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February 10, 2009 | By David Patrick Stearns INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
If ever the Philadelphia Orchestra had the impetus to transcend its own excellence, it's the current tour of the Canary Islands and Europe. But if ever circumstances worked against that. . . . Even in the acoustically superb Auditorio Nacional de Musica in Madrid last week, the orchestra had experienced so many successive days of traveling and playing - sometimes in halls with a built-in defeat factor - that lost ground wasn't made up immediately. Would audiences for these last Iberian dates of the tour know the difference?
BUSINESS
September 16, 1995 | By Tom Belden, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
For the second time in a month, USAir has applied to fly nonstop between Philadelphia and a European capital, this time to Madrid. USAir's application, filed with the U.S. Department of Transportation, comes on top of a request to the government filed Aug. 21 to serve the Philadelphia-Rome route. The airline also has asked for government approval to fly nonstop between Boston and both Madrid and Rome. If USAir gets both U.S. and Spanish government approval for the Madrid service, and wins the Rome route, Philadelphia will have nonstop flights to six European cities.
NEWS
October 7, 1986 | By Alice-Leone Moats, Inquirer Contributing Writer
My 22-year-old chum, Elenita, telephoned this morning to invite me to luncheon on Friday. She said, "My mother would like you to meet a lady who is going to Philadelphia for three months. " "Why?" I asked. Elenita, not much given to taking any interest in others, didn't know. After I hung up, it occurred to me that if I had been told the lady was going to New York for three months I wouldn't have asked why. People go to New York just for the hell of it, just to have a good time, but a visit to Philadelphia requires a more serious purpose.
NEWS
July 1, 2001 | By Susan Warner INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The trip to Spain began with a "Sunrise, Sunset" moment. As I gathered up the family passports, I glanced down at the baby photo on my daughter Sylvia's passport. Wasn't it only yesterday? Then I noticed the passport's expiration date, which had once seemed so absurdly out in the future. It had come and gone 10 days earlier. It was now 9 p.m. on Friday. Our flight to Madrid and our discount, nonrefundable seats were leaving Philadelphia in 23 hours. Operating on high alert, I phoned the State Department.
SPORTS
October 20, 2003 | Daily News Wire Services
Juan Carlos Ferrero won the Madrid (Spain) Masters yesterday with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 victory over Nicolas Massu and overtook Andy Roddick for first place in the ATP Champions Race with 3 weeks left. Ferrero, the French Open champion and U.S. Open runner-up, has four titles this season. He will lead Spain in the Davis Cup final next month in Australia. Ferrero has 826 points in the season-long ATP Champions Race, four more than Roddick, who lost to Massu in the third round. The Champions Race standings are based on the four majors, the nine Tennis Masters Series events and a player's other top results.
NEWS
September 18, 1988 | By Alice-Leone Moats, Special to The Inquirer
The drawing in the newspaper showed a locomotive pulling five cars as it raced across a bridge. Smoke billowed from the stack. The picture illustrated an advertisement for a day's excursion to Aranjuez on El Tren de la Fresa. It is called the Strawberry Train because Aranjuez is celebrated for its strawberries. It is also celebrated for its asparagus but El Tren de la Fresa obviously has more glamour and appeal than El Tren de los Esparragos. The sight of the gallant little locomotive chuff-chuffing along reminded me of the 1920s, when I went to Spain as a child with my mother.
SPORTS
May 8, 1989 | By Peter Pascarelli, Inquirer Staff Writer
He took the mound as the ninth starting pitcher for the Phillies' injury- riddled staff this year, and the team did not know what to expect. But Alex Madrid came up big. He pitched 6 2/3 innings of shutout ball yesterday in his first start of the season, and the Phillies used a reserve-filled lineup to coast to a 5-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. The second shutout in three games by their much-maligned staff gave the Phillies their first winning series since they swept Montreal at home April 10-12.
NEWS
May 19, 1992 | By Daniel Webster, INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
There's a point in this city that is the exact geographic center of Spain, and the hall in which the Philadelphia Orchestra played its concerts Sunday and Monday is the center of an exploding musical scene in Madrid. No longer a country of historic, decaying theaters, Spain is building and renewing. With the opening of the Auditoria Nacional in the late 1980s, Madrid has four major halls, filling with orchestras in a way that invites comparison with London. The Philadelphians completed their Spanish tour with concerts in the Auditoria Nancional, whose interior recalls the Berlin Philharmonic's surround-seating and dramatically angled balconies.
NEWS
April 15, 2007 | By Katie Goldstein FOR THE INQUIRER
When I mentioned I wanted to go to Extremadura, my Spanish boyfriend looked at me as if I was loca. Extremadura isn't exactly high on the lists of most tourists in Spain. Or natives, for that matter. It's the region to the west of Madrid that borders Portugal, home to a rugged landscape and walled towns that appear nearly untouched by the 21st century. It's not that Extremadura isn't appealing. Most Spaniards simply don't think about it. Visitors to Spain flock to the beaches, to the sunny south or the verdant north, or to the cosmopolitan big cities.
NEWS
March 13, 2004 | By Alejandro Bodipo-Memba and Matt Schofield INQUIRER FOPREIGN STAFF
Yesterday was a day of mourning and protest in Madrid. The day after Spain's worst terrorist attack, an angry and intensely emotional parade of more than 2.5 million people poured into the streets of the Spanish capital to protest the bombings that killed almost 200 and injured nearly 1,500. A sea of millions chanting "Assassins, ETA No!" and waving the Spanish flag braved cold, rainy weather and walked a 1-mile route from the Plaza de Colon to the Atocha rail station. ETA is the Basque separatist group suspected in the bombings.
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May 12, 2013
At the Madrid Open, Rafael Nadal reached his seventh consecutive final since returning from a knee injury, brushing aside Pablo Andujar , 6-0, 6-4. Nadal will play Stanislas Wawrinka in Sunday's final. Wawrinka recovered late to defeat Tomas Berdych , 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, in the other semifinal. Also Sunday, top-ranked Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova will meet in the final with the No. 1 ranking on the line. Williams will have a chance to win her 50th title after downing Sara Errani , 7-5, 6-2. No. 2 Sharapova beat Ana Ivanovic , 6-4, 6-3. NFL: George Sauer Jr ., 69, who had a huge day in the biggest game in New York Jets history and then surprisingly walked away from football a few years later, died Tuesday in Westerville, Ohio, of Alzheimer's disease.
SPORTS
May 2, 2013 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
ANDREW BYNUM showed the good people of Spain something he has yet to show Sixers fans: That he's got moves. The Sixers' center, who didn't play a single game this past season because of bad knees, was recently filmed flamenco dancing at a club in Madrid. Guess the local bowling alley was closed. Actually, Spanish dancing was appropriate, considering Bynum took an 82-game siesta this season. A little more than a month ago, Bynum had arthroscopic surgery on both his knees.
SPORTS
March 7, 2013 | From Inquirer Wire Services
MANCHESTER, England - Cristiano Ronaldo sent Real Madrid into the Champions League quarterfinals at the expense of his former club Manchester United by hitting his 40th goal of the season to clinch a 2-1 victory on Tuesday. The forward completed Real's comeback in the 69th minute to secure a 3-2 aggregate-goals win after the Spanish champions took advantage of United being reduced to 10 men on a controversial red card. Ronaldo opted not to celebrate the goal that clinched the win. "I am happy inside because Madrid got through," he said.
NEWS
February 4, 2013
Group admits to blast in Turkey ANKARA, Turkey - The suicide bomber who struck the U.S. Embassy in Ankara spent several years in prison on terrorism charges but was released on probation after being diagnosed with a hunger strike-related brain disorder, officials said Saturday. The bomber, identified as Ecevit Sanli, 40, killed himself and a Turkish security guard on Friday, in what U.S. officials said was a terrorist attack. On Saturday, the outlawed leftist militant group Revolutionary People's Liberation party-Front claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement posted on a website linked to the group.
NEWS
September 27, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
MADRID - Spain's government was hit by the country's financial crisis on two fronts Tuesday as protesters, enraged with austerity cutbacks and tax hikes, clashed with police near Parliament while the nation's borrowing costs increased in an auction of its debt. More than 1,000 riot police blocked off access to the Parliament building in the heart of Madrid, forcing most protesters to crowd nearby avenues and shutting down traffic at the height of the evening rush hour. Police used batons to push back some protesters at the front of the march attended by an estimated 6,000 people as tempers flared, and some demonstrators broke down barricades and threw rocks and bottles toward authorities.
SPORTS
August 12, 2012 | By Marc Narducci, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It may have only been the preseason for Real Madrid, but one of the world's top soccer powers showed it meant business during an exhibition tour in the U.S. The four-game tour, part of the World Football Challenge, concluded with Real Madrid's 2-0 win over reining Scottish champion Celtic, on a humid Saturday afternoon at Lincoln Financial Field. Thus Real Madrid appears ready to begin defense of its Spanish La Liga title. League play begins for Real Madrid on Aug. 19. Despite the usual festive attitude of an international competition of this variety, a somber scene occurred in the 72d minute when Dylan McGeough of Celtic was knocked out while going for a head ball.
SPORTS
August 11, 2012 | By Joseph D'Hippolito, For The Inquirer
Even after more than a century of achievement, one fact succinctly summarizes Real Madrid's status in soccer. Ten of its players, the most from any club, competed for three nations in last month's semifinals of the European championships. Five of them helped Spain defend its title. Those players - including Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, Spain's Iker Casillas, and Germany's Mesut Ozil - will face Scottish champion Glasgow Celtic at Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday night. The exhibition is the end of a four-game tour of the United States.
SPORTS
August 11, 2012 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cristiano Ronaldo will be the headliner when Real Madrid meets Glasgow Celtic in Saturday's World Football Challenge at Lincoln Financial Field. Ronaldo also appeared in Philadelphia last season when Real Madrid faced the Union. A broader question is whether Ronaldo's appearance stateside could one day be a common occurrence. He was quoted recently saying that he would consider playing in Major League Soccer later in his career. With celebrated players such as David Beckham making MLS their home, nothing should be considered unrealistic.
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