May 29, 1992 |
Betty Okino, a 16-year-old gymnast with a beautiful, slender, long-legged body, wrinkles her nose with disgust. "I am told I have the wrong body type for gymnastics," Okino says. And she frowns. Okino is a gymnast, a very good one. She won a silver medal in the 1992 world championships on the uneven bars. She has a move, a triple pirouette on the balance beam, named after her. But in the last year, Okino has grown two inches, to 5-foot-4 - uncommonly tall for a gymnast. And she has a stress fracture in her back.
March 4, 2014 |
Jay Wright did not build his reputation at Villanova, has not maintained a consistent measure of excellence in his basketball program over the last decade, with players like Darrun Hilliard. Hilliard is a Villanova guard, and for a long time, the term "Villanova guard" has carried a certain connotation, has conjured memories of certain players who played a certain way and fit a certain physical and stylistic profile. When one thinks of a "Villanova guard" during Wright's tenure as head coach, the names are familiar: Randy Foye, Allan Ray, Kyle Lowry, Mike Nardi, Scottie Reynolds, Corey Fisher, Maalik Wayns - none of them taller than 6-foot-4, all of them tougher than goatskin, each a key contributor to a nine-year stretch that saw the Wildcats reach the NCAA tournament eight times, the regional semifinals four times, the regional finals twice, and the Final Four once.
March 7, 2014 |
CINCINNATI - It hasn't happened all that often. Villanova won the Big East regular-season title in 1981-82 and tied for first the following year. The Wildcats also earned the top seed in 1996-97, when they took their half of what was then a two-division conference. And they were the No. 2 seed in their Elite Eight season of 2005-06, when they lost the tiebreaker with Connecticut. Last night at the Cintas Center, a team that was picked to finish fourth in the preseason poll secured the No. 1 spot in next week's Big East Tournament in New York by beating Xavier (20-11, 10-8)
March 1, 2014 |
At practice, Villanova women's basketball coach Harry Perretta sometimes hears one of his players giving a teammate a hard time, so he turns around, ready to tell her to knock it off. Then he'll see it's the twins. No way he's getting in the middle of that , Perretta said, not when sophomore guards Caroline and Katherine Coyer occasionally start in on each other. "It's comical," Perretta said. "It's funny when they yell at each other in games. They'll run back [on defense]
April 13, 2006
TO Villanova students, my thoughts on the controversy about the pro-life sculpture: Abortion is not the difficult choice; that is the easy way out. The tough choice is being responsible and raising the child. Charlie Jurewicz Hazleton, Pa.
September 6, 2013
Who: Villanova at Fordham When: Saturday, 6 p.m., Coffey Field, Bronx, N.Y. TV: None. Radio: WIP (610-AM) Records: Villanova 0-1, Fordham 1-0 History: Villanova leads series that began in 1897, 20-4-3. Fordham's last win was in 1920. The Wildcats won last year at home, 28-13. About Villanova: Wildcats lost at FBS Boston College, 24-14, after leading by seven at halftime ... They fell from fifth to ninth in the FCS rankings ... Biggest issue was injuries.
November 18, 2011
Delaware at Villanova When: Saturday at 3:30 p.m., PPL Park. TV/Radio: Comcast Network/ESPN-AM (950) Records: Delaware, 6-4 overall, 4-3 Colonial Athletic Association; Villanova, 2-8, 1-6. Coaches: Delaware, K.C. Keeler (10th season, 80-46); Villanova, Andy Talley (27th season, 190-115-1). Series: The Wildcats lead, 23-20-1. Last season, Villanova needed overtime to win, 28-21. Delaware hasn't defeated the Wildcats since 2005.
November 7, 2009 |
Call them mirror images. The only difference between the Villanova and Richmond football teams may be the emblems on the helmets. That's because the two Football Championship Subdivision squads have powerful running games. They score a bunch of points. They have stingy defenses. They're ranked among the nation's top four programs. Those similarities make today's matchup at the University of Richmond Stadium this season's most-anticipated Colonial Athletic Association game.
September 2, 2013
When: Saturday at noon Where: Alumni Stadium, Chestnut Hill, Mass. Records: Villanova, 0-0; Boston College, 0-0. TV/Radio: ESPNews; WIP-AM (610) Coaches: Villanova, Andy Talley (29th season at Villanova, 198-120-1; overall 226-138-2); Boston College, Steve Addazio (first season; 13-11 in two seasons at Temple). Series: Boston College leads, 29-15-1. The last time they met, Villanova won, 20-9, on Sept. 27, 1980. Three Things to Watch The Villanova secondary will be tested by the combination of quarterback Chase Rettig and receiver Alex Amidon.