January 12, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Penn State announced Saturday that it would introduce James Franklin as its 16th head football coach. Franklin, 41, a native of Langhorne, Bucks County, who is considered to be a rising star in the collegiate coaching ranks, will take over as head coach, succeeding Bill O'Brien. Penn State is expected to disclose the terms of Franklin's contract at the news conference, but ESPN.com quoted a source as saying that the deal could be worth up to $4.5 million per year.
January 12, 2014 |
Familiarity bred comfort for Ed Shockley. The Millville High School linebacker committed to Villanova on a football scholarship Thursday night for a variety of reasons: his relationship with the defensive coordinator, and his regard for the quality of the program and for the school's academic reputation. But Shockley cited another reason: Villanova's tradition of recruiting players from the Cape-Atlantic League. "I like the idea of going someplace where I'll know some people and where people from here have been successful," Shockley said.
January 7, 2014 |
NICK FOLES shares an NFL record, with seven touchdown passes in a single game. Donovan McNabb holds all the most significant Eagles' quarterback records. Randall Cunningham was billed as "The Ultimate Weapon. " Ron Jaworski led the Birds to their first Super Bowl appearance. Mike Boryla's place in franchise history may not be nearly as auspicious as those of Foles et al, but he can claim one distinction: He is the first Eagles player to write and star in his own play.
January 6, 2014 |
OVER THE YEARS, mayors in Chicago, Denver and Seattle have lost re-election bids after poorly handled snowstorms made their approval ratings look like this week's low temperatures. But Mayor Nutter yesterday let it be known that he welcomes the winter weather - at least when it can help the Eagles win a playoff game. "There are no fans like Eagles fans, in the greatest sports town in America, the city of Philadelphia, City of Brotherly Love, sisterly affection, snow, ice, rain - it doesn't matter!"
December 25, 2013 |
Hopefully, you've already played, and won, your league's championship. If you still have something on the line in Week 17, there's not much help available on the waiver wire. But here are a couple of recommendations anyway, along with one player who would look better in someone else's lineup. Catch 'em while you can James Starks, RB, Packers. Eddie Lacy was headed for a monster day until he reinjured his ankle in the third quarter against Pittsburgh. Starks filled in capably and could possibly draw the start in Week 17. He couldn't ask for a better opponent than the Bears' historically rancid run defense.
December 21, 2013 |
Here are my picks to roll, and get rolled, in Week 16 of the 2013 season. Watch 'em roll Jay Cutler, QB, Bears at Eagles. Let's face it. Philly knows how to rack up the points, but its defense is equally adept at coughing them up. Once Cutler got in stride against the Browns last week, he was terrific. It's hard to lose with Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery on your side, especially when the matchup is so favorable. Cutler will exploit it. DeMarco Murray, RB, Cowboys at Redskins.
December 20, 2013 |
HYPERBOLE would cheapen what St. Joseph's Prep quarterback Chris Martin accomplished this season. Just the facts should suffice. As the Daily News presents its 2013 All-City football team, the 5-10, 185-pounder is one of the four top honorees. All he did was return from a partially torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee to lead the Hawks to their first PIAA Class AAAA championship. Martin, the co-Catholic League Player of the Year, injured the knee in the AAAA city final, but returned in the state quarterfinals after missing two games.
December 19, 2013 |
A North Philadelphia youth football coach charged last month with raping two children is facing new assault charges, the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office announced Tuesday. Prosecutors say Leon Watson, 24, sexually assaulted three young boys who played on his neighborhood football team, the Little Vicks, and assaulted a mentally disabled man. Previously, Watson was charged with raping two other boys who played on the Little Vicks. And juvenile records obtained by The Inquirer last month show that he was arrested five times as a teenager for sexually assaulting relatives - including a 3-year-old girl and a 5-year-old boy. Prosecutors say the three boys involved in the latest charges often slept over at Watson's house and were assaulted in his home on the 2400 block of West Diamond Street.
December 19, 2013 |
LEON WATSON, the part-time youth football coach arrested last month for allegedly sexually assaulting two young brothers, has even more explaining to do. Yesterday, the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office arrested the North Philadelphia man anew, charging him with sexually assaulting three more boys and a mentally slow adult man. Watson, 24, of Diamond Street near 24th, was charged with rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and...
December 18, 2013 |
FINDING THE right college can be an arduous ordeal. Applications pile up, essays loom large and SATs come packed with pressure. And, after all of that you have to see the place, right? Well, after Germantown Academy quarterback Hayes Nolte spent his summer searching the East Coast for the right fit, the decision to commit to Cornell came easy. "It feels great," Nolte said. "It was a long process, and we looked at a bunch of different schools. It was a little frustrating and a little stressful at times, but I'm pumped I finally found a home and I'm excited that it's Cornell.