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.
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.