April 11, 2013 |
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Most years, there seems to be some kind of controversy at the Masters. One year, it might be Martha Burk holding a news conference on Washington Road; another, it could be Tiger Woods returning to the game following a one-of-a-kind offseason. You never really know for sure. Wednesday morning at Augusta National, chairman Billy Payne did his annual 30-minute state of the tournament thing. And since the club had opened its doors last August to the first two female members - former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and banker Darla Moore - there was no need for anyone to ask the annual questions about what was taking the place so long to get it done.
April 5, 2013 |
ATLANTA - When Charlie Manuel was asked on Monday who his lefthanded bat off the bench would be on days when Laynce Nix was in the starting lineup, the manager was somewhat stumped before coming to the conclusion that it would be switch-hitter Freddy Galvis. Manuel didn't mention Ender Inciarte, perhaps because he knew the 22-year-old Rule 5 pick, with no experience beyond Class A, wasn't long for the team. Inciarte was designated for assignment on Tuesday. In place of Inciarte is Ezequiel Carrera, a 25-year-old, lefthanded-hitting outfielder.
March 2, 2013 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Cole Hamels has pitched against the Atlanta Braves 28 times, more than any other opponent. Of the 10 batters he has faced the most, six of them played for the Braves. When Hamels makes his first start of the regular season, presumably on opening day, it will be against the Braves. He will barely recognize them. No Chipper Jones (he retired). No Martin Prado (he was traded). No Brian McCann (he's injured). That added a little intrigue to Thursday's otherwise mundane spring training start for Hamels.
February 24, 2013 |
THE SCHOOL DISTRICT announced Friday that it will recommend nine schools to become renaissance schools, a district initiative aimed at turning around low-performing schools. Two of the selected schools - Strawberry Mansion High and McMichael Elementary - were on the district's proposed school closure list last week, but on Tuesday, the district announced that both would stay open. Strawberry Mansion, Edison High, and Barry, Bryant, Cayuga and McMichael elementaries were recommended to be Promise Academies.
January 11, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Riding a wave of new tax revenue, California's spending plan for the coming fiscal year will rise by nearly $5 billion, a powerful indication that the state that came to symbolize fiscal mismanagement during the heart of the recession is emerging into brighter days. Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday proposed a $97.6 billion general fund budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year that wipes out years of deficits and even includes a modest surplus. The added revenue increased planned spending 5 percent over the current year and helped the governor pour more money into public schools and universities.
January 9, 2013 |
SEVEN FOOTBALL players have enrolled at Penn State for the spring semester, which means they can participate in spring practice. Cedar Cliff High's Adam Breneman, widely considered the top tight end prospect in the country, was joined by running back Richy Anderson (Frederick, Md.), quarterback Tyler Ferguson (Visalia, Calif.), defensive back Anthony Smith (Randolph, N.J.), defensive back Jordan Smith (Washington), quarterback D.J. Crook (Worcester Academy/West Barnstable, Mass.)
December 12, 2012 |
The call was soon returned Monday and Michael Young was on the other end, speaking to his new manager. Charlie Manuel greeted his third baseman, and as the 68-year-old baseball lifer is wont to do, probably generated a few fresh lineup ideas in his mind. "I could hit Michael Young in quite a few places," Manuel said. Then, the Phillies manager stopped himself. "Really," he said, "I could sit there and go over lineups all I want to. But when it gets down to it, who we have on the corners in the outfield will dictate where our lineup falls.
December 11, 2012 |
BRUSSELS - The European Union warned Israel of unspecified consequences Monday if it goes through with plans to build thousands of new settler homes in Jerusalem and the West Bank. The bloc's 27 foreign ministers said they were "deeply dismayed" by Israeli plans to expand settlements in East Jerusalem and particularly the E1 project, which would separate the West Bank from East Jerusalem, the Palestinians' hoped-for capital, and drive a big wedge between the northern and southern flanks of the West Bank.
December 5, 2012 |
There was little question that James Dellavecchia would spend his remaining years behind bars for the death of his neighbor Scott Robins, since his first-degree murder conviction carried a mandatory life sentence. But on Tuesday, a Delaware County judge took another step to ensure that the 73-year-old Ridley Township man would die in prison for what he called a "cold-blooded murder" by adding seven to 14 years more time on additional charges. "What this does ... is triple-guarantee, no matter what, he will never be paroled," said Judge Michael F.X. Coll.
November 17, 2012 |
An MRI exam conducted Tuesday on Andrew Bynum's knees revealed even more problems for the 76ers center, Bynum said. The results showed new developments: cartilage swelling in both knees and a bone bruise in his left knee, he said. Bynum previously had been diagnosed with a bone bruise in his right knee. On Tuesday, Bynum visited David W. Altchek, an orthopedic surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. Before Friday's game with Utah, Bynum said he had experienced a setback in his rehab, which the Sixers hope will make him available to play by the middle of January.