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March 10, 2011 | By Frank Seravalli
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.
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November 1, 2012 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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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.
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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.
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July 21, 1993 | by Les Bowen, Daily News Sports Writer
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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August 24, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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June 15, 2015 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Columnist
I didn't leave my heart in San Francisco. The Philadelphia Warriors, without my consent, took it there. For me, the Warriors' sudden and unexpected departure for California in 1962 was a sting as sharp as death's. And while healing came with time, wisdom did not. I didn't understand the move then, and, 53 years later, I still don't. This week, seeing and hearing the Warriors' name so often during these 2015 NBA Finals, I had to wonder again why my beloved basketball franchise abandoned me. If, as we like to believe, Philadelphia is a basketball town, then the Warriors should have been a bedrock civic institution, like TastyKake or the Museum of Art. Instead, despite an unusually successful history, a hometown superstar who happened to be the world's greatest player, a supporting cast teeming with Philadelphia talent, and attendance that was average at worst, they left.
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June 6, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
It might seem like a difficult task to play three soccer games in an eight-day span, but Union coach Jim Curtin can't wait for his team to return to the field. And he won't have much time to wait either. Fresh off Wednesday's 3-0 win over the visiting Columbus Crew, the Union play host to New York City FC during Saturday's 7 p.m. Eastern Conference Major League Soccer game at PPL Park. This is the finale of the three-game stretch, which began with last Saturday's 2-1 loss at the Eastern Conference's first-place team, D.C. United.
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May 22, 2015 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Sports Columnist
HERE'S WHY I don't understand horse racing: If someone offered me $20 million (or more) for my horse's breeding rights, that pony would already be rolling in the hay. And even if the Belmont and a Triple Crown wooed me to race one more time, I certainly would cash my ticket and walk away from the window after that. Then again, I'm no Ahmed Zayat, the owner of American Pharoah, who said this week he plans to race his colt past the Belmont until the end of the racing season. This is a guy who has flirted with bankruptcy, and is currently being sued by a convicted bookmaker for a $1.65 million debt.
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April 12, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Amid all the publicity surrounding the Union's goalkeeper change, left forgotten is that the team is still looking for its first win of the Major League Soccer season. The big news this week has been that Northeast Catholic and La Salle University product John McCarthy will replace slumping Rais Mbolhi and make his first MLS start in Saturday's 4 p.m. game against New York City FC at PPL Park. The Union are 0-3-2 but their saving grace is that nobody is running away in the Eastern Conference.
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February 27, 2015 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
MILWAUKEE - Bucks coach Jason Kidd called the addition of Michael Carter-Williams, who was dealt by the 76ers to Milwaukee last Thursday, as "the start of the process of us moving forward. " The Bucks, who had the worst record in the league last season at 15-67, four games worse than the Sixers, are in the thick of the playoff race in the Eastern Conference with a 32-25 record. They are doing it even without injured Jabari Parker (torn ACL), who they got with the second overall pick.
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February 13, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
COLUMBUS, Ohio - With their next four games against NHL lightweights Columbus and Buffalo, the Flyers have a chance to inch closer toward the last Eastern Conference playoff spot. Columbus (23-26-3), which is 14th in the 16-team Eastern Conference, will be the tougher opponent. The Flyers are 1-1-1 against the Blue Jackets this season, and 1-0 against the Sabres (16-36-3), who are last in the NHL with 35 points. "We can't worry about who we're playing or who other teams are playing," said captain Claude Giroux, whose team plays in Columbus on Friday and in Buffalo on Sunday.
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January 29, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
The player who might best represent the 76ers' boldest break from their past is having himself a hell of a run, no matter how few people might be noticing it now. Last week, the International Basketball Federation named Dario Saric its European Young Player of the Year, honoring him with the award for the second time, providing another measure of validation to the Sixers' decision to trade for Saric's rights during last year's NBA draft and allow him...
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January 14, 2015 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Brett Brown easily notices the change in his team's attitude when it picks up a win here and there, but the coach does not lose sight of reality. After winning two games in a row for just the second time this season and three of their last four games, the 76ers (7-29) have a tough week ahead against the best that the Eastern Conference has to offer. It begins with a home game Tuesday against Atlanta (29-8), owner of the best record in the Eastern Conference. Then the Sixers will travel to Atlantic Division leader Toronto (25-11)
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November 8, 2014 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
76ers coach Brett Brown was more than complimentary when asked about Chicago on Friday evening, as his team was about to meet the Bulls at the Wells Fargo Center. "I rate them the best team in the East," Brown said. "And I think I do that early with respect to a lot of others. But that's my opinion. " Bulls point guard Derrick Rose, missing the game with sprains in both ankles, prevented an honest assessment of these two Eastern Conference clubs' matchup in their first meeting this season.
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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.
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