June 15, 2003 |
Players such as Nick Price, Vijay Singh and Mark O'Meara, major champions all, will have experience to draw on as they pursue Jim Furyk in today's final round of the U.S. Open. Then there's Stephen Leaney, whose experience consists of, uh . . . just what, exactly? In his 11 years as a pro, probably the most pressure Leaney has had to withstand came during his three wins on the PGA European Tour. Or maybe it occurred in his attempts in the PGA Tour qualifying tournament, where he has missed getting his tour card by a single shot three times.
October 7, 1988 |
On a Wednesday evening in September, Kay Boris of St. Clair, Pa., settled on her afghan-covered sofa to watch Win, Lose or Draw, her favorite television game show. During a commercial break, she started to call to her husband, who was doing the dishes in the kitchen. She never completed her sentence. Instead, she stared at the set as she heard her son James' name announced as the winner of a new $35,000 modular home. "I never, ever expected to win a house," she said. "I entered the contest hoping to win awnings for my house.
May 17, 1991 |
We all enjoyed playing with them in the bathtub as kids. (Some of us still do.) But this Sunday, a lot of people will get serious about rubber duckies. The Main Line and Philadelphia Jaycees are hoping that these ducks, participants in the first annual Greater Philadelphia Lucky Duck Race, will raise lots of money for Children's Choice, a private foster care agency. The fund-raising concept works like this: For $5 you rent a duck, or, rather, become its "foster parent.
November 3, 1990 |
Mario Lemieux's hockey stick, Dick Groat's baseball bat, footballs autographed by the Pittsburgh Steelers, and assorted caps, pennants and other sports paraphernalia. Sports fans would call them collectibles. Republican gubernatorial candidate Barbara Hafer would call them cash. Hafer might be far behind Gov. Casey in the money-raising department, but that doesn't mean she's given up asking for a buck. At a $50-a-head fund-raising event here recently, Hafer supporters auctioned off a bunch of sports-related items.
August 24, 1986 |
The fall and winter bowling season is about to roll around, and with it comes an assortment of questions for lane managers concerning schedules, equipment and how to form teams. Before the deluge arrives, though, some managers, such as Nick Francis Jr. of the Ridley Bowl, make sure to take time to forge through any mail that has piled up on their desks. Some of those letters will contain information concerning tournaments, which are an important phase of the sport. "Here's one that looks interesting," Francis said.
November 16, 1990 |
Miracle on 34th Street makes a cameo appearance in the new John Hughes movie, Home Alone. So does that other heart-tugging chestnut, It's a Wonderful Life. The quick glimpses of these two yuletide classics - Kriss Kringle's cheery mug flickers on a TV set in one scene, Jimmy Stewart's impassioned yammerings are dubbed in French in another - are no accident. The prolific Hughes, who wrote and produced Home Alone, and his protege Chris Columbus, who directed, are aiming for a classic of their own. That's right, from the guys who brought you Uncle Buck and Adventures in Babysitting comes a sort of prepubescent Frank Capra's National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, a screwball farce spiked with feel-good symbology: the church, the family, the home.
June 11, 2010
For a poker player, there's no surer way to lose a pile of chips than to hold terrific cards that turn out to be second-best. It's known as the dreaded bad beat , and every card player can regale you with a bad-beat story or two, or a dozen. However, there are rare exceptions when a bad-beat jackpot turns the misery of being second-best into the score of a lifetime. Such special bonuses reward the loser in a showdown of great hands. On Sunday, an 84-year old King of Prussia man pocketed a little more than $336,000 when his four sevens were bested by an opponent's quad aces at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City.
February 1, 1995 |
Nobody waved a checkered flag or yelled, "Gentlemen, start your engines," but the competition was fierce at this Grand Prix. Mark Hart and David Dinn watched as their dream machines, fresh off the assembly line, roared out of the starting gate. Axle to axle, they rolled on until Mark's nifty blue flatbed with green accents - nicknamed Chainsaw - nudged ahead. With the crowd cheering Mark wildly as he was declared the victor, his mother stepped forward with a congratulatory peck on the cheek.
June 6, 2005 |
The Knights of the Very Very Round Table, who have proved that there is more to be had from jesting than jousting, took the big prize as best musical at last night's Tony Awards. But the blockbuster spoof of Arthurian legend and just about everything else had to share the wealth with rival shows. While Spamalot speared the coveted big prize and brought awards to its director, Mike Nichols, and Sara Ramirez, who plays the Lady of the Lake, it had to share the stage with The Light in the Piazza.
January 26, 2009 |
PHILADELPHIA-raised filmmaker Lee Daniels, whose last film, "Shadowboxer," got slammed by critics, won a big prize at the Sundance Film Festival. "Push," his story of a young woman finding her way out of her nightmarish circumstances in 1980s Harlem, was chosen as best U.S. drama at the nation's top indie fest. At Saturday night's ceremony, presenter Joseph Gordon-Levitt, wearing a red Barack Obama T-shirt, cheered and gave Daniels a hug before presenting the audience award to his film, which stars Mo'Nique, Mariah Carey and Paula Patton, alongside newcomer Gabourey Sidibe.