April 21, 2014 |
A security guard escorted Houston defender Kofi Sarkodie up the tunnel in PPL Park's River End. The Sons of Ben leaned over the railing and banged their palms on top of the tarp-covered walkway. It was the 82d minute of the Union's scoreless draw with the Houston Dynamo on Saturday, and the 17,301 fans in Chester smelled blood. Sarkodie had just been disqualified for his second yellow card, and the Union would finish with a man advantage for the second straight game. And for the second straight game, they could make nothing of it. The Union did not even put a shot on target in the 14 minutes they played with an extra man. They left the field to restless boos after extending their winless streak to six games.
March 18, 2014 |
PITTSBURGH - Special teams contributed mightily as the Flyers swept a home-and-home weekend series from the Pittsburgh Penguins. Pittsburgh took the league's best power-play (24.8 percent success) into Sunday, but went 0 for 4 with the extra man and allowed a shorthanded goal to Matt Read in the Flyers' 4-3 victory. In Saturday's 4-0 Flyers win, the Penguins were 0 for 5 and also surrendered a shorthanded score to Read. "I think Lappy did a great job of video scouting," said center Sean Couturier, referring to assistant coach Ian Laperriere, "and we were well-prepared.
January 24, 2013 |
'IT'S A mathematical game," Chip Kelly was saying. He was talking about the extra man a defense can put in the box near the line of scrimmage, and the quarterback's ability to read that extra man and control him. But the Eagles' new coach was talking about more than that. You ask him about playing fast, one of his trademarks at Oregon. A lot is involved - a conditioning element for the players, a drastic shortening in what has been the typical verbiage involved in calling plays, and more.
November 1, 2011 |
PETER NOWAK has a penchant for trying new things - on the fly. His latest shocker came Sunday in the first of a two-game aggregate conference semifinal against Houston when he tried this latest formation: the 5-3-2. There have been a host of different lineups and formations from the Union manager during the course of his MLS coaching career. To his credit, many of them have proved successful. But this one, designed to provide an extra body on defense, threw many for a loop.
April 1, 2011
THE FIRST DAY of any war is always the best day. The Rebs were gonna lick the Yankees by Christmas. The Kaiser would review the troops in Paris before the first frost of 1914. The Brits would fold in 1940. Baseball would kneel before the Phillies' Phab Phour. Every ruler was convinced God was on his side. There are no casualties on the first day. But Sherman got it right: War is hell . . . The first day of the 2011 baseball season, almost certain to be a long war of attrition, is now. The Phillies will fire the first shot of the 162-game marathon with one arm tied behind their backs.
August 20, 2010
The Extra Man . Directed by Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman. With Paul Dano, Kevin Kline, Katie Holmes, and John C. Reilly. R (sexual content). 1 hour, 48 mins. Playing at: Ritz at the Bourse. Louis Ives (Paul Dano), a pale question mark of a young man, has newly arrived in New York, seeking the life of a bookish gentleman. Right off the bat, he finds an unlikely role model: Henry Harrison (Kevin Kline), an older fellow and would-be playwright who lives in a squalid apartment, cadges free meals while squiring elderly society matrons, and is given to such pronouncements as "My great opus was stolen by a Swiss hunchback!"
August 20, 2010 |
The extra man in "The Extra Man" turns out to be Paul Dano, playing the lead character but woefully overshadowed by a scene-stealing Kevin Kline. Kline is at his eccentric, theatrical, comedic best here playing Henry Harrison, an escort for (very) elderly socialites. Harrison, an apparent blowhard, claims to be a playwright who lost his way when his masterwork was stolen by a mysterious, jealous Belgian. He now devotes his creative energies to the art of attending to elderly and near-dead widows at social functions.
February 25, 2010 |
Needing inspired basketball from now until the snow thaws, the 76ers delivered a below-average performance last night. And against the Phoenix Suns, below average resulted in a 106-95 loss at the US Airways Center. The Suns set screens every which way. They ran their flex offense with patterned creativity and built a second-half lead of as many as 22 points. The Sixers (22-35), struggling in the halfcourt but effective in free-flowing, quick-hit plays, cut that lead to as few as 11 in the fourth quarter but never threatened further.
February 20, 2006 |
When the U.S. hockey team left for the Olympic Games, it apparently forgot to pack its power-play unit. The decision not to invite Brian Leetch, one of the NHL's all-time power-play specialists, came into focus yesterday as the Americans lost, 2-1, to Sweden at Torino Esposizioni, going 0 for 5 with the man advantage, including two lengthy five-on-three situations. The Americans are 4 for 25 on the power play in these Olympics. The U.S. team (1-2-1) still figures to advance to the quarterfinals based on goal differential.