June 10, 2015 |
THE EAGLES' story lines this spring are all about gambles. Chip Kelly is gambling on Sam Bradford's left knee and DeMarco Murray's durability and Jordan Matthews' upside and his own ability to oversee not just the execution of X's-and-O's, but the selections of Jimmys and Joes. The biggest gamble, though, might be where he has chosen not to wager, and not to upgrade. There are no significant additions this spring to an Eagles offensive line that got pretty banged up a year ago and struggled even when intact, an offensive line that clearly did not live up to its billing as a team strength when last season began.
June 8, 2015
A$AP Rocky At.Long.Last.A$AP (RCA ***1/2) Harlem rapper and part-time fashion model gets trippy on A.L.L.A. , the surprisingly psychedelic follow-up to 2013's Long.Live.A$AP. The album mourns the January death of producer A$AP Yams and moves on in style with collaborations with Mark Ronson, Danger Mouse, and Kanye West, as well as Joe Fox, the homeless Brit singer-guitarist whom Rocky met outside a London studio who is his new BFF. Rocky (real name Rakim Mayers)
April 24, 2015 |
VU THE PHONG raises pigs on a small farm in northern Vietnam about 200 miles east of Hanoi, close to the Chinese border. But if all goes well with his visa application, Vu will be raising his voice with millions of other Catholics in Philadelphia this September for the World Meeting of Families and Pope Francis' visit. "In [Vietnam] there is no big events," Vu wrote in an email to the Daily News . "Today, members of the family need times together to understand, sympathy . . . Therefore, WMOF is the place [for]
April 20, 2015 |
Luz Carabello, her husband, and their two children left Camden last May and moved into their new home in West Deptford. But Carabello, a Camden native who lived in the city for most of her life, never considered taking her son and daughter out of Camden's St. Joseph Pro-Cathedral School. Carabello, 30, was the first member of her family to graduate from high school and college. Now an emergency-room nurse at Inspira Medical Center in Woodbury, she said she owed her success to Camden's Catholic schools.
April 13, 2015 |
The rocky cliff platform looked perilous from below, and even more perilous when I stood on it. My wife, Christina, my two teenage kids from a previous marriage, and I had arrived by cruise ship in Bermuda that morning - a happy occurrence as 48 hours earlier, we'd been expecting a trip north from New York to St. John, Newfoundland. Hurricane Arthur, however, had other plans, creeping up the East Coast early last July. Carnival Cruises made the eleventh-hour decision to take us southeast instead, ahead of the storm, to the pink sands of Bermuda.
April 3, 2015 |
Today is Part 2 of the Daily News' four-day preview of the upcoming Phillies season. The question we attempt to answer today is, "What is the team's biggest current concern?" Staff predictions are also included. Part 1 was a discussion of the simple question: How exactly did the team get where it is today, seen by most as the worst team in baseball? Part 3 is in Daily News Weekend. It is a profile of one of the team's legitimate hopes for the future, third baseman Cody Asche, along with some rankings of the Phillies' farm system and prospects.
March 27, 2015 |
PHOENIX - So the last piece of Louis Vuitton luggage has been carefully trundled out of the Frank Lloyd Wright-influenced Arizona Biltmore hotel lobby into the last chauffeured Bentley; the 2015 NFL meetings are over, and for Eagles fans, the highlight was that both Jeffrey Lurie and Chip Kelly spoke. What did we learn? Nothing earth-shattering. Both the team chairman's Tuesday session and the coach's hourlong appearance at the NFC coaches' breakfast yesterday yielded valuable nuggets of new information, they filled in some blanks and buttressed some notions.
March 7, 2015 |
Justin De Fratus, baseball player. That was his identity. De Fratus was pretty good, too. The Phillies drafted him in 2007, and he excelled in the minor leagues. The righthander was considered one of the team's top pitching prospects. Then a right elbow strain in March 2012 cost him the first five months of a season in which he hoped to transition from prospect to major leaguer. The injury, he said, led to an identity crisis: Who are you and what are you supposed to be in this world?
February 11, 2015 |
MONTREAL - The Flyers say they are confident that veteran goalie Ray Emery can pick up the load while Steve Mason recovers from his latest injury. Mason is sidelined indefinitely, and general manager Ron Hextall said Monday he would not have an update on the goalie's condition until Tuesday. Hextall did not respond to a text about a Comcast SportsNet report that Mason would undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. In the second period of a 3-1 win Sunday in Washington, Mason had to be helped to the locker room after suffering what appeared to be a knee injury.
February 10, 2015
A COLUMN that starts by quoting Voltaire is likely to get serious. So here goes. The 18th-century French philosopher is credited with saying, "Faith consists in believing what reason cannot. " Well, Gov. Wolf is asking for serious amounts of faith. And doing so despite what reason (and experience) tells us about Pennsylvania, Land of Low Expectations. This underpins his actions and agenda. It might be his greatest challenge. Can he make us believe? Last week, he announced a new Governor's Office of Transformation, Innovation, Management and Efficiency to save tax dollars and improve government.