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Coverage of Philadelphia-area college sports.

Published: Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:38:03 GMT2017-03-24T00:38:03Z


New 'Nova football coach Ferrante is taking charge

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:38:03 GMT2017-03-24T00:38:03Z

MARK FERRANTE knew this head-coaching thing was bound to feel different. He just wasn't sure exactly how, or by how much. But when Villanova's first new football coach since 1985 took his team on the field Sunday for the first of 15 spring practices, he finally could tell.

Canyon Barry, son of Rick, is making the most of his NCAA time at Florida

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:07:05 GMT2017-03-24T00:07:05Z

NEW YORK - A year ago, Canyon Barry was playing against the likes of Drexel in the Colonial Athletic Association for the College of Charleston.

Georgetown fires John Thompson III after another losing year

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 23:12:16 GMT2017-03-23T23:12:16Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - John Thompson III was fired as Georgetown's basketball coach Thursday after two consecutive losing seasons at the school his father led to a national championship.

Wisconsin not gloating about the win over Villanova

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 23:10:57 GMT2017-03-23T23:10:57Z

Gonzaga, Arizona try to end West Coast Final Four drought

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 23:09:14 GMT2017-03-23T23:09:14Z

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Getting to the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament is nothing new for Gonzaga and Arizona.

Jayhawks fans divided over on-court success, off-court woes

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 23:09:13 GMT2017-03-23T23:09:13Z

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Hundreds of people file through the doors of the 23rd Street Brewery for lunch and dinner every day, most bound together by their unrequited love of ales, IPAs and the Kansas Jayhawks.

South Carolina's Sindarius Thornwell is low profile, high production

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 23:03:04 GMT2017-03-23T23:03:04Z

NEW YORK - He might be one of the best college basketball players with the lowest of profiles. In a Southeastern Conference in which Kentucky has three potential first-round NBA draft picks, including two in the lottery, South Carolina guard Sindarius Thornwell was named the SEC player of the year.

Temple defensive coordinator Taver Johnson is installing new looks

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 22:05:28 GMT2017-03-23T22:05:28Z

First-year Temple football defensive coordinator Taver Johnson is experienced at teaching a new defense, and he and head coach Geoff Collins are putting a lot on the players early in spring practice.

Murphy: Sweet 16 could tell us a lot about potential Sixers draft picks

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 22:01:03 GMT2017-03-23T22:01:03Z

LIFE IN TANKVILLE is full of all kinds of subtle and unexpected pleasures. Take the NCAA Tournament. When the Sixers were mediocre, March was a time for watching buzzer beaters, and predicting upsets, and remembering that places such as Greensboro and Tulsa exist (opening weekend is great . . . as long as you don't have to live there).

La Salle's B.J. Johnson declares for NBA draft, won't hire agent

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:45:46 GMT2017-03-23T19:45:46Z

La Salle junior forward B.J. Johnson announced Thursday that he will declare for the NBA Draft, but won't hire an agent.

Baylor heads to Oklahoma City, site of both cheers and tears

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 02:31:45 GMT2017-03-23T02:31:45Z

WACO, Texas (AP) - Baylor left Oklahoma City two weeks ago after a rare loss in the Big 12 Tournament. Two years ago, their season ended after losing an NCAA Elite Eight game in the same building.

St. Joe's gets verbal commitment from Maryland point guard

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 01:38:46 GMT2017-03-23T01:38:46Z

SAINT JOSEPH'S has gotten an early start on the class of 2018 with a verbal commitment from junior point guard Jared Bynum, 5-9 and growing, according to Georgetown Prep (North Bethesda, Md.) coach Ryan Eskow.

Villanova's Josh Hart signs with Jay Z's Roc Nation agency

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:19:48 GMT2017-03-22T19:19:48Z

Now that his college career is over, Villanova basketball star Josh Hart has signed with high-profile sports agency Roc Nation. That's the firm part-owned by Jay-Z. Roc Nation has a raft of famous athletes in its stable, including Dez Bryant, Kevin Durant, Miguel Cotto and Yoenis Cespedes.

'Nova is done, but Collin Gillespie looks to win title of his own

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:25:43 GMT2017-03-22T13:25:43Z

The Archbishop Wood boys' basketball team had practiced early Saturday morning in its usual place, the little gym next door at Nativity of Our Lord School, which gave Collin Gillespie plenty of time to drive the nine miles back to his home in Huntingdon Valley to catch the 2:50 p.m. tipoff for Villanova-Wisconsin.

Penn State starts anew in spring football drills

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:17:38 GMT2017-03-22T00:17:38Z

Maybe some Penn State players began spring football practice last year thinking that the Nittany Lions could make some noise in the Big Ten. But after winning the 2016 conference championship and going to the Rose Bowl, they'll start spring practice this week knowing they can.

Josh Hart says Villanova 'gave everything we could'

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 22:14:09 GMT2017-03-21T22:14:09Z

Villanova's three seniors, a class that helped lead the program to 129 wins and a national championship, arrived as a group Monday at the Davis Center's practice court after what had to be a tough end-of-the-season meeting two days after the elimination of the Wildcats from the NCAA tournament.

Christian Laettner's Duke-Kentucky buzzer-beater still lives in Philly basketball lore

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 22:13:03 GMT2017-03-21T22:13:03Z

Chet Zukowski knew his job. The moment the game ended, he was to lead the ticket manager from the winning school to the Spectrum ticket office to get their allotment of Final Four tickets. Zukowski was eye-balling the ticket reps from Kentucky and Duke that 1992 night, tracking their movements as the game wound down to a final play.

Temple quarterback decision may take a while

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 22:12:35 GMT2017-03-21T22:12:35Z

Temple will have a new offensive coordinator, a new quarterback, and a new tempo. But some of the same components that were successful last year when the Owls (10-4) won the American Athletic Conference championship will be back.

2016 fall college All-Academic teams

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 15:53:03 GMT2017-03-21T15:53:03Z

Here are the 2016 fall-season college athletes who also excelled as students as selected by the Philadelphia Sports Information Directors Association.

Plum scores 38 as Washington races past Oklahoma 108-82

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 11:44:26 GMT2017-03-21T11:44:26Z

SEATTLE (AP) - At this point, the records are just a blur for Kelsey Plum. They get crossed off so quickly there is no opportunity for appreciation.