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February 25, 1997 | By Beth Onufrak, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
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March 18, 2000 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
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December 13, 2011 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
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...
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April 8, 2000 | By Bill Earls
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.
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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.
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March 2, 2010 | By Mel Greenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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March 11, 2000 | By Joe Juliano, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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August 10, 1992 | By Diane Pucin, INQUIRER OLYMPICS BUREAU
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.
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March 31, 2000 | By Joe Juliano, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
With all the success that his Connecticut teams have enjoyed over the last 12 years, coach Geno Auriemma knows what it takes to prepare his team for the next game, especially in the pressurized atmosphere of the women's Final Four. Sometimes, though, details about the opponent's roster seem to be a bit fuzzy. Penn State will be the Huskies' foe tonight in the second game of the NCAA semifinal doubleheader at the First Union Center. Auriemma talked yesterday about how well the Lions play as a team, saying that they have seven seniors on their roster.
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March 27, 1997 | by Bill Fleischman, Daily News Sports Writer
Katie Powell's name isn't among the scoring leaders for the King's College women's basketball team. Powell, a junior from Archbishop Carroll High, averaged only 2.3 points this season. For Powell, however, scoring points wasn't important. Just playing was. Following her freshman season as a starter at King's, Powell suffered from fatigue. Eventually she was diagnosed as having a hole in her heart the size of a 50-cent piece. She underwent open-heart surgery at Bryn Mawr Hospital on Sept.
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June 19, 2015 | By Laine Higgins, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's been a long time since an Ivy League thrower claimed the discus crown at the NCAA championship meet - 66 years to be exact. On Friday, Penn's Sam Mattis ended that drought, winning the men's discus event at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field with a throw of 62.48 meters (205 feet, 0 inches). Yale's Victor Frank won the discus in 1949 with a best throw of 168-91/2. In his first five attempts in the circle, Mattis was maddeningly consistent, throwing for 61 meters each time.
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March 22, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
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.
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March 28, 2013 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
Like musty heirlooms in an attic, La Salle's basketball glory had been stowed away and largely forgotten during two decades of mediocrity. But now that the 2013 Explorers have leaped back into the national spotlight with their unanticipated NCAA tournament success, La Salle's remarkable hoops history is being dusted off and proudly displayed once again. "La Salle has a really proud tradition in basketball," said Speedy Morris, who coached the Explorers from 1986 to 2001, including six straight postseason appearances from 1986 to 1992.
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March 10, 2013 | By Ed Rendell, For the Daily News
For college basketball fans, this is a great time of year. As the season winds down and the conference tournaments near, it's great fun to speculate about "who's in and who's out" of the NCAA Tournament. Many schools have no realistic chance of winning it all. Just making the tournament and stealing a game or two is the whole goal of their season. Here in Philadelphia, we have a rich tradition regarding the NCAA Tournament. Every team in the Big 5 has not only been in the tournament many times, but each has advanced to the hallowed "Final Four.
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February 8, 2013 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Staff Writer
I KNOW WE say it every year, and there is a lot of parity in college basketball. Still, when it actually comes to the ultimate "romantic image" of some little school coming out of the pack of giants to cut down the NCAA championship nets, it doesn't happen. The truth is that for as much as we love Cinderella, she never gets to put on the lost glass slipper that makes dreams come true. An evening of fun at the Final Four Ball is the best she gets. The clock always strikes midnight before the final buzzer goes off in the national championship game.
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December 13, 2011 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
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...
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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.
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March 17, 2011
IT'S USED IN so many sports-related television commercials for dramatic effect. The competitors square off and the camera zooms in to show grimacing faces and beads of sweat. A coach is screaming, but the sound is muted. There is a jump to a crowd scene, but again, the noise is absent. The slow-motion scene is a preamble to the climactic moment. Then when the final moment of achievement occurs, the scene explodes with sounds of triumph. That's sort of how things are for University of Wyoming redshirt sophomore wrestler L.J. Helbig . . . well, except for the explosion of sound at the end. Helbig, 21, was born deaf.
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March 2, 2010 | By Mel Greenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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January 13, 2002 | By Mel Greenberg INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Senior Mimi Riley helped give the Villanova women's basketball program a memorable moment yesterday. The Archbishop Carroll graduate connected on a five-foot shot with two seconds remaining at the Pavilion, giving the Wildcats a stunning 60-59 triumph over defending NCAA champion Notre Dame in a Big East game. Riley's basket capped a strong second-half comeback by the Wildcats, who battled back from an 11-point deficit. The win, which came before a crowd of 2,259, raised Villanova's record to 9-5 overall, 3-1 in the Big East.
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