April 16, 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.
February 12, 2014
FOR ANY NFL team thinking about drafting Michael Sam, the Missouri pass rusher who now has come out as gay, three questions will be considered. There should be only one question, the first one, but this is just a recognition of the reality in 2014. So: 1) Can he play? 2) Will the media distraction be overwhelming? 3) Will his teammates accept him? None of us can answer the first one. Sam is an undersized defensive end who probably cannot play that position in the NFL. How he would translate as an outside linebacker is a projection that only professional talent evaluators can make - and even they will disagree, in all likelihood.
February 6, 2014 |
Sean Chandler always would eat just part of his food - half of a hamburger, maybe, or one of the two slices of pizza. He wrapped up the rest to take home to his little sister. "This was all the time," said Brad Hawkins, who coached Chandler with the Whitman Park Tigers football program in Camden. "We'd take Sean to get something to eat, and he always had to make sure he had something to take back to his sister. " The 5-foot-10, 175-pound Chandler was one of New Jersey's best football players last season.
February 2, 2014 |
NEW YORK - NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said the NFL is looking to expand the postseason by two teams, from 12 total teams to 14. That would provide one additional team to each conference's playoffs. Goodell said it will get "very serious consideration" by the league's competition committee. "There's a lot of benefits to doing that," Goodell said. "We think we can make the league more competitive. We think we can make the matchups more competitive towards the end of the season.
January 30, 2014 |
IT WAS A LOUD pop, almost as if a balloon had burst. Then came the feeling that everyone in the room was staring. Finally, the pain settled in. Pain that hasn't subsided, nearly two weeks after that bullet hit Tyler Lewis' arm. In fact, he says, it's worse since surgeons removed the slug Monday from his right forearm, just below the elbow. It lodged there when Lewis, 17, was shot in the gym at Delaware Valley Charter High School on Jan. 17, allegedly by a classmate he considers a friend.