June 16, 2016 |
Chris Stapleton is the Nashville overnight sensation who, naturally, has been working for most of this millennium to step out of the shadows and into the mainstream. The 38-year-old, cowboy-hat-wearing Kentuckian with the bushy beard and burly, luxuriously soulful voice was the surprise big winner at last fall's Country Music Association Awards, where he sang his signature, slow-burning version of the George Jones hit "Tennessee Whiskey" as a duet with his pal Justin Timberlake. That led to a Grammy album of the year nomination for Traveller , his 2015 solo debut album, which put Stapleton's name in lights after years of having his songs recorded by a wide range of artists, including Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, and Adele.
December 7, 2015 |
Nearly four decades ago, when their two-person traveling party welcomed a third member, Pete Mackanin's wife, Nancy, began keeping a journal. As Mackanin bounced from one baseball job to the next, his family moving from one town to the next, Nancy recorded all of their son's firsts and noted where they were in their lives at every given point. The journal is how Nancy knows the precise number of times she has packed up and moved with her husband: 57, or enough for about 10 lifetimes.
May 23, 2014 |
IN WHAT could be described as a low-speed chase, former Philadelphia Common Pleas Judge Willis W. Berry Jr., 71, was arrested yesterday and charged with abusing his office to run his private business affairs while on the bench in the 1990s and 2000s. The arrest of the retired judge came seven long years after news reports first tagged him as a slumlord running rental properties out of his judicial chambers, and five years after he was suspended over the alleged misconduct. But although the initial judicial-ethics complaint against Berry was lodged in 2007, Attorney General Kathleen Kane, in announcing the criminal charges, said the matter was not referred to her office until July, prompting an independent probe.
March 5, 2014 |
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - One of the first names out of Ryne Sandberg's mouth yesterday afternoon was that of a 36-year-old who has tallied more than 100 major league plate appearances in a season four times, 200 major league plate appearances in a season twice, and who has a frame that looks more like a utility infielder's. Meet Wil Nieves, the Phillies' backup catcher, a man who might print his resume in landscape mode, its breadth far exceeding its depth. A veteran of eight organizations, two of which never promoted him to the major leagues, the 5-11, 190-pound Puerto Rican player signed a $1.125 million contract to replace Erik Kratz as Carlos Ruiz' understudy behind the plate this season.
August 26, 2013 |
The monarch butterflies at the Tyler Arboretum were about a week old, so it was time for them to move on. About 60 orange-and-black monarchs, freshly emerged from their chrysalises, were tagged and released into the wild at the arboretum's Butterfly Festival on Saturday. Over the next several weeks, the delicate insects will flutter about 2,500 miles south and then west before settling in a central Mexican mountain range with millions of others, the longest migratory journey of any North American butterfly.
March 19, 2013 |
TAMPA, Fla. - Kimmo Timonen was an afterthought. The Los Angeles Kings took a flier on him with the 250th overall pick in the 10th round of the 1993 draft - so late that the NHL doesn't even draft past seven rounds anymore because so few picks actually panned out. The Kings had little interest in Timonen, eventually trading his rights to Nashville. When Timonen finally did land in North America 5 years after being drafted, he was jettisoned to the minors in Milwaukee. One NHL game seemed like the longest of longshots.
March 14, 2013 |
NEWARK, N.J. - When he was sent back to the minors in 1998, defenseman Kimmo Timonen never thought he would one day be approaching an NHL milestone: playing in 1,000 career games. Timonen played in his 998th NHL game Wednesday when the Flyers faced the New Jersey Devils in a meeting of scuffling teams battling for playoff berths. "It's been a long journey, and I'm a couple games away," he said after Wednesday's morning skate. He added: "There's been all kind of ups and downs in the middle, but that's part of the game.
September 8, 2012 |
Eleven days ago, Erik Kratz pointed his white, 1998 Honda Accord toward Harrisonburg, Va., and started the 270-mile drive home. "It's still a good ride," Kratz said of the car, which has taken him about 190,000 miles to and from obscurity. He thought about his wife, who is expecting the couple's third child in October. He thought about how he would spend the day away from baseball. He thought about how grateful he was, and then it hit him. "I drove down some familiar roads," Kratz said.
March 17, 2012 |
Sam Young took a long journey to Philadelphia - literally. Acquired on Thursday from the Memphis Grizzlies, the 6-foot-6, 220-pound swingman was in uniform for Friday's game at the Wells Fargo Center against the Miami Heat, but not before an eventful 24 hours. Shortly after the trade, he drove from Memphis to Washington, where he picked up some belongings and then came to Philadelphia. The distance from Memphis to Washington is about 875 miles. "It was good because I got a lot of time to think and reflect and think about what I have been through the last couple of months and where I was headed to," Young said before Friday's game.
October 17, 2011 |
LANDOVER, Md. - If there were reasons to be encouraged, and there were, the final score may have been the least of them. Yes, the Eagles absolutely had to beat Washington here Sunday. They did, 20-13, in a game that was messier than Andy Reid's shirt at a rib joint. The Eagles looked, for the first time in too long, like a bona fide NFL team. It says much about how bad things had gotten that this felt like cause for celebration. There was a time, in other words, when beating Rex Grossman was not considered the highlight of an Eagles season.