July 27, 2014 |
SINCE THE UNION traded up to draft him first overall in January's MLS SuperDraft, goalkeeper Andre Blake's opportunities to play have been limited to a pair of appearances in the U.S. Open Cup, a stint with the Jamaican national team and in training sessions during the week. With the Union mired in a bye week from MLS competition, Blake got the nod in goal over starter Zac MacMath for last night's friendly with Crystal Palace, of the English Premier League. And although Philadelphia came out on the losing end, Blake displayed his talent, making several great saves in a 1-0 defeat at PPL Park.
July 24, 2014 |
In the tough part of Brooklyn where she spent her younger years, Bridgette Brawner saw neighbors strung out on drugs, arguments that turned violent, families like her own struggling to get by. But most frightening was watching as other kids grew to accept, and expect, a bleak future. "You get to a certain age and you're shot. Or you get to a certain age and you have a child," she said, recalling Flatbush. " . . . There had to be something else outside of what I was seeing. " A profound thought for a young girl, especially one struggling with personal issues as dark as sexual molestation.
July 22, 2014 |
Diagnosed with cerebral palsy, Cami needs leg braces and, except when she is home, uses forearm crutches. But that hasn't stopped this bubbly, polite 17-year-old with the curly red hair and the beautiful smile. She loves going to karate class and church, shopping, swimming, and watching TV. She is also looking forward to starting 12th grade in the fall. She enjoys school, where she receives special-education services, and especially likes her life-skills classes. If Cami had three wishes, they would be a computer, a new TV/DVR, and a vacation trip, preferably to Disney World.
July 21, 2014 |
ATLANTA - There will come a time, as soon as prospect Maikel Franco is deemed ready for the majors, when the Phillies must render a decision on Cody Asche's future. That could be August, September, or next spring, but the likelihood exists that Asche will be replaced at third base. Manager Ryne Sandberg sees Asche as a "steady bat with gap-to-gap power, maybe a 15-to-20 home run type of guy," an endorsement for everyday status. Asche carried a 10-game hitting into Saturday. A position switch - perhaps to left field - is possible.
July 15, 2014 |
Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon made news last week in Milwaukee when he said he would welcome a trade to a contender. Papelbon hasn't backed off those comments, but there is an addendum. He was asked Sunday how he would feel if he was still with the Phillies after the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. "I would be happy," Papelbon said before a 10-3 loss to the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park. "I am pretty indifferent on the whole situation. " Papelbon, who has a 1.21 ERA and is 22 for 24 in save opportunities, said there are positives to staying or departing.
July 2, 2014 |
Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug and faces a four-game suspension, according to a league source. The NFL announced no suspensions Monday and the Eagles had no comment on the situation. The Daily News first reported the positive test. Johnson, 24, was the Eagles' first-round pick in 2013 and started all 16 games for the team last season. He added seven pounds this offseason, bulking up from 310 pounds to 317, and the Eagles were optimistic about his development.
June 25, 2014 |
Summer is here, and so are the first positive reports of West Nile virus in mosquitoes. A mosquito carrying the virus was reported in Aldan Borough last week, said Maureen Hennessey, director of the Delaware County Department of Intercommunity Health. It was the second case reported this year. A mosquito trap in Chadds Ford Township had a positive test result earlier in the month, she said. "We are finding a lot of our traps are pulling in big numbers" of mosquitoes, Hennessey said.
June 14, 2014 |
A statewide effort to get more students to eat breakfast is yielding surprisingly positive results. In a recent contest, Philadelphia's Feltonville School of Arts and Sciences, a middle school, beat out 900 other Pennsylvania schools in the so-called School Breakfast Challenge. The school on East Courtland Street in North Philadelphia achieved the largest increase in breakfast participation in the state, improving from 29 percent of students in October 2013 to an average of 77 percent during January through March of this year.
June 13, 2014 |
East Camden Middle School student Vaughn Williams took an idea - about a place both physical and spiritual - and ran with it. Halfway across the country. In Denver on May 9, Williams, assisted by eighth-grade classmate Fredrick Henderson, addressed about 150 people during a national Youth Development Institute conference. Their presentation featured video, a logo (an empty cube), and audience participation. It centered on a notion called "The Third Space," where one can find solitude or community, stress reduction, or strength of purpose.
May 16, 2014 |
AFTER FIVE innings of yesterday's matinee, the Phillies had just two hits and had yet to advance a runner to third base. A.J. Burnett, meanwhile, had allowed nine of the first 15 Angels batters he faced to reach base. Burnett and the Phillies were lucky to be trailing by only three runs through those five innings. That was one of the positives Burnett tried to take out of his second straight so-so start. The righthander allowed single runs in each of his first three innings, but he also watched the Angels leave seven baserunners on in the game's first five innings while going 3-for-12 with runners in scoring position.