March 23, 2014
Propped up next to a satellite production truck, peering at a laptop outside Osceola County Stadium, Cullen McRae was practicing. Not hitting. Or pitching. Or fielding. The son of former big-league star and manager Hal McRae was busy watching TV. Specifically, preparing for his role as a replay wizard, a video review coordinator for the Miami Marlins. "It's cool to be a part of history," he said after Miami beat Houston, 7-2, Friday. "It's a work in progress for all of us. " Along with the rest of Major League Baseball, McRae is charging into this new world where managers can challenge calls by umpires.
April 19, 2013 |
STATE COLLEGE - This time around, there are no "How excited are you for your first game in Beaver Stadium" questions for Bill O'Brien heading into the Blue-White Game. But for those looking to get a glimpse at how the coach and his players look near the end of the school year, Penn State's spring tradition will carry on Saturday at noon. The position battle capturing most of the attention is that of quarterback, currently between rising sophomore Steven Bench and rising redshirt sophomore Tyler Ferguson, with heralded recruit Christian Hackenberg waiting in the wings.
December 11, 2012 |
SOME INTREPID folks were trying to work the gee-despite-the-win-you-were-eliminated-from-playoff-contention angle in the locker room Monday. Of the handful of Eagles available after a brief practice, nobody seemed shocked they weren't going to the postseason. "It felt great to win, especially under the circumstances, with a lot of young guys in, a lot of key players out in key positions," tight end Clay Harbor said. Despite how the question was phrased, Harbor didn't even mention the playoffs.
November 11, 2011 |
It seems as if the Major League Soccer season never ends - and in many ways it doesn't. Although Union CEO and managing partner Nick Sakiewicz repeatedly has said he doesn't feel the season is long enough, when you visualize all the additives (friendlies, exhibitions, CONCACAF Champions League, etc.) included in a 34-game league stretch that runs from March into November, it can be quite exhausting. With its season-ending loss to Houston last week in the MLS playoffs, the Union's offseason has already begun.
September 1, 2010 |
IF THE HOARDING of four- and five-star high school linebackers provided the surest route to success in big-time college football, Penn State would contend for the national championship every season. Surely, the Nittany Lions would be among the elite teams again this year. Despite the departure of all three starting linebackers from last season's 11-2 team - Sean Lee, Navorro Bowman and Josh Hull were all selected in the NFL draft - the Nits are, if anything, even deeper this time around.
March 25, 2009 |
When we last saw Penn State football, the Nittany Lions were marking an unceremonious end to their 2008 season in the Rose Bowl. Spring practice opens today without the pageantry of "Granddaddy of Them All," but ends with the pomp of the Blue-White scrimmage April 25. This year, with coach Joe Paterno's contract situation essentially resolved, Penn State's 15 allotted practices come in like a lamb. Last season ended as such - meekly. In November, the Lions were 10-0 and positioned as national-championship contenders.
January 29, 2008
'HOW AND where do you see your future?" Donovan McNabb was asked again on ESPN last night, and again he answered as always. "Well, I see it in Philadelphia," he said at the Super Bowl in Arizona. "And continue to finish it out there. And it's going to be a great year for us, I think, next year and I look forward to getting it started. " Donovan has learned well. He has played here since 1999, played here since Curt Schilling and Scott Rolen graced the cover of the Phillies media guide, played here during the whole Eric Lindros fiasco.
January 3, 2008 |
Mayor-elect Michael Nutter rounded out his leadership team with seven senior appointments yesterday, including three new deputy mayors and city solicitor nominee Shelley R. Smith, a former attorney with the city's Law Department and Ballard Spahr who is now counsel to the Exelon Corp. The selection of Smith leaves Nutter with just one charter-mandated cabinet position yet to fill, commerce, and he suggested that post and other senior appointments would be made shortly. Nutter already is much further along in staffing his administration than Mayor Street was before taking office for his first term.
December 23, 2007 |
NEW ORLEANS - The frustrating part is that the Eagles played the kind of game at the end of this season on the road against the Saints that you wanted to see them play in the same situation last year. If today's unexpected 38-23 win over New Orleans serves as a feel-good springboard for the 2008 season - pending Sunday's finale against Buffalo, of course - unfortunately that's the most that could be asked of it. This season lost all remaining meaning last week and the final two games would be solely for pride and potential future employment.
December 28, 2006
PAUL Waldman's comments (op-ed, Dec. 26) on what Laura Bush said about the media missed the mark. Can you honestly tell me that the media is not used as a broad weapon, especially when the Iraq war is concerned? Mr. Waldman also goes on about the first lady jumping to the defense of her husband when asked about Hurricane Katrina. What would you have her do? Jump on the bandwagon that throws the president under the bus? What newspapers are you speaking of when you say the president's poll numbers were plastered on the front page?