June 20, 2015 |
The Inquirer reported Tuesday that former coach Larry Brown has been lobbying the 76ers to hire Allen Iverson as an assistant general manager. There is one person who wholeheartedly supports that move: Iverson himself. "I may not know everything about physical talent or anything like that, but I have a sharp mind when it comes to that look, being able to look into somebody's eyes to tell if they are going to be in the foxhole with you tonight or if they are not," Iverson said Thursday night.
May 25, 2015 |
The sports draft, devised 79 years ago in Philadelphia because Bert Bell knew his Eagles couldn't otherwise compete, is a curious institution. Without one, wealthy teams such as the 1927-1964 New York Yankees can dominate. But with one, shrewdly run franchises such as the 1957-69 Boston Celtics can do the same. Though its worst-goes-first structure is meant to level the playing field, the system, as tank-ful 76ers fans understand, can still be manipulated. To preserve parity and integrity, leagues have tinkered constantly with their drafts.
April 5, 2015
INDIANAPOLIS - You know the world is spinning wildly out of control when Duke is on the undercard and Mark Emmert is on the right side of history. That is the backdrop to tonight's Final Four - college basketball's most successful program of the last 30 years relegated to warmup act for college basketball's most successful program ever, and the NCAA president a voice of reason in the debate around Indiana's capital on the now-revised "religious freedom" law that was devised by minds that needed opening.
April 3, 2015 |
Darrun Hilliard, Villanova's leading three-point shooter during the regular season, will be a contestant in the three-point- shooting competition to be held Thursday night in Indianapolis in conjunction with the Final Four. The contest will take place in Butler's Hinkle Fieldhouse, the same building in which Hilliard knocked down a career-high eight threes in a Feb. 14 win for the Wildcats. Hilliard also will participate Friday in a college all-star game at Lucas Oil Stadium along with teammate JayVaughn Pinkston and Temple's Will Cummings.
March 31, 2015 |
Former all-American Chris Mullin has been offered the head coaching job at his alma mater, St. John's, ESPN reported Sunday. The Red Storm and coach Steve Lavin parted ways on Friday. Lavin coached five seasons at St. John's, where the Red Storm made two NCAA tournament appearances. Mullin was drafted seventh overall in 1985 by Golden State and played in the NBA from 1985-2001 for the Warriors and the Indiana Pacers. He has also been a member of the front office for both the Sacramento Kings and the Warriors following his retirement.
March 25, 2015 |
B.J. Johnson, a former Lower Merion basketball standout who is transferring from Syracuse after two seasons, committed Monday to continue his career at La Salle. Johnson's father, Bobby, was a sharpshooting wing guard for ex-coach Speedy Morris and the Explorers from 1986 to 1990. "I couldn't be happier about B.J.'s decision," the Southern High School graduate said. "There's a legacy there which I think he'll eclipse. " A 6-foot-7, 190-pound sophomore forward, B.J. Johnson averaged 4.1 points and 3.1 rebounds in 25 games for Syracuse in the recently completed season.
March 21, 2015 |
Temple used double-digit scoring efforts from three players Thursday to beat Marist, 67-54, in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and move to a second-round Women's NIT matchup with Penn at 2 p.m. Sunday. Erica Covile led the way with 19 points, while also adding six boards. Tanaya Atkinson finished with 18 points and five rebounds, while sophomore Feyonda Fitzgerald had 14 points, and six rebounds. Penn 65, Hofstra 58 - With some quality shooting from three-point range, Penn held off Hofstra on Thursday to move to 21-8 on the season and set up a Round 2 contest with Temple.
March 18, 2015 |
Three Philadelphia-bred coaches have led their teams back to the top of the NCAA women's basketball tournament bracket for the second straight season. Geno Auriemma's two-time defending champion and No. 1 overall seeded Connecticut (32-1) was placed at the head of the Albany Regional in the 64-team draw, which was announced Monday night. Dawn Staley's South Carolina squad (30-2) heads up the Greensboro Regional and Muffet McGraw's Notre Dame team (31-2) leads the 16 teams in the Oklahoma City Regional.
March 17, 2015 |
The top-ranked Kentucky Wildcats are taking a 34-game winning streak into the NCAA tournament in their quest for title. Willie Cauley-Stein scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and Kentucky never trailed in beating Arkansas, 78-63, Sunday in the Southeastern Conference tournament championship game in Nashville. Atlantic Ten. Treveon Graham scored 20 points and Doug Brooks made a huge steal in the final minute to help Virginia Commonwealth beat Dayton, 71-65, and win its first A-10 tournament championship.
March 15, 2015 |
Marcus Paige hit two free throws with 3.9 seconds remaining to help No. 19 North Carolina stun No. 3 Virginia, 71-67, on Friday night in the Atlantic Coast Conference semifinals in Greensboro, N.C. Paige also hit a shot to beat the clock in the final minute, helping the fifth-seeded Tar Heels (24-10) hold off the top seed. Freshman Justin Jackson scored a season-high 22 points to lead the Tar Heels, who led by 13 points before all-ACC guard Malcolm Brogdon (25 points) singlehandedly brought the Cavaliers (29-3)