August 3, 2016 |
FEW THINGS ever go exactly as planned, but for Eagles tight end M.J. McFarland, the second half of last year was a nightmare. He transferred from Texas to the University of Texas-El Paso after a junior year in which he caught a measly 11 passes for 53 yards. He was in search of a big senior year, which he hoped would land him a spot on an NFL roster. But in mid-July of last year, McFarland was told by UTEP coach Sean Kugler that he had failed a drug test. McFarland was stunned.
January 9, 2014 |
The Big Ten Conference suspended Iowa coach Fran McCaffery for one game and fined Iowa $10,000 on Tuesday for his outburst during a loss at Wisconsin. The 54-year-old McCaffery, who played at La Salle High and Penn and coached at Lehigh, received back-to-back technical fouls and was ejected for arguing with officials midway through the second half of Sunday's game. The Big Ten said his actions violated the league's sportsmanship policy. McCaffery will sit out Thursday's home game against Northwestern, and assistant coach Kirk Speraw will take his place.
December 2, 2013 |
Perry Ellis scored 15 of his 19 points in the second half, and No. 2 Kansas survived a stiff challenge before beating Texas-El Paso, 67-63, on Saturday night in the third-place game at the Battle 4 Atlantis. The Jayhawks (6-1) had been upset Friday night by Villanova, 63-59. McKenzie Moore scored 15 for UTEP (4-4), including three free throws with 6.8 seconds remaining to get the Miners within three. It was the second straight night where Kansas saw a big early lead, 11-2 against Villanova and 15-2 against UTEP, evaporate and the game turn into a struggle.
September 23, 2012 |
Manti Te'o had two interceptions as No. 11 Notre Dame picked off five Michigan passes, and backup quarterback Tommy Rees sparked the Fighting Irish offense in a 13-6 win over the 18th-ranked Wolverines Saturday night in South Bend, Ind. Denard Robinson, who amassed 948 yards of total offense in victories over the Irish last two years, was less effective this time as the Irish repeatedly forced him into mistakes. He threw four interceptions in the first half, then lost a fumble at the Notre Dame 8-yard line on the first drive of the second half.
March 19, 2012 |
BATON ROUGE, La. - Penn State guards Maggie Lucas and Alex Bentley have been taking over games all season, and Texas-El Paso was powerless to change that in the NCAA tournament. Lucas, a Germantown Academy graduate, scored 23 points, Bentley had 21, and fourth-seeded Penn State defeated No. 13 seed UTEP, 85-77, in the opening round Sunday. Zhaque Gray added 15 points for the Lions (25-6), who trailed the Miners for much of the first half but led for nearly all of the second en route to their second straight appearance in the second round.
March 19, 2010 |
Murray State coach Billy Kennedy went with his gut and drew up a play his team had never run before, with Isacc Miles the go-to guy at the end. Third option Danero Thomas became the hero instead. Thomas, a 6-4 senior guard, hit a 15-footer as the buzzer sounded and 13th-seeded Murray State stunned No. 4 seed Vanderbilt, 66-65, yesterday in an NCAA Tournament opener in the West Regional in San Jose, Calif. "That shot was bigger than he could imagine," Murray State's B.J. Jenkins said.
December 22, 2009 |
Randy Culpepper scored a season-high 27 points and Christian Polk added a career-high 17 points as UTEP built a big lead in the first half and beat Oklahoma, 89-74, last night at the All-College Classic in Oklahoma City. The Miners (7-2) scored 14 straight points late in the first half and opened a 19-point lead, then never let the Sooners make a serious charge. Oklahoma (8-4) got within 10 points twice in the second half, including on Willie Warren's free throw with 2:09 to play.
June 26, 2009 |
Wayne Ellington first had to watch Episcopal Academy co-star Gerald Henderson and a pair of North Carolina teammates, Tyler Hansbrough and Ty Lawson, learn of their respective NBA destinations. The grueling wait also included Ellington, a standout wing guard for three seasons at North Carolina, standing in nervous anticipation before his hometown 76ers took a pass on him at pick No. 17 and instead selected UCLA freshman guard Jrue Holiday. Ellington's dream of playing in the NBA finally came true at 10:11 p.m., when he was plucked by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the No. 28 choice in the first round.
November 28, 2008 |
Greivis Vasquez and Dave Neal each scored 17 points as unranked Maryland hustled its way to an 80-62 upset of No. 5 Michigan State yesterday at the Old Spice Classic in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. After falling behind by three early in the first half, the Terrapins (4-0) countered with a 23-5 run to take the lead for good. Maryland shot 9 of 19 on three-pointers while Michigan State went 2 for 9. Spartans star Raymar Morgan got into early foul trouble and managed only four points.
September 8, 2008 |
Don Haskins, credited with helping break color barriers in college sports in 1966 when he used five black starters to win a national basketball title for Texas Western, died yesterday. He was 78. Dr. Dwayne Aboud, Haskins' physician, said that Haskins had been suffering from congestive heart failure and died at home in El Paso about 4:30 p.m. He was surrounded by friends and relatives, Aboud said. "The word unique does not begin to describe Don Haskins," said Bob Knight, the winningest men's coach in the sport's history.