November 23, 2013 |
Statistically, 76ers forward-center Spencer Hawes is off to the best start in his seven-year NBA career, and he attributes it to one simple factor - not having to look over his shoulder. Now in his fourth season with the Sixers (5-8) after playing his first three in Sacramento, the 25-year-old Hawes has prospered knowing that his playing time will be consistent. Hawes is averaging a career-high 33.2 minutes. He is also averaging career highs in scoring (16.2 ppg.) and rebounding (10.2)
April 8, 2013 |
DRIVING TO the basket in crunch time, Raymond Felton slipped and lost the basketball. All he could do was lunge back at it and bat it toward J.R. Smith as the shot clock ticked closer to zero. For the second straight possession, Smith beat the buzzer - this time with a three-pointer - and the visiting Knicks closed out a 125-120 victory Sunday over Oklahoma City. "He makes plays like that. He makes tough shots. Sometimes I think he likes to take the tougher shot than the easier shot.
December 5, 2012
When LeBron James learned he was Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year, the Miami Heat star was surprised. Not because he thought his achievements in 2012 weren't worthy, but because he figured what happened in 2010 was still holding him back. Apparently, that's no longer the case. The magazine announced its annual choice Monday, with James becoming the first NBA player to win since 2006. "I remember just like yesterday when I signed here and basically, like the roof caved in," James said, referring to the fallout from his infamous "Decision" to leave Cleveland for Miami in 2010.
November 27, 2012 |
THE NETS WON the crowd - and the game. Things sure looked and sounded different for them in their first matchup against the New York Knicks in Brooklyn. The Nets pulled out a 96-89 overtime victory on Monday night, tying the Knicks for first place on a breakthrough night for their franchise. With their fans outnumbering and at times outchanting the Knicks' counterparts for a change, the Nets improved to 7-1 in their new home, sending this new-look rivalry off to a stirring start before a sellout crowd of 17,732.
November 24, 2012 |
The Nets' Brook Lopez had 26 points, including consecutive baskets during the game's decisive stretch, as Brooklyn shut down the visiting Los Angeles Clippers in the fourth quarter for an 86-76 victory Friday night. Brooklyn outscored the Clippers, 23-13, during a final period in which Chris Paul had no points, two assists, and six fouls. Deron Williams didn't have a great game either, but he improved to 14-4 in the longtime rivalry between two of the NBA's top point guards. Joe Johnson added 19 points for the Nets, who limited the Clippers to 29 points in the second half and got back on track after losing the final two games of a six-game road trip.
March 18, 2012 |
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Freshman Marquis Teague is taking Kentucky to the South Regional semifinals in Atlanta. And maybe a lot farther than that. Teague scored a career-high 24 points and top seed Kentucky put together another complete performance with a dominating second-half run in an 87-71 victory over Iowa State in the third round of the NCAA tournament on Saturday night. Freshman Anthony Davis had 15 points and 12 rebounds, senior Darius Miller added 19 points and Doron Lamb finished with 16. The Wildcats (34-2)
January 10, 2012 |
RAMON Galloway's father sits behind the La Salle bench for every home game, surrounded by Ramon's mother and her father. The father's eyes are hidden by sunglasses, the grandfather's yellowed by disease, the mother the eyes for the father, the family the reason why Ramon returned home from South Carolina to play at 20th and Olney. "He is an inspiration for me," Gerald Galloway Jr. says of Ramon. That goes both ways. Ramon's father was blinded when he was shot after "a dispute with an older gentleman.
May 7, 2011 |
Four-time winner A.J. Foyt accepted an invitation yesterday to step in for Donald Trump as the celebrity pace-car driver of the Indianapolis 500, ending a controversy before the May 29 race. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Foyt's first win at Indy. Trump, who has aspirations to run for president in 2012, was chosen as the pace-car driver last month, but backed out after opponents called him too divisive and too much of a distraction. Pro Football Minnesota Vikings cornerback Chris Cook was found not guilty of pulling a gun on a neighbor in Virginia.
April 21, 2011 |
The parents of a college football player have sued the policeman who shot and killed him, calling the shooting an "unconscionable use of force. " In a complaint filed yesterday in federal court, Danroy Henry Sr. and Angella Henry , of Easton, Mass., said the officer violated the civil and constitutional rights of their son, Danroy Henry Jr. They demanded compensation for their son's death and their suffering. The Pleasantville, N.Y., officer, Aaron Hess, was cleared of wrongdoing by a grand jury in February.
April 21, 2011
HAD A call the other day from a reader asking about Chuck Bednarik. The guy, who didn't identify himself, just wanted to pass along a note to Bednarik, who had a recent hospital stay after experiencing shortness of breath and feeling faint. Bednarik has much of his strength back, says son-in-law Ken Safarowic, and appreciates all the well-wishes he's received. If you'd like to pass along a note to Bednarik, send it to us here at the Daily News and we'll make sure he gets it. Our address: Daily News Sports Dept., c/o Chuck Bednarik, 400 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19130.