July 31, 2014 |
Cory Ambrose remembers his father as the guy he could call at any time, the dad who rewarded him with a quarter every time he pitched a baseball through the center of a tire. Ambrose also remembers his father, Kevin, as the guy with a short fuse, the man who spiraled into drunken and anger-fueled binges, particularly after his longtime marriage fell apart two years ago. "The past two years he was like a whole different person," said Cory Ambrose, 27, of Glassboro, one of Kevin's four children.
July 18, 2014 |
OVER the July Fourth weekend, Lemon Hill in Fairmount Park was alive with the sounds and smells of grilling. Once a year, over the past seven or eight years, about 300 friends, family and neighbors from North Philadelphia have gathered at Lemon Hill in unity and fellowship to share a meal, dance and enjoy the outdoors. On the most recent holiday, Kareem Bryant was overseeing two 6-foot-long covered grills, cranking out 160 pounds of mesquite-smoked chicken or, as he described it, "dancing around the grill.
July 17, 2014 |
MINNEAPOLIS - The moment was staged for TV. Red Sox manager John Farrell instructed White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez to wait until Fox returned from a commercial break between the third and fourth innings of Tuesday's 85th All-Star Game. Ramirez stepped onto the field at 8:31 p.m. Central time. A lone cameraman trailed him. Frank Sinatra crooned over the loudspeakers. Derek Jeter, a reluctant participant for this national farewell, acted as if he were surprised. But Major League Baseball, in conjunction with Fox and Jeter, plotted the celebration details before Tuesday's first pitch because the Yankees shortstop loathes gratuitous attention.
July 3, 2014 |
SATURDAY BEGINS the Orlando Summer League for the 76ers, and the big topic is Nerlens Noel. The 6-11 draft-day acquisition of a year ago will see his first action as a Sixer after spending all of last season sidelined following surgery to repair a torn ACL. The focus most recently, of course, has been last week's draft, which yielded Kansas center Joel Embiid at pick No. 3. He, too, will most likely sit out the season, or much of it, after recently...
May 16, 2014 |
IN ALL OF THE GAMES and in all of the ways the Union could have thought about getting off its recent schneid, the way things played out in its match Wednesday at Sporting Kansas City had to be one of the least likely scenarios. The Union was riding a nine-game winless streak and going up against the reigning MLS champion, which was tied for the lead in the Eastern Conference with 17 points and undefeated this season at Sporting Park. Philadelphia, on the other hand, had been shut out in three of its previous four games and had not scored a goal during run of play for 360 minutes plus stoppage time.
May 5, 2014 |
Homeless and out of work, Quaris Carter feared he'd never escape the poverty that engulfed him as a child and young man - not without an education. "It's freedom," said Carter, 37. "That's what I always wanted - freedom. " So he sold his blood and used the $30 to pay his application fee to the Community College of Philadelphia, leaving behind drug use and a criminal past. On Saturday, he graduated with honors, earning an associate's degree in criminal justice. He plans to further his studies at La Salle University in the fall.
April 23, 2014 |
LOS ANGELES - Since the Phillies' lineup was matched up against lefthander Paul Maholm, who has seen righthanded hitters hit nearly 70 points higher than lefthanders in his career, it was hardly surprising that Cody Asche was out of last night's starting nine at Dodger Stadium. Asche also gave way to a pinch-hitter a day earlier in Denver, in another right-lefty matchup. And since Freddy Galvis returned from the disabled list 10 days earlier, Asche has been out of the lineup in four of the last 10 games.
April 23, 2014 |
Edwin B. Leaf tells seafaring tales in three dimensions. He's built more than 150 exquisitely detailed, historically accurate model ships - to scale, by hand - and has authored a book ( Ship Modeling From Scratch ) about how to do it. Not that technique is everything, mind you. "You don't build a model because it's a model. There has to be a story to the ship," says the retired Army lieutenant colonel, his manner congenial yet authoritative. The stories flow effortlessly: The iterations of the Battleship New Jersey; the sheer beauty of a "revenue cutter" called the HMS Speedy; and the Mikasa, a Japanese national symbol spared by U.S. bomber pilots during World War II. "If there isn't a story," Leaf says, "a model is just an object.
April 18, 2014 |
'THE SUMMERTIME is where you make money," 76ers coach Brett Brown said yesterday. He was alluding to the work he believes his many borderline-NBA players must put in if they want to continue a career either here or elsewhere. He could have been talking about general manager Sam Hinkie, though. Yesterday the players, coach and GM gathered for one last time before going their separate ways for the offseason, with the players and coaches also talking to the media. Despite a season that produced only 19 wins, the third fewest in team history, the genuine mood the first day after the end of the season was mostly of hope and excitement for next season.
April 12, 2014 |
Wow - that was fast. On Thursday, CBS announced that Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert would replace David Letterman on the Late Show. Letterman, the host since 1992, announced during his April 3 taping that he would step away in 2015. In the announcement, Colbert, who signed a five-year deal with CBS, praised Letterman and said, "I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave's lead. "I'm thrilled and grateful that CBS chose me. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go grind a gap in my front teeth.