October 24, 2014
AFTER 19 SEASONS, Bishop McDevitt basketball coach Jack Rutter has retired. Rutter, a retired member of the Philadelphia Police Department, will also no longer teach at the school and has accepted a job in the criminal-justice arena. Last season, the Lancers made the playoffs and finished 5-8 in Catholic League play and 12-13 overall. Eight years ago, he took time off to battle - and beat - stomach cancer. Among several players he coached, Rutter mentioned standout Ryan Presson, the son of Temptations tenor Ronald Tyson Presson (stage name Ron Tyson)
October 22, 2014 |
St. Joseph's freshman forward Markell Lodge will sit out the season to concentrate on academics, basketball coach Phil Martelli said Monday. "Markell, his family and I made the decision, while receiving input from our academic advising staff. We feel that he would benefit from placing all of his emphasis on academics this year," Martelli said. "This decision is absolutely the right step for Markell, who has a bright future at St. Joseph's. " Lodge, a 6-foot-6 forward from Washington, N.C., averaged 18.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game as a senior at Pace Academy.
October 11, 2014 |
The back of the Broadway Bar and Grill in Clifton Heights filled up with gray hair and sarcasm. They came in from all over Delaware County and the region, but also North Carolina, and one guy made it from Utah. For a playground reunion. "I haven't seen these guys in 40 years - at least 40 years," said John Brophy, the one in from Utah, looking around the crowded bar. These men spent their youth connected by a patch of asphalt. Life centered on the basketball courts at what was then Lansdowne-Aldan High School.
October 6, 2014 |
FOR MOST people, what they wear to work usually isn't a life-or-death issue. Unless you're a cop. In that case, you vest up, holster your Glock, secure your handcuffs, test your radio and pray to get home in one piece. But what if you're a cop assigned to the city's Police Athletic League? Is all of that gear necessary when your shift consists of helping kids with homework, prepping them for chess playoffs, reffing a basketball game or coaching flag football? I wouldn't think so. But I'm not Lt. Bill Eddis, PAL's commanding officer.
September 12, 2014 |
JAMES HARDEN and the U.S. sprinted into the championship game of the Basketball World Cup, riding a huge third quarter to a 96-68 victory over Lithuania last night in Barcelona, Spain. Harden scored all of his 16 points in the lopsided third quarter of a near carbon copy of the Americans' quarterfinal victory over Slovenia, when he awoke from a scoreless first half to help turn a close game into a blowout. The Americans will travel to Madrid to face France or Serbia on Sunday as they try to repeat as world champions for the first time.
September 11, 2014
Villanova will open the season with a Nov. 4 exhibition game at the Pavilion against Northwood University, coached by former Wildcats coach Rollie Massimino. Date Opponent Time Nov. 4 Northwood (exhibition) 7 Nov. 9 Nyack (exhib.)* Noon Nov. 14 Lehigh 8 Nov. 17 UMES** 7 Nov. 20 Bucknell ** 8 Nov. 24 VCU** 7 Nov. 25 Michigan/Oregon** 7:30/10 Nov. 30 Delaware * 4:30 Dec. 3 at La Salle 8:30 Dec. 6 St. Joseph's 1 Dec. 9 Illinois# 7 Dec. 14 Temple 2 Dec. 20 Syracuse # 1 Dec. 23 NJIT 7 Dec. 31 Butler 2:30 Jan. 3 at Seton Hall Noon Jan. 6 at St. John's 9 Jan. 10 DePaul 4 Jan. 14 Xavier 9 Jan. 17 at Penn TBA Jan. 19 at Georgetown 9 Jan. 25 Creighton 7 Jan. 31 at DePaul 2 Feb. 4 Marquette * 7 Feb.7 Georgetown * 2 Feb. 11 at Providence 8 Feb. 14 at Butler 6 Feb. 16 Seton Hall 7 Feb. 21 at Marquette 2 Feb. 24 Providence 7 Feb. 28 at Xavier 2 March 3 at Creighton 9 March 7 St. John's * Noon March 11-14 Big East Tournament in New York *-At the Wells Fargo Center ** Legends Classic #-Jimmy V Classic
September 6, 2014
ISSUE | ARTS FUNDING Board members, bring on the bucks Perhaps it takes an outsider like Michael Kaiser to finally tell the truth to Philadelphia's philanthropic community ("Seeing a way to the future," Aug. 29). The fault is not in the audience or the critics or the stars. It is in constrained budgets that hamper artistic creativity, the lack of endowment funding, and the failure to cultivate individual donors. Indeed, in the interview, Kaiser calls out ineffective boards of directors and enumerates precisely the problems that have kept many of Philadelphia's distinguished arts institutions teetering on the edge of insolvency.