February 25, 1997 |
Vince Panzano is living his dream. As far back as high school at Upper Merion in the 1960s, he planned to be a diving coach. He is now in his 24th season being just that. Panzano was guided by his high school coach, Russ Harlan, to Harlan's alma mater, Ohio State. Except for a five-year stint as the head diving coach at Tennessee, Panzano has been on the Ohio State campus, in Columbus, ever since he left King of Prussia in 1968. "Russ dove at Ohio State and his brother Bruce did, too, and won the 1948 Olympic gold medal," Panzano said.
March 22, 2015 |
PITTSBURGH - As long as the NCAA continues to hold a basketball tournament at the end of the season - and it seems likely that will continue for a while - the loop of historical highlights will always include the final moments of both the 1983 and 1985 championship games. Lorenzo Charles of North Carolina State will forever rise up in front of Akeem Olajuwon of Houston to gather in Dereck Whittenburg's desperation air ball and drop it through the net. Jim Valvano will run endlessly around the court, arms outstretched, wondering what he is supposed to do next.
December 13, 2011 |
Charlie Powell always believed he had an "awesome" job as head track and field coach at Penn. But it wasn't until a football coach talked about needing to take time off for health reasons that he started to be honest with himself about the rigors of the job. "I remember reading the Urban Meyer thing, and I'm like, 'Wow, I've been feeling like that for a while,' " Powell said Monday night of Meyer, the former Florida head coach who left his...
March 18, 2000 |
No one could stop Khalid El-Amin. His injury, however, could stop Connecticut. El-Amin limped off the court with a sprained right ankle yesterday while leading the defending NCAA champions, seeded fifth, to a 75-67 victory over Utah State in the opening round of the South Regional. X-rays were negative, and the star point guard most likely will not practice today. The Huskies next play tomorrow against Tennessee. "It hurts right now, but hopefully I can be ready," said El-Amin, who scored 14 points.
April 8, 2000 |
We just got through with college basketball and March Madness. As usual, major networks and sports editors focused mainly on the men's game. But here in Connecticut, where both the men's and women's teams at the University of Connecticut have done well - the men were last year's NCAA champions, the women were this year's - many of us believe that the women's game is more fun to watch, more representative, more inspiring. There are a lot of reasons: For openers, women don't slam dunk.
March 2, 2010 |
A few weeks ago, Joe Lunardi, the NCAA men's tournament bracketing expert out of St. Joseph's, was asked in a humorous manner whether he'd like to take a shot at forecasting the women's 64-team pairings. "That's easy," Lunardi responded. "It's a 63-team play-in to see who is going to meet Connecticut for the title. " The defending NCAA champions are heading for the overall No. 1 seed for the second straight year although Stanford has been right behind the Huskies. The Cardinal, whose only loss was to Connecticut in December, has gone wire-to-date as the No. 2 ranked team in the Associated Press women's poll.
April 22, 2016 |
Standing around inside the Pavilion waiting for one more celebration of Villanova's national championship to start, Josh Hart pondered whether the whirlwind that has been the last 16 days for himself and his teammates has allowed him to fully absorb what had happened. "It's sunk in for the most part," said Hart, who was wearing a green bow tie. "Today I had to be somewhere by 5 and went in my room to grab something and I was just thinking, 'Man, we're national champions.' This doesn't happen every year.
May 13, 2011
GOT A BOATHOUSE ROW tour yesterday afternoon. After years of seeing them from across the rivers, made visits to the Undine Barge Club, Penn AC and Malta. You could see and smell the history - wood everywhere, boats of all sizes, spectacular views of the city's skyline. Got a smooth trip on the Schuylkill, heading to the 2,000-meter course where the Dad Vail will be held today and tomorrow. Listened very closely to boatmates Jim Barker and Joe McFadden. In 1950, they won the double sculls Gold Cup on the river.
March 11, 2000 |
Forget Connecticut's two losses to Notre Dame. Forget its 3-4 record in the first three weeks of February. It's March, and with the Huskies, that means winning time. UConn showed, for the third consecutive night in the Big East Conference tournament, that it has that winning feeling back. Last night, the victim was Georgetown, and the 21st-ranked Huskies gained a 70-55 victory and an opportunity to win their third straight league tourney championship. The victory, the sixth in a row for the defending NCAA champions, gave them a spot in tonight's final at Madison Square Garden against St. John's in a rematch of last year's title contest.
August 10, 1992 |
You're a basketball fan and you were bored to tears. You wanted to watch every Dream Team game, beginning to end, and you couldn't. When the halftime leads averaged 20 points and the margin of victory averaged more than 40, you began to complain: Why don't they let the college kids play? Why let high- priced, high-maintenance, pampered NBA stars win Olympic gold medals without facing one single moment of basketball drama? The United States men's Olympic basketball team that won the gold on Saturday night has two words for you: Quit whining.