August 4, 2016 |
OFFICIALLY, the 2016 Olympics do not begin until the Opening Ceremony on Friday in Rio de Janeiro, but the competition actually starts Wednesday with the first six games of women's soccer, including the United States against New Zealand. After winning the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup last summer, the USA will look to take its fifth gold medal in six Olympic tournaments. By contrast, the United States men failed to qualify for the third time in four Olympics. Soccer, however, isn't the only sport in which female athletes will be counted on to uphold the gold-medal honor of the United States.
July 20, 2016 |
Upper Dublin High graduate Michael Sowers was one of five Team USA players named to the all-world squad at the Federation of International Lacrosse men's under-19 World Championships, which ended with a U.S. title on Saturday. Bill Leahy, the head coach at La Salle High and an assistant manager for Team USA, was the team's Graham Lester Spirit of Lacrosse Award recipient. Faceoff specialist Christian Feliziani, of Episcopal, and midfielder Dox Aitken and defender Noah Lejman, both of Haverford School, also played on Team USA. Sowers, an attack, was joined on the all-world team by teammates Jared Bernhardt (midfield)
July 18, 2016 |
LAS VEGAS - Kyle Lowry is about to take his basketball career to another level. Last month, the North Philly native was one of 12 players named to the United States' men's Olympic basketball team for the Rio Olympics in August. The team begins training camp here Monday at UNLV's Mendenhall Center for an experience Lowry hopes concludes with a gold medal. "I never thought in my wildest dreams that I would get picked for Team USA, but it worked out," he said. "It's just an exciting moment, an exciting time.
July 14, 2016 |
Here's a list of all of the athletes on the United States team at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro who hail from the Philadelphia region. Women's Basketball Coach Dawn Staley (Philadelphia) Coach Geno Auriemma (Norristown) Elena Delle Donne (Wilmington) Men's Basketball Kyle Lowry (Philadelphia, Cardinal Dougherty H.S.; Villanova) Fencing Foil fencing Mike Chambley-Watson, foil fencing (Penn State) Women's rowing Lightweight double sculls Kate Bertko (Vesper Boat Club)
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.