August 24, 2016 |
THE DATE was June 19, 2010. Jim Thome came to the plate in the top of the ninth as a 39-year-old pinch-hitter for his latest team, the Twins, trailing 9-4. The 45,254 in attendance at Citizens Bank Park that afternoon rose to their feet in unison, a long and well-deserved standing ovation for one of the most popular players to ever wear the Phillies uniform, traded away five seasons before as part of the youth movement that would eventually produce five...
July 29, 2016 |
THE SUMMER of 1990 was a turbulent one in sports. George Steinbrenner was suspended by baseball commissioner Fay Vincent for his involvement with a small-time gambler named Howie Spira. Pete Rose was headed to prison. Bob Clarke had just been fired as the Flyers' general manager. Ron Hextall was holding out for $1 million. (One million! For a goalie!! The nerve!!) And . . . Don King was battling it out with Buster Douglas and his manager in a New York courtroom over the boxer's future, with casino owners Steve Wynn and Donald Trump either directly or indirectly involved and millions of dollars at stake.
May 14, 2016 |
Clooney: Dude, I'll save America! Renowned political analyst and sometime actor George Clooney was in France on Thursday to assure our European allies America is on the right track. "There's not going to be a President Donald Trump ," said Clooney, who established his bona fides directing David Strathairn as newsman Edward R. Murrow in Good Night, and Good Luck (and appearing as producer Fred Friendly). "That's not going to happen. " Clooney, 55 , spoke at the Cannes Film Festival, where he's hawking his pic Money Monster . He received big applause for attacking Trump as a fearmonger.
March 11, 2016 |
Rita Wilson is grateful Actor and recently minted songwriter Rita Wilson knew exactly what topic she would tackle if she could write her own songs. "It has to do with being grateful," Wilson once told singer-songwriter (and former American Idol judge) Kara DioGuardi , whom she befriended after learning they had both played Roxie Hart in the Broadway revival of Chicago . "I was in awe of her talent," Wilson, 59, tells USA Today. She says DioGuardi encouraged her to write.
December 30, 2015 |
Henson entertainer of year Empire star Taraji P. Henson has won the coveted title of USA Today's entertainer of the year. Henson, 45, whose films include Hustle & Flow and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button , which garnered her an Oscar nomination, plays eminently quotable matriarch Cookie Lyon on Fox's hip-hop soaper. She marvels at how quickly she's gained name recognition. Last Christmas, life "was kind of normal still," she tells USA Today. "Like, I could still go to Target and the grocery store without being harassed.
May 6, 2015 |
Dannielynn at the races She was 5 months old when her mother, Anna Nicole Smith , died. Now, 8, Dannielynn is a well-adjusted girl, says her father, Larry Birkhead . "She is . . . getting super-tall and just has become this funny, intelligent, beautiful girl," Birkhead tells USA Today. The duo were at the Kentucky Derby on Saturday. "It is our one big dad-daughter date of the year," he says. USA: Conspiracy nation A 60 Minutes /Vanity Fair poll found that only 30 percent of Americans believe that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in the assassination of John F. Kennedy ; 15 percent say the CIA was behind it; 13 percent say it was the Mafia; and 5 percent that it was JFK's veep, Lyndon B. Johnson . Whoa!
April 1, 2015 |
Bieber: I'm mature now It always goes back to Mom. Justin Bieber is rehabilitating his spoiled-brat image, starting with an effort to forge a better relationship with Pattie Mallette , 39, the woman who, as a single mother, raised him, cared for him, gave him so much. "We lost our relationship for a while," the Bieb tells USA Today. "She couldn't really tell me anything. She would try, but I wasn't listening to anybody, and that sort of sucked. " The Bieb, who was recently roasted by a cadre of comics eager to skewer him, has had several run-ins with the law, including a dangerous-driving charge.
February 20, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Cole Hamels, the longest-tenured Phillies starting pitcher since Steve Carlton, told USA Today on Wednesday that he hopes to be traded. "I just want to win. That's all. That's all any competitor wants," Hamels told the newspaper a day before the team's first spring training workout for pitchers and catchers. "And I know it's not going to happen here. " Hamels, who debuted with the Phillies in 2006 and guided them to their first World Series triumph in 28 years in 2008, said he wants "to be in the playoffs every year.
February 20, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Cole Hamels didn't come out and demand a trade - it's pretty difficult for him to do so only 2 1/2 years since signing a 6-year, $144 million extension with the Phillies. But in his first comments of the spring, in an interview with USA Today published Wednesday , Hamels made it clear he'd rather he pitching for a team other than the Phillies in 2015. "I just want to win," Hamels told USA Today . "That's all. That's all any competitor wants.
August 15, 2014 |
IVORY DEWITT had a special interest in the needs of urban young men. As a leader of Project Alpha, Ivory helped to educate young men on the responsibilities of fatherhood, relationships with others and their connection with the greater community. "It was an effort to motivate young men to make decisions about their goals and values," his family wrote in a tribute. Ivory felt a strong responsibility to help others. At Thanksgiving, he was distributing food baskets to the needy.