November 21, 1998 |
When the Rage's woeful 13-31 season finally expired last March, Taj McWilliams wanted out. "I asked [ABL officials] to just get me somewhere else," she said recently. "But then Anne Donovan became the coach and Tee [Teresa Edwards] came to us, and I knew things were going to get better. " The transformation of the Rage continues, and McWilliams was a major part of it last night. The 6-foot-4 forward and center scored 11 of her 21 points in the fourth quarter as the Rage defeated the expansion Nashville Noise, 80-72, before a crowd of 2,020 in the Nashville Municipal Auditorium.
January 10, 1998 |
By now, the Rage must be sick and tired of the Columbus Quest. Three games, three losses and three franchise records for futility against the Quest. And all since Jan. 3. Last night's 69-48 loss to Columbus had a familiar feel for the Rage, who established franchise lows for points scored in each of the three games. But this showing was especially distressing. The Rage committed a franchise-record 30 turnovers and scored just eight points in the second quarter and 10 in the third, falling behind by 53-35 going into the fourth.
August 21, 1997 |
The Philadelphia Rage's home opener will take place on Oct. 19 at the Palestra, where Dawn Staley's team will meet the Atlanta Glory at 6 p.m., according to the American Basketball League schedule announced yesterday. Atlanta features two 1996 Olympic stars in Teresa Edwards, a four-time medalist who will make her debut as the team's head coach this season, and Katrina McClain. The season opener for the Rage, who moved here last month from Richmond, Va., will be held on Oct. 17 in Columbus, Ohio.
February 18, 1998 |
For the first time in her career, Dawn Staley is thinking about the end of basketball. "I'm getting old," said the Rage's 27-year-old point guard. "I'd like to do other things. I can definitely see the end. " Staley doesn't mean next year. Or even the year after. There are, she says, at least three more seasons and one more dream left in her. She wants another Olympic gold medal, like the one she brought home from the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta. But as Staley nears the completion of her American Basketball League contract, her thoughts turn toward her work with children and what she wants to do with the rest of her life.
December 8, 1999 |
It's defiance that drives Rage Against the Machine, the insistence that life is a fight against oppression to be waged every waking moment. "There'll be no shelter here," Zack de la Rocha screeched at the First Union Spectrum on Monday as guitarist Tom Morello, bassist Tim Commerford, and drummer Brad Wilk thundered in unison behind him. "The frontline is everywhere. " For the members of Rage - touring behind their impressively relentless new The Battle of Los Angeles - nothing is so important as taking a public stand for what they believe in. So when the band came to the hometown of death-row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal, for whom it organized a benefit concert in North Jersey in January, the fallout was predictable: Local law enforcement railed against the group's support of Abu-Jamal, convicted of killing Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner in 1981, and Rage didn't back down an inch.
October 17, 1997 |
Who will score the first field goal? Grab the first rebound? Make the first foul shot? Everything the Rage players do tonight will be a first as Philadelphia's new women's pro basketball team - led by the home-grown Olympic gold medalist, Dawn Staley - takes the court at 7 against the reigning American Basketball League champion Columbus Quest. The Rage, coached by Lisa Boyer, will play their home opener at the Palestra at 7 p.m. Sunday against the Atlanta Glory. Based last season in Richmond, Va., the Rage lost the league's first championship series, three games to two, to the Quest.
October 27, 1997 |
The surging Portland Power short-circuited the Rage in the fourth quarter last night at the Palestra to hand the locals their first defeat, 74-67, in the American Basketball League. The winners (5-0) continued to play like ABL champs instead of league chumps, which they were last season. Portland went midway into December last year before getting win number five. This victory over the Rage snapped last season's 0-10 road record against Eastern Conference teams. ABL all-star Natalie Williams, a 6-foot-2 center who was the dominant post player in the league last season, continued to be an offensive and defensive force last night with 24 points and 14 rebounds for the Power.
February 27, 2001
Anyone with that much "rage" (Cover story Feb. 22) needs professional help. After all, Eminem can afford the best psychiatrists, psychologists or psychotherapists. What has our society come to when someone like this can become wealthy and admired? TERRY M. CALLEN Gloucester City, N.J. Eminem is a purveyor of hatred, intolerance and violence. His lyrics against homosexuals and women are not the message we need sent to young people. Although some will not be affected, one or two may use these lyrics as justification for gay-bashing, rape and sexual assault.
September 6, 1989 |
Most battles over censorship have heroes. The controversy over the film Days of Rage: The Young Palestinians has none. It is a story of inferior journalism and cowardly censorship. At 8 o'clock tonight, the Public Broadcasting Service tries to have its cake and eat it, too. It is showing the documentary, a 90-minute exercise in cheerleading for the Palestinian uprising known as the intifada, after several postponements. But it is swaddling it in one hour of commentary, mini- documentaries purporting to "balance" the story, and a panel discussion.
April 16, 1998 |
Anne Donovan, the women's basketball coach at East Carolina, resigned yesterday to become the new coach of the Rage, the university said in a statement last night. However, the ABL's chief executive officer, Gary Cavalli, said a deal to hire the Hall of Famer to succeed Lisa Boyer was not complete. "We love Anne Donovan," Cavalli said. "We've been trying to get her involved with the ABL for the last two years. We hope to have a deal done in the next couple of days. " Donovan, a three-time Olympian, an Old Dominion star, and a native of Ridgewood, N.J., coached East Carolina for three seasons, compiling a 33-51 record.