June 11, 2015 |
FRANK CAPPUCCINO was humbled. He was about to referee one of the most important heavyweight boxing matches of the '80s, and he recalled looking out over the sold-out crowd in Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall and being dazzled. "I remember thinking, here I am a guy from Kensington, and I'm in the ring, looking out in the crowd, and I see people like Charlie Sheen, Jack Nicholson and Martin Sheen. It was really something special. " However, fans hardly got comfortable in their seats when the fight was over.
May 30, 2015 |
One Philadelphia voter wanted Mickey Mouse on City Council, while another supported the rodent's longtime sweetheart, Minnie, for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Daffy Duck also got a nod for Council, along with Bozo the Clown. And Philly Jesus won votes for Council and Municipal Court judge. Philadelphia voters cast ballots for 41 electoral contests in last week's primary election. And 1,296 of them, unimpressed with their options, opted to write in candidates not on the ballot.
May 27, 2015 |
IT WILL BE duly noted for historical purposes that "ESPN Friday Night Fights" ended its 17-year run on May 22 with a telecast from Corona, Calif., the co-featured bouts won by heavyweight Andrey Fedosov and junior middleweight John Thompson IV in the finals of the Boxcino tournament. But, from a purely emotional standpoint, the farewell show should have been on May 8 at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia, with 42-year-old Amir Mansour scoring a 10-round unanimous decision over Joey Dawejko, 18 years his junior, for the vacant Pennsylvania heavyweight championship.
May 24, 2015
Soul (7-1) at Tampa Bay (3-4) Today, 7:30 p.m., Amalie Arena, Tampa Broadcast: ESPN3 (espn.go.com/watchespn) About the Soul: Had its season-opening seven-game winning streak snapped last week at Jacksonville . . . Fullback Tommy Taggart will miss 2 to 5 weeks with a severe ankle sprain. Daverin Geralds, signed last week, will take Taggart's spot . . . Quarterback Dan Raudabaugh leads the AFL with 55 touchdown passes. He also has only five interceptions in 302 attempts.
May 9, 2015 |
Top Rank boss Bob Arum has always been a fan of 1970s middleweight contender and Philadelphia native Eugene "Cyclone" Hart. Turns out he's also a fan of his son, super-middleweight contender Jesse Hart. So much so that Arum has initiated talks to give Hart, who shined on the undercard of the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight last week, a chance to headline a card here, possibly in the summer or fall. The fight will be on TruTV, Top Rank's television partner, Arum told Hart and his representatives, Alfred "Doc" Nowicki and David Price.
May 8, 2015 |
AMIR "HARDCORE" MANSOUR has one message for Joey "The Tank" Dawejko ahead of their highly anticipated bout for the Pennsylvania heavyweight title: "You can't come in here with no long beard like that. " Mansour (21-1, 16 KOs) believes that Dawejko's long, bristly beard might affect him in the ring and become dangerous around facial cuts when the two come chin-to-chin. "In any type of clinch in the ring, a beard can bruise you up, cut you, make the cut deeper, open the cut up," Mansour said.
May 4, 2015 |
Preston Brown packed up a teenager's future this week. He gathered up the recruiting letters for one of Woodrow Wilson High School's most promising football players and delivered them to the family, along with his condolences. Brown said Ja'Meer Bullard was a "special talent" on the football field. But that's hardly the only reason why Brown has been so devastated by Bullard's death - so haunted by the eerie familiarity of the violence, so shocked by the harsh reality of another young life lost on Camden's streets.
March 24, 2015 |
IN TODAY'S movie universe, a teenage girl with a gun crushes Sean Penn with a gun. In fact, a teenage girl doing practically anything crushes Sean Penn with a gun. Star Shailene Woodley and the second installment in the "Divergent" series, "Insurgent," easily topped the box office with $54 million, according to Rentrak estimates yesterday. Penn's "The Gunman" stumbled with only $5 million. According to "Insurgent" distributor Lionsgate, 60 percent of its audiences were female.
March 14, 2015 |
What can brown do for you? It turns out a lot, according to a new marketing theme. Package-delivery giant United Parcel Service Inc., known for its brown trucks and uniforms, has a new global advertising campaign to let businesses know that it does more than deliver parcels. The 107-year-old company is replacing its marketing campaign, "We Love Logistics," with the slogan "United Problem Solvers," which will appear in TV commercials during the NCAA men's basketball tournament this month and in print and digital ads in the United States, China, Germany, Mexico, and the United Kingdom.
March 10, 2015 |
MOVIEGOERS and celebrity wrongdoers seemed to take the weekend off. Misdeeds were even more nonexistent than the box office. Neill Blomkamp 's R-rated "Chappie" might have taken the No. 1 spot in its 3,201-theater debut, but its modest $13.3 million gross was a career low for Blomkamp, whose previous films, "Elysium" and "District 9," debuted at $29.8 million and $37.4 million, respectively. The R-rated Vince Vaughn comedy "Unfinished Business" fared even worse, opening at No. 10 to a dismal $4.8 million.