March 14, 2012 |
THE SOUL in the offseason added more all-stars than a Miami Heat limousine. Twelve of the 16 players in this week's expected starting lineup were with other teams last year. Five of those 12 were either first- or second-team All-Arena. And another guy, lineman Devin Clark, will make it six All-Stars when he comes off injured reserve in 3 weeks. New coach Doug Plank led Georgia to the Arena Bowl in 2005. New offensive coordinator Clint Dolezel was one of the league's greatest quarterbacks and is one of its brightest minds.
February 18, 2012 |
Josh Harris, the first-year 76ers owner, hasn't conducted many interviews, but he took some time before Friday's game at the Wells Fargo Center against the Dallas Mavericks to give his near-midway point state of the team. The Sixers took a 20-10 record into the game and won't return home until after the all-star break, Feb. 29 against Oklahoma City. Not surprisingly, Harris has been impressed with the team on and off the court in this shorted 66-game season. "So far everything is at or ahead of expectations," Harris said.
February 16, 2012
The New Jersey Nets honored the late Whitney Houston by playing her rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" from the 1991 Super Bowl before their game against the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night. The Newark-born singer died in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Saturday at the age of 48. Her funeral will be Saturday in Newark at the New Hope Baptist Church, where she sang as a child. She will be buried in Fair View Cemetery in Westfield, where her father, John Russell Houston Jr., was buried in 2003.
February 12, 2012
Fawzia Koofi is the author of the new memoir The Favored Daughter: One Woman's Fight to Lead Afghanistan Into the Future I will never forget the day I swore my oath as a member of parliament in Afghanistan. Our national anthem was playing, and tears streamed down my face. I looked around the room and saw all of Afghanistan's faces reflected there; every ethnic group from my culturally diverse nation - more than 40 languages, with more than 200 dialects, are spoken nationally.
January 8, 2012 |
Adam Aron, 57, treasurer of the Abington High Class of 1972, became co-owner and CEO of the 76ers on Oct. 18. Friday was the home opener. Evan Bayh, former governor and senator from Indiana, arrived early and was about to give his lifelong friend a hug when Aron waved him off. "Hold on. I'm on the phone with Dr. J. " Aron was the host, the celebrity, living a boyhood fantasy, CEO of his hometown team. He was operating on "nine levels of adrenaline," and hadn't slept more than five hours a night in months.
January 5, 2012 |
THE HECK WITH dribbling, shooting, passing and defending. For Shep Garner, Roman Catholic High's newest basketball sensation, the most challenging task is trying to keep a straight face right before the games begin. When Roman is the home team, that is. Garner's mother, Kim, is a professional singer (fronts one band; has another of her own) and . . . hey, there she is, impeccably dressed, standing right in front of the scorers' table, belting out the national anthem. "I'm laughing on the inside, but I can't let it show," said the personable Garner, a 6-2, 190-pound sophomore point guard.
October 24, 2011
Who: Standout youngster on "Majors & Minors," an adorable, heart-swelling, no-elimination show featuring 12 amazing "minors," ages 10 and up, and their "major" celebrity mentors. Airs 7 p.m. Sundays on The Hub. Age: 14 From: Originally South Philly, now East Falls School: Meredith Elementary Memorable show moment: The first time he met Brandy, Michael performed a song he wrote - and reduced the R&B vet to happy tears. Back in town: Since the show wrapped, Michael's been a regular eighth-grader, taking the bus to school and singing in the adult and praise choirs at Greater St. Matthew Baptist Church.
October 7, 2011 |
Are you ready for some fallout? This week's poster boy for political incivility is country singer Hank Williams Jr. During a frequently awkward Fox and Friends interview Monday, Williams said President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner's "golf summit" last summer was analogous to a pairing of Adolf Hitler and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. I think we all know who was supposed to be the Hitler figure in Williams' mind. His comment is yet another reminder that Hitler references never work.
September 27, 2011
P ASSING ALONG some city high school football tidbits . . . As of last Friday, Communications Tech senior Aasim Ragin-Nickson was a 6-foot, 307-pound defensive tackle. Now, we're about to see him on the other side of the ball. And not with the chubsters. Off the line of scrimmage a shade. "I've been coaching Aasim since middle school," said CT coach John Gossett, "and he has always been beggin' me for a carry. I'm going to give him some now. If you look at the tape, he was actually running away from people.