November 13, 2012 |
THE BIG EAST will compete with four conferences that have not had BCS automatic-qualifying status for a guaranteed spot in the lucrative marquee bowl games when college football's new postseason system starts in 2014. That group of five conferences just won't have a bowl of its own. The conference commissioners decided Monday during a meeting with university presidents in Denver that the new four-team playoff will rotate through six games as originally planned. In September, a proposal was put forth to add a seventh game to the rotation that would match the best team from the Big East, Mountain West, Conference USA, Sun Belt and Mid-American Conference against a team from the Pac-12 or Big 12 when it did not host a semifinal.
November 13, 2012
Novak Djokovic recovered from early breaks in both sets to beat Swiss star Roger Federer , 7-6 (6), 7-5, Monday for the ATP Finals championship in London. It was the top-ranked Serb's second title in the year-end tournament for the top eight players in the world. He also won in 2008. COLLEGES: Under the football postseason system that begins in 2014, a spot in the marquee bowls will go to the best team from a group of five conferences: Big East, Mountain West, Conference USA, Sun Belt, and Mid-American.
November 12, 2012 |
Villanova freshman point guard Ryan Arcidiacono was looking to score but ended up dishing, a prudent decision. James Bell then stroked a wide-open corner three-pointer, which was the beginning of the Wildcats' final, 10-0 run as Villanova defeated Marshall, 80-68, on Sunday at the Pavilion. "I was looking to score - but it brought his man in, and I knew he was going to knock it down," said Arcidiacono, who scored 11 points in Villanova's 78-58 win over Division II District of Columbia Friday.
November 6, 2012 |
IS ANOTHER team really ready to challenge Duke and North Carolina's dominance atop the Atlantic Coast Conference? Which controversial announcer is ESPN wisely protecting? And who is Josh Thompson and why is he dunking over his parents? It doesn't matter who the next president is, the annual 50 things to know about college basketball is what this country really needs. 1 Steven Adams, a center for Pittsburgh, is the Big East's preseason freshman of the year. The 7-footer out of New Zealand is a mystery to many of the league's insiders.
November 1, 2012 |
THE LAST TIME Temple's football team lost three straight games was also the last time the Owls finished with a losing record. That was 2008, their second season in the Mid-American Conference, when they dropped four in a row after taking the opener. They eventually closed with two wins to get to 5-7, which was still their best season in nearly 2 decades. Since then they've won 29 times, been to two bowls (winning one) and made it back into a BCS league. But they've lost their last two, for the second time this season, to fall to 3-4, 2-2 in the Big East.
October 17, 2012 |
ARLINGTON, Va. - The Drexel men and Delaware women have become the new constants among a slew of changes in Colonial Athletic Association basketball. For the second straight year, both teams were picked by the CAA's coaches Tuesday to win their conference races. "There's a reason they're picked No. 1," Delaware men's coach Monte Ross said of Bruiser Flint's Dragons during the CAA's media day. Drexel's Frantz Massenat, a 6-foot-4 junior guard, was named preseason men's player of the year.
October 13, 2012
When: Saturday at 3:30 p.m. Where: S.B. Ballard Stadium in Norfolk, Va. Records: Villanova (4-2 overall, 2-1 Colonial Athletic Association); ODU ( 5-0, 2-0). Radio: ESPN-AM (950). Coaches: Villanova, Andy Talley (28th season, 194-118-1, 222-136-2 overall); ODU, Bobby Wilder (32-8). Series: ODU leads, 1-0. THREE THINGS TO WATCH During last week's 28-17 loss to visiting Richmond, Villanova failed to rush for at least 200 yards for the first time this season.
May 5, 2012
The family of former NFL star Junior Seau will donate his brain for research into repetitive head injuries, San Diego Chargers chaplain Shawn Mitchell said Friday. "Junior was philanthropic," Mitchell said. "And he got that from his mom and dad. Their hope is that it can serve athletes down the road. " Seau, 43, was found dead in his Oceanside, Calif., home Wednesday morning of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. He did not leave a note. Some have speculated that brain injuries from football may have played a role in his death, but there's been no medical confirmation of such damage.
May 4, 2012
Webb Simpson chipped in from 35 yards in front of the par-4 eighth green for eagle, and then made Tiger Woods shake his head and smile when he holed a 60-foot birdie putt at the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, N.C. It led to a 7-under 65 for a share of the lead on Thursday with Stewart Cink and Ryan Moore at Quail Hollow - about one mile from Simpson's home. Woods failed to take advantage of fine weather conditions - about one-quarter of the field shot in the 60s, and half broke par. In his first tournament since a tie for 40th at the Masters - his worst performance as a pro at Augusta - Woods made too many mistakes early and had to one-putt three of the last four greens for a 71. Former PGA Championship winner Shaun Micheel is hoping a new putter will help end a nine-year winless drought after a 5-under 67 at the 100th Spanish Open.
March 11, 2012
Men Belmont, Atlantic Sun Colorado, PAC-12 Creighton, Missouri Valley Davidson, Southern Detroit, Horizon League Harvard, Ivy League Lamar, Southland Lehigh, Patriot League Long Beach State, Big West Long Island U., Northeast Louisville, Big East Loyola MD, Metro Atlantic Memphis, Conference USA Missouri, ...