June 17, 2013 |
This is the time of year when rosters change at the minor-league level, and the number of teams in action expands from four to six. Players excelling are often challenged by being sent to a higher level. Players struggling at a higher level can be demoted in the hope that they'll have success and regain confidence at the lower level. The Phillies have players in both categories as their two rookie-league clubs - Williamsport of the New York-Penn League and the Gulf Coast League Phillies in Clearwater, Fla. - begin play this week.
February 7, 2013 |
MANY COLLEGE kids change their major once or twice, then accept their degree and wind up working in an entirely different field. Somehow, it's impossible to envision Jared Jackson traveling down that winding road. "I've wanted to be a doctor since I was 2 or 3 years old," he said. Two or three? That early? "Yes," he said. "I had the little stethoscope around my neck. Played with the fake X-ray toy . . . Be a doctor. That's all I wanted to do. " In time, Jackson, a 6-1, 215-pound defensive end, also began mixing in football and Wednesday morning he was part of a wonderful, in-the-gym ceremony at Imhotep Charter, which last fall captured Public League and City Titles at the Class AA level and advanced to a state semifinal.
December 29, 2011 |
PHOENIX - Life in the NBA is a huge adjustment for any rookie. Not only is the game played at a level that is extremely higher than he is accustomed to, but the added travel, longer season and all the intangibles that come with being an NBA player can sometimes be quite overwhelming. For Phoenix Suns rookie Markieff Morris, it is all that - and then some. For the first time in his life Morris is separated from twin brother Marcus, who was taken by Houston with the 14th overall pick in June's draft, one slot after Markieff.
June 5, 2011 |
Third of a five-part series In the NBA, anchoring your team is much like anchoring a driveway hoop: There are options. You can fill a portable base with sand. You can fill it with water. You can go permanent and install an inground hoop using quick-drying cement. All are viable options. Likewise, there are alternatives to filling the NBA center position. You can be like the Houston Rockets and go with one star center such as Hakeem Olajuwon during the '80s and '90s and Yao Ming a decade later.
November 11, 2010 |
Rob Poole could see himself knocking down three-point jumpers amid the deafening noise of those 20,000-seat arenas in the Big Ten Conference. He could see himself pulling up for 12-footers amid the history and excitement and ever-present ESPN cameras in the Atlantic Coast Conference. "I think about that every day," said Poole, a senior at Paul VI. "I always ask myself, 'Could I have gone higher?' " Poole, a 6-foot-5 athlete who will be on the short list of the top basketball players in South Jersey this winter, isn't complaining about his college decision.
July 17, 2010 |
Laura Ladden said her familiarity with the course might have helped her win her eighth Women's Golf Association of Philadelphia match play championship. She defeated 18-year-old Dana Voss, 8 and 7, Friday at Whitford Country Club in Exton. Ladden, whose husband, Mike, is the pro at Whitford and whose father, Harry Hammond, was the pro there for many years, lost the second hole of what was to be a 36-hole final to Voss but righted herself and never looked back. She closed out the first nine by winning the last three holes.
April 22, 2010 |
Remember Callahan Bright, the 2005 version? Back then, he was a Harriton High senior, destroyer of blockers and ballcarriers and a prize recruit of Florida State. The defensive tackle was so dominant he was listed as the nation's 14th-best recruit in the Class of 2005, according to Rivals.com. To put Bright's standing in perspective, current Nebraska all-American defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was ranked 37 spots behind him. Now meet Bright - the updated version. In the last few years, he has worked as a garbage man, served time in jail, and played a season at Division II Shaw University in Raleigh, N.C. While Suh is expected to be among the first three selections in the NFL draft that begins tonight and continues through Saturday, Bright - after academic problems and a scrape with the law - hopes a team gambles on him as a late-round pick.
January 16, 2010 |
A measure to protect pedestrians in New Jersey is expected to be signed into law by acting Gov. Stephen M. Sweeney. The bill, approved by the Legislature Monday, would require motorists to stop - not just yield - for pedestrians in a marked crosswalk. And it would double, to $200, the penalty for violating the law. Pedestrian deaths in New Jersey increased to 157 in 2009 after several years of decline. The 138 deaths in 2008 were down from 152 in 2007. The most pedestrian deaths from 2006 to 2008 - nine - occurred on Route 130 in Burlington County, according to a review of federal data by the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, a transit advocacy group for New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut.
January 4, 2008 |
Mayor-elect Michael Nutter likes to preface some of his speeches with the reminder that "it's a new day. " Indeed, many of us who live or work in Philadelphia look forward to the new administration with high hopes. We are eagerly awaiting new ideas and new energy to address the critical issues facing the city, including crime, jobs creation, low educational achievement, and burdensome taxes. But the new mayor cannot do it alone. Monday will mark not only the beginning of the new mayoral administration, but also a new term for City Council.