February 27, 2015 |
Sitting in the stands at Council Rock South High School, the Abington girls' basketball team had two games they were paying attention to Wednesday night: the one in front of them, and the one being played at Temple. The one they were watching in person was Central Bucks West against Downingtown East, in the other District 1 Class AAAA girls' basketball semifinal. The one at Temple featured the Abington boys' team, which was also playing in the district semifinals. By the time the Abington girls walked onto the court against Spring-Ford, they knew the boys had already advanced to the championship game Friday.
February 27, 2015 |
Everyone knows crime rates go up with the temperature, so it's no wonder networks are anticipating the spring thaw with a fistful of new procedurals. ABC and CBS go head to head Sunday, with two movie-star-powered if very different offerings. Secrets & Lies from ABC is an eminently serious, disturbing, and always absorbing mystery about a child murder in the heart of suburbia. CBS goes for laughs with Battle Creek , a wonderfully off-kilter, mildly surreal satire featuring Josh Duhamel, Dean Winters, and Janet McTeer . We are all sinners Adapted from the Australian drama, Secrets & Lies pits Ryan Phillippe and Juliette Lewis in an intense if sometimes overboiled battle of wills over the murder of a 4-year-old boy. He's the suspect, she the morally righteous, obsessive detective convinced of his guilt.
February 24, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Throughout the week, they have trickled into the clubhouse and onto the playing surface at Bright House Field. Ben Revere. Chase Utley. Grady Sizemore. The first full-squad workout is tomorrow, at which point Ryne Sandberg will begin the process of figuring out where, exactly, the runs will come from this season. The known quantities are limited to Carlos Ruiz at catcher, Utley at second base, Revere in centerfield, and, to a lesser extent, Freddy Galvis at shortstop.
February 17, 2015 |
PITCHERS AND catchers hold their first official workout in Clearwater on Thursday. Among the story lines will be the following: 1) How healthy is Cliff Lee? It's the million dollar question. Actually, several million. 37.5 of them, to be exact. Lee's contract guarantees him a $25 million salary this season and a $12.5 million buyout of a club option for 2016. And if he pitches 200 innings this season and is not on the disabled list at the end of the year, that option becomes guaranteed at $27.5 million.
February 16, 2015 |
Pitchers, catchers, and a bunch of guys the Phillies spent the offseason trying to trade will report to spring training Thursday. Contrary to popular belief, this team is going to be a contender. No, they are not going to be in the National League East race or even fighting for one of the league's two wild-card spots. They will, however, compete for the title of the Most Awkward Spring Training in franchise history. If you think that's an easy pursuit, you must have forgotten some of the absurd things that have happened in the past under the palm trees in Clearwater, Fla. Sure, that first Ryan Howard news conference of the spring is going to be uncomfortable for both him and the media.
February 15, 2015 |
40-man roster Pitchers 74, Elvis Araujo, LHP: Signed in November, the 6-foot-6 reliever from Venezuela hasn't pitched higher than double A, so he will likely begin the season in the minors. 48, Phillippe Aumont, RHP: Out of minor-league options, this spring is the last chance for the cornerstone of the worst trade of Ruben Amaro Jr.'s tenure as general manager. 70, Jesse Biddle, LHP: This spring marks the start of an important season for the Germantown Friends graduate and former first-round draft pick who struggled mightily in 2014 and is expected to begin this year back in double A. 38, Chad Billingsley, RHP: In the wake of Tommy John surgery in 2013 and another operation last year to repair his right flexor tendon, the recently signed veteran will probably enter spring training a bit behind the other starters.
February 12, 2015 |
With 600 stocky, blue-and-white bicycles, designed to be easy to use and hard to steal, Philadelphia will launch an ambitious bike-sharing system in spring in at least 60 locations, from Temple University to the Navy Yard and from the Delaware River to University City. The program, dubbed Indego because of an $8.5 million contribution from Independence Blue Cross, will allow riders to use credit cards, cash, or member cards to rent bikes 24 hours a day. "You can take a short trip from Point A to Point B or back to Point A, if that's what you want to do," Mayor Nutter said Tuesday.
February 9, 2015 |
With lagging student test scores and only about 120 students in grades K-4, Spring City Elementary School three years ago looked more like a candidate for closure than for an extreme makeover. But with the boldness of a Silicon Valley venture capitalist, the Spring-Ford Area School District gambled on a radically different approach to fixing the struggling school near the border of Montgomery and Chester Counties. It spent roughly $300,000 over three years to arm students and their classrooms - even kindergartners - with the latest desktops, iPads, Apple TVs, and smartboards.
February 6, 2015 |
LAST WEEK, the good folks at Baseball Prospectus shared their preliminary preseason calculations with the rest of the world, forecasting the final standings for the 2015 regular season. The Phillies, not surprisingly, will finish in last place in the National League East, according to the website. It has Ryne Sandberg's rebuilding Phils in line for a 70-92 season, bad enough for the worst record in all of baseball. So please temper your excitement that Phillies pitchers and catchers will hold their first official workout in Clearwater, Fla., 2 weeks from today.
February 4, 2015 |
Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt and former manager Charlie Manuel will be joined by six other Phillies alumni serving as guest instructors during spring training, the team announced Monday. Aaron Rowand, the Phillies' centerfielder in 2006 and 2007, and Dan Plesac, a reliever with the team in 2002 and 2003, are first-time guests. Roy Halladay, Larry Andersen, Greg Luzinski and Dave Hollins will return as instructors for camp, which starts Feb. 19 with the first workout for pitchers and catchers.