May 16, 2015 |
CHICAGO - Stanley Johnson was asked a simple question and responded with an eyebrow-rising answer. "Why should an NBA team draft you?" the former Arizona forward was asked at the NBA draft combine. "Because I'm the best player in the draft," Johnson responded matter-of-factly. He has been projected to go anywhere from fifth to 10th in the June 25 draft. The Sixers apparently are doing their due diligence on the confident 6-foot-7, 242-pounder just in case he becomes an option on draft night.
January 30, 2015 |
WHETHER you're down with the New England Patriots or upholding the Seattle Seahawks, you and your friends and family can chow down this Super Bowl Sunday with harmonious gusto. Because no matter which team you root for, everyone will get behind a spread of Southwestern noshes. The University of Phoenix Stadium, in Glendale, Ariz., is the site of Super Bowl XLIX, and there are two snacks that fit the location theme: a lively dip made with native white tepary beans, and Sonoran hot dogs, the near-iconic frank of the Grand Canyon State.
December 24, 2014 |
Bailey Greenberg scored 20 points Monday to lead the Archbishop Wood girls' basketball team to a 62-35 victory over Bishop Gorman in the Red Division championship game at the Nike Tournament of Champions in Phoenix. Bishop Gorman has won the last four Nevada state championships. Greenberg also grabbed 20 rebounds to lead the Vikings, who are ranked No. 2 in Southeastern Pennsylvania by The Inquirer. Suburban One National. Deja Rawls netted 18 points in No. 5 Abington's 83-29 home win over Bensalem.
November 1, 2014 |
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Under a faultless sky, on a perfect fall day, Adam Morgan went to the mound Monday accompanied by the applause of exactly 306 fans and took one more step back to where he had once been. The Arizona Fall League isn't a field of dreams, but it is a seeding ground for prospects to grow, for developing big-leaguers to acquire a new skill, and for players who have suffered injuries to reclaim a place in their organizations' plans. Lefthander Adam Morgan falls into the third category.
October 29, 2014 |
'WE'VE GOT to get it fixed," Bill Davis said after the St. Louis Rams game 3 weeks ago and after the Washington Redskins game 2 weeks before that. If you go back to the start of last season, you likely will find a few more declarations identical to that, which, of course, leads to two obvious questions after the Eagles' first shutout victory since 1996, and first of the Bill Davis/Chip Kelly era. Namely, is it fixed? And if so, what got fixed? "I think we're growing," the Eagles defensive coordinator said yesterday.
October 29, 2014 |
PAT SHURMUR was asked yesterday about crowd noise in Arizona's domed stadium affecting his center, David Molk, whose start Sunday will be Molk's fourth in the NFL - and maybe his last, given Jason Kelce's pending return from groin surgery. Shurmur said crowd noise wasn't his biggest worry, in this matchup of 5-1 NFC teams. "The challenge this week for our center is the multiple looks that we face from the Arizona defense," the Eagles' offensive coordinator said. "They do a lot of different things to try and create pressure.
September 5, 2014 |
THE BEST quality that Nick Foles the competitor had going for him in college? For Mike Stoops, who coached the Eagles quarterback throughout most of his career at the University of Arizona, that's a layup: toughness. "He would sit in there and throw it, no matter what," said Stoops, who was the Wildcats' head coach from 2003 through the first six games of 2011, Foles' senior season. "He didn't care how much you came after him. We threw it a lot. So everyone knew they had to hit him. And they did. Nick just stood his ground and did what he had to. I don't think people always saw that in him. "And he never said a word.
August 28, 2014 |
THE ONLY THING more discouraging for Phillies fans eager to see the current season come to an end is the dearth of major league-ready talent in the minor leagues. Pitchers Aaron Nola and Jesse Biddle could be ready for the big leagues at some point in 2015, but not in April. After power-hitting corner infielder Maikel Franco, there isn't a prospect realistically expected to compete for a job at big league camp next spring. But shortly after the 2014 season ends, a ray of hope within the lower levels of the minor league system will be on display out west.
August 15, 2014 |
SOUL RUNNING back Derrick Ross was named first-team all-AFL for the fourth consecutive season. Ross, the league's all-time leading rusher, broke his own team record this season by running for 36 touchdowns. Ross should get consideration for the league's offensive MVP award, though Arizona quarterback Nick Davila is probably the favorite. The remainder of the AFL's awards will be announced next week ahead of the Aug. 23 championship game between Cleveland and visiting Arizona.
April 30, 2014
CARLOS RUIZ entered the fourth week of the 2014 season hitting .204 without an RBI in 14 games. A week later, the Phillies catcher has been honored as the National League's Player of the Week. In the six games he started in Los Angeles and Arizona, Ruiz hit .500 (11-for-22) with a .593 OBP. Both numbers led all of baseball for the week. Ruiz began the week by going 3-for-4 with a home run, two doubles and four RBI in a 7-0 win over the Dodgers last Monday. He ended it by knocking in one run and scoring another in the eighth inning of a 6-5, come-from-behind win in Arizona on Saturday.