September 15, 2016 |
The consensus on the Temple football team is that the 1-1 Owls aren't anywhere near where they need to be if they hope to approach the success they had last season. One person in particular who believes he needs to step up is quarterback Phillip Walker. The 5-foot-11, 205-pound senior has even more responsibility than a year ago, when strong senior leadership and production from the upperclassmen resulted in a 10-4 finish. This year's team is still feeling its way, looking for leaders and big-play performers to emerge.
August 27, 2016 |
For all the Temple passing records that senior Phillip Walker already owns, or will upon his departure, the one aspect of his game that is as impressive as any is his toughness. That was evident when his teammates recently voted him a single-digit jersey number, a true sign of respect. The single digit is reserved for the nine toughest players on the team (not including offensive linemen, who are not eligible because of rules stating they must wear numbers between 50 and 79). Walker, who had been No. 11, will now wear No. 8, which in recent Temple history is no ordinary number.
August 26, 2016 |
On his Team USA Boxing online profile, welterweight Paul Kroll listed his "mind and strength" as his greatest assets in the ring. But on Saturday, police said, Kroll, 21, of the 2700 block of North Newkirk Street in North Philadelphia, used a gun and his aggression in a confrontation over an ex-girlfriend in West Philadelphia that led to a wild shootout among seven men, three of whom were injured. The onetime Olympic boxing hopeful - his 2016 dreams were dashed during the final trials last month in Venezuela - now faces charges of attempted homicide, aggravated assault, firearms violations, and related offenses, according to police.
August 23, 2016 |
DEAR ABBY: For health reasons, I had been walking during my lunch break at work. That ended last summer when someone unleashed his dog between his house and his car. The dog saw me on the sidewalk, charged, jumped on me and bit me. Thankfully, I put my arm up, so it only got my arm, but now I'm terrified to walk outside for fear of being attacked again. The bite was nothing compared to the trauma. I'm afraid the fear will be with me for the rest of my life. No one thinks their dog would hurt someone, but I learned the hard way it's not always true.
August 23, 2016 |
A stabbing at an Old City bar and a shootout in West Philadelphia among seven men - three of whom were found to have acted in self-defense - were among the violent crimes this weekend in Philadelphia, according to police. At 1:50 a.m. Saturday, a 33-year-old man who was at a table with five women inside the Bleu Martini bar, on Second Street near Market, got into an argument with people at the next table, police said. During the dispute, one of the men at the neighboring table stabbed the 33-year-old in the neck with an unknown object, police said.
August 19, 2016 |
The second of two suspects in a string of armed home invasions targeting Asian business owners across the city surrendered to police early Wednesday. Anthony Campbell, 33, turned himself in at the Sixth District in Center City around 2 a.m., said Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives. Campbell, of the 100 block of North Dewey Street in West Philadelphia, will be charged with multiple counts of robbery, burglary, conspiracy, and related offenses in connection with eight cases between May 8 and Aug. 8. Norman Bowen, 29, of the 5500 block of Addison Street in West Philadelphia, was arrested Friday and charged with the same offenses.
August 14, 2016 |
Police on Friday were seeking the public's help in locating two suspects believed to be responsible for a string of home-invasion robberies and burglaries targeting Asian business owners across the city. The two have broken into businesses where the owner's residence is attached, tie up the occupants at gunpoint, and then made off with cash, jewelry, electronics, and cigarettes, police said. In some cases, the victims were struck and a 9-yer-old child was thrown against a wall, said Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives.
August 4, 2016 |
NEWPORT, R.I. - There has been a name change, but little else is different for Phillip Walker, Temple's senior quarterback who spent his first three seasons known as P.J. As he was in his first three seasons, Walker will be the starter, and he already has thrown a school-record 52 touchdown passes. Walker has always exuded a quiet confidence, and even though this year's Owls have been described as his team, he said that nothing was different this offseason. "I have been doing things the same I always have and I am the same guy," Walker said Tuesday during the American Athletic Conference's football media day. Actually he's not exactly the same guy. Walker is listed at 5-foot-11 and 205 pounds, but he says he's up to 210 pounds and appears to have spent some serious time in the weight room.
August 2, 2016 |
SPRINGFIELD, N.J. - Jason Day wanted to give Jimmy Walker something to think about Sunday at the 18th hole of the PGA Championship and he did, making an eagle at the 18th hole that put the pressure on Walker to make a par there in order to capture his first major championship. Walker did convert the par, however, and celebrated the title, the same one that Day took last year. "I just said, 'Let's just try and finish this off with a bang, try to give him something to think about and just keep pushing forward,' " said Day, who congratulated Walker behind the 18th green.
August 2, 2016 |
SPRINGFIELD, N.J. - Jimmy Walker didn't expect winning his first career major championship to be easy, but even he had to be surprised how many great shots he had to strike at rain-soaked Baltusrol Golf Club before finally joining the pantheon of Grand Slam champions. The unassuming 37-year-old from Texas appeared to have the PGA Championship securely in hand Sunday after a birdie at the 17th hole gave him a 3-stroke lead over defending champion Jason Day. But Day's eagle at the par-5 18th meant that Walker needed a par to collect the Wanamaker Trophy.