July 20, 2015 |
Misty Copeland was showered with love and attention when she became the first African American principal ballerina at American Ballet Theatre last month. She received thousands of congratulatory tweets. Her promotion was big news in media nationwise. Ballet fans rejoiced, and so did many who had never heard of her. Would this mean a new era of opportunity for ballerinas of color in a world of white swans, snowflakes, and sylphs? The outlook depends on whom you ask. Joan Myers Brown, founding artistic director of Philadanco, created her troupe 45 years ago "because there were no opportunities for black dancers, not because I wanted to have a black company.
July 8, 2015 |
South Jersey's Carli Lloyd became a national hero Sunday when she propelled the U.S. women's national team to victory against Japan in the World Cup, with an unprecedented hat trick in front of a record number of fans watching on TV. On Wednesday night, her buddy and former teammate Heather Mitts is helping make even more Carli Lloyds. Gold medalist Mitts has settled in Philadelphia since her soccer days, with husband and former Eagle A.J. Feeley, and their 1-year-old son, Connor ("It's home now," she said of her adopted city)
June 5, 2015 |
HARD TO BELIEVE, or maybe not, but 31 NBA champions have been crowned since the 76ers won the title in 1983 with their four-game sweep of the Los Angeles Lakers. Only eight teams have made up those 31 champions - Lakers (eight), Chicago (six), San Antonio (five), Detroit, Miami and Boston (three each), Houston (two) and Dallas (one) - while the winner of this year's Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors will make it nine in 32. Cleveland has never won an NBA title and the Warriors haven't held the hardware since 1975.
March 26, 2015 |
SAY IT AIN'T so, Jimmy. Rollins was traded to the Dodgers in December, but, for 15 seasons, he was a fan favorite while playing for the Phillies. In a recent interview with Ken Rosenthal, of Fox Sports, Rollins acknowledged that he "loved" playing in Philly, but also said he felt "free" as he embarks on his first season with the Dodgers. "I feel like I'm free to be myself without someone on my shoulder," Rollins said. "Obviously, everyone has parameters and limits. You have to play within the boundaries.
September 24, 2014
HANOVER, Pa. - Two-time harness racing Pacer of the Year Captaintreacherous has been retired, trainer Tony Alagna said Monday. A 4-year-old, Captaintreacherous finishes his career with 23 wins in 33 races and $3.14 million in purses. His earnings rank No. 12 among all pacers in history. This season, Captaintreacherous won two of seven starts. He was scratched from the Canadian Pacing Derby in August. "Captain just hasn't been himself for the last several weeks," Alagna said.
February 25, 2014 |
WHEN 20 best-selling young-adult-fiction authors invade Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls to work with hundreds of book-loving students, Sister Kimberly Miller will see her dream fulfilled. "When an author comes into Little Flower, he or she is like a rock star," Sister Kim said, which means that the 20-author Little Flower Teen Writers Festival, on April 26, will generate all the electricity of a Readapalooza. "Reading has always been the heart of our school," Sister Kim said of the 600-girl Little Flower, on West Lycoming Street near 10th, in Hunting Park.
January 17, 2014 |
NOW IN HIS fifth year as a professional boxer, undefeated heavyweight contender Bryant Jennings is facing a different challenge. Last Sunday, heavyweight contender Artur Szpilka arrived at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago only to be sent back to his native Poland by the Department of Homeland Security. According to promoter Gary Shaw, Szpilka did not have the proper paperwork to enter the United States, ultimately threatening the bout set for Jan. 25 at Madison Square Garden against Jennings.
November 7, 2013 |
Wearing a dark sport coat and a checkered shirt, Roy Jones Jr. sat in the back corner of a dimly lit Center City blues club and waited for the news conference to begin. Just a lone camera and a handful of reporters were on hand last week for the former pound-for-pound best boxer in the world. He once was a superstar, bright enough to transcend his sport. Jones starred in Hollywood films and graced video-game covers. But the 44-year-old was in town to announce that he will fight on a weeknight boxing card in December at the 3,500-capacity Northeast Philadelphia Armory.
April 29, 2013 |
George Jones, 81, the enduring hitmaker who perfected a heart-rending ballad-singing style that distilled the quintessence of country music, died Friday. Mr. Jones died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, according to publicist Kirt Webster. He was hospitalized with fever and irregular blood pressure, forcing him to postpone two shows. Mr. Jones, regarded as a country music icon of traditionalism and integrity, scored more than 60 Top 10 country hits, beginning with "Why Baby Why" in 1955.