March 4, 2016 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Opponents would see J.P. Arencibia and assume he was in the minor leagues on a rehab assignment. Umpires would ask the former major-leaguer why he was toiling in triple A. Arencibia played four seasons in the majors before he was dropped to the minors in May 2014. His performance started to spiral because of the anxiety from the pressure Arencibia applied to himself. The demotion, he said, caused him to "strip down" his career. He was trying to prove too much.
December 10, 2015 |
A Delaware County physician who sold OxyContin, Vicodin, Adderall, and other drugs to undercover officers was sentenced Wednesday to 10 to 20 years in prison. Lawrence Wean, 61, of Media, who had an office in the 600 block of Baltimore Pike, Springfield Township, was found guilty in October of writing unlawful prescriptions and filing false insurance claims. Wean had rejected a more lenient plea deal before going to trial. The term imposed by Delaware County Court Judge Anthony Scanlon was steeper than the one requested by the prosecution.
January 11, 2015 |
Even as a toddler, Timothy Denevi showed signs of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. By sixth grade, his angry tantrums had turned into physical fights with schoolmates. ADHD was not only affecting his mood, but threatening to compromise his academic record. But about 20 years later, Denevi has overcome his symptoms. He graduated from the University of Iowa with an M.F.A. degree in nonfiction and is now a visiting writer at George Mason University. "I'm very lucky," he said.
September 18, 2014 |
BALTIMORE Orioles slugger Chris Davis is currently sitting out a 25-game suspension for using Adderall, a banned substance. Usually a drug that helps people with attention deficit disorder improve their focus, it is categorized by Major League Baseball as a stimulant, thus the suspension. Maybe Davis can use what happened Monday on a Maryland highway as Exhibit A that, indeed, the drug has made him more alert and focused. Traveling on I-295 on his way to pick up friends at Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshall Airport, Davis saw a tire blow out on a big pickup truck, causing the vehicle to flip and pin a man underneath it. Davis, whose nickname just happens to be "Crash," was the first to arrive at the accident scene and began waving to passers-by to stop and help.
May 29, 2013 |
READING - If Zach Collier needs any incentive to move up to the next level, all he needs to do is look around the Reading Fightin Phils' cozy locker room in FirstEnergy Stadium. Put a card table in the middle of the room and you have to start climbing over teammates to get back to your locker. Want elbow room? Move up another level. Reading is just another step toward making it to the big leagues. Each step becomes steeper in this journey. Get off to a solid start in rookie ball and the steps become easier; struggle that first year and the steps become daunting.
April 29, 2013 |
READING - The gang, such as it is, will be back together Sunday in New York. Catcher Carlos Ruiz returns from his 25-game suspension for using the banned substance Adderall and the Phillies hope it becomes a trigger point for a team that has stumbled out of the starting gate for the second straight season. Returns, of course, have become as commonplace for the Phillies in recent years as they are the day after Christmas. They were able to survive and recover from the lengthy absences of shortstop Jimmy Rollins in 2010 and second baseman Chase Utley in 2011.
April 12, 2013
As much as teaching has changed over the past 50 years, its basics, as typically applied in American elementary school classrooms, are essentially the same as they were in 1963. Two dozen boys and girls, give or take a few, sit in arranged rows or a circle of chairs with desks and interact with a teacher presenting lessons involving reading or math. The routine is repeated class after class, hour after hour. That could get boring 50 years ago, leading students to nod off, gaze out the window, pass notes, or trade punches when the teacher looked the other way. Imagine how much more boring it must be for today's children, who the night before, if not that morning, were likely engaged in all manner of electronically stimulating activity - from watching TV, to downloading I-pad games, to trying to beat their PlayStation at tennis.
February 15, 2013 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The human side of the Carlos Ruiz story bubbled to the surface Wednesday, and it was a painful experience for all involved. For the first time since the late November news that the Phillies catcher had been suspended for 25 games after violating baseball's substance-abuse policy, Ruiz was required to do more than make a statement about his transgression. When he completed the first official workout of spring training with his teammates, Ruiz sat down for a group interview on a blue picnic table just beyond the left-field wall at Bright House Field.
February 14, 2013 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Carlos Ruiz is as personable as anyone in a Phillies uniform and is very engaging in conversations, too. But he's most comfortable in one-on-one situations; that's when his popular personality shines through. The scene Wednesday was less than ideal for Ruiz, regardless of the subject matter. Under a warm Florida sun not long after noon, Ruiz tried to sit comfortably on top of a picnic table outside the Phillies clubhouse at Bright House Field. A half dozen television cameras were pointed in his direction as a swarm of media, over 20-people deep, surrounded the catcher.
November 29, 2012
Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was fined $30,000 by the NFL on Wednesday, but he said he didn't kick Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub on purpose. That's why Suh insisted he doesn't need to apologize to Schaub. Suh spoke to reporters for the first time since his left cleat connected with Schaub's groin area in Detroit's loss to Houston last Thursday. Adderall use in NFL More NFL players are testing positive for amphetamines, a class of substances that includes the ADHD drug Adderall.