in attendance and the fans watching all over the world," Garcia said.
December 1, 2014 |
NEW YORK - For the second night in a row, a slow start derailed La Salle, but unlike Friday, there was no madcap comeback. The Explorers got behind by 30-20 at halftime and never made a serious second-half run during a 68-55 loss to Vanderbilt on Saturday night in the consolation game of the Barclays Center Classic. During Friday's 64-56 loss to Virginia, La Salle (4-2) trailed by 18 at the half and by 20 with a little more than 13 minutes left before cutting the lead to 58-54 when Jordan Price hit 1 of 2 free throws with 1 minute, 12 seconds left.
November 22, 2014 |
Fran Dunphy's Temple Owls will step up in class Friday night, when they face No. 4 Duke in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The Blue Devils lost Jabari Parker and Rodney Hood in the first round of the NBA draft, but they quickly reloaded with four McDonald's all-Americans. Center Jahlil Okafor, 6-foot-11 and 270 pounds, was the top-rated player in the recruiting class and could be the No. 1 pick in 2015 if he makes himself eligible for the draft.
September 5, 2014 |
A FEW years ago, the Atlantic 10 was really struggling, apparently about to get pushed into irrelevancy in a football-dominate landscape. Then, the league became very proactive in getting new members and made a giant comeback. The league got poached after a very successful 2012-13 season, losing historic members as the college athletic carousel continued to spin wildly. All that went down last season was that America's best basketball-only conference had its greatest season if strength in numbers counts.
July 27, 2014
The Temple men's basketball team will face national powers Duke and Kansas during their nonconference schedule, which was released Friday. "This is a tremendous schedule full of high-caliber opponents," Temple coach Fran Dunphy said in a statement. "We are looking forward to the challenges this season presents. " The Owls will host the Jayhawks at the Wells Fargo Center on Dec. 22 and take on the Blue Devils on Nov. 21 at the Barclays Center in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. - John N. Mitchell The Schedule Times TBA Nov. 14. . . American Nov. 17. . . Louisiana Tech Nov. 21. . . Duke% Nov. 22. . . Stanford or UNLV% Nov. 25. . . Penn Nov. 30. . . LIU-Brooklyn Dec. 3. . . at St. Joseph's Dec. 6. . . La Salle$ Dec. 10. . . Towson Dec. 14. . . at Villanova Dec. 18. . . at Delaware Dec. 22. . . Kansas# Dec. 28 or 29. . . Delaware State %–Coaches vs. Cancer, Barclays Center, New York; $–at the Palestra; #-at the Wells Fargo Center
July 27, 2014 |
A WELLS FARGO Center matchup against Kansas on Monday, Dec. 22, highlights the Temple nonconference basketball schedule released yesterday. The Owls also will play perennial powerhouse Duke in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Friday, Nov. 21. Temple also will play Stanford or UNLV to conclude the tournament. "This is a tremendous schedule full of high-caliber opponents," Temple coach Fran Dunphy said in a news release. "We are looking forward to the challenges this season presents.
July 18, 2014
THE UNIVERSITY of Michigan has removed references of playing Villanova in the Legends Classic in the Barclays Center in Brooklyn from its website. On Tuesday, the basketball website included a Nov. 25 game with Villanova on its nonconference schedule and a quote from coach John Beilein about his eagerness to play the Wildcats. A Villanova spokesperson said Tuesday that athletic officials were unaware that any pairings for the event had been set, a fact the organizer, the Gazelle Group in Princeton, N.J., confirmed.