December 6, 2013 |
THE WHITE, RACIST government of South Africa held Nelson Mandela in prison for 27 years. He broke rocks into gravel and slaved in a lime quarry, where the glare from the lime damaged his eyesight. Early on, he was held in a damp cell measuring 8 feet by 7 feet, with a straw mat to sleep on. He contracted tuberculosis. Yet Mandela emerged from these horrors to become president of South Africa after the dreaded apartheid racial-separation system was lifted, shook hands with the president of the country that had jailed him, traveled widely, met numerous world figures and received many honors, including the Nobel Peace Prize and Philadelphia's Liberty Medal.
October 11, 2013 |
MOLLY EICHEL ALLUDED TO it yesterday, and now it's official. The Kardashian/Jenner TV empire has ended another marriage. The Los Angeles Times says Kris Jenner , 57, and Bruce Jenner , 63, have reportedly separated after 22 years of marriage and have kept the news quiet for almost a year. So with all that "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," we haven't been keeping up at all. The whole last season was a sham. If we'd put any time into watching the show, we would want that time back.
July 25, 2013
The Freedoms (4-9) lost to the Boston Lobsters, 22-18, in World TeamTennis action on Tuesday night at the Pavilion at Villanova University. Samuel Groth opened the contest with a 5-2 win in men's singles over Boston's Amir Weintraub , but the Lobsters (5-8) won the next four matches. Weintraub and Eric Butorac edged Groth and Jordan Kerr , 5-4, in men's doubles to seal Boston's win. NBA: The Dallas Mavericks signed free-agent guard Monta Ellis to a reported three-year contract for between $25 million and $30 million.
July 14, 2013 |
THE DOUBLES team of Victoria Duvel and Liezel Huber secured the Freedoms' 20-19 overtime win over the host New York Sportimes at SEFCU Arena at University at Albany last night. Duvel and Huber bounced back after losing their regulation match, allowing the Sportimes (2-3) to pull into a tie and forcing the overtime play. Also winning their matches for the Freedoms (1-3): the men's doubles team of Samuel Groth and Jordan Kerr and the mixed doubles team of Groth and Huber. Duvel also won her singles match.
July 12, 2013 |
THE PAVILION at Villanova had some star power on the court for the first time since March. The hardwood was replaced by a tennis surface, and 2003 U.S. Open champion Andy Roddick took the court for the Springfield Lasers against the Philadelphia Freedoms in a World Team Tennis match. The Lasers took an early lead, and built on it through three sets. The Freedoms mounted a vigorous comeback in the fourth and fifth sets to send the match to overtime, but eventually fell, 23-20. The Freedoms dropped l to 0-3. The Lasers are 2-1. "It was a tight match," Freedoms coach Josh Cohen said.
July 11, 2013
Wednesday at 7 p.m., Villanova Pavilion In their home opener, the Freedoms will host Springfield, featuring former world No. 1 Andy Roddick, now retired from the ATP tour. The Freedoms' Samuel Groth hit the fastest serve on record, 163.4 m.p.h., in the 2012 ATP Challenger in Busan, South Korea. Lasers: Roddick, Rik De Voest, Vania King, Alisa Kleybanova, Jean-Julien Rojer. Freedoms: Groth, Liezel Huber, Jordan Kerr, Maria Sanchez. Tickets: $15 to $75. Call 866-988-8497 or go to freedomstix.ticketfly.com.
July 9, 2013 |
Citing an abdominal tear, Sloane Stephens withdrew Sunday from the Freedoms for the World TeamTennis season. The Freedoms said that Stephens aggravated the injury during her run to the Wimbledon quarterfinals. "I am very disappointed that my injury won't allow me to play my scheduled matches in Philadelphia, Springfield, and Albany," Stephens said. "This injury has been an ongoing problem and it got worse after Wimbledon, so my doctors have advised me to rest. " The Freedoms will open their home schedule Wednesday against Andy Roddick and the Springfield Lasers at Villanova's Pavilion.
July 7, 2013 |
If Billie Jean King herself were to create a model World Team Tennis player, she might be something like the Philadelphia Freedoms' Sloane Stephens. The 20-year-old Stephens is young, and her popularity is booming. And she is very good: Stephens is the only American younger than Serena Williams to have ever beaten her. This year, she reached the semifinals of the Australian Open and the quarterfinals of Wimbledon. And with apologies to Andy Roddick, she just may be WTT's biggest star.
July 6, 2013
By John R. Lott Jr. and Brad Thor July Fourth might be the day we celebrate freedom, but can America still truly be called the land of the free? Even for something as basic as our health care, we need government approval. We can't buy 75-watt or above incandescent bulbs. Our children face disciplinary action for playing with imaginary guns. Don't think we're drowning in regulations and government overreach? Try setting up a small business. But as crazy as these examples are, the list goes on: As our government collects data on whom we call, how long we talk, and where we are when we do our talking, can America still be classified as free?
July 5, 2013 |
IT'S NOT HARD to understand why Freedoms tennis coach Josh Cohen is excited about the upcoming World Team Tennis season. The headliner on his six-member team is Sloane Stephens, the No. 2-ranked American woman, who earlier this week made it to the quarterfinals at Wimbledon before losing to Marion Bartoli. "She is one of the best female players in the league at this point," said Cohen, a former assistant at Penn. "We are very lucky to have her for five matches. " Stephens, of San Pedro, Calif., will play in three of the Freedoms' seven home matches at the Pavilion on the campus of Villanova University.