Stories by John Kekis

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Smoltz defied odds by making Hall of Fame after Tommy John surgery

When John Smoltz is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in three weeks he'll be unique - the only player enshrined to have undergone Tommy John surgery. 
By John Kekis

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Lacrosse continues to grow as more colleges add programs

ALBANY, N.Y. - From Florida to Stanford and Albany to Denver, the sport of lacrosse is growing at the college level in the United States.
By John Kekis

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Lacrosse scoring leader's career not done

ALBANY, N.Y. - Senior Lyle Thompson is at the point in his lacrosse career at Albany where his next game could be his last. The career scoring leader in NCAA Division I history isn't quite ready ...
By John Kekis

Friday, March 27, 2015

Louisville surges past N.C. State

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Montrezl Harrell scored 24 points, reserve Anton Gill keyed a late-game surge, and Louisville beat North Carolina State 75-65 on Friday night in the East Regional semifinals of ...
By John Kekis

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Syracuse coach to retire in three years, AD resigns

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim will retire in three years and the university's athletic director has resigned, the school announced Wednesday following a scathing NCAA ...
By John Kekis

Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015

Reunion set for 'Miracle on Ice" hockey team is Saturday

'Miracle on Ice' hockey team from the U.S. to have reunion at Lake Placid.
By John Kekis

Friday, Feb. 13, 2015

Fans haven't abandoned Orange

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - In this basketball-crazed city, the fans are sticking by the home team - no matter what.
By John Kekis

Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015

Making hall still hasn't set in for Smoltz

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - When John Smoltz plopped down in a director's chair inside the Baseball Hall of Fame and stared at all the bronze plaques on the walls, the moment was both magical and a bit ...
By John Kekis

Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015

Christmas lighting it up for Syracuse

No longer just another guy on the floor, Rakeem Christmas is the go-to guy for Syracuse and has embraced his new role.
By John Kekis

Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014

'No. 1 objective' at hand for new Army coach

WEST POINT, N.Y. - When Jeff Monken awakens every morning only one thing is on his mind, and it's been that way since he was hired as head coach at Army a year ago: #BEATNAVY.
By John Kekis

Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014

Mancini to go into boxing hall of fame

CANASTOTA, N.Y. - When Ray Mancini got the call that he'd been selected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame, he was caught off guard.
By John Kekis

Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014

Orange to play first visit to Death Valley

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Syracuse has stopped its four-game losing streak. Now coach Scott Shafer has to make sure the Orange don't start another skid.
By John Kekis

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014

Mo'ne Davis' team loses to Las Vegas

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - Dallan Cave and Brennan Holligan hit two-run homers and Las Vegas beat Philadelphia and star pitcher Mo'ne Davis 8-1 in the Little League World Series on Wednesday night.
By John Kekis

Sunday, Aug 10, 2014

Allemendinger breaks through at Watkins Glen

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. - With a new contract, sponsor extensions and a solid one-car team at JTG Daugherty Racing, AJ Allmendinger became a winner in Sprint Cup for the first time Sunday.
By John Kekis

Saturday, Aug 9, 2014

Gordon captures pole at Watkins Glen

WATKINS GLEN, New York - Jeff Gordon turned a fast lap of 129.466 mph Saturday to win the pole for the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen,
By John Kekis

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Supermarket combines gym with groceries

ALBANY, N.Y. - When Ann Lawson strolls into her neighborhood grocery store, she really gets a workout. That's because her Hannaford supermarket has a small gym located just past the pharmacy counter.
By John Kekis

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Torre says being in Cooperstown is 'surreal'

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - Joe Torre went on his pre-induction tour of the Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday, taking his time when it came to the exhibits that touched his own life in baseball.
By John Kekis

Monday, March 24, 2014

Cox, Maddux reunited at Hall

Greg Maddux and Bobby Cox sat down together in the plaque gallery at the Baseball Hall of Fame, a sense of awe etched on their faces. Both had been here before, but this visit was entirely different.
By John Kekis

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Flyers squeeze out Orange, advance to Sweet 16

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Dyshawn Pierre scored 14 points and Jordan Sibert hit a key 3-pointer with 47.7 seconds left as Dayton stunned Syracuse 55-53 Saturday night to earn a spot in Sweet 16 for the ...
By John Kekis

Monday, March 3, 2014

Thomas still in awe of Hall of Fame selection

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The first time Frank Thomas visited the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, he felt out of place.
By John Kekis
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