Aztecs open basketball season by routing No. 22 UCLA
SAN DIEGO — It wasn’t in front of the 17,204 fans that were in Anaheim’s Honda Center the last time they played, or the 12,414 that usually fill the canyon of red seats at Viejas Arena.It wasn’t in front of anybody, in fact, other than a few dozen staff and media, and a guy pumping in crowd noise from a laptop.But it goes in the books just the same: San Diego State beat No. 22 UCLA in men’s basketball 73-58 on Wednesday night.It doesn’t happen very often. This was only the second time in, oh, 80 years. It was the first by double digits since 1939.It was a sweet way for the Aztecs to open their...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Mike Jensen: Observations from Villanova barely getting past Boston College
Too often, Villanova looked a step slow against Boston College, all over the court. Slow guarding man-to-man, slow on switches, slow on help defense.Not like the No. 3 team in the country, not in Wednesday’s late-night season opener.You want to blame it on missing some practices because the program was shut down for a couple of weeks after COVID-19 positives hit, maybe.This part will relieve Villanova fans. The mental toughness they’d expect to see, they saw. Down by nine in the second half, Villanova went on a 11-1 run to grab the lead back.Boston College got the lead back. Villanova then too...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Mac Engel: How Colin Kaepernick made TCU's Rose Bowl season possible
FORT WORTH, Texas — Colin Kaepernick has no formal affiliation with TCU, nor did he ever play the Horned Frogs in a game, but he made a tangible impact on the university that extends deep into the mortar, and the success, of the school.This year is the 10th year anniversary of TCU’s Rose Bowl season, which would not have been possible without the contributions of the ousted NFL quarterback, Mr. Kaepernick, and his Nevada Wolf Pack.On Nov. 26, 2010, Kaepernick “led TCU” to the Rose Bowl when Nevada upset No. 3 Boise State. That upset ultimately changed the trajectory of a team, a school and a c...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Markus Paul, a former Bears defensive back and the Cowboys' strength coach, dies at 54
Former Chicago Bears defensive back Markus Paul died Wednesday evening. He was 54.Paul, who served as the strength and conditioning coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys, was hospitalized Tuesday after experiencing a medical emergency at the team’s facility. The Cowboys, who host Washington on Thursday at AT&T Stadium, canceled their scheduled practice Tuesday and sent players home.The Bears drafted Paul in the fourth round in 1989 from Syracuse. He appeared in 70 games for them with 15 starts over five seasons before playing in one game with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1993. Paul had seven caree...
Marcus Hayes: Is Doug Pederson trying to get fired as Eagles coach?
Doug Pederson is coaching and talking like he wants to force Jeffrey Lurie to add him to the unemployment spike.At this point, Lurie not only has to be concerned with the losing — the Eagles stand 3-6-1 and, despite having the best record, they clearly are the fourth-best team in the four-team NFC East — but also with the fact that the team is getting worse.At this point, Lurie has to be alarmed at Carson Wentz’s regression.It’s more than just that. It’s as if Pederson is forcing Lurie’s hand so Pederson can escape an unpleasant job with dim prospects. And so, wittingly or not, Pederson has be...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Filip Bondy: Diego Maradona: The brilliant highs and tragic lows of a soccer genius
Diego Maradona died on Wednesday near Buenos Aires at the age of 60 from an apparent heart attack, and really it is a wonder that this volatile genius lasted even that long on Earth. Those of us who covered his career, who watched in awe as he created divine goals while fighting internal demons, were forever concerned for the great athlete’s health and welfare.It was that way, back at the World Cup in the summer of 1994, when Argentina was about to play Bulgaria at the Cotton Bowl. Word came to journalists, just six hours before the match, that Maradona would not be permitted to play. He had b...
New York Daily News
Tributes flow in for Argentina's football great Maradona, dead at 60
Argentina's football great Diego Maradona has died at the age of 60, the Argentinian Football Association said on Wednesday.The forward, who led Argentina to World Cup glory in 1986, underwent surgery for a bleed in the brain earlier this month. Doctors had said it was a success. Media reports said he suffered a heart attack on Wednesday and could not be revived.He is widely regarded by football fans as one of the greatest players to ever play the game. The Argentinian government has declared three days of national mourning."The Argentinian Football Association, through its president Claudio T...
Tom Krasovic: Ron Fowler, in contrast to Spanoses, built trust with local sports fans
Ron Fowler came off as a San Diego sports fan.Dean Spanos came off as aloof and entitled.It mattered.If the top Chargers executive since 1994 and face of team ownership since the 2000s had connected with San Diego sports fans as the top Padres exec and part-owner did in his eight-year run that downshifted last week, then assume this: The Chargers would’ve boosted their political capital in San Diego, improving their odds of landing a massive subsidy toward a new NFL stadium here. (Yes, the odds would’ve remained steep.)Fans and sports pundits often say it’s all about winning when it comes to w...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Receiver Rashod Bateman ends Minnesota career by opting out again
MINNEAPOLIS — Rashod Bateman opted out, opted back in and is now out again.The star Minnesota receiver announced Wednesday on Twitter that he plans to forgo the rest of the 2020 season and prepare for “the next stage” of his career. This came amid a COVID-19 outbreak for the 2-3 Gophers, who had to cancel Saturday’s rivalry game at Wisconsin.Bateman was one of the first notable opt-outs back in early August, citing concerns about playing safely in the coronavirus pandemic after becoming sick with COVID-19 himself during the summer. The Big Ten subsequently canceled and then reinstated its seas...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Michelle Kaufman: Diego Maradona was a genius player and flawed hero whose death hit South Florida hard
MIAMI — An outpouring of sorrow and tributes flowed from all corners of the world Wednesday as news of Diego Maradona’s death spread, for the Argentine soccer icon was not only among the best players of all time, but also a massive personality and tormented soul who transcended the sport.The short, stocky product of a poor Buenos Aires suburb was a magician with the ball, had unbridled pride in his country and carried every team he played for on his back. He scored 258 goals during his career, most with his left foot, leaving defenders flummoxed.He became a global star at the 1986 World Cup in...