October 28, 2014 |
The shark doesn't give the minnow a bite of the chum - especially when it is hunting in its own waters. On one level, there wasn't a lot for the United States to gain from last night's CONCACAF Women's Championship game at PPL Park. Both the USA and Costa Rica had already sewn up bids in the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup next summer in Canada by winning semifinal games Friday. So in essence, the big prizes coming out of the CONCACAF Tournament already were awarded. Mexico got the third automatic World Cup bid by defeating Trinidad & Tobago in the third-place game.
October 28, 2014 |
That'll teach U.S. women's national team coach Jill Ellis to start a game with Abby Wambach on the bench. The 34-year-old forward and all-time leading goal scorer in international play was not in the starting lineup for Friday's CONCACAF soccer semifinal. Instead she came on as a substitute, replacing Sydney Leroux in the 62d minute. But Wambach returned to the starting 11 in Sunday's CONCACAF final, and her impact was felt immediately as the veteran netted four goals en route to a 6-0 win over Costa Rica.
October 27, 2014 |
AS IT TURNED out, Jill Ellis didn't need to answer why, in the biggest game of her short tenure as U.S. women's national team coach, she chose to make the greatest goal-scorer in USA history a healthy scratch from the starting lineup last night against Mexico in the semifinals of the CONCACAF Championship. With Abby Wambach and her world-record 173 international goals sitting on the bench for 61 minutes, the United States got two early goals from Delran native Carli Lloyd and a second-half goal from Christen Press on its way to a comfortable 3-0 victory at PPL Park.
October 26, 2014 |
Carli Lloyd was just 40 minutes from Delran High School, where the midfielder first started to make a name for herself by playing soccer. She was 85 miles from Yurcak Field at Rutgers, where Lloyd played in college and was last year inducted into the Hall of Distinguished Alumni. And 38 miles away is the Universal Soccer Academy in Lumberton, where the 32-year old has trained for years with James Galanis. For all intents and purposes, PPL Park in Chester is like a home field for Lloyd.
October 24, 2014 |
THIS IS THE GAME that really matters. While the United States undoubtedly wants to win the CONCACAF women's championship tournament that concludes this weekend at PPL Park, its primary goal in this competition is to earn a berth into the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup next summer in Canada. To guarantee that, all Team USA must do is beat archrival Mexico in tonight's semifinal and advance to Sunday's championship match. Trinidad & Tobago will attempt to make history as the first Caribbean nation to qualify for a Women's World Cup when it plays Costa Rica today.
October 23, 2014 |
To chief executive Sue Schick, it's a continuing mystery. Why are there so few women on corporate boards? Why are there so few top women executives? Why are so few women ranked among the top earners? And if major nonprofit organizations seem comfortable with female leadership, why can't that confidence translate to more business leadership spots for women? "Inertia," said Schick, chief executive of UnitedHealthcare Pennsylvania and Delaware, a publicly traded health insurance company that has more than 5,000 employees and covers more than 900,000 people.
October 20, 2014 |
I'D BEEN there before. I'd heard it all before, too, in one form or another. But I loved the Pennsylvania Conference for Women anyway, because it reminded me and 8,000 other attendees of what we already know but often forget: Life is short. Time is fleeting. Love is everything. And women not only have the right to own their gifts and passions but the responsibility to use both to impact the world, no matter the size of the world they inhabit. And when we do it together, we can accomplish so much more than when we go it alone.
October 18, 2014 |
Rapture, Blister, Burn may go down in history as the first feminist play to end with brainy female characters toasting Phyllis Schlafly, that bête noire of the Equal Rights Amendment, without sarcasm. It's no gimmick. Gina Gionfriddo's intellectually ambitious comedy, reopening the question of women choosing between career and family, allows that all choices are valid, even mediocre ones. A bit dour, perhaps? No. Rapture , which opened Wednesday at the Wilma Theater, is part of a growing genre that might be called war-of-the-brain-cells plays, such as Yasmina Reza's 2008 God of Carnage , with intelligent urbanites talking, drinking, and destroying each other's pretensions.
October 18, 2014 |
She loves Philadelphia. "Come on, this city is gorgeous!" She'd even like to buy some real estate here. "Anyone have some ideas?" But she wanted to know who that guy was standing atop City Hall. "Billy Penn?" she asked incredulously. "What'd he do? Was he like poet laureate, or something, of Philadelphia?" That was Diane Keaton, 68, one of a star-studded handful of keynote speakers Thursday at the 11th annual Pennsylvania Conference for Women, where more than 7,000 women and a few men attended the one-day lollapalooza-scale event.
October 15, 2014 |
Maybe it was just the way the cards fell this year. Still, it does stick out. In some sectors, the National Book Award is better regarded than the Pulitzer. Panels of five respected judges are assembled for fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people's literature. They draw up "long lists" of 10 books (an innovation begun last year). A long list is a nice thing, a way of honoring a group of high achievers. A short list follows, and then the award itself. The long list in nonfiction for 2014 came out on Sept.