August 8, 2014 |
ONE PITCHER went around the clubhouse for a healthy heaping of handshakes and hugs. Jonathan Papelbon asked if he could tag along to join a first-place team. Another was still in Toledo, Ohio, around lunchtime before hearing he was wanted on the mound in South Philly that night. Roberto Hernandez was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers yesterday afternoon, in exchange for two minor league players to be named later. Since Hernandez was scheduled to start last night against the Astros, Sean O'Sullivan had to figure out a way to get from Toledo to Citizens Bank Park in a few short hours.
June 20, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - The same night the Phillies were shut out for the seventh time in a span of 27 games, one of their former eighth-round draft picks made his introduction to Major League Baseball. A 93 mph fastball was deposited into Minute Maid Park's home bullpen, a bat was flipped and a rebuilding Houston Astros organization experienced a dose of validation. Jon Singleton, the heralded first-base prospect who the Phillies surrendered in the 2011 trade that brought them Hunter Pence, is now 15 games into his budding big-league career.
May 23, 2014 |
Anjanea Williams loved children and dreamed of owning a day-care center before she was fatally shot outside a deli in Camden. Williams, 20, was an innocent bystander, waiting for food in January 2011 when she was caught in the middle of a gunfight. Six months earlier, the alleged shooter, Taurean Houston, had been bailed out of jail by his family, which posted $8,000 - a fraction of the $175,000 bail set for a charge of attempted murder. The case is one example highlighted in an 82-page state report, released Wednesday, that calls for changes in the bail-bond system to end "questionable" practices.
May 16, 2014 |
TEMPLE'S baseball team, in its last regular-season weekend, is going down with a fight. The Owls knocked off No. 16 Houston, 4-1, yesterday at Campbell's Field in Camden. Temple (14-29, 9-13 AAC) clinches a bid in the American Athletic Conference Tournament next week in Clearwater, Fla. Matt Hockenberry (5-5) allowed only three hits, a walk and one unearned run while striking out four in six innings.
April 23, 2014 |
Its top speed is 35 m.p.h. It has less horsepower than a lawn mower. Nevertheless, the bright-red, fiberglass-paneled contraption in a Swarthmore College basement is very much a race car - in a race to use as little energy as possible. The svelte, three-wheeled vehicle is headed to Houston this week to compete among 125 entrants in the Shell Eco-marathon Americas. Proud of your hybrid's gas-sipping economy? Take a backseat. Some of the cars in the running can achieve thousands - yes, thousands - of miles per gallon of gasoline.
March 28, 2014 |
HOUSTON - Where the 76ers are right now is obvious; look no further for proof than last night's 26th consecutive loss, which tied the NBA record. Where they want to go was almost as easy to see, also, in those Rockets, who won the game, 120-98. And one of the engineers of Houston's turnaround was Sam Hinkie, now the president and general manager of the Sixers. Following three straight seasons without making the playoffs, the Rockets were able to land James Harden in a trade with Oklahoma City and sign him to 5-year contract.
March 3, 2014 |
After a run of five consecutive games vs. nationally ranked opponents, Temple discovered that going up against unranked Houston provided no relief, especially with the Owls' defense again struggling to stop their foes from scoring. The Cougars made their last seven shots from the field and connected on 73 percent of their attempts in the second half Saturday night in posting an 89-79 victory over Temple at the Liacouras Center in an American Athletic Conference game. In losing their fourth straight game and eighth of their last nine, the Owls (7-21, 2-14 American)
February 11, 2014 |
HOUSTON - Temple enjoyed two big runs against Houston yesterday afternoon. But they weren't enough to offset the Owls' defensive lapses and poor early shooting. "We're still not good enough defensively," Temple coach Fran Dunphy said after an 88-74 loss at Hofheinz Pavilion dropped his Owls to 6-16 overall, 1-9 in the American Athletic Conference. The Cougars are 12-12, 4-7. The Owls were led by guard Dalton Pepper's 17 points and received career highs in points (11) and rebounds (11)
February 11, 2014 |
HOUSTON - A Texas road trip brought the Temple Owls nothing but more heartache in a season that has turned into a bad country song. On Sunday, Temple fell to Houston, 88-74, after a terrible first-half stretch proved too much to come back from at Hofheinz Pavilion. Temple had cut a 20-point Houston lead down to five points in just four minutes of the second half. After that, the Owls stuck around for a while, but a couple of three-pointers gave the Cougars the cushion they needed.
February 9, 2014 |
Jamaad Muse said he wasn't thinking about a track scholarship. "I didn't even realize this could happen," said Muse, a Timber Creek senior who on Wednesday signed a national letter of intent to attend the University of Houston on a track scholarship. Muse said he visited Houston last summer and also received a home visit from Cougars coach Leroy Burrell, a former Olympian who went to Penn Wood High School in the Philadelphia suburbs. "I loved it down there," Muse said. "They worked hard.