Mass. College Hockey: Harvard’s Stone Ready For Sochi (VIDEO)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Harvard University’s athletic department recently produced a quick interview, which can be seen on their YouTube Channel, of women’s ice hockey head coach Katey Stone, who’ll be coaching Team USA in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Stone talks about the opportunity, along with her outlook for the games in a video that we’ve provided below.

Team USA’s women’s ice hockey team begins their quest for a gold medal tomorrow morning (Feb. 8) at 3 a.m. when they take on Finland.

Bentley’s Battista Represent Falcons, USA In 19th Annual Maccabiah Games

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Bentley University sports information department, here’s today’s release about Lauren Battista, a member of the women’s basketball team, that will be representing the Falcons as a member of the United States women’s basketball team in the 19th Annual Maccabiah Games:

WALTHAM, Mass. – Bentley University rising senior Lauren Battista (North Easton/Oliver Ames HS), a two-time Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Division II All-America and two-time Capital One Academic All-America, will be headed to Israel next month to participate in the 19th annual Maccabiah Games as a member of United States women’s basketball team.

Battista and her Team USA teammates will be participating in training camp, practice and a tour program from July 6-17, with the opening ceremonies for the games scheduled for July 18. Women’s open basketball will get underway July 19, the championship game is 10 days later, and the closing ceremonies for Maccabiah 2013 are July 30.

“I am excited to explore a new culture through the sport that I love,” said Battista. “It will give me the chance not only to see a beautiful country, but also will allow me to meet athletes from all around the world and make new friendships. I am grateful to have been chosen to join a team of talented players from all across the country to share this experience with.  It is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I cannot wait to represent the United States on this international stage,” continued the versatile six-foot forward.

Bentley coach Barbara Stevens, who had the opportunity to coach in Israel in 2004 with the USA Select Team, said “Lauren’s selection to the US women’s basketball team that will compete in the World Maccabiah Games this July is a tremendous honor for her.  The chance to compete against international competition is a fantastic opportunity that will prove to be extremely beneficial as she prepares for her senior season at Bentley.”

Battista has been a standout on the court and in the classroom during her first three years at Bentley. She’s a two-time Northeast-10 Sport Excellence Scholar-Athlete award winner and has been a fixture on the All-Northeast-10 team, earning Player of the Year honors in the conference in 2012.

Number ten on Bentley’s all-time scoring list with 1,504 points, the unselfish Battista ranks in the top ten in program history in nine different statistical categories, including field goal percentage (.530, seventh) and free throw percentage (.804, fifth). In 100 career games, she’s averaged 15.0 points, 6.9 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.4 steals while leading the Falcons to an amazing 89-11 record with three NE-10 regular season championships, three NE-10 playoff titles and two trips to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight.

As a junior, Battista put up numbers nearly identical to her career marks while leading the Falcons to an outstanding 30-2 season.

“We will have 12 very talented players representing the USA Open Women’s Basketball team and our expectations are to reclaim the gold medal we won in 2005,” said Jamie Shadian of Northern Arizona University, the team’s coach. “What I hope the players accomplish off the court is to connect to their Jewish culture and heritage and that is as important as our on-court success.”

“After a week of training the team will participate in the ISRAEL CONNECT cultural and educational program prior to the Games commencing,” Shadian continued. “We will have guided tours every day after practice that will allow us to explore the country. Regardless of their prior experiences, I hope each player will walk away from the Games with a new understanding, respect and love for Israel.

Among Battista’s teammates on Team USA will be Jacqueline Kalin, a two-time Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year at Northern Iowa; two-time Ivy League scoring champion Alyssa Brown of Penn; Sophie Bikofsky, who plays for Brown University; and two other Northeast-10 players, Chloe Rothman of Merrimack and Yuri Sher of Pace.

Bentley will also be represented in the Maccabiah Games by two alumni who’ll be playing for the USA Rugby Team, Ilya Wortman ’08 and Seth Cohen ’07.  Wortman, who lives in South Boston after attending high school in Canton, played four years of varsity football for the Falcons, and Cohen, a veteran of the 2009 Maccabiah Games, was a member of the Bentley club rugby team. He’s a Connecticut native who now lives in New York City.

Daily Noontime – July 25, 2011

The NFL season rests on the shoulders of DeMaurice Smith, as well as the NFLPA.

Good Day to everyone and welcome into yet another wonderful Daily Noontime! Here’s the headlines and news of the day, so enjoy! 

Headlines: 

* Monday should be an important day in the NFL, as the players and owners should officially shake hands, as well as end the lockout.

* Sunday was a special day, as the Boston Red Sox ended their three-game series with the Seattle Mariners with a win, but also, celebrated Tim Wakefield‘s 2,000th strikeout too.

* Sadly, Michael Phelps and Team USA settled for the bronze medal on Sunday at the 400-meter freestyle relay, which isn’t a great feeling, right?

* More news is currently being released on Monday about Lorenzen Wright‘s death, as well as what the Memphis police department didn’t do right.

* The Mariners extended their losing streak to 15-games, but is that something to be proud of, especially as a M’s fan?

* Sunday was an exciting day, as Cooperstown, New York welcomed a few new members to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Games to Watch: 

* Pittsburgh at Atlanta (MLB) – 7:00pm eastern 

* Seattle at New York Yankees (MLB) – 7:05pm eastern 

* Kansas City at Boston (MLB) – 7:10pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

How awesome is it when you watch Shaquille O’Neal show off his puppetry skills? 

Daily Noontime – July 18, 2011

It just wasn't meant to be!

It’s Monday, which means the week is ready to begin, right? Well, we believe so, which is why we present the Daily Noontime for Monday July 18, 2011, enjoy! 

Headlines: 

* Team Japan seemed to have something more than USA, as they defeated the Americans in the FIFA World Cup 2011 Finals. Yet, was this particular match an upset?

* Sunday’s World Cup Final was well watched, but really, what does this particular outcome mean to the United States of America?

Abby Wambach finished the World Cup tournament with four goals for Team USA, but didn’t finish the job, right?

* Darren Clarke finished Sunday as the winner of the British Open, which is somewhat exciting, right, golf fans?

* Apparently, sources have confirmed some interesting news in regards to one of Tiger Woods‘s women.

* It seemed that Woods was an inspiration for Clarke at the British Open.

Games to Watch: 

* Cleveland at Minnesota (MLB) – 1:10pm eastern 

* New York Yankees at Tampa Bay (MLB) – 7:00pm eastern 

* Boston at Baltimore (MLB) – 7:05pm eastern 

Daily Noontime – July 14, 2011

Team USA continued their exciting run on Wednesday with an impressive 3-1 win against France!

Good Thursday to everyone and welcome into the one and only Daily Noontime! You’re excited, right? Absolutely you’re excited, (insert laughing sound effect). Any who, here’s the day’s headlines and news, so enjoy! 

Headlines: 

* Team USA defeated France in the FIFA World Cup semi-finals on Wednesday and will now take on Japan in the finals. However, some believe that this particular national team puts on a show that can’t be missed.

* It’s official, NFL quarterbacks Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Peyton Manning want a new CBA, as well as the owners to cooperate.

* Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo has been enjoying the NBA Lockout. OK that’s definitely an understatement, bur really, he’s in the news due to his elbow.

* Now that the Milwaukee Brewers have Francisco Rodriguez on their roster, one has to imagine that they’re interested in making a playoff run, right?

* The New England Revolution appeared to be no match for Manchester United, who beat them Wednesday evening at Gillette Stadium, 4-1.

* Apparently the NCAA has turned their attention to the University of Auburn as of recently and wants to find out more in regards to Cam Newton‘s recruitment.

Games to Watch: 

* Cleveland at Baltimore (MLB) – 7:05pm eastern 

* New York Yankees at Toronto (MLB) – 7:07pm eastern 

* San Francisco at San Diego (MLB) – 10:05pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

How awesome is this shot? 

Daily Noontime – July 11, 2011

Team USA defeated Brazil, but now, one has to wonder, where do they go from here?

What’s up and what’s good my friends? Happy Monday to everyone, including all the mother’s and father’s across America because really they deserve some love too, right?

Any who, enough ranting, here’s the Daily Noontime for Monday July 11, 2011! 

Headlines: 

* Sunday was an exciting day for the United States of America, as they turned their attention to a sport that no one truly cares about…soccer, but really, Women’s World Cup soccer ruled the airwaves, as fans watched Team USA beat Brazil in shootouts.

* According to some reports, Team USA showed “guts” in order to beat the Brazilians in the first round of “knock-outs” on Sunday in Germany.

* Monday promises to be an exciting evening for all MLB fans, as the All-Star game festivities continue with the home run derby at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona.

* We’ve heard this story so many times, but now, sources believe the NFL is “moving closer to a deal.”

* New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez will miss the next four to six weeks due to knee surgery.

* Apparently some believe that Yao Ming‘s retirement from basketball could impact the NBA in the future.

Games to Watch: 

MLB All-Star Game – Home Run Derby – 8:00pm eastern

Video to Watch: 

Remember how excited San Francisco Giants fans were last year? Could happen again, right? 

Daily Noontime – June 29, 2011

Team USA won their first FIFA 2011 World Cup contest on Tuesday against North Korea!

Happy Hump Day to everyone and welcome to yet another… Daily Noontime! It’s going to be a great day and yes, here’s the headlines and news, so enjoy!

Headlines: 

* Tuesday was technically a better day for Los Angles Dodgers own Frank McCourt.

* With the NFL lockout still going on, San Francisco 49ers Colin Kaepernick has admitted that he’s motivated to succeed.

* It’s official, Ty Law wants to retire with the New England Patriots. He’ll most likely sign a one-day deal and then call it quits.

* The NBA players and owners continue to meet to discuss logistics, as they hope to have a new CBA (collective bargaining agreement) deal in place before Thursday.

* Apparently, some NFL writers and reporters believe the league would be just fine without Terrell Owens.

* Team USA kicked off the 2011 FIFA World Cup on Tuesday with an impressive win against North Korea.

Games to Watch: 

* Los Angles Dodgers at Minnesota (MLB) – 1:10pm eastern 

* Boston at Philadelphia (MLB) – 7:05pm eastern 

* New York Mets at Detroit (MLB) – 7:05pm eastern 

* Pittsburgh at Toronto (MLB) – 7:07pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

It’s pretty awkward when an artist trips during their concert, right? 


Daily Noontime – June 27, 2011

Do you think Troy Tulowitzki knew he hit the ball twice?

It’s Monday in America, so good day! Let’s kick-start this awesome week with some stories, news and headlines, sound good? 

Headlines: 

* You don’t see this happen in the MLB, but apparently, someone caught Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki swinging twice on one pitch.

* Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy “Doc” Halladay went the distance on Sunday, as well as earned his 10th win of the season.

* The 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup began on Sunday and Team USA wants to create their own identity.

* It’s uncertain, but the next few days will decide if the NBA will indeed have a 2011-12 season or negotiations.

Ronnie Brown is planning to remain in the NFL this season, but will it be with the Miami Dolphins? We’ll see!

* The 2011 NHL Draft was this past weekend and yes, the Dallas Stars have some thoughts on their selections.

Games to Watch: 

* Colorado at Chicago Cubs (MLB) – 2:20pm eastern

* Los Angles Dodgers at Minnesota (MLB) -8:10pm eastern

* Cleveland at Arizona (MLB) – 9:40pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

So, the Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live, as well as asked if he is dating Chuck Norris

Sunday Column: Are You Excited for the 2011 Women’s World Cup?

The Women's World Cup kicked off Sunday, but will you be watching?

By Matt Noonan 

It’s been years since I laced up my cleats, stretched my socks, as well as kicked around a soccer ball.

In 2006, I caught World Cup Fever, as Team USA, as well as other countries caught my attention by playing a sport that I certainly don’t enjoy watching. In fact, I never watch soccer, but for the first few weeks of that particular summer, I was glued to my television.

Did I know any of the players? Nope. I don’t know a single name. In fact, I still don’t know enough names to fill up a roster; so again, I’ll admit that I’m not a soccer hooligan.

How about the sport itself, do you know anything about it? Yes. I do know something about the sport of soccer, especially since I played it when I was younger, but again, I don’t care about it.

The sport of soccer isn’t the most popular activity in the United States. Sure, there’s football, basketball, baseball and hockey, but seriously, soccer, are you kidding me? Heck, I think it ranks lower than lacrosse and cross-country.

Yet, what’s so remarkable is the fact that so many young Americans grow up playing this particular sport and only a few continue the game in high school and college. Ask any of those young soccer players that are our neighbors or peers and I’m sure they can tell you about a variety of teams overseas, as well as name a few other players besides David Beckham.

When I was a student at Wheaton College (Massachusetts), the entire men’s soccer team displayed their affection for the sport by watching the various European games on televisions or laptops. They lived in the breath the sport, but again, I didn’t.

Although, there’s something special about the World Cup that really makes me want to watch soccer. What exactly is “that thing” that makes me want to watch soccer? I don’t know, but when I figure it out, I’ll call you, OK?

The World Cup is a special international event that celebrates various regions of the world coming together to play soccer. Politics and economics are ruled out, as teams put aside their foreign differences, most of the time, and play a game that captivates an audience of die-hards, as well as those that are considered casual supporters too.

Yet, what am I saying? Am I slowly admitting that I like soccer, especially the World Cup?

Uh oh!

OK, I admit it. I’m  “closet soccer fan,” but again, I really like the World Cup. In fact, I am super excited to start following and watching the Women’s tournament for the next few weeks and yes, I’ll do my very best to watch a great deal of games.

Of course, I am an American, so I’ll be cheering on Team USA to their first championship since 1999 and yes I do remember that finale quite vividly.

So, I guess… I like soccer.

OK, maybe it’s not my favorite sport, but after playing it as a young boy, as well as broadcasting it in college, I guess I like it. Sure, I don’t know players, teams or organizations, but that’s OK, right?

I’ll certainly be watching and maybe, covering some games for Noontime Sports, but in the meantime, I better start studying up on my soccer terminology, otherwise, I’ll have to admit my love for croquet.

Bad Referee Calls

On behalf of the big news on Thursday regarding the referees that possibly blew or made the wrong call during an important Big East tournament game that coasted Rutgers University their chance to advance in the conference tournament, we thought, why not take a stroll down memory and witness some other awful calls that had serious impacts on games and teams.

1.) In the NFL there has been some awful calls over the past few seasons, but one team thats has endured some really bad calls is the Denver Broncos. Did Broncos quarter Jay Cutler‘s pass hit the ground or was it caught by Brandon Stokley?

 

2.) Sure, referees are people and often make mistakes too, but do they deserve to get punched in the face during a game?

 

3.) What happens when referees favor one team or school over the other? Not quite sure, but in this particular video, Duke received an extra offensive opportunity as a gift, instead of retreating back onto defense.

 

4.) Remember when the Cutler and the Broncos technically fumbled the ball… or … did they actually throw a forward pass? Well, needless to say, NFL’s top official, Ed Hochuli seemed uncertain after the play was ruled dead.

 

5.) Ever wonder what happens when high school basketball players disagree with the referees? Similar to the pros, it can get messy and strange real quick.

 

6.) Even the players get upset when the referee doesn’t make the right calls, especially the Vancouver Canucks forward Alex Burrows.

 

7.) Remember the World Cup in June and July of 2010? Remember when Team USA was snubbed due to the referees? Certainly Landon Donovan wasn’t happy.

 

8.) Did you happen to see a foul recorded by the Detroit Pistons? Seemed like the Orlando Magic showed off some acting in quite an impressive play that led to two free foul shots.

 

9.) Wasn’t Duke’s Greg Paulus clearly out of bounds on this particular play? How did the referees not see this?

 

10.) One of the best things about watching the referees make bad calls is hearing what the announcers have to say, which in this case, Boston Celtics color commentator and former NBA great, Tommy Heinsohn, really shared his “two cents.”