Face Off Philadelphia

Face Off Philadelphia

The NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships were at the Linc this weekend and the 700level undoubtedly had a man on the scene.

The D1 semi-finals were played on Saturday. The tailgate scene was strong to quite strong. The Level got involved in some hardcore beer pong at approximately 9am. Kids with lacrosse sticks everywhere and surprisingly they allowed sticks into the stadium...so far there have been no reported slashes or cross-checks from the stands. As for the games Duke ran away with the early game beating the Terps 18-9. This game was over at the half and since re-entry was allowed the second half of this game was best watched from the tailgate outside.

The second game between Hopkins and UVA was an instant classic. Hopkins had a 6-3 lead entering the fourth quarter, but Virginia scored four times to take a 7-6 lead with 4 minutes, 25 seconds left in regulation. After the Cavs' seventh goal, a thunderstorm caused a 46-minute delay. A majority of the crowd of 45,275 waited through the delay, and the fans were awarded with a classy conclusion. Just 20 seconds after play resumed, Hopkins all-American Kyle Harrison tied the score, 7-7, on a blast from 10 yards. With the game tied Virginia held the ball for 2 minutes then called a timeout with 37 seconds left to set up a final shot. Matt Ward ripped a shot with 12.7 seconds left to give the Cavs' a 8-7 lead and what seemed to be a trip to the Final. But the undefeated and #1 ranked Blue Jays won the face and found the back of the net with 1.4 seconds on the clock. JHU went on to win in with 50 seconds left in OT.

The D II and D III championships were held on Sunday with New York Tech beating Limestone 14-13 in OT (Division II) and Salisbury pulled out a last second 11-10 victory over Middlebury for the D III Championship.

Hopkins beat Duke on Monday 9-8 in a Championship game that lived up to the hype. Yesterday's attendance, 44,920, set a championship-game record, breaking the previous mark, 43,898, set last year in Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium. Here is the recap of this game from the Inquirer.

6 months later, Cubs' Kyle Schwarber returns for World Series Game 1

6 months later, Cubs' Kyle Schwarber returns for World Series Game 1

CLEVELAND — Chicago Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber's rehab finished just in time for the World Series.

Schwarber will bat fifth and be the designated hitter for the National League champions in Game 1 on Tuesday night against Cleveland's Corey Kluber. Schwarber hasn't played in the majors since tearing ligaments in his left knee on April 7 in a collision with teammate Dexter Fowler.

Dallas Cowboys orthopedic surgeon Dr. Daniel Cooper operated 12 days later to repair torn anterior cruciate and lateral collateral ligaments. He was expected to miss the rest of the season but was cleared to return on Oct. 17.

Schwarber played a pair of games in the Arizona Fall League, going 1 for 6 with a double and two walks, and flew to Cleveland on Monday.

Nerlens Noel undergoes surgery on sore left knee

Nerlens Noel undergoes surgery on sore left knee

Nerlens Noel has had surgery on his sore left knee, and the Sixers have not disclosed a timetable for the disgruntled center's return.

Noel has been out since the team's first preseason game. He initially had a left groin strain before experiencing soreness in the knee during rehab, and it was discovered he had an inflamed plica. 

The team is calling the surgery a "minor elective arthroscopic procedure." It was performed in New York by Dr. Riley J. Williams at the Hospital for Special Surgery.

Noel eventually will travel to Birmingham, Ala. to rehab with associate clinical director Kevin Wilk at Champion Sports Medicine.

The Sixers expect to have a timetable for his return once Noel returns to Philadelphia. According to Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Noel is expected to miss three to five weeks. 

This has been a rough preseason for Noel, who hasn't hidden his displeasure with his role on the Sixers' jammed frontcourt. The team has until Oct. 31 to extend his rookie contract but, per a report in the Inquirer earlier this month, the two sides have yet to discuss it.