The Collegian
Thursday, February 29, 2024



Baseball hits the diamond again

The University of Richmond baseball team will begin its season this Friday at Duke University, and head coach Mark McQueen said the team had a good chance of getting back to the Atlantic-10 Conference tournament for the first time in three years. Unlike last year, when the team could not practice outdoors for the first three weeks because of a big snow storm, this year the weather has been favorable, allowing players to practice outside almost every day, McQueen said. "The main thing about pre-season baseball is that hitters need to see live pitching," he said.


Media Timeout: 2/17/2011

? The dog days are over for the Philadelphia Eagles and quarterback Michael Vick. The front office tagged Vick with franchise status on Tuesday.


Tiger Woods: The fall of an empire

A time long ago, before the Cadillac Escalade with the busted passenger windows crashed into a fire hydrant in the magical golf world known as Isleworth, there was a golfer whom all other golfers across the globe feared. This golfer was not subject to any of the rules that governed other players.


The South will rise again

The South is football country. Sure, Penn State, Ohio State, Notre Dame and the University of Southern California are programs storied in success and tradition, but let's get real, y'all: The South wins the 2011 recruiting battle, especially (and I hate to say it as a Florida Gators fan) the REAL USC -- the University of South Carolina. Jadeveon Clowney, the No.


Spiders outlast Saint Louis University, 64-52

The University of Richmond has the reigning Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Year and after Richmond's 64-52 victory over Saint Louis University, there are no doubts that it has a main contender for the award this year. Senior forward Justin Harper improved his chances of following Kevin Anderson and getting the award by scoring 22 points, including 10 straight during the second half that gave Richmond a 13-point lead.


Redhots qualify for ultimate Frisbee tournament in Texas

The University of Richmond women's ultimate frisbee club team, the Redhots, have qualified to compete in Austin, Texas, in the Centex Tournament during the weekend of March 26 -- a tournament the team said it had been striving to enter since October. The Redhots will be one of 52 teams to play in Austin.


Events technician controls Richmond

Events technician Rich McDonald is the behind-the-scenes man responsible for electrical, mechanical and menial tasks, but his contributions to Richmond extend far beyond his job title; he is an indispensable cog in the University of Richmond wheel. Simply uttering McDonald's name in the Robins Center last week resulted in a frenzy of Richmond staff members and student-athletes eager to shower accolades on their facilities worker, partner, teammate and friend. Robert Drewry, women's basketball manager, said McDonald was invaluable.


The real losers of Super Bowl XLV

Super Bowl XLV's announced crowd was 103,219, a little more than 700 seats short of the record for the largest attendance at a Super Bowl. Jerry Jones, owner and general manger of the Dallas Cowboys, said in the week leading up to the Super Bowl that he had expected 105,000 at Cowboys Stadium, which opened last year and cost about $1.2 billion to build.


Women's lacrosse faces reigning NCAA champions Sunday

The University of Richmond women's lacrosse team will start the season Sunday at home in a match-up against the reigning NCAA champions, the University of Maryland Terrapins. The game, which begins at 2 p.m., is the team's first in Robins Stadium. "The day is definitely going to be a whirlwind," head coach Stephy Samaras Mantziaras said. The team is excited to play in the new stadium, senior captain Bria Eulitt said, but Maryland is the toughest opponent it will face all season. Maryland not only won the 2010 NCAA Division I national championship, but came from behind in the game to erase the worst deficit in women's lacrosse championship history. The team obviously has a lot going for it, Mantziaras said. "Right now, we're the only ones that believe that we can win," she said. Junior captain Mary Flowers said the Spiders had high expectations. "I think we can definitely hang with them, and we're going to play our hardest," she said. The Spiders were picked to finish second in the Atlantic-10 Conference this year - just one point behind the University of Massachusetts - in a preseason coaches' poll. The team is especially strong this year, Eulitt said. "We've only lost two seniors so we've been building with this core group now for two solid years," Eulitt said.


Richmond rallies to secure 69-65 victory at GW

WASHINGTON ? Senior Kevin Smith is known for his theatrical dunks and emotional play, but it was his calm free throws in the final minutes that helped the Spiders secure a 69-65 road win over George Washington University Wednesday night. Smith scored 14 points, had four assists and had two first half dunks.


Media Timeout: 2/3/2011

? The Chelsea Football Club in London broke the British transfer record Monday by signing Fernando Torres from Liverpool for a reported 50 million pounds ($79.5 million). The deal is soccer's third most expensive transfer, exceeded by Real Madrid's 2009 purchases of Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United for 80 million pounds ($131 million) and Kaka from AC Milan for 65 million euros ($92 million). Despite the exorbitant price tag these soccer players carry, no one can compare to David Beckham's retail value: He married Posh Spice. ? Nike Inc. gave $400,000 to Penn State's libraries in honor of Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno's milestone 400th win.


Spider radio announcer wins state award

Bob Black, the engaging, upbeat voice of the Spiders, this year was named Virginia Sportscaster of the Year for the fourth time. Black also won the title, which is awarded by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association, in 2008, 2000 and 1997. Since the 1983-1984 season, Black has been announcing the play-by-play of the men's basketball and football games for the Spiders.