September 29, 2013 |
When he wasn't on the field for his Delran football team, German Mendoza was pacing the sidelines. He was amping up the crowd, waving his hands. He was talking to himself, talking to his teammates. And when he was on the field - well, his energy was a little more concentrated. On his first carry of the game, Mendoza broke a 32-yard run. It was a sign of things to come as the running back led Delran to an 18-12 home win over Bordentown Friday night in a matchup between two of the favorites in the West Jersey Football League Liberty Division.
September 17, 2013 |
"They are what we thought they were!" THIS PHRASE, coined during Dennis Green's wonderful 2006 meltdown, applies as much to the Eagles today as it did to his Cardinals in 2006. After two games and 63 points scored, the Eagles' strengths lie in Michael Vick's arm, LeSean McCoy's shifty feet and DeSean Jackson's liquid hot legs, all fostered by a pedigreed offensive line that can give Vick 1.4 seconds in the pocket, or, sometimes, 1.4 minutes. After two games and 60 points allowed, the Eagles' weaknesses lie in an undermanned secondary, a toothless pass rush and an inability to cover tight ends, especially when asked to do so, by design, for two-thirds of the game.
August 16, 2013 |
LA SALLE and Temple have agreed to move their games to the Palestra the next two seasons. This season's game (Saturday, Jan. 18, noon) will be preceded by ESPN College GameDay. Tickets will be split evenly between the schools. The game, which will be on ESPN or ESPN2, would have been at Gola Arena this season and at the Liacouras Center next season. The Palestra game will be the culmination of ESPN's "My Home Court" initiative - a weeklong celebration of college hoops' best venues.
August 2, 2013 |
ON SUNDAY in Detroit, both before and after the Phillies lost their eighth straight game, brash closer Jonathan Papelbon didn't mince words when he was asked about the state of his underachieving team. Papelbon, who signed a 4-year, $50 million contract two winters ago, said that he "didn't come here for this. " He said changes needed to be made in the organization, "from top to bottom. " Perhaps Papelbon should use some of that $50 million, the largest contract ever given to a reliever, to invest in a mirror.
June 16, 2013 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Just a couple of feet higher, and things could have ended differently for the Neshaminy softball team in the PIAA Class AAAA state final. With the Redskins down to their last two outs and trailing by a couple of runs in the 12th inning, junior Jen Walker sent a ball soaring to left field. Instead of clearing the stadium, it fell a bit short, bouncing off the blue fence at Penn State's Beard Field, and what could have been a tying two-run homer turned into an RBI double.
June 1, 2013 |
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. - One has to excuse Amanda Blumenherst for the late hours she's kept lately. Five months ago, Blumenherst married Nate Freiman, who made the Oakland Athletics roster as a rookie first baseman at the end of spring training. His promotion delighted the couple, but keeping up with someone in the Pacific time zone can be somewhat taxing for a professional golfer competing in the East. "I'm going to say the time change is killing me," a smiling Blumenherst said Friday after opening the ShopRite LPGA Classic with a 5-under-par 66 for a share of the lead.
May 8, 2013 |
There are no stands surrounding the grass field at Shawnee High School. The 400 or so in attendance Tuesday afternoon were mostly sitting on the ground or standing, several deep in some spots, craning their necks to see the nation's most storied girls' lacrosse rivalry. Emotions always run high when Shawnee plays Moorestown in girls' lacrosse. The intensity on the field is different, something separate even from what you'd feel in a postseason game. But that still doesn't quite explain what the annual matchup means to the players.
April 18, 2013 |
Pottsgrove trailed by two runs and was down to its last out in Wednesday afternoon's Pioneer Athletic Conference softball game against Perkiomen Valley when freshman Gabbi Ermish came to the plate. Ermish had just given up two runs in the previous half-inning and needed to get on base to keep the Falcons' hopes alive. She singled, as did the next two batters, before Lexi Kehl ripped a bases-clearing triple to give Pottsgrove a 9-8 victory over the host Vikings. Ermish retired the side in order in the seventh inning to record the win. Kehl's bases-loaded triple capped a great game for the junior, who went 3 for 5 and drove in four runs.
April 3, 2013 |
Clearview's Alex Hochberg pitched once in a varsity game as a sophomore. It didn't go too well. "First batter hit a triple," Hochberg said. "Next batter hit a single. Next batter hit a home run. " Hochberg returned to the varsity mound on Monday afternoon and shut down Paul VI in the first round of the Grand Slam Classic at Washington Lake Park in Sewell. The junior righthander allowed four hits and one run in six innings, leading Clearview to a 3-1 victory in a well-played season opener for both teams.
March 26, 2013 |
DAYTON, Ohio - Thanks, but all the pretty words weren't helping Khalif Wyatt. Indiana coach Tom Crean praised the Temple senior's spectacular performance. Victor Oladipo, the lottery-pick-to-be tasked with guarding him, called Wyatt a "great player. " His own coach and teammates piled on the compliments. Words. They weren't going to send Wyatt to the Sweet 16. They couldn't change the fact that his incredible 62-point weekend marked the end of his college career. "It really doesn't do anything for me, not right now at least," Wyatt said Sunday afternoon.