December 31, 2014 |
IF THERE is any time other than March to hit an offensive stride the way La Salle has over its last five games, it's right about now. With the page about to turn on the year 2014, so too will the page turn on the Explorers' nonconference slate, and the next chapter will be Atlantic 10 play. And if the last five times out are any indication, La Salle plans on being in the mix in the conference standings throughout the season. After four straight losses to close out November and start off December, the Explorers improved to 4-1 over their last five with a much-needed, 84-67 win over Big 5 rival Penn Tuesday night at Tom Gola Arena.
November 1, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE - Penn State-Maryland isn't a rivalry by any stretch of the imagination, but it has potential. The Nittany Lions and the Terrapins play in bordering states, compete for the much of the same recruits, have past connections on each coaching staff, and now will play each other every year in the Big Ten's East Division. But one thing is holding this pairing back from becoming a game worth looking forward to: winning on both sides. And for that, don't blame Penn State.
October 29, 2014 |
VILLANOVA, ranked fifth in FCS, is coming off a huge, last-minute comeback win at then-No. 15 William & Mary. Next week, the Wildcats (6-1) face another pivotal road game at No. 16 Richmond. First, they must make sure they take care of business tomorrow afternoon at home against Morgan State (4-3). Good thing that coach Andy Talley believes he has a mature enough group to handle it. "I guess you could say this is one of those 'trap' games," he said. "I think our team knows the situation.
September 12, 2014 |
IT COULD ALREADY be too late for South Carolina to save its season, at least if you're talking about maybe still getting into the inaugural four-team playoff. But one of the best perks about playing in the SEC is you're never that far away from being in yet another spot where you can make an impression. In a week otherwise devoid of marquee matchups, sixth-ranked Georgia is at No. 24 South Carolina, which was ninth before it opened with a 52-28 home loss to a Texas A & M team without Johnny Football that has risen in the poll from 21 to 7. Anyway, the Dawgs have lost their last two in Columbia.
August 23, 2014 |
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - It's impossible not to draw the parallels. When the Taney Dragons take the field Thursday night at 8:05 in an elimination game of the Little League World Series on ESPN, they will see an opponent in Jackie Robinson West Little League who looks a lot like themselves. Just as Philadelphia has pulled together to support Center City-based Taney, the city of Chicago has rallied around its Jackie Robinson West Little League. But the similarities go beyond their inner-city roots.
July 17, 2014 |
VILLANOVA OFFICIALS last night could not confirm details in a release from the University of Michigan that the Wildcats and Wolverines would meet in the Legends Classic at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Nov. 25. Although the 'Cats are scheduled to play in the event, a Villanova spokesperson said last evening that athletic department officials were unaware that any pairings had been set. Villanova, Michigan, Virginia Commonwealth and Oregon...
April 25, 2014 |
AMOBI OKUGO has known Jack McInerney since high school, when both were part of U.S. soccer's residency program. They were drafted a pick apart in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft and roomed together on countless road trips throughout four-plus seasons with the Union. So for Okugo and other Union mainstays, tomorrow's match at Montreal might feel a bit strange. Three weeks and a day after the Philly club made the surprising deal to send their star striker north of the border, McInerney will rejoin his former teammates on the pitch, as an opponent in an important game for both teams.
April 7, 2014 |
ARLINGTON, Texas - Florida has not lost since Dec. 2 when Connecticut beat the Gators. That would be 30 straight wins. UConn lost eight times this season, all to teams that are no longer playing. They were non-competitive in three losses to Louisville. Wisconsin beat the regular season and tournament champions of the Southeastern Conference (Florida again) and Atlantic Coast Conference (Virginia), the tournament champion of the Ohio Valley (Eastern Kentucky) and the regular-season champions of the Atlantic 10 (Saint Louis)
March 23, 2014 |
BUFFALO - Ryan Arcidiacono was reminded Friday that the last time Villanova competed on the same court with Connecticut, he knocked down five three-point baskets, scored 25 points and helped neutralize the Huskies' starting backcourt in the Wildcats' 70-61 win in Hartford. That was 13 months ago, but it might as well have been 20 years ago to the Wildcats' sophomore point guard, especially since Mouphtaou Yarou (16 rebounds in the game) isn't around to sweep the glass anymore. "I think we're two completely different teams," said Arcidiacono, who will play a key role Saturday night when the No. 2 Wildcats and the No. 7 Huskies meet at the First Niagara Center in the third round of the NCAA East Regional.
March 15, 2014 |
Back in 2012, in a moment of postgame euphoria, then-Flyers coach Peter Laviolette called Claude Giroux the "best player in the world" after the center helped eliminate heavily favored Pittsburgh in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Since then, Laviolette has taken lots of criticism for that statement, especially from those who believe the Penguins' Sidney Crosby is head and shoulders the class of the NHL. Fast-forward to this season. Crosby - whose Penguins visit the Flyers in a Saturday matinee - leads the NHL with 88 points, while Giroux entered Thursday tied for 10th with 65 points.