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December 12, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles signed safety Jerome Couplin off the Detroit Lions' practice squad to fill the roster spot that opened when they cut Roc Carmichael on Tuesday. Couplin, who is 6-foot-1 and 215 pounds, played eight games for the Lions this season and had two tackles. He went undrafted in May out of William and Mary. "Big, tall safety," coach Chip Kelly said. "We think he's got potential. The only way you can get a guy like that is you have to add him to your active roster. " Couplin does not yet have a specific role, and the signing appears to give the Eagles a prospect to evaluate for the future.
SPORTS
December 11, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles heard the insults from some Seahawks after their 24-14 loss to Seattle on Sunday, but they were not going to trade barbs. The players know how poorly they played. Quarterback Mark Sanchez, who passed for only 96 yards, was on the receiving end of defensive end Michael Bennett's humor. After sacking Sanchez and recording two tackles for a loss, Bennett told USA Today: "You need to tell the Philadelphia police that they need to put an [APB] out, because Sanchez is out there trying to impersonate a good quarterback.
NEWS
December 8, 2014 | By Tom Avril and Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writers
Vandals set fire to a giant wooden sculpture of the town's namesake bird early Saturday morning in Phoenixville, barely 16 hours before it was to have been burned in a ceremony at the borough's annual Firebird Festival, officials said. But taking their cue from the mythological lore of the phoenix, volunteers rallied to rebuild a smaller version of the winged figure in time for the annual event. The replacement wooden phoenix was ignited shortly after 8 p.m. Saturday while hundreds watched, despite the daylong rain.
SPORTS
November 28, 2014
ARLINGTON, Texas - It is not exactly a thankless job, playing defensive end in a 3-4 defense, but it is not exactly a glamour position, either. You spend much of your life trying to tie a rope around some mammoth guard on the other side of the line of scrimmage so that one of the linebackers can make the tackle. In pass-rushing situations, well, most of the sacks go to the guys on the outside while you attempt to crash the pocket and move the quarterback off his spot and into their waiting hands.
SPORTS
November 21, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
WHEN EXAMINING the entire 10-game sample size, the Eagles' pass rush is clearly much improved from a year ago, the defense's 33 sacks just four shy of the total it amassed all of last season. But in the aftermath of Sunday's blowout loss to the Packers, a game in which the Eagles' front seven failed to effectively pressure Aaron Rodgers, those tasked with hounding the opposing quarterback could use a bounce-back performance. "When we look at film, there's a lot of stuff we could have done better," outside linebacker Brandon Graham said.
SPORTS
November 11, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
MARK SANCHEZ won his first start as an Eagle, yet the quarterback was largely irrelevant on a low-stress, bask-in-the-glow kind of night, one dominated by Bill Davis' defense – and by the Carolina Panthers' haplessness. Halftime of last night's 45-21 Eagles victory arrived with the home team ahead, 31-7, even though the offense could claim only one solid scoring drive. The Panthers turned it over three times in the first 28 minutes, one of them an interception Bradley Fletcher ran back for a touchdown.
NEWS
November 11, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A JURY yesterday acquitted three men accused of conspiring to lie to federal authorities in a case that involved birds, a bridge and an illegal immigrant. As the jury forewoman read "not guilty" verdicts, the mother and sister of lead defendant Nikolaos Frangos wept in the gallery, and Frangos thrust his arm forward in a cheer. His attorney, Bill DeStefano, said after the verdicts: "These guys did not do anything wrong or illegal. It's a shame they had to suffer through this trial.
SPORTS
November 10, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
ON LAST WEEK'S Fox broadcast of the Eagles and Texans, Chris Polk was described as running "angry. " LeSean McCoy agreed with that description of Polk, when it was relayed to him. "I would say so - that whole, 'Arrrhh!,' head down . . . He runs hard," McCoy said. "That's the only way I know how to run," Polk said as the Eagles prepared for tonight's encounter with the Carolina Panthers. "It's not that I'm angry. I just like to take what the defense gives me. So, you know, I just hit it and get it. " If you met Polk away from the field, you probably wouldn't guess he was a football player, and you almost certainly wouldn't guess he was a power back.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 1, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
New Queer Cinema cult hero Gregg Araki's incursion into mainstream film, which began with the 2007 stoner comedy Smiley Face , continues with White Bird in a Blizzard , an enjoyable, if uneven, adaptation of Laura Kasischke's coming-of-age novel about a teenage girl whose mother vanishes into thin air. The film is set in bourgeois suburbia in the 1980s, a world Araki has mocked and assaulted with his wonderfully punk-infused, sexually adventurous...
NEWS
October 28, 2014 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
Like most people with big weekend plans, David La Puma was watching the weather forecast. It looked perfect: a cold front, followed by northwest winds. Perfect for the birds, that is, and the humans who watch them. Both flocked to Cape May for New Jersey Audubon's fall festival, an annual event that began 68 years ago amid post-World War II ebullience, and that contributes a bundle to the local economy. This year's outing began Friday and ended Sunday. Several thousand birders - often with binoculars plastered firmly to their faces - attended the three-day event, which included field trips, lectures, demonstrations, and an exhibit hall full of the best binoculars and scopes money can buy. On what had to be some of the most glorious days of the fall, people scoped southbound seabirds that soared over the ocean off Avalon Point, where counters log nearly a million birds every fall.
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