Marcus Hayes: Donte DiVincenzo could be helping the Sixers as a Philadelphia darling, as Jay Wright knew
MILWAUKEE — It seems The Ghost of Mikal Bridges will haunt his hometown team for years, painfully, pointedly, and very close to home. That haunting continues in the form of a former college teammate.Donte DiVincenzo and the Milwaukee Bucks will host the Sixers on Saturday in a referendum game: A first-place team with the reigning MVP, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and a surging, reconfigured club whose All-Star point guard, Ben Simmons, entered the break like a freight train and whose All Star center, Joel Embiid, exited the break like a rocket ship.DiVincenzo’s 31 points in Villanova’s NCAA Champion...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Heidi Stevens: I watched Michael Bloomberg debate with wrongly arrested man in mind
Michael Bloomberg joined his Democratic rivals on the debate stage for the first time Wednesday night, and I watched the discussion with Jaylan Butler on my mind.Butler, 20, is the Eastern Illinois University student athlete who was falsely arrested and detained by police in East Moline, according to a federal lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois. Two officers held Butler on the ground. One officer held a gun to his head and said, “If you move, I’ll blow your (expletive) head off,” according to the suit.Butler was traveling with his swim team back to Charleston, Illi...
Love is all you need: Marine veteran finds solace with wife and adaptive sports
SAN DIEGO — Today’s modern love stories often start off the same way: People log onto a dating app, swipe left or right, eventually meet “the one” and fall in love.In fact, a 2017 survey from sociologists at Stanford University found that the majority of romantic pairings — 39% of heterosexual couples and 60% of same sex couples — began online, surpassing other means of coupling up.Military veteran Michael Spivey and his wife Kris fall into that group, having met online through eHarmony. But their story is anything but typical.When they met four years ago, Kris had only been on the dating site...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Want to live longer? Consider playing golf
Those 25 million Americans who take to the golf course each week just might outlive us all.New research suggests hitting the links at least once a month can lower the risk of death in older adults.“Our study is perhaps the first of its kind to evaluate the long-term health benefits of golf, particularly one of the most popular sports among older people in many countries,” said Dr. Adnan Qureshi, lead author and executive director of the Zeenat Qureshi Stroke Institutes and professor of neurology at the University of Missouri in Columbia.Playing golf can reduce stress and provide needed exercis...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Ayo Dosunmu returns in a big way, and 2 other takeaways from Illinois' big 62-56 road win against No. 9 Penn State
A week ago, Illinois fans fretted about whether their star player would be lost to injury after Ayo Dosunmu took an awkward, nasty fall that legitimized their fear in the final seconds of a one-point loss to Michigan State in Champaign. On Tuesday night at Penn State, Dosunmu returned to the starting lineup after a one-game absence and cemented his legacy.Dosunmu scored a game-high 24 points, including a victory-clinching runner with 16 seconds left for a marquee 62-56 victory for Illinois against No. 9 Penn State.The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Illini while ending the surgin...
Michael Cunningham: Georgia Tech can prove beating Louisville wasn't a one-off
Georgia’s NCAA men’s basketball tournament hopes have been extinguished since I tried giving the Bulldogs the benefit of the doubt. I was ready to toss dirt on Tech, too, before the Yellow Jackets upended Louisville. That’s all it took for me to start pondering whether the Yellow Jackets can make a run even though they’ve shown no ability to do it all season.I was believing they could do it by the time I left Josh Pastner’s Tuesday media session. Tech’s relentlessly positive coach can have that effect.Pastner boasted that the Yellow Jackets (12-13, 6-8 ACC) are a “hard scout” because he switch...
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Lynn Henning: Outrage over Mel Tucker's move to Michigan State smacks of hypocrisy
Mel Tucker took a football coaching job last week at Michigan State. This happened, as we know, a few days after he pulled his name out of the running for the position.This abrupt change suggested — accurately, it seems — that a sweeter second bid, for about twice what he was making at the University of Colorado, with a blimp-sized budget for hiring staffers, induced a 48-year-old man to reconsider his earlier Colorado commitment.He finally said yes. And, then the wailing:What a mercenary, this Tucker gent must be.Or, maybe he did exactly what most folks do in their professional lives. He took...
The Detroit News
Devon Dotson erupts for 29 points in Kansas Jayhawks' 91-71 victory over Iowa State
LAWRENCE, Kan. — Kansas claimed its 800th men’s basketball victory in tradition-rich, 65-year-old Allen Fieldhouse on Monday night.Sophomore point guard Devon Dotson scored 29 points on 11-of-14 shooting (6 of 8 from three), while Ochai Agbaji scored 14 points and Udoka Azubuike and Christian Braun 13 apiece as No. 3-ranked KU (23-3, 12-1 Big 12) upended unranked Iowa State (11-15, 4-9), 91-71, before a crowd of 16,300 fans that included former KU standout Marcus Morris, who had his jersey No. 22 retired in the south fieldhouse rafters in a halftime ceremony.Marcus Garrett scored five points w...
The Kansas City Star
Report: New York Knicks have strong interest in Villanova coach Jay Wright
A report on Forbes.com published Monday quoted an NBA source as saying there is a “strong possibility” that Villanova’s Jay Wright could become the next head coach of the New York Knicks.The Knicks have been interested in hiring Wright since 2018, after he led the Wildcats to their second national championship in three seasons. But Wright has rejected all outside overtures, including one last year from UCLA, while repeating how much he loves coaching at Villanova.Asked to comment on the Forbes report, Villanova men’s basketball spokesman Mike Sheridan said, “We don’t comment on speculative rep...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
2 former college volleyball stars, their 2 daughters killed in Missouri car crash
Two former star college volleyball players, including one who played at Syracuse University, were killed in a car crash Friday along with their daughters.Carrie McCaw, 44, and 12-year-old daughter Kacey and Lesley Prather, 40, and 12-year-old daughter Rhyan were on their way to a club volleyball tournament in Kansas City, Mo., when a pickup truck crossed the barrier into the westbound lanes, where it hit their minivan, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.McCaw and Prather were pronounced dead at the scene, while the two girls died at local hospitals.The truck driver, 29-year-old Eli...
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