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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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September 19, 2016 | By Joe Juliano and Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITERS
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Redshirt junior Brandon Smith became the most unlikely star of Penn State's 34-27 win over Temple Saturday, entering the game after middle linebacker Nyeem Wartman-White was injured late in the first quarter. The 6-foot, 228-pound linebacker was in on eight tackles and admirably handled his signal-calling duties. Smith, who said he was intending to go to Penn before deciding on Penn State, said it was something he had long anticipated. "I was just very thankful for the opportunity," said Smith, 22, who lives in Winfield, Pa., on the west branch of the Susquehanna River south of Lewisburg.
SPORTS
September 19, 2016 | By Erin McCarthy, STAFF WRITER
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - It was a sight that no one on the Penn State sideline wanted to see: Saquon Barkley limping off the field on the opening drive. Despite how much coach James Franklin had praised his backup running backs, the ground game had been primarily Barkley's show since his 1,076-yard season last fall. During the first half of Penn State's 34-27 win over Temple, those other backs finally got meaningful game action. The Nittany Lions logged 116 rushing yards, 82 of which came before halftime.
SPORTS
September 18, 2016 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
The greatest fear in almost every NFL city is the entrance of the backup quarterback. "It's natural," said Chase Daniel, the Eagles' backup quarterback. "Fans are going to freak out, especially if the starter is a star player and they think the team's success hinges on him. " Many times the apocalyptic reaction is justified. In Dallas, for example, the Cowboys have watched two of their last three seasons destroyed by Tony Romo injuries and they're worried it could be happening again in 2016.
SPORTS
September 8, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
There was never a moment on Saturday when Chase Daniel wondered whether he would get his first chance to be an opening day starting quarterback in the NFL. At the same time he learned that Sam Bradford was traded, he was also informed that Carson Wentz would start. Daniel's role didn't change, but the order around him did. Wentz overtook him on the depth chart without even playing, and Daniel continued as the No. 2. "It's unfortunate for me personally, but that's not what it's about," Daniel said.
SPORTS
September 3, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
The Eagles players exited the locker room after a 14-6 win over the New York Jets on Thursday night knowing the next time the team officially convenes, there will be 22 fewer names on the roster and the games are about to count. Two players who emerged from relative obscurity to relevance this summer finished a sterling preseason: undrafted rookie wide receiver Paul Turner, who led the Eagles with six catches for 66 yards and had a 71-yard punt return touchdown, and veteran defensive end Steven Means, who had the Eagles' lone sack and two additional quarterback hits.
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.
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