May 30, 2016 |
The two Philadelphia lawyers whose investigation led to the ouster of former independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr as president of Baylor University are former veteran sex-crimes prosecutors who have built a practice helping institutions respond to allegations of sexual abuse. After a 10-month probe and 65 interviews, Gina Maisto Smith and Leslie Gomez produced a damning report that said the university did not take seriously the complaints of women who had been assaulted by university football players - and even actively discouraged victims from filing complaints.
May 22, 2016 |
The 76ers held pre-draft workouts Friday for six players, the highest regarded being Baylor forward Taurean Prince, but their biggest task remains whom to select at No. 1, where forwards Ben Simmons of LSU and Brandon Ingram of Duke are competing for the top spot. Leading up to the June 23 draft, Sixers coach Brett Brown assured that the team would do the proper homework, a time-consuming task. "It will be the man hours and time required that people would expect and deserve," Brown said Friday after the workouts at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
November 15, 2015 |
After two weeks of polls compiled by the College Football Playoff selection committee, the prevailing thought is: Those folks really don't like the Big 12 very much, do they? The number of unbeaten teams in the conference dropped from three to two last week after Oklahoma State's thrashing of Texas Christian, but neither Baylor nor the Cowboys moved into one of those coveted top-four spots. The Bears stayed at No. 6 this week, and Oklahoma State moved up six spots to No. 8. Baylor will face a ranked team for the first time this season when it hosts No. 12 Oklahoma on Saturday night.
March 4, 2015 |
Seven players from Texas and No. 14 Baylor were ejected for leaving the bench in the Longhorns' 61-59 overtime win Monday after a brief skirmish between Texas' Isaiah Taylor and Baylor's Royce O'Neal. Taylor scored the winner with 4.8 seconds left in the Big 12 game. Virginia 59, Syracuse 47 - Anthony Gill scored 17 points as the second-ranked Cavaliers beat the host Orange to win the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title. Mike Tobey, Malcolm Brogdon, and London Perrantes, playing with a broken nose, all scored 10 points for Virginia.
January 15, 2015 |
THEY'RE GENIUSES, those guys. No, not Ohio State's Urban Meyer or Oregon's Mark Helfrich, or even our own Chip Kelly, who turned one of them into a sports science guru and the other into a successful head coach and then watched his influence play against itself in a wonderfully entertaining and surprising national championship game Monday night. (Wonder what that Widener football coach thought about that!) No, the geniuses were those 12 people who picked the right four teams back on Dec. 7, shaking off the shaking heads of many, myself included, who had drank the Kool-Aid about the Southeastern Conference's superiority and the relative strength of the two Big 12 teams and bought lock, stock and barrel that the Big Ten was a conference filled with pinky toes.
December 9, 2014 |
THERE REALLY wasn't any wrong answer to the question of who should be the fourth and final team in the first FBS playoff. You could have made a case for Ohio State, Baylor or TCU. The Selection Committee, not shockingly, went with Ohio State, which was fifth in last week's College Football Playoff poll. That was before the Buckeyes and their new quarterback - the second Urban Meyer has had to go with since Braxton Miller went down in August - gutted Wisconsin (10-3) in Saturday's Big Ten title game, 59-0.
June 24, 2014 |
THIS WAS supposed to be an exciting week for Baylor's Isaiah Austin. The 7-1 center, who played despite being blind in one eye, was looking forward to hearing his name announced at Thursday's NBA draft. But yesterday, the school announced devastating news: The 20-year-old has been diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, the life-threatening genetic disorder from which professional volleyball player Flo Hyman died in January 1986. "They told me that my arteries in my heart are enlarged and that if I overwork myself or push too hard that my heart could rupture," Austin told ESPN yesterday while fighting back tears.
January 2, 2014 |
WACO, Texas - Maybe it was fate that drew Shawn Oakman to Baylor, a school built on the promise of redemption, one whose athletic program itself has undergone a conversion as dramatic as any sinner's. "When I got here," said Oakman, gazing at the endless Central Texas horizon, "I had a lot of growing up to do. " Twenty-one months ago, the Penn Wood High graduate, a large and highly touted freshman lineman, was booted off Penn State's football team. His GPA was low, his penchant for trouble high.
December 8, 2013 |
Jennifer O'Neill scored a career-high 43 points, including the go-ahead basket in the fourth overtime, and No. 5 Kentucky beat No. 9 Baylor, 133-130, on Friday night in Arlington, Texas, in the highest-scoring Division I women's game in history. The previous high for a Division I women's game was 254 points in Southern Methdist's 127-125 win over Texas Christian, also in four OTs, on Jan. 25, 1997. Louisville star out. Louisville starting guard Antonita Slaughter will miss the rest of the season after she was diagnosed with a blood clot in her lung.
November 22, 2013 |
ONLY TWICE in the first 15 seasons of the BCS has a team from one of the six major conferences finished unbeaten and not made it to the national-title game: Auburn (SEC) in 2004 and Cincinnati (Big East) in 2009. This year, two more could get left out. Which, for many, might be a fitting way for the BCS to go out. But there are still 3 weeks to go. Whenever most folks begin to think they have it all figured out, it often turns out that they don't. If this were next year and the four major unbeatens all remained that way, it obviously would make for a perfect debut for that new playoff scenario.