January 19, 2015 |
Sometimes, trying to return to sleep in those unsettling hours before dawn, I'll walk my mind through vanished sports landscapes. The mental exercise required to dredge up details of once-familiar locales can induce sleep as effectively as any pill. I might enter Connie Mack Stadium beneath the 21st and Lehigh portico, and walk through the clacking turnstiles and down the dank concourse, passing program vendors and dimly lit concession stands, until finally I am climbing a ramp to the lonely left-field bleachers.
January 18, 2015 |
The mutual respect between Jay Wright and Jerome Allen includes a testimonial on which all Big Five basketball aficionados can agree. A sold-out Palestra is a most excellent place in which to play. The old barn on 33d Street will be rocking Saturday night when fifth-ranked Villanova goes for an undefeated Big Five season and a City Series championship against Penn. The Wildcats (16-1, 3-0 Big Five) have won 10 straight against city rivals and have defeated the Quakers (4-8, 0-2)
December 9, 2014 |
VILLANOVA is playing at a top-10 level again. The rest of the Big 5 is rebuilding and/or trying to discover exactly how to maximize the strengths of their players while covering up their weaknesses. So, it was no shock when the Wildcats, playing at home Saturday, jumped Saint Joseph's at the start and never looked back, winning 74-46. It was 17-2 after 6 minutes. Weeks before the season began, Hawks coach Phil Martelli said his team's biggest issue was shooting. He knew his team.
November 26, 2014 |
IT WAS A Big 5 game, the first of the young season. Sometimes, maybe that's all you really have to say. Especially for the purists out there. Penn had lost its first three, all at home. Freshman Mike Auger, the Quakers' leading rebounder and second-leading scorer, was out with a foot injury that might sideline him for a while. And top scorer Tony Hicks, who had all but two of his 17 points in the first half, fouled out with 6 1/2 minutes to go last night at Temple's Liacouras Center.
November 23, 2014 |
There were signs of progress for the Penn Quakers Saturday night at the Palestra. Junior guard Tony Hicks showed the extra time he put in on his passing and ballhandling during the offseason is paying off. Freshmen such as Mike Auger and Antonio Woods gave Penn followers reason to hope for the future. And overall, the Quakers showed resolve and stronger commitment to defense than last season's team. Nonetheless, the night ended with Penn (0-3) still looking for its first win, as Lafayette (3-1)
November 20, 2014 |
Rider came out on fire and Penn did not. That was the difference Tuesday night in the visitors' 73-57 win at the Palestra in a game that was never competitive after the Broncs jumped out to a 40-26 lead by the break. "I didn't think we played with the right sense of urgency," Penn coach Jerome Allen said. "I didn't think we played with the right sense of selflessness. " Rider, coming off an opening 64-58 loss at Princeton, had fire in its belly and its shooting touch. The Broncs shot 15 for 25 in the first half, including 7 of 10 from beyond the arc. Penn never got closer than 12 points in the second half.
November 19, 2014 |
The NCAA has awarded the 2016 East Regional for men's basketball to Philadelphia, marking the fifth time the Wells Fargo Center will host the event. The announcement came Monday, when the NCAA Division I men's basketball committee disclosed the sites for preliminary rounds and regionals from 2016 through 2018. The 2016 regional semifinals and finals, which will be played on March 25 and 27, will be hosted by La Salle. The Philadelphia Sports Congress estimated that about 5,000 room nights and $10 million in economic impact would be generated for the city.
November 16, 2014 |
A dreadful finish doomed what looked like a promising start for Penn. The Quakers went ice cold down the stretch in a 77-75, season-opening overtime defeat to Delaware State on Saturday at the Palestra. Tony Hicks led the Quakers with 31 points. Hicks had a chance to win it in regulation, but his bank shot from the right baseline at the buzzer went off the glass and then off the rim. "It was just a bunny that didn't go in," Hicks said. The Quakers looked in control, up by 62-54 with 6 minutes, 20 seconds left in the second half before an offensive drought, going 1-for-6 from the field with three turnovers in the final 6:20 of regulation.
November 12, 2014 |
PENN PROSPECTUS It all comes down to: How quickly, and how often, the freshmen contribute in the backcourt. The loss of Miles Jackson-Cartwright means backcourt minutes need to be replaced and freshmen Antonio Woods and Darnell Foreman could make immediate impacts. Penn also isn't very deep in the frontcourt outside of 6-11 junior Darien Nelson-Henry. Plenty of roles and minutes are up for grabs. Shouldering the load: Coach Jerome Allen said he doesn't assign leadership roles based on being an upperclassman.
November 2, 2014 |
Many of the country's top collegiate wrestlers came to Philadelphia for a topflight competition, and owning a higher ranking, or even being a defending NCAA champion, didn't guarantee a win. Two of the four defending NCAA champions at the 49th annual National Wrestling Coaches Association All-Star Classic at the Palestra Saturday were defeated. Minnesota senior Scott Schiller, the No. 2-ranked 197-pound wrestler, according to TheOpenMat.com, beat defending NCAA champ and top-ranked J'den Cox of Missouri, 5-3, after earning a takedown with 31 seconds left in the first overtime period.