August 13, 2015 |
EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Villanova's Buddy Marucci has played in more than 50 USGA championships in the last four-plus decades. He's seen the amateur game change, not always for the better. But when the U.S. Senior Amateur is played at Hidden Creek Golf Club from Sept. 26-Oct. 1, your 2008 champion thinks it'll seem just like old times. "You won't have coaches and sports psychologists, and all this other stuff," said the guy who took Tiger Woods to the limit in the 1995 U.S. Amateur final and captained the American team to victories in the 2007 and 2009 Walker Cups.
August 12, 2015 |
EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. - When he opened Hidden Creek Golf Club in 2002, owner Roger Hansen recalled, he had no thoughts about holding a big event there, never mind hosting a championship of the United States Golf Association. But the more he saw how the course played, the more he felt a national championship would be well-suited for his course. That will happen when the course will host the 61st U.S. Senior Amateur starting Sept. 26. "I really felt that if I'm in the business, I should do a national championship," Hansen said Monday.
August 3, 2015 |
Former New Jersey Gov. James J. Florio recalled radio reporter Gene Dillard as someone who "asked penetrating questions" but always treated him well. "He was not adversarial at all," Florio said. "He was very fair and balanced. " Florio, who is now a senior fellow for public policy and administration at the Bloustein Graduate School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, said he dealt with Mr. Dillard during his time as a congressman from 1974 to 1990 and when he was governor from 1990 to 1994.
July 24, 2015 |
THE PITCH conditions throughout the CONCACAF Gold Cup have been a hot topic of discussion among players, commentators and fans alike. Games have been played all over the United States on varying field setups. After holding matches in Dallas and Kansas City in MLS grass-field stadiums, play moved to larger-capacity stadiums for the later rounds. Gillette Stadium, for example, is a turf field, which is fine for the New England Patriots and other teams to play football on. While all games in the Gold Cup have technically been played on grass pitches, many stadiums laid grass sod over turf fields when hosting the CONCACAF national teams.
July 20, 2015
WHEN POPE Francis comes to Philadelphia in September, he'll visit one place that doesn't make it on many tourists' - or locals' - must-see lists: The Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility, one of six facilities within the Philadelphia Prison System. There, his host will be city prison commissioner Louis Giorla, a 58-year-old Philly native and a 1974 graduate of North Catholic High School. Giorla never dreamed of being prison commissioner while growing up: "It's not a job that anybody comes to by first aspirations," he said.
July 17, 2015 |
WHEN STEVE BILSKY retired as Penn athletic director and became executive director of the Big 5, he had a few thoughts on how to revive the City Series. As he told the Daily News in February, he wanted to open the series with a doubleheader at the Palestra next season to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Big 5. Done. On Wednesday, Jan. 20, Temple will play La Salle and Saint Joseph's will play Penn. Villanova is not playing for a very simple reason. Only four teams can play.
July 15, 2015 |
UNION MANAGER Jim Curtin sees a similarity between AFC Bournemouth and the city of Philadelphia. The Union will take on AFC Bournemouth, recently promoted to the English Premier League, in a friendly match tonight (7 o'clock) at PPL Park. Bournemouth isn't a household name in the soccer world. Not yet, anyway. But the longtime club has quickly risen through the ranks of the English soccer system: It was crowned as the 2014-15 second-tier champions and earned a promotion to one of the best leagues in the world.
July 15, 2015 |
Collins: A dream come true She's been a frequent guest host, so it wasn't a big surprise Monday when comic Michelle Collins , 34, was named a permanent cohost on gabshow The View . The 15th host to join the show since it launched in 1997, Collins is replacing Rosie Perez . "I couldn't be happier to join such an awesome, smart, accomplished, and funny group of women," she said in a statement. "Ever since the age of 4 . . . it's been my dream to host a talk show. " Bieb: Sorry about the pic Canadian sensation Justin Bieber , who recently declared he was now a responsible grown-up, has deleted a photo of his bare derriere from Instagram.
July 13, 2015 |
On Thursday morning in the pouring rain, Peter Sagal set out to run the streets of Philadelphia with 19 people in tow. Sagal, who is host of NPR's Wait Wait . . . Don't Tell Me , was in town to do a show at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts that night. But that morning, he went to the WHYY studios to get in a run, a city tour, and help fund-raise a little bit, too. "It's totally selfish of me because people want me to come out and hang with the donors," said Sagal, a multi-marathoner who also writes a column for Runner's World magazine.
July 12, 2015 |
What do 50 Cent, Pauly D, Paris Hilton, Brody Jenner, Lance Bass, and Dennis Haskins have in common? They're all regulars at Harrah's Atlantic City. Each has hosted multiple parties at Pool After Dark, the casino's nightclub. Other hip Atlantic City clubs, such as MIXX at The Borgata and Dusk at Caesars, are booking electronic dance music artists and well-known DJs this summer. Pool After Dark plays Top 40 hits; its party hosts are often celebrities closer to D-list than A-list. On Wednesday, 50 Cent hosted his 40th birthday party at the pool.