July 10, 2016 |
LAS VEGAS - The 76ers will tell you Joel Embiid's trip to the NBA Summer League is all about being in shape. The 7-foot-2 center performed layup and shooting drills after the Sixers practice concluded here Friday at UNLV's South Gym. He didn't participate in the two-hour practice. Nor will he play in any summer league games. "We know he's healthy," said Sixers assistant Lloyd Pierce, who's coaching the summer league team. "He's been in a great spot the past couple of months. . . . He's just trying to get in basketball conditioning, [work on his]
February 2, 2015 |
A spectator could learn an incredible amount of minutiae about the new Cadillac Escalade simply by swiping through an iPad display at Saturday's opening of the 2015 Philadelphia Auto Show. There were statistics on how much all that gleaming metal weighs, how fast the sinewy SUV accelerates, even the type of stitches used to make the steering wheel covers. But not a single word about how much gasoline it burns. "That was a marketing decision," explained a Cadillac representative who identified himself only by his first name, Chad.
October 2, 2014 |
APPLE PIE is fine and baseball can pass the time, but sometimes America needs a night full of gasoline fumes, ear-shattering decibels and supersized machines built to destroy. What other country could have designed monster trucks? "America is, of course, the country of overindulgence," said Candice Jolly, driver of the "Monster Mutt Dalmatian" truck. "These trucks are 10,000 pounds with 66-inch tires. If that doesn't yell, 'America,' I don't know what does. " Jolly will be behind the wheel Friday and Saturday, competing against fellow drivers, as the Monster Jam returns to the Wells Fargo Center in South Philly, one of hundreds of shows the tour puts on every year across the globe.
June 22, 2014 |
Earlier this month, I went to Moorestown to watch my mother run the Scott Coffee Moorestown Rotary 8K. I saw her take off, but I didn't see her finish. That's because at the time of her finish, I was trying to get a woman and a half-dozen kids off the course. The approach to the finish line is also the site of the town's spirit day. Vendors set up along the course and wait until the race is over to start hawking their wares - or at least they're supposed to. While the race was still going on, one vendor directed a half-dozen kids with sidewalk chalk to take up half the road.
February 24, 2014 |
Pauline Jonas, Deptford Township's art consultant, is jazzed about the latest show in the Galleria. That's the name for the public areas of the Deptford municipal building where work by Photographic Society of Philadelphia members will be displayed through April 2. The show includes 60 pieces by 22 photographers. "Look at this! Look at this!" says Jonas, 66, guiding me along a first-floor corridor to point out a vivid Philadelphia skyline panorama by photographer Ned Barlas. "He has positioned himself so perfectly!"
July 9, 2013 |
GETTYSBURG - One of the enemies at the Gettysburg reenactment did not take sides. The weather - heat and humidity - affected reenactors and spectators alike. But there was help. In a reenactment site that resembles a small city, complete with security, traffic controllers, sanitation crews, and ticket sellers, there were three staffed medical aid stations and an impressive mobile emergency room. As of late Sunday, they had treated about 260, with 19 taken to area hospitals. One of them was evacuated by helicopter Saturday, Miller said.
June 13, 2013
Smoke-filled spectator galleries The U.S. Open tournament at Merion Golf Club will draw thousands of spectators, so it's no wonder the event has been meticulously planned. Ticketholders' booklets provide a long list of prohibited items, and thoroughly detail transportation options, etiquette, and safety guidelines. But despite all the preparations, one major area has been omitted: smoking restrictions. Many other sporting events have prohibited smoking by spectators for years. As a longtime United States Golf Association member and attendee at many U.S. Open events, I can attest that secondhand smoke - particularly cigar smoke - is prevalent.
June 13, 2013
Scenes from Day Three of the U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club. "I tried to get a signature, but I got a ball, which is even better!" Ted Rogers, 14, had held out a white Phillies cap, hoping the player would sign it as he crossed off the second fairway. But Y.E. Yang and his entourage had their poker faces on. Just as they passed, the caddie looked at Ted and tossed him a ball. "See! He saw you watching," his father said. "It's the caddies who see everything. " - Jessica Parks Happy Father's Day What a good, good son Jeff Arthur Jr., 27, is. He paid $150 for two tickets and took his father, Jeff Arthur Sr. of Lawnside, to see the pros practicing as a Father's Day gift.
June 4, 2013 |
ANDREW NEUBAUER spent much of yesterday's Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic lurking behind bushes near the top of the Manayunk Wall, suddenly thrusting his life-size, stuffed-toy rottweiler, Rowdy, at unsuspecting passers-by and growling. "Rowdy went to York College with me," he said. "Found him at a yard sale freshman year. We've been together ever since. My friends and I tailgate with him at Phillies games. He stands on the roof of the car and parties. You know PETA would get after me if I left him in the car. " Neubauer interrupted the interview to growl while thrusting Rowdy at Adriana Bellode, who jumped and grabbed the arm of her friend Lilliam Ribeiro.
April 17, 2013 |
Jill Beccaris-Pescatore of Glenside had just finished the Boston Marathon and was about a block and a half from the finish line when she heard two explosions. "It sounded bomb-like," said Beccaris-Pescatore, 45, a veteran marathon runner. "It was something that didn't sound right, and everyone was concerned. " Runners and spectators from the Philadelphia area described a gorgeous day - "perfect running weather," said Beccaris-Pescatore - that turned into a nightmare. Emily Russo, 20, a Haddonfield High School graduate, had just cheered as her Tufts University schoolmates passed the 26-mile mark.