January 22, 2013
Wonderful Stan Musial The Phillies have always been my favorite baseball team, but Stan "The Man" Musial, who died Saturday at age 92, was always one of my favorite players, and his recent death greatly saddens me ("For Cards and baseball fans, Stan was simply 'the Man,'" Sunday). Stan was, indeed, just the nicest, most affable athlete ever. He gave freely of his time and rarely left his admirers until all autograph requests were "signed and sealed. " He had a big, friendly disposition, and this was ever-present both on and especially off the field.
December 28, 2012 |
Kelly Mack and her family just returned from a weeklong, professionally planned, all-expenses-paid trip to Orlando. The best part of the vacation? "No one asked how I was doing," said Mack, a 42-year-old mother of three who spent the last year battling an aggressive and often fatal form of breast cancer. "No one knew, so no one asked. And it was nice. " Of course, 9-year-old Sean and 7-year-olds Brynn and Emily had their own favorites: The Buzz Lightyear ride at Walt Disney World.
August 25, 2012 |
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency on Friday stripped famed cyclist Lance Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles. It also negated any other results he may have earned from Aug. 1, 1998, through the present and banned him for life from sanctioned cycling events for using and distributing performance-enhancing drugs and then covering it up. Armstrong, who retired from competitive cycling last year after winning the Tour de France from 1999 through 2005,...
August 25, 2012 |
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency on Friday stripped Lance Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles. It also negated any other results he may have earned from Aug. 1, 1998 through the present and slapped him with a lifetime ban from cycling for using and distributing performance enhancing drugs and then covering it up. Armstrong, who retired from competitive cycling last year after winning the Tour de France from 1999 through 2005, has denied doping...
August 24, 2012
Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong said Thursday night he is finished fighting a barrage of drug charges from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, putting his legacy as one of the greatest cyclists in history at risk. The decision sets up a likely lifetime ban from the sport and the possibility that Armstrong will be stripped of his signature achievement - the extraordinary run of Tour titles he won in 1999-2005. Armstrong declined to enter arbitration - his last option - because he said he was weary of fighting accusations that have dogged him for years.
June 28, 2012 |
OMAHA, Neb. - Brendan Hansen was done with swimming after two doses of Olympic heartache. The 30-year-old former Haverford High star is feeling a lot better now. Next stop: London. Hansen, who retired from the sport after the Beijing Games but couldn't stay away, made his comeback worthwhile by winning the 100-meter breaststroke on Tuesday night in the U.S. Olympic trials. "It was a really pressured day for me," said Hansen, who owns gold medals for relays but no individual gold.
June 27, 2012 |
TED LUCKENBILL, who played for the Philadelphia Warriors in Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game, has died of cancer at the age of 72. The Callaway-Allee funeral home in Crockett, Texas, where Luckenbill lived for 20 years, said he died Sunday in Dallas. Luckenbill starred for the University of Houston from 1958-61. He averaged 16.6 points and 9.7 rebounds while helping Houston to its first two winning seasons under Guy Lewis. Drafted 15th overall by the Warriors in 1961, he played in only 87 NBA games before he was diagnosed with testicular cancer at the age of 23. His professional claim to fame came on March 2, 1962, when he grabbed two offensive rebounds in the final 2 minutes to help Chamberlain hit 100 points in the Warriors' 169-147 victory over New York.
June 26, 2012
A former Baylor basketball player is facing federal extortion charges for allegedly threatening to release "derogatory information" about Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III. Richard Khamir Hurd's bond was set at $25,000 after his first appearance Monday in federal court in Waco, Texas. Court documents say Hurd contacted a representative from a St. Louis agency, threatening to publicize derogatory information about one of his clients unless he was paid a "substantial sum" of money.
November 2, 2010 |
Thomas P. Schafer, 49, a company general manager and former football star who loved to make people laugh, died of cancer Saturday, Oct. 30, at home in Phoenixville. Mr. Schafer graduated from Upper Merion High School, where he lettered in football, boxing, and lacrosse. In 1978, his senior year, he was starting center on Upper Merion's undefeated state championship team. He earned a bachelor's degree from West Chester University, where he was also a football player, earning All East honors.
October 8, 2010 |
Eagles middle linebacker Stewart Bradley said former teammate Kevin Curtis is in good spirits after undergoing surgery to remove a cancerous testicle on Sept. 23. "The prognosis is pretty bright . . . He's a pretty rational dude, and he understands that the rest of him is healthy. I think if things stay good, he'll be back healthy and ready to go," Bradley said of Curtis, a 32-year-old receiver who has not signed elsewhere since the Eagles released him this past offseason. Groin and knee injuries limited Curtis to 12 games and 39 catches in 2008 and 2009, after a career year (77 catches for 1,110 yards)