January 29, 2013
The United States team, including Olympic 100-meter hurdler Lolo Jones , won gold Sunday in the combined bobsled-skeleton team event at the world championships in St. Moritz, Switzerland. Jones was brakewoman for Elana Meyers in the women's bobsled portion of an event that also added times in two-man bobsled plus men's and women's skeleton. The U.S. team edged Germany by 0.24 seconds even though the Germans won three of four disciplines on the Olympia track. Skeleton racer Noelle Pikus-Pace was 1.7 seconds faster than German rival Marion Thees to lead the United States to victory with an overall time of 4 minutes, 31.29 seconds.
January 21, 2013 |
Lured by rumors of $20,000 to $60,000 potential windfalls, hundreds of homeowners near the Merion Golf Club are listing their homes for rent during the U.S. Open. The presumption is that PGA golfers, corporate sponsors, and well-heeled fans will be looking for upscale accommodations when the Open comes to Merion from June 10 to 16. Two real estate agents and an independent website, eventhomes.com, have more than 350 listings, ranging from $250 to $10,000 per night on those dates.
January 13, 2013 |
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Dubai is sometimes called the City of Gold because of its stunning growth from a sleepy Persian Gulf port to a world-famous business crossroads in the space of a single generation. Its nickname has a literal meaning for traders in the precious metal. The city is building itself up as a center for the gold trade, between sources in Africa and consumers in the rising economies of China and India. Dubai now has about a 29 percent market share of global gold trade with nearly 1,200 tons - worth about $41 billion - changing hands at the city's gold markets, according to the gold industry website bullionstreet.com.
January 12, 2013 |
While Pook and Pook's sale Saturday of fine art and accessories at its Downingtown gallery offers extraordinary area antiques, notably a circa-1750 Delaware Queen Anne tall case clock, its 500 lots also offer vivid items in other fields, such as a delightful piece of illustration art depicting a Gold Rush bonanza scene and a 19-scene, 380-figure folk art diorama of national and religious icons. The 19-by-26-inch oil on canvas by Tom Lovell (1909 to 1997), best known for his illustrations of the Old West and the Marine Corps in World War II, is expected to bring $10,000 to $15,000, according to the auction catalog, accessible at www.pookandpook.com . In the oil, a prospector who clearly has just hit pay dirt is whooping up his discovery loudly enough to draw the attention of others in the mining camp, including one who is rushing to the scene from the camp's barbershop, still lathered up. The folk art diorama, titled National Clock Millersburg and expected to bring $20,000 to $40,000, is more difficult to explain.
January 11, 2013
"LINCOLN" TALLIED the most Oscar nominations Thursday, but the biggest winner may have been Philadelphia's own "Silver Lining Playbook. " The low-profile movie picked up eight Oscar nominations - fewer than the 12 for "Lincoln" - but "SLP" is the only movie to be nominated in all of the most important categories - best picture, best director (David O. Russell), best actor (Bradley Cooper), best actress (Jennifer Lawrence), best supporting actress (Jacki Weaver) and best supporting actor (Robert De Niro)
December 17, 2012 |
RYAN LOCHTE won two more races at the short-course world championships in Istanbul on Sunday, finishing the event with six golds and one silver. The result matched his medal total from the last championships, in Dubai in 2010. Lochte won the 100-meter individual medley, a day after he broke the world record in the event. The five-time Olympic champion finished in 51.21 seconds, ahead of Kenneth To of Australia and George Bovell III of Trinidad and Tobago. To started well and led at the halfway mark.
December 4, 2012 |
MILWAUKEE - "Red Nose" just meant a reindeer named Rudolph to Karen Mallet until she bought a print by that name for $12.34 at a Goodwill store in Milwaukee. It turned out to be a lithograph by American artist Alexander Calder worth $9,000. Mallet's good fortune is at least the fourth time in six months that valuable art has turned up at Goodwill, where bargain hunters search for hidden treasure among the coffee cups, jewelry, lamps, and other household cast-offs. Last month, a Salvador Dali sketch found at a Goodwill shop in Tacoma, Wash., sold for $21,000.
November 22, 2012
Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points and the New York Knicks extended the undermanned Hornets' losing streak to four games with a 102-80 victory Tuesday night in New Orleans. Raymond Felton added 15 points, making five three-pointers for New York, which hit 14 as a team. Tyson Chandler grabbed 12 rebounds for the Knicks, who've won two straight since their first loss of the season and are 8-1 for only the third time in franchise history. The other two times, the 1969-70 and 1972-73 seasons, they won championships.
November 1, 2012 |
JIMMY ROLLINS has been in the Phillies organization for almost half of his life, but he remembers the early years, when manager Larry Bowa and coach John Vukovich cost him sleep. But the early wakeup calls were beneficial into making him the most prolific shortstop in the history of the franchise. Rollins was announced as the 2012 winner of the Rawlings National League Gold Glove Award at short. The Gold Glove is the fourth of Rollins' career and his first since 2009. Only two players in Phillies history have won more: Mike Schmidt (10)