September 1, 2016 |
ON SATURDAY afternoon at Pittsburgh's Heinz Field, Andy Talley's 32nd and final season as Villanova's football coach will begin. For the 12th straight year, the Wildcats are opening against an FBS program on the road. This time, the opponent is Pitt, which has 16 starters back from an 8-5 team - plus James Conner, who rushed for 1,765 yards and 26 touchdowns in 2014 before sitting out last season with Hodgkin's lymphoma. The Wildcats - with five starters back on each side of the ball from a 6-5 club - aren't supposed to win. In these spots, they rarely are. That hasn't stopped them from lining up. "It's a necessary evil," said Talley, whose team was picked to finish fourth in the Colonial Athletic Association.
August 1, 2016 |
Edna Massimilla spends a lot of time - in person and on the phone - with friends and family. And that's helped people like her live to age 100, according to new research studies. Professor James Lubben, founding director of Boston College's Institute on Aging, points to data showing that people who lack a social network of friends or family are more likely to neglect good health practices and to experience psychological distress, cognitive impairment, the common cold, and even death.
April 8, 2016 |
I LOVE WHAT the University of Connecticut women's basketball team did Tuesday night. Love the idea of a dynasty in any sport, the concept of unselfishness and team play, the thought of authenticating it all via a convincing, lopsided victory in the championship game. I just don't enjoy watching it. I feel bad about that, as I do about not enjoying kale. I should, I know. It will enrich my life, for sure. It's just, well, pretty dull stuff. It's nothing against women or women playing sports.
February 29, 2016 |
Like every other NHL team, the Flyers could have drafted Johnny Gaudreau in 2011. He was a local kid, had blazing speed and moves that defied logic. But the Flyers, like every other team not named Calgary, bypassed Gaudreau because of his size. Five years later, the 5-foot-9, 157-pound Gaudreau, the pride of Gloucester Catholic High school, has taken the NHL by storm. The Calgary left winger has made two all-star teams in his two years in the league. He entered Monday's game against the Flyers leading Calgary in goals (24)
February 1, 2016 |
When he was captain of the track team at La Salle College, in the decade when the international four-minute mile was broken in 1954, Edward McCabe's best time as a miler was 4 minutes, 17 seconds, his family said. Mr. McCabe was prominent enough that in 1957, he competed in a 1,000-meter race at an invitational event at Madison Square Garden. But his family seemed proudest that in 1980, when he was 46, his racing history qualified him for the Boston Marathon. "He did not have a good race," his daughter, Mary McCabe, said, but he was legitimate enough that "he had run two marathons to qualify.
January 29, 2016
A member of the Radnor Township Board of Commissioners has thrown her hat into the ring as a Democratic candidate for the seat to be vacated by House Appropriations Chairman Rep. Bill Adolph. Elaine Paul Schaefer has served six years on the board including two terms as the chairman, and is chair of the Open Space Committee. Prior to serving on the board, Schaefer co-founded and served as executive director of the Radnor Conservancy. Schaefer, an attorney, graduated from Boston College and William and Mary Law School.
January 18, 2016 |
Switching between sports is obviously no problem for Germantown Academy's Kyle McCloskey. After throwing the football around in front of Northwestern offensive coordinator Mick McCall and meeting with Penn State boss James Franklin on Thursday and Friday, respectively, he aided in a pair of victories on the hardwood. The quarterback-turned-swingman delivered a career-high 28 points, 10 rebounds, 2 blocks, and an assist to spark GA past Friends' Central, 73-53, in the Kobe Bryant/Philly.com/Rally Classic on Saturday afternoon at Philadelphia University.
December 28, 2015
GEORGIA Atlanta airport sets a one-year record Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport said it hit a major milestone Sunday. The airport that calls itself the world's busiest announced on its social media sites said it served its 100 millionth passenger this year. That makes it the first single airport to serve that number of passengers in one calendar year. The passenger earning the distinction is Larry Kendrick of Gulfport, Miss., who will receive a Nissan Altima, two free Delta round-trip plane tickets, and a $500 gift card.
November 10, 2015 |
The idea that Penn lured Steve Donahue back to town with a rowhouse and an above-ground pool in Delaware County - as one of his Big Five brethren ribbed at a Coaches vs. Cancer event last week - works, since the new Quakers coach is about as local as local gets. In fact, Donahue is living with his mother in Delaware County until his family gets down here. However, an easy misconception about the Cardinal O'Hara and Ursinus graduate, the former Monsignor Bonner and Penn assistant, is that the coach back in town is the same guy who left.
November 6, 2015 |
CALGARY - Johnny Gaudreau spent half his summer at home in South Jersey and the other half in Boston as he works toward finishing his degree in communications at Boston College. He still has four courses to go at the school, which allowed him the avenue to dazzle hockey fans all over the world. Gaudreau, who won the Hobey Baker Award in 2014, said after Thursday's morning skate in Calgary - before his Flames took on his hometown Flyers - that he'll likely be finished his degree in about two or three summers.