February 14, 2013 |
It may have been construed as a desperate move by a team whose season was slowly sliding away, but the press was something that rejuvenated a sleepwalking St. Joseph's basketball squad. The Hawks rarely press, but when they found themselves trailing by nine points at the half Wednesday night, they got back into the game with a full-court press. With spirited play fueled by the press, St. Joseph's earned a 61-55 Atlantic Ten victory over Richmond at Hagan Arena. The Hawks improved to 14-9 overall and 5-5 in the A-10, while Richmond fell to 14-11, 4-6. Both teams entered the night tied for 10th in the conference.
October 2, 2012 |
Lawyers for condemned Philadelphia killer Terrance Williams today filed documents with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court opposing the reinstatement of Wednesday's death penalty and asking Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille to recuse himself from the appeal. The motion asking Castille to disqualify himself is based on Castille's role as Philadelphia District Attorney in 1986, when a Common Pleas Court jury sentenced Williams to death for the 1984 murder of Amos Norwood. Castille, as the city's chief prosecutor, approved the decision to seek the death penalty and to defend the sentence after Williams' lawyers challenged it on appeal.
March 26, 2012 |
The NCAA Final Four will feature nothing but blue bloods. Pedestrian teams need not apply. The four teams that advanced to New Orleans have combined for 159 NCAA tournaments, 49 Final Fours (counting this year), and 13 national championships. Yes, all of them have won at least one title. The field for next weekend at the Mercedes Benz Superdome sorted itself out Sunday when Kentucky overwhelmed Baylor and Kansas used a late surge to knock out North Carolina. So we have a top seed (Kentucky)
March 19, 2012 |
Draymond Green does it all for the Michigan State basketball team. He added one more duty Sunday, mopping sweat out of the lane late in the Spartans' third-round NCAA West Regional game against St. Louis. Green, a 6-foot-7, 230-pound senior from Saginaw, Mich., is the Spartans' unquestioned leader, and not just because he led his team into the Sweet 16 with 16 points, 13 rebounds, and six assists in a 65-61 victory over St. Louis in Columbus, Ohio. Green has the trust of his coach, Tom Izzo, who said, "I've never had a player that can pick up a scouting report faster than this kid can. " So when things were getting tight against the plucky Billikens of the Atlantic Ten, Green was the man with the basketball.
September 9, 2011 |
Back in the 1970s, Glenn Fine was a star basketball player for Harvard University, good enough to be drafted in the 10th round by the San Antonio Spurs. Now Fine, a Cheltenham native, has been drafted by another big-league team, albeit one that competes in a different arena. Dechert L.L.P., the University City-based law firm known for its focus on Wall Street and global deal-making, said Thursday that Fine would be joining its white-collar and securities-litigation practice.
April 14, 2011 |
THIS IS HOW serious Denny Hamlin is about basketball: He plans to attend a hoops camp to improve his game. Before meeting with the Mid-Atlantic motorsports media yesterday, Hamlin visited with the Sixers. The runner-up in last year's NASCAR Chase for the Championship took some shots with Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner and also spoke to the team. "They probably don't know my name, yet I was going to give them a pep talk going into the playoffs," a smiling Hamlin said.
January 4, 2011 |
As a high school senior, Jimmy Hammer has reached the point at which his primary Christmas gift is money. So, 1-plus week later, has he made any special purchases? "One pair of shoes and one pair of sneakers," he said. We know one thing he does not have to buy . . . A jump shot. There's the ball in Hammer's hands. And there it is in the basket. That's just about how quickly it happens, too. From all locales on the court. Both behind and in front of the arc. The 6-2, 175-pound wing guard is a quick-draw master.
March 19, 2009 |
POP QUIZ: Which of these SportsCenter-worthy moments is false? a.) A kid dons a blindfold and wins $500,000 by sinking a half-court shot at halftime of a University of Maryland basketball game. b.) A high school senior in Ohio sinks a full-court heave at the end of the third quarter of a playoff victory earlier this month - then repeats the feat when a local news team comes to practice a few days later. c.) A blind high school senior hits the game-winning free throws with 10 seconds left as his team's best shooter watches from the sideline.
July 3, 2008 |
The 76ers spent the day yesterday showing Josh Smith around the city on his recruiting trip, hoping the 6-foot-9 forward of the Atlanta Hawks would leave his hometown and join them for the next several years. Smith arrived yesterday morning at Philadelphia International Airport, then headed for the Wachovia Center, where a Sixers jersey with his name and number on it hung in the locker room and his head shot appeared on the Jumbotron. He was escorted on his tour by president and general manager Ed Stefanski and community ambassador Sonny Hill and even had lunch with Mayor Nutter.
August 1, 2006 |
The mood was upbeat, even festive, as if everyone was there for a family picnic, not a court hearing. Members of Kevin Brinkley's family began gathering across the street from City Hall at 11 a.m. yesterday, more than two hours before they needed to be in court. By 11:15, there were 50 people. By 11:45, 75. When the group finally left at 12:15, there were almost 100 people, all of them wearing T-shirts that read: "Free Kevin Brinkley. " "We want to be seated, strong, when Kevin comes out that door," Greg Brinkley, Kevin's uncle, told the group.