August 4, 2015 |
CHICAGO - This is the year Anthony Zettel has been waiting for. His first four years at Penn State, Zettel needed to learn a new defense each year under four different defensive coordinators - Tom Bradley during his true freshman season, when he sat out, followed by Ted Roof, John Butler, and Bob Shoop. Bradley worked for Joe Paterno and Roof and Butler were part of Bill O'Brien's staff. Now, for his senior season, the defensive end- turned-defensive tackle gets to stay in the scheme that Shoop installed last year, when he accompanied James Franklin and the new Penn State coaching staff to Happy Valley.
August 2, 2015 |
WHEN A RACER has achieved the prominence Jeff Gordon has in NASCAR, he wants his career to end on a high note. With 92 career Sprint Cup Series victories (third all-time), Gordon fervently wants to be part of this year's Chase in his final racing season. Gordon is relatively safe at 11th in points, but needs a victory in the next six races before the Chase begins to guarantee his inclusion in the 10-race elimination tournament. The good news for Gordon is, Pocono and the five other pre-Chase race tracks have been productive places for him. He has won the most Cup races at Pocono (six)
July 22, 2015 |
Barbara Babcock says she is excited to meet her new neighbors, and she's not real fussy about whom they might be. Babcock co-owns Woodward Landscape Supply Co., whose next-door neighbor for nearly three years has been the abandoned Water World Park in East Pikeland Township. That 22-acre parcel, where weeds have sprouted around barren pools, soon could be sprouting new life. The property is to be auctioned next week. "We don't really care what it's used for, as long as it's not dirty, noisy, and loud," Babcock said.
July 18, 2015 |
LAS VEGAS - It can be argued that Scottie Wilbekin trumps Jahlil Okafor as the most impressive 76er at the NBA Summer League. Even after a horrid shooting performance Wednesday, Wilbekin remains one of the league's top three-point shooters. The 6-foot-2 point guard is averaging 16.2 points and has made 14 of 29 three-pointers (48.3 percent) in his four summer-league games. He also has made all nine of his foul shots while averaging 2.2 assists and 1.8 steals in 29 minutes. Wilbekin's lone subpar performance came when he missed 6 of 7 three-pointers Wednesday in a playoff loss to the Brooklyn Nets.
July 15, 2015 |
LAS VEGAS - Turn back the calendar to June 27, 2013. Arsalan Kazemi became the first Iranian-born player drafted into the NBA when the Washington Wizards selected him 54th overall. Later that night, the Wizards traded him to the 76ers. "I can't talk about it enough," Kazemi said a day later of making history. "[Iranians] are really excited, and this was my dream since 15 years ago. I get to [live out] my dream. And this keeps everyone else's dream alive back in, not just my country, but the region of the Middle East.
July 13, 2015 |
If all goes as ordained by New Jersey lawmakers, six months from now Camden will be served by a fleet of brand-new ambulances and emergency vehicles staffed by paramedics and medical technicians working for Cooper University Hospital. Cooper, a teaching hospital and a designated Level 1 trauma center, was authorized to take over these services in legislation signed by Gov. Christie last week. Will Camden residents needing emergency care be better off? They will be, Cooper officials promise and some EMTs cautiously hope.
July 13, 2015 |
Valery Swope, 18, answered her phone one afternoon in March. It was Cabrini College, telling her she had been accepted. "I feel so great. Oh, my Lord. I've got to tell everybody!" First, she posed for a selfie. "I've got to take a picture of this face!" Then she got on the phone. The first six people she called were two caseworkers with the state child welfare agency, two social workers appointed by the court, a child-advocate in the public defender's office, and an FBI agent.
July 12, 2015 |
SAN FRANCISCO - David Buchanan was nearly despondent as he tried to come to grips with the nightmare month that began his 2015 season. On the final day of April, Buchanan watched each of the first four batters in the St. Louis Cardinals reach base. Three of them scored. When the matinee at Busch Stadium was over for him before he could record a second out in the fifth inning, Buchanan had watched 11 of the 21 hitters he faced get on base. He watched his ERA skyrocket - at the conclusion of that game, a 9-3 defeat, Buchanan's ERA (8.76)
July 10, 2015 |
THERE'S ONLY so much new Flyers coach Dave Hakstol can see when he looks at video from last season. That's not an indictment of how poorly the Flyers played; it's more about Hakstol's method of evaluation. And if Hakstol isn't forming opinions of returning players based on their play on a television screen, there will be a whole lot of healthy competition when the team hits the ice at training camp. "You can overanalyze things," Hakstol said. "I'll be blunt. That's why I think I want to be careful about how much video [I watch]
July 3, 2015 |
AFTER MONTHS of gloom, Lawncrest could use some light. And its residents, besieged by bad news at every turn, are hoping the brilliance of fireworks will do the trick. Tomorrow marks the 100th time the Northeast Philly neighborhood will hold its Fourth of July celebration, a platinum anniversary beyond precious to the people planning it. Because it's about more than just sparklers and water ice. The pride of an aging community battered by turmoil hangs in the balance of the grass-roots celebration, one of the city's oldest.