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.
February 19, 2014 |
PEOPLE ARE quick to say high school basketball is now a guard's game. And while there is truth in that assertion, if your guards are good and their guards are good - bet on the big 'uns! Failure to control the interior in today's Public League semifinal between Math, Civics and Sciences Charter and Martin Luther King High likely will leave one squad long-faced and bleary-eyed. But stake a claim in the paint, and you could punch a ticket to the finale. The site will be Southern High in the first semifinal at 5 p.m. The teams split two games already this season.
February 13, 2014 |
A year ago, they might have shrugged this game off as a loss. There might not have been that glint of confidence in their eyes. There certainly wouldn't have been quite as much anticipation or buildup. But last year, they were different players. "Last year, we were freshmen," Sierra Taylor said. "We weren't used to these kinds of experiences. But now we know the atmosphere. We know what we have to do. We have a year under our belt. We're ready. " Taylor is one of three starting sophomore guards on the Camden Catholic girls' basketball team.
January 30, 2014 |
SCORERS dream of basking in its glow. Its power is great but proves elusive for most because only the trustworthy are granted control. Abraham Lincoln senior guard Raymond Fred said he was deemed worthy yesterday and used it to score 30 points in the Railsplitters' 78-73 takedown of visiting Northeast High. "It was out of hand, to be honest," Fred said, laughing. "In the second half, coach just gave me the green light, so I tried to make things happen. " Fred finished 11-for-16 from the field with two assists and two steals.
January 20, 2014 |
In March 2012, both the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks were reportedly in pursuit of Peyton Manning. They could not lure the future Hall of Famer, but it took both teams only a few more months to find their franchise quarterbacks. San Francisco realized Colin Kaepernick's potential when Alex Smith suffered a concussion in 2012, and Kaepernick excelled as Smith's replacement while leading the 49ers to the Super Bowl. The Seahawks spent a third-round pick on Russell Wilson in 2012.
December 24, 2013 |
THE EAGLES' week took an unexpected turn around 4:30 p.m. yesterday, when ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted that Tony Romo's season was over because of a back injury. (Dallas coach Jason Garrett later said no final decision has been made, but he confirmed his quarterback had an MRI, apparently for a herniated disk.) "I don't believe that. Are you for sure?" Eagles running back LeSean McCoy said to co-host Anthony Gargano, when Gargano told the NFL's leading rusher the news, early in McCoy's 94WIP radio show.
December 20, 2013 |
GOV. CORBETT is now in full re-election campaign mode, but his popularity continues to tank. A Quinnipiac University poll released yesterday shows that 56 percent of registered voters in the state think Corbett doesn't deserve a second term next year. That's Corbett's worst approval rating ever in the poll. The poll also found Corbett trailing almost all the Democrats who want to challenge him in the 2014 general election. A Democrat who has not even entered the race, former state Auditor General Jack Wagner, leads Corbett 48-36 percent.
December 13, 2013 |
LeSean McCoy was not prepared to anoint himself the NFL's best running back on Wednesday, but he put his name among the top three. McCoy gave a list of players who could be included with him, but the first one he mentioned was Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. McCoy said he first began anticipating Sunday's visit to Minnesota in April, when the NFL released the schedule. He wanted to play in a game against Peterson, who is generally considered the NFL's best running back.