July 22, 2016 |
THE WASHINGTON POST reported that as part of her "Joining Forces" initiative, first lady Michelle Obama invited a group of veterans and active military to a special pre-release White House screening of Star Trek: Beyond . Stars Chris Pine , Karl Urban and Simon Pegg were also guests. President Obama was absent, but he is reportedly a "Star Trek" fan, although Mrs. Obama may not be. "May the force be with you," she said in her welcoming remarks. D'oh! Urban (who plays Dr. McCoy)
July 22, 2016 |
DAMIEN WILKINS popped into the sequestered media room for just a few seconds Thursday and surveyed the scene in the depths of Philadelphia University's Gallagher Center. "Hey old man, get in here," said Marc Hughes, the head coach of Team Trained To Go. Wilkins declined. "You know why I'm here," Wilkins replied, already heading back out through the doorway. "Yeah," Hughes said. "That two million. " Wilkins and Hughes are two men still standing in The Basketball Tournament, the quick-blooming summer tradition in which 64 teams and hundreds of basketball players, often professionals from all across Europe and Asia, compete in NCAA Tournament-style action for a big pot of money - this year, $2 million.
July 16, 2016 |
After a decade or so of doing bit parts in films and TV (often as a murderer in crime dramas), Eric Stonestreet landed a dream gig in 2009, when he was cast as Cameron Tucker, husband of Jesse Tyler Ferguson's Mitchell on ABC's smash-hit sitcom Modern Family . The 44-year-old Kansas City, Kan., native - who likes to describe himself as openly straight - has Modern Family to thank for his two Emmy Awards and a role as Duke, the Newfoundland dog,...
July 14, 2016 |
SAN DIEGO - Kris Bryant scanned the National League clubhouse before the 87th All-Star Game, and the 24-year-old Cubs star saw colors. Bright colors. The players' cleats were orange and lime green, one sign of how Bryant said his generation is "way different. " Baseball does not reward individuality, but as dozens of the game's best young players gathered this week in California, they vowed to change it. It is difficult to remember a time with such a strong group of budding superstars all at once, and it was on display Tuesday in the American League's 4-2 win at Petco Park.
July 13, 2016 |
SAN DIEGO - Odubel Herrera Sr. is a farmer in Venezuela, a country so ravaged by economic crises that its residents ransack supermarkets for food and jump borders to find medicine. He grows guava and passion fruits in San Jose, a town in eastern Venezuela. He looks after some cows. And, whenever he can, he watches his 24-year-old son play baseball. The elder Herrera once played. "I was the second baseman in a local league," he said, "and I was pretty good. I was fast. " He laughed because this was a surreal moment, a 50-year-old farmer from a foreign land surrounded by the National League's best players in a hotel ballroom.
July 11, 2016 |
Rookie defender Keegan Rosenberry and goalkeeper Andre Blake of the Union were named to the Major League Soccer All-Star Game on Saturday. The game will be played July 28 in San Jose, Calif., with the MLS stars facing Arsenal of the English Premier League. It is the second time in the Union's seven-year history that they will have more than one player in the All-Star Game. In 2012, Carlos Valdes and Michael Farfan played in the game hosted by the Union. "It's excellent. It's great because the Union badge will be on display against Arsenal," coach Jim Curtin said.
July 10, 2016 |
EUGENE, Ore. - When former West Catholic High School and University of Southern California star Nia Ali claimed a place in the women's 100-meter hurdles final with a 12.68 second place in her semifinal Friday afternoon at the Olympic trials, it proved to be just the beginning. Two hours later, she turned in the real shocker. In the day's final event, Ali ran the race of her life - placing third in the 100 final in the best time of her life, 12.55 - to win a Rio berth. Brianna Rollins (12.39)
July 8, 2016 |
If your humble narrator were a bratty 9-year-old, he would perhaps look at the onetime tween sensations Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas' "Future Now" tour and annoyingly tease, "Demi and Nick, sitting in a tree, k-i-s-s-i-n-g. ... " That is, if it weren't for the fact that the talented vocal twosome - along with sharing stages such as Camden's BB&T Pavilion on July 14 - are old friends partnering on a new label, Safehouse (an imprint of Island Records), and furthering their own adult careers in several ways.
July 8, 2016 |
S TAR TREK helmsman Hikaru Sulu is going to be gay. And the original Sulu, George Takei , who is gay, isn't happy about it. "I'm delighted that there's a gay character," Takei told The Hollywood Reporter. "Unfortunately, it's a twisting of Gene [ Roddenberry ]'s creation, to which he put in so much thought. I think it's really unfortunate. " Takei said Roddenberry was very supportive of the LGBT movement, but envisioned Sulu as heterosexual. But not an active heterosexual like Captain Kirk.
July 7, 2016 |
Nineteen months before Odubel Herrera became an all-star outfielder, a Major League Baseball official leaned into a microphone at the front of a San Diego hotel ballroom to signal the eighth selection in the annual Rule 5 draft. The pick, announced as "David Herrera," cost the Phillies $50,000. Everyone soon learned his real name and the frenetic style of play associated with it. In Venezuela, they called him "El Torito," and his teammates here liked the sound of that. Now, they can call him an all-star.