July 15, 2016 |
HONESTLY, I don't know how he does it. No, not the magic. I don't know how he does that, either, or even how Jon Dorenbos consistently hits the hands of the punter or the placeholder over 13 seasons in the National Football League. Or that a player with such a limited specialty has lasted so long, 149 straight games as the Eagles' long snapper - and counting. How, really, Jon Dorenbos has lasted at all. That's what really hit you during his second appearance on America's Got Talent Tuesday night.
June 24, 2016 |
For the first time this season, midfielders Roland Alberg, Tranquillo Barnetta, and Ilsinho started a game for the Union together, and they provided the desired offensive results. With Alberg scoring the second hat trick in franchise history, the Union defeated the Chicago Fire, 4-3, Wednesday night before 16,667 at Talen Energy Stadium. The Union (7-4-5, 26 points) retained their lead in the Eastern Conference, while the Fire (2-7-5, 11 points) remained in last place. It was the most goals the Union have scored this season but also the second straight game in which they have allowed three after a 3-2 road loss Saturday to New York City FC. Alberg, Barnetta, and Ilsinho are most dangerous in their ability to break down defenders, which all three did to create relentless pressure.
May 13, 2016 |
On the title song of his new album, Joe Grushecky explains, in his typically plainspoken but eloquent fashion, just what keeps him out there rocking as he pushes 70: There is a place where I stand strong There is a place I know right from wrong . . . There is a place, and it's in my song. His album It's in My Song (Schoolhouse ) is one of the highlights among new releases by aging but unbowed rock-and-roll lifers that we'll survey here. (Peter Wolf and Willie Nile, also in this group, have already been covered recently in these pages.)
April 4, 2016 |
The whiz kids from the Julia R. Masterman School are setting up a legacy in the state finals for Odyssey of the Mind, a competition that challenges students to use creativity to solve problems. Most of the students - five seventh graders and one each from the fifth and sixth grades - who helped win the school's third straight title Saturday are younger siblings of students who won the previous titles, coach Brett Mandel said. The finals, held in Moon Township, just west of Pittsburgh, included preplanned skits and a spontaneous exercise.
March 2, 2016 |
The puck wasn't glued to Brayden Schenn's stick Monday night at the Wells Fargo Center. It just seemed that way. Schenn collected the first hat trick of his career and Claude Giroux recorded four assists as the Flyers defeated the Calgary Flames, 5-3. Calgary made it interesting as Micheal Ferland and Michael Frolik scored 50 seconds apart to cut the deficit to 4-3 midway through the third period. Michal Neuvirth got a piece of Frolik's shot, but it still got through. "It got a little scary in the third.
February 1, 2016 |
Last year Yaseena Ali, now a 16-year-old junior at Upper Merion High School, invested precious weekend hours in a time-honored ritual for the college-bound youth of America: studying flash cards of abstruse vocabulary words - such as abstruse . The hard work helped her ace the PSAT, widely considered a practice round of the college-entrance exam. But now as Ali prepares for her all-important SAT in early March, those flash cards are in storage. In the first overhaul of the nation's best-known college entrance exam in more than a decade, the revamped SAT - Scholastic Aptitude Test - that debuts March 5 will make dramatic changes in how the test is given and scored.
January 10, 2016 |
The holidays are over, you're back at work or school, and you are still enthusiastic about your New Year's resolution to get in better shape. I think most of us commit to some version of that resolution every year: to exercise more, take up a new activity, eat right. Include your pet in that fitness resolution, and you'll improve his health, performance and longevity, says veterinary sports medicine specialist Cindy Otto. My cavalier Harper and I started a little early with this resolution when we attended a working dog fitness class last November, led by Dr. Otto.
November 13, 2015 |
Ryan Wallace picked a good time to record Hill School's first hat trick of the year. Wallace scored every goal Wednesday for the fifth-seeded Blues in a 3-1 victory over visiting No. 12 Germantown Academy. The win moves Hill School into the PAISAA state boys' soccer quarterfinals, where it will face either Penn Charter or Westtown. Wallace scored two of his goals after halftime to break open a 1-1 game. Germantown Academy's Eric Greenwood scored in the first half to knot things up at one. PIAA State Class AAA Soccer First Round Conestoga advanced past Emmaus, 6-5, on penalty kicks in Allentown.
November 4, 2015
I hung out with my son on Halloween. We didn't trick or treat, but he wanted to dress up anyway, because his sister got a Supergirl outfit, and, like any sibling in the midst of a rivalry, he was keeping score to make sure he wasn't shortchanged. Ever the sucker, I took him to Party City just as other kids were hitting the streets to troll for candy. Though the shelves were plucked clean by the time we got there, my son managed to find the last Spider-Man shirt and hat. Then we set out for his real Halloween mission - getting stuffed.
October 25, 2015 |
On the second-half kickoff, North Penn called a trick play against Pennsbury that looked awfully similar to the "Music City Miracle" that the Tennessee Titans used to beat the Buffalo Bills in an AFC playoff game 15 years ago. Spencer Jones threw a lateral pass across the field to Justis Henley, and Henley dashed 77 yards along the sideline. That set up a 14-yard touchdown run by Nick Isabella that proved critical in the Knights' 27-20 road triumph Friday night at Falcon Field. "That's the first time we used it all year," said Henley, a speedy sophomore receiver and free safety.