April 27, 2006 |
George Mason basketball coach Jim Larranaga, who led the surprising Patriots to the Final Four, got a contract extension yesterday through the 2011-12 season. The Patriots, who had an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament, became the first true mid-major team since the 1970s to reach the Final Four before losing to eventual champion Florida. Larranaga is 166-105 in nine seasons with the Patriots. The Bowl Championship Series ruled that teams that finish in the top 14 in the final ranking will be considered for at-large bowl bids.
March 15, 2005 |
Georgia Tech football coach Chan Gailey suffered a heart attack yesterday while playing racquetball at the campus recreation center. Gailey, who turned 53 in January, was taken to Piedmont Hospital after experiencing chest pains. He underwent a balloon angioplasty, a procedure that is used to clear a blocked artery, and was resting comfortably, spokeswoman Allison George said. "He's expected to be in the hospital 3 or 4 days," she said. "He will make a complete recovery. " George was not aware of Gailey having any previous heart problems.
February 11, 2003 |
The Eagles took the first step of their off-season on the same day they announced where and when they will begin their preseason. The team yesterday announced the signing of punter Dirk Johnson to a three-year contract. The 27-year-old Johnson, who has been literally kicking around on the NFL's fringes the last few years, appears to be the designated replacement for 41-year-old Sean Landeta. The Eagles also released a list of their preseason opponents, revealing that the New England Patriots will be their first opponents in brand-new Lincoln Financial Field.
August 5, 2003 |
Don Garber, the commissioner of Major League Soccer, saw the success of Sunday's Manchester United-FC Barcelona game at Lincoln Financial Field and said that his league, looking to make an expansion announcement in the next few months, still wants to be in Philadelphia. Garber said yesterday that he would love to have the Eagles as owners of a Philadelphia team, but that it would be "difficult to impossible" for an MLS franchise to use the Birds' new stadium if Temple is playing college football games there on Saturdays.
August 24, 2003 |
It was a warm-up game, for both the Eagles and their new field. And although the home team lost, 24-12, to the New England Patriots - in what was after all a meaningless preseason game - Lincoln Financial Field looked ready to dominate the competition: The new stadium's ample bathrooms, dazzling video displays, and clean sight lines drew raves from the 66,000 fans who turned out on a hot, steamy Friday night for the Linc's inaugural football game....
December 16, 2003 |
Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Funny Cide could make his next start in the Grade 1 Donn Handicap in Hallandale Beach, Fla., on Feb. 7. Funny Cide, who was shipped to Florida last month for some rest, isn't expected to run before the $500,000 race. He breezed a half-mile late last week, his only workout since arriving in Florida. "We want to run in the Donn, but if we can't make it this year, we can make it next year or the year after that," trainer Barclay Tagg said yesterday.
December 16, 2003 |
The Oklahoma football team tied a record yesterday, with five Sooners named to the Associated Press all-American first team in voting by a nationwide panel of sportswriters. The quintet consisted of Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Jason White, defensive lineman Tommie Harris, linebacker Teddy Lehman, cornerback Derrick Strait and all-purpose player Antonio Perkins. Lehman previously had been named the winner of the Chuck Bednarik Trophy, the award in honor of the former Eagles star that goes to the top defensive college player.
January 5, 1998 |
Surrounded by his more recognizable Syracuse teammates, Marius Janulis often ends up the lost player on the court. That's what happened yesterday against Rutgers, and the Scarlet Knights paid for it. Janulis had 19 points, 11 of them in the second half when Rutgers (6-5, 0-3 Big East) erased all but one point from a 17-point deficit before succumbing to the 19th-ranked Orangemen 71-68, at Syracuse. "They just have too many weapons," Rutgers coach Kevin Bannon said. "We've done a good job when we've only had to stop one or two guys, but there's a lot of guys on that team that you have to stop.
December 20, 2005 |
The LPGA Tour made an exception yesterday for 17-year-old Floridian Morgan Pressel, accepting her as a member instead of making her wait until she turns 18, three months after the season begins. Former commissioner Ty Votaw had rejected Pressel's petition in June that she be allowed to join the LPGA Tour before turning 18. A week later, Pressel was runner-up at the U.S. Women's Open. Pressel easily earned her card at LPGA Tour qualifying school two weeks ago. The majority of the field for the 70th Masters has been set, with invitations extended to 99 players after the final world golf ranking of the year was published yesterday.
May 28, 1997 |
John Daly has agreed to a five-year contract to endorse Callaway Golf Co. equipment, less than a month after Wilson Sporting Goods Co. dropped him after a drinking binge. Daly will return to the PGA Tour this week at the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio, after a two-month absence that included a stay in the Betty Ford Center for treatment of alcoholism. He reportedly damaged a hotel room after a night of drinking and withdrew before competing in the Players Championship in Florida at the end of March.