March 5, 2014
SINCE FIVE Top 10 teams lost on Saturday, it wasn't surprising that Villanova moved up in the polls. The Wildcats, who are 26-3 for the first time, rose two spots to No. 6. Unranked in the preseason, they got as high as fourth on Jan. 20 before losing to Creighton by 28 in South Philly. They've won their last four since losing to the Bluejays again on Feb. 16, this time by 21 in Omaha. On Thursday they're at Xavier, which just beat Creighton at home, where the Musketeers have won six of their last seven against ranked opponents.
March 4, 2014 |
Country music used to be a tradition-bound genre that kept its elder statesmen close at hand, even as the twangy old coots eased into their dotage. But a youth movement has been afoot for over a generation, as fresh faces with pop appeal push aside wrinkly legends lucky to be honored in name but rarely heard on the radio. George Strait, 61, is the exception that proves the rule. On Friday night, the almost-ageless wonder made the sold-out Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia a stop on his "The Cowboy Rides Away" tour, a victory lap which is purported to be his last.
March 3, 2014 |
THOUGH HIS stature was minute compared to the men he played against, everything else about Allen Iverson was off-the-charts huge. The numbers posted by the generously listed 6-footer speak for themselves, with a 26.7 career scoring average (seventh all time) on 24,368 points (21st in NBA history). He captured the league MVP Award in 2001, the same year he carried the 76ers to the NBA Finals, was named an All-Star 11 times, led the league in scoring four times, in minutes played twice, free throws made twice and steals twice.
February 26, 2014 |
Danny Granger's status with the 76ers could be resolved on Tuesday. That's when the franchise may announce whether or not the 6-foot-9 forward, who was acquired in Thursday's trade with the Indiana Pacers, will remain with the team. Granger wants to play for an NBA championship contender, according to sources. And there's a belief the Sixers will negotiate a buyout of what's left of his expiring contract (about $4 million) to accommodate the former all-star. He must be on a postseason-bound team's roster by Saturday in order play in the playoffs.
February 26, 2014 |
Barrack Hebrew swept a double header against Kohelet Monday afternoon at the Wells Fargo Center in nonleague matchups between two Jewish high schools. In the boys' game, Barrack Hebrew entered the fourth quarter down three before Corey Barnett and Ari Yosef combined to scored 15 in the fourth quarter to lift the Cougars to a 50-43 win. Barnett scored seven of his game-high 20 points in the final period and Yosef picked up eight of his 14. In the girls' matchup, Sophia Shoulson led seven Barrack Hebrew scorers with 14 points en route to a 36-21 win. Kohelet 10 13 9 11 - 43 Barrack Hebrew 8 6 15 21 - 50 K: Blumenthal 3, Dahan 5, Kaplan 6, Lipshultz 4, Simmens 14, Zimbalest 11. BH: Or Ayash 2, Corey Barnett 20, Shawn Martin 8, Marc Meltzer 3, Jacob Reich 1, Sammy Turk Tolub 2, Ari Yosef 14. Kohelet Yeshiva 1 5 13 2 - 21 Barrack Hebrew 6 11 10 9 - 36 BH: Lindsay Chevlin 5, Tali Glickman 4, Dria Guitereez 2, Talia Raikin 1, Maya Shapira 6, Sophia Shoulson 14, Mia Stein 4.
February 23, 2014 |
Fresh off an ambitious, three-game road trip that required double overtime to dispatch Providence on Tuesday, there will be no rest for weary No. 9 Villanova (23-3, 11-2 Big East) Saturday when it hosts surging St. John's (18-9, 8-6) at the Wells Fargo Center. "It's good to get back home and play at Wells Fargo Center," Villanova coach Jay Wright said, "but we've got our hands full with St. John's. Everybody thought they would be one of the tougher teams in the conference in the preseason.
February 22, 2014 |
To understand why Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie traded Spencer Hawes, Evan Turner, and Lavoy Allen before Thursday's trade deadline, why he took a team that was already speeding toward a top-three pick in this year's draft and placed a 25-pound barbell on the gas pedal, let's begin with a Friday night in early November. Let's begin with an anecdote about the player everyone knew Hinkie wasn't going to trade on Thursday. Hinkie was sitting courtside at the Wells Fargo Center, watching the Sixers - and Michael Carter-Williams, in particular - shoot around before a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
February 20, 2014 |
Once again, there's talk that the 76ers could be the next destination for Houston Rockets center Omer Asik. CBSSports.com reported Tuesday that the Sixers could be a landing spot for the disgruntled player. Reports in December said that Asik might be traded for Sixers power forward Thaddeus Young. The Sixers are $11 million under the salary cap and have an open roster spot. CBSSports.com points out that the team could acquire Asik's $8.4 million contract without having to send a player to Houston in return.
February 3, 2014 |
MAYBE I SHOULD'VE known better, even though I had never attended Wing Bowl before yesterday's annual bacchanal at the Wells Fargo Center. After all, the debauchery of Wing Bowl long ago trumped its wholesome origins, in 1993, as a funny publicity stunt birthed by sports-radio jocks frustrated by Philly's lack of a Super Bowl win. The debauchery has been chronicled ad nauseum (yes, it's a pun) in this paper, on TV news and websites, via YouTube. So you could argue that there was no need for me to see firsthand what I was missing.
January 30, 2014 |
GOING INTO the season, everybody pretty much thought that the Flyers' talent level suggested a team that would just make the playoffs or just miss, just in or just out. And so it was last night, when they started the game against the Detroit Red Wings just out of the playoffs and ended the game just in. Given the crowded elevator that currently houses most of the NHL's Eastern Conference, we had all just better get used to it. Because if this does...