The calendar was flipped
about the same time Dick Clark was shouting "Happy New Year!" to
millions of viewers across the country. It's now 2003 and there's no looking
back for C. Vivian Stringer and her Rutgers women's basketball team.
"It's a new year," Stringer said following the Scarlet Knights'
most recent victory, an 87-72 win over George Washington on Sunday. "No
question (2002) was a horrible year for me. Nobody wants to relive that pain."
looking back for Stringer
When the Rutgers women's
basketball team visits No. 8 Texas Tech today, the game will hold special
significance for Cappie Pondexter.
Pondexter will be reunited with Lady Raiders' coach Marsha Sharp, who guided
the United States to a gold medal at the World Championship for Young Women
Qualifying Tournament last summer in Brazil. The 5-foot-9 Pondexter was the
point guard on that team, which qualified the U.S. for the 2003 FIBA World
Championship for Young Women.
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Around the Big East
The most notable upset
of the college football season didn't occur on any field, in front of 80,000
Rather, it took place on the banquet circuit.
Unbeaten and top-ranked Miami, which has produced more National Football League
first-round draft picks than any other school since 1984, produced one individual
award winner this season.
shut of out of the awards circuit, has much to prove
There will be a bittersweet
quality to tomorrow night's Fiesta Bowl for Miami's refrigerator-sized sophomore
defensive tackle Vince Wilfork.
Wilfork (6-2, 350 pounds) will get a chance to play for a second straight
national championship against Ohio State tomorrow night. But neither of his
parents will be there to watch what could be his finest hour.
Wilfork's 48-year-old father, David, died June 5 after a prolonged fight with
diabetes that included seven operations.
Fiesta, with a heavy heart
Todd Sievers has been
there. He's walked in Mike Nugent's cleats. Just last year, in fact.
Sievers remembers it all. The look of the ball on the turf. The confidence
walking onto the field. How everything seemed to fall neatly into place. It
was a dream season, last year was, a season that ended in national honors
for Sievers and a national championship for his Miami team.
Bowl kickers yearn for a chance to make a difference
Around the Nation
All quiet on the Maurice
Clarett front Wednesday in Tempe, Ariz. Sigh.
He has already worked up a sufficient level of animosity, hostility and enmity
this Fiesta Bowl week. And that's toward his own university.
I suppose there has been some time to think about Miami, too.
This hullabaloo has been entertaining, but overcooked.
Ohio State's Clarett overdone
There are 326 teams playing
Division I basketball. All of them officially are chasing the same elusive
goal, a national championship. But in reality, there are different levels
of success for different programs in different parts of the country.
It's what makes the sport special.
When you are a school in metropolitan New York, one of those goals is to capture
the ECAC Holiday Festival, played during the days after Christmas at Madison
Square Garden for each of the past 50 years. The fabled arena plays host to
a number of college tournaments, the Preseason NIT being the most prestigious
Holiday Festival repeat as good as it gets
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