April 1, 2015 |
AS FAR AS losses go, this one actually wasn't so bad for the 76ers, in the grand scheme of things. While coach Brett Brown and the players don't want to hear the talk of jockeying for draft position, the 113-111 overtime loss to the visiting Los Angeles Lakers benefited the Sixers in a couple of ways. They dropped to 18-57 on the season, keeping them planted with the third-worst record in the NBA. The third-worst team has a 15.6 percent chance of earning the top pick in the draft lottery.
December 26, 2014 |
Angelo Mangiro left Roxbury (N.J.) High School as a four-star offensive lineman in football and a 3.5 student in the classroom. Other than a few struggles with reading and writing, the Penn State-bound Mangiro had little reason to believe something was holding him back from learning. That's why he was more than a bit surprised when, after taking a series of routine placement exams given to incoming students and some followup tests, he was diagnosed with dyslexia. Mangiro refused to let that slow him down, however.
November 8, 2014 |
During his July basketball camp at the University of California at Santa Barbara, Kobe Bryant took a break from teaching the triangle offense to all those open-mouthed kids for a consequential conversation with his old coach and confidant, Gregg Downer. Bryant was turning 36 in less than two months, and last November he had signed a two-year extension with the Los Angeles Lakers that was worth $48.5 million and that ran through the 2015-16 season. Downer, the head coach at Lower Merion High School, had flown to the West Coast to volunteer as a counselor at the camp, and maybe it took the presence of a trusted mentor and friend for Bryant to confess the truth: Come the expiration of that contract, he told Downer, there would be no hanging on, no reconsidering, no seeking a trade to another team.
September 6, 2013 |
STATE COLLEGE - Barely a mile from Penn State's football building there's an eatery with a neon sign and fleet of delivery cars that beckons college students to enjoy its sauce-glazed, deep-fried specialties. The sign read "Wings Over Happy Valley" and the establishment has become a hit among students as a convenient, yet unhealthy way to fill their stomachs. But in the last year, it has lost one of its biggest customers - literally. Standing 6-3, DaQuan Jones anchors Penn State's defensive line at tackle, and this season he is doing so in a sleeker frame.
July 8, 2013
Last offseason, the Houston Rockets were an afterthought, a young team with little star power. Now, after trading for James Harden just before this past season and adding Dwight Howard on Friday, Houston is suddenly primed to contend sooner than almost anybody expected. Still, Houston general manager Daryl Morey knows nabbing Howard is only the first step in a long process for his team. "We haven't accomplished anything yet, but we're putting something pretty cool together, I think," Morey said in an interview with Comcast SportsNet Houston.
April 27, 2013 |
Rutgers defensive back Logan Ryan was chosen by the New England Patriots with the 21st pick of the third round in Friday's NFL draft. The Patriots acquired the pick from the Minnesota Vikings, and Ryan joined former Rutgers teammates Devin McCourty and Justin Francis with the Patriots. "I feel great about things," Ryan said in a phone interview. "I did [think New England might take him]. I didn't know when, but I knew they needed a corner. " New England was one of the teams that met with Ryan leading up to the draft.
April 25, 2013 |
NEW YORK - The household names in Thursday's first round of the NFL draft will be offensive linemen, a rare occurrence that speaks to both the lack of glamour players this season and the quality of linemen. The first pick will be made by former Eagles coach Andy Reid, now the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs. Reid is expected to take Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel, a 6-foot-6, 306-pound left tackle. Central Michigan's Eric Fisher is also a possibility for the No. 1 pick and almost assuredly will be a top-five pick.
April 22, 2013 |
Deion Barnes showed considerable talent last season as a first-year defensive end at Penn State, finishing in the top five of the Big Ten with six sacks and being named the conference's freshman of the year. Now the North Philadelphia native thinks he can be a better football player in 2013 because he's more aware of what his colleagues on the defensive line are doing, and getting better at reading opposing offenses. "I'm doing better recognizing offenses and playing together as a unit on the defensive line because you need your inside guys, you need your other guys to be successful," the 6-foot-4, 244-pound Barnes, a former Northeast High star, said Saturday after the Blue-White Game at Beaver Stadium.
January 10, 2013
Paul George had 29 points and 11 rebounds, and the Pacers held Miami to a season-low point total in an 87-77 win over the Heat on Tuesday night in Indianapolis. George made four three-pointers to get the best of his matchup with LeBron James, David West added 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Lance Stephenson chipped in with 13 points for the Pacers (21-14), who have won 11 of their last 13 games. It was the first time the teams had met since Miami beat the Pacers in six games in the conference semifinals last year.
December 23, 2012 |
Penn State's offensive cocaptains, quarterback Matt McGloin and running back Michael Zordich, have accepted invitations to play in all-star games. McGloin will play in the Texas vs. the Nation All-Star Challenge in Allen, Texas, on Feb. 2. Zordich will play in the NFL Players Association Collegiate Bowl in Carson, Calif., on Jan. 19. In a stellar senior season, McGloin completed 270 of 446 passes for 3,266 yards and 24 touchdowns. He won the Burlsworth Trophy, presented to the nation's top player who began his career as a walk-on.