November 2, 2012 |
WHEN DOUG Collins decided to take over as head coach of the 76ers before the 2010-11 season, he didn't speak wildly about winning NBA championships. Instead, he relayed that his plan was to build the organization back to prominence. Late Wednesday night, the organization revealed the foundation of that building process when it signed 22-year-old point guard Jrue Holiday to a 4-year contract extension worth a base salary of close to $41 million, with incentives that could bolster it toward $46 million.
December 3, 2012 |
The afternoon of October 20, 1981, was sunny and breezy, 60 degrees at Montgomery County Community College. The teenager out there running was a future two-time Olympic 800-meter medalist - the best middle-distance runner this area has ever produced. This 17-year-old had a resting heart rate that day of 62. Her left foot hurt her sometimes in the front "near the toes," but only when she walked, not running. (Could it have been her Adidas LA trainers?) This teenage girl ran eight miles preparing for the Suburban League cross-country championship meet two days later.
September 17, 1999 |
Dallas Cowboys fullback Daryl Johnston will miss the rest of the season because of further neck problems related to 1997 surgery on a herniated disc. Johnston, 33, conceded the latest problem, discovered in tests Wednesday, could end his career. "It is going to be a tough decision," he said. "That will be considered at the end of the season. . .The strange thing is I thought after making it through last season, I'd be OK. " Johnston had surgery six weeks into the 1997 season to fuse two vertebrae in the neck.
September 16, 1997 |
Aaron Thomas has done the pyramids and the Sphinx. He has ridden a boat on the Nile. He has stayed at swanky hotels in Alexandria. Just don't remind him of the cuisine the Downingtown junior had to stomach in two trips to Egypt this summer with the United States' under-17 national soccer team. "The food was horrible," said Thomas with a recollection of queasiness. "We ate the same thing over and over again: rice and chicken. And the chicken was probably camel meat or llama meat, we didn't even know.
March 5, 1996 |
Most Americans haven't spread out a map on the dining room table, planning their Road to Atlanta. They are focusing on March Madness, the NHL, NBA and the return of major league baseball. Athletes, however, have been training for and thinking about the Summer Olympics for years. The Olympics are on their minds day and night. In gymnasiums and pools, on tracks and fields, Atlanta has been the favorite destination of Olympic hopefuls as they pursue their dream. The Olympic Swim Trials are this week in Indianapolis.
July 7, 1986 |
Unlike many people their age, David Wharton and Peter Boden didn't have the chance to sleep late Friday morning. Holidays such as the Fourth of July are cause for celebration, but they are no reason for missing practice. Wharton and Boden joined about 80 other swimmers at the Nor-Gwyn Swim Club in North Wales for their 6:30-to-9 a.m. daily workout. For Wharton and Boden, though, Friday's practice was not just another exercise. It was a preface to participation in the 1986 world swimming championships in Madrid, Spain, Aug. 17-23.
June 11, 1998 |
Making the familiar trek from his Vineland home, following a route he has taken the last 12 summers, Asher Schwegel turns off Exit 14 of I-295 and heads west on Floodgate Road. As he navigates the final mile of his trip, across the railroad tracks, past the cornfields and whitewashed Cape Cods, a clearing on the right side of the road reveals his destination. On a 100-acre plot ringed by century-old trees sits Bridgeport Speedway, a clay racetrack five-eighths of a mile long. It's Saturday night, and there's no place Schwegel, 39, would rather be. Normally, he'd split his time between watching the races and serving as crew chief for his brother, Adam.
January 3, 2000 |
Even when she was an infant, Meghan Peart showed signs that she would become a swimmer. "Meghan has always loved the water," Peart's mother, Charlyn, said. "She loved to be in the bathtub when she was a couple of months old. When she was 6 months, we took her to family swims at the high school. She loved to splash around in the water. " The playful splashing at the Upper Perkiomen High pool eventually turned into powerful swimming. Peart, a 10th grader at Germantown Academy and a resident of Green Lane, is the nation's No. 1-ranked 15-year-old in the 50-meter freestyle.
May 27, 1996 |
Rowan College swimming coach Tony Lisa is known for a sense of humor, but he takes his job seriously. Lisa is now in a position to have a big impact on the sport he loves, having been elected president of the College Swim Coaches Association of America in March. The CSCAA includes all swimming teams from NCAA Division I, II and III, NAIA and junior colleges. Lisa will be president-elect under North Carolina State coach Scott Hammond until September 1998. Then he will take over as president until 2001.
August 1, 1989 |
Long before the closing ceremonies drew a record crowd of 48,571, it had become obvious that the 1989 U.S. Olympic Festival rated A-OK with a lot of folks in Oklahoma. The most recent edition of the nation's largest amateur sports event generated $3,028,043.50 - a ticket revenue record - and the 13-day attendance of 423,039 left the state's total second only to North Carolina's 464,423, set in 1987. Like its most recent predecessors, the '89 Olympic Festival succeeded best in preparing athletes for the Olympic experience.