January 23, 2002 |
It did not happen often, but once was enough: Jordan on Iverson. It was as if the second-quarter confrontation had happened in slow motion. Allen Iverson had the ball on the wing, near the three-point line, with Michael Jordan and another Washington defender on him. He slipped free for a moment, then was isolated, one-on-one, with Jordan. Slap, slap, slap. Finally, a whistle. Iverson smiled. Jordan shook his head. Iverson looked back at him and shook his head. In the matchup of former MVP versus reigning MVP, the latter won. Behind Iverson's 34 points, the 76ers beat the Wizards, 91-84, last night at the MCI Center.
January 15, 2002 |
In a way, Mike Caldwell is the guy who started the Chicago Bears' turnaround. Last season, the Bears played the Eagles at Veterans Stadium. Cade McNown, the quarterback taken 10 picks after Donovan McNabb in the first round of the 1999 NFL draft, was trying to get outside, away from the Eagles' rush. Caldwell caught McNown and slammed him to the Vet's unyielding artificial turf, separating McNown's shoulder. His injury opened the door for current starter Jim Miller, who replaced McNown in the Eagles' 13-9 win last season, and backup Shane Matthews.
September 24, 2001 |
Key moments or drives can happen any time during a football game. But on Saturday, Malvern Prep wasted little time in establishing its most important possession - its first. With its offense struggling during the season's first two weeks, the Friars took the opening kickoff and drove 77 yards on 11 plays for a touchdown. That set the tone for Malvern Prep, which took a surprisingly one-sided 35-7 victory over visiting Downingtown. The Whippets (2-2), who entered the game as the No. 3 team in The Inquirer's suburban football rankings, have won the last five Chest-Mont League titles.
June 9, 2001 |
In the Lakers' pregame "pump up the crowd" tape, Shaquille O'Neal steps out of a helicopter that has a very distinctive "S" emblazoned on its side. Last night, during player introductions, Superman spread out his arms and took up five seats. He walked out for the tip and practically stepped on Allen Iverson. Then the game began, and O'Neal kept passing the ball. Everybody got touches. This city hasn't seen such passing ease from a big man since the glory days of Magic Johnson.
December 18, 2000 |
If the schedule called for a boys' basketball doubleheader, it would have been fine with Great Valley. The Patriots were edged by Spring-Ford, 62-59, in Saturday's Pioneer Athletic Conference game, and everybody involved agreed Great Valley played the better game. "We have to get back out there," Great Valley coach Jim Nolan said. "When you have that kind of letdown, you want to play another game right away. Hopefully, the kids will be anxious to get back on the floor. " They will get their chance tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. against visiting Perkiomen Valley.
January 17, 1999 |
Mike Shanahan has prepared his Denver Broncos. The coach said his players have had their best week of practice all season and have pored over films of the New York Jets - of the offense with resurrected quarterback Vinny Testaverde and of the defense that resembles those that Bill Parcells has taken to the Super Bowl before. When the defending Super Bowl champion Broncos (15-2) host the Jets (13-4) in today's AFC championship at Mile High Stadium, Shanahan knows there will be a contest.
January 4, 1999 |
Overshadowed here by the Arizona Cardinals' unprecedented success, burdened with a name that suggests tortilla chips instead of touchdowns, and unable to stifle talk of a national playoff despite the new format, the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl nonetheless will determine college football's champion tonight. In the latest bowl game in years, Tennessee, an underdog despite its top ranking and 12-0 record, will meet No. 2 Florida State (11-1) on a near-perfect night at Sun Devil Stadium. The game itself, however, might not provide the perfect conclusion that Bowl Championship Series organizers had planned.
November 15, 1995 |
America and Russia are waging a high-stakes game of international intrigue in a remote part of the former Soviet Union that contains the world's biggest known reserves of oil outside of the Persian Gulf. The new "great game" is over who will control the pipelines through which the vast flow of Caspian Sea oil from Azerbaijan (and some day, Kazakhstan) will reach its markets. Moscow wants to exert monopoly control over Caspian oil by having it piped northward through Russia. America's interests would be better served by a pipeline route that passes through NATO ally Turkey.
November 14, 1994 |
The North Penn football team wanted Downingtown. It was forced to settle for a trip to Pottsville on Friday night. But coach Joe Shannon wasn't complaining about the Knights' predicament after their stunning 17-14 win at Veterans Memorial Stadium. North Penn originally was scheduled to play Downingtown Friday but was forced to look elsewhere when Downingtown qualified for the PIAA District 1 Class AAAA playoffs and hosted Springfield (Delco) in a semifinal game instead.
September 7, 1994 |
The Eagles were the defending Eastern Division champions in 1948, a team with four future Hall of Famers, yet they were 19-point underdogs to Chicago when the teams met at Shibe Park that October. An Eagles team with the great Steve Van Buren at halfback . . . playing at home . . . a 19-point underdog? Sounds far-fetched. But oddsmakers always have reasons, and they had them this time, as well. The Bears were 4-0 and considered the best team in football. They never had lost to the Eagles, not once in 11 meetings.