April 18, 2014 |
IT HAS been a short but tough stretch for manager John Hackworth and the Union that soon will be complete. Tomorrow at 4 o'clock, Philadelphia (1-2-4) will wrap up its stretch of three games in 8 days when it hosts the Houston Dynamo (2-3-0) at PPL Park. The Union is coming off a 2-1 road loss against New York, the Red Bulls' first win of the season. Hackworth saw his team fade in the second half and attributes the fatigue to the team's difficult schedule early in the year. "It's awful tough," Hackworth said following his team's second loss of the season.
April 16, 2014 |
The home schedule came to a merciful close for the 76ers on Monday night, and it ended, fittingly enough, against another team that has struggled through a season dedicated to the future rather than the present. Both teams have one game remaining, but the rest of the league has already stopped paying attention. The Miami Heat and the Washington Wizards, the final opponents for the Sixers and Celtics, respectively, didn't bother to send scouts to Monday's game. The entire scouts' table was empty at the Wells Fargo Center, mute testimony that whatever needs to be learned about these teams has already been learned or is no longer necessary.
April 12, 2014 |
Hours before the smallest crowd to attend a game at Citizens Bank Park in more than six years watched the Phillies bumble toward another loss - this one by 6-2 to Milwaukee on Thursday - Ryan Howard wanted to correct misguided notions. There is no reason to panic, he said. It is too early. The proof, he said, was beyond the numbers. "We've had a couple of mistakes that have cost us games," Howard said before batting practice. "But in all actuality, we've actually played very well this year.
March 28, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Lefthander Cliff Lee completed a dominant performance in spring training Wednesday in his last start before his opening-day assignment. Lee allowed one run on six hits in five innings during a 1-0 loss to the Detroit Tigers at Bright House Field. "I have felt good the whole time, and spring training for me is over now and it is on to the real games," Lee said. "I am looking forward to it. " Lee will pitch Monday against the Rangers in Arlington, Texas. Although it's dangerous to get too caught up in spring-training statistics, Lee had a 2.55 ERA in 242/3 innings.
March 23, 2014 |
BUFFALO - It has probably been more than two decades, give or take a season, since the best player on the University of Connecticut's basketball team was a senior. That says something about the impatient nature of big-time college basketball - always willing to trade tomorrow's stability for the short-term fix of today's elite prep players - and it says something about UConn's ability under Jim Calhoun to successfully fish those waters. The streak is over, however, and that says something much more about Shabazz Napier, the 6-foot-1 senior point guard who led the Huskies in points, rebounds, and assists and was named the American Athletic Conference's first-ever player of the year.
March 11, 2014 |
IF SELECTION SUNDAY was yesterday, Villanova almost certainly would have been the No. 1 seed in the East. When the preseason Associated Press poll came out, the Wildcats had zero votes. After beating Georgetown, 77-59, Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center, Villanova completed one of the best regular seasons in city basketball history, going 28-3 and 16-2 in the Big East, sweeping the Hoyas for the first time in the Big East era while also beating them by the largest margin in that time.
February 28, 2014 |
Danny Granger got his wish. The 76ers negotiated a buyout of what's left of the forward's expiring contract on Wednesday, six days after he was acquired in a trade with the Indiana Pacers. Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie wouldn't disclose the buyout amount. Granger, however, was slated to receive around $4 million for the rest of the season. Assuming he clears waivers by 5 p.m. Friday, the 6-foot-9, 228-pounder can sign with a team of his choice. He is reportedly looking at championship contenders: the Miami Heat, Los Angeles Clippers, Houston Rockets, Chicago Bulls, and San Antonio Spurs.
January 7, 2014 |
MOORESTOWN Carved from a high school gymnasium built in 1934, the township recreation center will reopen Monday with a new look and many more programs after a $600,000 renovation. The three-story red-brick building was shuttered over the summer so the aging gym floor, air-conditioning, and mechanical systems could be upgraded. New offices and a police substation now occupy the upper floors. After a fire destroyed the Town Hall more than six years ago, officials had considered replacing the recreation center and adjacent town library as part of the rebuilding plan.
January 4, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Penn State athletic director Dave Joyner said he didn't see any clues in the weeks after the final regular-season game that Bill O'Brien would pursue an NFL coaching job because the Nittany Lions were always working on the future of the football program. That, however, changed over the weekend when news broke of O'Brien's interest in the Houston Texans coaching job. The Texans announced his hiring Thursday; he will be introduced during a news conference Friday in Houston.
January 2, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA Now it's the Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia. With the completion of a series of legal approvals, the Free Library's acquisition of the Rosenbach Museum and Library is done. The collection, housed in two townhouses at 20th Street and Delancey Place, was legally placed under the Free Library's authority as of Dec. 24, said Free Library lawyer Bruce K. Fenton. The acquisition proceeded without contest. The state Attorney General's Office last month waived its right to a filing in the petition for approval, and Orphans' Court Judge John W. Herron on Dec. 17 gave his approval to the deal without scheduling a hearing.