March 13, 2016 |
NEW YORK - There were more than two words on the Villanova defensive game plan against Providence on Friday night in the Big East semifinals, but there really didn't have to be. Dunn and Bentil. That was really what the night would be about for the Wildcats. Point guard Kris Dunn, soon to be an NBA lottery pick, and Ben Bentil, a dominating power forward coming off a 38-point performance in the quarterfinals. If Villanova was going to reach the conference championship game for the second straight year, it would be because the Wildcats didn't let those two get in the way. The only question was how exactly that might happen.
March 11, 2016 |
MAKHMOUR, Iraq - From a fortified Kurdish hilltop bunker I could overlook the frontline town of Gwer and across the Great Zab river to stands of trees and derelict buildings where ISIS fighters are dug in. On Monday night, ISIS rockets whizzed over this bunker. Several kilometers to the rear, framed by dusty hills, sits Black Tiger Camp, the spartan headquarters of Gen. Sirwan Barzani, the Kurdish commander of the Gwer-Makhmour region. The camp gets its name from the 1990s, when the burly, mustachioed Barzani led peshmerga fighters in their rebellion against Saddam Hussein and earned the nickname "Black Tiger.
January 9, 2016
ISSUE | HUMAN RIGHTS End female mutilation Congratulations to Gambia for banning female genital mutilation and setting a $1,250 fine and up to three years in prison for those who practice it ("Bill banning mutilation passes," Jan. 1). The removal of external female genitalia for nonmedical reasons is practiced in countries around the world, though it is banned by the United Nations. The girl is often held down on an unsterile kitchen or coffee table and cut with scissors or shards of glass.
November 19, 2015 |
DWIGHT EVANS seeks a new political place. After 34 years in the Legislature during which he ran, then lost, the powerful House Appropriations Committee, after failed runs for lieutenant governor, governor and twice for mayor, he's now running for Congress. I wonder why. Why leave one mess in one Capitol for an arguably bigger mess in another? Especially since Washington runs on seniority, so if he wins, he starts on the bottom rung of the ladder. Maybe he's bored with Harrisburg.
November 5, 2015 |
After a three-inch hunting knife and a loaded handgun were found on school property this fall, the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District is planning a community meeting on school safety. "Parents are legitimately concerned," school board member Jeff Hellrung said. The meeting at 6 p.m. next Wednesday at Unionville High School will review the school's safety plan and "what else needs to be addressed" to keep students safe, a memo on the school's website said. "There has been district-wide concern and outrage over this incident, understandably so," Superintendent John Sanville said in a news release about the gun, which was left in an unlocked car outside Charles F. Patton Middle School.
October 17, 2015 |
Kip Patton caught the pass and immediately turned upfield. He shrugged off an attempted tackler and turned on the jets before finally being tackled on the Tulane 5-yard line. All told it was a 43-yard completion, showing both the big-play ability and improvement in the 6-foot-4, 241-pound tight end from Norristown High. It was one of the Owls' many highlight plays from a 49-10 win over visiting Tulane on Saturday. "I caught the ball and felt somebody hit me and bounce off and it was a great feeling," said Patton, whose 5-0 Owls host Central Florida (0-6)
October 6, 2015 |
YOU WOULD think that with his new offensive weapons, Brett Brown would be sitting over a computer or notepad, rubbing his hands with wide eyes, sort of in mad scientest mode as he concocts plays. The offseason brought him what very well could be a formidable inside presence in rookie Jahlil Okafor, as well as an outside scoring threat in Nik Stauskas, acquired in a trade with the Sacramento Kings. Add those two elements with a legitimate outside shooter in Robert Covington, an improved offensive player in Nerlens Noel and a point guard contingent that possesses the ability to score (Isaiah Canaan and Tony Wroten)
September 11, 2015 |
In a recycling twist, Upper Darby Township police are taking more than 150 weapons from their evidence room - seized in domestic-violence incidents, assaults, shootings, drug busts, and suicides - to a trash-to-steam plant. "Our way of addressing the gun issue in America is to destroy them all," said Michael Chitwood, township police superintendent. He said the weapons would be taken to the Delaware Valley Resource Recovery facility, in the City of Chester. "Gun violence is a way of our life," said Chitwood.
September 7, 2015 |
In the last 15 months, countless hitters at four levels of pro baseball have found themselves quickly behind in counts because of Aaron Nola's pinpoint fastball command. Then will often come his best secondary pitch, a breaking ball, and with it an obvious question from those watching. "Was that a slider or a curveball?" Since the Phillies drafted Nola seventh overall in the 2014 draft out of Louisiana State, his breaking pitch has been labeled as both in articles and in interviews with opposing hitters.
June 12, 2015 |
The first time Matt Donnelly saw a backstop behind a lacrosse cage, it was like a revelation. His neighbor, Mike Sutton, had a cage in his backyard. And the backstop behind it changed everything for Donnelly. "I couldn't believe it," he said. "I could shoot all I wanted and not have go chase after every shot," Donnelly said with a laugh. For years after that, Donnelly and Sutton would spend hours, days on end, practicing their shot and refining their games. Whatever they were doing, it worked extraordinarily well.