June 26, 2015 |
BOSTON - Johanna Hantel got up Wednesday morning and went for a half-hour run around Boston Commons. It seemed appropriate. The Malvern woman was in Boston to speak for the runners. Hantel was 10 feet from the first bomb, closer than almost any other runner, when it exploded April 15, 2013, killing three and injuring 254. A police officer later died in a shootout with the bombers. One of the proudest days of Hantel's life was the first time she qualified for Boston. Wednesday was even prouder.
April 30, 2015 |
A PRETTY good indication that Ruben Amaro Jr. has made the right move in holding on to Cole Hamels is the number of general managers and personnel executives anonymously bellyaching about him in the national press. Amaro starring in "Little Big League 2" is an easy narrative to peddle, and his colleagues seem happy to play it up, but his culpability for the Phillies' current mess does not mean every decision he makes is a terrible one, and the decision to hang on to Hamels has proved to be the smart play.
April 19, 2015 |
Kim Lewullis and Nikki Watts have a lot of things in common. They live on the same block in the same style house in Collegeville. They both teach at the YMCA. They both have three children. This makes sense because they were born minutes apart. They're twins. They do one more thing together, too: They run. On Monday, they'll run their second Boston Marathon. "We try to do all of our long runs together," said Lewullis, 40, who is older by two minutes. "Knowing that we're in this together provides strength and just peace of mind.
April 10, 2015 |
NO OFFENSE, but you cannot get away with this every night, rewriting the same story 150 or so times over the course of a 6-month season. No offense, but the good people who put a dollar's worth of quarters into the machine, or subscribe daily, or log on to the website, deserve better. No offense, but, yeah, that's just it. No offense. Righthander David Buchanan could barely get out of his own way in a disastrous third inning that came to an end only shortly after he did just that, getting out of the way of a rocket comeback line drive off the bat of opposing pitcher Justin Masterson, the ninth batter of the frame.
March 25, 2015 |
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Cole Hamels will almost certainly take the mound in a Phillies uniform on Opening Day, 2 weeks from yesterday, at Citizens Bank Park against the Boston Red Sox. Spring training trades - particularly spring training blockbuster trades - are extremely rare. After holding firm this winter, the Phillies are probably best suited to wait until early in the summer, when at least a handful of teams will have interest in acquiring a pitcher of Hamels' ability before the trade deadline.
March 17, 2015 |
BOSTON - Nerlens Noel has had lackluster homecomings. The 76ers rookie center hopes to change that Monday against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. Noel's hometown of Everett, Mass., is less than four miles from the arena. Yet, his family and friends have witnessed some of the emerging rookie-of-the-year candidate's worst outings. Perhaps overly anxious to play in Boston, Noel rushed shots and was too revved up for his own good. He made 2 of 9 shots to finish with four points, six rebounds, four turnovers and a technical foul before fouling out in 27 minutes in a preseason opener won by Boston on Oct. 6. He later scored eight points on 1-for-5 shooting to go with seven rebounds and four turnovers in 27 minutes of a 107-96 regular-season loss on Feb. 6. Ineffective, the 6-foot-11, 221-pounder was taken out with 5 minutes, 50 seconds remaining and the Sixers (15-51)
March 8, 2015 |
For the last week, Flyers coach Craig Berube has talked about his team's singular focus, saying no one would look past an opponent - even with a key game coming up in Boston. Now that game in Boston is upon the Flyers, Saturday's 1 p.m. meeting at TD Garden that should have a playoff feel. The Flyers trail Boston by four points for the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff berth, but they have played two more games than the Bruins. "It's a little extra [excitement] because you are chasing them, obviously," Berube said after the Flyers' brief practice Friday at the Skate Zone in Voorhees.
January 12, 2015 |
On Jan. 13, 1968, in what was a more telling indictment of my social life than my taste in sports, I was sitting in the basement TV room of a college dormitory in Wisconsin watching a Saturday night hockey game between the Minnesota North Stars and Oakland Seals. It wasn't by choice. I was 18. It was Saturday night. And if I had to spend it in front of a TV, I'd have preferred the Jackie Gleason Show , Get Smart , or The Dating Game . But I was a freshman, and this was Wisconsin.
December 29, 2014
Saturday at 4:30 p.m., Yankee Stadium, New York Records: Penn State, 6-6, 2-6 Big Ten (sixth in East Division). Boston College, 7-5, 4-4 ACC (fourth in Atlantic Division). TV/Radio: ESPN; WNTP-AM (990), WNPV-AM (1440). Coaches: Penn State, James Franklin (first season, 6-6; 30-21 overall in four seasons). Boston College, Steve Addazio (second season, 14-11; 27-22 overall in four seasons) Series: The two teams have played 23 times since 1946. The Nittany Lions won 19 of the first 20 games in the series but the Eagles have captured the last three including a 21-7 win in their last meeting in 2004.
December 29, 2014 |
NEW YORK - It had been a long time, more than three months to be exact, since Christian Hackenberg looked like the confident quarterback who had excited Penn State fans during his 2013 freshman year, who was on everyone's top-10-in-the-nation list at the start of the season. On Saturday at Yankee Stadium, Hackenberg showed a captivated sellout Pinstripe Bowl crowd of 49,012 that he could still be that guy, leading the Nittany Lions back from a two-touchdown deficit against Boston College and carrying the game into overtime.