September 23, 2011 |
Those who witness Saturday night's ATP Champions Tour Shootout at the Wells Fargo Center will see something most U.S. tennis fans haven't over the last decade - American men with Grand Slam titles. The fab four competing here - Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, and Jimmy Connors - combined to capture 34 majors. That's 34 more than U.S. males have won since 2003, when Andy Roddick took the U.S. Open. Whether this drought is the result of cyclical factors, the game's globalization or something systemic has become a popular topic of tennis debate and one that defies easy answers.
September 14, 2011 |
Built in 1936, the massive concrete stands of Collingswood's football stadium cast a large shadow - literally and figuratively. New Collingswood coach Jack McConnell knows the history. He's a Collingswood guy. He played four years for the Panthers before graduating in 1988. McConnell also is trying to build for the future. He and his staff have invested a ton of time and effort in helping a youth football program in town get off the ground. But right now, the Panthers' focus is the present - the season opener Friday night at Haddonfield and the rest of the 2011 season.
September 3, 2011 |
Penns Grove's tailback was racing toward the end zone, and Clint Wiley was in hot pursuit. The new Sterling coach wasn't trying to make a tackle. He was trying to make a point. "Heads up, heads up," Wiley yelled as a few Sterling players took on that dejected, this-feels-familiar look after an opposing touchdown. Wiley won't have it. Neither will his assistants. If the tri-scrimmage that Sterling hosted the other day against Penns Grove and Cedar Creek is any indication, the Silver Knights are going to be a dramatically different team this season - and for years to come.
August 29, 2011
ARIES (March 21-April 19). You'll spice up the day by going for a bigger challenge than you did last week. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Normally, you subscribe to the "no guts, no glory" adage. But today you're not really after glory, so you take it in a different direction: No guts, no fun. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). A conflict is still dragging on. Lay down your arms. The other team is as tired of the battle as you are. CANCER (June 22-July 22). It takes discipline, but you do your work whether or not you feel inspired to do it. A sudden flash of insight comes in the afternoon.
August 26, 2011 |
DETROIT - Esther Gordy Edwards, who helped build Motown Records alongside her brother Berry Gordy Jr. and led efforts to turn its original Detroit headquarters into a museum, has died. She was 91. Edwards died yesterday surrounded by family and friends in Detroit, the Motown Historical Museum said in a statement. Edwards was a Motown executive for nearly three decades, holding numerous leadership positions within the music company whose artists included Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations and The Four Tops.
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.