April 25, 2016 |
Iowa State may not be an NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision powerhouse, but the Cyclones do play in one of the BCS conferences and do have recruiting advantages even over an elite Football Championship Subdivision program such as North Dakota State. Carson Wentz's first collegiate start came at Iowa State in front of 55,000 fans - a number significantly greater than the 19,000 that regularly fill the Fargodome to watch the Bison. It wasn't quite like Hickory High School walking into an Indianapolis arena for the state championship in Hoosiers - "I think you'll find the measurements the same as our gym back in Hickory" - but it had to be daunting for the quarterback.
April 24, 2016 |
An affiliate of Philadelphia developer John Wei has purchased the 200,000-square-foot Red Bell Brewing Co. building at 31st and Jefferson Streets in the city's Brewerytown section. Brewerytown Investment L.P. paid $1.85 million this month for the vacant 1870s brewery building on 70,000 square feet of land, according to Ken Wellar, a managing partner at Rittenhouse Realty Advisors, which marketed the property. Brewerytown Investment shares an address with other ventures connected to Wei, whose affiliates also own the Independence Press Building at 525 N. 11th St. and the Church of the Assumption at 1131 Spring Garden St. in the West Poplar neighborhood.
April 12, 2016 |
Purists might view what happened Sunday evening in the cafeteria of SS. Neumann and Goretti High School as a minor act of blasphemy. Eight contestants competed in a blind taste testing of their best recipe for red gravy - that hearty, tomato-based Italian staple poured over pasta, refined through generations of Sunday suppers and better known to the world outside South Philadelphia simply as "sauce. " But when it came time to reveal the winner, the judges' pick was not a dish developed somewhere south of Washington Avenue in the kitchen of an Italian nonna . Instead, the victorious chef revealed she had perfected her soulful lamb ragu while living in, of all places, Miami.
April 10, 2016
By Edna O'Brien Little, Brown. 320 pp. $27 Reviewed by Mike Fischer Edna O'Brien's latest novel begins where O'Brien always eventually returns: a remote town in western Ireland, filled with lonely souls and limited opportunities. But then a handsome stranger from Montenegro calling himself Dr. Vladimir Dragan shows up, advertising his services as a practitioner of alternative medicine. The women fall hard. One moons that "maybe he'll bring a bit of romance into our lives.
April 8, 2016 |
CINCINNATI — The Phillies jogged onto the field without a pitcher in the middle of the seventh of a one-run game. The bullpen bustled as Aaron Nola lingered in the dugout. Pete Mackanin encountered the exact situation he faced two days earlier, and this time the manager instructed his 22-year-old righthander to continue. Nola obliged with two more strikeouts. It did not matter. "Hopefully," Mackanin said after a 3-2 loss to the Reds, "we don't have one-run games the rest of the year.
April 8, 2016 |
DETROIT - The Flyers' playoff charge was delayed Wednesday in Detroit, and they will have to regroup if they are going to earn an Eastern Conference playoff spot. Red Wings 3, Flyers 0. In the most important game of the season for both teams, the Flyers started somewhat flat, allowed a bizarre first goal and never recovered before a frenzied crowd at Joe Louis Arena. Jimmy Howard made 30 saves to register his first shutout since opening night against Toronto on Oct 9. "Maybe we could have gotten in his face a little more, tried to take his eyes away, but he made a lot of good saves," defenseman Mark Streit said.
April 6, 2016 |
Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonald might have suffered a concussion when he was slammed into the boards Sunday in a 6-2 loss in Pittsburgh. He will not be able to play Wednesday in a key game in Detroit, general manager Ron Hextall announced Monday. Hextall would call it only an upper-body injury. Evgeny Medvedev, a healthy scratch for the last 11 games, will replace MacDonald, who is tied for second on the team with a plus-8 rating and has played well since replacing the injured Michael Del Zotto.
March 29, 2016 |
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Ruben Amaro Jr. stood in center field on Sunday morning, appearing to be as far as possible from his past life. The former Phillies general manager wore a uniform and carried a bat as the Red Sox finished batting practice at JetBlue Park, continuing his transition from the front office to the first base coach's box. Amaro wanted to stay in baseball when the Phillies fired him in September. He latched on a month later with Boston. And Sunday was his first encounter with his former team.
March 20, 2016
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) drew more than 600 to its Red & White Ball at the Marriott Downtown Philadelphia on March 12. Supporters enjoyed an evening that included a silent auction, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, dinner, and dancing, all for a great cause. LLS is the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The mission of LLS is to support cancer research to seek treatments and cures for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease, and myeloma. The event brought in a record- breaking $570,000, bringing the total to $1.4 million raised over the last three years by the Red & White Ball.
March 17, 2016 |
This was more than a playoff push by the Flyers. It was a gut punch that landed squarely on the team directly in front of them in the race for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Detroit Red Wings, a proud franchise that has made 24 straight trips to the playoffs, arrived at the Wells Fargo Center Tuesday night three points ahead of the Flyers. They left after a 4-3 loss that narrowed their lead to a single point. Factor in the two extra games on the Flyers' schedule and you could argue that they are now in a better position than the Red Wings.