October 17, 2010 |
The road the 76ers are traveling this season is narrow. It's a car's width at its widest, the margin for error nil. One slip of the wheel - a losing streak, an injury, a subpar effort - and this team will find itself on a different road entirely. If you look around the league, some teams are flying down a four-lane highway. They can swerve, slow down, drift, or speed. No matter how imprecise their route, in April they'll still be exiting for the NBA playoffs. Not your Sixers.
March 19, 2011 |
FARMERS BRANCH, Texas - Just after returning from the NHL All-Star Game in Raleigh, N.C., in January - undoubtedly one of the highlights of his career - Danny Briere went into a serious slump. Briere posted 26 goals and 19 assists in his first 47 games, prior to Jan. 30. In his first 15 games after the All-Star festivities, which he enjoyed with his sons Caelan, Carson and Cameron by his side, Briere mustered just two goals and four assists. He was so frustrated that he went back and looked at video to compare his play to the beginning of the season.
February 7, 1997 |
Spiritual conversions are not unknown in boxing. George Foreman was a glowering thug in his first incarnation as a fighter until he was reborn as a jolly, Scripture-quoting man of the cloth. Fortunately for Big George, both versions came equipped with considerable punching power. The latest convert is Oliver McCall (28-6, 20 KOs), who takes on England's Lennox Lewis (29-1, 24 KOs) for the vacant World Boxing Council heavyweight championship tonight (HBO, 10 o'clock) at the Las Vegas Hilton.
June 13, 1989 |
It wasn't supposed to be this way for Ricky Jordan and Don Carman. After debuting in the majors with a brilliant second half last season, Jordan seemed poised to be the Phillies' next star and key run-producer in the middle of the batting order. And Carman, through trades and his own staying power, entered this season as the Phils' No. 1 starting pitcher. But with nearly a third of the season gone, Jordan lately was reduced to a platoon role. And though general manager Lee Thomas said yesterday that Jordan would resume playing every day between now and the All-Star break, both Thomas and manager Nick Leyva don't deny that Jordan could play himself back to the minors.
April 11, 1990 |
Although this is the end of the Daily News Diet Watch, it's the beginning of a new lifestyle for our three successful dieters. They sweated through workouts, found enough willpower to avoid tempting foods, learned new eating habits and were generous enough to share their experiences with us. In the end, Steve Herbetko lost more weight than he planned, but believes it will fluctuate within a reasonable range. Matilda Gennarelli is delighted to have achieved her goal weight just this week, and while Les Edward still has a few pounds to shed, he hopes to reach his desired weight in time for his June wedding.
March 17, 1988 |
It's hard to tell from its 27-2 record, but, according to coach Alonzo Lewis, Chester has been developing some bad habits lately. "Even though we won the district, we haven't been playing as well as we should be," Lewis said. "We've been having trouble, getting off to slow starts, and our offense hasn't been working as well as it should be. And when we do get a lead, we let up. We've been saved by our defense in a lot of games. " But Tuesday night, Chester managed to break all those habits and dismantled Easton, 90-56, at Strath Haven in the first round of the PIAA Class AAAA state playoffs.
March 19, 1998 |
He's on Time's list of America's most influential people. He's required reading at some Fortune 500 companies. Stephen Covey's book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, is credited with injecting hope and order into many untidy lives (not to mention millions into his tidy bank account). His book sits on my night table. Not that I've ever found time to read it. My wife, thanks to a training program at work, read a bit of it. She also got one of those "Covey planner" datebooks, the size and heft of an anvil, which supposedly enable the entropic spirit to ape the habits of the highly effective.
July 9, 1987
One bad thing about begging is that it's habit-forming. A few years of panhandling and crying broke usually creates a professional moocher. Maybe that's what's wrong with SEPTA - that and the fact that SEPTA's management has as much sensitivity and forethought as a boxful of frozen mushrooms. For years, a less-than-progressive state legislature failed to see the importance of mass transit. Instead of creating a predictable funding source, the state made each transit authority come hat-in-hand, showing how deeply it was in debt and how much it needed a little charity.
November 20, 1997 |
The Flyers have played poorly before, without getting Wayne Cashman nearly half as ticked as he was last night. But as Cashman stood in a gloomy Maple Leaf Gardens corridor and delivered a clenched-jaw harangue, he clearly had more on his mind than just a scattergun 3-1 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs. The thing is, Cashman can spot a trend. What he saw last night was a loss caused by careless, indifferent play that followed a Sunday victory over Tampa Bay in which the Flyers had to come from behind late against the NHL's worst team.
March 14, 1988 |
In her past three years of coaching basketball, Coatesville's Renee Talley has not had a single player foul out of a game. But in the course of a 68-65 overtime loss to defending PIAA AAAA champion Downingtown in a District 1 Class AAAA semifinal game Tuesday at Unionville, the Red Raiders proved that there is a first time for everything. And a second time. And a third. Three Coatesville starters - Lynn Rawls, Sonya Perry and Sacha Gaffney - fouled out of the contest, helping the Whippets come from behind in a game in which they trailed, 28-14, with 6 minutes, 33 seconds to play in the second quarter.