December 20, 2013 |
COATESVILLE Rick Ortega doesn't hide the fact that he's made some mistakes in his 63 years. He abused alcohol, and in May, 25 years after going to rehab, he received his liver-cancer diagnosis. He's always known he had to deal with the consequences of his choices and didn't make excuses, a lesson he passed on to his two children, his son Matt said. "That's how he led his life," Matt Ortega, 39, said, "and I respect him for that. " The lessons he learned from his father, he said, made the choice to donate part of his liver to him easy.
December 16, 2013 |
Stop by the Bala Gym some Sunday morning this winter between 9 and 11, and you'll hear the squeak of sneakers, the bouncing of a basketball, the clang of a hoop, the swish of a net - the wonderful sound of men at play. Inside, you'll see the players are men of a certain age, with bald pates, graying and thinning hair, knees wrapped in fortifying elastic bandages. They are the merrily addicted members of the Old Guys Basketball Association (OGBA). "I'm the young guy, quips Gary Scheiner, 47, a diabetes educator from Belmont Hills.
December 15, 2013 |
Tom Feraco worked out with a purpose during the offseason because of the inexperience of his Middle Township boys' basketball team. "Some teams, they know exactly where to go," Feraco said. "This team, I knew I would have to be out there on the court with them. " The coach knew he would have to show as well as tell. Feraco has taken the same approach to the news that he has prostate cancer and will be forced to leave his team in early January to undergo surgery at Temple University Hospital.
December 12, 2013 |
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Barring a blockbuster trade in the next 2 months, the Phillies already have the eight pieces in place that will represent their regular, everyday lineup. If all of those pieces stay on the field - and are producing - you should see a familiar name in the middle of the lineup: Ryan Howard. Although current manager Ryne Sandberg said he likes his lineup's flexibility and that he isn't set with any particular order, he continues to see Howard batting cleanup.
October 30, 2013 |
VILLANOVA redshirt sophomore receiver Jamal Abdur-Rahman will undergo right knee surgery later this week and be out for the remainder of the regular season. But with an expected recovery period of 3 to 6 weeks, it's possible he could be back if the Wildcats (4-4, 3-2 CAA) make it to the FCS playoffs, which begin the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The speedy La Salle High product has carried 30 times for 186 yards and a touchdown, caught 18 balls for 225 yards and a TD and returned four kickoffs 114 yards.
September 29, 2013 |
LAST YEAR'S 76ers media day began with word that center Andrew Bynum had suffered a bone bruise in his knee and would be out for the foreseeable future. That turned out to be a whole season after both knees bothered the 7-footer, ultimately leading to a wasted acquisition and a separation between player and team. Yesterday's media day again brought bad news concerning a big man, as it was announced that second-year forward Arnett Moultrie had ankle surgery yesterday morning after suffering an injury during a pickup game last week.
September 27, 2013 |
ATLANTA - Ryan Howard walked out of the visitors' dugout at Turner Field, reached into the basket of baseballs and walked out onto the field to play catch with Jimmy Rollins. Howard, who hadn't worked out with his teammates in more than 2 months, rejoined the Phillies yesterday in Atlanta. Howard won't play in any of the final four games that remain in the 2013 schedule, but he will continue to take pregame hitting and fielding work with his teammates. After spending the majority of the 11 weeks since knee surgery rehabbing in Clearwater, Fla., Howard decided he wanted to finish the 2013 season "with the fellas.
September 26, 2013 |
Roy Halladay will get another job in the major leagues. A pitcher with more than 200 career wins and a Cy Young Award on his resumé gets plenty of chances to prove he is no longer that same guy. Someone will sign Halladay as a free agent this offseason, because a talent like his is hard to find and, for many baseball franchises, money isn't. Even though Halladay stood on the mound in Miami on Monday night, flushed and tired after throwing 16 pitches, sweating like a condemned man, he will work again.
September 18, 2013 |
In an ideal world for these Phillies, every fifth day in September would be dedicated to the education of Adam Morgan. This team is in search of fortification for its starting rotation in 2014. The lefthanded pitching prospect looked impressive last spring and earned an aggressive promotion to triple-A Lehigh Valley in April. But Morgan's season was derailed by lingering shoulder problems, and the team feared rotator-cuff surgery was possible. No surgery is required, however, after an MRI exam last week did not reveal changes in Morgan's shoulder.