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Jack McCaffery is the lead sports columnist for the Daily Times and He has spent several decades covering everything from the Phillies, Eagles, Flyers and Sixers, to college hoops, to high school sports in Delco.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Eklund, Pantellas in scheduled main event

The next WXE main event will pit the "Broomall Bomber" against the "Pride of Lowell" Sept. 11 in Delaware County, says promoter Damon Feldman.

Former Broomall contender Augie Pantellas, 71, is scheduled to be in the ring against Dicky Eklund, 58. Pantellas has not fought professionally since 1979, when he was 28-6, delighting his Delco fan base with his heavy punch.

Eklund retired in 1985 after a 19-10 career which included a knockdown of Sugar Ray Leonard. He was a central character in the popular movie, "The Fighter", where he was portrayed by Christian Bale, who starred opposite Mark Wahlberg. Wahlberg played Eklund's brother, Micky Ward, who is expected to work Eklund's corner, Feldman said.

The fight will be celebrity style, with three one-minute rounds, the participants in headgear.

The press tour, Feldman says, will begin next week.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Fight results from Chester

Results from WXE card Friday at Harrah's in Chester:

Jamal Anini TKO first round over Jose Lopez

Chris Kenney TKO first round over Mike Davis

Dean Martini TKO second round over Luis Acasio

Mike Renzulli TKO second round over Manny Strong

Teion Milbourner TKO second round over Major McClendon

Tony Fusco retains WXE cruiserweight championship with first-round KO of Luis Pagan

David Long 3-round split decision over Jeff Mayweather

Dennis Potts-Sean Young fight PPD

Bout sheet for Chester ring action

Friday night action at Harrah's in Chester.

Larry Holmes: One-man show, beginning at 8.

Followed by:

1. Jamal "The Bollywood Bull" Anini vs. Jose "The Vampire" Lopez

2. Chris Kenney vs. Mike Davis

3. Dean Martini vs. Keith "Bad Boy" Wilson

4. Dennis Potts vs. Sean Young

5. Mike Renzulli vs. Many Strong

6. Teion "The Terror" Milbourner vs. Major McClendon

7. WXE Championship fight
 WXE Cruiserweight Champion Tony Fusco vs. Luis "The Warrior" Pagan

8. David "Dragon Box" Long vs. former IBO super featherweight champ Jeff Mayweather

Bouts are scheduled for three 1-minute rounds apiece.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Delco lacrosse, field hockey legends to enter Phila. Sports Hall of Fame

PHILADELPHIA >> Cindy Timchal began her day in Annapolis, Md and, finished it in Richmond Va. But she knew she would not, could not miss a 200-mile detour Thursday to the Sheraton Society Hill.
That's where the Havertown native, Haverford High grad and winningest coach in NCAA women's lacrosse history was introduced with the Class of 2015 of the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame.
“When you see the charter members when this started in 2004, with names like Billy Cunningham and Julius Erving, I am blessed,” Timchal said. “I feel like Philadelphia is my hometown.”
Timchal is the head lacrosse coach at Navy, after stops at Northwestern and Maryland. She is the only coach to have led three different teams to the NCAA Tournament, and she coached eight national championship teams at Maryland.
Timchal will formally enter the Philly Hall in a Nov. 12 dinner ceremony, also at the Sheraton. She will be joined by, among 14 other new members, Karen Shelton, who was named as Delaware County's Field Hockey Player of the Millennium in 1999 by the Daily Times. Shelton, from Marple Newtown High, is the field hockey coach at the University of North Carolina, where she has won 18 ACC championships.
Also to be enshrined are former Phillies Sam Thompson and Garry Maddox, former Eagle Tim Brown, ex-Eagles coach Dick Vermeil and former Flyer Rick MacLeish.
“I wrote a speech,” MacLeish shrugged. “But I just had laser eye surgery and I can't see it. So … thank you.”
In addition, Billy Markward and Walt Hazzard (basketball), Rich Gannon (football), Benny McLaughlin (soccer), Bob Montgomery (boxing) and Dick Williams (tennis) will be inducted. Also, Flyers' public address announcer Lou Nolan will join the Hall, which will honor former Sixers public address legend Dave Zinkoff with its Legacy of Excellence award.
“I am a product of what Philadelphia and the suburbs had to offer to me,” said Timchal, who has a career record of 445-111, “as a young athlete and in coaching. I have had the most amazing experience.”