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December 3, 1997 | by Scott Heimer, Daily News Staff Writer
If you're an I-95 driver frequently stuck in those long daily backups between Routes 413 and 1, you're probably asking yourself: "Christmas, when is this going to end?" That's when - about Christmas, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. The $12.9 million repairing and repaving job was supposed to end for the winter last week. But it had to be extended. Now, the schedule involves construction crews ending work in the southbound lanes late next week, but the northbound lanes north of Route 413 will continue to see crews on a daily basis until Christmas.
NEWS
January 9, 1997 | by Scott Heimer, Daily News Staff Writer
The Walt Whitman Bridge may be where it's at for construction workers in this normally lean project season, but not for drivers. Motorists who got stuck in any of the recent traffic jams since last weekend should know that the cause was shifting lane patterns - all part of the four-year, $75 million redecking project for the 39-year-old bridge that connects South Philadelphia with Gloucester City, N.J. There are still available travel lanes...
SPORTS
January 3, 2005 | Daily News Wire Services
Well, one team from Pennsylvania got a solid effort out its backups. The Pittsburgh Steelers finished a remarkable 15-1 season by beating the Buffalo Bills, 29-24, yesterday with key efforts from backups such as Willie Parker, Brian St. Pierre and James Harrison. "If there was a team that you could put up as a poster boy for a 53-man roster, it's us," said St. Pierre, the Steelers' third-string quarterback, who was activated off the practice squad Friday. "It's special. " And so are the Steelers, who didn't need Ben Roethlisberger, Jerome Bettis or a host of other starters to win their 14th in a row to match the single-season record set by Miami in 1972.
SPORTS
November 20, 2012 | Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO - Colin Kaepernick passed for 243 yards and two touchdowns in his first career start and the San Francisco 49ers whipped the Chicago Bears, 32-7, on Monday night in a highly touted NFC showdown that didn't live up to the hype. Kaepernick threw touchdown passes to Vernon Davis and Michael Crabtree, and Kendall Hunter ran for a 14-yard TD as San Francisco (7-2-1) jumped out to a big lead by scoring on each of its first four possessions - with Aldon Smith wreaking havoc on the other side of the ball with five sacks.
SPORTS
December 16, 1994 | by Kevin Mulligan, Daily News Sports Writer
The 7-7 Eagles, as expected, were not well represented on the NFL's 1994 Pro Bowl squad. Defensive end William Fuller and cornerback Eric Allen were selected as backups for the Feb. 5 game in Honolulu in results announced yesterday. David Alexander was accorded first-alternate status at center, his best finish in the voting in his eight seasons. Herschel Walker was a third alternate at fullback and Randall Cunningham was the NFC's fourth alternate at quarterback. Allen, who has not enjoyed a Pro Bowl season, will make his fifth trip to Hawaii.
NEWS
October 1, 2014 | By Ladd Biro, For The Inquirer
Heading into Thursday's game, it was hard not to feel good about my tight end matchup when I saw Larry Donnell in my opponent's lineup. After all, I had the option of Vernon Davis or Antonio Gates, while he was forced to sit Julius Thomas because of the bye week. By Friday, I was popping antacids, and my opponent was dishing out a heaping helping of smack talk. Enter Matt Asiata. When he plunged across the goal line for the third time Sunday, the tide had turned and my decision to draft Marshawn Lynch and Giovani Bernard back-to-back didn't cost me a Week 4 victory as expected.
NEWS
December 17, 1999 | by Donna Petrozzello, New York Daily News
Spin just about any kind of worst-case-scenario story for broadcasters who are planning live, anchored coverage from Times Square on New Year's Eve - and nearly every live Y2K welcoming show around the world plans to have at least one person standing by at the Crossroads of the World - and they'll tell you they've got a backup plan. Their concerns? Massive traffic in and around the famed square - or even no vehicular access - all day Friday, Dec. 31. Power failures and computer meltdowns brought on by possible Y2K snafus.
SPORTS
January 1, 2001 | By Ron Reid, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Donovan McNabb put on a spectacular show. Chris Warren played a fine game. Hugh Douglas, Jeremiah Trotter, and Brian Dawkins came through like the big-time players they are. But in what has been a recurrent theme with the Eagles this season, it was the contributions made by the team's lesser stars, backups, and role players that contributed significantly to yesterday's 21-3 victory over Tampa Bay in their NFC wild-card game. No one epitomizes the success the Eagles have achieved via their backup players more than tight end Jeff Thomason, who scored the game's last touchdown on a 2-yard pass from McNabb.
SPORTS
January 7, 2002 | By Todd Zolecki INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Get him in and get him out quickly and safely. Then get the backups in and give them a chance to play. That was the Eagles' plan last night against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Quarterback Donovan McNabb is so important to the Eagles' playoff success that he never even got the chance to throw the football against the Buccaneers. Why risk an injured shoulder in a virtually meaningless game? A pulled groin? Turf toe? Besides, backups Koy Detmer and A. J. Feeley needed some playing time.
SPORTS
December 13, 1996 | by Marcus Hayes, Daily News Sports Writer
The Pro Bowl was pretty good to the Eagles. Running back Ricky Watters and defensive end William Fuller were named as backups for the Feb. 2 game in Honolulu, Hawaii. Wide receiver Irving Fryar, quarterback Ty Detmer and linebacker William Thomas were named as alternates. Fryar thought Watters deserved better than second team. "He should be a starter," said Fryar. Washington's Terry Allen and Detroit's Barry Sanders are the starters at running back. Watters shares the backup role with Arizona fullback Larry Centers.
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SPORTS
August 13, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Sam Bradford needed just three plays Thursday to do what Sam Bradford does during an Eagles' preseason: He chews bubble gum, kicks tail, completes passes, and leads touchdown drives. Kenny Bell, a wide receiver/return man for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, had lost a fumble on the opening kickoff, giving the Eagles the ball at the Bucs' 18-yard line, and the one thing you don't do is give Sam Bradford a short field in a preseason game, because he will make you pay. And he did: a 3-yard completion to Brent Celek, two handoffs to Ryan Mathews, and presto: Eagles touchdown.
SPORTS
August 12, 2016 | By Marcus Hayes, STAFF WRITER
IN A refreshingly unexpected exhibition of candor seldom seen in the NFL, coach Doug Pederson acknowledged the elephant in the room. The elephant was his elephantine right tackle, 6-6, 317-pound Lane Johnson, who, indirectly, Pederson confirmed is facing a 10-game suspension for violating the policy for performing-enhancing drugs for a second time in three years. Pederson said that the Eagles are making contingency plans to replace Johnson if his B sample comes back dirty and his appeal is denied.
SPORTS
August 5, 2016 | By Les Bowen, Staff Writer
HEY, YA KNOW what would be a fun training camp debate? To ponder where the Eagles could least afford to lose a starter. Who is truly irreplaceable? Let's run down the list. There's thought interrupted by tap on shoulder; colleague points to safety Malcolm Jenkins limping to the sideline with a hamstring strain, to be replaced by, let's see, looks like it's gonna be Ed Reynolds . . . OK, I think we're done here. The Eagles boast what should be one of the league's top safety tandems in Jenkins and Rodney McLeod.
NEWS
April 8, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin, Staff Writer
Federal agencies have repeatedly advised railroads to use backup safety precautions for workers on the rails after accidents hauntingly similar to Sunday's fatal Amtrak crash in Chester. Sources with knowledge of the crash that killed two have said a communications lapse during a shift change contributed to workers' staying on the rails while safety precautions designed to route trains away from them were canceled. This exact scenario, according to a 2014 Federal Railroad Administration safety advisory, has been an ongoing problem in railroad work.
SPORTS
January 28, 2016 | By Keith Pompey, STAFF WRITER
T.J. McConnell is starting to get a better understanding of the NBA's tempo. The 76ers point guard understands "who needs the ball, what play should be called, defensive rotations and on-ball, pick-and-roll defense," coach Brett Brown said. "You hear me talk about Jahlil [Okafor] being in 30, 40, or whatever pick-and-rolls a game. NBA point guards are the same, constantly in pick-and-rolls. "He's developed in a big way there. " The 6-foot-2 rookie has settled in nicely as Ish Smith's backup.
SPORTS
January 4, 2016 | By Erin McCarthy, For The Inquirer
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Christian Hackenberg's announcement on Saturday that he would declare for the NFL draft came as news to Trace McSorley. The redshirt freshman backup quarterback said he had never talked to Hackenberg about what next season would hold. With that future suddenly clearer, "I feel like I just have to come in and compete for that job," McSorley said. "Now, the real work starts. " While he did not know it at the time, Penn State's 24-17 loss to Georgia in the TaxSlayer Bowl served as an early opportunity for McSorley to secure that starting role.
SPORTS
December 18, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
Steve Mason understands the situation but obviously doesn't like it. The Flyers No. 1 goalie has been No. 2 the last three games, and he's aching to earn his spot back. Coach Dave Hakstol pulled Mason early in the second period during a 4-3 shootout loss to the visiting New York Islanders on Dec. 8. Mason allowed three goals and left with the Flyers trailing, 3-1. He hasn't been in the lineup since, replaced by Michal Neuvirth. "It is not a fun situation, backing up all the time, but you realize your partner is playing well, and that is the role I am in," Mason said after Wednesday's practice.
SPORTS
November 20, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mark Sanchez was the Eagles' top quarterback Wednesday during practice for the second consecutive day, and he appears to be on track to start Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Sam Bradford watched practice from the sideline. He has a concussion and a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder. He had not been cleared to return to action in the league-mandated concussion protocol. Bradford is able to attend meetings, though. The Eagles' two most intense days of practice are Wednesday and Thursday, so if he doesn't return Thursday, it's likely a sign he won't play this week.
SPORTS
November 19, 2015 | BY PAUL DOMOWITCH, Daily News Columnist
I'VE COVERED pro football in this town for a lot of years and have seen my fair share of quarterback controversies - some real, others just wishful thinking by fans and talk-show people. Jaworski-Cunningham. Cunningham-McMahon. Cunningham-Brister. Cunningham-Peete. Peete-Detmer. Peete-Detmer-Hoying. McNabb-Garcia. McNabb-Kolb. Vick-Kolb. Vick-Foles. Everybody loves the backup quarterback. Fans have an idealistic view of him, even if he's already washed out someplace else. So, I guess I wasn't really surprised Monday when, against my better judgment, I turned off " '70s on 7" on SiriusXM and turned on the sports-talk shows and actually heard some hosts and guests and callers suggesting that Mark Sanchez - the same Mark Sanchez who threw a game-costing red-zone interception Sunday against the Dolphins - might be a better quarterback option for the Eagles right now than Sam Bradford.
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