April 24, 2015 |
DURING Tyler Matakevich's sophomore year in the Temple football program, newly installed head coach Matt Rhule posed a question to his entire football team. Rhule asked how each player wanted to be remembered at Temple. For Matakevich, the answer back then was simple and has remained the same, as he heads for his last year in cherry and white. "A hardworking, nose-for-the-ball type of football player," the senior linebacker said, describing how he wants to be remembered. "A kid that never stops.
February 15, 2015 |
NEW YORK - Dell Curry isn't much different from many other parents who are scattered throughout New York City and are going to watch their sons play in tomorrow's All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden. He talks of his son, Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen, proudly, a smile accompanying nearly every word. Where Curry is different is that he knows the ins and outs of the NBA better than most, having spent 16 seasons playing in the league for five teams. While he accomplished much during his playing days, perhaps nothing is better than what he is experiencing now in watching his son put together an MVP-caliber season.
February 13, 2015 |
IT DIDN'T take long for Michael Carter-Williams to make an impression on his coach, his teammates and the NBA last season. In fact, it took all of about 48 minutes. In his first NBA game, the rookie out of Syracuse posted the mind-boggling line of 22 points, 12 assists, nine steals and seven rebounds in the team's 2013 season-opener against the defending NBA champion Miami Heat. The rookie of the year talk started right after that game and came to fruition after a season in which he started all 70 games he played, totalled 16 double-doubles and two triple-doubles and averaged 16.7 points, 6.3 assists and 6.2 rebounds.
November 13, 2014 |
Since stepping into Bristol's starting lineup midway through his freshman season, Donte Simmons has quietly put up big-time rushing numbers. Quick and elusive, the 5-foot-9, 170-pound senior has totaled 6,266 yards and 83 touchdowns on the ground. Through 11 games this season, he has carried 163 times for 1,656 yards and 24 scores. Recognition, in part because Bristol was a Class A member in his first three years and competes in the lesser-known Bicentennial and Independence leagues, has not come as easily.
October 18, 2014 |
If you listen to Temple coach Matt Rhule and tight end Colin Thompson, it sounds as if the plans for the Florida transfer are expansive. "My role is whatever they tell me to do," the 6-foot-4, 250-pound redshirt sophomore said. "I don't know what that specific role is yet. They just put me in and I do what I'm told. That's what I've done my whole career. " Rhule was a little more specific. "He's a really good blocker, he's good in space, and he's athletic," said Rhule, who prefers mostly one-tight-end sets.
May 23, 2014 |
YOU WOULDN'T think it by looking at her, but Boni Zhang is the kind of kid who someday will move mountains. She is little and precise, a cerebral seventh-grader at the Folk Arts-Cultural Treasures Charter School, just north of Chinatown, where the focus is on social equality. The focus is not on sports; in fact, after severe budget cuts over the past several years, FACTS has no interscholastic sports programs. What it does have is initiative, found in powerful, little packages like Boni Zhang.
May 9, 2014 |
Zachary Woods was enjoying a pivotal time in his life. After spending five years working in China, the 27-year-old had just begun classes at the Wharton School on Monday. He was planning to propose to his girlfriend next month. But while walking to classes Tuesday, the native of New York state was struck by a car in a freak accident that flung him off an elevated section of Walnut Street. He died that night at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. A distraught family member who asked not to be identified recounted his life and his dreams, and struggled to understand how he could suddenly be dead.
April 19, 2014 |
Many people in Philadelphia don't know that there's a park at Penn's Landing Marina, hugging the Delaware River between Spruce and Dock Streets - and they definitely don't make a point of going there. That may change June 27 with the opening of Spruce Street Harbor Park, the most ambitious and expensive pop-up yet to transform a forgotten Philadelphia space into a destination. With three barges holding a floating restaurant and giant hammocks cantilevered over the water - plus mini art galleries, a water garden, a walkway of misting arches, and a slew of places to play games, buy snacks, or nap in a lounge chair - it will cost upward of $700,000.
April 11, 2014 |
IF ALL goes according to plan, Upper Darby's Tina Fey will again team with Amy Poehler , in "The Nest. " It's a comedy - duh - says TheWrap.com. Jason Moore ("Pitch Perfect") will direct the film, from a screenplay by Paula Pell . Fey and Poehler will play sisters who are devastated to learn that their parents have put their childhood home up for sale. The saucy siblings decide to spend one last wild weekend where they grew up together. Production is expected to start in June in New York.
October 4, 2013
WHEN, IN 2002, Sir Cameron Mackintosh decided it was time to license "Les Miserables" for high-school presentation, he needed a school whose drama program could handle the formidable task of staging the first production. The British uber-producer didn't turn to some palatial temple of public education in an affluent part of the country. He went instead to Harry Truman High School in Levittown, the proto-suburban Bucks County community that for years had been suffering from the collapse of the nearby steel industry.