April 11, 2013 |
Joe Mihalich is leaving behind 15 successful seasons at Niagara to take over Hofstra's troubled men's basketball program. The 56-year-old former La Salle player and assistant was announced Wednesday by the Long Island school as its 12th basketball coach. Mihalich replaces Mo Cassara, who was fired following a 7-25 season. Four Pride players were arrested in November on burglary charges stemming from dormitory room break-ins. Hofstra lands an established coach and respected recruiter in Mihalich, who played a big role in reviving the Purple Eagles' proud basketball tradition.
April 1, 2012 |
Kentucky's Anthony Davis won the Wooden Award on Saturday, the latest honor in his accolade-filled season. Davis becomes the second freshman to win the Wooden Award after Kevin Durant, who accomplished the feat in 2007. Hall of Fame coach John Wooden's grandson, Greg, presented the award on behalf of the Los Angeles Athletic Club. Davis was named AP player of the year on Friday. K-State names Weber Bruce Weber knows Kansas State fans may not accept him right away.
March 21, 2012 |
SHAKA SMART, who last year signed an 8-year deal to coach Virginia Commonwealth, may be headed to Illinois, according to a report. College Basketball Insider, citing multiple sources, reported that the 34-year-old Smart, whose Rams lost to Indiana on Saturday after reaching the Final Four last season, is considering an offer worth about $2.5 million a year. His current deal, which he signed after the Rams lost to Butler in the national semifinals last season, pays about $1.2 million a year.
March 10, 2012 |
Kentucky wasn't just supposed to beat Louisiana State, it was supposed to win comfortably. But the Wildcats (31-1) labored through an 18-turnover performance Friday in which the feisty Tigers led early in the second half before losing, 60-51, in the second-round of the Southeastern Conference tournament in New Orleans. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist helped No. 1 Kentucky overcome its early lethargy, scoring 10 of his 19 points in the opening 20 minutes before his teammates came alive in the second half.
October 23, 2009 |
BASEBALL HAS a growing problem. Uh-huh, just like those geezers at the ballpark who keep getting up, shuffling sheepishly past other geezers, to head for the men's room. Think about what they might miss. How would you like to be one of the geezer's buddies trying to explain the play when third-base umpire Tim McClelland watched Angels catcher Mike Napoli tag Robinson Cano and Jorge Posada while they tapdanced around third base as if it were a land mine. Called Posada out, called Cano safe.
February 1, 2008 |
'I'm not dead yet," Chet Baker tells a fan in a Cannes club, obliging him by returning to the stage to do another tune - "Almost Blue. " Well, the trumpet player, filmed there in 1987 for Bruce Weber's remarkable documentary Let's Get Lost , died the next year. He fell out of an Amsterdam hotel window. He was 58. An addict, an icon of West Coast cool, Baker sang like he played the trumpet - with a cascade of effortless notes falling in sunny yet melancholy waves. First released in 1989, Let's Get Lost - shot in the high-contrast black-and-white that's a hallmark of Weber's still photography - is well worth revisiting on the big screen.
March 27, 2005 |
There's a reason Illinois has been the consensus No. 1 team in the nation this season. Bruce Weber's team has consistently shown it can win under any circumstance. Down by 14 points at Allstate Arena with 3 minutes, 26 seconds to play last night, the Fighting Illini launched a remarkable comeback, nipping third-seeded Arizona, 90-89, in overtime to win the Chicago Regional and continue their enchanting march to the St. Louis Arch for next weekend's Final Four. "It was an unbelievable game," said Weber, once again having lost his voice.
December 23, 2004 |
Top-ranked Illinois faced adversity for the first time this season. That means a coaching opportunity for Bruce Weber the next time he puts in a game tape. "Usually it's 16-2 and there's nothing to watch, because we're winning so easily," Weber said after a 70-64 victory over Missouri last night in St. Louis. Luther Head scored 20 points to help the Illini (11-0) overcome foul problems, poor shooting and a second-half surge by the Tigers. Illinois' previous closest victory margin was 12, over Arkansas.
November 3, 1989 |
Most of Broken Noses is devoted to a profile of a champion lightweight boxer. Apart from a couple of scenes that promise much more, most of Bruce Weber's film is pretty lightweight itself. Weber's documentary opens today at the Roxy Screening Rooms with a return engagement of his infinitely superior Let's Get Lost - a portrait of the late jazz trumpeter Chet Baker that is harrowing and unforgettable. Baker's headlong plunge into heroin addiction and self-destruction is mordantly captured.
June 25, 1989 |
He had a face, all right. Chet Baker blew onto the West Coast jazz scene in the early '50s and made some fabulous noise. A gifted trumpeter and vocalist with a sure eye for trouble, Baker had the presence of a James Dean, a Montgomery Clift. The boy was beautiful. Was is the operative word. A drug abuser of staggering proportions, Baker long let heroin serve as his muse. "What's your favorite kind of high?" filmmaker Bruce Weber calmly asks a buzzed-out Baker in Let's Get Lost, his documentary of the jazz artist, which opened Friday at the Roxy Screening Rooms.