March 7, 2005 |
The matchups have been set for five of South Jersey's six boys' basketball championships, highlighted by tonight's Group 4 final between Shawnee and Atlantic City. Three teams - Burlington City (Group 1), Haddonfield (Group 2) and St. Augustine (Parochial A) - will be trying to repeat as South Jersey champs. The South Jersey Parochial B final will be set up after tonight's semifinals: Moorestown Friends at Cardinal McCarrick, and McCorristin at Holy Spirit. Here is a look at the five other South Jersey finals, along with the Central Jersey Group 1 championship game: Group 4. Top-seeded Shawnee (25-1)
February 14, 2005 |
A week ago, fans attending 76ers games were still cheering for the Eagles. On Saturday night in an electric setting in the Wachovia Center, the cheers were all for the Sixers. Allen Iverson enjoyed another virtuoso performance, the first 60-point game of his career, in a 112-99 win over the Orlando Magic. He shot 17 for 36 from the floor and 2 for 5 from three-point territory. He also drilled 24 of 27 free-throw attempts. When he hit two free throws with 1 minute, 7 seconds left to become the first NBA player to score 60 points since Tracy McGrady last season, the crowd roar was deafening.
June 5, 1992 |
Forget, for a moment, The Wall. By now, anyone remotely familiar with the CoreStates U.S. Pro Cycling Championship has heard of that vertigo-inspiring incline in Manayunk. It remains a stunning place to view Sunday's 156-mile bicycle race. But guess what? The Wall is not the only spot to find the soul of competitive cycling. Try getting up and out early enough Sunday to secure a place along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway just before the 9 a.m. start of this country's most important single-day professional bicycle race.
February 26, 1997 |
William Titelman, lawyer and lobbyist, is known as one of the most thick-skinned guys in Harrisburg. But in late September he and his wife spent the night in a place that gave him goose bumps. The Lincoln Bedroom. So awestruck was Titelman, 50, that he rose at dawn and penned letters to his three children and his mother, mementos he hoped they would cherish for a lifetime. He'd been awakened that morning by the sound of a chopper, and opened the blinds to see Marine One taking on board the man Titelman was helping reelect: the President of the United States.
May 3, 2011
THE MIAMI HEAT isn't bringing in a singer to belt out "The Star-Spangled Banner" before tonight's playoff game against the Celtics. With the news of Osama bin Laden's death, at the hands of U.S. forces, the team has decided that the 19,000-plus fans should do the honor. Also, the team was already planning to honor U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Henry Hernandez as part of its "Home Strong" program that recognizes soldiers who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now, the team is ramping up the pregame festivities, and Hernandez will be joined by other military personnel who will unfurl a 50-foot American flag during the national athem.
October 26, 2001 |
Halloween is upon us, the time for things that go bump in the night. New to video this week are two superior chillers guaranteed to produce goose bumps on a cold autumn night. "Ginger Snaps" (VHS: priced for rental; DVD: $19.99) is a real find. This direct-to-video Canadian gem played a few film festivals but was deserving of a theatrical release. Two sisters, Ginger and Brigitte, are their high school's outcasts. They're obsessed with death and flaunt their individuality to a community where nonconformity is unheard of. When Ginger is attacked one night by a mysterious beast, she soon gets in touch with her inner animal self, slowly turning into a werewolf with only one person to stop her - her sister!
September 1, 2006
WOW! The op-ed by Calvin Helton Sr. gave me goose bumps all over. The man is prolific, astute and has a hand on the pulse of what is going on in the black community. We're all affected by this senseless violence. I have attended two such funerals already this year. Young, black, promising males, both under 25 - gone. Mr. Helton was so right that it will take men to help raise our men of the future. I feel so bad for all of the families left behind by this insidious sickness of violence against black men today.
August 25, 2010
WITH THE passing of Bobby Thomson yesterday, I started to think about the importance of his Great Home Run. Sure, many others are just as much or more prominent for winning bigger prizes, like Bill Mazeroski's and Joe Carter's, both ending the World Series. And who could forget Kirk Gibson's painful but joyous romp around the bases after his bolt ended a World Series game? And, true, Thomson's "Shot Heard Round the World" only put the New York Giants in the World Series, which they would eventually lose.
October 24, 2014 |
All the baloney about winning and losing could wait. Emory Clark only felt glad not to be rowing anymore. That's how Clark described in his diary the end of the gold medal race of the 1964 Olympics, when a boat out of Philadelphia got to stop first. Clark remembered the "groove of pain" he was in that darkened October evening just outside Tokyo, how relieved he was that the United States Olympic eight didn't have to find another gear, another "more exquisite level" of pain to upset the heavily favored Germans.
May 22, 1998 |
Jean "Toots" Thielemans, 76, is the best-known jazz harmonica player in the world. A native of Belgium, he's been a U.S. citizen for 40 years. His soulful playing on the chromatic harmonica has found a home in pop music too, especially on dates with Quincy Jones. Thielemans also plays guitar and has a new CD, "Chez Toots" (Private Music), featuring classic French songs with singers Johnny Mathis, Dianne Reeves and Shirley Horn. He will appear May 29 and 30 at Zanzibar Blue, Broad and Walnut streets.