March 3, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The official diagnosis was rotator-cuff tendinitis with slight fraying. That might sound a bit ominous, especially if you combine it with a glance at the three walks and three runs Kyle Kendrick allowed yesterday in his first competitive action since a sore shoulder ended his 2013 season midway through September. But all is well, the 29-year-old righthander said after he pitched two innings against the Tigers in his Grapefruit League debut, and that must continue to be the case for the Phillies to avoid an early-season emergency situation in their rotation.
January 2, 2014 |
For corporate America, 2013 was a banner year. The Standard & Poor's 500 stock index had its biggest gain since 1997, when the Internet boom was going strong. One Philadelphia-area company, Lincoln National Corp., a life insurer based in Radnor, was near the top of the heap in 2013. Shares in Lincoln, which markets itself as Lincoln Financial Group, nearly doubled, to finish with the 13th-best gain in the S&P. But the gains were widespread in the index, largely because corporate profits are at record highs nearly across the board, Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's Analytics in West Chester, said Tuesday.
December 27, 2013 |
IMAGINE Peyton Manning stepping to the podium to receive his award for winning the 2013 fantasy football MVP. He grabs the microphone and thanks Dr. Robert Watkins and former baseball star Todd Helton. Watkins is the surgeon who repaired the herniated disk in Manning's neck in 2011. It was Manning's fourth neck surgery and came during a labor lockout, forbidding Manning from using the Colts' facilities for rehab. That's when Helton, a college teammate of Manning's at Tennessee, invited him to Denver to work out and be monitored by the Rockies' medical staff.
December 3, 2013 |
Birthdays are a big deal at Ray's Happy Birthday Bar in South Philadelphia. Every day, the sign outside advertises the birthday of somebody, whether it's one of the '60s singers who once hung out at the bar or a Passyunk Avenue neighbor who stops in for a weekly drink. Visitors who come on their birthdays receive a free shot of cake-flavored vodka with a candle in it, and have their picture taken wearing the bar's special birthday hat. On Sunday, the watering hole that has been the site of so many birthday celebrations toasted its own big day. Ray's turns 75 this year, and the owners know how to put on a birthday party.
November 25, 2013 |
Most years, Hollywood saves the really good stuff - the awards contenders, the thought-provoking, life-changing, controversial, and challenging titles - for right now: The weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve are when the floodgates open. But 2013 has already offered a rich, multicourse feast - 12 Years a Slave , All Is Lost , Captain Phillips , Gravity , Blue Is the Warmest Color , Enough Said , Mud , Fruitvale Station , The Place Beyond the Pines , to name just a few. Is it possible there is more greatness (or really, really good-ness)
September 5, 2013
GAMES TO WATCH: * Oct. 11: SCH Academy at Penn Charter, 3:45 Quakers coach Tommy Coyle makes his Inter-Ac debut. * Oct. 12: Haverford School at Malvern 2:30 A league opener with title implications? * Nov. 1: Malvern at Episcopal, 7 EA standout defensive lineman Evan Butts looks to shutdown Friars' ground game. * Nov. 9: Haverford School at Episcopal, 2:30 Last year, this matchup decided Inter-Ac honors. Possible repeat? * Nov. 9: Germantown Academy at Penn Charter, 1:30 The oldest continuous prep football rivalry in the country meets for the 127th time.
July 30, 2013 |
LEANING ON metal crutches in the Lincoln Financial Field locker room tunnel yesterday, Jeremy Maclin said he had no regrets. "You can't think like that," Maclin said the day after he suffered a right ACL tear when he stepped off the line of scrimmage during a 7-on-7 passing drill at NovaCare. "The minute you start doing that, you start doubting yourself, and that's not the type of person I am. " Maclin, 25, was planning on having a big year as he looked toward free agency next spring.
January 18, 2013 |
FOR JAKE VORACEK, the one benefit of the NHL's 119-day lockout was a chance to play in his native Czech Republic. "It was something I hadn't done since I was 18 or 19 years old," Voracek said. "It isn't every day that you have a chance to play at home, and play in the best league [KHL] in the world at the time, since there was no NHL. " There were a few downsides, though. One of them was living at home. "I lived with my mom, downstairs at their house," Voracek said with a smile.
November 25, 2012 |
What a year for Powerball. The cash jackpot for Saturday's drawing is the game's second biggest cash jackpot ever - $212.8 million. And the record of $224.6 million was just set in August. Because no one matched Wednesday night's numbers (8, 18, 24, 30 and 39, with a Powerball of 26), the annuity prize rose again, to $325 million. That's the fifth biggest in the game's history - and two of the others also came this year, including $337 million in that August drawing and $336 million in February.
August 29, 2012 |
AND NOW THE least surprising turn of events in the Phillies' season: Charlie Manuel digs the long ball. A former longtime, big-league hitting coach and a power hitter in Japan, Manuel can't help but be intrigued with Double A slugger Darin Ruf, who tied Ryan Howard's Reading franchise record with his 37th homer on Tuesday night against the Binghamton Mets. Of Ruf's 37 blasts, he has hit 19 of them in 28 games in August. With Reading's regular season set to end on Monday, Manuel said he'll bring up Ruf's name when the Phillies make decisions on September call-ups this week.