July 28, 2013 |
Fifty years after the historic March on Washington, a panel of key black leaders in Philadelphia on Friday said the most important issues facing African Americans are the need for jobs, improvements in education, and preserving the right to vote. At the National Urban League's conference at the Convention Center, leaders including the Rev. Al Sharpton, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, and Urban League president and CEO Marc Morial addressed those issues during a panel discussion entitled "50 Years and Marching On. " "Black unemployment has not decreased," Sharpton said after a question from the moderator, the journalist George Curry.
July 28, 2013 |
DETROIT - The Phillies 42d player this year has as many LinkedIn endorsements for Microsoft Office as he does for baseball. His resume lists his current employer as the Phillies. Before that, he was a program associate at a project-management company. He has a degree in civil engineering. Steve Susdorf was called up on Thursday, had his first major-league at bat against the Cardinals the same day - and grounded into double play. The Phillies had placed Domonic Brown on the seven-day disabled list for concussions before Thursday's game, and needed a replacement, quickly.
July 26, 2013 |
ST. LOUIS - It was a most unusual error on a baseball field. A skydiver parachuting in before a summer league game accidentally kicked shortstop Mattingly Romanin in the face, knocking him to the ground and, it turns out, ending his season. The 20-year-old Mattingly said yesterday he had a concussion and was trying to take the bizarre mishap in stride. "Obviously I was a little upset and kind of frustrated about how the whole situation developed," he said. "It was a freak accident.
July 24, 2013 |
THE EAGLES haven't even held their first training-camp practice yet, but thanks to the NFL, two of their rookies, Zach Ertz and Jordan Poyer, already are behind. Ertz, a second-round tight end, and Poyer, a seventh-round defensive back, are victims of one of the league's dumber rules. While the rest of the team's rookies spent most of the spring at the NovaCare Complex participating in OTAs and minicamps and familiarizing themselves with the offense and defense, Ertz and Poyer were on the West Coast finishing school and forced to learn their positional responsibilities via once-a-week Skype sessions with an assistant coach.
July 23, 2013 |
At a time when economic and civil rights issues are at the forefront in the news, the National Urban League will hold its annual conference in Philadelphia, marking key anniversaries in African American history. The theme of the group's conference, which runs from Wednesday through Saturday at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, is "Redeem the Dream: Jobs Rebuild America. " The event marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, at which the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his iconic "I Have a Dream" speech, and the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.
July 19, 2013 |
AMMAN, Jordan - Secretary of State John Kerry won Arab League backing Wednesday for his effort to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, raising hopes that the stalled negotiations could resume. Kerry cited significant progress in narrowing gaps between the two sides, but he declined to elaborate. On his sixth trip to the Middle East in as many months as America's top diplomat, Kerry met in Jordan with representatives of the Arab League and nine of its members that support an Arab-Israeli peace plan proposed by Saudi Arabia.
July 15, 2013 |
ORLANDO - The Orlando Pro Summer League has come and gone, and we won't be watching the 76ers again until the preseason begins. Summer leagues are basically glorified pickup games. But the games do give you a good look at the new draft picks. They enable you to see what some of the veterans have learned, and introduce you to undrafted rookies trying to make NBA rosters. The NBA preseason is slated to begin Oct. 4. So here are some things we learned about the 76ers: Michael Carter-Williams still has a lot of work to do running a team as a primary point guard.
July 12, 2013 |
"Man, I love basketball. I just really love playing basketball. " - Dionte Christmas ORLANDO - In a little more than a week, Dionte Christmas has gone through almost a dozen practices, will have played five games in 6 days and then will leave tomorrow to do it all over again in Las Vegas. And still, despite the soreness and the early wake-up calls and the nonstop grind that is Summer League basketball, the Temple alum simply can't get enough. His energy is boundless, his enthusiasm almost noncontainable.
July 10, 2013 |
WHEN THE LIGHTS went on at the playground at 10th and Olney for another round of games in the Chosen League last Wednesday night, an unexpected visitor drew a crowd upon news of his participation. His flow and charisma with the ball, and without, wowed fans, and opposing players alike. Rysheed Jordan scored 26 points in his return to the Chosen League, the only time he will play in the league this summer. The star guard is headed off to spend the summer practicing with his new team, the St. John's Red Storm.
July 5, 2013 |
BEGINNING ON Sunday, both aspiring and current Sixers will begin play in the Orlando Pro Summer League at the practice court of Orlando's Amway Center. The Sixers' summer roster features two players who played for them last season, Arnett Moultrie and Justin Holiday. Recent draft picks Michael Carter-Williams and Arsalan Kazemi also are on the 13-man roster. While a few players seem to have their roster spot assured, former Temple Owls Khalif Wyatt and Micheal Eric will be vying for a spot on the team, hoping to play together again in Philadelphia.