March 18, 1991 |
One hundred and forty-two times - including regular season and playoffs - Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain went head to head. Here are each player's statistics for those 142 games between Russell's Boston Celtics and Chamberlain's Philadelphia/San Francisco Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Lakers: POINTS REBOUNDS Total Avg. Hi Total Avg. Hi Wins Chamberlain 4077 28.7 62 4072 28.7 55 57 Russell 2060 14.5 37 3373 23.7...
October 18, 1999 |
One by one, they came forward to recall Wilt Chamberlain the man, not necessarily the record-setting basketball player. There were heartfelt remembrances by relatives, friends and associates. But perhaps the most poignant eulogy was delivered by someone with whom Chamberlain, who was 63 when he died of congestive heart failure on Tuesday, is destined to be linked forever. Bill Russell, 65, the former Boston Celtics great who went head-to-head with Chamberlain 142 memorable times spread across 14 NBA seasons, generally is perceived as the "Big Dipper's" greatest rival.
October 9, 2008
Outcome: The Dodgers won the best-of-five series, three games to one. Turning point: Oct. 7 will always be known as Black Friday in Philadelphia. With the series tied at one game apiece, the Phillies took a 5-3 lead into the top of the ninth inning at Veterans Stadium. With two outs, the Dodgers tied the score when umpire Bruce Froemming ruled that Davey Lopes was safe on an infield hit, although television replays indicated otherwise. Lopes scored the winning run on Bill Russell's single.
April 5, 2013 |
MASCOTS ARE supposed to romp among the fans, kiss babies, flirt with the ladies and act silly. Someone, it seems, forgot to tell that to Raymond, the blue creature (he's supposed to be a sea dog) employed by the Tampa Bay Rays. On Wednesday, in a home game against the Orioles, a fan with a sick sense of humor handed Raymond a sign. The mascot looked it over and then held it up. Bad move. As you can see from the photo, it wasn't funny. Steve Irwin, you might remember, was better known as the host of "The Crocodile Hunter" TV show.
December 29, 1989 |
Bill Russell, who has since proved to be an unreliable judge of NBA talent, once said that Derek Smith wasn't player enough to hold his own against good teams. He said it while Smith played for the Sacramento Kings, for whom Russell was in charge of basketball operations. And he said it to Smith himself. Lifetime grudges have been made of less, but Smith hasn't got one against Bill Russell, who was dismissed by the Kings last week. That's not to imply that Smith won't feel a little extra emotion tonight (Channel 17, 10:30)
July 7, 2013
Dwight Howard is leaving the Los Angeles Lakers and is headed to the Houston Rockets, the free-agent center said on Friday. Howard announced his decision on Twitter after various media outlets had already reported it. "I feel its the best place for me and I am excited about joining the Rockets and I'm looking forward to a great season," Howard tweeted. Howard's camp had informed the other four teams pursuing him that the all-star will not be signing with them, the earlier reports said, leaving only the Rockets.
March 31, 1986 |
The thing about NCAA basketball tourneys is that no matter how much disinterest people profess when the initial pairings are announced, by the time it's down to the title game, almost everyone has acquired a rooting interest. For me, though, this year is a little different. Sure, I want to see Louisville's Camden Connection take it all. But my rooting interest actually peaked in the second round of the eastern regionals. That was the night Navy's gallant upstarts silenced the homers in the Carrier Dome, sticking it to Syracuse by 23 points more than the 11 they were supposed to lose by, while center David Robinson gave a demonstration of in- your-face basketball that brought back memories of the most dominating figure I've ever seen play the game.
September 9, 2013 |
Among the many ingredients that went into Mary Galgon and Bill Russell's house in Northern Liberties are a few less-than-conventional building materials, their senses of adventure and innovation, and just plain nerve, to name three. These are, after all, people who tell a story of a visit to Thailand with their son, when, Russell says, "we rode an elephant and sat in a square wooden seat driven by a man who sat on the elephant's head and controlled the animal with his feet. " No, they weren't afraid, he says, "because we knew they had done this many times, and this is the way this man made his living.
July 29, 1996 |
Bill Russell says that his time as interim manager of the Dodgers might end today, and that Tom Lasorda will soon be back in the dugout. Today will be "the big day, I guess," Russell said after the Dodgers' 3-2 loss to the Astros yesterday. "They're supposedly going to make an announcement. I've been ready for it. " Russell has a 14-15 record while filling in for Lasorda, who underwent surgery for a minor heart ailment on June 26. The Dodgers were 41-36 and held a two-game lead in the National League West when Russell took over.
August 21, 1996 |
The Texas Rangers' errorless streak ended last night at 15 games, one shy of the major-league record. With two outs in the fourth against the Cleveland Indians, Mark McLemore fielded a grounder by Jose Vizcaino and flipped to Kevin Elster for the force at second, but Elster dropped the ball. It was Elster's first error in 45 games. Texas' streak, an AL record, spanned 575 chances. The major-league record of 16 games is held by the 1992 St. Louis Cardinals. The Rangers' last previous error had been committed by Kurt Stillwell on Aug. 3. Bill Russell is a little confused about his status as Los Angeles manager.