June 26, 2015 |
JAZMINE SMITH is paying it forward. As a child she was introduced to field hockey, a sport not traditionally played by African-Americans. She fell in love with it. Excelled at it. Got a full ride to Kutztown because of it. Smith founded Eyekonz Field Hockey and first introduced the sport to young women of color in the Philadelphia area last year. She uses a unique approach in which she does far more than teach them the game. She molds them. Mentors them. Challenges them. Her efforts haven't gone unnoticed.
June 1, 2013 |
As Andrew Welles exited the oval after his jump-off round in the $100,000 Devon Grand Prix Thursday night, his friends had some words for him. The eventual second-place finisher had just run a faultless time of 35.815 seconds. Only two riders remained. "They said I'm about to get smoked," recalled Welles, who lives in Wellington, Fla. "And McLain was walking in. " Welles' prophetic friends were referring to McLain Ward, a legend at the Devon Horse Show with seven Grand Prix victories entering this year's event.
February 27, 2013 |
JOE HAND Promotions Inc., and the Ultimate Fighting Championship organization have announced a multiyear extension of their pay-television agreement. Joe Hand Promotions, based in Feasterville, will continue to be the UFC's exclusive commercial distributor in the United States for closed circuit and pay-per-view. The extension goes until 2015. "I'm pleased that Joe Hand Promotions will continue to provide passionate, loyal sports fans with our action-packed events," UFC president Dana White said.
December 3, 2012 |
Northern Illinois has busted the BCS and is heading to the Orange Bowl. The Mid-American champions (12-1) finished 15th in the final Bowl Championship Series standings. Finishing in the top 16 and ahead of a qualifying conference champion meant the Huskies were automatically BCS-bound, and they'll play Atlantic Coast Conference champion Florida State (11-2) on Jan. 1 in Miami. Northern Illinois finished ahead of two conference titlists, Big East winner Louisville and Big Ten champion Wisconsin.
November 30, 2012 |
HOW DO YOU expect Macho Camacho to rest in peace with all that racket going on? At Camacho's wake in Puerto Rico on Tuesday, at least two fights broke out among the mourners who showed up to pay their final respects to the former five-time boxing champion, who died on Saturday after being shot outside a bar in San Juan. The main event - if you had to pick one - involved Camacho's former girlfriends and his sisters. At one point, Cynthia Castillo - who claimed she was the boxer's main squeeze at the time of his death - leaned into the coffin and kissed Camacho on the lips.
September 29, 2012
Promoter J. Russell Peltz is trying to line up an opponent for North Philadelphia heavyweight Bryant Jennings, but it apparently will not be the rising star of Golden Boy Promotions. Jennings is set to fight the main event Dec. 8 in Philadelphia on a card that will be televised by NBC Sports Network. Peltz said he offered Golden Boy a match between Jennings (15-0, 7 knockouts) and Deontay Wilder, a 2008 Olympic bronze medalist who has won all 25 of his pro fights by knockout.
July 8, 2012
Connecticut. The Greater Hartford Jazz Festival 2012 runs July 20-22 at Bushnell Park, on Trinity Street. There will be live jazz entertainment in contemporary, straight ahead, smooth, Latin, and more; a variety of food and beverage vendors; and an arts and crafts marketplace. Free. 860-727-0050; www.hartfordjazz.com . Delaware. The Delaware Shakespeare Festival runs July 13-28 at Rockwood Park and Mansion, 610 Shipley Rd., Wilmington. Gates open at 6:15 p.m. and you are encouraged to bring picnic baskets, blankets and low-backed chairs for general admission lawn seating.
March 20, 2012
THE UFC IS returning to its roots this summer when UFC on FX 4 makes a stop in Atlantic City on June 22. It will mark the seventh time UFC has graced the boardwalk and the first since UFC 53 in 2005. The main event - to take place at the new Revel Casino - features lightweights Clay Guida and Gray Maynard. Both fighters are looking to avenge losses in previous bouts, Maynard (8-1-1 UFC; 10-1-1 MMA) losing to former lightweight champion and Toms River native Frankie Edgar at UFC 136 last October.
January 27, 2012 |
THERE AREN'T many moments in his mixed martial arts career Phil Davis regrets. Certainly not the opponents he has had to injure and embarrass to make his commanding rise to the top of UFC's light-heavyweight division. Or the exchange of insults he's had with fellow UFC light-heavyweights, specifically Rashad Evans in preparation for their upcoming main event tomorrow at UFC on Fox 2 from the United Center in Chicago. Missing his chance at Evans when UFC's caravan rolled into Philadelphia last August for UFC 133 at the Wells Fargo Center?
January 23, 2012 |
GABRIEL ROSADO has seen enough football games on television to know when a coach is trying to "ice" the opposing kicker by calling a timeout just before a potential game-winning field-goal attempt. So when the corner crew for Rosado's bloodied and battered opponent, Mexico's Jesus Soto-Karass, dumped what seemed to be a full bucket of ice into their fighter's trunks before the start of the fifth round - much of which found its way onto the canvas - Rosado and his trainer, Billy Briscoe, knew exactly what was going on. The maneuver wasn't done so much to revive Soto-Karass within the allowable 60 seconds between rounds as to grant him additional time to recuperate.