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 24, 2014 |
THE PHILLIES signed three players to minor league contracts yesterday: first baseman Chris McGuiness, and righthanded pitchers Kevin Slowey and Sean O'Sullivan. All three players received invitations to spring training as nonroster invitees. Pitchers and catchers will hold their first workout in Clearwater, Fla., on Feb. 19. McGuiness, 26, hit .264 with a .770 OPS and nine home runs in 126 games at Indianapolis last season, the Triple A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. He appeared in 10 big-league games with Texas in 2013.
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.
November 29, 2014 |
It has been a breakout season for Great Valley under first-year head coach Dan Ellis. The Patriots are 12-1, own an eight-game winning streak, and are the District 1 champions for the first time after turning back previously undefeated Springfield (Delco) by 21-0 last week. Next, in trying to keep alive a banner campaign, is a PIAA Class AAA quarterfinal against powerhouse and defending state titlist Archbishop Wood at 7 p.m. Friday at Northeast. The Vikings, who turned back Imhotep Charter by 42-34 in last week's District 12 final, arrive as a considerable favorite.
November 17, 2014 |
THREE WEEKS after Imhotep Charter thrashed West Philadelphia High, 66-6, deja vu was in full effect Saturday afternoon with the Panthers' 62-0 rout over the Speedboys to capture the Public League Class AAA championship at Northeast High field. Despite tallying 62 unanswered points en route to the title, Imhotep coach Albie Crosby delivered a post-game message, firmly reminding his team: "State Champions. Still not done. " Senior quarterback Andre Dreuitt-Parks seems to have that slogan set in his mind.