February 24, 2013
The Pirates reached an agreement with 41-year-old former Phillies pitcher Jose Contreras on a minor-league contract. Contreras is expected to report to camp on Sunday. The righthander is recovering from surgery on his right elbow and will be doing rehabilitation work during spring training. Learning from the best Sandy Koufax is back in a major-league uniform for the first time in more than two decades, and the 77-year-old Hall of Famer is in his element - teaching, joking around, and relishing baseball's camaraderie during another spring in the sunshine.
December 15, 2012 |
Rashone Damon's last-second free throw capped Cinnaminson's comeback and sealed a 63-62 win against visiting Northern Burlington on Friday in a Burlington County Liberty Division boys' basketball matchup. With the game tied at 62, Damon drew a foul on a putback with one second left. He then knocked down the first of two free throws to give the Pirates the lead. Cinnaminson trailed by as many as nine points in the fourth quarter before ripping off a late run. Xavier Wilson scored a game-high 23 points for the Pirates, and Jackson Merget added 17. Joey Montalvo paced Northern Burlington with 22 points.
November 23, 2012 |
In the last-gasp effort of his high school career, Clinton Hart thought about what it would be like 30 years from now. He was cramped and winded from playing every snap in the game. But so what? He would tell his grandkids about this win someday, he thought. As theatric as Delran's final drive felt, Hart made it look even more so, recording back-to-back sacks on third and fourth downs to seal Cinnaminson's 17-14 home upset on Thanksgiving Day. "Every year, even back in Pop Warner, it's us vs. Delran in the last game," said Hart, Cinnaminson's senior two-way lineman.
November 23, 2012 |
In the last-gasp effort of his high school career, Clinton Hart thought about what it would be like 30 years from now. He was cramped and winded from playing every snap in the game. But so what? He would tell his grandkids about this win someday, he thought. As theatrical as Delran's final drive felt, Hart made it look even more so, recording back-to-back sacks on third and fourth downs to seal Cinnaminson's 17-14 home upset on Thanksgiving Day. "Every year, even back in Pop Warner, it's us vs. Delran in the last game," said Hart, Cinnaminson's senior two-way lineman.
October 12, 2012 |
Cinnaminson racked up 226 rushing yards, highlighted by senior Xavier Wilson's three touchdowns, and stormed to a 48-14 victory over visiting Palmyra on Thursday night in a nonleague football game. Tom Donnelly, who had been sidelined with an injury since Week 1, returned for the Pirates (4-2) and gained 50 yards on nine carries, with one touchdown. Junior back Brad Hawthorne and sophomore quarterback Nick Thevanayagam each added a touchdown on the ground. Thevanayagam's 44-yard pass to junior Matt Morris rounded out the Pirates' seven-touchdown performance.
September 25, 2012 |
OVERBROOK native superstar Will Smith turned up Friday night at Industry XIX (1904 Chestnut) to help family friend and Jackiem "Jacky" Wright of sports and entertainment management consulting firm The 400 PTM celebrate his 30th birthday. While Smith was in Philly, he wasn't repping Philly, instead wearing a Pirates baseball cap. * Smith wasn't the only Hollywood heavyweight in town over the weekend. Kevin Spacey had drinks Friday night at Smith & Wollensky at the Rittenhouse, Dandelion (18th & Sansom)
September 23, 2012 |
Someday, it will happen. Maybe even in the 21st century. Somebody in one of the majors is going to come out as gay while they are actively involved in their sport. (Can't wait for those shots of the boyfriend in the stands and it's no big deal.) In the meantime, even owners feel they have to depart from the scene before revealing who they truly are. Kevin McClatchy, 49, the former owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates, said he is gay in an interview with the New York Times that appeared online Saturday and in print on Sunday.
September 1, 2012 |
Love and war are the driving themes for this week's new DVD releases. Think Like a Man , Grade A-minus: A relationship expert has trouble with his own love life. Anyone thinking about making a romantic comedy should take a look at director Tim Story's Think Like a Man before shooting the first frame of film. It's not often you see a movie that touches your heart and funny bone so perfectly. It proves romantic comedies can work if you start with the right mixture of love and laughs, toss in a cast that's so endearing you want the best for them, and tie it all together with a smart comical thread.
August 30, 2012 |
STEPHEN STRASBURG pitched as badly as his teammates have been playing. Strasburg gave up a career-high seven runs in five innings Tuesday night and the first-place Washington Nationals' losing streak reached five games when they were beaten by Ricky Nolasco and the last-place Miami Marlins, 9-0. Nolasco (10-12) allowed five hits in his third career shutout and eighth complete game. Strasburg (15-6) came into the game with a streak of 27 consecutive scoreless innings against Miami in five starts since last September.
August 21, 2012 |
EVEN PITTSBURGH outfielder Pedro Alvarez was starting to lose focus in the later stages of the Pirates' 6-3, 19-inning win Sunday over St. Louis. "I was getting a little stagnant out there," he said. "It's one of those things where it's mind over matter. You've just got to fight and keep that desire going. " Alvarez played a big role in ending the marathon with his 23rd homer of the season. The drive broke a 3-3 tie as the visiting Pirates won the longest game in the majors this season.