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April 29, 2003
Rarely have the gods of sport and meteorology smiled so benignly on Philadelphia's tortured sports fans as on Sunday. On a sun-washed day so glorious it made even the Veterans Stadium carpet look good, new Phillies' pitcher Kevin Millwood lived up to the hype and then some. He pitched a no-hitter against the National League's best team, the San Francisco Giants, featuring the fearsome Barry Bonds. And he did so in front of a big home crowd, the kind of attention-getting moment the Phils have so often fumbled during a decade of defeat, distress and decline.
NEWS
August 11, 1997 | Inquirer photographs by Akira Suwa
Philadelphia has had a love affair with its Polish community since General Thaddeus Kosciuszko showed us how to shore up our defenses in the Revolutionary War. Saturday and Sunday at Penn's Landing, Polish American Weekend celebrated his contribution to freedom with food, music, arts and crafts and dancing.
NEWS
May 28, 1992 | For The Inquirer / JOHN SLAVIN
Perched in the caged loft of an industrial lift, workers painted the light standards at Villanova Stadium last week. The standards, which are more than 100 feet tall, were painted either blue or white in honor of Villanova's 150th anniversary.
SPORTS
July 11, 1998 | Daily News Wire Services
Se Ri Pak is still mastering English and speaks very softly. One word kept coming through loud and clear yesterday: perfect. Her putting, she said, was perfect. A full night of rest was perfect. The whole day went perfect. Four days after winning the U.S. Women's Open, the 20-year-old South Korean rookie posted the lowest LPGA tour score ever with a 10-under-par 61 in the second round of the Jamie Farr Kroger Classic in Sylvania, Ohio. "My putting feel really, really good," she said.
SPORTS
April 8, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
The pageantry was executed to perfection Monday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. The baseball was not. The sunshine arrived before the gates opened and remained in place the entire day. Game-time temperature was 71 degrees, a welcome respite from a rugged winter. The ceremonial first pitches started with cancer survivor Julie Kramer's strike to Chase Utley (the two first met on The Ellen DeGeneres Show just before Christmas) and ended with another inspirational toss down the middle from Kyle Shanahan, an 8-year-old from Warrington who was born with spina bifida and also has fluid on the brain.
SPORTS
October 4, 2010 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
That was no inscrutable smile on Donovan McNabb's face, no need to wonder - What could he be thinking? McNabb's arms stayed folded in front of his chest as the play clock ticked down on the Eagles in the final minute of the first half. But as soon as it hit zero, pure joy shot through McNabb. He threw his arms in the air and got a quick case of happy feet. During pregame introductions, the Linc crowd threw a standing ovation at him. Right then, McNabb pounded his heart and waved, his helmet off, his smile wide.
NEWS
September 1, 2014 | By Jonathan Lai, Kristin E. Holmes, and Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writers
Under near-perfect skies, tens of thousands of music-lovers flocked to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Saturday for the first of two days of concerts at the Budweiser Made in America festival. The third annual outdoor extravaganza, the creation of rap impresario Shawn Carter - better known as Jay Z - was staged for the first time this year simultaneously with an event in Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles. The MIA events were billed as a U.S. bicoastal urban megafestival. Kanye West, the headliner Saturday night in Philadelphia, was scheduled to fly overnight to the West Coast to appear Sunday in Los Angeles.
NEWS
September 20, 1992 | By S. Joseph Hagenmayer, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
For a Maryland man and a Somers Point woman, it was a perfect day in the Pine Barrens. And for the remaining 198 triathletes at last Saturday's Ninth Annual Pine Barrens Triathlon, it was an almost perfect day, at least weatherwise. There was an autumn-like chill in the air when the race got off to a quick start at 8:30 a.m. with a one-mile swim in Atsion Lake in Shamong Township. But after that it was great triathlon weather - a clear sky, a bright sun and temperatures that were nearly perfect for the grueling competition that included the swim followed by a 26-mile bike race and a 6.2-mile run. And of course there is the "fun factor" for local triathletes.
SPORTS
August 21, 1986 | By BILL CONLIN, Daily News Sports Writer
Behind every perfect no-hitter there lies the implication of an exceptional defensive play. There is a mounting expectation that there will be one brittle moment of saving brilliance when a fielder raises himself to the level of the man on the mound. "You are really bearing down out there," said Juan Samuel, whose one-out homer in the 10th inning off righthander Mike Krukow made the Phillies the 1-0 winner of yesterday's spellbinding game against San Francisco. "You can see yourself diving for a ball, making a big play . . . " Big as in a third baseman's barehanded charge play on an eighth-inning bunt attempt . . . Or a second baseman running a fly pattern into shallow right- center for a diving stab between two careening outfielders . . . Perhaps the kind of play Ozzie Smith made to rob Von Hayes in St. Louis . . . Or a sprinting outfielder running full tilt into a fence, then bouncing senseless to the warning track with the ball snow-coned in his glove . . . Gary Redus made a catch like that, tumbling to the grass to shoestring rookie Will Clark's sinking liner leading off the second inning.
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April 8, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
The pageantry was executed to perfection Monday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. The baseball was not. The sunshine arrived before the gates opened and remained in place the entire day. Game-time temperature was 71 degrees, a welcome respite from a rugged winter. The ceremonial first pitches started with cancer survivor Julie Kramer's strike to Chase Utley (the two first met on The Ellen DeGeneres Show just before Christmas) and ended with another inspirational toss down the middle from Kyle Shanahan, an 8-year-old from Warrington who was born with spina bifida and also has fluid on the brain.
SPORTS
April 4, 2015 | The Inquirer Staff
Burlington City's Brielle Morichetti came close to having the perfect day Thursday. She struck out 19 batters and did not allow a hit in a 6-0 victory over Palmyra in a Burlington County League softball game. She also belted a three-run home run in the fourth inning. Morichetti hit a pair of hitters, and Burlington City made two errors. Victoria Wajda went 3 for 4 with two RBIs and a pair of runs. Palmyra 000 000 0 - 0 0 2 Burlington City 300 300 0 - 6 9 2 WP: Brielle Morichetti.
SPORTS
February 4, 2015 | By Stan Hochman, Daily News Columnist
JIM BUNNING spent the first weekend in December in San Diego, a member of a 16-man committee voting on Golden Era players to be inducted into Baseball's Hall of Fame. Dick Allen needed 12 votes. He got 11. "I felt useless," Bunning seethed the other day, his voice crackling with anger. "It was the most disappointing 3 days I've ever spent in my life!" In his life? What about that weekend in September 1964, when the National League pennant was gurgling down the drain and Gene Mauch was pitching Bunning and Chris Short on 2 days' rest and the Phillies were drowning in a 10-game losing streak?
NEWS
September 2, 2014 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mamadou Sacko and Barry Williams spend their work days enveloped in a malodorous fog. If it is even mildly warm out, they are trailed by a light constellation of flies. During an eight-hour shift, they will pick up and dump 20 tons of refuse - from aging love seats to sacks of unrecognizable slop - the typical haul for a crew of Philadelphia sanitation workers, positions commonly known as trash collectors. "Best job I've ever had," both men will tell you. "I don't know, I just really enjoy it," said Sacko, 41, who prefers the work to the nine years he spent as an overnight manager of a gas station.
NEWS
September 1, 2014 | By Jonathan Lai, Kristin E. Holmes, and Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writers
Under near-perfect skies, tens of thousands of music-lovers flocked to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Saturday for the first of two days of concerts at the Budweiser Made in America festival. The third annual outdoor extravaganza, the creation of rap impresario Shawn Carter - better known as Jay Z - was staged for the first time this year simultaneously with an event in Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles. The MIA events were billed as a U.S. bicoastal urban megafestival. Kanye West, the headliner Saturday night in Philadelphia, was scheduled to fly overnight to the West Coast to appear Sunday in Los Angeles.
NEWS
July 20, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lively: Disaster averted Must you have the perfect wedding to have the perfect marriage? Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds almost put that question to the test at their '12 nuptials. "Our wedding was becoming a disaster, and we didn't know what to do," Lively, 26, tells Vogue. They avoided disaster by calling the only person on Earth who can rescue any social occasion from ruin: Martha Stewart . "She sent her team down to save us. And then she called her friends who have a home in South Carolina and set us up at the most amazing getaway.
NEWS
June 16, 2014 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jim Bunning's life, in so many ways, has been perfectly pitched. He played 17 big-league seasons, won 100-plus games in each league, and is in baseball's Hall of Fame. He was an elected official in his native Kentucky for 32 years, the last 12 as a U.S. senator. He was a sports agent, a minor-league manager, an insurance broker. He's been married 62 years, has nine children, 35 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren. But there have also been a few sour notes. Bunning's only real shot at a World Series ended when the 1964 Phillies collapsed, inexplicably blowing a 61/2-game lead with just 12 to play.
SPORTS
June 4, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
THE EAGLES WERE down to their last organized-team-activity rep of the day, a red-zone drill, first-team offense vs. first-team defense. Reporters were starting to drift down out of the NovaCare stands, reviewing their interview plans for the day. In an instant, all those plans were put on hold. Nick Foles threw to Jeremy Maclin at the goal line, and as Maclin planted and reached for the ball, he collided with corner Bradley Fletcher, linebacker Connor Barwin nearby. The ball bounced away.
NEWS
June 14, 2013 | BY ELLEN GRAY, Daily News Television Critic graye@phillynews.com, 215-854-5950
We didn't see much sun Thursday, but if you were around Logan Square or on Chestnut Street near 17th, you might have spotted the cast of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. " The cable sitcom, which moves this fall from FX to help launch its spin-off channel FXX, is in town for a couple of days shooting on location for its upcoming ninth season. By midafternoon, two of its stars, Kaitlin Olson and Glenn Howerton, were filming a scene at 9th and Green streets. "I'm going to say this is actually a perfect day to shoot," said "Sunny" creator and star Rob McElhenney, who grew up here and knows from Philly weather.
SPORTS
April 20, 2013 | By Nick Carroll, Inquirer Staff Writer
Anthony Averett's track success reads like a legend. Averett this season will go for his third straight Meet of Champions title in the long jump - quite an accomplishment for an athlete who likens track to an offseason hobby to help him maintain his conditioning for football. This weekend, the chiseled, 6-foot-1 Woodbury senior, who will attend the University of Alabama as a defensive back, will return to the meet in which he made his most heralded jump. Almost one year ago, Averett joined Carl Lewis in New Jersey track lore by long-jumping 25 feet twice at the Woodbury Relays.
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