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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.
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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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July 31, 2015 | John Smallwood, Daily News Sports Columnist
IF THERE IS one position in sports where the most desired thing is stability, it is quarterback. If there is one position where the Eagles have seen consistent change during the brief era of Chip Kelly, it has been at quarterback. Whoever takes the Eagles' first snap on Sept. 14 against the Atlanta Falcons - whether it is Sam Bradford, Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow or somebody else - he will be the third different quarterback to open the season for the Eagles in Kelly's third season.
SPORTS
July 3, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Flyers signed backup goalie Michal Neuvirth on Wednesday and gained an insurance policy in case starter Steve Mason has another injury-plagued season. Both goalies were selected in the 2006 draft. Neuvirth was chosen by Washington in the second round with the 34th overall pick, 35 slots before Mason, who went in the third round (69th overall) to Columbus. The Flyers signed Neuvirth to a two-year deal for $3.25 million, with an annual salary-cap hit of $1.625 million. Neuvirth, 27, a Czech Republic native, spent last season with Buffalo and the New York Islanders, and has a seven-year career record of 66-63-17 with a 2.73 goals-against average and a .912 save percentage.
SPORTS
July 3, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
AFTER ALL the wheeling and dealing Ron Hextall did in the five days leading up to yesterday, the Flyers general manager was one of the least active executives on the NHL's opening day of free agency. The free-agent signing period began at noon and the Flyers locked in one of their priorities - a backup goalie to Steve Mason - in just under an hour, signing Michal Neuvirth to a reported two-year, $3.25 million contract with a cap hit of $1.625 million. That left them about $4.5 million under the $71.4 million cap ceiling for the Flyers to spend on a "skilled forward" - another of Hextall's priorities entering the offseason - and a deal with restricted free-agent defenseman Michael Del Zotto.
SPORTS
May 5, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
IN THE entire Delaware Valley, Allen Barbre, Matt Tobin and Andrew Gardner might have been the three guys happiest with the Eagles' 2015 draft, when it wrapped up Saturday evening. Barbre is the journeyman guard who was penciled in as Todd Herremans' replacement when the team's longest-serving offensive lineman was sent packing in February. Barbre will turn 31 next month. Tobin and Gardner are the top backups who were pressed into service last season, when injuries decimated the o-line.
SPORTS
April 10, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ENTERING THE final week of spring training, two players in camp were unsure if they'd still be with the organization by Opening Day. Relief pitcher Phillippe Aumont learned of his fate rather quickly. He cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple A Lehigh Valley before the Phillies left Clearwater, Fla. Cesar Hernandez, who was also out of minor league options, was still uncertain less than 48 hours before Cole Hamels fired the first pitch in Monday's opener. "A little nervous," Hernandez said yesterday at his locker stall at Citizens Bank Park.
NEWS
April 5, 2015 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
Stockton University announced Friday afternoon that it would sell the former Showboat casino property to Florida developer Glenn Straub if it cannot overcome obstacles to create an Atlantic City campus there. Straub's Polo North Inc. would buy the property for $26 million, which is to be placed in escrow for 90 days. Stockton purchased the Showboat in December for $18 million and has spent additional money securing and preparing the site for occupancy. The university does not expect to profit from a sale.
SPORTS
March 18, 2015 | By Frank Seravalli, Daily News Staff Writer
VANCOUVER - On the day of the ninth start in a row, Craig Berube said: "Let there be rest. " And so, Steve Mason enjoyed a rare night off on Sunday in Ottawa. Ray Emery was tremendous in his stead, stopping all but one Senators advance. It was Emery's first appearance in nearly a month - since Feb. 19 - a span that included an injury, a capable run from Rob Zepp, and Mason's return from knee surgery. All of which begs the question: What exactly will the Flyers do for a backup goaltender next season?
SPORTS
March 6, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
AFTER THE FLYERS' overtime loss to Calgary on Tuesday night, most of the players were huddled around a TV in the team's lounge at Wells Fargo Center. More players started to join the group as word circulated about the Panthers and Maple Leafs game in South Florida. By nature, the Flyers were grabbed by the action: The Panthers are one of two teams in pursuit of a final Stanley Cup playoff spot in the East. But something far more compelling was taking shape on the ice. Panthers starting goaltender Roberto Luongo went down in the first period and now backup Al Montoya was limping toward the bench in need of relief.
SPORTS
March 2, 2015
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Unlike last offseason, when they brought in veteran Wil Nieves, the Phillies this winter did not sign a clear-cut backup catcher. As spring training games begin Sunday with an exhibition against the University of Tampa, several players are vying to serve as the No. 2 to 36-year-old Carlos Ruiz. "That's one of the areas in camp I think there's some competition," manager Ryne Sandberg said. "[I] need some game reps and game situations to really see them. I like the way that they're all going about it as a group.
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