July 22, 2015 |
COUNTRY'S hottest couple is Splitsville. After years of tabloid gossip claiming marital troubles, Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert announced their divorce after four years of marriage and at least that many in love prior to marriage. TMZ.com reported that Blake filed for divorce, kept secret from their friends, about two weeks ago. "This is not the future we envisioned," the former couple said in a statement. "And it is with heavy hearts that we move forward separately.
July 10, 2015 |
The message was familiar, but the turf was different. And to hear Gov. Wolf tell it, that's because the legislature's Republican majority - which has so far rejected many of Wolf's budget priorities - are divorced from life outside the Capitol. "I want to be where reality actually is," he said during an afternoon news conference in front of Downingtown Middle School. "We have a choice to make. That's what my budget is about, and I came here because I think I can make that statement more clearly in front of real people than I can in Harrisburg.
June 25, 2015 |
Harvey Pollack, a statistical savant whose highlight in a lifetime of compiling and inventing complex sports data came one night in 1962 when he hurriedly scrawled a simple round number on a piece of paper, died Tuesday at age 93. The longest-tenured employee in the NBA, having worked for the 76ers and Warriors since the league's founding in 1946, Mr. Pollack had been hospitalized since January when he was injured in a Center City car accident....
June 15, 2015 |
I didn't leave my heart in San Francisco. The Philadelphia Warriors, without my consent, took it there. For me, the Warriors' sudden and unexpected departure for California in 1962 was a sting as sharp as death's. And while healing came with time, wisdom did not. I didn't understand the move then, and, 53 years later, I still don't. This week, seeing and hearing the Warriors' name so often during these 2015 NBA Finals, I had to wonder again why my beloved basketball franchise abandoned me. If, as we like to believe, Philadelphia is a basketball town, then the Warriors should have been a bedrock civic institution, like TastyKake or the Museum of Art. Instead, despite an unusually successful history, a hometown superstar who happened to be the world's greatest player, a supporting cast teeming with Philadelphia talent, and attendance that was average at worst, they left.
June 5, 2015 |
THE NBA FINALS begin tonight, in case you've been in the deep jungles of the Amazon the past 10 weeks. And for the fifth straight time, LeBron James will be there. But this time, unlike his previous four trips with the Miami Heat, he is the underdog, once again bringing with him an army outmanned by its opponent, the Golden State Warriors. While LeBron is built like Goliath, he's arguably the David here. And league MVP Steph Curry, the impish assassin, looks more like a David but carries enough weight to be the Goliath.
June 4, 2015 |
OAKLAND, Calif. - Andre Iguodala is wary talking about Philadelphia. Being honest has bitten him in the past. "That's why I get booed all the time when I go there," Iguodala said, referring to interviews he has given over the years. His initial reaction to Philly-specific questions is to joke about lying. "I'll lie in every answer I give you," he said through laughter. But Iguodala isn't a liar. He is carefully honest, a perfectionist who displays great humility, and like many others who have come and gone through the 76ers locker room, he is enjoying success elsewhere.
May 14, 2015 |
GO. If you love your country, go. If you believe children should be happy, then go. The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team plays at Patriots Park in Allentown at 5 p.m. Saturday. Proceeds benefit the WWAST kids camp, which hosts 20 amputee kids between 8-12 years old from all around the country. This year the camp is in California. Simply put, the camp brings these kids joy. It makes some of them really happy for the first time in their short lives. The camp costs about $5,000 per kid. Each kid gets to bring one parent.
May 14, 2015 |
A FULL 30 YEARS after "Thunderdome," George Miller returns with a new "Mad Max" and shames any recent movie that claimed to be either fast or furious. "Mad Max: Fury Road" crushes most recent action films under its monster truck wheels, and reminds us what eyeball-scorching marvels his movies were when first we saw them in 1979 and '80. First there was "Mad Max" and its leather-and-mohawk punk energy, which, even in the form of dubbed VHS, made all other biker movies look like commercials for Can-Am trikes.
April 14, 2015 |
It has been the same for Amanda Kulp since she was 5 years old and first learning to play the game. When she exits a softball field, she's going to be the dirtiest of any of the players. "It's just who I am," the Methacton senior shortstop said. Her teammates wouldn't want it any other way: They used to jokingly call her Pig Pen. The joke has evolved, though. Now instead of telling someone she has dirt on her shirt, they've replaced it with "Kulp on your dirt. " As in: "You've got some Kulp on your dirt.
April 2, 2015 |
There's a contrast in Lily Argyle, as there is in many great athletes, that can be jarring at first. When she plays lacrosse, Argyle breathes fire. She's tenacious and aggressive. She's imposing despite standing just 5-foot-3. She is one of the best, and, one could say, one of the most feared girls' lacrosse goalies in the state. In essence, her on-field persona is the polar opposite of what she's like off the field. Shawnee coach Aimee Seward described Argyle as soft-spoken, exceedingly polite, sometimes even a bit reserved.