The Phantoms, Flyers, state and local officials staged the formal groundbreaking ceremony for Lehigh Valley's new minor league hockey arena in Allentown on Thursday.
Of course, as The Morning Call points out in the first two graphs of its writeup:
In reality, ground was broken for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms' new hockey arena months ago.
Many tons of earth have already been hauled away in clattering dump trucks, creating a muddy 30-foot-deep hole at Seventh and Hamilton streets from which Allentown's $272 million arena complex will soon rise.
Still, nothing like a good photo op with some shovel that appear to resemble hockey sticks. I want one of these.
The article further states that 1,700 season tickets have already been sold for the 8,500-seat venue set to open for the 2014 season.
Both pictures above come the MCall, who we imagine we'll be relying on heavily over the next couple years for all your minor league hockey architectural updates.
Check out their full write up, gallery and video of the ceremony here:
>> Phantoms, Allentown formally launch arena construction
Andrew Bogut, we hardly knew ye.
After coming over from Dallas as part of the Nerlens Noel trade, Bogut is already thinking about his next move.
With the Sixers expected to buy out Bogut's contract, the former No. 1 overall pick will look to sign with the Cavaliers, according to ESPN's Tim MacMahon.
The Sixers swapped Noel for Bogut, Justin Anderson and a top-18 protected first-round pick — which will likely turn into two second-round picks — last Thursday.
With LeBron James begging the front office for help, the Cavaliers are also expected to sign Bogut's former Dallas teammate Deron Williams in Monday, according to The Vertical's Shams Charania.
AMHERST, Mass. -- Zach Lewis scored a career-high 37 points, including six three-pointers, and Massachusetts pulled away from La Salle 84-71 on Sunday to snap a three-game losing streak.
Lewis, whose 37-point effort was the best for any player in the Atlantic 10 this season, hit nine of his 16 field goal attempts overall and was a perfect 13-for-13 at the free throw line. Dejon Jarreau added 20 points and four three-ponters for UMass (14-15, 4-12).
Pookie Powell hit five 3-pointers and scored 24 points, and B.J. Johnson added 20 points to lead La Salle (14-13, 8-8).
Both teams shot similar percentages and had similar three-point totals, but the Minutemen finished with a plus-14 advantage at the free throw line.
La Salle remained within striking distance but a 13-4 stretch for UMass midway through the second half pushed its lead to 63-51. The Minutemen kept the Explorers at arm's length the rest of the way.