September 17, 2014 |
IT REALLY is happening. On Saturday, Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome is running in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby at Parx Racing in Bensalem. It became official late yesterday afternoon in the Cotillion Room on the first floor of the racetrack building between races Nos. 8 and 9 when entries were drawn for two $1 million races that will anchor the most significant horse racing event ever run in the commonwealth. A pill with No. 1 on it was pulled from a shaker with eight numbered pills.
September 15, 2014 |
BELIEVE IT or not, there have been some encouraging signs to come out of this 2014 season for the Phillies. Ken Giles has been nothing short of dominant. Cole Hamels continues to pitch like an ace. Maikel Franco is in the major leagues after a an explosive couple of minor league seasons. At the top of the list, though, is the performance of 2013 first-round draft pick J.P. Crawford, who was at Citizens Bank Park yesterday to receive the organization's Paul Owens Award, given annually to the top pitcher and top hitter in the minor leagues.
September 10, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.) defended his accomplishments in Congress Monday and said he had not done anything illegal, though he declined to address the actions attributed to him in a top political aide's guilty-plea deal over misusing federal funds. Instead, Fattah said he would focus on the positive work he was doing - including helping millions of students prepare for college and providing billions of dollars in foreclosure relief - and argued that news media should do more of the same.
September 1, 2014 |
NEW YORK - The Phillies have always considered their potential logjam at third base a good problem, but it is one that still lacks a solution. Cody Asche's future at the position becomes murkier with Maikel Franco's possible arrival later this week. One resolution could be a position switch for Asche, but that is not something the Phillies will explore in September. Manager Ryne Sandberg cited "the unfairness" to Asche. "Right now, he's the third baseman," Sandberg said. "He's doing a good job there.
August 29, 2014
TWO RACES remain to complete the 16-driver Chase field. Atlanta and Richmond usually provide intense racing, so we're taking a wild guess here that the winless drivers seeking Chase berths will be racing with gritted teeth and wide eyes the next two races. There are 12 race winners this year, leaving four Chase spots to be filled. If none of the winless drivers collect their first victory, the Chase vacancies will be determined by points after Richmond. Entering Sunday night's race at Atlanta, here are the winless leaders, with points positions in parentheses: (5)
August 27, 2014 |
LOOKING OVER what is and is not settled, as the Eagles prepare to wrap up the preseason Thursday night against the Jets, the wide receiver position remains a bigger question than the team probably would prefer. Ideally, if you're going to cut your Pro Bowl wideout in the offseason - yeah, a mention of DeSean Jackson, fire up the bile ducts - you'd like to see your wideout corps dominate in the preseason, so the nattering media nabobs wouldn't have that to natter about, at least.
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.