January 22, 2016 |
BRING ON the snow and bring on the conference championship games. Sunday's doubleheader is typically fascinating. Four great quarterbacks. All sorts of talented wide receivers. Denver's great defense. Carolina's great linebackers. Just hope the zebras don't get in the way. There are enough story lines in these games for a dozen daytime soap operas. Here are just a few: Patriots (13-4) at Broncos (13-4) Seeds: Patriots, AFC-2; Broncos, AFC-1. When: Sunday, 3:05 p.m. TV: CBS (Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson, Evan Washburn)
January 3, 2016 |
LOS ANGELES - Jerami Grant is the 76ers' matchup guy. He's the starting power forward whenever the team is forced to open with a small-ball lineup, as it did Friday night against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center. The 6-foot-8, 210-pounder will line up as the starting small forward when the Sixers face dominant small forwards like the New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony, the Brooklyn Nets' Joe Johnson and the San Antonio Spurs' Kawhi Leonard. "I definitely like it," Grant said.
December 4, 2015 |
Navy had every right to be disappointed after its 52-31 loss to Houston on Saturday, which prevented the team from qualifying for a championship game matchup against Temple in its first season in the American Athletic Conference. But after their flight back to Annapolis and a good night's sleep, the Midshipmen knew Army would be the next game on their schedule, and they cheered right up. "When you lose a game, it hurts regardless of who it is," Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds said Wednesday before the Army-Navy luncheon at Lincoln Financial Field.
December 2, 2015 |
VILLANOVA is rolling right along - unbeaten again, playing great defense again, crushing every team it plays again. Saint Joseph's is clearly better than last season, but are the Hawks good enough to hang with the Wildcats or possibly upset them Tuesday night at Hagan Arena? Last season's game was non-competitive, a 74-46 'Nova win. That margin was not a fluke. Two years ago, it was Villanova, 98-68. That margin was a fluke. In the second half that night at Hagan, the Wildcats shot 11-for-14 from three while the Hawks, a team that would close 20-5 on its way to an Atlantic 10 championship, were 0-for-9.
November 21, 2015 |
The Penn State pass defense, which has been ranked near the top of the FBS rankings in yards allowed this season, will get a major test from Michigan quarterback Jake Rudock on Saturday in a senior day matchup against the 14th-ranked Wolverines at Beaver Stadium. But the leader of the defense, senior cocaptain Jordan Lucas, will be watching from the sidelines. The Nittany Lions' starting strong safety suffered a season-ending injury in the first half of the team's Nov. 7 loss to Northwestern.
November 8, 2015 |
GREG HARDY'S presence on the Dallas roster, after a 10-game league suspension was reduced to four games by an arbitrator, was already controversial. Now, the Eagles fly to Dallas on Saturday with Hardy suddenly overshadowing everything else involved in this Sunday night prime-time meeting of NFC East rivals. There was no media access to the Eagles on Friday, after the website Deadspin published graphic photos of the abuse inflicted by the defensive end on his former girlfriend, Nicole Holder.
November 3, 2015 |
St. Augustine Prep vs. Paul VI in the first round of the Non-Public 4 state tournament? Camden Catholic vs. Bishop Eustace in the first round of Non-Public 3? St. Joseph vs. Holy Spirit or Holy Cross in the first round of Non-Public 2? It would be like a mini-version of a South Jersey non-public football showcase, if things play out a certain way in the final week of action before the start of the state tournaments. A lot can happen this weekend, both directly, in terms of results on the field, and indirectly, in terms of residual points that always seem to play a huge role in tournament seeding.
November 2, 2015 |
SATURDAY night didn't have to turn into a perfect storm. Notre Dame, which hasn't played in Philadelphia since 1993, didn't have to sign a contract four years ago to play a three-game series with Temple. The game in South Philly didn't have to be this year. Or at this point on the schedule. Temple didn't have to get off to its first 7-0 start, or be ranked for the first time since 1979. The Owls didn't have to beat Penn State for the first time in 74 years. Or follow that with a win at American Athletic Conference favorite Cincinnati, where they again were a touchdown underdog.
October 28, 2015 |
Former Temple athletic director Bill Bradshaw said he used to see the Notre Dame athletic director or another administrator from the school at a game or an NCAA convention - or maybe he'd call them, just to bring up the subject of a football game. "Not really about Philadelphia, just about an away game - get the foot in the door," Bradshaw said over the phone Monday. "It meant a big guarantee, a national TV game, the prestige, just playing there is coveted. " No interest. "They really didn't return calls," Bradshaw said.
October 19, 2015 |
NEW YORK - Penn head coach Ray Priore had texted his old boss congratulations after Al Bagnoli had won his first Columbia game last weekend. A few days later, Priore realized his text hadn't gone through. Driving home from practice, Priore called Bagnoli. After laughing about that, they hung up . . . over an hour later. That's not the norm during the week two head coaches are facing each other, talking for 75 minutes three nights before the kickoff, but there was nothing completely normal about this week for these men. "I knew today would be crazy," Priore said of the call.