April 11, 2013 |
HIS NICKNAME is "Danger," the kind of guy who doesn't need a gun to end a fight. Michael K. Castro fought most of his battles in rings and the gyms where he trained as a Muay Thai kickboxer. But Atlantic County authorities say he allegedly shot and killed a 77-year-old Army veteran during a burglary last year in rural Mullica Township. Castro, 32, was arrested Tuesday in Dania, Fla., where he had moved and was in the process of opening a new Muay Thai gym. The former Burlington County resident described himself as a two-time Muay Thai world champion who has worked as a kickboxing instructor at gyms throughout South Jersey.
March 20, 2013 |
IT'S A COLD winter day. People are hurrying along the sidewalk, heads bent against the wind, when they spy a familiar figure at the corner. "Hey, I like your new coat," the man calls to a woman passerby. "You should be wearing rubbers," he calls to a man. The cheerful greetings, uttered from the southeast corner of 3rd and Green streets, in Northern Liberties, never failed to perk up the passing pedestrians. That's where the Joe Hand Boxing Gym is situated, and the friendly man at the corner worked there.
March 12, 2013 |
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Jeremy Horst needed to throw, but the Wisconsin air was too cold. His trusted gym in Green Bay was under new ownership. He embarked on a search for a winter baseball solution in the football town. First, Horst found a gym with six tennis courts that was big enough for him to reach 180 feet in long toss. The Phillies lefthander asked the club's instructor when he could throw. It usually was available at 9 p.m., which was a problem for Horst, father of two young children.
March 11, 2013 |
IN A PERFECT high school basketball world, the older guys lead their younger counterparts, everyone gets along and the team stays intact. But at Delaware Valley Charter this season . . . That guy transferred. These guys were banished. And a couple more walked/stormed out of the gym. Luckily for coach Jason Harrigan and the other remaining players, Da-Shon Giddings did not allow himself to be sidetracked by the negativity. That's not how he rolls and everyone is eternally grateful.
February 26, 2013
IN A STORY published in last Friday's Daily News , coach William "Speedy" Morris, of St. Joseph's Prep, suggested that Roman Catholic High should be banned from playing any more games in its gym because it's "illegal" . . . three-pointers cannot be attempted from the corners and near-wings because the court is so narrow. Here's a follow-up statement from Morris, who coached at Roman for 14 seasons ending in 1981, as provided by Bill Avington, the Prep's director of communications: "I regret saying that Roman's historic gym should be outlawed.
February 25, 2013 |
St. Joseph's Prep coach Speedy Morris issued a statement regarding comments he made last week about the Catholic League power-points system and the possibility that it could cost his team a spot in the PIAA District 12 Class AAAA final. Morris is upset that Roman Catholic, despite losing to the Prep in last Wednesday's playoff semifinal, may represent the Catholic League on Friday against Martin Luther King. In the regular season, the Prep lost at Roman's cramped gymnasium, 62-58.
February 18, 2013 |
LET'S SAY Rysheed Jordan becomes a bust-out basketball star at Temple, St. John's or UCLA - they're the Final Three on his pared-down list of possible college destinations - and then enters the NBA. Let's say he begins creating a buzz at that level and a national sneaker company wants to add him to its roster. Here's a guess on that outfit's identity: Nike. There are two people and one thing that Rysheed Jordan, the franchise guard for Roberts Vaux High, never wants to disobey.
February 15, 2013
DEAR ABBY: It bothers me greatly to know that so many children continue to start smoking at an early age. My husband and I did that, and now we're paying an awful price. We have had emphysema for years. Four of our children also took up the habit. I finally started paying them to quit ($100 every two weeks they didn't smoke - up to five payments). I decided to head off the temptation our grandchildren would face. We told them if they didn't start smoking by the age of 18, we'd pay them $2,000.
February 1, 2013 |
Philadelphia's most gifted neurosurgeon has a very dark secret. That's the premise of Do No Harm , the new NBC drama premiering Thursday night at 10 p.m. that is set and shot in Philadelphia. Steven Pasquale stars as Dr. Jason Cole, the pride of the city's apocryphal Independence Memorial Hospital. Pasquale also plays Cole's alter ego Ian Price, a havoc-wreaking wild man interested in only three things: sex, drugs, and then more sex. In the tradition of Jekyll and Hyde, they're having trouble coexisting.
January 27, 2013 |
The drawing power of Rysheed Jordan. The ability of a tiny gymnasium to contain a sure-to-be-large crowd. The number of people needed to maintain security and order. The visiting team's closeness to the site. All were underestimated. And the result was unruly behavior, property damage, and some tense and scary moments in a Public League boys' basketball clash between two of the area's top squads. The happenings during Thursday's matchup between No. 4-ranked Roberts Vaux and No. 1 Math, Civics & Sciences, held at the former Berean Institute at 19th and Girard, marred an otherwise terrific game that MC&S won in overtime, 74-70.