It's no fun and no play, a 'devastating' turn for already-hardened city kids
MINNEAPOLIS — Mark Graves sat in his car in the parking lot at Phelps Park in south Minneapolis on a recent afternoon, looking out at an empty basketball court, one that normally would be bustling with activity.“I’ve never seen anything like this,” he marveled.Now in his 18th year as a director for the Southside Village branch of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities, and his 30th overall with the clubs, there is little Graves hasn’t seen.Whether it be a hand up, a pat on the back or a friendly word, Graves has been there for countless kids with family issues or school problems — a rock ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Quentin Moore, the top 2021 JUCO tight end, verbally commits to UW Huskies
Jacob Sirmon and Quentin Moore have already shared a field.And soon, they’ll share a sideline.On Oct. 27, 2017, 247Sports national recruiting editor Brandon Huffman attended a high school football game between Bothell and Inglemoor to see Sirmon — who had already established himself as a four-star quarterback and University of Washington commit. Former Husky head coach Chris Petersen and offensive coordinator Jonathan Smith also were in attendance.And Sirmon didn’t disappoint. In a 41-14 victory, the Bothell bomber completed 19 of 23 passes for 289 yards with five touchdowns and zero intercept...
The Seattle Times
Stefan Bondy: 'The Last Dance' had 4 glaring problems in the way it covered Michael Jordan
NEW YORK — The Michael Jordan documentary wrapped up Sunday and here’s the final verdict: good, not great. Charles Barkley, not Michael Jordan.The highest bar for recent documentaries is HBO’s “Diego Maradona,” which complemented its tremendous footage with a fearless and honest look at a megastar’s vast indiscretions. “The Last Dance” spent more time (10 episodes) covering less. It was the Disney version — a fitting ode to the greatest basketball player of all time, with little desire of attacking his human flaws with meaningful investigation.Again, it was highly enjoyable and, for the ’80s b...
New York Daily News
Full-time family and full-time work during the coronavirus has led to stress and unexpected joy
PHILADELPHIA — Samantha Brown is pretty tired these days. OK, make that very tired. She’s not alone.“This is the hardest thing I’ve ever done, trying to do a full-time job and having a toddler home all day,” said Brown, a professional fund-raiser and now full-time mom to almost-2-year-old Ethan.Pre-COVID-19, Brown got to spend three, maybe four hours a day during the workweek with her cherubic little boy. The rest of the time, Ethan was in preschool, and the Center City mom worked.“Now I’m working in the wee hours, the weekend hours, whenever I can. Ethan is struggling with sleep at night, so ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Revisit our 1993 interview with Little Richard: 'I am the creator of rock 'n' roll!'
Rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Little Richard, one of the most charismatic performers the music has ever known and a key influence on everyone from the Beatles to Prince, died Saturday of unknown causes. He was 87.Richard’s death was reported by his son, Danny Jones Penniman, and by Pastor Bill Minson, a family friend. He was born Richard Wayne Penniman on Dec. 5, 1932, in Macon, Ga., where he also came of musical age.In a Saturday post on Instagram, Little Richard band guitarist Kevin Holly said: “Rest in peace, Richard. This one really stings. My thoughts and prayers go out to all my band mates and f...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Don Shula: Reaction to passing of the Dolphins legend and NFL's winningest coach
Legendary Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula has died at the age of 90, the team confirmed Monday morning.“Don Shula was the patriarch of the Miami Dolphins for 50 years,” the Dolphins said in a statement. “He brought the winning edge to our franchise and put the Dolphins and the city of Miami in the national sports scene. Our deepest thoughts and prayers go out to Mary Anne along with his children Dave, Donna, Sharon, Anne and Mike.”Shula was a titan. A two-time Super Bowl champion. Four-time Coach of the Year. Most regular season wins (328) and total wins (347) in NFL history. The Perfect Season...
Ex-Shark Joel Ward explains how he'd like to stay involved in hockey
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Former Sharks forward Joel Ward is fully ready to start the next chapter of his life.Being a father to his one-year-old son and a husband to his wife, Kathleen, are the biggest priorities for Ward, who officially announced his retirement Monday. But after experiencing racism first-hand during his hockey career, and seeing New York Rangers prospect K’Andre Miller become a target of a recent online attack, Ward also feels he can help the NHL combat bigotry in the game.“It’s just a game for everybody,” said Ward, whose parents immigrated from Barbados to Canada before he was bo...
The Mercury News
49ers icon Joe Staley retires after 13 years of service
Joe Staley changed out of his No. 74 jersey a final time, put on a white sweatshirt with the 49ers’ crest, then took a seat atop a media podium to emotionally unpack the heartache of another Super Bowl loss.This was Staley’s last image as a 49er.It should not be the prevailing, lasting memory of the franchise’s greatest-ever left tackle, who announced his retirement Saturday, the same day the 49ers traded for his successor, Trent Williams, from Washington.Staley’s service extended beyond protecting the blindsides of a dozen 49ers quarterbacks, starting with his good buddy Alex Smith and closin...
The Mercury News
'Wow, No Thank You': Samantha Irby returns with an antidote to your coronavirus funk. You're welcome.
CHICAGO — I should’ve written this Q&A with Samantha Irby about “Wow, No Thank You” — her latest incisive and brilliantly ribald essay collection — days ago. But, like many during this coronavirus moment, I couldn’t focus. Instead, I found respite in clicking through all 80-some installments of Irby’s newsletter, “Who’s on Judge Mathis Today?” It’s a daily recap of cases heard in the reality TV show’s courtroom, filtered through Irby’s comic lens and bearing such irresistible subject lines as: “‘Who’s going to fix my baldspot?’”As loyal readers know, it’s worth following Irby into the corners ...
Q&A: Obama's health care guru has been right about virus so far
CHICAGO — Andy Slavitt knows what we need right now. He’s been thinking, he’s been telling anyone who wonders about his role in the fight against coronavirus, that he would like to provide 50% Winston Churchill and 50% Fred Rogers. He imagines his new podcast, “In the Bubble with Andy Slavitt,” as the difficult truth (“I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat”) delivered gently (“Won’t you be my neighbor?”), from a virtual fireside.Which is keeping in line with the Evanston native’s public image.He’s primed as a proactive Churchill-Rogers. He’s not swaggery; he doesn’t come acr...