July 14, 2013 |
IT IS NOT how you start a game, but how you finish - just ask Zac MacMath. Now in his third season with the Union, the 21-year-old goalkeeper has enjoyed ups and downs throughout his professional career, but MacMath understands he must learn to finish games consistently to be considered a top MLS player. In Philadelphia's 20 games this season, the Union has dominated the first half, scoring 15 goals, while MacMath has allowed eight. The second half typically has been a different story.
July 12, 2013 |
As the play developed and Mike Watkins saw his opportunity to snuff a potential layup, a smirk began to spread across the 6-foot-8 power forward's face. Competing in a scrimmage at Philadelphia University in the Reebok Classic Breakout, a showcase of more than 100 of the top high school basketball players in the country, Watkins skied above a guard driving to the basket and smashed the ball against the backboard. "I do my job and try to block everything that goes up," said Watkins, a self-proclaimed "rim protector.
June 25, 2013 |
Union goalie Zac MacMath insists he isn't looking over his shoulder. MacMath says he isn't worried about the Union's addition of 39-year-old German goalie Oka Nikolov, who was signed last week and is a veteran of 229 Bundesliga games. The 21-year-old MacMath is in his second year as a starter and third with the team and he's coming off his second straight 3-0 Major League Soccer shutout following Sunday's win over the visiting New York Red Bulls. Never mind that New York played 62 minutes a man down after Lloyd Sam received a red card for what referee Baldomero Toledo called a "serious foul play" on Danny Cruz.
June 22, 2013 |
It was interesting to hear the Union's spin on signing 39-year-old German goalkeeper Oka Nikolov. At first, team manager John Hackworth mentioned that the veteran of 229 Bundesliga games was being brought in as a mentor. Later in a news conference Wednesday, Hackworth acknowledged that Nikolov was there to push starter Zac MacMath and backup Chris Konopka in practice. Then Hackworth said: "I wouldn't bring a guy in to be a practice player. " Yet, Hackworth stated emphatically that the 21-year-old MacMath, now in his third season with the team and second as full-time starter, was the man - for now. "Zac is absolutely, 100 percent the starter," Hackworth said.
May 20, 2013 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: I'm returning to work after a two-month absence. What was supposed to be maternity leave turned into a nightmare - my son was stillborn and I suffered a number of serious complications from a very difficult delivery. I needed the time away from work to recuperate. Although physically I am doing much better, emotionally I am anything but. I anticipate that some co-workers, although well-intentioned, may ask awkward and even inappropriate questions about my son's birth and death, and my subsequent healing period.
May 6, 2013 |
Aliyah is a beautiful 14-year-old with sparkling eyes and a brilliant smile. Very articulate and outgoing, she has many friends and is usually the center of attention. Aliyah has an eye for fashion and loves to get dressed up and wear costume jewelry. Her favorite pastimes are shopping at the mall with her friends and creating art projects. She also enjoys writing poetry, which she feels is good for her. "I don't like to talk about my feelings," she says, "but when I get them down on paper, it helps me a lot. " Aliyah likes going to school and works very hard to please her teachers.
April 5, 2013 |
Chester's Rondae Jefferson still went out a winner. Despite closing his high school basketball career with a loss in the PIAA finals, Jefferson on Wednesday was named the Associated Press' Class AAAA player of the year in a vote of Pennsylvania sportswriters. Chester's passionate, 6-foot-7 catalyst won top player honors for the second straight season after averaging a double-double (15.5 points, 11.0 rebounds) for the Clippers. Jefferson, a University of Arizona recruit, also averaged 4.4 assists, 2.8 steals, and 2.4 blocked shots for Larry Yarbray's high-powered Clippers, who fell one victory shy of winning their third straight PIAA title.
April 4, 2013 |
Chester's Rondae Jefferson still went out a winner. Despite closing his high school basketball career with a loss in the PIAA finals, Jefferson on Wednesday was named the Associated Press's Class AAAA player of the year in a vote of Pennsylvania sports writers. Chester's passionate 6-foot-7 catalyst won top player honors for the second straight season after averaging a double-double (15.5 points, 11.0 rebounds) for the Clippers. Jefferson, a University of Arizona recruit, also averaged 4.4 assists, 2.8 steals, and 2.4 blocked shots for Larry Yarbray's high-powered Clippers, who fell one victory shy of winning their third straight PIAA title.
April 1, 2013
Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has heard arguments in two same-sex marriage cases, the question is how quickly the court will move to advance the just cause of equality. In reconsidering the very definition of marriage, the justices confronted one of the most divisive social issues of the day last week. Gay-rights advocates hope they will extend the right to marry to all same-sex couples. On that score, they may be disappointed by the eventual ruling, as the country seems to be moving faster than the courts.