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March 29, 1989 | By Robert J. Terry and Michael E. Ruane, Inquirer Staff Writers
A 9-year-old boy was stabbed in the back yesterday morning during an attempted robbery by another youngster at a Southwest Philadelphia playground, police said. Gary Merritt of the 2000 block of South Redfield Street was stabbed on the basketball court inside the Myers Recreation Center at 58th Street and Kingsessing Avenue, police said. He was not seriously injured in the attack, and he was released after treatment at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Police said they did not have a suspect in custody.
NEWS
May 5, 2010
A 16-year-old boy was shot on a basketball court at B and Wyoming Streets Tuesday evening about 8 p.m., police said. The bullet grazed his torso. He was treated at St. Christopher's Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition. No suspects have been identified, police said. - Melissa Dribben
NEWS
June 21, 1990 | By Mary Anne Janco, Special to The Inquirer
Although Clifton Heights Mayor Mary Natale describes the borough's proposal for Diamond Street Park as "one hoop on a five-acre piece of ground," the plan continues to spark controversy. At the Borough Council meeting Monday night, Dan Fabrizio presented a petition signed by 612 residents who want to "save the park. " Fabrizio said he wanted the park to be left in a natural state and "free of blacktop. " A similiar petition signed by 434 residents had already been presented to the council, so the total number of signatures was more than 1,000, Fabrizio said.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 27, 1992 | By Carrie Rickey, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
More than anything else, Ron Shelton loves jokers in jockstraps. As the screenwriter of The Best of Times, he comically examined high-school gridiron heroes 20 years after blowing the big game. As the writer/director of Bull Durham, he colorfully compared scoring romantically with scoring in baseball. Now, Shelton's White Men Can't Jump playfully looks at hoops hustlers alley-ooping on playground courts. Because Shelton has such obvious affection for guys who may not be superstars but who are nonetheless super sports, you smile just watching them.
NEWS
June 25, 2012
Philadelphia police were looking for two men in connection with a Sunday night shooting at a basketball court that left four people wounded. Around 7:23 p.m., police were called to Kemble Park near Ogontz and Olney Avenues and found four injured people. A women, 20, had been shot in the left thigh. Two 20-year-old men, had each been shot in the right shin, and another man, whose age was not known, was shot in the left ankle. All four victims were taken to Einstein Hospital and listed in stable condition.
NEWS
September 6, 1994 | By Jayne Feld, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Quinton Jenkins, a 19-year-old from Camden, started coming to Washington Lake Park this summer for pickup basketball games when word spread that you can get a "good, safe run" at the sprawling suburban park. "The tension is high in my area," he explained between games one night last week. Some of that tension has now come to Washington Lake Park, where the popular nighttime basketball games, played on a court christened the "NBA" by the young adult players, have been suspended.
NEWS
June 25, 2012
Philadelphia police were looking for two men in connection with a Sunday night shooting at a basketball court that left four people wounded. Around 7:23 p.m., police were called to Kemble Park near Ogontz and Olney Avenues and found four injured people. A women, 20, had been shot in the left thigh. Two 20-year-old men had each been shot in the right shin, and another man, whose age was not known, was shot in the left ankle. All four victims were taken to Einstein Hospital and listed in stable condition.
NEWS
June 18, 2013
A 27-year-old man was fatally shot on a basketball court in the 800 block of North Eighth Street, between Brown and Parrish Streets, on Sunday afternoon, a police spokeswoman said. After being shot twice in the chest, the man walked one block north, to Eighth and Poplar Streets, where he collapsed. He was pronounced dead shortly after 2 p.m. at Hahnemann University Hospital. Police did not release his identity. There were no arrests and no weapons were recovered. - Walter F. Naedele
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SPORTS
July 19, 2016 | By Bob Cooney, Staff Writer
LAS VEGAS - Controversy has rarely surrounded Jahlil Okafor when it comes to the basketball court. Since he was about 12 years old, he has been labeled as the best in his age group. He was recruited by DePaul University when he was in the eighth grade. He became a legend at Whitney Young High School in Chicago, leading it to a class 4-A state title his senior season, when he was named Illinois' Mr. Basketball. The top recruit out of high school, he chose Duke and led the Blue Devils to a national championship, becoming the first freshman to be named ACC player of the year.
NEWS
June 28, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, Staff Writer
Hal Lear, whose smooth lefthanded jump shot made him one of the top scorers in Temple basketball history and part of arguably the best backcourt combination ever in the college game, died Saturday at his home in White Plains, N.Y., after a long illness. He was 81. Mr. Lear had returned east from his home in Scottsdale, Ariz., about two years ago and took advantage of the medical facilities in that area as his health began to decline, said Philadelphia community leader and basketball mentor Sonny Hill, his longtime friend.
SPORTS
June 20, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
The last look that Bryan Colangelo had of Dario Saric on a basketball court was in November, five months before the 76ers officially hired Colangelo as their general manager and president of basketball operations, 17 months after the Sixers had made a draft-day trade to acquire Saric from the Orlando Magic. To Sixers fans and followers, even to some of his prospective teammates, Saric ever since has been less an athlete than an idea, an invigorating and reassuring wish that someday would take the flesh-and-blood form of a 6-foot-10 forward who could pass, shoot, and run the floor.
SPORTS
June 20, 2016 | By Phil Anastasia, STAFF WRITER
Brad Hawkins never planned on becoming a multisport star at Camden High School. He never planned on playing football, period. "I was all basketball," Hawkins said. "I knew so much about the tradition of Camden High basketball. I always wanted to be a part of that. "I didn't even think I would play football. " Hawkins played football. He played basketball. He ran track. He is the Inquirer's senior boys' athlete of the year because he excelled in all three, moving from sport to sport during the course of the school year as easily as he shed would-be tacklers on the football field or skirted around defenders on the basketball court.
SPORTS
April 17, 2016 | By Aaron Carter, STAFF WRITER
Del-Val High School senior Semaj Motley led the Warriors to two improbable championships last season, but he still has one last basketball battle to win. "I would feel like I could be successful with my professional career if I got a scholarship to play in college," said the 5-foot-10, 180-pound point guard. "It would mean a lot and feel good. " The going has been slow for Motley, who earned first-team all-Public honors from league coaches. He also led the Warriors to Public League and District 12 titles.
NEWS
April 11, 2016 | By Bob Ford, Columnist
"I gotta get this under control. " That would be difficult, even for him, particularly given the 72,000 screaming people and the flashing lights and the fireworks and the confetti blizzarding to the floor of the basketball court and his players dogpiling each other and his assistants grabbing him and Roy Williams shaking his hand, saying Roy Williams-type, deep-meaning stuff, but Jay Wright had to get this thing under control because - didn't anyone...
SPORTS
March 25, 2016 | By Bob Cooney, STAFF WRITER
STEVE VASTURIA sat at the back corner of the visiting hockey locker room in the bowels of the Wells Fargo Center, looking as if he should still be sitting in high school, waiting for the day to end so he could get out on the basketball court. Vasturia has the face of a young teenager, prompting coach Mike Brey to label him the "baby-faced assassin. " But he also had that look of excitement that only youth can bring. Well, youth and playing one of the biggest games of your life just minutes from your hometown and pretty much down the road from your former high school.
SPORTS
March 7, 2016 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Columnist
Few things in sports are more challenging than attempting to stand idly alongside a basketball court while others are out there shooting. The sights and sounds - especially the sounds, those echoing thumps, squeals, and swishes - are powerful sirens. And the more you fidget junkie-like, the more your brain and body scream for you to grab a ball and shoot. Recently, watching 6-year-olds practice in a Virginia elementary school gym, I succumbed to the temptation. When one of their biddy league's undersize balls bounded near my feet, I grabbed it and, ignoring all the calls of "Hey, here!"
SPORTS
March 5, 2016 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, STAFF WRITER
Few things in sports are more challenging than attempting to stand idly alongside a basketball court while others are out there shooting. The sights and sounds - especially the sounds, those echoing thumps, squeals and swishes - are powerful sirens. And the more you fidget junkie-like, the more your brain and body scream for you to grab a ball and shoot. Recently, watching 6-year-olds practice in a Virginia elementary school gym, I succumbed to the temptation. When one of their Biddy league's undersized balls bounded near my feet, I grabbed it and, ignoring all the calls of "Hey, here!"
SPORTS
March 5, 2016 | By Bob Cooney, Staff Writer
When Joel Embiid made his way into the locker room before the 76ers faced the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday, he casually walked to his locker and sat on the undersize stool. Just seconds later, Jerami Grant made his way from his locker spot to Embiid and, without saying a word, wrapped his arms around Embiid's massive shoulders and gave him a hug. It was like a kid seeing his father after a long time away. Embiid reached up and patted one of Grant's arms and the two shared a hearty laugh.
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