July 3, 2015 |
Her face painted red, white, and blue, Grace Bendon stood, screaming, in the overwhelming sea of U.S. fans. Montreal's Olympic Stadium thundered with chants: "I believe that we will win!" And win the women's soccer team did, led by South Jersey's Carli Lloyd. Bendon watched as the women she grew up idolizing carried their team to a 2-0 victory over Germany in the semifinal match of the FIFA Women's World Cup. Seeing the U.S. women play is like nothing else, said Bendon, who co-captained the Central Bucks High School West girls' varsity soccer team to a state championship this year.
July 3, 2015 |
When the Philadelphia Union concludes its Major League Soccer season in October, it's likely to be the team's last game in Chester's PPL Park. Don't fret, fans. The venue doesn't change. Only the name of the stadium. PPL Corp., the Allentown energy company best known for its electric utility, last month formally spun off its competitive power-generation business into a new company called Talen Energy. The new company, also based in Allentown, includes PPL's retail energy business, which marketed power under the brand name PPL Energy Plus.
July 1, 2015 |
Walking into CrossFit Main Line, the Ardmore outpost of the national gym franchise, there was an immediate boot-camp vibe. The decor - rough panels of wood boldly marked like cargo with the gym's logo, a suspended hand-pull apparatus flanked by an American flag - signaled an Olympian dedication to athletics. Beneath the apparatus, a small circle of participants, mostly middle-aged and male, was engrossed in executing leap-frog-like sets of burpees. Pump-up tunes - Macklemore's "Thrift Shop," DJ Snake and Lil Jon's "Turn Down for What" - played in the background.
June 12, 2015 |
IF YOU WANT to be a cynic, you can look back at what the United States men's soccer team has done in Europe over the past week and diminish things by saying, "Oh, they were just friendlies. " True, a friendly is not the same as a World Cup match, but teams do not schedule friendlies just for the fun of it. They always have a purpose and teams always want to win. Keeping things in their proper context, the United States' 4-3 win over the Netherlands in Amsterdam last Friday and a 2-1 win over world champion Germany in Cologne on Wednesday are remarkable achievements, especially as the team prepares for the CONCACAF Gold Cup Tournament this summer, with the championship game at Lincoln Financial Field on July 26. Team USA beat the Dutch for the first time ever and beat Germany in Germany for the first time.
June 5, 2015 |
NEW YORK - Back in 2007, United States women's soccer team midfielder Shannon Boxx found out she had lupus. Despite occasional bouts of extreme fatigue, joint pain and swelling associated with the disease, Boxx went on to represent the United States at the 2007 and 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup and won gold medals at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. Like most athletes, Boxx has had to overcome severe injuries that required rehabilitation. Still, of all the challenges she's overcome to play at a world-class level for 13 years, Boxx said nothing was more difficult than returning to make the 2015 World Cup team after giving birth to her daughter, Zoe, in 2014.
June 3, 2015 |
Jesse Weick isn't surprised by Haddon Heights' success in baseball this season. He can't say the same about his own sensational play. "Before the season, we had a meeting and talked about our objectives and winning the South Jersey title was one of them," Weick said. "We all believed we could do it. " Haddon Heights (18-7) has made good on that preseason promise. The Garnets won the South Jersey Group 1 title on Friday and will face Middlesex (16-16) in the state semifinals Tuesday at Rowan College at Gloucester County.
June 1, 2015 |
Throughout Philadelphia's sports history, soccer has popped up sporadically, an invading virus that the city's natural indifference to the game typically manages to resist. Sometimes, as now with the Union, the outbreak is more severe. But mostly, like the rest of America, we've been immune to the sport that so infects the world. So it was jarring last week when news of a soccer-related scandal was stripped across The Inquirer's front page, even if this story's appeal was amorality and not athletics.
May 29, 2015 |
When a city in the United States would like to host something as large as the Super Bowl or something as relatively modest as the USA Swimming national championships, that city puts together a bid package it hopes will be a winner in the competition against other cities vying to host the same event. The bid contains incentives, which could range from very reasonable accommodation and transportation arrangements during the event, to donations to development programs, to whatever else might make for a successful bid. It would be standard that officials of the organization that controls the event would visit the various bid cities to study the facilities and infrastructure of the bids, and would be treated very well while visiting.
May 29, 2015 |
NEW YORK - There was no point in anyone on the U.S. women's soccer team trying to ignore the elephant in the room. Through the past 15 years and three FIFA Women's World Cups, the pachyderm on the backs of the U.S. women has grown to jumbo size. Fox Sports, which has exclusive coverage of the 2015 World Cup that kicks off June 6 in Canada, has based its marketing campaign around the U.S. team's quest for redemption after it lost the 2011 World Cup final to Japan in a penalty-kick shootout.
April 29, 2015 |
WHEN JIM Murray began his long association with St. Joseph's Prep, Dwight D. Eisenhower was president, gas was 23 cents a gallon and James Dean was starring in "Rebel Without a Cause. " Sixty years later, Murray, Class of 1959, is still at 17th and Girard, although after this academic year, he will retire. Well . . . sort of. Murray, 73, will step down as athletic director, a post he's held since 1971, and no longer teach math - which he's done since '69. But he'll stay on as varsity soccer coach.