LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ -- Call it an early season wakeup call for Drexel.
The Dragons began their season with Tuesday’s 80-62 win at Rider in a game that began at 6 a.m. The early start was part of ESPN’s Tip-Off Marathon.
It was the opener for Drexel, while Rider, is now 0-3 after losing Friday at Robert Morris and Sunday at Pittsburgh.
Drexel’s men’s basketball team is getting its season off to an early start – well before even classes are ready to begin for the day.
The Dragons opener is Tuesday at Rider beginning at 6 a.m. Yes, that’s not a misprint. It’s part of the ESPN 24 hours of basketball.
Actually, Drexel was hoping to play a game before this, but according to coach Bruiser Flint, things didn’t work out.
Still, the exposure is invaluable to a Drexel program that has been the preseason pick to win the ultra-competitive Colonial Athletic Association.
“It’s an ESPN game and I am sure everybody will be up for it,” said Drexel 6-5 forward Samme Givens, the only CAA player to average a double-double last year (12.2 ppg., 10.1 rpg.). “It’s kind of hard at 6 a.m. and it will be a little struggle but we’ll be up for it.”
While Drexel is opening its season, Rider is already 0-2, having lost 83-57 on Friday at Robert Morris and 86-78 on Sunday at Pitt.
Senior Rider guard Jeff Jones of Monsignor Bonner, is a transfer from Virginia, who has averaged 14.5 points in his first two games for the Broncs.
La Salle junior guard Ramon Galloway was diagnosed with a concussion and will miss the Explorers' game at Villanova on Tuesday after being injured in their season-opening win over Lafayette Friday night.
Galloway, a Philadelphia native who transferred from South Carolina, was playing in his first game for the Explorers when he was hurt with 2 minutes, 7 seconds remaining in the first half after suffering a head and neck injury while defending against Ryan Willen.
He was immobilized in a neck brace and body straps and taken to a local hospital where he was released last night, according to La Salle spokesman Kevin Bonner
As Mike Jones prepares for his Dec. 3 fight with Sebastian Lujan, we'll update his progress here and in the paper with stories and videos. Check back for updates.
After conducting an interview last week at Joe Hand Gym, Mikes Jones threw out a plug for his Twitter account.When reminded how sparingly he actually sends out updates, Jones was quick with a response.
In boxing history, Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali will be forever tied together for their three-heavyweight bouts in the 1970's. On Sunday afternoon, Ali issued this statement:
"The news about Joe is hard to believe and even harder to accept. Joe is a fighter and a champion and I am praying he is fighting now. My family and I are keeping Joe and his family in our daily prayers. Joe has a lot of friends pulling for him and I'm one of them."
Former heavyweight champion Joe Frazier remained in hospice care Sunday afternoon in Philadelphia as he continued to battle for his life.
Frazier was diagnosed with liver cancer a month ago and the situation was deemed serious by his manager, Leslie Wolff.
Wolff said there hasn’t been “a major change” in the former heavyweight champion’s health since Saturday.
Legendary Philadelphia boxer Joe Frazier is reportedly battling for his life according to an article by FoxSports.com
The report states that the 67-year-old Frazier is ill with advanced liver cancer.
Frazier is well known for his series of bouts with Muhammad Ali during the 1970’s. The former World Heavyweight Champion finished his career with a 32-4-1 record and also won a Gold Medal at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.
Video: The Philadelphia Union travels to Houston to take on the Dynamo in the second leg of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Thursday. Marc Narducci of the Inquirer analyzes the Union's likely strategy.
Almost a half-century since playing a game there, Chuck Bednarik will be honored with a statue dedication at Franklin Field on Nov. 19, according to a statement released by the University.
In four seasons at Penn, Bednarik was a two-time All-American, won the Maxwell Award and finished third in Heisman voting.
The Eagles selected him with the first overall pick in the 1948 draft and he went on to spend his entire 14-year career with the franchise. In 1960, Bednarik led the Eagles to their last NFL Championship, a 17-13 win over Vince Lombardi's Green Bay Packers at Franklin Field.
Late in the third quarter, with his team marching towards the end zone Penn quarterback Billy Ragone called a play designed for a certain wide receiver. A skinny post route against man-to-man coverage.
As the team broke the huddle, Ragone told the wideout he was going to be throwing to a spot just as he did in practice. Joe Holder knew just what to do.
Four years earlier, Holder had walked on to Penn’s football team and earned his spot as a freshman. He didn’t play at all that season. And after a decent sophomore year he injured his ankle in the third game of his junior season and missed the rest of the campaign.