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USWNT team squeaks by Sweden 3-2 at Mapfre Stadium


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It was a cold night at Mapfre Stadium but the USWNT did everything they could to bring the heat on the pitch. Carli Lloyd scored two goal and Christen Press added one more in the first half to put the US Women’s National team up 3-0 heading into the half.
Sweden would not go down without a fight  in the second half as Anna Anvegard would score 2 goals 4 minutes apart to try to mount a comeback.
The USWNT would hold on to the lead, winning 3-2 and giving  Vlatko Andonovskil his first win as the new bench boss.
Press tallied her 50th USA Soccer career goal.
As was the case this summer’s World Cup when the USA needed only three minutes to score against Sweden in the teams’ final match of group play, the USWNT grabbed the early lead.
  • With the result, the USWNT is now 23-6-11 all-time vs. Sweden, which is currently ranked No. 5 in the world.
  • With the victory, Andonovski is the sixth of eight USWNT head coaches to win their first match in charge of the team.
  • Carli Lloyd, who captained the USA today scored her 14th and 15th goals of 2019 in her eighth start this year. She has scored the most goals on the team in 2019 and now has 120 in her career.
  • Lloyd’s two goals gave her the 21st multi-goal game of her career as she joined Heather O’Reilly as USWNT players to score under five different head coaches (of the nine total the team has ever had). Only Kristine Lilly scored for more USWNT coaches (six).
  • Christen Press’ assist on the opening goal was her team-leading 11th of 2019 and came in her 129th career cap. Her goal was the 50th of her career, making her the 11th WNT player to reach the 50-goal milestone.
  • At club level, Press played three-and-a-half professional seasons Sweden with Göteborg FC and Tyresö FF.
  • This was the first cap for Lynn Williams since the final game of the 2018 SheBelieves Cup against England on March

Villanova, NBA, ABA legend Bill Melchionni entered into Philly Sports Hall of Fame

Bill Melchionni, Villanova Class of '66, driving to basket in 1966 NIT (courtesy Villanova Athletics)










PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The Philadelphia Hall of Fame will add another Villanova legend to its fraternity. Bill Melchionni, Villanova Class of ’66, goes into the Hall of Fame at the Events Center of the Rivers Casino. The induction ceremony was this past Thursday, November 7, 2019.

The 2019 class includes 15 greats who will be honored with induction. Melchionni is a product of Bishop Eustace High School who went on to become a 1966 All-American playing for head coach Jack Kraft. The guard scored 27.6 points per game for the Wildcats as a senior. In three seasons he averaged 19.2 points per game and was named Most Valuable Player of the 1965 National Invitation Tournament despite despite being felled by the flu in the Final against St. John’s.

Melchionni went on to a distinguished professional career, earning an NBA championship with the Philadelphia 76ers in 1967 and later two American Basketball Association titles with the New York Nets (1974 and 1976), where he was a three-time All-Star. As a Sixer he played alongside Wilt Chamberlain and Chet Walker. As a Net, his teammates included Rick Barry and Julius Erving. His No. 25 jersey is retired by both the Nets and Villanova.

The complete 2019 Hall of Fame class includes:

Al Cantello-Track & Field

Bill Melchionni-Basketball

Charlene Morett-Field Hockey

Clara Schroth-Lomady-Gymnastics

Donovan McNabb-Football

Eric Desjardins-Hockey

Fran Dunphy-Basketball

Home Run Baker-Baseball

Jayson Stark-Baseball (Legacy of Excellence)

Matt Saad Mohmamed-Boxing

Mike Scioscia-Baseball

Paul Owens-Baseball (Legacy of Excellence)

Rasheed Wallace-Basketball

Suzy Kolber-Football (Legacy of Excellence)

Troy Vincent-Football



Villanova’s Saddiq Bey added to John R. Wooden Award Watch List


LOS ANGELES, Calif. (November 5, 2019) – The John R. Wooden Award® presented by Wendy’s® announced its Preseason Top 50 Watch List today on ESPN’s SportsCenter and on Chosen by a preseason poll of national college basketball experts, the list is comprised of 50 student-athletes who are the early front-runners for the most prestigious honors in college basketball, the Wooden Award All American Team™ and Most Outstanding Player Award.

Several universities boast multiple players on the list: Florida (Kerry Blackshear Jr., Scottie Lewis, and Andwew Nembhard) leads all schools with three selections, while Davidson (Kellan Grady and Jon Axel Gudmundsson), Duke (Vernon Carey Jr. and Tre Jones), Kansas (Udoka Azubuike and Devon Dotson), Kentucky (Ashton Hagans and Tyrese Maxey), Maryland (Anthony Cowan Jr. and Jalen Smith), Memphis (Precious Achiuwa and James Wiseman), Utah State (Sam Merrill and Neemias Queta), and Washington (Jaden McDaniels and Isaiah Stewart) each have two selections on the Preseason Top 50.

Of the 50 players on the preseason list, 34 are upperclassmen, including 22 seniors. The recent trend of recognizing outstanding freshmen continues with ten named to the list: Memphis’ Achiuwa and Wiseman, North Carolina’s Cole Anthony, Duke’s Carey Jr, Georgia’s Anthony Edwards, Florida’s Lewis, Airzona’s Nico Mannion, Kentucky’s Maxey, and Washington’s McDaniels and Stewart.

The Preseason Top 50 list represents 12 conferences. The Pac-12 leads all conferences with 8 selections, followed by the Big East and SEC with seven apiece, the Big Ten with six, the ACC with five, the Big 12 with four, the American and WCC with three apiece, the A-10 and Mountain West with two each, and the America East, Conference USA, and Horizon League with one selection apiece.

The players on the list are considered strong candidates for the 2020 John R. Wooden Award Men’s Player of the Year presented by Wendy’s. Players not chosen to the preseason list are still eligible for the Wooden Award™ midseason list, late season list, and the National Ballot. The National Ballot consists of 15 top players who have proven to their universities that they meet or exceed the qualifications of the Wooden Award. Nearly 1,000 voters will rank in order 10 of those 15 players when voting opens prior to the NCAA Tournament and will allow voters to take into consideration performance during early round games. The Wooden Award All American Team™ will be announced the week of the “Elite Eight” round of the NCAA Tournament. The winner of the 2020 John R. Wooden Award will be presented by Wendy’s during the ESPN College Basketball Awards on Friday, April 10, 2020


About the John R. Wooden Award

Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award Program hosts the most prestigious honors in college basketball recognizing The Wooden Award Most Outstanding Player for men and women, The Wooden Award All American Teams for men and women and the annual selection of the Wooden Award Legend of Coaching recipient. Honorees have proven to their university that they meet or exceed the qualifications of the John R. Wooden Award as set forth by Coach Wooden and the Wooden Award Steering Committee, including making progress towards graduation and maintaining at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA. Previous winners include Larry Bird (’79), Michael Jordan (’84), Tim Duncan (’97), Kevin Durant (’07), Candace Parker (’07; ’08), Maya Moore (’09; ’11), Chiney Ogwumike (’14), and last year’s recipients, Sabrina Ionescu of Oregon and Zion Williamson of Duke.

Since its inception, the John R. Wooden Award has contributed nearly one million dollars to the universities’ general scholarship fund in the names of the Wooden Award All American recipients and has sent more than 1,000 underprivileged children to week-long college basketball camps. Additionally, the John R. Wooden Award partners with the Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) each year to host the Wooden Award Special Olympics Southern California Basketball Tournament. The day-long tournament brings together Special Olympics athletes and Wooden Award All Americans and coaches in attendance. It is hosted at the Los Angeles Athletic Club during the John R. Wooden Award Weekend.

For up-to-date information on the Wooden Award, please go to and follow the Wooden Award on Facebook at and @WoodenAward on Twitter and Instagram.

Name School Conference Height Class Position
Precious Achiuwa Memphis American 6-9 Fr. F
Ty-Shon Alexander Creighton Big East 6-4 Jr. G
Cole Anthony North Carolina ACC 6-3 Fr. G
Udoka Azubuike Kansas Big 12 7-0 Sr. C
Kamar Baldwin Butler Big East 6-1 Sr. G
Desmond Bane TCU Big 12 6-6 Sr. G
Charles Bassey Western Kentucky Conference USA 6-11 So. C
Saddiq Bey Villanova Big East 6-8 So. F
Kerry Blackshear Jr. Florida SEC 6-10 Sr. F
Vernon Carey Jr. Duke ACC 6-10 Fr. C
Yoeli Childs BYU WCC 6-8 Sr. F
Anthony Cowan Jr. Maryland Big Ten 6-0 Sr. G
Jarron Cumberland Cincinnati American 6-5 Sr. G
Antoine Davis Detroit Mercy Horizon League 6-1 So. G
Mamadi Diakite Virginia ACC 6-9 Sr. F
Alpha Diallo Providence Big East 6-7 Sr. G
Ayo Dosunmu Illinois Big Ten 6-5 So. G
Devon Dotson Kansas Big 12 6-2 So. G
Anthony Edwards Georgia SEC 6-5 Fr. G
CJ Elleby Washington State Pac-12 6-6 So. F
Jordan Ford Saint Mary’s WCC 6-1 Sr. G
Kellan Grady Davidson A-10 6-5 Jr. G
Jon Axel Gudmundsson Davidson A-10 6-5 Sr. G
Ashton Hagans Kentucky SEC 6-3 So. G
Tyrese Haliburton Iowa State Big 12 6-5 So. G
Markus Howard* Marquette Big East 5-11 Sr. G
Tre Jones Duke ACC 6-3 So. G
Anthony Lamb Vermont America East 6-6 Sr. F
Scottie Lewis Florida SEC 6-5 Fr. G
Nico Mannion Arizona Pac-12 6-6 Fr. G
Naji Marshall Xavier Big East 6-7 Jr. F
Tyrese Maxey Kentucky SEC 6-3 Fr. G
Jaden McDaniels Washington Pac-12 6-9 Fr. F
Sam Merrill Utah State Mountain West 6-5 Sr. G
Andrew Nembhard Florida SEC 6-5 So. G
Jordan Nwora Louisville ACC 6-7 Jr. F
Reggie Perry Mississippi State SEC 6-5 Sr. G
Myles Powell Seton Hall Big East 6-2 Sr. G
Payton Pritchard Oregon Pac-12 6-2 Sr. G
Neemias Queta Utah State Mountain West 7-0 So. C
Nick Rakocevic USC Pac-12 6-11 Sr. F
Jalen Smith Maryland Big Ten 6-10 So. F
Lamar Stevens Penn State Big Ten 6-8 Sr. F
Isaiah Stewart Washington Pac-12 6-9 Fr. F
Killian Tillie Gonzaga WCC 6-10 Sr. F
Tres Tinkle Oregon State Pac-12 6-7 Sr. F
Kaleb Wesson Ohio State Big Ten 6-9 Jr. F
Cassius Winston* Michigan State Big Ten 6-1 Sr. G
James Wiseman Memphis American 7-1 Fr. C
McKinley Wright IV Colorado Pac-12 6-0 Jr. G


Villanova forward Robinson-Earl named Big East Freshman of the Week

Jeremiah Robinson-Earl



NEW YORK – Marquette guard Markus Howard has been named BIG EAST Player of the Week and Villanova forward Jeremiah Robinson-Earl has been selected BIG EAST Freshman of the Week in the first week of conference honors.  Howard recorded the highest point total of the week, a 38-point performance in Marquette’s season opener.  Robinson-Earl led Villanova in points and rebounds in a victory against Army.                

BIG EAST Player of the Week

Markus Howard, Marquette, G, Sr. – Howard became Marquette’s all-time leading scorer after tallying 38 points in an 88-53 victory against Loyola (Md.) in the team’s season opener.  He scored 30 points in the first half, which tied him with Jerel McNeal (2005-09) at 1,985 points.  A 3-pointer early in the second half gave the senior the record.  For the game, he shot 11-of-20 from the field, including 7-of-10 from 3-point range, and 9-of-10 from the foul line.  Howard has 1,993 career points.
BIG EAST Freshman of the Week

Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, Villanova, F, Fr. – Robinson-Earl, the Preseason BIG EAST Freshman of the Year, started his college career in impressive fashion, scoring 24 points and pulling down 13 rebounds – both game highs – in a 97-54 victory over Army West Point.  He became the first true freshman at Villanova to record a double-double in Jay Wright‘s 19 seasons as the Wildcat head coach.

BIG EAST Honor Roll

Sean McDermott, Butler, F-G, Sr.

Averaged 19.5 points and 7.0 rebounds in a 2-0 week while shot 82 percent from the field.  Scored 26 points in a win against IUPUI.

Charlie Moore, DePaul, G, Jr.

In a 3-0 week, averaged 19.3 points, 5.0 assists and 2.3 rebounds.  Shot 60.6 percent from the field, 57.1 percent from 3-point range and was 10-of-11 from the foul line.

Omer Yurtseven, Georgetown, C, Jr.

Posted two double-doubles in a 2-0 week.  Averaged 18.5 points and 13.5 rebounds.  Shot 73.7 percent from the floor and 81.8 percent from the foul line.

Alpha Diallo, Providence, G, Sr.

Recorded two double-doubles and averaged 17.0 points, 12.0 rebounds, 3.0 blocks and 2.5 steals in a 2-0 week.  Had 19 points and 14 boards against Sacred Heart (106-60).

Mustapha Heron, St. John’s, G, Sr.

Averaged 27.5 points in a pair of 30-point victories.  Shot 60.7 percent from the field, including 10-of-13 3-point range, and was 11-of-13 from the foul line.




#10 Villanova Wildcats visit #16 Ohio State for first ever in Dave Gavitt Games, Big East vs. Big Ten


ILLANOVA, Pa. – An eight-day gap between the regular season opener, played Nov. 5, and game No. 2 on the slate – set for Wednesday night at No. 16 Ohio State – might not have been an ideal circumstance. But in the case of the youthful No. 10 Villanova Wildcats (1-0 overall, 0-0 BIG EAST), head coach Jay Wright believes there were benefits to the break.

“In a perfect world, we would liked to have scheduled a game last weekend,” stated Wright after his team completed a practice session Tuesday morning at Finneran Pavilion. “For a young team, though, it’s not a bad thing being able to practice. Every chance we can get to practice is good for us. When you have an older team, that may not be the case.”

The Wildcats conducted a scrimmage with officials last Saturday to simulate game conditions in the Davis Center. Coaches and staff also spent time in the days since evaluating the video of the 97-54 victory over Army on opening night.

“Turnovers and consistency of effort were two of the things we looked at,” Wright noted. “We had some good runs and then we’d lapse. And then a good run and a lapse. In the preseason with this group we have a lot to learn every game.”

Wednesday’s matchup at Value City Arena is part of the fifth annual Gavitt Games, a preseason clash of representatives of the BIG EAST and Big Ten Conferences. The Wildcats are 2-1 all-time in the Gavitt Games, with victories over Nebraska (2015) and Purdue (2016) and last year’s loss to Michigan in the rematch of the 2018 NCAA national championship contest. (Villanova did not participate in the 2018 Gavitt Games).

FS1 will be on the air at 6:30 p.m. with its pregame show live from Columbus with hosts Mike Hill and Steve Lavin. Tipoff is set for just after 7 p.m. with Tim Brando and Jim Jackson at center court. The Villanova broadcast can be heard on 610 ESPN Radio in the Delaware Valley and the TuneIn app everywhere. Ryan Fannon and Whitey Rigsby will handle the radio call.

Ohio State is 2-0 overall and projected to be a Big Ten Conference title contender. Junior Kaleb Wesson is a headliner for a Buckeyes squad with both size and skill coached by former Butler head coach, Chris Holtmann.

“Ohio State has more general experience than us at this point,” stated Wright. “They’re just a good experienced team with freshmen coming off the bench. In crunch time, they count on their veterans. With (Kaleb) Wesson and (Kyle) Young, they’re a big physical team, so tough on the offensive glass.

“This is good for us. We need this. I think our schedule so far has been good. The exhibition game and the scrimmage on the road against quality competition was good for us. Then playing at home for the first time against Army was nice. This is the next step for us. Let’s go on the road against a quality opponent and see where we are.

“Win or lose, we’ll get home and go back to work.”

Freshman forward Jeremiah Robinson-Earl led the Wildcats with 24 points and 13 rebounds in the win over the Black Knights. Sophomore Saddiq Bey contributed 22 points and five rebounds. Robinson-Earl was named BIG EAST Freshman of the Week on Monday. The coaching staff is also looking at steady progress from junior captains Collin Gillespie – who missed much of the preseason with a broken nose – and Jermaine Samuels at the offensive end too.

“I think Jeremiah is starting to step up as a go-to guy,” added Wright. “Saddiq is. Collin really isn’t back into a groove yet. We’d like to get Collin going. We’d like to get Jermaine going a little bit. I think we have a chance to have a lot of balance and that’s what I’d like to see. We’re developing that.”



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