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SPORTS
June 19, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
If the play is executed properly, there is little a cornerback can do to defend a 20-yard "out. " But the pass is one of the more difficult for quarterbacks because of the arm strength, timing, and accuracy required to complete the pattern in which an outside receiver runs upfield before angling toward the sideline. Every NFL quarterback has the ability to pull off such a throw. But those with the strongest arms don't have to anticipate as much, and when push comes to shove, evaluators generally go with the big gun over the quick trigger.
NEWS
June 12, 2014 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joey Pasko is a hugger. The 24-year-old illustrator from Fairmount just isn't into the stiff handshake or the feeble wave. "I like to hug people a lot. Like my guy friends, I'll give them a big bear hug," he said. "I'm not going to shake hands with somebody I've known for a long time. That feels too formal. I'm just not that formal of a guy. " Pasko, it turns out, has wrapped his arms around a long-term trend: In a broad range of social settings, more men are embracing, well, embracing.
NEWS
June 10, 2014
IT IS a comfort, albeit one of small caliber, to learn that there are actions people can take in the cause of gun rights that are so extreme they give pause to some poor soul within the headquarters of the National Rifle Association. Recent demonstrations in Texas in which proponents of open-carry gun laws have toted rifles into fast food outlets en masse got a written reprimand from the NRA - until a spokesman apologized for the criticism. Got that? NRA says don't go so far, gun demonstrators, then apologizes because, well, somebody went too far in suggesting that scary tactics are ill-advised.
NEWS
June 6, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
A LITTLE hard news from Tattle: After throwing a first pitch that would have shamed an uncoordinated toddler, 50 Cent (a/k/a Curtis Jackson) revealed in a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" the reason for his horrible toss. "I have a skeletal muscle injury on my left shoulder from excessive masturbation. " Maybe instead of pitching, 50 Cent should try batting practice. He obviously has a nice stroke. * The Los Angeles Times reports that 50 Cent will accept bitcoin for his newest album, "Animal Ambition.
NEWS
May 16, 2014 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
"MILLION DOLLAR ARM" is a movie about pitching, but the baseball kind. Its putative hero is a sports agent, and its plot is about a marketing ploy. And although there've been good movies about sports agents before, "Million Dollar Arm" feels like "Jerry Maguire" by way of Jay Mohr's character. Jon Hamm plays JB Bernstein, an L.A. swell who drives a Porsche and lives on a property big enough to accommodate a guesthouse, where he stores Lake Bell, in case he runs short on models.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 5, 2014 | By Monica Peters, For The Inquirer
On Sunday morning, strengthen your limbs while supporting a good cause - opposing illegal handguns in Philadelphia - at PSR Philadelphia's (Physicians for Social Responsibility) eighth annual Legs Against Arms 5K and 1-Mile Fun Walk at Arcadia University. Registration begins at 7:30 and the race begins at 9. Youths 12 and younger can run the 5K or participate in the 1-mile walk for free. The race, in collaboration with the Celebration of Peace program, will feature an exhibit hosted by community organizations and student groups at 9:30 inside Arcadia's Commons Building.
SPORTS
April 4, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CHICAGO - Thanks to a new pitching coach, a former infielder converted to the outfield, a couple of new teammates and a commitment to improve his overall game, Ben Revere is showing off an improved arm from centerfield in 2014. In his first season with the Phillies, Revere struggled from the plate at the outset of the 2013 season. He hit .200 last April before breaking out and batting .347 in 65 games from May 1 until the time he went on the disabled list in mid-July with a broken foot.
SPORTS
March 31, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Non-Public South A tournament will be decided by a championship game June 3. That's how it works in high school baseball. But the remarkable thing about the top three contenders for the title - who also are the top three teams in The Inquirer's preseason Top 20 rankings - is that they all would be better equipped to settle the matter in a best-of-five series. Or a best of seven. "We could do that," St. Augustine senior righthander Joey Gatto said, considering the pitching depth that marks his team as well as perennial powerhouses Gloucester Catholic and Bishop Eustace.
NEWS
March 27, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
MORE THAN 40 shots were fired in two heated gunbattles last night, one of which took place between a cop and an armed man, police said. In that incident, on Louden Street near Mascher in Feltonville, the 21-year-old was struck once in his shoulder, and a second bullet grazed his head, Chief Inspector Scott Small said. He's in stable condition at Temple University Hospital, where he was taken by the same officers he took aim at just before 5:30 p.m., Small said. Small gave the following account: Two officers were assisting representatives from the Department of Human Services at an unrelated house on Palethorp Street near Louden when they heard gunfire.
SPORTS
March 14, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
SARASOTA, Fla. - The chances of Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez's filling a much-needed rotation spot in April were dimmed by his drab spring performances. Gonzalez's immediate fate - a trip to the minors - was all but sealed Wednesday when he did not board a bus to Ed Smith Stadium with his Phillies teammates. The $12 million import from Cuba was scratched from his third scheduled Grapefruit League appearance because of right shoulder soreness. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Gonzalez could return this week.
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