May 22, 2015 |
Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said he improved his crowded defense and its speed Wednesday by signing free-agent Yevgeni Medvedev, a three-time KHL all-star in Russia. The 6-foot-3, 187-pound Russian will be playing in the NHL for the first time after spending his career in the Russian Elite League and the KHL. He is regarded as a strong-skating two-way defenseman, and Hextall is banking on his making a quick adjustment to the smaller NHL rinks. "We just felt with the size, the mobility, the skating, that we upgraded our group here," said Hextall, who said Medvedev has the ability to play on the power play and penalty kill.
March 6, 2015 |
For the newest Flyer, Radko Gudas, life is good. The rugged defenseman, acquired along with first- and third-round draft picks in the deal that sent Braydon Coburn to Tampa Bay, is healing after knee surgery, is expecting his first child (a girl) in two weeks, and is being reunited with his longtime friend from the Czech Republic, Jake Voracek. "I'm happy to be on a team that wants me," he said Wednesday after arriving at the team's practice facility in Voorhees. "It's always exciting to be a part of something new. " Gudas, 24, who said his father (Leo, a onetime Calgary draftee)
December 31, 2014 |
REDISCOVERING HER strength in slalom, Mikaela Shiffrin became the most successful U.S. skier in the discipline yesterday in Kuehtai, Austria. Shiffrin, 19, racked up her 10th career slalom win, beating the records set in the 1980s by Tamara McKinney and on the men's side by Phil Mahre , who both had nine wins in ski racing's most technically demanding event. "I wasn't thinking about that today," Shiffrin said. "Somebody mentioned it and I was like, 'Ha, that is very cool.' I had no idea.
October 27, 2014 |
This article has been corrected. A previous version misspelled the name of Mirka Knapkova as Irka Knapkova. Kjetil Borch, a single sculler from Norway, saw the richest prize in his sport close to his grasp Saturday on the Schuylkill - and then he found out the Schuylkill had a little more adventure left for him. Out in front of the reigning world singles champion, with the reigning Olympic champion also in range, and a $10,000 first prize...
June 25, 2014 |
Second part in a series previewing the top prospects coming to Philadelphia for this week's NHL draft . MAKING HIS way to Madison Square Garden in New York 2 weeks ago to take in his first-ever NHL game - and Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final, at that - Leon Draisaitl was surprised to see the number of Rangers shirts and hats lining the street. In his native Germany, the streets are filled with soccer paraphernalia. "It's all about soccer," Draisaitl said with a laugh.
February 10, 2014 |
Representing their countries has special meaning for the five Flyers who will compete in the Sochi Olympics, but it has extra significance for two of the participants: wingers Jake Voracek and Michael Raffl. The first time, you see, is usually the best. Voracek, representing the Czech Republic, and Raffl (Austria) are rookies to the Olympic Games. "This is what every kid dreams of, and it's going to be very exciting," Voracek said. "Since I was a kid, I was watching the Olympics on TV, the best players in the world . . . so this is really something.
November 8, 2013 |
By the time Jakub Voracek was born, his father already had dared to defy an evil regime's reach for the sake of his family's freedom. In 1988, Miloslav Voracek sneaked out of his home in Kladno, Czechoslovakia, and embarked on a treacherous journey, riding a train to the border and hiking for two days through the forests of Austria until he reached a friend and fellow defector in West Germany. He remained there for six weeks, plotting a way for his wife and daughter to join him, until he returned home after coming to a prescient realization - that things would change for the better soon enough, that the Soviet Union's empire and influence were doomed to crumble.
September 17, 2013 |
In the first women's major played in continental Europe, Suzann Pettersen beat teenage star Lydia Ko of New Zealand by 2 shots to win the Evian Championship on Sunday and clinch the second major title of her career in Evian-Les-Bains, France. It was her first major since the LPGA Championship in 2007, and her second straight tournament win after the Safeway Classic this month. This was the first year that Evian counted as the fifth and final major of the year on the women's calendar.
July 11, 2013 |
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Injured Louisville guard Kevin Ware could be back on the court by October. Cardinals coach Rick Pitino said yesterday that he's encouraged by Ware's rehabilitation, which recently has included riding a stationary bicycle. Ware broke his right leg in a gruesome incident during Louisville's regional final victory over Duke and his injury became a rallying point in the Cardinals' run to their third NCAA title. "He's just riding the bike and you can almost see from the X-rays the bone healing," Pitino said.
July 3, 2013 |
LONDON - Grand Slam tournaments bring out the best in Sloane Stephens, the last American singles player still around at the All England Club. The 17th-seeded Stephens, who will play for the Freedoms this month in World TeamTennis, reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals Monday with a 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 win over 19-year-old Monica Puig of Puerto Rico. Stephens made a run to the Australian Open semifinals in January and a second-week appearance in the French Open in June. At Roland Garros, she reached the fourth round before losing to 2012 champion Maria Sharapova.