March 10, 2011 |
TORONTO - Like the colorful flags that hang outside most major league ballparks to depict the day's standings, the Flyers have a whiteboard just feet from their dressing room at their Voorhees practice facility, a constant reminder of the sacrifice it takes to remain on top. For the NHL, it might as well be a Wheel of Fortune board. The colors - and teams - can move from top to bottom from night to night. Take, for instance, Los Angeles. Terry Murray's Kings entered last night's action in eighth place in the Western Conference.
November 1, 2012 |
Who will be No. 2 in the NBA's Eastern Conference this season? The defending champion Miami Heat are prohibitive favorites as long as LeBron James stays healthy and hungry, but after that there appear to be several candidates, including the 76ers, for that second spot. Anything can happen in a long NBA season, so Miami will have to do more than show up, but if Dwyane Wade comes back strong after offseason knee surgery, Chris Bosh remains healthy after last season's abdominal injury, and newcomer Ray Allen still has the shooting touch at the age of 37, then Miami will be difficult to dethrone.
April 9, 2013
Phil Kessel scored twice to lead the host Toronto Maple Leafs to a 4-3 win over the New York Rangers on Monday night to open an important home-and-home series between the Eastern Conference rivals. Toronto remained fifth in the Eastern Conference standings, moving four points ahead of idle Ottawa. The Rangers remain tied with the idle New York Islanders for seventh in the Eastern Conference. Also in the East: The host Boston Bruins topped the Carolina Hurricanes, 6-2, and moved one point ahead of Montreal in the Northeast Division.
April 7, 2013
Matt Martin scored the go-ahead goal with less than seven minutes left in the third period, and Evgeni Nabokov made 19 saves to lift the playoff-hopeful Islanders to a 4-2 victory over the visiting Lightning on Saturday night. The Islanders started the night in eighth place in the Eastern Conference and kept pace in their drive for their first postseason appearance since 2007. Michael Grabner and Josh Bailey also scored, and Andrew MacDonald added an empty-net goal. Devils fall Rookie Leo Komarov and Tyler Bozak scored, and the Maple Leafs extended the reeling host Devils' losing streak to six games with a 2-1 victory.
July 21, 1993 |
The Flyers have released the schedule for their first season in the new Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference, and, as you might expect after expansion and realignment, it looks a little different. Under the old format, the Flyers competed against five other Patrick Division teams for four playoff berths. This season, the Flyers will be among 14 Eastern Conference teams competing for eight playoff berths. Instead of playing divisional teams seven times each, as was the old norm, the Flyers now play each Atlantic foe five times, and each team from the Northeast Division - the other component of the Eastern Conference - four times.
August 30, 2013
AGENDA Who: Montreal at Union When: Tomorrow, 7:30 p.m. Where: PPL Park, Chester TV/Radio: CSN/None. About the Union: The Union (10-8-8), in fourth place in the MSL's Eastern Conference, is looking to rebound from a 5-1 loss to New England in Foxboro, Mass., last Sunday . . . Jack McInerney leads the team with 10 goals . . . The Union lost the last meeting with the Impact, 5-3, on May 25 in Montreal. About the Impact: Montreal (12-7-5), top team in the East, shut out Houston, 5-0, last Saturday . . . Marco Di Vaio leads the team with 15 goals.
March 8, 2012
Pascal Dupuis scored twice and had an assist, and the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied at home to beat the slumping Toronto Maple Leafs, 3-2, on Wednesday night for their seventh consecutive victory. Jordan Staal added a goal and an assist to extend his points streak to a career-best six games and rookie Brad Thiessen stopped 22 shots. The Penguins started the day by unveiling a statue honoring Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux outside Consol Energy Center. The three-time MVP, now the team owner, watched from his box as Pittsburgh won for the 11th time in its last 12 home games to strengthen its hold on fourth place in the Eastern Conference.
April 20, 2013
Rick Nash had a goal and an assist in the first period, and Ryan Callahan had a pair of assists as the New York Rangers hung on to eighth place in the Eastern Conference with a 6-1 home victory over the Florida Panthers on Thursday night. Derick Brassard and Nash both scored power-play goals, with help from Callahan in the first, and Mats Zuccarello found the net for the second straight game to give the playoff-hopeful Rangers their sixth win in nine games (6-2-1). New York's lackluster, 4-2 loss at the Flyers on Tuesday had allowed Winnipeg to get even in points in the tight Eastern race.
October 29, 2014
THE FIFTH season of Philadelphia Union soccer concluded yesterday, another stoppage-time goal allowed signifying the end of a 10-12-12 campaign. A tap-in by Columbus midfielder Bernardo Anor negated a late equalizer and sent the visiting Union out with a 2-1 defeat at Crew Stadium. The Philly club finished the season with 42 points, four fewer than last year and five fewer than the fifth-place New York Red Bulls, in missing the postseason for the fourth time in 5 years. For most of its season finale, the Union played from behind, Jairo Arrieta's 13th-minute goal marking the game's lone score for more than 80 minutes of play.
August 24, 2013 |
Union team manager John Hackworth said there will be a "playoff feel" when his team visits the New England Revolution in Sunday's Major League Soccer game at Gillette Stadium. Don't be surprised if he makes that comment quite a bit between now and the end of the regular season in the last week of October. Entering the weekend, the Union (10-7-8, 38 points) remained just one point out of first place in the Eastern Conference, where five teams will make the playoffs. The Union, however, are also just five points ahead of the sixth-place team, which happens to be the Revolution.