September 9, 2013 |
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - "The speech is done," longtime Philadelphia sports treasure Dawn Staley said here Saturday afternoon with a slight grin, referring to the remarks she will make when she and 11 other notables are inducted Sunday into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. "I'll admit this is the most nervous I've been, but I'm glad I'm going through the emotions I'm going through because this is big," said Staley, who has coached the South Carolina women for the last five seasons.
September 9, 2013
CHECK OUT Jamie Moyer's fingernails when he signs a copy of the new book he co-authored with Larry Platt. If his fingernails are long and pointy, Moyer ain't retiring anytime soon, not until he's tried to come back one more time, this time as a knuckleballer. You can remind him he's 50, you can tell him that even though the pitch flutters, there is still serious strain on the arm to throw it, that most catchers can't catch it, that most managers dread its possible side effects. Tell him, but you'd be wasting your breath.
September 6, 2013 |
WHEN 23-YEAR-OLD Wayne Hardin got into coaching in 1950, he did it for one simple reason. And over a career that spanned the next three decades-plus, his motive never changed. "I wanted to help kids," he said. "Every place I went, every time I moved when I was growing up, which was a lot, there was always a coach, always a guy that settled me in, [would] teach me things, let me know what life was all about. I've never forgotten that. "So when I went into the business, I didn't do it to win games, go in the Hall of Fame, get publicity or anything else.
August 23, 2013 |
Anna Kendrick , 28, has a rare combination of humor, self-deprecation, and killer sex appeal. (See her kick derriere as Jake Gyllenhaal 's gf in End of Watch ). The Up in the Air actor has come out of her shell: She displays proudly her décolletage in GQ. Anna plays a beer-drinker in Joe Swanberg 's slice-o-life drama Drinking Buddies , which costars Ron Livingston and Olivia Wilde as fellow beer fans. Was Anna just acting, or does she really like beer?
August 15, 2013 |
While one Hall of Fame door seems to have temporarily closed for the likes of Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens due to steroid-era stigma, another may have opened for the same reason for reigning banned-from-baseball king Pete Rose. Or so thinks Hall of Fame second baseman Joe Morgan, saying it's about time his former Cincinnati Reds and Phillies teammate gets a chance to join him in Cooperstown. "I think if you're going to allow guys with PEDs on the ballot, then we have to allow him to be on the ballot," Morgan told USA Today.
August 14, 2013 |
She has a best-actress Oscar for Silver Linings Playbook , but Jennifer Lawrence sings the success blues in the September issue of Vogue, out next Tuesday. "I'm just really starting to feel like a monkey in a zoo," complains Jen, who turns 23 Thursday. And don't go telling her, Aww, too bad, everybody should have your problem . "I am just not OK with it," she says. "It's as simple as that. I am just a normal girl and a human being. " Well, maybe, but she's been expecting fame since she was a kid in Kentucky.
August 14, 2013 |
Joe Romano, an Ambler native who built a successful produce business before purchasing minor-league baseball teams in three cities and becoming a Phillies scout, died of natural causes Thursday in Clearwater, Fla. Mr. Romano's age was not disclosed. His ownership tenure began in 1967 and lasted until 1983. He first operated a Detroit Tigers farm team in Erie, Pa. After selling that, he purchased the Houston Astros franchise in Williamsport, Pa. His team later moved to Elmira, N.Y., where it became an affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. Since 1983, he had served as an "assistant scout" with the Phillies, his nephew Bob Romano said.
August 2, 2013 |
Mary Cowan Ross, 92, of Williamstown, a Hall of Fame member of the New Jersey State Women's Bowling Association since 2006, died Friday, July 26, at Virtua Voorhees. Before moving to Salem County in 2012, Mrs. Ross lived for 58 years in Belleville, near Newark, where her accomplishments also earned her a place in the Hall of Fame of the men's organization, the New Jersey State Bowling Association, her daughter Grace Abiuso said. Mrs. Ross ended her bowling career when she was 88. "She got macular degeneration," a sight impairment, "when she was about 85, but she still bowled," her daughter said.
July 28, 2013
For the first time since 1965, the Baseball Writers' Association of America will not have any living inductees in this weekend's Hall of Fame ceremony in Cooperstown, N.Y. - signaling that stars of the steroids era will be judged in a different light. Instead, the Hall will induct three baseball pioneers on Sunday: Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert, who transformed a perennial also-ran into a powerhouse; umpire Hank O'Day, who called more than 4,000 games; and catcher James White, who a historian dubbed "the most admirable superstar of the 1870s.
July 26, 2013 |
FOUR AUTUMNS ago, two sports writers were weaving through a sea of people in a crowded South Philly sports complex. At the same time the Phillies were hosting the Yankees in the 2009 World Series at Citizens Bank Park, one of the world's most popular rock bands, Pearl Jam, was playing for 4 straight nights across the street at the Wachovia Spectrum. "I was staying out by the airport and Paul [Hagen] said he'd give me a ride out there . . . but it was a hike to get to the car," said longtime Toronto Sun sports writer Bob Elliott.