March 10, 2016 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - For six weeks at the end of last season, the Phillies watched a young outfielder impress, and it was enough to arouse curiosity. Was Aaron Altherr a middle-of-the-order bat, a fourth outfielder, or neither? That element of the unknown was enough for a rebuilding team to anoint Altherr as an everyday player in 2016. Then, on the first play of a weekend Grapefruit League game, Altherr twisted his left wrist as he dove for a ball in right field. The damage was extensive.
March 7, 2016 |
It was a game late in another season without a playoff berth, but in 90 frenzied minutes goalkeeper Andre Blake displayed the type of natural ability and grit that made him the No. 1 pick in the 2014 Major League Soccer SuperDraft by the Union. In a match that more resembled a pinball game, Blake kept diving; bouncing; and, most important, saving shot after shot surely destined to reach the back of the net. The Union earned a 1-1 draw at the New England Revolution in that Sept. 26 game, but Blake's record-setting performance was a good sign for the present and certainly the future.
March 5, 2016
A female corrections officer was struck in the face by an inmate at Philadelphia's House of Correction on Wednesday, causing an injury that will likely require surgery, authorities said Thursday. The officer was hit by 26-year-old Ricky Smith during a routine wellness check of a cell block around 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, according to prison spokeswoman Shawn Hawes. The officer, whom Hawes did not identify, suffered a "pretty severe" laceration to her face, Hawes said. The officer had been treated and released from the hospital but the injury will likely require future surgery, Hawes said.
February 19, 2016 |
There is a picture, saved on a select few cell phones, of Ashley Reynolds with her eye so swollen and so black and blue it would put Ronda Rousey to shame. Reynolds caught an elbow to the face going up for a rebound earlier this season, and her eye inflated like a balloon before she could leave the court. She'll show the picture to certain people - but when asked recently whether it's something she'd want, say, printed in a newspaper, she laughed: "I wouldn't go that far," said Reynolds, a junior forward for the Haddon Heights girls' basketball team.
February 15, 2016 |
Five days before doctors removed half her brain, 8-year-old Christina Santhouse performed "It's the Hard-Knock Life" from the musical Annie at her elementary school talent show in Levittown. Midway through, the third grader suffered yet another seizure - she was having as many as 150 a day - and fell to the floor, but continued scrubbing along with the other orphans. At the end, she popped up to take a bow. That's the kind of child Santhouse was 20 years ago. Popular; extroverted; obsessed with sports, especially soccer.
February 5, 2016 |
SAN FRANCISCO - When I read the email from my boss asking me to do a column on my top Super Bowl memories, I let out a loud groan that scared the hell out of my dogs and caused them to do that tilted-head thing dogs like to do. I'm not particularly good at reflection, at least when it comes to the Super Bowl. I have total recall regarding my daughters' athletic careers and the keg parties I attended in college. But the biggest game in the sport I cover for a living? Most of them all run together.
February 5, 2016 |
CONDUCTOR Riccardo Muti 's official website says the conductor has undergone hip surgery in Italy following an accident. The website said yesterday that as a result the music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra , and former director of the Philadelphia Orchestra , cannot conduct concerts planned this month in Chicago. It said the accident was not serious, but provided no details. The news agency ANSA reported that Muti underwent the surgery in the Italian city of Ravenna after a fall at home.
February 4, 2016 |
Jerry Colangelo's mandate was simple when he joined the 76ers earlier this season: Look things over and set things right. So the architect of those great Phoenix Suns teams tinkered a bit. He traded for Ish Smith's leadership and signed Elton Brand's experience. Now, it seems, Colangelo is content to let the trade deadline slip by and allow Sam Hinkie's plan of acquiring assets to play out. Don't look for a roster makeover at the Feb. 18 deadline, Colangelo said Tuesday. He wants to let the dust settle on what Hinkie has already done, evaluate the results and start fresh in the offseason.
February 3, 2016 |
St. Christopher's Hospital for Children said Monday that it had stopped conducting elective heart surgeries pending an internal review. The North Philadelphia facility continues to perform emergency heart surgery, hospital spokeswoman Kate Donaghy said. The hospital did not indicate what prompted the review. "The hospital's heart surgery and trauma teams remain ready to respond to the needs of emergency patients, including emergency cardiac surgery," Donaghy said in an email.
January 29, 2016
DEAR ABBY: I'm a male in my early 50s. As a shy 21-year-old, I had minor surgery to straighten a small hump on my nose. I didn't tell many people and it boosted my confidence, and although I can't say I regret it, looking back, I don't think it was really needed. I met my future wife a few years later and didn't think it was important enough to mention. But my daughter, 23 and happily married, is complaining about the small hump on her nose and contemplating surgery to fix it. She says she's the only one in the family with such a nose.