August 2, 2013 |
ON SUNDAY in Detroit, both before and after the Phillies lost their eighth straight game, brash closer Jonathan Papelbon didn't mince words when he was asked about the state of his underachieving team. Papelbon, who signed a 4-year, $50 million contract two winters ago, said that he "didn't come here for this. " He said changes needed to be made in the organization, "from top to bottom. " Perhaps Papelbon should use some of that $50 million, the largest contract ever given to a reliever, to invest in a mirror.
June 16, 2013 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Just a couple of feet higher, and things could have ended differently for the Neshaminy softball team in the PIAA Class AAAA state final. With the Redskins down to their last two outs and trailing by a couple of runs in the 12th inning, junior Jen Walker sent a ball soaring to left field. Instead of clearing the stadium, it fell a bit short, bouncing off the blue fence at Penn State's Beard Field, and what could have been a tying two-run homer turned into an RBI double.
June 1, 2013 |
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. - One has to excuse Amanda Blumenherst for the late hours she's kept lately. Five months ago, Blumenherst married Nate Freiman, who made the Oakland Athletics roster as a rookie first baseman at the end of spring training. His promotion delighted the couple, but keeping up with someone in the Pacific time zone can be somewhat taxing for a professional golfer competing in the East. "I'm going to say the time change is killing me," a smiling Blumenherst said Friday after opening the ShopRite LPGA Classic with a 5-under-par 66 for a share of the lead.
May 8, 2013 |
There are no stands surrounding the grass field at Shawnee High School. The 400 or so in attendance Tuesday afternoon were mostly sitting on the ground or standing, several deep in some spots, craning their necks to see the nation's most storied girls' lacrosse rivalry. Emotions always run high when Shawnee plays Moorestown in girls' lacrosse. The intensity on the field is different, something separate even from what you'd feel in a postseason game. But that still doesn't quite explain what the annual matchup means to the players.
April 18, 2013 |
Pottsgrove trailed by two runs and was down to its last out in Wednesday afternoon's Pioneer Athletic Conference softball game against Perkiomen Valley when freshman Gabbi Ermish came to the plate. Ermish had just given up two runs in the previous half-inning and needed to get on base to keep the Falcons' hopes alive. She singled, as did the next two batters, before Lexi Kehl ripped a bases-clearing triple to give Pottsgrove a 9-8 victory over the host Vikings. Ermish retired the side in order in the seventh inning to record the win. Kehl's bases-loaded triple capped a great game for the junior, who went 3 for 5 and drove in four runs.
April 3, 2013 |
Clearview's Alex Hochberg pitched once in a varsity game as a sophomore. It didn't go too well. "First batter hit a triple," Hochberg said. "Next batter hit a single. Next batter hit a home run. " Hochberg returned to the varsity mound on Monday afternoon and shut down Paul VI in the first round of the Grand Slam Classic at Washington Lake Park in Sewell. The junior righthander allowed four hits and one run in six innings, leading Clearview to a 3-1 victory in a well-played season opener for both teams.
March 26, 2013 |
DAYTON, Ohio - Thanks, but all the pretty words weren't helping Khalif Wyatt. Indiana coach Tom Crean praised the Temple senior's spectacular performance. Victor Oladipo, the lottery-pick-to-be tasked with guarding him, called Wyatt a "great player. " His own coach and teammates piled on the compliments. Words. They weren't going to send Wyatt to the Sweet 16. They couldn't change the fact that his incredible 62-point weekend marked the end of his college career. "It really doesn't do anything for me, not right now at least," Wyatt said Sunday afternoon.
May 13, 2012 |
Some baseball guys don't like to think too much at the plate. They see the ball. They hit the ball. Washington Township's Vinnie Nocella takes a different approach. He likes being the team's designated hitter because it gives him time in the dugout to analyze his at-bats. "I love thinking about what just happened, thinking about what he threw me and thinking about what I'm going to do the next time I get up," Nocella said Saturday after leading Washington Township to a 7-3 victory over Eastern in the first round of the Joe Hartmann Diamond Classic.
May 10, 2012 |
CHICAGO - Perhaps it was just the last gasp of a team that didn't want to leave the season with a loss on its home floor. Tuesday night's 77-69 win by the Chicago Bulls to avoid elimination by the 76ers could have been nothing more than that. The Sixers better hope so, and they better hope their offense returns from the land of the missing when the series continues Thursday in the Wells Fargo Center. It wasn't as if the Bulls were terrific in narrowing the Sixers' lead to three games to two. They were the same crippled team that lost three straight to the Sixers to get themselves into this predicament.
May 4, 2012 |
NEWARK, NJ - New Jersey Devils coach Peter DeBoer says the key to Thursday's Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinal with the visiting Flyers is consistency. The Devils are coming off Tuesday's 4-1 win at the Wells Fargo Center that tied this best-of-seven series at one game apiece. The Flyers led, 1-0, after two periods, mainly due to the outstanding goaltending of Ilya Bryzgalov, but the Devils persisted and punched in four third-period goals, one an empty-netter. So DeBoer stressed after Thursday morning's skate at the Prudential Center the need to follow up Tuesday's performance with a similar effort.