September 19, 2014 |
THEY WEREN'T wearing badges or capes, but in just a matter of hours, anonymous Twitter detective @FanSince09, aided by a group of social-media sleuths that included a former star of "Real Housewives of New Jersey," managed to restore our faith in humanity and the Internet. For that, this Twitter Justice League deserves keys to the city. Or at least some superhero-grade capes. "Awesome work with the police on identifying the assailants," tweeted a user named Lisa McGrath. "Faith in humanity lives another day. " Like most superpowers, the Internet can be used for good and evil.
September 15, 2014 |
While the Phillies minor-league systems needs improvement, there are some intriguing prospects emerging. Here is a look at some of them. (This list doesn't include players such as Maikel Franco and Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, who were promoted to the Phillies on Sept. 2 after the minor-league season ended and the MLB rosters expanded.) Solid showings J.P. Crawford, SS, Clearwater. Crawford began the year at Lakewood and more than held his own when promoted to Clearwater, hitting .275 with eight home runs, 29 RBIs, and a .759 OPS. He turns 20 in January and could begin next season at Reading.
September 12, 2014 |
IN 13 OF THE last 14 seasons, either George Washington or Frankford has captured a Public League football championship. With the addition of defensive end, Shareef Miller, who transferred from Franford, a relatively inexperienced Eagles squad is looking to soar yet again, but the future is murkier for the Pioneers, who find themselves with several questions to answer. What does all of that mean in AAAA play this season? Lookout for Northeast High; the Vikings have a few studs in defensive end Gladimir "The Destroyer" Paul (Virginia)
September 9, 2014 |
THE GUARDIAN Civic League, which has championed the rights of Philadelphia's black police officers since 1956, has had its tax-exempt status revoked for failing to file required forms, and it could owe the federal government nearly $100,000 in penalties. The IRS filed a $99,787.25 tax lien against the league in May, after yanking its nonprofit status in January because league officials haven't filed tax paperwork since 2010, according to the IRS and the Pennsylvania Department of State.
September 7, 2014 |
Conestoga's Tim Miller hopped into Martin Dorsey's white SUV a few hours before the kickoff of a 21-14 win over visiting Ridley on Friday night. The two Conestoga offensive players drove together, as they do practically everywhere, for the 10-minute trip to the school's stadium. They told each other to be patient. Let Ridley stack the defensive line, Dorsey said, and the passing game will develop. No one will be able to call it a fluke, Miller said, when they beat Ridley for the second straight year.
August 30, 2014 |
Bicentennial Drew Pearson described his Delco Christian football team as "hungry. " And why wouldn't the second-year coach's team be hungry after getting a taste of what it's like to compete in a District 1 Class A final last season? The Knights finished third in the Bicentennial Athletic League last year, going 8-3 overall and 4-2 in the conference, eventually dropping the district title game to league rival Bristol, 19-6. Pearson called the clash, which was a 7-6 game well into the fourth quarter, an experience that helped launch his players' development in the offseason.
August 28, 2014 |
THE ONLY THING more discouraging for Phillies fans eager to see the current season come to an end is the dearth of major league-ready talent in the minor leagues. Pitchers Aaron Nola and Jesse Biddle could be ready for the big leagues at some point in 2015, but not in April. After power-hitting corner infielder Maikel Franco, there isn't a prospect realistically expected to compete for a job at big league camp next spring. But shortly after the 2014 season ends, a ray of hope within the lower levels of the minor league system will be on display out west.
August 28, 2014 |
Diane Wilfert, 68, adores watching her grandchildren - just not on Sundays during football season. From the first snap to the final buzzer, the grandmother from Pilesgrove, N.J., can be found perched on the couch - fantasy football roster in hand - hoping her team, the Cat's Pajamas, has a winning day. Wilfert, now retired, loves fantasy football - where participants choose real players to create imaginary teams. Her $40-to-join league, comprising family and friends, includes a draft party, gives her something to talk about with her sons-in-law, "and it's been wonderful for my marriage," she said.
August 25, 2014 |
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - Mo'ne Davis sat on Thursday evening with her back leaned against a wooden pole. She watched her Taney teammates practice hitting inside the batting cages at the Little League World Series. The star pitcher reached into Joe Richardson's oversize bag of Skittles, the candy her team ate for good luck. She lifted her hands near her ears, replicating moose antlers. Scott Bandura, her oldest friend on the team, did the same. Davis entered the tournament as a 13-year-old girl from South Philadelphia.
August 23, 2014 |
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - The tarp had finally come off the infield at Howard J. Lamade Stadium on Thursday night, and the Taney Dragons were taking a belated session of fielding practice. Manager Alex Rice tossed a baseball in the air and swung. He made contact, and the ball sailed into the outfield, over the head of the waiting Taney player, and past the fence. The crowd cheered. It was a light moment, and one of many. Starting pitcher Erik Lipson danced in front of the dugout.