July 12, 2019
Ronell Williams was leaning on a pool table by himself in the rec area of Georgia Tech’s athletic complex, when he received a call on the afternoon of Wednesday, January 16. The 2010 Chester High graduate and Division II All-American West Chester linebacker squinted as he looked down at his phone.
July 10, 2019
Carter Hart stands in line like everyone else at Jim’s Steaks on South Street on a balmy July weekday night. He doesn’t have to tug his 76ers’ hat down to his eyebrows to avoid attention. The Flyers’ goalie looks up and sees shots of Flyers’ Hall of Famer Eric Lindros up on the wall. One day, he’ll probably be up there with No. 88. But for now, No. 79 has no problem waiting — for the future fame, the coming fortune or for the cheesesteak he’s been craving.
June 28, 2019
He didn’t have to see it. Kyle McCord could hear it, just by the thud of the ball hitting the receiver’s hands. He trusted the catch was made. McCord’s ongoing ritual was complete — even if it was pitch black and everyone was waiting for him. The St. Joseph’s Prep quarterback knew the exact minute Temple football’s practice facility lights shut off — 7:15 p.m. — and the Hawks’ practice ended at 7:10 p.m.
June 22, 2019
Julian Williams, 29, is years away from being the homeless kid living in the Kirkbride Shelter on Roosevelt Boulevard in North Philly. A month ago, he won what is currently the best fight in 2019, when he became the IBF, WBA and IBO junior middleweight world champion (154 pounds) by beating Jarrett Hurd by unanimous decision on May 11.
June 8, 2019
So far, it’s the best wake-up call Jack Kochanowicz, who turned 18 on Dec. 22, has received in his young life. And he still had to go to school for a senior project presentation later that morning.
June 6, 2019
“There are some things you just never forget,” said Ruiz, 29, an hour after he wrested the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight world championship belts away from Joshua at 1:27 of the seventh round, spoiling Joshua’s American debut. “I used to get called ‘fat kid’ when I was younger, and when you’re a kid, words can hurt. This is really a blessing."
May 31, 2019
Larry Andersen picked up the phone that November morning and within seconds he darted a glance across the bedroom at his wife, Kristi. The look said it. It was a frightened, on-the-verge-of-tears mien. He didn’t have to say a word. He just shook his head. Kristi knew. She ran right to him and they both sobbed.
May 29, 2019
When Roger Goodell leaves, there a good number of people who wouldn’t mind seeing Troy Vincent inherit the position as NFL Commissioner. He would be the first former player to head the league, and first African-American to be NFL Commissioner.
May 24, 2019
High School Baseball
Jack Kochanowicz was sitting at home on the living room couch one spring Friday night in 2016 when the impulse hit him. 'Why not?', Kochanowicz thought to himself. So, he reached for his iPad and sent a direct message to Houston Banditos’ baseball coach Ray DeLeon, along with some video of himself throwing.
May 9, 2019
There is a profile shot on Ryan Bates’ twitter page of a somewhat pudgy kid sitting on a couch with shades on and “Go Birds” embossed in black ink across his bare chest. Bates is quite a bit leaner and a little larger today. It’s an indication right there in that rather grainy pic that he knows the way. The 2015 Archbishop Wood and 2018 Penn State graduate won’t need a GPS to find the Eagles’ NovaCare Complex this week for NFL rookie minicamp. It’s a familiar trek for the former all-Catholic League standout from Warrington, Bucks County.