June 10, 2016 |
To Devin Smeltzer, the 140th pitch felt like the first. "I had no idea my pitch count was that high," Smeltzer said. "I felt great. " Smeltzer, a sophomore left-handed pitcher at San Jacinto (Texas) Community College, threw 140 pitches in an 8-1 win over Chattahoochee (Ala.) Valley in the junior college national semifinals June 3. He struck out 20. He said he felt "great" the next day. The overpowering performance highlighted Smeltzer's development in the two years since his graduation from Bishop Eustace and explained why he's such an intriguing professional prospect on the verge of the major-league baseball draft, which is set for Thursday through Saturday.
June 9, 2016 |
There was a time, easy to forget now, that Nolan Carroll and JaCorey Shepherd were supposed to be something more than invisible. They sit two lockers apart from each other in a corner of the NovaCare Complex locker room. They were sitting there Tuesday, minutes before the first practice of the Eagles' mandatory minicamp this week, their first practice since an injury ended each of their seasons last year. Carroll was one of the Eagles' starting cornerbacks last season, for the team's first 11 games, until he broke his right ankle Nov. 27 against the Detroit Lions.
June 9, 2016 |
Luis Suarez joked around with teammates at the beginning of Uruguay's training session late Tuesday afternoon at the University of Pennsylvania and moved freely and fluidly. While the 15 minutes open to reporters before the true training began wasn't much, Uruguay fans looked for any positive news about the Barcelona star. Seeing Suarez move well, albeit in short bursts, could be the first step in the good news department. The speculation will continue as to whether Suarez will play in Uruguay's second Copa America Group C game, 7:30 p.m. on Thursday at Lincoln Financial Field against Venezuela.
June 7, 2016 |
HARRISBURG - In the Capitol, the word hope is heard often these days. Hope that this year's budget talks will be less divisive. Hope that an impasse like the one that made history during Gov. Wolf's first year can be avoided. Even hope that a budget can be signed by the July 1 deadline. But with less than a month to go, few signs point to an easy or even swift resolution. While the beginning of June traditionally marks the unofficial start of budget negotiations, this is not a traditional year.
June 5, 2016 |
BRANDON GRAHAM said that when he talks or texts with Fletcher Cox, he is careful not to ask when Cox plans to report for duty with the Eagles. "I try to be a friend and not really talk to him about that. I don't want him to think I'm the police," Graham said Friday as the Eagles wrapped up the optional part of their spring work. Players gather Monday for physicals, before a mandatory three-day minicamp starts Tuesday. Those are the last sessions before training camp, and the only mandatory part of the offseason setup.
June 2, 2016 |
Perhaps the painting had survived the flames - the cherished, nearly century-old portrait of Pvt. Boleslaw Grochowski, the first soldier from Bridesburg killed in World War I and the namesake of American Legion Post 396. Firefighters said they had noticed a painting hanging amid the ruins. Perhaps, by some miracle, it was not lost. And the men standing outside the charred remains of American Legion Post 396 on Tuesday morning were looking for some kind of miracle, no matter how small.
May 31, 2016 |
Former Weber State power forward Joel Bolomboy and former Boise State forward James Webb III are among the headliners for a 76ers pre-draft workout Monday at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Both players could be taken late in the second round of the June 23 NBA draft. Guard Brannen Greene (Kansas), shooting guard Daniel House (Texas A&M), guard Tim Quarterman (LSU) and point guard Isaiah Taylor (Texas) also will participate. Last season, Bolomboy averaged 17.1 points and 12.6 rebounds and was named Big Sky Conference player of the year and defensive player of the year.
May 29, 2016 |
Here's a feel-good economic story. It's still being written, and it won't have a storybook ending, but given that it involves Washington, we should be thrilled it doesn't end in tragedy. Puerto Rico is the story. The island's finances and economy are a wreck. The territory's government and public institutions have amassed a stunning amount of debt over the years and are now choking on the principal and interest payments. Last year, the island shelled out 40 percent of its tax revenue making these payments, compared with 5 percent for the typical state.
May 22, 2016 |
For Joe Marino, the best thing about last Saturday's Diamond Classic opening game was the result: St. Joseph 9, Mainland 7. "That was unbelievable," Marino said. "I couldn't believe we did it. " But a close second was the Wildcats' method of victory: building a big lead, losing it, answering back and holding off still another rally by the heavily-favored Mustangs. "It shows we don't give up," Marino said. "We'll keep fighting. " Marino, a junior lefthander, is a good example of the Wildcats' spirit, according to coach Tom Carney.
May 16, 2016 |
ROSEBUD, S.D. - Lila Kills In Sight grew up not knowing that she had a relative buried in far-off Pennsylvania, a boy who went away to boarding school and never came back. His loss simply wasn't discussed in her home. Only recently did she learn of her tie to the child who died at the Carlisle Industrial Indian School - news she found as staggering as if she discovered she'd lost a family member in the Holocaust. "Now I have all kinds of questions," Kills In Sight, 45, said during an interview on the Rosebud Sioux reservation in South Dakota.