April 28, 2013 |
Lane Johnson told a big, ol' Texas tale when he came to town on Friday to meet and greet in his first official day as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles. "Just trying to add some flavor to the supper," Johnson would say later, after admitting that his history as a wrestler of black bears in East Texas was a yarn he spun for the telling. He insisted that he has indeed chased down and tackled wild pigs - heck, even Kevin Kolb could do that - but the stuff about tangling with bears, mindful of the claws at all times, well, that didn't really happen.
April 7, 2013 |
Back when the world was young and all things were possible - this would be somewhere around the second inning of the 2013 home opener on Friday - leftfielder Domonic Brown was one of the reasons the Phillies will be able to bridge the gap between their yesterdays and their tomorrows. Everyone in the stands would have agreed with that as Brown trotted around the bases following a leadoff home run in the second, having deposited a fastball from Kansas City starter Wade Davis into the stands.
March 30, 2013 |
LOS ANGELES - In the end, as the end finally arrived long after many expected, this round of the NCAA tournament wasn't sweet for La Salle after all. It was certainly sweet to get so far and so far from home, but there was nothing on Thursday night to ease the sting of a 72-58 loss to Wichita State that ended the Explorers' tournament winning streak at three games. La Salle fell behind by 16 points at halftime as it was unable to match Wichita State's frontcourt play, and that deficit grew to 22 points early in the second half.
March 25, 2013 |
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The phone calls and text messages and tweets that found their way from Philadelphia became a barrage that nearly overwhelmed the La Salle traveling party after the Explorers beat Kansas State for their second win of the NCAA tournament on Friday night. "My phone couldn't even work," senior guard Ramon Galloway said. "That's how crazy it was. " Back on campus, there had been a viewing party in Gola Arena, with the game shown on a video screen. When the last off-balance Kansas State shot missed the basket and La Salle came away with the 63-61 win, the fans stormed the empty court.
March 24, 2013 |
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Not that it's been a while or anything, but the La Salle Explorers have now won two games in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1955. Their last winning streak in this tourney ended with the title game that year. It was Dwight Eisenhower, who happened to be president back then, who said he always read the sports page first in the morning because it chronicled man's successes while the front page chronicled his failures. La Salle has back-to-back successes and is one more win from the Sweet 16, but the Explorers only survived against 12th-ranked Kansas State on Friday despite an awful lot of failures.
March 19, 2013 |
Villanova might not be the team of the year in Philadelphia basketball. That will be determined during the NCAA tournament as Temple and La Salle make their own cases for that distinction. But the Wildcats are definitely the surprise of the year, at least from a positive perspective. How big a surprise that the same team that lost by 18 points to Columbia in November heads into the tournament as a nine seed? Big enough that the coach is nearly as surprised as you are. "Early in the year, I'd have been very pleased if we played in any postseason," Jay Wright said.
January 27, 2013 |
The game was over, the court was still flooded by happy Villanova fans, and everything was fine except the Wildcats were missing their point guard. "We lost Arch," Jay Wright said. "We had to say our team prayer without Arch because we lost him in the crowd. " Out there in the madness, Ryan Arcidiacono was jumping around with the students who stormed the court. His prayer, a three-pointer from the baseline at the end of regulation, had already been answered. Arcidiacono made the shot to send the game into overtime, and Villanova held on for a 75-71 win over No. 3 Syracuse.
January 20, 2013 |
The nerves were jangling and his heart was beating loud in his ears when Scott Laughton jumped onto the ice in an NHL game for the first time in his young life on Saturday. The Flyers' first-round draft pick, just 18 years old and trying desperately not to get sent back to juniors, also had the advice of teammate Scott Hartnell in his ears. "He just told me to play my game and do the things that got me here," Laughton said. "Do every little thing right and the rest will take care of itself.