December 29, 2014 |
CODY PARKEY'S first NFL season began in May in Indianapolis, where it didn't take a rocket scientist to figure out he was a longshot to make the Colts, who feature a future Hall of Fame placekicker in Adam Vinatieri. Seven and a half months later, the undrafted rookie out of Auburn enters Week 17 five points shy of breaking the NFL's rookie scoring record (144 points, by the Bears' Kevin Butler in 1985), as well as the Eagles' single-season scoring record. This week, he this week was named a first alternate for the Jan. 25 Pro Bowl, meaning he is two New England playoff wins from replacing the Pats' Stephen Gostkowski and joining five of his teammates on a trip to Glendale, Ariz.
October 29, 2014 |
GLENDALE, Ariz. - Mychal Kendricks didn't look much like the dominant inside linebacker who began the season for the Eagles, and afterward, Kendricks acknowledged the calf muscle he strained in Week 2 against the Colts is not fully healed. "I'm not 100 percent, no," Kendricks said after playing mainly in dime packages against the Arizona Cardinals, in a 24-20 Eagles loss. He declined any further analysis, on the grounds that "I tried to diagnose myself the first time, I said 'spasm' . . . I don't want to lead people the wrong way. " Though the Eagles never said so, it seems pretty obvious Kendricks suffered a Grade II calf strain in Indianapolis, something that usually takes 4 to 8 weeks to come back from.
August 27, 2013 |
JACKSONVILLE - I went back to the Marriott Sawgrass Hotel this past weekend for two reasons. They had a really cheap rate, for a resort hotel (hey, Florida in August, they should pay you to go there), and because this was the team hotel for Super Bowl XXXIX. The Eagles allowed a small group of beat writers to stay with them, chronicling the week that ended up being the high-water mark of the Andy Reid-Donovan McNabb era. If I was looking for ghosts from February 2005, I didn't find any. The hotel is in the process of a big renovation (another reason for the rate)
April 10, 2013 |
AMANDA KESSEL scored the winner early in the third period and the United States beat Canada, 3-2, in the gold-medal game of the women's world hockey championship on Tuesday in Ottawa. The sister of Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel moved in on a two-on-one and roofed a shot over goalie Shannon Szabados at 3:09 of the third. Brianna Decker and Megan Bozek had the other goals for the U.S. team, which got two assists from Kendall Coyne . Courtney Birchard and Caroline Ouellette scored for Canada.
April 6, 2013
Top-ranked Serena Williams ended a long and successful day for the Williams family as she and sister Venus both won twice Friday in Charleston, S.C., to reach the Family Circle Cup semifinals and set up their first sibling showdown since 2009. Serena won her 13th straight match by defeating sixth-seeded Lucie Safarova , 6-4, 6-1. Earlier, she topped two-time NCAA doubles champ Mallory Burdette in a third-round match moved due to Thursday's 71/2-hour rain delay. Venus also had double duty, rallying past Varvara Lepchenko in three sets before ousting 18-year-old Madison Keys later on Billie Jean King Court.
March 7, 2013
The San Francisco 49ers said Wednesday they have released six-time Pro Bowl kicker David Akers after two seasons filled with record-setting highs and crushing lows. In two seasons with the 49ers, Akers connected on 73 of 94 field-goal attempts and all 78 extra points. In 2011, he set NFL records with 44 field goals made and 52 attempted. And last season, he tied the league mark for the longest field goal, scoring from 63 yards in the opener at Green Bay. But Akers, the Eagles' placekicker from 1999 to 2010, made just 29 of 44 attempts last season.
March 7, 2013 |
SIX-TIME Pro Bowl kicker David Akers was released by the San Francisco 49ers Wednesday after two seasons filled with record-breaking highs and incredible lows. General manager Trent Baalke thanked Akers in a statement, calling the kicker a "true professional who represented himself and this organization with class. " Akers appeared in all 32 regular-season games and five playoff contests the past two seasons. He connected on 73 of 94 field-goal attempts and all 78 extra points.
February 1, 2013 |
NEW ORLEANS - The last Super Bowl that David Akers played in, his evening ended in desperation, Akers blooping an onside kick that was easily recovered by the Patriots' Christian Fauria late on a breezy night in Jacksonville, after the Eagles took way too long to score a crucial touchdown. Akers, one of five San Francisco 49ers who has played in a Super Bowl, professes not to remember much of that. He certainly doesn't want to chew it over. Asked about that game ending in controversy, he smiles.
January 31, 2013 |
NEW ORLEANS - David Akers once set an NFL record for consecutive field goals made in the postseason. But the 49ers kicker's troubles in the playoffs over the last several years, compounded by his inefficiency this season, have placed the spotlight directly on the onetime Eagle as he prepares to play in his second Super Bowl. Akers' struggles this season have been well-documented. He has missed 15 of his last 38 field-goal attempts dating from Week 3, and clanked a routine 38-yarder off the left upright in the NFC championship game.
January 26, 2013 |
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Coach Jim Harbaugh isn't the only one endorsing David Akers as the 49ers' kicker for Super Bowl XLVII, even if Harbaugh's vote counts most. All three kickers from the 49ers' five Super Bowl-winning teams are pledging support, too, for the former Eagle. "No way they should make a change. Dave's a great kicker," Ray Wersching said earlier this week by phone from his San Carlos home. "If I had an opportunity to talk to him, I'd tell him he's not just good but great.