March 13, 2016 |
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Five teams, including his current employer, have placed Bobby LaFromboise on waivers in the last 22 months. So the lefthanded reliever has learned that six stellar Grapefruit League innings are merely that, and nothing more. But, in a spring in which the Phillies have invited two dozen relievers to camp and offered a handful of jobs, the smallest of adjustments could pay dividends. Like LaFromboise's moving his feet to the other side of the rubber to accentuate the movement on his sub-90-mph fastball.
January 10, 2016 |
The Margate firefighter and lifeguard convicted of shoplifting from a Wawa last month must forfeit both jobs, an Egg Harbor Township municipal judge ruled Friday. Ashton G. Funk, 34, of Northfield, was arrested Sept. 10 on a complaint of shoplifting from the convenience store in Margate. Funk was off-duty from his position as a firefighter and on the beach patrol when he was allegedly seen carrying away $7.98 worth of items without paying. Because the case involved a public employee, the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office took over the investigation and prosecution.
December 1, 2015 |
At a sold-out Ardmore Music Hall Saturday night, the spirit of P-Funk was alive and well as George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic kept a packed house moving for a nearly three-hour set that didn't come to a close until nearly 1 a.m. Songs blended into each other amid the calculated jam-session feel that the band has always had. A stomping, rousing opener joined crowd and stage, with the repeated stirring intonation by Clinton - backed at this point...
November 12, 2015 |
Allen Toussaint, 77, the New Orleans songwriter and pianist responsible for a long list of hits recorded by artists that included Aaron Neville, Ernie K-Doe, Irma Thomas, Bonnie Raitt, Glen Campbell, Dr. John, Lee Dorsey, Warren Zevon, Robert Plant, Robert Palmer, and Devo, died of a heart attack Monday after a concert in Spain in the midst of a European tour. Tributes poured in from across the music world. "He was one of the most gentle, loving, and wise people I've ever known," Raitt wrote.
September 3, 2015 |
NEW YORK - Pete Mackanin was looking for something, anything really, to help change his team's luck against its NL East rival, the New York Mets. So he drew up last night's lineup card in his usual calligraphic way, but wrote every player's name in green, "just to change something. " "We gotta look for any way we can to beat these guys," Mackanin said before the game, his team a loser in 10 straight and 13 of 14 on the year against the Mets entering the night. The 10 straight losses to the Mets tied a franchise record.
August 12, 2015 |
Archbishop Wood's Tom Funk, a 5-foot-11 senior point guard who earned second-team all-Catholic League honors last season, made an oral commitment to Army on Monday. Funk received a scholarship offer from Army in April. He made his second visit to West Point on Friday. "Committing to Army is a big life decision," the 17-year-old from Warrington said. "But it's a great opportunity. It will give me the tools for future success. " Funk averaged 14.6 points, 5.5 assists, 4.5 rebounds, and 3 steals while helping Wood to an 18-6 overall record last season.
July 10, 2015 |
SALT LAKE CITY - The foul shooter that Jahlil Okafor has been in the Utah Jazz Summer League is the opposite of the one he has been during practice. The rookie center has made just 3-of-10 foul shots for the 76ers through two summer league games. But Okafor made six in a row during practice Wednesday. The 6-foot-11, 270-pounder also made 12 of 14 last week at a workout in Philadelphia. His elbows remain in the right place. He gets good rotation on the ball. What's the problem in games?
January 25, 2015 |
Walter Emery Funk, 92, of Honey Brook, an educator, coach, and mentor for students in Chester County, died Tuesday, Jan. 13, of dementia at Neighborhood Hospice in West Chester. Mr. Funk began his career as a basketball coach, teacher, and principal at Scott Senior High School in Coatesville. But the bulk of his professional life was spent at West Chester University as the men's basketball coach and chairman of the health department. He is credited with establishing the nursing and environmental health programs as well as providing expertise and guidance to hundreds of students.
January 17, 2015 |
Toward the end of a thoroughly enjoyable interview, saxophonist Maceo Parker, who brings his show to the Merriam Theater, wishes to say his mission is all about one thing: "Love, love, love, and love . You're in Philly, right? That's all about brotherly love, so you know what I'm talking about. " Parker first became famous as James Brown's most soulful and credited sideman (how many times have you heard the Godfather of Soul shout for "Maceo"?). The saxophonist got his start in his hometown of Kinston, N.C. "My older brother Kellis played trombone, the other, younger one - Melvin - drums.
December 23, 2014 |
JOHN MOSCO waited patiently as his point guard fielded questions just outside of Archbishop Wood's makeshift locker room. The second-year coach hadn't yet addressed his victorious Vikings, but his court marshal was snatched for an interview ahead of time. Eyeballing his affable coach, Tom Funk flashed a giant grin when Mosco was asked if he needed the 6-0 junior. "Nah, [I'm waiting on him]," Mosco joked as assistant coaches also laughed. "He's got to talk to the team, I'm not. It's his team.