August 29, 2014 |
The first reminder we're starting a new era of college football: The national championship game won't be at the Rose Bowl or in New Orleans or Miami or any other site of the traditional big bowls. On Jan. 12, everybody will watch the action from the place Jerry Jones built, AT&T Stadium, in Arlington, Texas. Probably around midnight, a champion will be crowned, and the first year of the new four-team playoff system will be in the books. Those four teams are as far as the sport's powers (i.e., the power five conferences)
August 29, 2014
IF YOU haven't gotten your tix yet for October's Great American Beer Festival, in Denver, too late. The world's largest beer-judging event is sold out. But here's an insider's tip that will give you a taste of some of the champions: The last week of August is when local breweries deliver their bottles to Colorado for the medal competition. That means that specialties brewed especially for the event - the very best of their portfolios - go on tap locally over Labor Day weekend. Which means that, come October, when you hear that a local brewpub like Stewart's, in Bear, Del., or Round Guys, in Lansdale, has won a gold medal, you'll be kicking yourself if you don't get out there and taste 'em this weekend.
August 14, 2014 |
PAUL JOHNSON has been connected to youth and college baseball for the last 25 years. And this past week came quite possibly the crowning achievement of his career. His Philadelphia Area Black Sox, of the Metropolitan Junior Baseball League, captured the Inner City Classic, the MJBL's national championship tournament. It was the team's first national title in its 25-year history. Boasting a 7-0 record at the tournament, the Black Sox beat the Bridgeport (Conn.) RBI team, 11-3, in the championship game.
August 10, 2014 |
Temple teammates Brandon Matthews and Matthew Teesdale are among Philadelphia-area players who will compete in the 114th U.S. Amateur Championship, beginning Monday at the Atlanta Athletic Club. Others who are part of the 312-player field include Chris Crawford of Bensalem; former Haverford resident John Sawin, now living in San Francisco; and J.D. Dornes and David Denlinger, both of Lancaster. The championship will begin with 36-hole stroke play qualifying Monday and Tuesday.
August 6, 2014 |
Dave McNabb waited a long time to participate in his first career major, finally getting his chance last year at age 47 in the PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y. He managed to experience the excitement while staying focused on what he needed to do. McNabb, the head professional at Applebrook Golf Club in Malvern, gets to do it again this week as he prepares at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky., for Thursday's start...
July 25, 2014 |
HALL OF FAMER Jim Brown is one old guy you don't want to mess with. As colleague Bob Vetrone Jr. said yesterday, "Even at 78, he'd still be the third best running back on the Eagles. " Brown is in the news because he filed a lawsuit in Manhattan federal court to get his 1964 NFL championship ring back. It is being auctioned online at Lelands.com with closing bids scheduled for tomorrow. Brown contends the ring was stolen from his Cleveland home in the late 1960s and that he filed a police report at the time.
July 25, 2014
THE FINAL, semifinal and third-place games of this October's CONCACAF women's championship will be played at Chester's PPL Park, U.S. Soccer announced yesterday. The games will be held Oct. 24 and 26, with the winner, runner-up and third-place finisher automatically qualifying for next year's FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada. Ticket information is not yet available, and kickoff times for the tournament will not be set until Sept. 5. Fox Sports will broadcast the matches across its multiple channels.
July 20, 2014 |
WILMINGTON - After being absent from the Philadelphia Women's Match Play Championship for six years, Meghan Stasi returned to one of the nation's oldest amateur tournaments for women and ended the week with a familiar result. The 36-year-old Stasi, a former Voorhees resident who now lives in Oakland Park, Fla., played solid all-around golf and sank her share of clutch putts Friday to defeat Emily Gimpel, 2 and 1, at Wilmington Country Club's South course and win the event for the eighth time.
June 15, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Twenty-seven days. That's how long it took La Salle's baseball team to go from being on the brink of season extinction to holding aloft a state-championship trophy for the second time in three years. The Explorers, after overcoming two Catholic League playoff losses last month, showed some more resiliency Friday afternoon while beating Conestoga, 4-2, in eight innings for the PIAA Class AAAA title at Penn State's Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. After ace Dom Cuoci escaped a bases-loaded jam in the seventh inning, Brian Buckley produced the winning hit, a two-run single past a drawn-in infield, on an 0-2 pitch in the eighth.
June 13, 2014 |
PINEHURST, N.C. - It takes a unique mind-set to break off a highly publicized engagement at the beginning of a week and win a golf tournament at the end of the same week. Then again, Rory McIlroy is a unique player. McIlroy announced May 21 that he had broken off his engagement to tennis star Caroline Wozniacki, to whom he had become engaged Dec. 31. Four days later, he hoisted the winner's trophy in the BMW PGA Championship in England, his first victory of 2014. The 25-year-old Northern Irishman hopes to employ the same steely focus in the U.S. Open starting Thursday at Pinehurst Resort and Country Club's No. 2 course.