April 25, 2016 |
LEXINGTON, Ky. - If you're going to spend any time in this gracious city in Kentucky's scenic Bluegrass Region, know that it's less important to mind your P's and Q's than to brush up on your B's: betting, bourbon, and basketball (for example: know the difference between a trifecta and an exacta and Kentucky blue is bluer than Duke or North Carolina blue.) In the Bluegrass, it's the B's that count. At first glance, Lexington appears a genteel belle, as befitting her provenance. Founded in 1776, it quickly became a center of culture on the frontier, being the site of several "firsts" - the first university west of the Allegheny Mountains (Transylvania)
April 24, 2016
Here are some families who have left their legacies on local high schools sports teams: The Conlins: Five brothers - Ken, Chris, Keith, Kevin and Craig - played football or basketball at either Bishop McDevitt or La Salle. The Foleys: Three brothers - Ed, Glenn and Kevin - played football at Cherry Hill East. The Reidys: Three brothers - Bobby, Brian and Jimmy - played football at Father Judge. The Wagners. Father Milt and son Dajuan played basketball at Camden. The Arcidiaconos: Four brothers - Mark, Brandon, Nick, and Brian - played football at either St. Joseph's Prep or Archishop Wood.
April 15, 2016 |
CHICAGO - Sam Hinkie had just been named the president and general manager a couple of weeks before he and I sat down to talk at the Quest Multisport Complex in Chicago, which was hosting the rookie combine. Before we could even exchange pleasantries or I could get out a question, Hinkie offered: "So, you want to know about my background as a player, right?" Not really, was my thought, because I had already done a little bit of checking on that. But Hinkie offered that he played ball in high school, could have played at the Division III level, or maybe even had been a walk-on in Division I. Remarkably smart, Hinkie decided instead to concentrate on his studies, and graduated summa cum laude with a perfect 4.0 GPA from the University of Oklahoma and also earned an MBA from Stanford, where he graduated with highest honors as an Arjay Miller Scholar.
April 11, 2016 |
Roman Catholic's Tony Carr, Neumann-Goretti's Quade Green, and Friends' Central's De'Andre Hunter are the top performers in their schools' respective classifications. That's according to the all-state teams selected by a panel of Pennsylvania sportswriters and media members and announced Saturday afternoon. Carr, a senior point guard who is ticketed for Penn State, was voted Class 4A player of the year; Green, a junior guard and high-major recruit, headed the 3A list; and Hunter, a 6-foot-7 senior wing bound for Virginia, was the No. 1 vote-getter in 2A. Joining Carr as Class 4A first-team all-state picks were Roman teammates and fellow Penn State recruits Lamar Stevens and Nazeer Bostick.
April 9, 2016 |
A former Simon Gratz High School basketball star who went on to play as a professional in Spain, but later became gripped by a gambling addiction, has been sentenced to two to four years in prison for bilking 17 prospective renters out of more than $41,000. Harry Moore Jr., 44, was also sentenced on Wednesday by Philadelphia Common Pleas Judge Michael Erdos to one year of probation and ordered to pay $41,190 in restitution. Erdos recommended that Moore receive gambling treatment.
April 6, 2016 |
A woman suspected in the 2013 slaying of 23-year-old Micah Fisher in a landlord-tenant dispute pleaded guilty to murder on Monday, less than a year after retracting her first guilty plea. Brittany Young, 26, also pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges. Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Rose DeFino-Nastasi warned Young that this guilty plea would be almost impossible to retract. "You cannot go on back and withdraw your plea again," she told Young. "I'll deny it. " Prosecutors say that on Nov. 9, 2013, Young encouraged her boyfriend, Shawn Allen, to get a gun and shoot into an occupied basement apartment on Broad Street near Colwyn Street in Hunting Park.
March 31, 2016 |
ZACH SPIKER grew up a West Virginia basketball fan, watching the Mountaineers during their days in the Atlantic 10, dueling with Saint Joseph's and Temple. One of his first trips to Philadelphia led him to the 700 level at Veterans Stadium for an Eagles game against the Cowboys. He knows how this city operates, and how integral its sports teams are. "I think it's a great draw and a great attraction," Spiker said of the city's sports culture. "I think it attracted me to be a part of Philadelphia basketball.
March 31, 2016 |
Villanova University breaking its Sweet 16 drought has been a windfall for area retailers, from Modell's to the on-campus bookstore. Since the Wildcats' upset over Kansas on Saturday to advance to the Final Four of the NCAA men's basketball tournament, top-sellers such as the $24 "I Wanna Party Like It's 1985" short-sleeve T-shirt are moving fast. The shirt refers to the last time Villanova won the national championship. Extra shipments of many items arrived Tuesday at sports retailers throughout the region, some of whom extended their hours to meet the demand this week.
March 28, 2016 |
Not much is known of the meeting that gave birth to postseason college basketball, but cigar smoke surely choked the air. Several crusty New York sportswriters, encouraged by a colleague's financial windfall, were eager to make a few extra bucks as promoters. From the ashes of their smoky session arose the concept that is now an American sporting phenomenon. They decided that when the 1937-38 regular season ended, six worthy teams from around the country would be invited to play in a mini-tournament at Madison Square Garden.
March 28, 2016
Second Team Player School Ht. Yr. Pos. Devon Goodman Germantown Ac. 6-1 Sr. G Xzavier Malone Ply. Whitemarsh 6-3 Sr. G Zane Martin Neumann-Goretti 6-2 Sr. G Daron Russell Imhotep Charter 5-10 Jr. G Lamar Stevens Roman Catholic 6-7 Sr. G-F Third Team Nick Alikakos Episcopal Acad. 6-7 Jr. F D. Cosby-Roundtree Neumann-Goretti 6-10 Jr.