September 13, 2015 |
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The red carpet leading up Symphony Hall's steps Friday night was better-suited to celebrity presenters like Charles Barkley, James Worthy, and Julius Erving than to the 11 new inductees in the Basketball Hall of Fame. Several members of the Class of 2015, formally inducted during televised ceremonies at this Springfield landmark, spent most of their careers on the spotlight's edges: Dikembe Mutombo made his name as a shot-blocking dynamo. Talented and versatile, JoJo White was often overlooked in the Celtics team concept.
September 10, 2015 |
Robert S. Kenney Jr., 80, of Riverside, who retired in 1999 after 36 years as a journalist for the Camden Courier-Post, died of heart failure on Sunday, Sept. 6, at his home. From 1971 to 1993, son Edward said, Mr. Kenney was the paper's sports editor. "He was awesome," his son said. "He did so many things that they named a high school field after him - Bob Kenney Field at Riverside High School. " Mr. Kenney's influence extended beyond those who played and reported on sports in South Jersey.
September 9, 2015 |
ANY LIST of the best jockeys to ride regularly at Keystone/Philadelphia Park /Parx Racing would include Tony Black, Rick Wilson and Stewart Elliott, who combined to win 15,000 career races. As good as each was, none won the track's riding title four consecutive years. Nobody had ever done it - until Kendrick Carmouche from 2008-11. It almost certainly would have been five had he not chosen to ride the summer of 2012 at Monmouth Park. Carmouche had no more Parx worlds to conquer, so he tried Monmouth, the winter meet at Gulfstream Park, and this year the New York circuit - Aqueduct, Belmont Park and Saratoga.
September 9, 2015 |
It sounds like one of those uplifting sports movies Hollywood loves, those whose stirring sound tracks are designed to mask cornball plots and historical inaccuracies: In the early 1960s, when African Americans were rare on Catholic League and Big Five basketball rosters and the Civil Rights Act remained a dream, the players on an all-white, Catholic grade-school team in Delaware County asked a young, black Villanova graduate to be their coach....
September 2, 2015 |
THIS JUST IN from the "All Trump, All the Time" news desk . . . Donald Trump is one of 12 notables who will be inducted into the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame at its 46th annual Dinner and Induction Ceremonies on Nov. 12 in Garfield, N.J. But before you rush out and buy a ticket (they're $85) in the hope of hearing the current front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination announce a comprehensive plan to deport illegal immigrant boxers or to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border to keep any more from slipping into this country, be advised that it is a longshot that he shows up to accept the mini-championship belt on a plaque that goes to honorees.
August 27, 2015 |
CURT SCHILLING has never been afraid to let people know what he's thinking. Whether it's wearing a towel over his head while Wild Thing botched another save, or outing trolls making nasty tweets about his college-bound daughter, Schill gets his point across. Yesterday, he went strikingly too far. The former Phillies and Red Sox ace posted a tweet on his Twitter account @gehrig38 that included a graphic of Adolf Hitler making an arm-extended Nazi salute. The pic was accompanied by text that read "It's said only 5-10% of Muslims are extremists.
August 12, 2015 |
SOME in the local music scene are crying about an injustice. The Daily News has learned that several Philly euphonious greats have failed to get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame due to ignorance of rock's roots. George Pettignano , who heads up efforts for the proposed Philadelphia Music Museum & Hall of Fame, has confirmed for our very own Chuck Darrow that several local artists - especially pre- Beatles types, like Chubby Checker and Bobby Rydell - have been snubbed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
August 2, 2015 |
Pat Burrell arrived in Philadelphia 15 years ago. He was a 22-year-old rookie. A kid who did not know what to expect, Burrell said. A leader of the 2008 World Series championship squad, Burrell said he and the city had their ups and downs through his nine-year tenure. "But the only thing that matters to me is the way it ended," Burrell said. "I was on the back of some Clydesdales riding down Broad Street. " Burrell was back in town on Friday night, sans the Clydesdales. He was added to the Phillies wall of fame, the first member of the 2008 squad to receive the honor.
July 31, 2015 |
AS PAT BURRELL walked to the stage, Phillies fans of all ages showered him with a healthy mix of cheers and applause. His reception at yesterday's Phillies Alumni Luncheon paralleled the support he enjoyed throughout a nine-year career in Philadelphia, where he became a fan favorite and a 2008 World Series champion, before finishing his career in 2011 after quick stints with the Tampa Bay Rays and San Francisco Giants. Burrell, who was drafted out of Miami with the first overall pick in 1998, was selected as a Phillies Wall of Famer through fan voting on Phillies.com.