April 14, 2015 |
FAR BE IT from me to suggest that elected officials sometimes act in their own interests. But it's hard to look at Dwight Evans these days and not think he's feathering his own nest. Long out of the catbird seat after years in the catbird seat, Evans seems poised to perch again. Last week, he endorsed Jim Kenney for mayor and, along with other Northwest Philly Democratic bigs, thereby invited a critical chunk of African-American votes to back Kenney's candidacy. This is significant because, if history's a guide, most of those votes likely would line up for the leading African-American in the race, state Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams.
August 26, 2013 |
Phoenix, the electro-tinged French rock band, has been busy this year headlining major rock festivals from Glastonbury to Lollapalooza in support of their fifth album, Bankrupt! The Gallic foursome, fronted by singer Thomas Mars, is set to play the Made in America main stage on Saturday. Last week, Mars spoke from his home in New York, where he lives with his wife (movie director Sofia Coppola) and their two children. "It's been great," Mars said of his summer. It's been spent playing both megagigs such as California's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (where they were joined onstage by R. Kelly)
June 29, 2013 |
PHOENIX - A blazing heat wave expected to send the mercury soaring to nearly 120 degrees in Phoenix and Las Vegas settled Friday over the West, threatening to ground airliners and raising fears that people and pets would get burned on the scalding pavement. The heat was so punishing that rangers took up positions at trailheads at Lake Mead in Nevada to persuade people not to hike. Zookeepers in Phoenix hosed down the elephants and fed tigers frozen fish snacks. And tourists at California's Death Valley took photos of the harsh landscape and a thermometer that read 121. The mercury there was expected to reach nearly 130 Friday - just short of the 134-degree reading from a century ago that has stood as the highest temperature ever recorded on Earth.
May 9, 2013
At Chase Field, Phoenix, Ariz. Thursday at 9:40 p.m. LHP Cole Hamels (1-4, 4.34 ERA) vs. Arizona LHP Patrick Corbin (4-0, 1.80) Friday at 9:40 p.m. RHP Tyler Cloyd (0-0, 0.00) vs. Arizona RHP Ian Kennedy (1-3, 5.19) Saturday at 8:10 p.m. LHP Cliff Lee (3-2, 3.26) vs. Arizona RHP Trevor Cahill (2-3, 2.80) Sunday at 4:10 p.m. RHP Kyle Kendrick (4-1, 2.45) vs. Arizona TBA
March 4, 2013 |
AVONDALE, Ariz. - Carl Edwards pulled away on a late start to snap a 70-race winless streak Sunday, the second long drought he's ended at Phoenix International Raceway. Edwards broke the longest slump of his career by winning at Phoenix in 2010. He won for the first time since Las Vegas in 2011 by leading the final 78 laps on the 312-mile race around PIR's odd-shaped oval. Coming off a miserable week at Daytona, where he wrecked five cars, Edwards got a push from defending Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski on the restart with two laps left.
February 23, 2013 |
Markieff Morris said it was one of the best feelings of his young NBA career: The second-year Phoenix Suns forward, a two-time state champion at Philadelphia's Prep Charter, will be reunited with his twin brother, Marcus, after a Wednesday night trade with the Houston Rockets. Houston dealt 6-foot-9 forward Marcus Morris to Phoenix for a second-round draft pick. The twins starred together at the University of Kansas. "Oh, man, this is unbelievable," Markieff Morris said Thursday night in a telephone interview.
February 4, 2013 |
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Phil Mickelson completed a wire-to-wire victory in the Phoenix Open, again flirting with history in a dominating four-day run at TPC Scottsdale. Mickelson shot a 4-under 67 on Sunday to finish at 28-under 256, 2 strokes off the PGA Tour record of 254 set by Tommy Armour III in the 2003 Texas Open. Mickelson missed a chance for a 59 in the first round when his 25-foot birdie putt on the final hole caught the right edge of the cup and stayed out. He settled for a 60 and followed with rounds of 65 and 64 to take a 6-stroke lead into the final round.
February 3, 2013
In front of 179,022 - the largest crowd in golf history - Phil Mickelson birdied the final four holes and five of the last six for a 7-under 64 and a 6-stroke lead at the Phoenix Open in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Saturday. Mickelson has led after each round, opening with a 60 and shooting a 65 on Friday. He fell a stroke short of the PGA Tour record for the first 54 holes, and matched the tournament mark set by Mark Calcavecchia in 2001. In the United Arab Emirates, Stephen Gallacher shot a 10-under 62 to take a 3-shot lead at the Dubai Desert Classic, finishing with a 21-under 195 over three rounds to break Tiger Woods ' 2001 tournament record by a stroke.
February 1, 2013 |
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Phil Mickelson pointed his putter at the cup and started to walk toward the hole, ready to celebrate golf's magic number. Right at the end, though, the ball caught the right edge of the cup, curled 180 degrees, and stayed out, costing him a 59 in Thursday's first round of the Phoenix Open. "Six feet to go, it was in the center," Mickelson said. ". . . and even as it's approaching the hole, I couldn't envision which side of the hole it could possibly miss on, and it ended up somehow just dying off at the end. " Playing partners Jason Dufner and Rickie Fowler also watched in disbelief when the 25-foot birdie putt lipped out. "Unlucky," Dufner said.
January 5, 2013 |
OKLAHOMA CITY - Kobe Bryant and Zach Randolph are just two of the stars the 76ers have faced six games into their odyssey, which will conclude with a back-to-back from hell in Oklahoma City and San Antonio. So it seems unlikely that the player who has had the most impact in this span is Phoenix forward Luis Scola. But there was Scola on Wednesday, lofting short jumpers and spinning though the lane (and the 76ers' matador-like defense) on his way to 14 third-quarter points. The 76ers barely kept pace with him, scoring 17 points in the quarter.