March 28, 2013 |
It isn't easy to be the glue that holds together the shiny pieces of a basketball team, but if there is going to be winning, there has to be glue. For the La Salle Explorers, a team whose roles have made possible its goals, the glue is junior guard Sam Mills. His work on the court doesn't fill the box score, but it allows the box score to get filled. He doesn't really lead the team in anything except leadership, because if Sam is willing to do the dirty work, then everyone does the dirty work.
November 7, 2012
Name: Sam Mills School: La Salle Class: Junior Position: Guard Height/weight: 6-2/200 Hometown: Sunrise, Fla. High school: Cardinal Gibbons Stats: 10.6 points, 2.4 rebounds, 35.5 minutes last season Career highlights: Stopper on defense who almost always draws the opponent's top winger scorer. Terrific spot-up shooter who hit 41.7 percent from the three-point line last season. Had a career-high 19 points vs. Villanova What they are saying: "I thought he was the type of complete guard that we were looking for, and he's proved us perfectly correct on that.
February 5, 2016 |
SAN FRANCISCO - There are speeches and then there are Speeches. There are ones that are delivered and quickly forgotten, like a rambling Sunday sermon. And there are others that stir your emotions and leave a lasting impact. Twelve years ago, Sam Mills, a quiet man who usually preferred to let his actions do his talking, gave a stirring, unforgettable address to the Carolina Panthers on the night before their 2003 wild-card playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys. Just four months earlier, Mills, the team's 44-year-old linebackers coach, had been diagnosed with intestinal cancer.
January 11, 1997 |
It drove Brett Favre crazy when he was a football fan growing up in Kiln, Miss. The nearest NFL team was the New Orleans Saints, a franchise with a miserable history. "The Saints always let their best players go," Favre said. "I don't know why that is, but it's still true. " Two years ago, the Saints let another one go. This time it was linebacker Sam Mills, who, at 35, was deemed too old to merit a long-term contract. Mills went ahead and signed with the expansion Carolina Panthers.
October 24, 1996 |
It has been more than 10 years since that other football team in town, the Philadelphia Stars, moved to Baltimore and then vanished with the rest of the USFL. Who would have guessed that Myles Tannenbaum's squad would still be making an impact in professional football in 1996? "We were a very talented football team and organization," said Eagles defensive end William Fuller, who spent two years with the Stars. "Now you can see why we won those two straight championships and were in the championship game three years in a row. " Fuller will be reunited with a couple of Stars alumni when the Eagles play Carolina on Sunday at Veterans Stadium.
August 30, 2003 |
Carolina Panthers assistant coach Sam Mills was diagnosed with cancer of the small intestine yesterday, hours before he coached the Panthers' linebackers in their preseason finale. Just 2 weeks ago, Carolina linebacker Mark Fields was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease. "Any time someone in your family gets ill, it's a blow," general manager Marty Hurney said. "When it's Sam Mills, someone who means so much to this organization and this community, it's a huge blow. " Mills, 44, a five-time Pro Bowl selection, spent the final three seasons of his 12-year NFL career with the Panthers beginning with their inaugural season in 1995.
May 15, 2010
La Salle added to its solid recruiting class with the signing of Cole Stefan, a 6-3 guard from Minnetonka (Minn.) High. Stefan averaged 19 points as a junior and 19.3 as a senior. "Cole has a bright future and is a perfect fit with his classmates," La Salle coach John Giannini said. "He can be part of our core group for the next 4 years. " La Salle signed three players in the fall - Tyreek Duren (Neumann-Goretti), Sam Mills (Cardinal Gibbons, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) and Matt Lopez (Washington Township, N.J.)
December 27, 1992 |
No matter how many times the New Orleans Saints professed yesterday that they don't really mind playing in harsh weather, there is no way they wanted to come north next week for a playoff game in the great outdoors. This team survived wind-chill temperatures below zero yesterday at the Meadowlands to beat the Jets, 20-0, and ensure a game back home in the Superdome for next week's wild-card round. The Saints didn't look like they were having a second of fun doing it. Twenty minutes after it was over, New Orleans coach Jim Mora's nose was still as red as a Christmas stocking.
December 28, 1992 |
Sam Mills took the question head-on. No ducking, no side-stepping, just a straight answer to a painful truth. "Yes, there is pressure on us to win in the playoffs this year, and rightly so," said Mills, the leader of the much-decorated New Orleans defense. "We've been there before, but we've never gotten past the first round. It's time for us to start winning those games. We've got the talent to do it. We can't keep wasting our chances. " The Saints have qualified for the NFC playoffs in each of the last three seasons and four times in seven years under head coach Jim Mora.
November 4, 2013 |
THE LA SALLE coaching staff's plan has always been to redshirt La Salle High freshman guard Amar Stukes. The plan might have to be altered. Delaware transfer Khalid Lewis, also a guard, is getting a cast off his injured hand Monday. He has a broken bone and, according to head coach John Giannini, the doctors will have to see whether it's healed and then "see if it looks like he is going to be able to play anytime soon. He may or may not. " Compounding the guard-line issue, starting senior Sam Mills sprained an ankle in last Saturday's scrimmage.