January 22, 2015 |
At home in Chile, Michelle Bachelet - that nation's president, elected to her second term in a landslide vote in 2013 - works a tough balancing act. Her Pacific nation is home to robust capitalists - mine owners, winemakers, fruit growers whose Southern Hemisphere seasons enable them to supply Americans in winter - and militant communist and anarchist groups, which press hard, and often successfully, for taxing the rich to pay for college tuition, retirement...
January 21, 2015 |
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - The most prized righthanded arm in this year's free-agent class came off the board late Sunday when the Washington Nationals reportedly agreed with Max Scherzer on a seven-year, $210 million contract. The signing sent shock waves throughout baseball for obvious reasons. The Nationals have assembled a super-rotation, one that quickly drew comparisons to the 2011 Phillies. But the move also raises questions about the next shoe to drop in the starting pitching market, and whether a ripple effect of the deal could lead to a trade involving Phillies ace Cole Hamels.
January 16, 2015 |
REMEMBER the old commercials with multisport star Bo Jackson clad in different types of athletic equipment? Well, before Chris Clover starred on the basketball court for St. Joseph's Prep, you could find him in football pads or fiddling a lacrosse stick or perhaps even on ice skates. In fact, the West Philadelphia resident took up ice hockey at about age 10 at The Laura Sims Skate House, gliding effortlessly as he perfected his stick work. Well, not exactly. "I mean, at first it was kind of bad, because the skates weren't really that sharp, and I kept falling and getting up," Clover said yesterday after Prep routed visiting Bishop McDevitt, 75-42.
January 11, 2015 |
NEW YORK - Now it makes sense. 76ers coach Brett Brown confirmed Friday that Andrei Kirilenko has been suspended without pay. The forward has yet to report to the team after being acquired in a trade with the Brooklyn Nets on Dec. 11. The 33-year-old refuses to play for the franchise. But the Sixers have been unwilling to release him from his expiring contract. Kirilenko is unable to collect the remainder of his $3.3 million contract under the suspension. Brown acknowledged that he can't wait to see the Kirilenko situation get resolved by his joining the team or being released.
January 10, 2015 |
When the 76ers play the Nets on Friday night in Brooklyn, there won't be any on-court reunions with former teammates for the three players involved in a Dec. 11 trade between the teams. That's because none of them will be there. As with many of the Sixers' transactions, that trade wasn't about improving, or even affecting, the current product on the court. It was about an exchange of assets, and this one involved players, draft picks, and money. The difference with this transaction, however, is there are lingering hard feelings about how it played out and unsettling questions from some league sources about the way Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie handled the deal.
January 9, 2015 |
TONY WROTEN went out of his way to say how much he loves every aspect of his professional life in Philadelphia. You didn't have to look very hard to see the tinge of wonderment in his eyes, however, when he was asked about a rumor circulating that he may be part of a deal that would send him to the Los Angeles Clippers. "You hear it. You hear what you hear, but whatever happens, happens," said Wroten, the Sixers' leading scorer at 17.2 a game. "I just control the ball on the court, really.
January 9, 2015
JOSEPH Dougherty sits alone at the defense table in federal court these days, the last man standing of the 10 members of the Ironworkers Union indicted last year for using violence and vandalism against builders who hired nonunion workers. Federal prosecutors allege that Dougherty, 73, a tough-talking union boss, had subordinates do the dirty deeds, but was the instigator behind what he called "night work. " His people reveled in their tough-guy image. One of his squads referred to themselves as "The Helpful Union Guys," or THUGS.
January 2, 2015 |
The latest move in the Phillies' rebuilding effort came Wednesday, injecting another young arm into the minor-league system and ensuring that a younger outfield takes the field this spring. Twelve days after acquiring a pair of young arms for Jimmy Rollins, the franchise's all-time hits leader, the Phillies shipped veteran outfielder Marlon Byrd and cash considerations to the Cincinnati Reds for righthanded pitching prospect Ben Lively. Lively, 22, projects as a back-of-the-rotation starter.
January 2, 2015 |
WITHIN a 2-week span before the end of 2014, Ruben Amaro Jr. has jettisoned two everyday players from the Phillies' lineup. A dozen days after Jimmy Rollins officially was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers, the general manager sent outfielder Marlon Byrd to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for pitching prospect Ben Lively on Wednesday. The Phillies also sent cash to Cincinnati to complete the deal. Byrd, who turns 38 in August, hit a career-high 25 home runs in 2014. He also struck out a career-high 185 times; only Ryan Howard struck out more among major league hitters.
December 31, 2014 |
GLENDALE, Ariz. - Ron Hextall isn't taking the bait. Even winning all three games to finish out this seasonlong, eight-game odyssey would not cause him to change course - despite a few mood-altering wins along the way. Hextall knows the inconsistent Flyers need reshaping. That's why the general manager said this week he would be open to a trade if a meaningful opportunity presented itself. "If we can help our team in any way, we'll do it," Hextall said. "You can't be in my position and stop because you like the way things are going.