April 9, 2016
"It's not the will to win that matters. ... It's the will to prepare to win that matters. " - Paul "Bear" Bryant HOUSTON - People here at Ted Cruz's campaign headquarters are meticulously preparing to win a contested convention, if there is one. Because Donald Trump is a low-energy fellow, Cruz will be positioned to trounce him in Cleveland, where Trump's slide toward earned oblivion would accelerate during a second ballot. Wisconsin has propelled Trump, a virtuoso of contempt, toward joining those he most despises: "losers.
March 25, 2016 |
With Republican National Convention organizers in Cleveland putting out bids for riot gear, their Democratic counterparts here remain mum on security details. Democratic National Convention organizers on Wednesday gave an update four months out from the July 25 to 28 event, and said they intended to be overprepared. They stopped short of offering specifics. "Everyone's predicting trouble in Cleveland, and there may be trouble because of the political situation, but you prepare for everything," former Gov. Ed Rendell, the convention host committee chair, said at the briefing on preparations.
January 29, 2016
There was a time in this city when everyone knew the name - and not just those who drank his family's famous beer. He raced in the Indianapolis 500, got into fistfights with cops, flew a Wright brothers biplane, and joined Pancho Villa's rebellion in Mexico. He was a rogue, a draft dodger and a fugitive. And 50 years ago yesterday, he died a madman. Grover Cleveland Bergdoll, heir to one of the city's greatest beer empires, never worked in a brewery. But the so-called Playboy of the Eastern Seaboard was surely the most notorious character in Philadelphia's long, sudsy beer history.
January 27, 2016 |
The Jan. 16 NFL playoff doubleheader began in New England with 11 consecutive Tom Brady throws and ended in the Arizona desert with a series of spectacular pass plays. Overall, during that pair of pitch-and-catch victories by the Patriots and Cardinals, the four quarterbacks combined to throw the ball an astonishing 177 times. In the NFL of 2016, those games were hardly aberrations. The just-completed regular season was the pass-happiest in history. Teams averaged a record 35.7 throws a game, which led to league passing records for average completions (22.5)
December 11, 2015 |
THE SLIMMED-DOWN Arena Football League announced its schedule Thursday and among the highlights was a reduction from 18 games to 16. The Soul's first game is April 1 at Cleveland and the home opener is 10 days later against Jacksonville, which upset the Soul in last year's conference championship game. Quarterback Dan Raudabaugh and leading receiver Ryan McDaniel are two of the Soul's key pieces under contract for 2016. "I fully expect for us to be there again at the end," said John Adams, the team's chief operating officer.
November 5, 2015 |
76ers coach Brett Brown said it was one of the best things he had heard in a while. Jahlil Okafor approached Brown in the locker room Monday after the team's loss to Cleveland. The rookie center told Brown that he wanted to become a better defensive rebounder. Okafor had grabbed just one defensive rebound in the game. He wanted his coach to help him improve. "You just want to hug him right there and then on the spot," Brown said. "Anybody that has that mind-set to truly want to do it, that's the starting place - to be able to make hits, follow flights of balls, and understand the logical place that balls will come off based on the angle they were shot.
August 28, 2015 |
Second in an occasional series on the 100th anniversary of the Phillies' first pennant. The late-inning drama that produced the Yankees' 3-2 win in Game 3 of their 1950 World Series matchup with the Phillies was enough to occupy the sportswriters in Yankee Stadium's press box. The strange visitor seated in a back-row corner hardly crossed their radar. Some of those who noticed the old man were spooked. His right ear was missing. His face was an angry red, his scowl embedded. A thick shock of white hair was as disheveled as the clothes he wore.
August 17, 2015
Saturday at 5 p.m. at the Wachovia Center TV: CBS Sports Network Standings: Philadelphia (15-3) won the American East Division. Cleveland (8-10) finished second in the division. Last week: The Soul closed the season on the road with a 48-33 victory at Cleveland. Season series: The Soul swept all three contests this season with the Gladiators. Along with last week's season-ending win at Cleveland, the Soul defeated the Gladiators, 68-43, and 72-56. Three stars: Gladiators – QB Shane Austin (416-682, 4,651 yards, 101 touchdowns, 18 interceptions)
August 11, 2015 |
IF FAMILIARITY breeds contempt, the Soul and Cleveland must really hate each other by now. After a decisive win in Cleveland over the weekend, the Soul (15-3) will turn around and host the Gladiators (8-10) this Saturday at 5 p.m. in an AFL playoff game at the Wells Fargo Center. It will be the teams' fourth meeting this year, and the seventh in just the last two seasons. The Soul won the first three meetings this season, while Cleveland won all three last year - including a playoff game with a field goal at the buzzer.
August 7, 2015 |
AT THE END of the day, Trump gonna Trump. You were expecting anything else, America? Don't be "stupid" . . . like our nation's leaders. The much-anticipated first televised Republican presidential debate last night in Cleveland - the prime-time main course with surprise front-runner Donald Trump and his top nine rivals - was even more about the New York billionaire than an episode of his former reality show "The Apprentice. " Whether you're part of the majority of Americans who disapprove of Trump, his insult-flavored style of infotainment politics and his hot-button remarks about immigrants, or the 20-plus percent of GOP voters who revel in his lack of "political correctness," the short-fingered vulgarian of Manhattan real estate did not disappoint at the Quicken Loans Arena.