March 5, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - When approached at his locker before the final game of the 2014 season, Ryan Howard was a little surprised people thought there was a chance he wouldn't be in a Phillies uniform when the baseball schedule resumed. But then an offseason of trade rumors began; the rebuilding Phillies worked aggressively in their attempts to trade Howard. In December, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said in a radio interview that the team would be better off without Howard (he later apologized to Howard)
February 26, 2015 |
SO, IS 40-0 going to happen? It is now very possible. I don't think Kentucky is one of the great college teams in history. In fact, I would take the Wildcats' 2012 national champions over this team. They finished 38-2, losing on a buzzer-beater at Indiana and to Vanderbilt in the SEC championship game. Remember, Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist were the first two players taken in that NBA draft. Davis and Tim Duncan are the most talented college big men I have seen since I started covering college hoops for the Daily News in 1987.
February 25, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Ryan Howard was the can't-miss at-bat. When the Phillies first baseman stepped to the plate, you had to watch because his power potential was so intoxicating. You never knew when a baseball might crash into the bricks in center field at Citizens Bank Park. Now he is the guy nobody wants. You would not have known that Monday at Bright House Field. The television news cameras all focused on the Big Piece's every movement as he reported for work the day before the Phillies' first full-squad workout of spring training.
February 25, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - During the first week of activity in Clearwater, an assembly line of Phillies veterans have made their way in front of microphones and cameras to answer questions regarding their desire to stick with the team through a rebuilding phase. The first three contestants in "Do You Really Want to Be Here?" deftly danced around the topic, by way of props (Cliff Lee and his Magic 8 Ball), smoke screens (Jonathan Papelbon's belief that the Phillies can contend) or rambling on (Cole Hamels' filibustering)
February 20, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Less than a month ago, Ryne Sandberg stood in the middle of a banquet room at the Woodlake Country Club in Lakewood, N.J., and said he wasn't happy with the Phillies' clubhouse dynamic during the 2014 season. It wasn't a good clubhouse, he said. It wasn't conducive to winning, he continued. Sandberg never pinpointed exactly what it was he didn't like, but said the atmosphere wasn't one in which younger players could thrive and be themselves. The 2015 Phillies clubhouse officially opened up for business yesterday at Bright House Field in Clearwater, when pitchers and catchers were scheduled to report.
February 10, 2015 |
BEFORE THE 76ERS faced the Boston Celtics on Friday, it was learned that Michael Carter-Williams would be sidelined with a right foot injury. With point guard Tim Frazier having signed a 10-day contract with the team just a day earlier, coach Brett Brown was forced to shove 6-9 JaKarr Sampson into the starting lineup as the lead guard. "We felt because he was a college four man last year as a freshman at St. John's, it would make him an ideal candidate to be a starting point guard in the NBA," Brown joked of starting Sampson at the unfamiliar position.
January 29, 2015 |
NEW ORLEANS - Tony Wroten is among those who believe that everything happens for a reason. So what's the reason for Wroten partially tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee? Well, he hasn't quite nailed that down, nor has it affected his mind-set. "I'm not really down," the sidelined Sixers guard said late Monday night. "I'm not really feeling bad for myself. You know, hit it and come back better than ever. " Wroten was in good spirits seated in the Sixers locker room after a 99-74 Sixers loss to the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center.
January 7, 2015 |
The teams of seventh-grade students huddled over stacks of playing cards on the table, exchanging strategies for how they could best build a tower out of them. They spoke quietly, and when a makeshift tower collapsed, the students griped in good-natured frustration but quickly moved on to try out another idea. The mood in the classroom of Camden's H.B. Wilson Family School on Monday was calm and polite - just what teachers and administrators hope to encourage, as the school becomes one of five in the district to adopt a program aimed at rewarding students for good behavior instead of solely punishing them for bad. "A lot of kids, when they walk into school, the first thing they hear is what the rules are," Superintendent Paymon Rouhanifard said.
December 31, 2014 |
THE FINAL GUN had hardly sounded before the tweets began. Jeremy Maclin was campaigning to come back. Trent Cole was begging to stay. Maclin, the Eagles' best receiver since they took him in the first round in 2009, can hit the open market and cash in on a career season. Cole, ranked second on the team's all-time sack list, is due more than $35 million over the next three seasons. Maclin sounds willing to forgo free agency and, possibly, take a little less Treasury green to stay in Eagles green.
December 23, 2014
THE CLIENT was stressed out: Her three kids were hyped about being home from school and wanted to decorate for Christmas, but she hadn't gotten around to cleaning up from Thanksgiving yet. She couldn't focus on the joy of the upcoming holidays because she was completely overwhelmed by her to-do list. This time of year, holistic wellness coach Prakriti "Pax" Tandon sees a lot of clients, especially women, struggling like this. "Isn't it heartbreaking? This is one of the most beautiful times of the year, and most women can't wait for it to be over because it's infused with so much stress," said Tandon, who, in October, was named editor of the Authentic Happiness website run by the University of Pennsylvania's Positive Psychology Center.