May 19, 2014 |
Angelo Albano, 89, a respected and well-liked former Burlington City High School athletic director, coach, and teacher who guided students firmly and fairly on and off the field, died Wednesday, May 14, at Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice in Mount Holly, where he was being treated for Alzheimer's disease. Mr. Albano was a longtime resident of Burlington Township before retiring to Long Beach Island and Florida with his wife of 65 years, the former Mary Louise Fox. The son of Italian immigrant parents, he was born in Shenandoah, Pa., on Sept.
May 7, 2014 |
EVERY YEAR when the NFL draft rolls around, we end up talking about "character" at some point. This year, the subject seems especially relevant, given the dominant story of the Eagles' offseason - the stunning release of 27-year-old Pro Bowl wideout DeSean Jackson. Of course, Eagles coach Chip Kelly said last week that jettisoning Jackson was purely a football decision, and team chairman Jeffrey Lurie talked about Kelly reconfiguring what the Eagles want from the wideout position.
April 25, 2014 |
NEW YORK - Out the bus window, principal William Wade was the first one to spot the row of giant movie ads. "Look at our posters, guys," Wade shouted, and dozens of eyes fixed on them - We Could Be King in yellow block letters, their own faces under glass, right there on the Manhattan street for all to see. Outside the bus, the red carpet waited. Wednesday was the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of We Could Be King - the documentary chronicling the challenges and triumphs of the merger of two city schools through the lens of the Martin Luther King High football team - and for those who traveled from Philadelphia for the event, the whole thing felt a little surreal.
April 25, 2014 |
A YEAR IS supposed to make a difference. Last spring, Temple had a first-year coach in Matt Rhule, a former Owl assistant. And a bunch of young players who were learning new systems. There's still only a handful of scholarship seniors on the roster. Now the team is coming off a 2-10 season that included way too many near-misses. Along the way it at least saw the next quarterback emerge in true freshman P.J. Walker, who made everyone around him look better. You have to start somewhere.
April 17, 2014 |
NIXLOT DAMEUS got involved in bodybuidling and powerlifting to stop the bullying. The sophomore at Delaware Valley Charter School in North Philly is now 15 and 6-feet tall. But from fourth to eighth grade, he said he was "beaten up every day. " "I started thinking about suicide," said Dameus, whose family moved to Olney from Port Au Prince, Haiti when he was 9. "I was into cutting [myself]. I was really skinny and I thought, 'Maybe if I get bigger, they'll leave me alone.' " And so he began to lift weights and enter bodybuilding competitions.
April 4, 2014 |
THE SENIORS on Villanova's football team have experienced the bad, the good and the unfulfilled. In 2011, coming off a run to the semifinals of the FCS tournament as the defending national champions, the Wildcats went 2-9. The next year, after being picked to finish eighth in the Colonial Athletic Association, they got back to the playoffs by winning the title. Last season, as the preseason favorite and fifth-ranked team in the country, they lost too many close games against one of the roughest schedules and finished 6-5. So . . . "I think maybe last year we looked a little bit too much at the bigger picture," said running back Kevin Monangai, one of those who will be entering his final season.
April 1, 2014 |
The Phillies did not break camp in Clearwater last week - which brings to mind a crisp departure like a football team clapping in unison as it exits the huddle - as much as they escaped it. Their six weeks in Florida were attended by the requisite rituals of spring, although not by nearly as many fans as in the past, and from the outside it was just another normal slow buildup to the grind of the regular season. But any camp that includes an outbreak of a potentially life-threatening staph infection in the clubhouse is not one that will be remembered fondly.
March 28, 2014 |
ORLANDO, Fla. - At last, a little clarity. Asked whether he'd told DeSean Jackson he wouldn't be traded, Chip Kelly yesterday said that he wouldn't discuss specifics of their conversation, but that the Eagles will do what's best for the organization. Asked whether there was any way the Birds' offense could possibly be better without Jackson, Kelly said the Eagles' attack isn't predicated on one player. If you want to spin a fantasy about how this doesn't mean the Eagles are trying to trade Jackson, that Kelly could say the same thing about any player on the roster, go ahead, but "any player on the roster" was not the context, when Kelly sat down in front of several dozen reporters, the biggest throng gathered around any of the 16 tables at the NFC coaches' media breakfast.
March 18, 2014 |
JENKINTOWN In the tiny Montgomery County borough of Jenkintown, parents and teachers jokingly call it "the C word. " Allison Giffords, president of the Home and School Association in the Jenkintown School District, heard it again recently, albeit indirectly. A resident attending a basketball game encountered someone from a neighboring district who "heard we were going to be consolidated," she recalled. "I said, 'Really?' " In Jenkintown, one of the state's smallest districts with just more than 600 students and a mere two schools, talk of joining forces with a larger neighbor is a tradition that dates at least to the 1950s.
February 20, 2014 |
RASHID WILLIAMS is living his dream - out of a van that he sleeps in on cold winter nights. No, he's not homeless. Not in the conventional sense. Williams, 26, who ran track at Holy Family University in Northeast Philly a few years back, is focused on a singular goal: to sign on with an NFL team. To that end, he quit his job in Harrisburg and signed up for a spot at the elite TEST Parisi Football Academy in Martinsville, N.J. "It is a sacrifice for sure, but I knew that putting myself through this program would be worth it in the end," Williams told Kristian Dyer, of Yahoo Sports.