March 16, 2016 |
The identity of the Penn State quarterback never has been in question since the opening game of 2013 when Bill O'Brien sent Christian Hackenberg onto the field at MetLife Stadium against Syracuse. But after 38 consecutive starts over three seasons for O'Brien and James Franklin, Hackenberg has left Happy Valley for the NFL, and Franklin now will oversee the competition for the starting quarterback job beginning Friday when the Nittany Lions open spring practice. The two primary candidates are redshirt sophomore Trace McSorley, who came in after Hackenberg injured his right shoulder in the second quarter of the TaxSlayer Bowl, and redshirt freshman Tommy Stevens, who was listed as third-team QB last year and never played a snap.
March 14, 2016
Mike Weilbacher directs the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education It's a monster day for college hoop nuts, a day now given its own name: Selection Sunday. And - live on national TV - the brackets will be revealed, setting off a firestorm on Twitter, in chat rooms, at the water cooler. Monday morning, those brackets will be reprinted in hundreds of newspapers like this one, where they are dissected with more diligence than the parsing of Donald Trump's foreign policy.
March 14, 2016
The Atlanta Braves released former Phillie Kyle Kendrick on Saturday as they reduced their spring roster by 14 players. Kendrick allowed 14 hits and 10 runs, nine earned, in only 32/3 innings in his failed attempt to land one of the last two spots in the Braves rotation. The righthander also walked three batters. Seven of those runs, nine hits and two of the walks came in 12/3 innings against the Phillies on Frtiday. Following eight seasons with Philadelphia, Kendrick was 7-13 with Colorado in 2015.
March 11, 2016 |
In a script that has played out countless times, Chester's size, quickness, and defensive pressure spelled the end to an opponent's season. In this case, Spring-Ford, fresh off the program's first state playoff victory, fell victim to all the Clippers bring to the table. Larry Yarbray's squad raced to a double-digit lead in the first quarter, pulled away in the middle of the third, and easily downed the Rams, 74-49, in a PIAA Class AAAA second-round contest Wednesday night at Cheltenham.
March 7, 2016 |
'There he is," said Juan Jose, pointing to the young sloth on a tree near the entrance to Nayara Springs. Not wanting to see a sloth is akin to not wanting to go zip-lining in Costa Rica. I had declined the vertiginous sport, but am thrilled to gaze upon that little guy hanging on to that tree for dear life. Juan Jose is one of the most enthusiastic staff members any hotel could have - a true naturalist at heart. As a matter of fact, heart has everything to do with this ultimate romantic boutique hotel, tucked away near the town of La Fortuna, steeped in the rain forest, and within sight of the one of the world's most active volcanos, Arenal.
March 6, 2016 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Maikel Franco ended last spring training by packing his equipment into a red duffel bag and walking across the Phillies complex to join the other minor-leaguers. Franco was quiet during his four weeks in big-league camp. He was the team's top prospect. But he was just a kid. A season later, Franco, 23, has emerged to become a large presence in a clubhouse filled with young talent. His personality was evident Friday afternoon as he danced while his teammates ate a pregame meal in the clubhouse.
March 5, 2016 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - When Jake Thompson was traded to the Phillies last summer it was the second time in almost exactly a year that he had been dealt. The righthanded pitcher said his first trade - which moved him from Detroit to Texas - forced him to try to prove his worth. He tried to overdo everything. Each fastball was thrown at maximum speed. He was pushing himself, Thompson said, to do things he was not capable of. Thompson wanted to be perfect. Instead, he struggled. The pitcher registered a 4.31 ERA in 23 starts as a Rangers minor-leaguer.
March 3, 2016 |
Filmmaker Gilberto Gonzalez has fond memories of growing up in the 1970s in the Puerto Rican enclave of Spring Garden. On weekends - when he woke up in the morning or fell asleep at night - he listened to men in the nearby park singing and drumming songs from their island home. But those also were tough times in Philadelphia's original barrio , darkened by violence with non-Puerto Ricans and ongoing tension with law enforcement. And it's the reason the 20Gs came to be the protectors of the neighborhood.
February 21, 2016 |
Brett Foster drove the lane and kicked the ball to an open Ryan Bollinger in the left corner. Bollinger swished a three-pointer as the Ridley student section roared. One fan in a Kevin Durant Seattle SuperSonics jersey did push-ups on Ridley's gym floor. Just seconds after Spring-Ford had taken its first lead in a District 1 Class 4A quarterfinal Friday night, Ridley had taken the lead back, 36-35, with five minutes left. Moments later, Foster drove again and lobbed the ball to a wide-open Liam Thompson on the left wing.
February 19, 2016 |
For Garnet Valley on Wednesday night, two players stood above the rest. In a 66-57 victory over visiting Spring-Ford, Maddie Ireland and Emily McAteer powered the Jaguars to the quarterfinals of the District 1 girls' basketball playoffs. Ireland scored a team-high 21 points, adding four assists and nine steals to her line for the night. McAteer was right behind her teammate as far as point totals, scoring 20 points. She also contributed six steals and a pair of rebounds in the second- round matchup.