August 27, 2016 |
Usher as Sugar Ray Leonard? Has Hollywood gone mad? It seems impossible to imagine the R&B singer with his smooth rhymes and silky falsetto portraying a brawler - a world-class one at that. Usher will surprise and shock many a fan as Leonard in a supporting role in the Roberto Durán biopic Hands of Stone , in theaters Friday. Spanning nearly five decades, the film features Édgar Ramírez as Durán and Robert De Niro as trainer Ray Arcel, who helped bring Durán to international prominence.
July 12, 2016 |
EAGLES ROOKIES and select vets don't report to NovaCare until July 25, but 14 Birds convened last week in San Diego, under the auspices of trainer Todd Durkin. Durkin is the fulltime offseason fitness guide for a number of NFL players, including Eagles running back Darren Sproles, who still looks quite spry at age 33. All three Eagles quarterbacks - Sam Bradford, Carson Wentz and Chase Daniel - attended the daily workouts, which began on July 4 and went heaviest through the 5th and 6th, with some players leaving the 7th, before the rest of the group finished up the next day. Durkin, speaking via phone minutes after the last Eagle left his Fitness Quest 10 facility, said that despite the scenic locale, it was a hard-work week.
June 8, 2016 |
JOHN SERVIS was notified in early May that one of the horses he trains at Parx Racing came back positive for the prohibited medication Clenbuterol. Horses can train with it legally, but not race with it still in their systems. Typically, 2 weeks is enough withdrawal time. Hearty Jones had, in fact, been given Clenbuterol, but it was more than 2 weeks prior to her April 4 win. The medication acts as a bronchodilator and helps build muscle. Servis was told a minute amount was found in the test and he thought it might end up being nothing.
May 22, 2016 |
BALTIMORE - Dennis O'Neill bought the 2012 Kentucky Derby winner for $35,000. He bought the 2016 Derby winner for $400,000. "I said to someone it felt like four years ago I bought a lotto ticket," he said. "And I said for someone to buy two lotto tickets in one lifetime, I don't think that's ever happened. " Dennis is the brother of Doug O'Neill, the trainer of unbeaten Derby winner Nyquist, winner of nearly $5 million and worth many millions more as a stallion. Dennis is the talent evaluator, the horse-racing equivalent of the general manager.
May 10, 2016 |
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - It was 100 minutes after Nyquist had crossed the Kentucky Derby finish line alone when the lights went out in the Derby museum Saturday night, Doug O'Neill put his right arm around wife, Linette, and everybody in the crowd looked up at the 360-degree screen to watch The Greatest Race. This was the wonderful Day at the Derby film re-imagined from darkness to light and back to darkness with fresh video from the 2015 Derby interspersed with highlights of the original film.
December 8, 2015
T OMMIE KNIGHT, 32, of Elkins Park, a personal fitness trainer, owns Knight's Gym, a new 5,000-square-foot facility in East Falls with a juice bar and locker rooms. Knight has trained former Cincinnati Bengals player Devon Still and businesswoman Kijafa Frink (wife of former Eagles quarterback Michael Vick). Q: How'd you get into this? A: I was skinny in my mid-20s and decided to hit the gym and change that. I met personal fitness trainers and learned about the business.
November 24, 2015 |
After years of appeals and court battles - including a civil-rights suit - the Delaware County tax board has ruled that a church in tiny Trainer Borough will not have to pay real estate levies. The Board of Assessment found Monday that two parcels in the Church of the Overcomer complex that carried nearly $10,000 in annual tax bills qualified for exemptions, effective Jan. 1. "I've spent a decade of my life fighting for this cause," said Pastor Keith Collins, adding that the dispute "should never have happened.
October 16, 2015 |
Delta Air Lines said Wednesday that its refinery in Trainer, Delaware County, posted a $106 million profit in the third quarter, compared with $19 million a year ago. "Our total fuel expense declined by over $1 billion in the quarter as lower market fuel prices more than offset higher consumption," chief financial officer Paul Jacobson said in a conference call on the company's earnings. Lower crude-oil costs and increased production helped boost the refinery's profit, Jacobson said.
October 3, 2015 |
The way Jason Sosa and his trainer, Chino Rivas, see it, Esteban Rodriguez caught a break a little over three years ago. Sosa, from Camden, and Rodriguez were scheduled to go six rounds at 135 pounds on a card in September 2012 at Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, but a technicality reduced the fight to four rounds. "We knocked him down in the fourth," Sosa recalled. "I would have finished him off if it went six. " Since that fight, Sosa, (17-1-3, 13 knockouts) has built up a head of steam, recording 12 straight knockouts.