January 17, 2016 |
Jason Richardson is the 76ers' latest special guest. The former Sixer attended Thursday's game and was on hand for Friday's practice. He said he expected to leave on Saturday. The Sixers (4-37) had reached out to Richardson about coming out of retirement to provide veteran leadership to the club before Elton Brand accepted the role. Coach Brett Brown said Richardson's visit didn't involve a possible position with the Sixers. "I don't think he's got any desire," Brown said.
November 22, 2015 |
CINCINNATI - To Otis Hackney, it felt like a wonderland. Inside Oyler Community Learning Center, a public school in a tough neighborhood here, were things the Philadelphia principal could only dream of. There were vision, medical, and dental clinics. A food bank. A day-care center and a mental-health wing with five therapists. Volunteers trooped into the school routinely, part of a rotation of well-trained help that works one-on-one with Oyler's kids. "I thought," the South Philadelphia High principal said later, "it was awesome . " Oyler is a "community school," a phrase about to become much more familiar in Philadelphia, where the mayor-elect has pledged to establish 25 of them in four years.
July 27, 2015 |
When it came time to clean out his office at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., Lou Lamoriello probably didn't have much work ahead of him. He decorated the place sparsely on purpose - no photos of his family or friends or former coaches and players, not a touchstone from his personal past to be found, nothing to obscure his single-minded focus. One day in February 2011, as Lamoriello sat behind his desk for an interview, the only accoutrements in the room were seven replica trophies atop a shelf: four of the Prince of Wales Trophy, awarded to the winner of the NHL's Eastern Conference, and three of the Stanley Cup. He added one more to that collection the following year, when the New Jersey Devils reached the Stanley Cup Finals for the last time during Lamoriello's tenure, and by now he's likely boxed up those trophies and shipped them to Ontario.
June 22, 2015 |
After years at the mike for WXPN, Michaela Majoun, the voice of morning for thousands of music-hungry people locally and worldwide, is stepping over to her other love: writing. She came to what was then a pretty good college station in 1989, the first professional on-air host the station had ever hired. Since then, and largely thanks to her efforts, XPN has become a cultural hub, connecting fans to artists they might not have known about, organizing concerts, conventions, and events such as the XPoNential Music Festival, with an especially splendid lineup Wednesday through Friday.
May 14, 2015 |
I'm not paid to be a role model. ... Parents should be role models. - Charles Barkley The suspension of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, winner of the last Super Bowl and a virtual lock to one day be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, is the latest development in an ongoing conversation about cheating in sports, and even Americans who are uninterested in athletics should pay attention. The National Football League on Monday suspended Brady for the first four games of next season for orchestrating or knowing about a scheme to deliberately deflate footballs, making them easier to throw during last season's AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts.
February 24, 2015 |
Marcelle describes himself as an excellent builder, and for proof, he can point to his Lego structures, which he spends many hours happily creating. Like most 12-year-olds, he also likes video games and remote-control cars, and although a bit shy at first, he'll talk avidly on both subjects. He also enjoys reading the Hardy Boys books. Marcelle is enrolled in the seventh grade, and receives special-education services. He does best in small classes with individual attention and positive reinforcement from his teachers.
January 2, 2015
A FEW YEARS ago, NBA Hall-of-Famer Charles Barkley got into a lot of trouble for making the audacious observation that sports figures didn't need to be role models. Legions of fans and professional journalists (who are simply glorified fans with a byline) were outraged at this attack on the fundamental principle that the person who jumps highest must aim highest, the person who tackles the running back must also be able to tackle life's problems with grace, the person who hits it out of the park must swing for the cheap seats in real life as well.
December 5, 2014 |
ANAHEIM, Calif. - After skating at practice Wednesday, Flyers forward Vinny Lecavalier fondly recalled his idol, Jean Beliveau, the Montreal Canadiens great who died Tuesday at age 83. During his prime, Lecavalier's graceful style - on and off the ice - was sometimes compared to Beliveau's, and he portrayed the Hall of Famer in the 2005 movie The Rocket: The Legend of Rocket Richard . One of the most beloved players in Canadiens history, Beliveau...
November 24, 2014 |
RUNNING marathons and gluttonous eating competitions aren't a typical mix of activities. Unless, of course, your name is Breandan Lyman, aka Skin and Bones - the La Salle University graduate who consumed 4 pounds of bacon-wrapped sweet potatoes in 8 minutes to qualify for last February's WIP Wing Bowl 22. Lyman didn't finish in the Top 6 in that Wing Bowl, but, at Wing Bowl 21 in 2013, the 6-3, 175-pound runner finished fourth after consuming 209...
October 10, 2014 |
IN THE MOVIE "Pride," Jessica Gunning plays a young Sian James, the wife of a Welsh miner whose 1980s activism is awakened when her conservative coal mining town, striking against Margaret Thatcher, is unwelcoming to a group of London gays trying to help them. Last month, Gunning and James were at the Toronto International Film Festival, where "Pride" received a thunderous ovation, to discuss the film and its issues. Gunning, a well-known British TV actress (she was one of the stars of "Law & Order: UK")