March madness is here: Stunning finish to high school championship game

Published: Sunday, March 03, 2013 @ 5:03 PM
Updated: Sunday, March 03, 2013 @ 5:03 PM

A stunning, incredible, finish to a high school basketball sectional championship game in New York state signals the arrival of March basketball madness. New Rochelle (NY) High School stunned their heavily favored archrivals, Mount Vernon, on a near miraculous basket. The 60-foot shot with 0.1 seconds left lifted New Rochelle to a 61-60 win and launched the arena into mayhem. See the video below:

 


NBA star Enes Kanter detained at airport, says Turkish government canceled passport

Published: Saturday, May 20, 2017 @ 11:38 AM
Updated: Saturday, May 20, 2017 @ 2:15 PM

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 04:  Enes Kanter #11 of the Oklahoma City Thunder during their game at Spectrum Center on January 4, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina.    (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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An Oklahoma City Thunder basketball star was briefly detained by Romanian airport authorities after the Turkish government reportedly canceled his passport.

Thunder center Enes Kanter posted a video on Twitter Saturday morning saying he was being held by police at an airport in Romania.

Kanter said the Turkish government canceled his passport, claiming that officials made the move because of his political views.

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Kanter went on to call Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan the "Hitler of our century," referencing a recent visit to the U.S. during which Turkish presidential guards were caught on video violently breaking up a protest in Washington, D.C.

The guards were held briefly and then released after the incident in the nation’s capital, prompting outcry from many across the country.

Kanter concluded the video by promising updates and asking for prayers.

According to the NBA, the 25-year-old has been with the Thunder since 2014. Before that, he played for the Utah Jazz.

Kanter was the only Thunder player to appear in all 82 regular season games in the 2015-2016 season.

In March, Kanter and teammate Steven Adams caught the attention of web users after they appeared in a video calling Russell Westbrook "King of the Prairie."

A New York Times sports reporter tweeted Saturday afternoon that Kanter had been released by authorities and was on his way to London. 

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich rumored to have left hefty tip at restaurant

Published: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 @ 8:39 PM

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich left a hefty tip while in Memphis, Tennessee, last week, according to a post on the social aggregation site Reddit

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The Express News reported about the post, which originally showed an image of a receipt that indicated Popovich left a $5,000 tip on a bill for $815.73, at McEwens, a restaurant that serves American food. 

According to the report, the handwriting on the receipt matches Popovich's. The bill was from Friday, April 21.

“Coach Popovich has been in our restaurant in the past multiple times,” McEwen's owner Bert Smithe told mySA.com

Smithe would not say if Popovich dined at the restaurant at the time on the receipt.

“We don't discuss anything that goes on when VIPs are in the building,” he said.

Sports Illustrated reported that the image posted to Reddit has since been deleted, but the Express News took a screen shot of the image.

Both publications reported that Popovich has been rumored to have left a hefty tip before.

A-10 continues tradition of sending coaches to bigger jobs

Published: Sunday, March 26, 2017 @ 3:03 PM

The Atlantic 10 Conference has sent two coaches to the power conferences this month, with Dayton’s Archie Miller headed to Indiana and VCU’s Will Wade on his way to LSU.

The conference has seen good success in its coaches moving on to bigger positions. Here’s a look at some of the current conference schools’ coaches who have made moves upward, since their schools have been in the league:

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DAYTON

Oliver Purnell: to Clemson in 2003 

Brian Gregory: to Georgia Tech in 2011 

Archie Miller: to Indiana in 2017 

GEORGE WASHINGTON 

Mike Jarvis: to St. John’s in 1998

MASSACHUSETTS 

John Calipari: to New Jersey Nets in 1996 

Travis Ford: to Oklahoma State in 2008 

RHODE ISLAND 

Tom Penders: to Texas in 1988 

Al Skinner: to Boston College in 1997 

Jim Harrick: to Georgia in 1999 

RICHMOND 

John Beilein: to West Virginia in 2002 

Jerry Wainwright: to DePaul in 2005 

ST. BONAVENTURE 

Jim O’Brien: to Boson College in 1986 

VCU 

Shaka Smart: to Texas in 2015 

Will Wade: to LSU in 2017

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Where have Dayton’s past coaches come from?

Published: Sunday, March 26, 2017 @ 11:15 AM

The University of Dayton is searching for a new basketball coach after Indiana’s hiring of Archie Miller this weekend.

Athletic Director Neil Sullivan said, “You try to find the best coach you can for the University of Dayton.”

Here’s where UD has looked in the past for its past five coaches:

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ARCHIE MILLER: Assistant coach, Arizona 

Miller was an assistant coach for his brother, Sean, at Arizona, when Dayton came calling. 

“When I left that meeting room, I felt I did everything I could to get my message across, and they did everything they could to explain their vision,” Miller said of Dayton during his introductory news conference on April 3, 2011. 

“When I left, I said, ‘I don’t know if I’ll have the opportunity, but whoever it is has one heck of an opportunity to hit a home run.’” 

BRIAN GREGORY: Associate head coach, Michigan State 

Gregory had been the associate head coach for coach Tom Izzo at Michigan State for four seasons when he took the Dayton job. 

Then-UD athletic director Ted Kissell recalled the first time he met Gregory during the news conference to introduce him on April 9, 2003. From a Dayton Daily News story: 

Several years ago, Kevin O'Neill, then the men's basketball coach at Northwestern University, introduced one of his assistant coaches - Brian Gregory - to his friend, Ted Kissell, Director of Athletics at the University of Dayton. 

"Ted, keep your eye on this guy," O'Neill said. "He's the best." 

OLIVER PURNELL: Head coach, Old Dominion 

Purnell had gone 57-33 at Old Dominion after a 44-42 record as the head coach at Radford when he entered the winding tale of Dayton’s search to find a coach to replace Jim O’Brien. 

That tale included Kissell talking his way into a suite at a hotel in Charlotte, N.C., site of the 1994 Final Four, for interviews after Siena coach Mike Deane turned down the job. Kissell met with coaches including Fran Fraschilla, then at Manhattan, before interviewing and hiring Purnell. 

"This is a great area," Purnell said of Old Dominion a day after he had become the first black head basketball coach in UD's history. "I live on that bay. I'll miss the area. I'll miss all these people. I'll miss the (Old Dominion) players, the bay. I'll miss all those things. There's no question about that. 

"But I'm going to a better opportunity and I'm sure there are going to be a lot of things about the University of Dayton and that entire area that I'm going to enjoy also." 

JIM O’BRIEN: Assistant coach, New York Knicks 

O’Brien was an assistant coach for Rick Pitino with the Knicks, and his previous head coaching experience included a stint at Wheeling Jesuit in West Virginia, where he went 74-69. He was hired at Dayton on April 19, 1989. 

O’Brien had also previously been an assistant coach with St. Joseph’s and Oregon. 

''Jim is one of the brightest coaches I have had the pleasure to work with in the last 15 years,'' Pitino said at the time. “He's an outstanding teacher and communicator of the game of basketball. We wish him well.'' 

DON DONOHER: Assistant coach, Dayton 

Tom Blackburn hired Donoher from his job as freshman coach at Chaminade High School in 1963, and by the end of his first season as an assistant, Donoher was filling in for the ailing Blackburn. 

Blackburn died of cancer in 1964, and Donoher was promoted to the head coaching position. He coached Dayton for 25 seasons, until 1989.