August 29, 2012 |
BARRING A last-minute miracle, West Catholic will be idle for Week No. 1 of the high school football season. Coach Brian Fluck, also the school's athletic director, said Monday that West has canceled its Saturday night opener vs. Eastern Christian (Md.) Academy, or National Connections Academy (an online outfit), or whatever it's being called today. The school, formerly known as Red Lion Christian in Bear, Del., was featured last week in Sports Illustrated . The headline, among other things, said the school " . . . has no listed phone number.
August 6, 2012 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Joe Paterno's family said it planned to appeal the sanctions the NCAA imposed against Pennsylvania State University over the Jerry Sandusky child-sex-abuse scandal. The college sports governing body's response: Don't bother. Family lawyer Wick Sollers wrote Friday to the NCAA that the Paternos would like to appeal the "enormous damage" done to Penn State, the community, athletes, and the late Hall of Fame coach. Paterno died in January at 85. But the NCAA quickly rejected the proposal.
July 24, 2012 |
Laynce Nix had never signed a guaranteed major-league deal until last winter, and most of his first season as a Phillie was spent in hiding. He finally reappeared Sunday, activated from the disabled list, after a 63-game absence because of a strained left calf. Nix originally was expected to miss a few weeks. When the leftfielder tried to return in mid-June, he suffered a setback while running the bases in a simulated game. "It took a lot longer," Nix said. "I tried to come back probably sooner than I should have.
July 22, 2012 |
Newly divorced Tom Cruise is determined to minimize the impact that his split from Katie Holmes will have on their 6-year-old daughter, Suri, reports People magazine. "He's going to try, despite all the attention, to have things be as normal as possible," Anon Source tells the mag. Cruise, who has been filming in California, visited New York on Tuesday and did normal dad-daughter things, like climbing into a helicopter for a jaunt somewhere. "It's going to be challenging," Source says.
May 4, 2012 |
ATLANTA - Baseball's proverbial window of opportunity can sometimes feel like it exists on a proverbial car that is moving at a proverbial 70 mph down the proverbial interstate of life. In Laynce Nix' case, the window flashed by in 2004, when a spot opened up in the outfield and the Rangers decided to give the 23-year-old slugger a chance. In the first 60 games of that season, he made an impressive leap onboard, hitting .292 with a .583 slugging percentage and nine home runs for a Texas team that found itself in the thick of the AL West race after four straight losing seasons.
April 27, 2012 |
THERE'S AN an old saying that behind every great man is a great woman. Apart from its obvious sexist slant, there was considerable truth to the maxim in the case of former Pennsylvania Chief Justice Robert N.C. Nix Jr. and his wife, German-born Renate Elizabeth Nix. "She was very supportive of him," said her daughter, Kimberly Bernhard. "She was the backup. " She traveled with her husband on his many trips on judicial business, took care of the entertainment, and generally helped ease the burdens of his presiding over the state's highest court.
April 15, 2012 |
IT TAKES an impressive amount of personal security to stand in front of 45,000 fans and know that you have a two-in-three chance of failing at your job. But that doesn't make baseball players immune from the desire for affirmation. Take Laynce Nix and Ty Wigginton. For seven innings Sunday, both men watched as one of the game's top lefthanded starters mowed down the Mets like a brand-new John Deere. The performance they witnessed was unlike most that they had seen in places like Cincinnati and Washington and others (Nix)
April 5, 2012 |
THE MINNESOTA Vikings and a source close to Bill Parcells both shot down a published report that the franchise was pursuing the former coach to "run the show. " According to the report in Wednesday's New York Post , Parcells, who is being courted by New Orleans to serve as interim coach while Sean Payton serves his yearlong suspension, said Vikings owner Zygi Wilf told him to "name his price" to oversee the organization and coach the team. "There is no truth to the media reports," said Vikings publicist Bob Hagan.
March 28, 2012
F OUR big-city mayors, including Mayor Nutter, took a road-trip to Harrisburg on Tuesday to object to a bill that would let gun-rights activists sue cities that require their citizens to report lost or stolen firearms. The bill would allow any gun owner challenging the local ordinances to collect attorneys' fees and damages from the city that passed the ordinance. State lawmakers in 2008 rejected a bill requiring the timely reporting of lost or stolen handguns, but 48 municipalities, including Philly, passed local laws requiring such reporting.
March 6, 2012
A Commonwealth Court judge yesterday rejected an attempt to knock state Sen. Larry Farnese off the April 24 Democratic primary election ballot. Jack Morley Jr., who is running as a Democrat for the 1st Senatorial District, claimed in his legal challenge that Farnese should be disqualified due to alleged problems with his campaign-finance reports dating back to 2008. Senior Judge Rochelle Friedman told Morley that state law provides other means for voters to complain about the contents of campaign-finance laws.