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Published: Thu, 01 Dec 2016 03:53:54 GMT


Johnson, Price lead La Salle over Lehigh
IT WAS father-son night Wednesday at Gola Arena. And, in one case, grandfather night. La Salle's B.J. Johnson, son of Bobby Johnson, sixth-man supreme on the Explorers' great 1989-90 team, was going off on one end from the arc. Lehigh's two-time Patriot League Player of the Year, 6-10 Tim Kempton, son of Notre Dame big man and longtime NBA

Jerardi: L-Train's next stop is college basketball hall of fame
LIONEL SIMMONS played basketball with a dignified passion. His game was low on style, high on substance. He was so consistently great over 131 games at La Salle that, unless you looked closely, you could have missed that his greatness was his consistency.

Jerardi: Wildcats trying to put NCAA title in rearview mirror
NEW YORK - "How heavy is the ring, Josh?" "It's a little heavy, but I think it gets a little lighter every time I wear it," Josh Hart said with a smile Tuesday morning, sitting at a round table just off the Madison Square Garden floor, flanked by fellow members of a Villanova senior class that has gone 97-13, 48-6 in Big East regular-season games, 12-0 in the City Series, with one Big East Tournament title and one legendary national title won last April in Houston.

Unbeaten Songbird hits it out of Parx
WHEN THE TRACK in Bensalem was called Keystone, the best horse to walk into the winner's circle was Spectacular Bid when he won the Heritage Stakes on Nov. 11, 1978. When it was called Philadelphia Park, it was Smarty Jones when he won the first two races

Jerardi: Pa. Derby may determine 3-year-old championship
WILL TAKE CHARGE won the 2013 Pennsylvania Derby on his way to the 3-year-old championship. California Chrome ran (not well) in the 2014 Pa. Derby en route to the 3-year-old title and Horse of the Year. Saturday's Pa. Derby at Parx likely will decide the 3-year-old championship right then and there.

Songbird a credit to noteworthy singer
SONGBIRD IS as perfect as the voice that prompted her name. The unbeaten filly is as famous as her namesake was anonymous. Twenty years after Eva Cassidy died at 33, Songbird, 3, is a living testament to her memorable sound.

Unbeaten Songbird adds excitement to Parx's Saturday extravaganza
UNBEATEN FILLY Songbird arrived at the Parx Racing stable area late Monday afternoon. On the way to Barn 4, where she will reside this week, the horse van passed Barn 8 where local star Cathryn Sophia is with John Servis' stable. Kentucky Derby winner Nyq

Jerardi: Perfect weekend capped at Parx
IT WAS ABOUT a perfect first weekend back at Parx and a reminder of the dizzying time between 2004 and 2006 when Philly-centric horses, starting with Smarty Jones through Afleet Alex and Barbaro, won five of seven Triple Crown races and lost the other two by 1 length each.

At Parx, a three-week festival of top-caliber racing
WHEN 2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome came to Bensalem two years ago to run in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby, the race, the culmination of the Fall Festival at Parx Racing, got giant national exposure and became forevermore a logical pre-Breeders' Cup stop for the nation's best 3-year-olds.

Jerardi: Brooks among the best-ever at La Salle
LA SALLE'S Mount Rushmore is Tom Gola, Kenny Durrett, Michael Brooks and Lionel Simmons. Whenever La Salle plays a game at Gola Arena, the players can look up from their bench to see the retired jerseys, the players having combined for 15 points shy of 10,000.