February 24, 2015 |
SO THAT HAPPENED. The 87th annual Academy Awards had its moments, but too many of them were uh-huh moments. Host Neil Patrick Harris onstage in his tighty whities, a la "Birdman. " Anna Kendrick and Philly's Kevin Hart presenting the award for animated short because, well, they're animated. And short. Harris' following the Oscar win of "Whiplash" star J.K. Simmons with, "He won Oscar . . . ," set to the tune of the jingle for Simmons' Farmers Insurance ads. Yep, Oscar, the Everest of hosting gigs, has left yet another promising host stranded short of the summit.
February 20, 2015 |
THE PGA TOUR will be back in the Philadelphia area in 2018, following a 7-year absence. The Daily News has confirmed a Comcast SportsNet report that Newtown Square's Aronimink Country Club will host the BMW Championship in mid-September of that year. That event, the third leg of the FedExCup playoffs, is held at different venues throughout the country. It won't become official until the club's membership votes to accept on March 4, but sources say that isn't expected to be an issue.
February 20, 2015 |
Another PGA Tour event is likely coming in 2018 to Aronimink Golf Club, site of the 2010 and 2011 AT&T National, pending a vote of the members next month. Sources confirmed Wednesday that the tour has invited the Newtown Square club to host the 2018 BMW Championship, the third event of the annual FedEx Cup playoffs that annually is held in mid-September. Comcast SportsNet first reported the news. One source said club officials already have approved the offer and a vote of the membership is all that is needed to bring the tour back to the Philadelphia area.
February 17, 2015
ON AIR, OFF AIR, Josh Innes loves to talk. About his love of radio. Life in Philly. And the '80s sitcom "Coach," which he owns on DVD. Either way, it's the same guy. "Me on the radio is me here right now, and that's what I take pride in," Innes, 28, said yesterday afternoon, sitting at a bar table at Kildare's Irish Pub in Manayunk. "Obviously, when you're on the radio, you kind of ham it up a little bit. I have to say it in a way to get people responding, but every opinion I have on the radio is an opinion of mine," he said.
February 14, 2015 |
While Meryl Levitz was standing gamely with the politicians and her fellow hospitality-industry executives at a news conference in the Mayor's Reception Room in City Hall on Thursday, her staff was already busy digging out old playbooks. "I hope they're already working," she said. The conference detailed a massive but welcome challenge for Philadelphia and its leadership: to be fully prepared for July 2016, when the Democrats hold their national convention here. Many of the strategies, and many of the individuals who created and employed those strategies, will be a direct repeat from 2000, when the Republican National Convention was in Philadelphia.
February 8, 2015 |
A sold-out Wells Fargo Center will be occupied Saturday mostly by Villanova fans who presumably would like nothing better than to see their team gain a measure of revenge for the 20-point defeat Georgetown handed to the then-No. 4 Wildcats on Jan. 19 at the Verizon Center. Villanova coach Jay Wright, however, isn't into the revenge-as-motivation deal. He would rather see the now-No. 7 Wildcats (20-2 overall, 7-2 Big East) put together a complete game at both ends of the court when they take on the 24th-ranked Hoyas (15-7, 7-4)
January 14, 2015 |
The Philadelphia Cricket Club, which carried out a successful restoration of its storied Wissahickon course last winter, has been chosen to host the 2020 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship, the U.S. Golf Association will announce Tuesday. Cricket Club president Michael Vergare said Monday that officials were excited about the reviews last summer for the newly restored Wissahickon course, which was designed by famed architect A.W. Tillinghast and originally opened for play in 1922.
January 14, 2015 |
IN 1910 THE Philadelphia Cricket Club hosted the U.S. Open for the second time in 4 years, on its St. Martins course in Chestnut Hill, nine holes of which are still there. In 2020 the Wissahickon and Militia Hill courses in Flourtown will be the site of the first USGA championship to be held at the club since then, the newly created U.S. Amateur men's Four-Ball. The inaugural championship is being held in early May at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, the first competition on the USGA schedule (the inaugural women's championship is the following week at Oregon's Bandon Dunes resort)
January 12, 2015 |
Yamalis Villegas scored 22 points as host Cherry Hill East defeated Northern Burlington, 55-41, on Saturday in a nonleague girls' basketball game. Villegas scored 14 points in the fourth quarter. The junior guard has scored in double digits in every game this season. This is the second time that she has scored more than 20 points this season. Aliyah Godwin contributed 18 points. In other nonleague action, Anahita Sabet-Paymen scored 15 points as visiting Moorestown defeated Pemberton, 44-41.
January 9, 2015 |
Eugene J. Giello, 67, of Drexel Hill, a sports radio talk-show host, died Sunday, Jan. 4, of heart failure at Roxborough Memorial Hospital. Mr. Giello, known as "Gene," was the Bucks County-based producer and host of Sports Chatter Guys: Where Your Opinion Really Does Matter! The show was broadcast on WBCB (1490 AM), ESPN (950 AM), and WWDB (860 AM). It aired live Sundays between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. from Chickie's & Pete's Crab House & Sports Bar in South Philadelphia. Cohosts were Paul J. Solari and Kevin Midgette.