May 24, 2016 |
MANHEIM, Pa. - Spectators arriving for last week's finale of a three-game women's field hockey series between Team USA and visiting Chile were met by the pungent scent of manure from the farms surrounding the Spooky Nook Sports complex, a facility as massive as it is both oddly named and located. But by the time those fans had made the long trek through the 700,000-square-foot facility, which its operators claim is America's largest indoor sports center, and reached the outdoor hockey field's grandstands, the aroma had vanished.
May 2, 2016 |
The members of Team USA, many of whom were making their outdoor season debut in a year in which they hope to end up in Rio de Janeiro performing at the Olympics, came through Saturday with five wins out of six races in the Penn Relays' USA vs. the World competition at Franklin Field. Fair or not, most of the attention on the 17th annual program featuring the world's top professional sprinters focused on the race the United States did not win - the men's 4x100 meters, where No. 3 runner Tyson Gay and anchor Isiah Young could not get together on the race's final baton exchange.
April 1, 2016 |
The Haverford School, last year's undefeated and consensus No. 1 team in the nation, had three players selected to the U.S. men's under-19 national lacrosse team. The Fords, who finished 26-0 last season, are the only high school in the nation to have three players on Team USA. In all, five Philadelphia-area lacrosse players were selected to the 25-player team. Current senior midfielder Dox Aitken, who has committed to Virginia, and former Fords defenseman Noah Lejman, now at Penn, and midfielder Drew Supinski, now at Johns Hopkins, are to represent the defending Inter-Ac champions on the national team.
March 23, 2016 |
The intense spotlight of the NCAA tournament can swallow up even the best freshmen unaccustomed to playing in such pressure-packed games when an error can end a season. It had to be even hotter for Villanova freshmen Jalen Brunson and Mikal Bridges given all that was on the line for the Wildcats last weekend in Brooklyn. For Brunson and Bridges, however, their coolness in the heat was noticeable. The first two rounds for them merely came down to next game, next game. Now it's on to the Sweet 16 in Louisville, Ky., and a South Regional semifinal against Miami, which is - you guessed it - next game.
February 14, 2016 |
TORONTO - Being a part of Rising Star Challenge on Friday night was nice. But 76ers post players Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor view the experience as a stepping-stone to where they want to be: playing in an actual NBA All-Star Game. "Depending on how hard you work will depend on how soon you get there," Noel said. For now, the duo will have to settle for being recognized as two of the league's top young American-born players. The game at the Air Canada Centre featured first and second-year players from the United States against a team consisting of first- and second-year players from around the rest of the world.
January 30, 2016 |
Sydney Zandi - one of the area's premier girls' soccer players - was named on Thursday to the U.S. under-17 national team. The junior from West Chester Henderson will compete for Team USA as it tries to qualify for the Under-17 World Cup, which will be held next fall in Jordan. The team plays three qualifying games in five days in Grenada, beginning with March 4's match against Jamaica. Zandi scored 13 goals last season and racked up eight assists in 14 games. She missed some of Henderson's games due to tryouts for the U.S. squad.
January 21, 2016 |
DREXEL The Dragons had high hopes for Ahmad Fields, but the 6-foot-5 sophomore wing has played only three games because of a knee injury. A transfer from Utah who sat out last season, Fields played in the opener, missed 10 games, played two more, and has been idle since seeing 18 minutes in a Jan. 2 loss to Elon. Coach Bruiser Flint said that Fields won't be redshirting this year, and he hopes Fields will be back at some point. The Dragons have missed him. "We thought he would be a big part of things," Flint said.
October 28, 2015 |
UNION MAJORITY owner Jay Sugarman said he was not necessarily out to please his fan base when he hired former U.S. national team player Earnie Stewart on Monday to be the team's sporting director. But having a person with a high national and international profile for creating success doesn't hurt. "We certainly hope the fans embrace Earnie," Sugarman said of the man who will take control of the Union effective Jan. 1. "I can't see any reason why he won't fit in immediately with the type of passionate fans we have.
July 7, 2015 |
REVENGE WAS always the easy narrative for the United States at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. When the tournament started a month ago, Team USA had no guarantee that it would make the final, much less face Japan, the team that beat it for the title four years ago. With powerhouse teams like Germany, France, Brazil and Sweden in the field, a rematch of the 2011 final was not something many would have counted on. Ultimately, however, there...