RECAP – MLS 2017 – Apr 14 – New York City FC defeated Philadelphia Union 2-0


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Jack Harrison’s 51st minute goal from a Ronald Matarrita assist and one of the best goals MLS has ever seen from David Villa gave New York City FC their first away win of the 2017 MLS Regular Season at Philadelphia Union’s Talen Energy Stadium.

MLS 2017 - Apr 14 - New York City FC defeated Philadelphia Union 2-0

Philadelphia Union Keeper ANDRE BLAKE (1) attempts to make the save in the second half of a Major League Soccer match between the Philadelphia Union and New York City FC Friday, Apr. 17, 2016 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA. New York City FC Midfielder JACK HARRISON (11) was credited with goal in 52:00 minute. Photo By: Saquan Stimpson

MLS 2017 - Apr 14 - New York City FC defeated Philadelphia Union 2-0

New York City FC Midfielder JACK HARRISON (11) celebrates with teammates after scoring in the 52nd minute of the second half of a Major League Soccer match between the Philadelphia Union and New York City FC Friday, Apr. 17, 2016 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA. Photo By: Saquan Stimpson

 

David Villa produced one of the best goals of his entire career, shooting from 53.5 yards out, volleying over Blake into the net to deservedly earn his team their third win of the campaign in jaw-dropping style.

GOLAZO: David Villa scores an incredible goal from 50 yards away

MLS 2017 - Apr 14 - New York City FC defeated Philadelphia Union 2-0

New York City FC Attacker DAVID VILLA (7) kicks the ball 60 plus yards for the score in 90th minute in the second half of a Major League Soccer match between the Philadelphia Union and New York City FC Friday, Apr. 17, 2016 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

MLS 2017 - Apr 14 - New York City FC defeated Philadelphia Union 2-0

Philadelphia Union Keeper ANDRE BLAKE (1) looks at the ball in disbelief after New York City FC Attacker DAVID VILLA (7) scored in the 90th minute in the second half of a Major League Soccer match between the Philadelphia Union and New York City FC Friday, Apr. 17, 2016 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

Man of the Match…

Jack Harrison

The winger always looked like the most likely source of a goal to break the deadlock and he delivered it in fine style with a crashing finish under Blake after a clever run around the back of the Philadelphia defense.

It wasn’t just his goal which caught the eye on the night – he was a constant menace to the Union backline, slaloming through challenges and exchanging passes with teammates throughout the contest.

What’s Next?

NYCFC return to Yankee Stadium on Sunday, April 23, 2017, where they will take on Orlando City at 1.30pm at YANKEE STADIUM

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Former VP Joe Biden Attends 87ers Game


Bulls’ Balance Too Much For Sevens

NEWARK, DE – The Delaware 87ers (25-22) fell to the Windy City Bulls (22-25) 110-99 on Beau Biden Foundation Night. This was a well-contested, back and forth game, but when the Bulls took a 46-44 lead with 6:57 to go in the second quarter they never let go of their advantage. The Sevens and Bulls tied the season series 2-2.

Former VP JOE BIDEN salutes the crowd during Half time of an NBA D-league regular season game

Former VP JOE BIDEN salutes the crowd during Half time of an NBA D-league regular season game between the Delaware 87ers and the Windy City Bulls (Chicago Bulls) Saturday, March 25, 2017, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo Saquan Stimpson

The game had a similar feel to the Reno and Long Island affairs earlier in the week. In those two games, Delaware got timely buckets whenever their opponent got close. Tonight, the tables were turned when it became clear the Bulls had an answer for every Sevens push.

NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2017 - MAR 25 - Windy City Bulls defeated Delaware 87ers 110-99

Delaware 87ers Guard AARON HARRISON (15) looks to take a shoot in the second half of an NBA D-league regular season game between the Delaware 87ers and the Windy City Bulls (Chicago Bulls) Saturday, March 25, 2017, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

 

Aaron Harrison led the way for Delaware with 32 points. He hit five three-pointers and also added eight rebounds. He was one of four 87ers in double figures, with Nate Robinson (23), Roscoe Smith (13) and Russ Smith (11) rounding out the group.

In a cruel twist of fate, Fort Wayne lost to Grand Rapids by two. Had the Sevens won, they would have moved to within 1.5 games of the Mad Ants for the fourth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. As it stands, Delaware is still 2.5 games back of Fort Wayne. The 87ers have three games left, while the Mad Ants have two contests remaining.

NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2017 - MAR 25 - Windy City Bulls defeated Delaware 87ers 110-99

Delaware 87ers Guard NATE ROBINSON (1) drives his shoulder in the chest of Windy City Bulls Forward THOMAS WALKUP (0) in the second half of an NBA D-league regular season game between the Delaware 87ers and the Windy City Bulls (Chicago Bulls) Saturday, March 25, 2017, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

Windy City had an astounding eight players finish in double figures. The Bulls only had nine guys see the court, making the feat all the more impressive. Former 87er David Laury III was a high man for Windy City, pacing the club with 17 points. He was traded to the Bulls on March 2.

NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2017 - MAR 25 - Windy City Bulls defeated Delaware 87ers 110-99

Windy City Bulls Forward DAVID LAURY III (22) drives towards the basket as Delaware 87ers Forward CARLOS LOPEZ-SOSA (4) defends in the second half of an NBA D-league regular season game between the Delaware 87ers and the Windy City Bulls (Chicago Bulls) Saturday, March 25, 2017 at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

 

 

GALLERY: NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2017 – MAR 25 – Windy City Bulls defeated Delaware 87ers 110-99

 

FASTBREAK NEWSReport: Sean Kilpatrick Headed to Nets


NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2015 - NOV 17 Delaware 87ers defeats Canton Charge 102 - 93

Delaware 87ers Sean Kilpatrick (14) sets up on defense in the first half of a NBA D-league regular season basketball game between the Delaware 87ers (76ers) and the Canton Charge (Cleveland Cavaliers) Tuesday Nov. 17 2015, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL Photo By Saquan Stimpson

Former All-American guard Sean Kilpatrick is reportedly heading out of the NBA D-League to the Brooklyn Nets, just one day after the team waived guard Joe Johnson. Kilpatrick has been scorching the D-League with a scoring average of over 26 points per game and 43 percent three-point shooting:

In a feature on Kilpatrick, our own Sean Kennedy wrote why he didn’t catch on right after college.

Despite being an AP first-team All-American at Cincinnati and the second-highest scoring player in school history (behind Oscar Robertson, no shame in playing second fiddle there), Kilpatrick was not selected in the 2014 NBA draft. At 6’4″ with only an average wingspan, Kilpatrick doesn’t possess ideal measureables for the modern two-guard, and he was also hurt by the stigma of being a four-year college player (he’s now 25 years old). Kilpatrick did demonstrate time and again to be able to score in a variety of ways with the Bearcats; per DraftExpress, he was above average in scoring efficiency, despite being the highest usage player among shooting guards in his draft class. Still, today’s NBA game is all about the long ball, and Kilpatrick was just a modest 34.7 percent three-point shooter across his four seasons at Cincinnati.

Source – http://www.todaysfastbreak.com/fastbreak-news/report-sean-kilpatrick-headed-nets/

Jimmer Fredette named D-League All-Star MVP, continues to think big


TORONTO — Only a few miles from the site of Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game, before a couple thousand people in an arena primarily used to play minor-league hockey, Jimmer Fredette couldn’t help but think big.

And he hopes his second chance — or more accurately, his sixth chance — is still coming.

Such is the mentality of the NBA Development League, which held its All-Star Game on Saturday in Toronto on the same floor where LeBron James, Steph Curry and Kobe Bryant practiced a couple hours earlier. There was symmetry in that being in the shadow of the big league’s All-Star weekend almost served as a reminder to the D-League’s best that the NBA might not be as far from their reach as they sometimes think.

“You’re always hopeful,” said Fredette, the MVP of Saturday’s D-League game in which the Eastern Conference squad beat its Western Conference counterparts 128-124. “Everybody in this league, that’s what their dream is. They want to get back or into the NBA, or further their career. That’s what this league is for, and I’m no different.”

Well, he sort of is.

Fredette was the No. 10 pick by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2011 draft, not long after “Jimmermania” swept college basketball when he was the NCAA player of the year as a senior at BYU. He was traded to Sacramento on draft night, played in 179 games for the Kings before being waived and has had stints since with Chicago, New Orleans twice, and San Antonio.

NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2015 - DEC 26 - Westchester Knicks defeated Delaware 87ers 107-93

Westchester Knicks Gaurd JIMMER FREDETTE (16) sets up one defends in the second half of a NBA D-league regular season basketball game between the Delaware 87ers and the Westchester Knicks Saturday Dec, 26, 2015 at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

Right now, he’s posting impressive numbers (22.6 points, 4.8 assists) with the Westchester Knicks in the D-League. Someone, he thinks, might notice.

“They want to see fight,” Fredette said.

More than half of the players in Saturday’s D-League game have some NBA experience, the league has a record 19 teams right now — with at least three more planned in the coming years — and the stigma that accompanies going to the minors seems to be diminishing over time.

It is becoming the true feeder league that the NBA always envisioned.

“I think it’s all attitude and your mindset,” said Tyus Jones of the Minnesota Timberwolves, a first-round NBA draft pick in 2015 who spent some time in the D-League. “If you look at it as an opportunity to play and work on things in a game setting, then you’re going to make the most of it. If you look at it as ‘Why do I have to go down there and I shouldn’t have to and this isn’t fair,’ then you’re not going to get as good of results as you can.”

The list of success stories just keeps growing.

NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2016 - JAN 19 - Westchester Knicks defeats Delaware 87ers 119-108

BYU alumni JIMMER FREDETTE (16) and Westchester Knicks Forward THANASIS ANTETOKOUNMPO (43)  celebrate in the second half of a NBA D-league regular season basketball game between the Delaware 87ers and the Westchester Knicks Tuesday, JAN, 19, 2016 at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

The first D-League call-up was Chris Andersen in 2001, and when the Miami Heat forward was told of how common it is now — there were more than 60 call-ups to the NBA last season — he raved about how far the league has come. Heat center Hassan Whiteside, who also toiled in the D-League, could be in line for a big-time contract this summer. Seth Curry, the brother of the reigning NBA MVP, played in the D-League before his NBA chance came as well.

Milwaukee’s Khris Middleton played in the D-League for exactly three games. But what he showed in those three games, he thinks, might have been part of the reason why the Bucks got him as part of a trade with Detroit. And this past summer, Middleton signed a deal that will pay him $70 million over five years.

“I was only there for a few games,” Middleton said. “But I know they helped me. I needed to play.”

For as far as the D-League has come — and it has — there’s no denying it’s still a grind.

“This was a great opportunity for these kids,” Eastern Conference coach Dan Craig of the Sioux Falls Skyforce said. “It’s an All-Star Game at a professional level. It’s really great for them.”

NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2016 - JAN 19 - Westchester Knicks defeats Delaware 87ers 119-108

Westchester Knicks Guard JIMMER FREDETTE (16) is introduced to the crowd prior to the start of a NBA D-league regular season basketball game between the Delaware 87ers and the Westchester Knicks Tuesday, JAN, 19, 2016 at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

Craig and his Skyforce assistant Octavio De La Grana were in a hurry to get out after the game, for a very simple reason. They had about two hours to get to the airport and catch a flight to ensure they would be back with the Skyforce on Sunday, because practice awaits.

Such is life in the D-League.

It’s not easy, but there a colossal potential payoff.

“It’s an opportunity to develop my game,” Fredette said. “That’s what this league is for.”

By Tim Reynolds -Associated Press

Published: Saturday, Feb. 13 2016 4:20 p.m. MST

Updated: Saturday, Feb. 13 2016 6:47 p.m. MST

AP Basketball Writer Jon Krawczynski contributed to this report

Photos By Saquan Stimpson

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Elena Delle Donne to Return Home for Chicago Sky WNBA Preseason Game at University of Delaware May 13


Elena Delle Donne to Return Home for Chicago Sky WNBA Preseason Game at University of Delaware May 13

FILE PHOTO: Chicago Sky Forward Elena Delle Donne (11) drive towards the lane as Washington Mystics Forward Crystal Langhorne (1) defends in the second half of an WNBA regular season basketball game between The Chicago Sky and The Washington Mystics Wednesday, July. 24, 2013 at The Verizon center in Washington DC.

 

Elena began her esteemed career at the University of Delaware in 2009 where she became one of the most successful athletes in the school’s history. She was awarded the Senior CLASS Award and Honda Award in 2013, and First Team All-American and National Player of the Year candidate in her junior and senior seasons. The Chicago Sky drafted Elena with the second overall pick in the 2013 WNBA Draft, and she will kick-off her second season with the Sky this May.

The Sky is proud to partner with The University of Delaware, DuPont, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware, Delaware Sports Commission, Christiana Health Care System, Delaware Express, Courtyard Newark at the University of Delaware, Grotto’s Pizza, Blood Bank of Delmarva, Wilmington Airport (ILG) and National 5 & 10 to bring this WNBA game to the many loyal fans in Delaware who have shown unwavering support for their hometown hero, Delle Donne, and her newest team the Chicago Sky. Tickets for the Chicago Sky vs. Washington Mystics preseason game will go on sale to the public on Monday, March 17, 2014. Fans can purchase tickets by phone, online or in person: Online: Ticketmaster.com Phone: 1-800-745-3000 In Person: Delaware Ticket Office located at the Bob Carpenter Center, 631 South College Ave, Newark, DE 19716 between 8:30-4:30 Monday-Friday –

 

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MLS Soccer 2012 – August 29 – Columbus Crew at Philadelphia Union


Columbus crew Midfielder Chris Birchall (8) attempts dispute a call by the officials during a MLS regular season match against The Philadelphia Union Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. at PPL Park in Chester PA.

Philadelphia Union Defender Carlos Valdés (2) celebrates with teammate after scoring in the 29th minute of a MLS regular season match against The Columbus Crew Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. at PPL Park in Chester PA.

MLS Soccer 2012 – August 24 – Real Salt Lake at Philadelphia Union


Philadelphia Union Forward Lionard Pajoy (23) high five fans after a MLS regular season match against Real Salt Lake Friday, Aug. 24, 2012. at PPL Park in Chester PA…

Real Salt Lake Defender Chris Wingert (17) signs autographs for fans after a MLS regular season match against The Philadelphia Union Friday, Aug. 24, 2012. at PPL Park in Chester PA.

Real Salt Lake Forward Álvaro Saborío (15) attempts to pass the ball during a MLS regular season match against The Philadelphia Union Friday, Aug. 24, 2012. at PPL Park in Chester PA.

MLS Soccer 2012 – August 12 – Philadelphia Union Midfielder Gabriel Farfan (15) attempts to head the ball during a MLS regular season match against the Chicago Fire Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012. at PPL Park in Chester PA.


Philadelphia Union Midfielder Gabriel Farfan (15) attempts to head the ball during a MLS regular season match against the Chicago Fire Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012. at PPL Park in Chester PA.

Late goal denies Union a win


The youngster Jack McInerney celebrated his 19th birthday on Thursday, McInerney celebrated his birthday a two days late with his first goal of the season.

But a late 25-yard strike by Dynamo midfielder Geoff Cameron stole a victory from McInerney and the Union Saturday night. Cameron launched a low shot from outside the box that sneaked past goalie Faryd Mondragon and into the bottom corner to seal a 1-1 draw.

Union Attacker Jack McInerney #19 (Back) slides on the grass as the ball passes Dynamo Keeper Tally Hall #1 for a union score in 15th minute of the first half Saturday Aug. 6, 2011, at PPL Park in Chester PA. The News Journal/SAQUAN STIMPSON.

Philadelphia Union fans erupt with joy after Union Attacker Jack McInerney #19 scored in the 15 minute. The Dynamo and The Philadelphia Union played to a 1-1 tie Saturday Aug. 6, 2011, at PPL Park in Chester PA. The News Journal/SAQUAN STIMPSON

Union Midfielder Michael Farfan #21(left) shakes hands with Dynamo players at midfield after Saturday MLS regular season match between The Philadelphia Union and The Houston Dynamo. The Dynamo and The Philadelphia Union played to a 1-1 tie Saturday Aug. 6, 2011, at PPL Park in Chester PA. The News Journal/SAQUAN STIMPSON

Photography By Saquan Stimpson

Late goal denies Union a win

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