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NCAA TOURNAMENT: Temple win over Penn State helds Dunphy end skid

Fran Dunphy (u of pennsylvania athletics photo)

Fran Dunphy has been a basketball coach for several years at Pennsylvania and now Temple University. He has done well at both schools except when the NCAA Tournament rolls around.

He was often called “on-and-done-Dunphy.”

Not this year, thanks in part to Juan Fernandez shot an off-balance 18-footer with less than a second to play to give the Temple Owls a wild and wacky 66-64 win over Penn State in Tucson, Arizona.

The win ended a personal 11-game NCAA Tournament losing streak for Dunphy.

Fernandez and Ramone Moore each scored 23 points for the seventh-seeded Owls (26-7).

The 10th-seeded Nittany Lions (19-15), playing in their first NCAA Tournament since 2001, were led by Talor Battle with 23 points.

compiled from Temple athletic news

2011 Desert Cup features New York Red Bulls, Sporting Kansas City in Tucson

Hi Corbett Field (photo by Mavarin (Karen Funk Blocher) via wikipedia commons

The 2011 Major League Soccer Desert Cup featuring the New York Red Bulls and Sporting Kansas City will be the most important professional soccer event in Tucson, Arizona history.

The two-day event marks the first time MLS teams have ever played in the Old Pueblo. It also marks the home debut of FC Tucson, the town’s new semi-pro team featuring Tuscon’s best local talent.

Over the two days, two of the nation’s premier soccer teams will square off against each other as well as challenge local Arizona clubs FC Tucson and the Phoenix Sahuaros.

The MLS team’s rosters are repete with the international stars including Thierry Henry, star of the French National team and striker for Arsenal in the English Premier League. Omar Bravo, hero of Chivas in the Mexican League, and defender Rafael Marquez, captain of the Mexican National squad and Barcelona FC in Spain’s Premier Soccer League.

The event will take place on Friday, March 4 and Saturday, March 5, 6 pm nightly, at Hi Corbett Field. The past Spring Training home of the Colorado Rockies that has now been filled with 10,000 square feet of sod to accomodate a soccer game of this magnitude.

The Desert Cup, hosted by FC Tucson Events, working in conjunction with local leaders, The Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Metropolitan Tucson Convention & Visitor Bureau, and other community partners will showcase Tucson’s best to the National soccer community and in the future.

Info courtesy of MLS, Tuscon Toros & Tucson Chamber of Commerce

2010 ALAMO BOWL: Oklahoma State waxes Arizona 36-10 for 11th win

(courtesy of Alamo Bowl via Wikipedia Commons)

Justin Blackmon caught two touchdowns passes, including a 71-yarder, as #16 Oklahoma State finished its first 11-win season with a 36-10 win over Arizona in the Alamo Bowl.

Blackmon, the Biletnikoff Award winner as the nation’s top receiver, set an NCAA record with his 12th straight game with at least 100 yards receiving and a touchdown. The talented and speedy sophomore caught nine passes for 117 yards in what could’ve been his last game.

In addition to his NCAA-record streak, Blackmon also surpassed former Pitt Panthers star Larry Fitzgerald for the most receiving yards by a sophomore.

Justin Blackmon (courtesy of Oklahoma State athletics)

Brandon Weeden (courtesy of Oklahoma State athletics)

Brandon Weeden was 25 of 41 for 240 yards for 11-2 Oklahoma State.

The game did mark the final game for Cowboys offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen, who is heading to Morgantown, West Virginia, to become the head coach-in-waiting at West Virginia.

Oklahoma State, the nation’s leader in total offense, never trailed and scored at least 33 points for the 11th time this season.

The Cowboys will now have to wait to see if their two best offensive players bolt for the big bucks of pro football.

Weeden and Blackmon are both on the projection boards as high NFL draft picks. Blackmon was chosen as the Big 12 offensive player of the year.

Arizona dropped to 7-6 on the season with their fifth straight loss to end the year.

Nick Foles completed 32 of 50 passes for 280 yards and a touchdown, but he suffered three interceptions, one was returned 62-yards for a touchdown by Markelle Martin.

The Wildcats had their chances early in the game, but on six possessions inside Cowboys territory in the first half and only could cash-in on one touchdown.

With Arizona playing in the game, the Pac-10 returned to the Alamo Bowl for the first time since 1994, ending a 15-year run with the Big 10. The Pac 10′s deal with the Alamo Bowl runs through 2013.


* Is the national leader in total offense (537.58 yards a game), finishing the regular season with 1 more yard than explosive Oregon.

* Oklahoma State finished 14th in the BCS standings with losses to Nebraska 51-41 and Oklahoma 47-41.

* Head coach Mike Gundy was the Big 12 Coach of the year.

* The Cowboys have the #2 ranked passing offense in the nation.

* Were 6-2 and was tied for the Big 12 South Division title but lost the tiebreaker to Oklahoma for a spot in the Big 12 Championship.

* RB Kendall Hunter ranks seventh in the nation with 126.33 yards a game.

* QB Brandon Weeden, the former minor league pitcher has flourished in the Cowboys new-look spread offensive attack. He’s the Cowboys first 4,000 yard passer and set a school record with 32 touchdown passes.

* WR Justin Blackmon averaged 9.3 catches per game, 151.4 yards per game with 18 touchdowns.


* The team started the season at 7-1.

* They lost five in a row to end the season including a 30-29 loss to arch-rival Arizona State.

* The Wildcats were selected over 6-6 Washington, who ended the season with a 3-game winning streak. Washington finished a game better than Arizona in the Pac-10 standings, but the Alamo picked  Arizona, probably because Tucson, Arizona is closer to San Antonio, Texas, home of the Alamo Bowl as opposed to Seattle, Washington home of the University of Washington.

* Came into the game averaging 445.17 yards and nearly 30 points a game.

* The Wildcats will play in Stillwater, Oklahoma, in the second game of the 2011, the beginning of a home-and-home series with the Cowboys.

* Arizona recruits the state of Texas well with 16 Texans on their roster.

* QB Nick Foles, a junior, has thrown for 1,311 yards and 10 touchdowns in the past four games. He is from Austin, Texas.

* WR Juron Criner, battled injuries throughout the season but put together the one of the biggest seasons for a receiver in school history. The 6’4 athlete had 73 catches for 1,186 yards and 10 touchdowns.

* DE Ricky Elmore led the Pacific-10 Conference in sacks with 11 one season after finishing second with 10 1/2. He is quick and smart at 6’5, 260.

compiled from staff, Alamo Bowl, Oklahoma State & Arizona athletics news

Portland Beavers of Triple-A moving to Arizona

(courtesy of OCAL



The Portland Beavers of the Pacific Coast League have announced that they are leaving for a new home in Tucson, Arizona.

San Diego Padres owner Jeff Moorad is heading a group that is buying the Triple-A team.

The Beavers will play in Tucson for at least the 2011 season.

Moorad and his group of investors, in the future wants to move the Padres’ top minor league affiliate north of San Diego to Escondido if a deal for a ballpark can be agreed upon.

The purchase must be approved by the PCL and Minor League Baseball.

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Info courtesy of the Portland Beavers & Minor League Baseball