Over the course of four years at Delaware State, this Lady Hornets superstar has rewritten the school’s record books and left a legacy all her own. When people say the phrase “ball is life,” it typically evokes a vision of someone who is about basketball 24 hours a day. This can take shape in many forms, from the kid who plays NBA 2K until his thumbs are numb to the dedicated fan who wouldn’t dare miss the Phoenix Suns face the Cleveland Cavaliers on NBA League Pass. There are the hoop lifers who actually play ball daily, and then there are those who are historians of the game. This is where NaJai Pollard and I sparked our best conversation. “Did you say Cain?” the Lady Hornets’ all-time leading scorer asked me while taking down notes. “No, sorry, it’s Bernard King,” I replied, worried about my potentially shoddy cellphone reception. “Like the crown.” “Oh, OK,” Pollard replied with relief. “I got … [Read more...] about NaJai Pollard’s old-school game makes her Delaware State’s all-time leading scorer She’s also school’s all-time shot-blocker
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If the Road To Hell were in fact paved with good intentions, it wouldn’t lead to hell. Last year at this time, the NFL was taking on water as a product the public could live without. Among the gripes: Player misconduct, including arrests, players’ selective outrage in the form of political and social protests during the national anthem, TV money-first in-season game-scheduling, PSL shakedowns and protracted, dull games were exacerbated by dubious, inconsistent application of rules and “instant” replay, and an overall sense that the last thing the NFL cared about was its once-devoted fans and customers. Symptomatic of it all was the NFL’s TV ratings, down for a second straight season. The NFL and its team owners could ignore or indulge all, but the prospect of TV revenues in decline made for creeping panic. But then, depending on your definition of miracles, a miracle: legalized sports gambling. Roger Goodell no longer had to lie that fantasy betting … [Read more...] about Leagues leading fans down road to hell to boost viewership
TJ Rushing For the Register Published 12:23 PM EST Jan 3, 2019 Before this season, the Ankeny girls basketball team made 10 goals. One goal was to have their first regular-season winning record since Ankeny split high schools in 2013. Right now, that’s a coin flip. The Hawkettes headed into their holiday break with a 5-5 mark, despite sickness, injury and playing a demanding schedule. Ankeny’s best player, senior forward Sara McCullough, was sick the for the last two games prior to holiday break. As an even bigger blow, Ankeny sophomore Abby Johnson, the team’s second-leading scorer, sustained a foot injury back in mid-December and will be out through the end of January. “If you would have told me, with how tough our schedule was going into break, and with our second-leading scorer missing and our leading scorer and rebounder being sick that last week we’d be 5-5, I’d be very happy with that,” Ankeny coach Dru McAnelly said. A big … [Read more...] about Sports notebook: Hawkettes begin 2019 without second-leading scorer
David Goricki The Detroit News Published 6:52 PM EST Nov 25, 2018 David Goricki of The Detroit News provides scouting reports on the top 20 boys basketball teams in the state. U-D Jesuit has been one of the elite basketball programs in the state this past decade, winning six straight Catholic League titles and a Class A state championship with Cassius Winston leading the way in 2016. Pat Donnelly is one of the top coaches in the state, guiding U-D Jesuit to a 93-11 record during the last four years, including that 28-0 unbeaten season in 2016. U-D Jesuit was 22-4 last season, earning Catholic League, district and regional titles before a Class A state quarterfinal loss to Warren De La Salle. “We always have high expectations and I’m excited about this team,” said Donnelly. U-D Jesuit is The Detroit News’ preseason No. 1 team in the state. Expect U-D Jesuit to make another long postseason run, led by 6-foot-10 senior Jalen Thomas, 6-4, 225-pound … [Read more...] about Detroit News top boys basketball teams: U-D Jesuit leads the way
If we were to collectively look at the Colorado Rapids’ areas of necessary improvement, we could all agree their ability to score goals (or lack thereof) being at the top of the list. The 24 goals they’ve tallied in 20 games this season are the second fewest in MLS behind the Seattle Sounders, who are still three points ahead of Colorado in the Western Conference standings. Seven of the Rapids’ goals were scored by forward Dominique Badji, who was traded Sunday to FC Dallas for midfielder Kellyn Acosta. The move, which Colorado general manager Padraig Smith is confident will position the Rapids better for a run at an MLS Cup (though, let’s be honest, not this season), is still met with some skepticism. Behind Badji, the Rapids’ leading goal scorer was Joe Mason (3), but he’s since left the team and joined English club Wolverhampton Wanderers. Defenders Edgar Castillo and Tommy Smith and forward Jack McBean have two goals apiece and no … [Read more...] about Denver Sports Omelette: The Rapids traded away their leading scorer. Why isn’t GM Padraig Smith worried?