July 22, 2014 |
The question that hung in the overcast sky over Atlantic City was counterintuitive. Could this part-glitz, part-seedy, all-camp metropolis measure up to its tiny seashore neighbor Asbury Park? (In terms, that is, as host to one of the biggest gay beach parties on the East Coast.) Judging from the fierce crowd of men who gathered Saturday on the sand outside the Claridge Hotel - where the sunglasses were mirrored, the pectorals sculpted, and the bathing suits practically dermatological - and partied on through Sunday, the answer was, "Yes, girl!"
July 13, 2014 |
The clock is ticking on the Union. In a season in which little has gone right, they find themselves outside the playoff picture, in the lower half of the Eastern Conference standings. The Union (4-8-6), however, have earned seven points in their last four MLS games, making a playoff push possible. To make it a reality, they need more stretches like the last one. They sit just two points out of a playoff spot, but that's deceiving because they have played at least one more game than every team in playoff position.
July 11, 2014
WITH THE wonderful Marilu Henner heading the cast, there's already enough of a reason to see Christopher Durang 's 2013 Tony-winning comedy, "Vanya and Masha and Sonia and Spike" at New Hope's Bucks County Playhouse. But if you still need a nudge, know that you'll also be seeing Durang's debut in the role of Vanya. The July 17 to Aug. 10 run marks the first time that Durang, 65, who has sporadically performed for decades, will be on the boards since 2005, when he co-starred with Tony recipient Debra Monk in a Boston production of his two-person "Laughing Wild.
July 10, 2014 |
THE ODDS of Philadelphia hosting the 2016 Democratic National Convention just improved a bit. And the thanks goes to Cleveland. The Republican National Committee yesterday announced that it is recommending Cleveland for its 2016 convention. Cleveland is one of six cities that filed applications last month to host the Democratic convention that year. The Democratic National Committee's "exclusivity clause" in that bidding process will cut Cleveland from the running if that city signs a deal with the Republicans.
July 2, 2014 |
WHEN THE FIRST U.S. Open at Merion in 32 years ended last June with Justin Rose holding a trophy that many were probably hoping would have been Phil Mickelson's, the conventional wisdom seemed to be that the venue had done enough to earn itself a fifth Open at some point. And the most logical return date appeared to be 2030, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Bobby Jones completing his unprecedented Grand Slam there at the U.S. Amateur. Turns out it might not take nearly that long.
June 25, 2014
IN ITS LAST match before resuming MLS play, the Union plays tonight against the New York Cosmos in a fifth-round Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup game at PPL Park. Kickoff is set for 7 o'clock. The Cosmos, who play in the North American Soccer League, advanced to the fifth round by defeating the New York Red Bulls, 3-0, on June 14. Three days later, the Union defeated its USL PRO affiliate, the Harrisburg City Islanders, 3-1, via two overtime goals from Andrew Wenger. Tonight's winner advances to the quarterfinals, July 8 and 9, against the New England Revolution or the Rochester Rhinos, who play tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. The Rhinos are New England's USL PRO affiliate.
June 25, 2014 |
Philadelphia has become a big player on the national hockey stage. With the NHL draft at the Wells Fargo Center this weekend, it caps a four-year span in which the city has also hosted the Stanley Cup Finals, the Winter Classic at Citizens Bank Park, and the NCAA's Frozen Four. In other words, Philly has come a long way since it held a parade to welcome an NHL expansion team in 1967 and about 25 people showed up. "It's obvious we are one of the top hockey cities in America," said Larry Needle, executive director of the Philadelphia Sports Congress, "and this is another in a long line of hockey events in the city.
June 21, 2014 |
A mist of white chalk sprang from the hands of David Praiss as he dropped a barbell into a shoulder-high stand Thursday morning. He had just come back up from a squatting position when his knees nearly touched his bright-orange "Genuine Jersey" T-shirt - meaning the state, not the fabric. He had 120 kilograms, or 265 pounds, of weight on his shoulders. As many champions do, Praiss pumped his arms in the air while cheers engulfed him inside Kendall Hall at the College of New Jersey in Ewing.
June 18, 2014 |
EAGLES LINEBACKER Connor Barwin bikes from his Rittenhouse Square apartment to work most days. Riding through Point Breeze in March, he passed a dilapidated basketball court and decided it needed a facelift. He wasn't the first to think so. In fact, Barwin was late to the party. Efforts to revitalize Ralph Brooks Park, at 20th and Tasker streets, had been underway for nearly a year. With support from local nonprofit Urban Roots, the ACE Mentor Program and the Philadelphia Water Department, the goal was to transform the aging park into a local hoops hub on par with New York City's legendary Rucker Park.
May 30, 2014 |
SAYING HE wants kids to play sports but play safely, President Obama called yesterday for more and better research into the effects and treatment of concussions in youth athletes. The issue is one of growing concern for parents who spend weekends driving their kids from one game to another. But without direct authority over youth sports leagues, Obama's ability to address the issue meaningfully is limited to calling for research and trying to jump-start a national conversation to teach parents, coaches and young athletes about concussions - the goal of a summit he hosted at the White House.