March 9, 2014 |
ASTON They talk funny. They drink Labatt beer, and they are incredibly friendly. They also love cowbells. At least that's how some of the locals described the out-of-town visitors at this year's U.S. National Curling Championships in Aston, Delaware County. Apparently, those with Minnesota and North Dakota accents seem quite foreign - but endearing. "There was a guy, I felt so bad. I think he was trying to order a hamburger," said Teagen Holzhauser, who works at the bar and café at IceWorks Skating Complex, where the tournament is being held through Saturday.
March 3, 2014 |
Liam Brennan, his arms folded, sat patiently on Holy Ghost Prep's bench for the first five minutes of the second half. If he was a bit antsy to return to action, you couldn't blame him. In the first half of Saturday night's PIAA District 1 Class AAA boys' basketball final against Lower Moreland, the junior guard drained seven three-pointers. Six came in the second quarter of a 65-47 romp at Villanova's Pavilion. "I was kind of upset, but it's the coach's choice," Brennan said of waiting to return to the hardwood.
February 28, 2014 |
THE ANSWER, sadly, is none. The question: Which of Philadelphia's four major sports teams is closest to winning a championship? It's an annual question, one that reached a ferocious crescendo around 2008, when it had been 25 years since the city's last title. The Sixers provided the championship that began the drought; then, inexplicably, dismantled themselves. For a generation, the teams went through cycles of respectability, of competitiveness. They built three new arenas and spent nearly as many millions on talent, but, until 2008, still nothing: Three Stanley Cup finals for the Flyers; a World Series glimpse for the 1993 Phillies; an NBA Finals for the 2000-01 Sixers; a Super Bowl for the 2004 Eagles.
February 24, 2014 |
At first, Colleen Walsh needed some persuading to come join Sox Alexander and AAU coach Sean Costello at Shipley. Then a seventh grader, Alexander was more than happy to provide the incentive, telling her AAU teammate that they could be a "dream duo" on the court for the Gators. Walsh followed Alexander's lead and enrolled the next year. After the Gators won their second Pennsylvania Independent Schools championship in three years by defeating Germantown Academy, 40-31, on Saturday, Alexander turned and found Walsh as the buzzer sounded at Malvern Prep.
February 23, 2014
Who: Martin Luther King vs. Constitution When: 3 p.m. tomorrow Where: Temple's Liacouras Center Records: King is 21-4 and on a seven-game winning streak. ConHigh is 22-4 and also a winner of seven straight. Coaches: Sean Colson, second season at MLK, 45-9. Rob Moore, fourth season at ConHigh, 108-36. Previous meetings: Constitution won the first meeting, 65-49, on Jan. 7 and ended King's undefeated streak at eight games. Ahmad "J.R. " Gilbert (22, 20 in second half)
February 6, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA Cricket Club will host the 48th PGA Professional National Championship in 2015, the PGA of America announced yesterday. The event will be held June 21 to 24 at the Wissahickon Course (formerly Flourtown) and Militia Hill Course. It will be the second time the event will be hosted in the Philadelphia PGA Section. A field of 312 will compete. The final 36 holes will be played at Wissahickon. "It is exciting to have our PGA Professional National Championship coming to Philadelphia Cricket Club, a venue that connects much of the early history of golf in this country with the design excellence of A.W. Tillinghast, who was a key advisor at our founding nearly a century ago," PGA of America president Ted Bishop said in a statement.
February 5, 2014 |
NEW YORK - What were the lessons of Super Bowl XLVIII for the Eagles? It's kind of hard to ignore the fact that the Seattle Seahawks are young and deep and aren't going anywhere as an NFC power. Yeah, it's been 9 years since an NFL champion repeated, but Seattle looms as a huge obstacle in Chip Kelly's path, next season and beyond. The 43-8 Super Bowl dismemberment of the Denver Broncos and the league's No. 1 all-time offense seemed to underscore that the NFC is where the power is these days, especially the NFC West, where San Francisco nearly defeated the Seahawks in the NFC Championship Game, and Arizona missed the playoffs at 10-6.
January 14, 2014 |
BOSTON - Jeremy Abbott stayed on his feet Sunday throughout a challenging, jump-loaded free skate that won him a fourth national championship. Seconds afterward, though, his national career over, his second Olympics looming, he slumped to the TD Garden ice, cupped his face in his hands, and bawled. Abbott's long program, filled with more difficult jumps and elements than his competitors', was topped only by runner-up Jason Brown's. But his combined score of 274.27 beat the teenager's by more than four points.
December 15, 2013 |
THE PIAA HAS rescheduled its Class AA and AAAA football championships from today to tomorrow due to the threat of inclement weather. Imhotep will now face South Fayette at 1 p.m. in the AA final, while St. Joseph's Prep will take on Pittsburgh Central Catholic at 6 p.m for the AAAA crown. Last night's Archbishop Wood Class AAA title game went on as scheduled at 7 o'clock against Harrisburg's Bishop McDevitt from Hershey Park Stadium. Snowstorms earlier in the week have already made preparations difficult for City Leagues' Schools.
December 13, 2013 |
NCAA lacrosse is becoming a fixture in the Philadelphia area. The 2015 and 2016 men's championships will be played at Lincoln Financial Field, the NCAA announced Wednesday. The NCAA women's championships in 2015 and 2016 will be played at PPL Park in Chester. The Philadelphia area has hosted 14 NCAA lacrosse championships. In the 2013 men's final, Duke beat Syracuse, 16-10, at the Linc. In the women's final, North Carolina outlasted Maryland, 13-12, in triple overtime at Villanova Stadium.