January 17, 2015 |
NEWARK, Del. - The players came out for pregame layups with little buzz in the crowd. As with a lot of minor-league sports, the game itself wasn't the main attraction to many in attendance. For some youngsters it was a fun night out, watching the 76ers' NBA Development League team, the Delaware 87ers, compete while also participating in other activities that were offered as the game was being played. The players view it as much more, a way to lift themselves out of obscurity and into basketball's big time.
January 14, 2015 |
A rebuilding team looking to augment its pitching depth added another arm Monday as the Phillies signed righthanded long reliever Jeanmar Gomez to a minor-league contract. Gomez, who turns 27 next month, logged 62 innings of relief for the Pittsburgh Pirates last season, his second with the club, recording a 3.19 ERA over 44 appearances. Pittsburgh outrighted him off its 40-man roster in November. Gomez started his career with the Indians, for whom he made 38 starts from 2010 to 2012.
January 4, 2015 |
Remember the time when Dan Modestine didn't even start on the junior varsity squad? The 6-foot-2 junior forward for Lansdale Catholic certainly does. "Yeah, it was disappointing," Modestine said of his sophomore campaign. "I thought about leaving a couple times, but I just thought, 'I can't leave because of this year.' " Instead of seeking asylum elsewhere, Modestine stuck with the Crusaders and focused on making this season his finest. He's certainly off to a good start in Catholic League play.
December 31, 2014 |
DISTRAUGHT over the playoff-less plight of your professional sports teams? Don't fret, Philadelphia. There are always playoffs in high school sports! And this season, Public League basketball should offer some intense competition. Plenty of regular-season action remains, but defending Pub champ Martin Luther King is off to a strong start behind returning guards Sammy Foreman and Jabri McCall, with 6-8 Roxborough transfer Tyere Marshall patrolling the middle. Constitution, Pub runner-up and defending Class AA state champ, returns with a talented group, most of whom have played together since freshman year.
December 28, 2014 |
The Phillies are close to signing lefthander Wandy Rodriguez, according to the team's play-by-play broadcaster Angel Ibo, stated a report on MLBlogs.com. The deal is expected to be a minor-league contract, but Rodriguez, who has made just 18 starts over the last two season, would have an opportunity to compete for a spot in the rotation. Rodriguez, 35, has been hampered with injuries the last couple of seasons and only started six games in 2014. Across 10 major-league, Rodriguez is 91-94 with a 4.06 ERA. Nats sign Uggla The Washington Nationals agreed to terms with second baseman Dan Uggla on a minor-league deal with an invitation to major-league spring training.
December 26, 2014 |
IT WAS THE first day of training camp back in September at Stockton College, and the first words uttered out of coach Brett Brown's mouth were about improving the defense. "That will be the theme of the season," he said. "We will not let it go. " At the beginning of last year's training camp, just a little over a month after Brown was hired, the new coach said that with the roster he inherited and with the plan of stripping it down even further, offensive pace would be his main focus.
December 18, 2014 |
While Chase Rodgers can sometimes bump heads with Sean Colson, the senior forward says he likes the hard-driving ways of the Martin Luther King coach. "He's harder on me than anybody else" he said. "At the end of the day, I know that's the best thing for me. It's going to make me a better overall player. " Rodgers started on Tuesday for the first time this season. He netted a game-high 18 points to spark King's 66-60 win at Imhotep Charter in both teams' Public League Division A opener.
December 8, 2014 |
Know any good young quarterbacks who can't run? The NFL could use a few. Deep into this 2014 season, two facts about the league's quarterbacks can't be ignored. First, and most problematic for a league whose signal-callers are its most prominent stars: The best of them are graying faster than a mid-January afternoon. Peyton Manning is 38. Tom Brady is 37. Drew Brees is 35. That's a lot of passing yards, record-book entries, and merchandising dollars headed for the exit. Not too far behind in total birthdays are Phillip Rivers (32)
December 7, 2014 |
Leaders of the National Urban League announced a $1 million grant to the organization's Philadelphia chapter and voiced concern Friday about fatal shootings by police in Ferguson, Mo., and New York City that have sparked protests over the last two weeks. With Mayor Nutter and U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.) standing by, Marc H. Morial, president of the league, announced that the chapter would receive the five-year commitment to boost its programs for job-seekers, entrepreneurs, and youth development.