| Mar 29, 2014
NEW YORK — Time was when NCAA tournament regional semifinals bordered on routine for Virginia basketball. Ralph Sampson and Jeff Lamp. Othell Wilson and Olden Polynice. Bryant Stith and Junior Burrough. Terry Holland and Jeff Jones.
| Mar 29, 2014
| 3:41 PM
NEW YORK — The many Virginia basketball faithful who boarded Saturday’s 3 a.m. southbound train out of Penn Station were neither angry nor disconsolate. Weary, perhaps, after the Cavaliers’ exhausting NCAA tournament loss to Michigan...
| Mar 31, 2014
| 10:01 PM
LINCOLN, Neb. — A half continent away from Madison Square Garden, the full onslaught of UConn basketball continued Monday night. A half continent away from an ear-shattering Sunday afternoon in an arena players love to call the Mecca of basketball,...
| Apr 2, 2014
| 11:11 AM
It's a big week for the Montverde Academy basketball brand. Senior standout D'Angelo Russell was selected for Wednesday's McDonald's All-American Games in Chicago, and after four days away, he'll rejoin the top-ranked Eagles on Thursday in pursuit of a...
| Apr 4, 2014
| 6:55 PM
ARLINGTON, Texas — In the end, it is only a shot. The ball leaves the fingertips. The ball nestles in the net. The buzzer sounds. One team wins. The other team loses.
And it's on to the next game.
That's what coaches, invested in making sure...
| Apr 12, 2014
And so I walk. ... "Color me not convinced. Call me the Doubting Pitino if you want, but I'll carry this banner from the state Capitol to Gampel Pavilion if UConn wins the national championship."
Those are the 30 words that got me into trouble. Those...
| Apr 14, 2014
| 8:33 PM
UNCASVILLE — This is a total face-lift, a total eclipse of the Sun. Yet before UConn fans and Sun fans go crazy about Connecticut's WNBA team trading away one of the greatest players in State U. history, a league MVP only two years ago, this much...
| Mar 28, 2014
| 9:18 PM
NEW YORK — He missed his first shot. That is being too kind. DeAndre Daniels bricked his first shot, a three-point attempt that would have caved in the south side of Madison Square Garden if it hadn't bashed into the backboard.
Daniels missed his...
| Apr 15, 2014
| 5:55 PM
During a media session prior to the February 2009 Super Bowl between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin pointed at me and said, "You owe me for getting you a week's vacation in Tampa."
Tomlin was right. Sort of....
| Apr 30, 2014
| 9:11 PM
NEW YORK — They weren't going to win Game 7 without a goal from Rick Nash. They weren't going to win without a goal from Martin St. Louis. They weren't going to win if they didn't finally, finally, finally score a power-play goal.
Well, it didn't...
| May 22, 2014
| 2:30 PM
What's happening to all the bobwhite quail Arkansas used to have? It's a question that has stumped many a sportsman, bird-watcher and environmentalist in the Natural State, not to mention a mere newspaper columnist like me. But the other day I was...