November 22, 2015 |
Three weeks ago, Leonard Fournette had the Heisman Trophy in his grasp. The Louisiana State sophomore was a lock to win college football's most prestigious award, as much a certainty as Donald Trump saying something outrageous at his next campaign stop. But then, the season continued. After a first half that saw him rush for more than 200 yards in three consecutive games, Fournette has been unable to find the holes. He gained just 31 yards on 19 carries in the marquee Nov. 7 matchup against Alabama - a 30-14 loss - and managed 91 yards in last week's loss to Arkansas.
August 20, 2015 |
With a paragraph-long dispatch to Instagram on Sunday, Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker James Harrison launched the latest salvo in the never-ending debate better known to laypeople as the Sociology of What's Wrong With Kids Today. The matter at hand? Two slick trophies awarded to Harrison's 6- and 8-year-old sons, just for participating. "I'm sorry I'm not sorry for believing that everything in life should be earned," he captioned in a photo of the trophies before returning them to the track club whence they'd come.
July 10, 2015 |
MY SINCERE wish is for Ivan Provorov to blossom into a bona fide NHL star, so successful that he someday wins the trophy awarded by the NHL each season to its most valuable Russian player. I like the Flyers' top pick, like his heady game and grit he displays for an 18-year-old. I like the poise with which he already conducts himself on and off the ice. But that's not really why I want him to win the award. It's the award's name: the Kharlamov Trophy. Yes, that Kharlamov.
May 29, 2015 |
GALLOWAY, N.J. - LPGA Hall of Famer Juli Inkster will turn 55 next month. So what was she doing tying for seventh in her most recent start, at last month's Volunteers of America North Texas Shootout, a week after coming in 15th at the Swinging Skirts Classic in San Francisco, her best finish since a 15th at last June's U.S. Open? Isn't women's golf mostly supposed to belong to teenagers these days? So maybe there's a time warp going on. "I love competing," Inkster said at Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club, where the 54-hole LPGA ShopRite Classic tees off tomorrow on the Bay Course.
April 1, 2015 |
THE FIRST thing Nick Schultz does whenever he walks into the Flyers' locker room after a game or practice is to swap his helmet for a black, flat-brim hat - pulled low over his eyes. He jokes it makes him fit in with a younger team. It also conveniently hides his receding hairline, though he didn't mention that part. Aside from Vinny Lecavalier, Schultz has played 214 more NHL games than the next closest player on the Flyers' roster. He arrived in Philadelphia without another game guaranteed, signed as a spare defenseman last summer.
March 27, 2015 |
PICKING THE Flyers' 2015 winner of the Barry Ashbee Trophy for best defenseman is like shooting darts: just hit the board. It's impossible to be wrong. The award will be handed out 2 weeks from tomorrow for the 39th time, yet following extended runs by Kimmo Timonen (five) and Eric Desjardins (seven), it has rarely been tougher to decide on a clear winner. The last time the Flyers were this putrid, in 2006-07, it was also a tossup. Derian Hatcher won out over Joni Pitkanen in a season in which the Flyers dressed a total of 17 defensemen for games.
November 21, 2014 |
IS IT ME, or has there not been nearly as much Heisman Trophy hype this November? Maybe it's because a bunch of the guys who were up there in August aren't around anymore, for whatever reasons. And the fact 2013 winner Jameis Winston - largely because of serious off-field issues - likely won't get nearly as much love this time doesn't help. Right now, it's Marcus Mariota's hardware to lose. And he might well have been the favorite coming into the season, despite not finishing in the top 10 last year.
November 2, 2014 |
With three minutes left in the game, Beth Lynch spotted it. Across the field at Wissahickon High School on Saturday evening, a fold-up table stood on the track just off the turf. On top were a compressed umbrella, a partially filled water bottle, and a set of medals with red, white, and blue ribbons attached to them. But what caught the eye of Unionville's head coach was a shining gold trophy that rested at the table's center. "There's the trophy," Lynch recalled telling her assistant coach.
September 18, 2014 |
BACK IN August, with hockey training camps and the buzz of the season still too far away to grasp, NHL Network re-aired the clinching game of the 1996 World Cup of Hockey. There was John LeClair, named to the all-tournament team, going up against a young Eric Lindros in his prime. The pre-high-definition footage seemed almost grainy compared to today's standards. But when the horn sounded in a stunned Molson Centre in Montreal, with the United States erasing a 2-0 deficit late in the third period against Canada, the cameras caught an unforgettable image.
May 2, 2014 |
ON A SOLEMN DAY usually reserved for locker cleanout and one last team excursion to Atlantic City to drown a long season, Claude Giroux did one better yesterday. Giroux earned himself a trip to Las Vegas for the NHL Awards. The Flyers' captain was announced as one of three finalists for the Hart Trophy, awarded to the NHL's most valuable player, along with Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby and Anaheim's Ryan Getzlaf. The winner will be announced June 24 at the Wynn Las Vegas. "To be nominated is a great honor," Giroux said in a statement.