March 21, 2014 |
JUST WATCH HIM. Keep your eye on Ronald Roberts Jr. when St. Joseph's plays Connecticut tonight in the NCAA Tournament. He is a 6-8 senior, slight and springy, the closest thing the Hawks have to a center. Still, with an NBA vertical and a 7-foot wingspan, he's worth a look. Your jaw will drop when he blocks a shot with his elbow, as he did against Dayton in the Atlantic 10 Tournament on Friday. You won't believe it when he rams in a tip-slam, his head hovering above the rim, as he did later in that game.
February 21, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Tommy Joseph unwrapped the plastic that covered a red Nike chest protector and shin guards. While seated at his locker, he strapped the new equipment to his body, and approved. For Joseph, just being able to wear catcher's gear was gratifying. His future behind the plate was jeopardized last season because of persistent concussion symptoms. It limited him to 36 minor-league games. When asked how many career concussions he has endured, Joseph said, "Three, I think.
February 19, 2014 |
WEST CHESTER An international fugitive accused of scamming an elderly Chester County man out of more than $260,000 has been arrested in the Dominican Republic and deported to Pennsylvania to face charges, according to law enforcement officials. Chester County District Attorney Thomas Hogan said Jack Mayer stole the money from an 84-year-old East Caln Township man by telling him he had won a $3.5 million sweepstakes, and needed to pay the taxes and fees before receiving his prize.
February 15, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Antonio Bastardo's standing in the Phillies organization was never endangered. The lefthander knew as much the day he called Ruben Amaro Jr. last August to tell the general manager he was suspended 50 games for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal. "Take the suspension," Bastardo remembered Amaro saying. "We're not going to make it this year. I need you for next year. " Bastardo forfeited about $460,000, but the stain will linger. He admitted Thursday to violating Major League Baseball's joint drug agreement.
February 14, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. — The questions might be warranted, but the Antonio Bastardo who pitched in the Dominican Republic this winter looked a lot like the one who dominated the National League in 2013 before a 50-game suspension for a performance-enhancing drug ended his season. In 14 innings for Los Gigantes, Bastardo struck out 24, walked six, and allowed only three earned runs while holding opposing batters to a .160 average. "I feel great," the 28-year-old lefty said. "I'm ready to go. " Last year, Bastardo pitched great, logging an average of 9.9 strikeouts, 4.4 walks and 0.4 home runs per nine innings along with a 2.32 ERA. Then came the suspension for his connection to the Biogensis Clinic in Miami whose alleged PED operation resulted in the discipline of 13 players.
November 6, 2013 |
The St. Joseph's basketball community is extremely happy that 6-foot-8 senior Ronald Roberts Jr. eventually outgrew skateboarding. Even though he grew up in a basketball family - his mother and father played professionally overseas - Roberts' sport of choice for much of his youth was skateboarding. He said he really didn't become serious about basketball until his sophomore year at Bayonne (N.J.) High, which he attended before transferring to St. Peter's Prep for his final two years.
August 26, 2013 |
Maikel Franco bashed his 29th homer Saturday afternoon, a day that was noteworthy because the Phillies' top prospect played a new position. He moved across the diamond to start at first base for the first time in his career. "It's just to give him another position he could go to," assistant general manager Benny Looper said. "His bat is coming quick, it looks like. He's probably going to be limited to third or first. He's never played first, so we wanted to break him in and see if that's a possibility.
August 7, 2013 |
Javert: You are a thief. Jean Valjean: I stole a loaf of bread. Javert: You robbed a house! Jean Valjean: I broke a window pane. My sister's child was close to death. And we were starving. Javert: And you still starve again unless you learn the meaning of the law. WHEN ANTONIO Bastardo stepped onto the mound at Turner Field on April 3 for his first appearance of the 2013 season, the Phillies reliever had already pocketed more salary than most of his countrymen will in the entire fiscal year.
July 27, 2013 |
One day after announcing a $21,000 reward for the capture and conviction of three suspects who shot and killed a grocery store owner in 2011, investigators were out in full force Thursday, canvassing the East Camden neighborhood where the shooting occurred. Members of law enforcement agencies including the Camden County Police Department, Camden County Prosecutor's Office, state police, and the FBI spent the afternoon near the 1200 block of North 27th Street, knocking on doors and passing out fliers related to the incident that advertise the award.
July 11, 2013
Political change in Luxembourg LUXEMBOURG - Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker said Wednesday that he would offer the resignation of his government on Thursday and call for early elections. The announcement means the longest reign of a prime minister in the European Union is bound to come to an end. Juncker had been Luxembourg prime minister since 1995 and was head of the eurogroup of nations that share the EU's common currency between 2005 and early this year. The Christian Democrat made the move after his Socialist coalition partner withdrew its support and insisted he should take political responsibility for an old secret service scandal that centered on snooping on local politicians.