July 26, 2011 |
Boyertown, a fixture in the Pennsylvania American Legion Baseball state playoffs, and Bristol, which has never appeared at the state level before, will represent the region when the tournament begins Tuesday in West Lawn near Reading. They are among seven regional champions and the host West Lawn team that will play in the tournament. Bristol, the newly crowned Region 3 champion, will open play against West Hempfield, the Region 7 winner, at 12:30 p.m. Boyertown, the Region 2 champion, will face Region 5 titlist Plains at 4 p.m. The double-elimination tournament runs through Saturday at Owls Stadium.
July 10, 2011
Bill Lyon is the author of "Deadlines and Overtimes: Collected Writings on Sports and Life" Presenting, for your sensory pleasure, in its 129th year - though none of the previous was quite the equal of this one - the professional baseball franchise of Philadelphia. Big city, bright lights, soft summer nights, and the faithful of the Fightin's are lured to the new pleasure palace in buzzing droves. It is the place to be, home of the team with the best record in baseball for most of this season.
June 26, 2011 |
On a steaming hot morning, the United States women's national team had ridden nearly an hour for a workout in the middle of New Jersey. Nobody in Somerset noticed the players' arrival earlier this month at a solitary field. Nobody on the team complained. That was the plan. They weren't there for autographs. A long workout, some quick interviews, back on the bus. "The World Cup has been our focus," said Heather O'Reilly, one of five New Jersey women on the team. Whatever they've collectively been doing for the last four years, the Women's World Cup, beginning Sunday in Germany, will determine this group's legacy.
June 13, 2011 |
LONG POND, Pa. - As teammate Jimmie Johnson seized control of the NASCAR Sprint Cup series with five consecutive championships, Jeff Gordon faded into the background. After winning six races in 2007 and finishing second in the Chase for the Championship, Gordon only won one race the next three seasons. He did, however, finish third in the 2009 Chase. Gordon is a four-time Cup champion, but his last title was 10 years ago. For a veteran driver to stay relevant, he or she has to win races and be a Chase contender.
June 9, 2011 |
Distance runner Leslie Kovach said she arrived at Penn in the fall of 2009 just looking to get adjusted to women's college track. High-jumper Maalik Reynolds joined the Quaker men last fall with high expectations. How far they both have come. On Friday at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, Kovach and Reynolds will compete in the NCAA Men's and Women's Outdoor Track Championships. "I just took it one day at a time," said Kovach, a sophomore who will compete in the 5,000-meter run. "A lot of it was training, and trying to get used to college running compared to high school running.
April 23, 2011 |
LOS ANGELES - Kevin Jarre, who wrote the screenplays for the movies "Glory" and "Tombstone," has died. He was 56. His aunt, Patty Briley Bean, tells the Los Angeles Times that Jarre died unexpectedly of heart failure earlier this month at his Santa Monica home. Jarre was a history buff who was entranced by the Civil War since childhood, when he'd received toy soldiers for Christmas. His research on a black regiment led him to write the 1989 movie "Glory," which won three Academy Awards, including one for actor Denzel Washington.
April 23, 2011 |
Back in the days of William Penn, the creek that meandered through the growing village of Newtown anchored the town common, powered the gristmill, and provided water for animals and crops at nearby farms. But the center of the Bucks County town shifted over the centuries, and now the creek is barely visible, running largely out of sight along parking lots behind the main shopping district of what was the county seat from 1726 to 1813. A plan by local residents, however, could restore the creek to prominence.
April 3, 2011 |
In the world of do-it-yourselfers, who would argue that among the bravest are those who would renovate a house that has been rented to college students? Meet Al and Paula Imperial of West Chester. They not only took a trashed, century-old brick Victorian in the borough and restored it to its former glory, they stripped and restored chestnut doors, trim, flooring, and fireplaces - then continued to rent to students. And they love doing so. "We just have a great time here," says Al, 51. "People say, 'How can you live with students?
March 30, 2011
GEN. GEORGE WASHINGTON played wicket with the troops at Valley Forge in early May 1778. Wicket involved a bat and a ball and a manicured path from the pitcher to the hitter, the sort of landscaping you saw back in the day in bygone ballyards, before AstroTurf, before high-def scoreboards, before $126 million contracts. You didn't know that, did you? You thought baseball was invented in America in a Cooperstown pasture by a U.S. Army officer named Abner Doubleday. And if it wasn't Doubleday, then it must have been Alexander Cartwright, because there's a plaque in the Hall of Fame that credits him "with establishing many of the rules of baseball and adapting it from a children's game to an adult sport.
March 20, 2011
On this, the first day of spring, match the quote with its author. Answers, D3. 1. "It is a natural resurrection, an experience of immortality. " 2. "In the spring I've counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of four-and-twenty hours. " 3. "Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems. " 4. "I want to do to you what spring does with the cherry trees. " 5. "I stuck my head out the window this morning and spring kissed me bang in the face.