The shot clock was winding down. Villanova’s Kris Jenkins had the ball closer to mid-court than the three-point line. He was on the mid-court logo, actually. And so he shot it.
It went in.
It was that kind of night for Villanova, which never trailed in a 92-69 win over the Miami Hurricanes. The Wildcats, the second-seeded team in the South region, advanced to face the Kansas Jayhawks on Saturday with a trip to the Final Four on the line.
Earlier this week, I wrote why Villanova’s hot shooting in the first two rounds was a sign the Wildcats could be making a run in the tournament. It happened again last night: Villanova shot 10-of-15 on three-point attempts — their best percentage yet in the tourney — and scored 92 points in the second-slowest game of the tournament to that point. The Wildcats scored 1.57 points per possession — an incredible total. They shot 63 percent from the field in all. Read more »
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A recording of the fourth-quarter of Wilt Chamberlain’s famous 100-point game will be preserved by the Library of Congress, the institution announced today.
The recording is one of 25 announced for inclusion on the National Recording Registry. Other entries include Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” and Metallica’s “Master of Puppets.”
The Library of Congress described the 100-point game recording this way: Read more »
The Neshaminy basketball coach who drew national attention for apparently head-butting a referee during a game has returned to his teaching position, officials said, but remains suspended from coaching.
The Bucks County Courier Times reports that Jerry Devine is returning to his teaching position “effective immediately.” But the Jan. 5 incident in which he sent a referee tumbling to the ground is still under investigation by the Bucks County District Attorney, and his suspension from coach remains indefinite.
6ABC offers the full statement from the Neshaminy school district:
“Neshaminy High School teacher Jerry Devine is returning to his teaching position at the high school effective immediately.
“Mr. Devine had been on administrative leave since an incident at a varsity basketball game on January 5, 2016 involving himself and a referee. At that time he was also indefinitely suspended as head coach of the boys’ varsity basketball team. His status as coach remains unchanged.
“As this is still an ongoing personnel matter, the District will not be releasing any additional information about this case at this time.”
No timeline for determining possible charges has been announced.
In the course of her rather short career Wyomissing native Taylor Swift has already sold out 16 shows at Los Angeles’s Staples Center. She’s in the midst of playing five of those this week. You’ve no doubt heard about them on the news, especially her star-studded special-guest appearances, which have ranged from everyone from Mary J. Blige and Chris Rock to Alanis Morissette.
So to honor her achievement of having the most sold-out performances at the venue, L.A. Lakers player Kobe Bryant showed up one night to present her a covetable banner that will hang in the rafters alongside sports heroes who played and dominated there, folks like other Lakers greats Magic Johnson and Wilt Chamberlain.
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Penn State’s DJ Newbill, left, drives against Akron’s Alex Abreu during a NCAA college basketball game in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)
A former Penn State basketball player was reportedly detained on suspicion of terrorism as he tried to join his new team in France, his European agent says.
D.J. Newbill was stopped by German authorities, Newbill’s agent, Francois Lamy, said in a Facebook post. (The post has been translated from French.) The incident was first reported by the Black Cager blog.
“An officer of the German immigration doubted his statement that he was in Europe to play basketball,” Lamy wrote. “He also doubted that France was the country of final destination. Newbill was interrogated for hours. German immigration officials were convinced he had a terrorist motive.” Read more »
On Tuesday, just a day shy of her 14th birthday, Mo’ne Davis got news that she was drafted by the Harlem Globetrotters. She won’t hit the road with the b-ball tricksters just yet, though. According to a release, the draft states that the the team is exercising a “Future Discovery Clause” that will obtain the rights to Mo’ne when she graduates college. The announcement, according to New York Mag, makes her the third woman to be drafted by the Globetrotters since they began drafting in 2007.
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We’re only three days away from the 2015 NBA draft and the news, rumors, and propaganda are now in full swing. Here are some of the news items that came out over the weekend.
•Dario Saric will not be coming off for the 2014-15 NBA season, per Chad Ford of ESPN. Saric signed a three year contract with Anadolu Efes prior to the 2014 draft which included a buyout after the 2nd season. The Sixers were reportedly trying to speed this process up, hoping to negotiate with Efes on a buyout a year early. The real concern is now that Saric could stay over in Turkey for an additional 2 seasons, thus avoiding the rookie scale entirely.
Dario Saric’s team, Anadolu Efes, lost in the Turkish League finals in 5 games to Karsiyaka. Saric averaged 9.2 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 assists per game in just over 26 minutes per night in the finals, although he shot just 39.5% from the field. Saric struggled greatly in the last two games, shooting a combined 2-9 from the field. In 11 playoff games Saric averaged 11.1 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game in just over 26 minutes of action per night, shooting 47.8% from the field and 37.5% from three point range.
Saric was selected 12th overall by the Sixers in 2014. Read more »
It’s very difficult these days not to treat any Sixers news as an excuse for kicking the team that’s spent the last two years tanking. (Deep breath.) Let’s see if we can do it:
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Remember that recent story Matt Barnes told about his time as a 76er — how Allen Iverson would spend up to $40,000 an outing at strip clubs? Never happened, Iverson says.
“I don’t know what Matt is talking about,” Iverson told CBS recently. “I was rich at 21, so ain’t no telling what I may have done, but I know I ain’t do that.” Read more »
The Sixers were awful last year, and they’re going to be awful again this season. But not all is lost for the Philadelphia basketball fan. Take last season: The hated Celtics won only six more games than the Sixers did and missed the playoffs.
And Sixers fans’ second most-hated enemy, the Los Angeles Lakers? They went 27-55 and finished last in their division. The Lakers! In last! If the Sixers are going to be bad, at least the teams Philly fans love to hate are doing poorly too.
And now, some even better news: The Lakers aren’t going to get much better anytime soon. ESPN reports Kobe Bryant — Lower Merion High School basketball legend, five-time NBA Champion, surefire future member of the Baskebtall Hall of Fame, et cetera — is sabotaging the Lakers from within.
He’s such a ball hog and bad teammate that literally no one wants to play with him. Allen Iverson hogged the ball, but at least he said nice things about his teammates in the press.
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