January 10, 2014 |
ON THIS particular day, it hadn't happened yet, but then, Sonny Hill was out of his Philadelphia stomping grounds, sitting for a brunch conversation at the Hotel Du Pont in Wilmington. Still, the day was young, and soon Hill would be out and about doing things in the community as he's done for nearly his entire life. He was sure it would happen, because it has happened just about every day for more than a half-century. "I know that I'm going to be going somewhere and somebody is going to walk up to me and say, 'Mr. Sonny, I played in your league.' 'Mr. Sonny, I went to your basketball camp.' 'Mr. Sonny, you spoke at my school and I want you to know that you have made a difference in my life,' " said Hill, 77, who was born and raised in Philadelphia, but is known throughout the nation for his work as a community activist and pioneering sports commentator.
January 3, 2014 |
IT WAS A GOOD New Year's eve and day for sons of a pair of sports greats. Jerry Rice Jr., a fifth-year senior receiver at UNLV and son of, who else but Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice, caught his first career touchdown pass yesterday in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. And Ken "Trey" Griffey III, a freshman receiver for Arizona and son of probable first-ballot Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr., was on the receiving end of his first two collegiate TD catches in something called the Advocare V100 Bowl on Tuesday.
October 21, 2013 |
The first sign that this was no ordinary homecoming event was the Egyptian headdress. Rashaad J. Washington walked down the auditorium aisle at Cheyney University wearing a shoulder-length, black-and-gold-striped crown reminiscent of those worn by Pharaohs. Later, the newly crowned "Mr. Cheyney" - the second in the school's history - asked male classmates in the audience to stand. "Repeat after me," said Washington, 21, a junior. "I am a man. I am a confident man. I am a strong man. I am a gentleman.
September 14, 2013 |
PRINCETON Princeton has a problem. The renowned university released a report Thursday on the state of the school's diversity, highlighting areas where perceived gaps exist and offering recommendations to improve diversity among its students, faculty, and staff. "To begin with, ours is an increasingly pluralistic society," the report reads, "and, simply put, Princeton and its peers do not come close to looking like America today. " The report's suggestions include formalizing the university's position on diversity, creating plans within academic departments for recruiting a range of students and faculty, and establishing benchmarks to be monitored on a regular basis.
September 1, 2013 |
CHICAGO - Each time a player gets sent to the minor leagues, it's a reminder that professional sports is a bottom-line business. There is no dishonor in being demoted, but it's still a drag to essentially hear, "Son, you're just not good enough. " Domonic Brown knows the feeling well. He made the Turnpike trip to Lehigh Valley frequently before his breakout 2013 season. He said one of the comforts to being sent down in 2011 and 2012 was that manager Ryne Sandberg was always waiting to see him with just the right inspiration.
June 12, 2013
The Daily News covers the Open: Check out PhillyDailyNews.com's U.S. Open page for our coverage of the tournament at Merion . THERE ARE 156 players in the U.S. Open field, ranging in age from 18-year-old Gavin Hall to 54-year-old Jay Don Blake, and they all know about Ben Hogan's shot in 1950. The 1-iron Hogan hit in the 1950 championship at Merion and the iconic photo of him holding his perfect backswing is to golf what Michael Jordan's airborne silhouette is to basketball or Bobby Orr's leap is to hockey.
April 16, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Adam Johnson's The Orphan Master's Son , a labyrinthine story of a man's travails in North Korea, has won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, restoring a high literary honor a year after no fiction award was given. Pulitzer judges on Monday praised Johnson's book as "an exquisitely crafted novel that carries the reader on an adventuresome journey into the depths of totalitarian North Korea and into the most intimate spaces of the human heart. " It is the third book by the 45-year-old Johnson, who teaches creative writing at Stanford University.
March 21, 2013 |
TO APPRECIATE THE depth of Jay Wright's accomplishment this season, first consider this: Villanova lost its point guard, Maalik Wayns, as an early entrant to the NBA, after a 13-win season overall, with five wins in the Big East. Wayns' replacement, true freshman Ryan Arcidiacono, will never play in the NBA; in fact, Arch, as he is called, missed his senior season at Neshaminy High last season due to back surgery, so playing in college never was a guarantee. And, while Arch might possess 2 percent of the team's cumulative athletic ability, he possesses about 50 percent of the team's cumulative basketball IQ. Nevertheless, the chief marionette guided by Wright's masterful hand, Arch, as true freshman, led the Wildcats to a 20-win regular season, 10 Big East wins, a win in the Big East Tournament . . . And, Sunday, a berth in the NCAA Tournament as a No. 9 seed against No. 8 North Carolina.
February 25, 2013
The Wings won their second game in as many nights with a 14-12 victory over the Colorado Mammoth Sunday at the Wells Fargo Center. The Wings (4-3) got off to a sluggish start, and trailed by 5-3 after the first quarter before rallying to take a 9-7 lead at the half. Six Wings registered goals, highlighted by forward Drew Westervelt with four, and three each from forward Kevin Ross and transition player Paul Rabil . Kevin Buchanan added five assists for the Wings while goaltender Brandon Miller registered 37 saves.
February 19, 2013 |
Wesley Saintilnord dreamed of becoming a doctor but it wasn't until the 2010 earthquake ravaged his country that he could see a way to make it happen. Saintilnord grew up in rural Haiti, the son of a preacher raising three children and four orphaned family members. They relied on his mother, who sells clothes at a nearby market. His exemplary schoolwork earned him a monthlong program during the summer of 2009 that brought him to a family in South Jersey and gave him the opportunity to fine-tune his English.