April 27, 2015 |
Temple's P.J. Walker completed a short pass, and then the fun began, resulting in a memorable jaunt to the end zone by a special performer. On the first play of the Cherry and White spring game Saturday at Chodoff Field (at Temple's football facility), the Owls defense was never so happy to give up a long score. Walker hit Devon Still, the Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman, who lateraled to his 4-year-old daughter, Leah. After that, a convoy of Temple blockers escorted her as she dashed to the end zone, completing the 45-yard play.
April 25, 2015 |
Before the first snap of Temple's Cherry and White spring football game Saturday, the players will receive inspiration from somebody who has become a great friend of the program. Leah Still, the 4-year-old girl whose battle with pediatric cancer has drawn national attention, will perform the coin toss along with her father, Devon, the Camden native, former Penn State standout, and current Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman. The game will begin at 1 p.m. at Temple's Edberg Olson Hall Complex.
April 20, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - Four-fifths of the Phillies' eventual 2015 rotation may be pitching elsewhere at this time next year, several of them maybe as early as this summer. Three - Aaron Harang, Jerome Williams, and the soon-to-return Chad Billingsley - are pitching on one-year contracts. The other - ace Cole Hamels - could be the hottest name on the July trade market. Unless Hamels stays, only one starter in the rotation could factor into the Phillies' plans. David Buchanan, the No. 3 starter, might be no more than a fifth starter on a playoff-bound team, but in a rebuilding year he is going to get every opportunity to showcase himself.
April 20, 2015 |
All Ryan Gillyard wanted this past Christmas was a rope ladder and a set of field cones. The 15-year-old St. Joseph's Prep freshman was determined to play Division I college football, and, despite the rigorous workouts he endured at Prep, he wanted to keep doing drills at home. "That's how dedicated he was to football," his mother, Shannon Gillyard, said Saturday. On Saturday, the Upper Darby Township teenager, who had no known previous health problems, collapsed and died during the team's spring conditioning at its Cecil B. Moore Avenue practice field, shocking the closely knit school community.
April 19, 2015 |
The way James Franklin saw Penn State's second spring practice as the head football coach, he has found it virtually impossible to compare the sessions with his first spring practice. "To me, when you talk about comparing something, you compare things that are similar," Franklin said earlier this week. "This is like night and day. " The Nittany Lions' spring ends Saturday with the Blue-White Game at Beaver Stadium. While Franklin said there is still "a lot of work to do . . . a lot of progress we need to make" before his team visits Lincoln Financial Field for its Sept.
April 9, 2015 |
Pitching coach Bob McClure emerged from the dugout Monday and the Phillies' infielders convened at the Citizens Bank Park mound. Jake Diekman's full-count slider to Boston's Mike Napoli had just missed the outside part of the strike zone and loaded the bases in the ninth. Three pitches later, Diekman hung an 0-2 slider over the plate and Hanley Ramirez launched it off the left-field foul pole. The hard-throwing lefthanded reliever's season debut ended with just one out on the scoreboard.
April 9, 2015
SPRING is here, and with it the traditional scramble to get in better shape is also here. Morning, noon and night the gyms are packed with people working out at a frenzied fever pitch. Along with the spring shape-up hysteria, many people are hopping aboard the latest quick-fix fitness fads and or high-intensity workouts. While I'm the first one to encourage anyone to begin a regular exercise program, I do think that newbies should proceed with caution. It is simply foolish for inexperienced exercisers to jump into high-intensity routines, or worse, buy into fads.
April 8, 2015 |
THIS YEAR, they are resigned to their fate. For more than a decade, Phillies fans embraced Opening Day with happier mindsets than they had yesterday. It ranged from vaguely interested, in the days of Scott Rolen, Pat Burrell and Jimmy Rollins; to mildly hopeful, both with the Jim Thome/Kevin Millwood editions and the Cole Hamels/Chase Utley/Ryan Howard editions; and moved up to downright entitled when they added Roy Halladay, Shane Victorino, Jayson Werth, Carlos Ruiz and Cliff Lee - Lee, twice.
April 6, 2015 |
A year ago, David Buchanan was rained out of a chance to pitch in the Phillies' final exhibition game at Citizens Bank Park, a start he was anticipating before departing for triple-A Lehigh Valley. Things have turned around for the 25-year-old righthander since then, to the point that pitching at the Phillies ballpark is now old hat. Instead of being the opening-day starter for the IronPigs, as he was a year ago, Buchanan is firmly in the Phillies rotation, although that may say as much about the team's pitching depth as it does Buchanan.
April 6, 2015 |
Two dozen members of the Riverton Yacht Club filed through the tall metal gate early Saturday morning and lumbered groggily toward the clubhouse. They could hardly hear one another's hellos over the wind's ragged breath, whitecaps slapping rocks, and plastic tarps complaining loudly, trying to break loose from the bungee cords strapping them to boats in dry dock. On either side of the pier, where the small but mighty sailing club has made its home for 150 years, the last stubborn patches of sooty snow had finally receded, leaving a crusty coating of moss crosshatched with broken tree twigs on the banks of the Delaware River.