June 15, 2015 |
A late March baseball game at Griffin High School, about 40 miles south of Atlanta, attracted a gaggle of scouts. Pike County's Tristin English, a righthanded pitcher bound for Georgia Tech in the fall, was on the mound against Griffin's star, the smooth-swinging Cornelius Randolph. Griffin coach Alex Wyche batted Randolph leadoff, so English, whose fastball reaches the mid-90s, couldn't pitch around him. In each of his first two at-bats, the lefthanded-hitting Randolph scorched heaters to left-center field, the second resulting in a double that plated a run with two outs.
March 24, 2015 |
PITTSBURGH - This wasn't the way it was supposed to end. Not again. And there isn't any good way to explain it. Villanova already had set a program record by winning 33 games. Including its last 16, another program best. But the top-seeded Wildcats were beaten Saturday night at the Consol Energy Center by a North Carolina State team that had lost 13 times, 71-68, in the round of 32 of the NCAA Tournament's East Regional. A Wolfpack team that had won at Louisville and North Carolina and beaten Duke at home.
February 23, 2015 |
Quinn Cook matched a career high with 27 points for No. 4 Duke, and the Blue Devils playing without star Jahlil Okafor, routed Clemson, 78-56, on Saturday in Durham, N.C. Three freshmen - Justise Winslow (20 points), Tyus Jones (11) and Grayson Allen (10) - also reached double figures to help Duke (24-3, 11-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) win its seventh straight. Jaron Blossomgame had 10 points to lead Clemson (15-12, 7-8), which lost for the fourth time in five games and was denied its first win at Cameron Indoor Stadium in 20 years.
December 9, 2014 |
THERE REALLY wasn't any wrong answer to the question of who should be the fourth and final team in the first FBS playoff. You could have made a case for Ohio State, Baylor or TCU. The Selection Committee, not shockingly, went with Ohio State, which was fifth in last week's College Football Playoff poll. That was before the Buckeyes and their new quarterback - the second Urban Meyer has had to go with since Braxton Miller went down in August - gutted Wisconsin (10-3) in Saturday's Big Ten title game, 59-0.
December 5, 2014 |
IT'S CHAMPIONSHIP weekend, finally. The closing photo op for any team that's still in contention for one of the four spots in the first FBS playoff, where the most pertinent quandary seems to be whether there's any scenario in which the selection committee would actually find a way to leave out defending national champion Florida State - the lone unbeaten and winner of 28 straight - even if it wins yet one more of those too-close games against four-point...
December 2, 2014 |
Players of the Weekend National - Harrison Butler's career-long 53-yard field goal at the buzzer sent Georgia Tech into overtime at Georgia, where the Yellow Jackets won by six. Local - Seth Klein (21-for-29 268 yards) passed for two touchdowns and ran for another and Anthony Davis had 13 receptions as Widener remained unbeaten with a 37-27 home win over visiting Christopher Newport (8-4) in the second round of the Division III playoffs. Around Town Cincinnati 14, Temple 6 In their last home game, the Owls (5-6, 3-4 AAC)
November 26, 2014 |
OK, SO who among the playoff contenders are most likely to squander their opportunity? It happens almost every year. Somebody loses late to open things up for next up on the food chain. You don't always know the who part, just that, somewhere out there, dreams will go poof. With a selection committee now being asked to identify the four finalists for the inaugural tournament, it only adds to the probability. The lone certainty is that Alabama, Oregon and Florida State are in the pole positions.
October 10, 2014 |
AS WE REACH the midway point of the first FBS season with a playoff, the top of the rankings are where they were on Jan. 6: Florida State is first and Auburn is No. 2. But can they remain there? Or at least do enough to get in the inaugural Final Four? The Seminoles host Notre Dame next week and go to Louisville on Oct. 30. They're at Miami on Nov. 15 and host Florida two weeks later, not that either of those rivals are what they were. Then there's the ACC title game in Charlotte against, most likely, Virginia, Georgia Tech or Virginia Tech.
September 21, 2014 |
Villanova clearly was excited to play football in the first two weeks of the season, losing an overtime heartbreaker at Syracuse, an FBS team, and then rolling to a 44-point victory over Fordham, the 11th-ranked squad in FCS. The Wildcats had nowhere to take all this energy in Week 3 because they were idle. And coach Andy Talley hopes that didn't bring their momentum to a halt going into Saturday's Colonial Athletic Association opener against James Madison at Villanova Stadium. "The question is, 'Where are you as a team when you have a layoff?
August 24, 2014 |
Wayne Ellington and Thaddeus Young are the same age, came out of high school at the same time, and competed against each other in the Atlantic Coast Conference, and Ellington has nothing but sympathy for the situation in which his old friend and rival finds himself. The 76ers are poised to trade Young to the Minnesota Timberwolves as part of a three-way deal that will send Kevin Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers, have Andrew Wiggins join Young in Minnesota, and allow the Sixers to acquire another first-round draft pick and clear more salary-cap room ahead of the 2015 off-season.