August 27, 2015 |
Historians who studied the Battle of Red Bank in 1777 have long known the tragic story of an American gun crew. It was one of several defending Fort Mercer against a much larger army of Hessian soldiers, who were trying to dislodge them and open up the Delaware River for British ships to supply the Redcoats occupying Philadelphia. The crew loaded a massive cannon, lit the fuse, and fired - but the breech exploded, killing a dozen members of Rhode Island regiments who were manning the gun and earthworks.
August 19, 2015 |
TERRY FRANCONA'S Indians will battle the Red Sox in Game 2 of a three-game series in Boston tonight. But long before the first pitch, Francona will accompany Boston manager John Farrell to his first round of chemotherapy for stage one lymphoma. Farrell, 53, announced Friday that he was taking a leave of absence to battle the disease. Francona and Farrell go way back. They played for the Indians in 1988. And they were together on the 1996 Tigers when Farrell was a reliever and Francona was third base coach.
August 3, 2015 |
Tranquillo Barnetta didn't have a memorable debut for the Union, and his team continued a pattern of creating chances and failing to finish. It added up to the Union's 3-1 loss to the New York Red Bulls in a Major League Soccer match Saturday before 18,883 at PPL Park. The Union are 6-13-4 with only 11 games left and are facing an uphill battle to earn one of six Eastern Conference playoff spots. New York improved to 9-6-5. Barnetta's first minute as a Union player won't be fondly remembered by the Swiss international midfielder.
August 3, 2015 |
Since hosting a special event with rare old-vintage riojas this year, it's clear the West Deptford franchise of the Joe Canal's discount liquor chain has become a go-to stop for Spanish wine fans. The store is now selling an impressive pair of younger, more accessible reds that show just how appealing the modern rioja style can be. The 2008 Cerro Añon Reserva from Bodegas Olerras is one of the best-quality values I've tasted at $16, with a deep core of ruby Tempranillo fruit edged by mouthwatering acidity and a dusky, dry, earthy mocha finish that is distinctively Spanish.
July 22, 2015 |
Most of the former college point guards zoomed around the Philadelphia University court during The Basketball Tournament over the weekend, but Reggie Redding, who played small forward at Villanova, took a slower approach to the position. Five years after graduating from Villanova, the former St. Joseph's Prep star is playing for the Liberty Ballers, a Philadelphia-based team in a tournament that will award $1 million to its winner. The Basketball Tournament started with 97 teams competing across the country.
July 22, 2015 |
The Union are shorthanded and having to juggle international spots. They are playing on the road at an unusual time and in likely stifling conditions. That said, the team is eagerly anticipating its U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal against the host New York Red Bulls on Tuesday at 4 p.m. "It will be a unique game, 90 degrees in that stadium [Red Bull Arena] where there is no air and it will probably be 100 on the field," Union coach Jim Curtin said Monday before practice. "It won't be the fastest-paced game but one where two good teams go at it with the chance to get to the final four of a major competition.
July 15, 2015 |
CINCINNATI - All eyes at Great American Ball Park will be on the field even before the first pitch of Tuesday night's All-Star Game. Pete Rose, expected to meet with new MLB commissioner Rob Manfred later this summer regarding his bid for reinstatement, is set to take part in a pregame ceremony alongside Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan, and Barry Larkin. The four were selected by fans as the Reds' Franchise Four. Rose, who in 1989 accepted his permanent ban from baseball for gambling on the sport, continues to seek reinstatement.
July 10, 2015 |
The Union will play the New York Red Bulls in a U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal July 21 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. Game time is 4 p.m. because Red Bull Arena is hosting the International Champions Cup on July 21-22, the two dates that the U.S. Open Cup set aside for this quarterfinal game. The Red Bulls are playing Chelsea on July 22, which means they will compete on consecutive days. Major League Soccer's collective bargaining agreement does not allow players to play on consecutive days, so the Red Bulls will need two different lineups.
June 28, 2015 |
The 76ers are close to making a decision that will dictate center Joel Embiid's immediate and long-term future, general manager Sam Hinkie said in a news conference Friday. Hinkie said that another surgery has not been ruled out, and that he can't see Embiid playing for either of the Sixers' two summer league teams. Embiid, 21, missed what would have been his rookie season after surgery last June to repair the navicular bone in his right foot. In March, nine months after his injury, Hinkie said Embiid had a CT scan that "looked right on schedule.
June 20, 2015 |
What's the cutest animal? Koalas? Sure. Meerkats? Love 'em. Capybaras? Check. Hippos, prairie dogs, even iguanas - they all make the list. But, sorry guys, the title is all wrapped up once you see a red panda. The endangered, bambooo-eating native of the Himalayas, aka Ailurus fulgens , is about the size of a house cat (well, a big, well-fed one) and has a bushy ringed tail and raccoon-like markings. But it's not related to its namesake, the giant panda (which is a bear - and, yeah, also cute)