December 2, 2013 |
HAMILTON, Mass. - Earl Williams knew early on that things would be fine. He would commute 29 miles from Cambridge to pick up his oldest son in the rural-suburban town of Hamilton, on the North Shore of Massachusetts. The sound of a young Michael Carter-Williams dribbling a basketball was often the first thing the father heard as he drove up to the white colonial house on Cutler Street. That noise often led Williams to walk to the back of the house, where he would spot Carter-Williams performing basketball drills under the supervision of his stepfather, Zach Zegarowski.
September 30, 1995 |
Skepticism trails relentlessly behind 7-6 Shawn Bradley, casting a shadow over whatever he does. It goes where he goes. It colors whatever he does. It will not go away any time soon. Bradley knows the drill. He is just back from nine days in Hollywood, part of the cast of a motion picture titled "Space Jam. " The characters range from Michael Jordan to Charles Barkley to Muggsy Bogues to Bugs Bunny. But all anyone in Philadelphia wanted to know was, why wasn't Bradley in the practice gym with the Sixers, working at his craft?
March 20, 2013 |
There is an electrical box in Franklinville that looks different from most in the area. It is dented and marked up and has the signature of Josh Awotunde, who also used the blank canvas of the box to profess his NFL dreams. Awotunde is probably not going to the NFL. He did start at quarterback for Delsea, the Group 3 state champion, but his future is in another sport: track and field. Last season as a junior, Awotunde won the discus and finished fourth in the shot put at the state Group 3 championships.
September 25, 1989 |
Early in the fourth quarter, when the Eagles were beginning to run down, when they were holding timidly to a 21-17 lead and John Teltschik punted short from the shadow of his goal posts, it appeared that another football miracle was in the making at Veterans Stadium. The punt fell from the sky and bounced crazily into the back of unsuspecting San Francisco linebacker Bill Romanowski and into the hands of Henry "Gizmo" Williams of the Eagles. From there, the Eagles went on to score and take a 28-17 lead with just 8 minutes, 24 seconds remaining.
July 22, 1987 |
From the mid-'70s through the early '80s, the critical word on Mark Harmon - who stars in the new Carl Reiner comedy, "Summer School," opening today at area theaters - was this: An ex-UCLA quarterback with bankable blue eyes, dazzling teeth and the acting talent of an ex-UCLA quarterback. For years, he scraped bottom in assembly-line Jack Webb TV productions and the horrendous nighttime soaper, "Flamingo Road. " Then, without warning, he emerged from Actor's Purgatory to deliver thoroughly believable performances as Dr. Bobby Caldwell, who undergoes a radical personality change, then suffers from AIDS on "St. Elsewhere"; astronaut Sam Crawford, who wins and then loses Maddie Hayes on "Moonlighting," and sex murderer Ted Bundy in the NBC mini-series, "The Deliberate Stranger.
October 18, 1994 |
John Chaney likes to say Aaron McKie has teeth in his stomach. "Moxie, toughness, inner strength," said Chaney, the Temple basketball coach who didn't know whether to laugh or cry when McKie completed his career last season, going to Portland as the No. 17 pick in the NBA draft. "I don't think you can say he has super-duper skills, but there's a great player inside him. A winner. " If that's the label attached to McKie, a 6-4 shooting guard, he's grateful. It beats being remembered as a Proposition 48, a kid from Simon Gratz High who couldn't crack 700 in the Scholastic Achievement Test, which cost him a season of eligibility with the Owls.
December 13, 1989 |
Just after Northern Burlington coach Joe Janney enjoyed his first winning season as girls' basketball coach, he's back in the rebuilding process. Four starters graduated and the remainder of his bench players are gone. He does have a couple of players back who saw some varsity playing time last year, but hardly enough to gain much experience or a letter. Many of the younger players are getting their first opportunity to play organized basketball because there is no junior high program.
April 29, 2013 |
The music on Kurt Vile's new album, Wakin on a Pretty Daze , is deeply relaxed and absolutely confident in its laid-back, stretched-out, fingerpicked trance vibe. So much so that it would be perfectly reasonable to assume that the Philadelphia rocker is a prototypical stoner dude. Reasonable perhaps, but incorrect. Sure, Kurt Vile - yes, that's his real name - looks the part. He's the guy with the past-his-shoulders hair to rival The Addams Family 's Cousin Itt, and who sat down to talk on a recent morning at the Rocket Cat Café in Kensington, up the street from the four-story-tall mural that provides the cover image for Wakin (Matador ***1/2)
August 9, 2013 |
AFTER A 2-hour practice under the hot sun yesterday, defensive tackle Cedric Thornton was one of the last Eagles to walk off the field. It was nearly 25 minutes after his teammates did so shortly after noon. Thornton spent that time talking and working on multiple drills with assistant defensive line coach Erik Chinander. The one-on-one drills allowed Thornton to focus primarily on his pass-rushing skills, a skill set he would like to improve upon with the team's transition to the 3-4 defense.
December 7, 1992 |
At old Media High School, Penncrest coach Doug Randolph could have been considered a legend. He was a three-sport star there before moving on to Delaware State, where he again lettered in football, basketball and baseball. He was drafted by the Houston Oilers in football and by the Cincinnati Reds in baseball. Randolph even made it to double-A baseball in the Reds' chain as a shortstop. So when it comes to winning, Randolph knows a little something about the subject. As Randolph gets ready to start his second season as the Lions' coach, he hopes some of his work ethic and knowledge will rub off on his players.