June 16, 2015 |
CANASTOTA, N.Y. - Perhaps more than any other sport, boxing is about family, of bonds formed between fathers and sons. Those bonds are almost always born of love, but love can come in several forms. Sometimes it is tender, sometimes tough, still other times a curious mixture of each. But during the International Boxing Hall of Fame's 26th annual induction ceremony here yesterday afternoon, several of the inductees spoke of being introduced to boxing, at least indirectly, by mothers, siblings or dear friends who could just as well have been blood relatives.
June 11, 2015 |
SAINT JOSEPH'S University track coach Kevin Quinn announced his retirement yesterday, ending a 49-year career at the school. When asked what he'll miss most, he answered faster than any of the runners he ever coached. "Saint Joseph's is an exceptional school and Saint Joseph's attracts exceptional people," Quinn said last night. "My fondest memories are the kids. I'm the youngest 74-year-old you'll ever see, and the reason is the great kids I've dealt with throughout the years.
June 5, 2015 |
CHEF BOBBY Flay 's initiation into the Hollywood Walk of Fame got an extra dose of salt Tuesday: Right after the Food Network star palmed his sidewalk star, a banner plane, like the ones that lap the beaches at the Jersey Shore, did a fly-by. The banner read "CHEATER. " It circled for about an hour. Everyone who noticed it wondered: Could Flay's soon-to-be ex-wife No. 3 have sent the message? The 10-year marriage between the big-time beef cook and "Law & Order: SUV" star Stephanie March began to dissolve in April amid rumors that the "Iron Chef" couldn't keep his paws off one of his assistants, January Jones and fellow Food Networker Giada De Laurentiis . March denies any signage involvement.
May 31, 2015 |
From Broadway to disco to big-hair rock, from the Philly Sound to the Great American Songbook, the just-announced 2015 class for the Philadelphia Music Walk of Fame covers much musical ground. The lineup, announced by the Philadelphia Music Alliance on Thursday, also fills a long-standing absence: that of singer Billie Holiday, born in Philly and a frequent performer at the Showboat at Broad and Lombard Streets and the Earle Theatre at 11th and Market Streets. Soon, she'll be on Broad Street along with the Trammps, famous throughout the galaxy for "Disco Inferno"; Andrea McArdle, who played the title role in the original Broadway production of Annie ; the all-Philly, all-world Roots (wait, the Roots weren't there already?
May 29, 2015
A GLAM HAIR-METAL band. The original "Annie. " The guys who lit a disco inferno. A literal giant in the music industry. These are among the seven new inductees whose names soon will be installed into the sidewalk along the Philadelphia Music Walk of Fame along the Avenue of the Arts on South Broad Street. You've been waiting with bated breath, and now here they are: * We got a sneak peek with the announcement of Billie Holiday last month. She would've turned 100 years old April 7. Holiday is considered one of the best and most influential jazz singers of all time.
May 21, 2015 |
The South Jersey high school senior whose repeated attempts to take a "selfie" Monday with President Obama in Camden captured the Internet's attention has a very simple explanation for her persistence. "I had to try to get a good one for Instagram," 18-year-old Julia Cappelli said Tuesday. How else to let friends know you'd met the leader of the free world? "I knew no one would believe me, so I was, like, 'I have to get a selfie, I need proof of this,' " she said, as video and GIFs of her attempts to grab the perfect photo bounced around the Internet.
April 26, 2015 |
When Bob Mannino began his career as a high school soccer coach, enjoying a Hall of Fame career was the furthest thing from his mind. Like many of the coaches who took over in the late 1970s, Mannino didn't have a background in the sport, but he became a sponge when it came to absorbing soccer knowledge. He attended clinics and conventions, always picking the brains of fellow coaches. And as his career was winding down, it was Mannino who became the person that others went to for advice.
March 25, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Ryne Sandberg spent six seasons as a minor-league manager in destinations like Kodak, Tenn., and Des Moines, Iowa. The Hall of Fame player started his coaching career on baseball's ground floor. He worked his way through the minors - like a prospect does on his way to the big leagues - before taking the Phillies' reins during the 2013 season. Paul Molitor, also a Hall of Famer, followed a similar route before being named manager of his hometown Minnesota Twins last fall.
March 10, 2015 |
MARK "FROG" Carfagno won't take no for an answer. The former Phillies groundskeeper continues to champion the effort to get Dick Allen, who turned 73 yesterday, elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. In December Carfagno and Allen supporters were dealt a blow when the ex-Phillies slugger came up one vote shy on the HOF's Golden Era Committee ballot. Carfagno has started a website petition - just Google "Dickallenbelongs" - in the hopes of getting his longtime friend in the Hall on the next go-round.
March 6, 2015
THE EAGLES yesterday announced they have released linebacker Trent Cole, as expected. A fifth-round draft choice of the Eagles in 2005 out of Cincinnati, the 32-year-old Cole ranks second in Eagles history with 85 1/2 sacks in 10 seasons, trailing only Hall of Fame defensive end Reggie White. A two-time Pro Bowl selection (2007, '09) and an All-Pro honoree in 2009, Cole appeared in 155 games (145 starts) in a Philadelphia uniform, totaling 795 tackles and 20 multi-sack games. "We spoke with Trent and his agent and expressed a desire to have him back," said Eagles coach Chip Kelly.