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
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.
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.
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.
His mother, a chemical scientist at McNeil in Fort Washington, grew up in Uganda. His father is an economist in his native Ivory Coast. So what exactly was their 6-7, 290-pound son doing Tuesday morning in Villanova Stadium at football practice, being watched by several NFL scouts on another steamy day?
Dick Jerardi specializes in college basketball and horse racing. He has covered every Triple Crown race since 1987 and every NCAA Tournament since 1988, in addition to chronicling the careers of two National College Basketball Players of the Year, La Salle's Lionel Simmons (1990) and St. Joseph's Jameer Nelson (2004). He’s also covered many major events, including the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and 2001 NBA Finals.