February 8, 2013 |
Damon Mitchell was a sophomore with zero experience at quarterback when Tim Watson, his new coach at Cedar Creek High School in New Jersey, pulled out an old magazine. Darren McFadden was on the cover. He was wearing No. 5. He was playing for Arkansas. "Coach asked me, 'Do you want to play quarterback?' " Mitchell recalled. "I was like, 'Quarterback? I'm a running back.' "Then he pulled out this magazine with Darren McFadden wearing No. 5 and running the Wildcat [offense]. He said, 'I want you to be like him.' " Mitchell wore No. 5 during his career at Cedar Creek.
January 24, 2012 |
A weekend visit to Rutgers prompted J.J. Denman, a mammoth offensive lineman from Pennsbury, to withdraw his commitment to Wisconsin and commit to playing for Rutgers. "I just felt it was the best thing for me and my family," the 6-foot-6, 310-pound senior, a two-time Inquirer first-team all-Southeastern Pennsylvania selection, said Monday. Denman, projected to be an offensive tackle in college, first committed to Penn State last May. He switched to Wisconsin, following an official visit to Madison, in mid-October.
December 13, 2012 |
The Associated Press all-American football teams were announced Tuesday. For the first time since 2004, no Penn State player made the top three teams. The most notable omission is senior linebacker Michael Mauti, the only Big Ten player ranked in the top 10 in the conference in tackles, interceptions, and forced fumbles. Another AP all-American candidate was senior defensive tackle Jordan Hill, a first-team all Big Ten selection. Florida's Shariff Floyd, a junior tackle out of Philadelphia's George Washington High, was a third-team selection.
December 19, 2012 |
DEFENDING overall World Cup champion Marcel Hirscher , of Austria, was fastest in both runs to post an emphatic victory in a night slalom Tuesday that was marred by the death of a gate keeper in Madonna Di Campiglio, Italy. The win moved Hirscher above American rival Ted Ligety into second place in the overall standings. Ligety finished ninth. There was a delay of about 15 minutes after the first eight starters when a 70-year-old gate keeper, positioned midway down the course, went into cardiac arrest and died.
February 7, 2013 |
IT'S UNANIMOUS: This year's "Bonnie Lindros Meddlesome Mom Award" goes to Andrea McDonald. McDonald's son Alex Collins, a five-star running back from South Plantation High near Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was in the school's auditorium Wednesday, preparing to sign a letter of intent to play for Arkansas. But he never did, because mom grabbed the papers and sprinted from the building. Apparently, she wants him to play at a school closer to home. When Arkansas coach Bret Bielema appeared on ESPNU on Wednesday to talk about his recruits, he couldn't mention Collins because he had not officially signed yet. On Wednesday, Collins older brother, Johnny, told the Miami Herald that the family wants Alex to consider the University of Miami.
December 5, 2012
A person familiar with the talks told the Associated Press that free-agent pitcher Dan Haren and the Washington Nationals are close to completing a one-year deal for $13 million. The person spoke Tuesday at the baseball winter meetings under condition of anonymity because the deal wasn't finalized. Haren was 12-13 with a 4.33 ERA in 30 starts for the Los Angeles Angels. Free agent Eric Hinske agreed to a one-year contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Injured closer Joakim Soria and the Texas Rangers have reached an agreement on an $8 million, two-year contract.
December 22, 2012
Michael Phelps has added another triumph to his list of accomplishments: Associated Press male athlete of the year. The retired swimmer, who won four gold medals and two silvers at the London Games to become the most decorated Olympian ever, edged out LeBron James in voting announced Thursday. Phelps finished with 40 votes in the media balloting to win the award for the second time. James had 37, followed by track star Usain Bolt with 23. Carl Lewis is the only other Olympic-centric athlete to capture AP male athlete of the year more than once, taking the award in 1983 and '84. The only men honored more than twice are Tiger Woods , Lance Armstrong , and Michael Jordan . COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Linebacker Kyle Van Noy forced a fumble in the end zone and recovered it for a touchdown and scored on a 17-yard interception return, both in the fourth quarter, to rally Brigham Young over San Diego State, 23-6, in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl.
March 4, 2015 |
MOVE OVER Jeffrey Lurie, you've got company. Michael Jordan jumped into the deep end of the financial pool yesterday when Forbes revealed the former NBA star, who is now principal owner of the Hornets, made its 2015 billionaires list. It's a first for Jordan, whose $1 billion net worth ranked him at 1,741. Lurie is ranked at 1,638 with $1.1 billion. Others with ties to sports are Rams owner Stanley Kroenke, ranked 225 with $6.3 billion, Patriots owner Robert Kraft (381, $4.3 billion)
October 3, 2011 |
Andrew Luck threw for 227 yards and three touchdowns and padded his Heisman Trophy resume with an acrobatic one-handed catch, keeping sixth-ranked and host Stanford perfect with a 45-19 victory over UCLA on Saturday night. Luck completed 23 of 27 passes and had the Cardinal (4-0, 2-0 Pac-12) in cruise control to extend the nation's longest winning streak to 12 games. Stepfan Taylor ran for 112 yards and two scores and Coby Fleener caught two touchdowns in front of a rare sellout crowd of 50,360 at Stanford Stadium.