June 30, 2014 |
Baseball's been a lifelong companion. But the old game is looking a little frail, and I worry about its future. I can't easily express any specific concerns. The worries my gut sense haven't yet reached my head. Something doesn't feel right. It's like that moment we first noticed our parents' mortality. Maybe it was nothing more than an incongruous comment, a faraway look in their eyes, or an uncertain step, but whatever it was, we instinctively knew nothing would ever be the same again.
June 27, 2014 |
THERE MAY come a moment in today's final Group G match between the United States and Germany when both teams determine it would be prudent to settle for a draw. It will not, as some cynics have suggested, be a predetermined conspiracy to ensure that both nations get the valuable point that will push them into the round of 16 of the 2014 World Cup. Depending on how the game plays out, there could come a point late in the second half when, if the score is even, the USA and Germany reach the same conclusion - that the bird already secured in the basket is too valuable to risk losing it by chasing after another bird.
June 24, 2014 |
THERE ARE two realities to contemplate after the United States' tension-packed, 2-2 draw with Portugal yesterday in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The first is that Team USA was seconds away from an historic World Cup victory when one of the best players in the world made a play that only best players in the world can make. The service that Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo delivered on the last-gasp header by Silvestre Varela was a masterful moment of brilliance. The glass-half-empty view is that the Americans blew the opportunity to clinch a spot in the round of 16 and now must get some kind of positive result in their final Group G match against Germany on Thursday or risk not advancing at all. But then there is the other reality - the one that has the glass half-full and acknowledges that the U.S. team is in exactly the position it had hoped it would be going into that final match with Germany.
June 24, 2014 |
Their pain poured for blocks down Broad Street. Their elation echoed north toward City Hall. As the United States men's soccer team battled Portugal to a 2-2 draw at the World Cup in Brazil on Sunday, Philadelphia soccer enthusiasts proved that at least for one night, on one Center City block, they could rival the world's most fervent sports fans. Neither rain nor a sluggish start for the Americans dampened the enthusiasm of the hundreds crowded in front of a big screen set up at the intersection 15th and Locust Streets, outside Fadó Irish Pub. Draped in red, white, and blue, they cheered, groaned, and drank in equal measure.
June 27, 2013
Charges for '99 coup dropped ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, in his first confrontation with the country's military, may have just blinked. In a legally significant concession to the country's powerful generals, Sharif agreed Wednesday not to pursue one of four death-penalty cases pending against former military dictator Pervez Musharraf. Sharif's attorney general, Munir Malik, told the country's Supreme Court that the government would drop its high treason charges against Musharraf for overthrowing Sharif in 1999, but that it would move forward with prosecuting him for suspending the constitution in November 2007, when he sacked and jailed the country's top judges.
June 8, 2013 |
With all the national championships and world competitions that have been decided at Merion Golf Club since its opening in 1912, a collection of memorable moments is easy to organize. But as we see below, they don't have to be well-publicized events, or even championships, to be unforgettable. Jack Nicklaus 1960 World Amateur Team Championship, where he shot 269 for four rounds: "I get a lot of credit for shooting a very low score, but we weren't playing a U.S. Open golf course or setup at that time.
May 30, 2013
Austrian painter Otto Muehl, 87, whose radical notions of art were exceeded only by the excesses in his lifestyle, died Sunday in Portugal, according to Daniele Roussel, the head of his archived works, who did not provide the cause of death. Mr. Muehl was a cofounder of the Vienna Actionism, a controversial art movement in the 1960s, and his works shocked audiences with their use of blood, excrement, and the human body as materials. He was convicted in 1991 of crimes including illicit drug use and sex with minors while heading a commune.
April 13, 2013 |
DUBLIN - European Union finance ministers agreed Friday to grant Ireland and Portugal seven more years to pay their bailout loans, easing the burden on their economies and paving the way for a quicker return to sustainable growth. In their attempts to stabilize the economy of the 17 nations sharing the euro currency, the ministers also approved a 10 billion euro ($13 billion) loan package to stop Cyprus from sliding into bankruptcy. But the rescue comes at a heavy price for the Mediterranean island country.
March 4, 2013 |
LISBON, Portugal - Many thousands of demonstrators held marches in more than 20 cities in Portugal on Saturday to protest against government-imposed austerity measures aimed at lifting the ailing country out of recession. Tens of thousands of people filled a Lisbon boulevard leading to the Finance Ministry carrying placards saying "Screw the troika, we want our lives back. " The troika is a reference to the European Commission, the International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank, the lenders behind the country's financial bailout.
July 15, 2012 |
I have never been good at making decisions. In fact, I think that may be one of the things I am worst at. I'm not sure, I can't decide. When people ask me where I want to eat or what I want to do, I get stressed, contort my face in different ways for a while, and eventually exasperatedly state, "I don't know, you decide. " So when I thought about planning a solo trip while studying abroad in London last year, I would normally have had a hard time deciding where to go. Luckily, my law-student budget made the decision for me, and I picked the place with the cheapest flight and hotels in December: Portugal.