August 20, 2013 |
MOSCOW - Brilliant baton-passing was the key to Team USA's world-record 40.82-second women's 4x100-meter relay triumph at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Hoping for a reprise on the concluding day of the 14th World Championships of Track and Field, a completely new American quartet got no such thing Sunday at Luzhniki Stadium. With a mistimed second exchange between second runner Alexandria Anderson of Austin, Texas, and English Gardner of Voorhees running third, the Americans lost critical ground and momentum to front-running Jamaica and appeared to have wound up third in 42.75, behind Jamaica's winning 41.29, a World Championships record, and France's silver-medal 42.73.
August 19, 2013 |
MOSCOW - Nia Ali, a former star at West Catholic, has run her way into the semifinals of the women's 100-meter hurdles at the 14th World Championships of Track and Field. Ali reached the Saturday semis with a 13.19-second run in the opening round Friday morning. But even though she came to Moscow owning the third best time in the world this year, a 12.48 at the USA Nationals in Des Moines, Iowa, seven weeks ago, her further progress here is clouded by injury. "I've got hamstring trouble," she said after her race at Luzhniki Stadium, site of the 1980 Olympic Games.
August 18, 2013 |
ORLANDO - As much as the Arena League fawns over Kurt Warner, the Super Bowl champion never won an ArenaBowl. Quirky stat? Maybe. But quarterbacks are defined by championships - no matter the level - as much as passing yards. And a championship is the one thing that has eluded Soul quarterback Dan Raudabaugh. Only 19 quarterbacks have won an ArenaBowl, according to the arenafan.com website. While it's certain that Raudabaugh and his Arizona Rattlers counterpart, Nick Davila, want a shot at playing in the NFL on Sundays, a win Saturday would be a defining moment in the arena football section of their playing resumés.
August 16, 2013
DON'T COUNT out the Temple Owls, even the golfing ones. Down two holes with four to play, Temple sophomore Brandon Matthews stormed back to top Matt Pinizzotto in the Round of 64 of the 113th U.S. Amateur Championship yesterday at Brookline, Mass. After Pinizzotto, of Salinas, Calif., won four straight holes (11th through 14th) to turn a two-hole deficit into a two-hole lead, Matthews downed a birdie putt at 15 to begin his comeback. "I saw the line and knocked it in," said Matthews, who would go on to win Nos. 16 and 18 to advance, 1-up.
August 15, 2013 |
PPL Park is set to host the Major League Lacrosse championship weekend on Aug. 24-25. The Denver Outlaws, Hamilton Nationals, Chesapeake Bayhawks and Charlotte Hounds will compete in Chester for the league title and Steinfeld Trophy. The championship game is set for 3 p.m. on Aug. 25. Denver, the league's lone undefeated team at 14-0, has secured the No. 1 seed and will play Charlotte in the first semifinal at 1 p.m. on Aug. 24. The Outlaws are the first team in the MLL to finish unbeaten.
August 11, 2013 |
PITTSFORD, N.Y. - Two years ago at the PGA Championship in Atlanta, Jason Dufner led by five with four holes to play. Somehow, he ended up losing in a three-hole playoff to Keegan Bradley. Don't ask. He was 34 at the time. It could have changed his world. Instead, he had to find a way to move on with his career. Last season, the Auburn product got his first two PGA Tour wins, the first coming in a sudden-death playoff. And in the seven majors since his meltdown, he hasn't finished worst than 31st.
August 9, 2013 |
PITTSFORD, N.Y. - Remember when Adam Scott didn't threaten much at a major? Hey, at least Greg Norman kept putting himself in position enough to have it all go wrong in the end. Well, at 33, the fellow Australian has now become almost a fixture in these things. Right about the same time, coincidentally or whatever, he hooked up with caddie Steve Williams after Williams' messy breakup from Tiger Woods. Or maybe Scott finally just became the kind of player most everyone always thought he could be. It happens.
August 8, 2013 |
PITTSFORD, N.Y. - The Philadelphia-area will be well-represented at the 95th PGA Championship, which starts tomorrow at Oak Hill Country Club. Mark Sheftic, the PGA teaching professional at Merion, and David McNabb, the PGA head professional at Applebrook Golf Club in Malvern, will both be in the field. It is the first PGA Championship for McNabb, who tied for ninth in the 2013 PGA Professional National Championship, giving him a shot to play with the best golfers in the world this week.
August 7, 2013 |
THE PGA Championship counts the same as the Masters, U.S. Open and British Open. It just doesn't seem that way. Because, well, it's generally viewed as being fourth in the grand-slam pecking order. Just don't try selling that to five-time champion Jack Nicklaus, who I'm sure treasures those Wanamaker Trophies every bit as much as his other 13 major titles. Still . . . The Masters has the green jacket, and returns to the same TV-friendly venue every April. The U.S. Open is the national championship, and is the toughest tournament to win. The British Open is the oldest championship, and the one the rest of the world reveres most.