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March 7, 2013
The host Chicago Blackhawks set a franchise record with their 10th consecutive victory and extended their points streak to 29 games with a 5-3 win against the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night. Bryan Bickell scored twice in the first period and Patrick Kane added a big goal in the third as Chicago (20-0-3) remained the only team in the NHL without a regulation loss. It also snapped a tie with the 1977-78 Montreal Canadiens for the second-longest points streak in league history. Elsewhere: Eric Fehr scored 37 seconds into overtime and the host Washington Capitals rallied from a three-goal, first-period deficit to beat the Boston Bruins, 4-3. . . . Radek Martinek scored the tiebreaking goal eight minutes into the third period and the host New York Islanders handed Montreal its first regulation loss in nearly a month with a 6-3 victory.
SPORTS
January 17, 2012 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
HENRIK ZETTERBERG scored the first of Detroit's three goals in the opening period and the Red Wings broke a franchise record with their 15th straight home victory, 5-0 over the Buffalo Sabres last night. It is the longest single-season winning streak by an NHL team at home since 1976 when the Flyers won 20 in a row to match a league mark set by Boston during the 1929-30 season, according to STATS, LLC. The Red Wings won 14 straight at home in 1965. Detroit's Jimmy Howard made 27 saves for his fifth shutout this season and NHL-high 27th victory.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 6, 2012 | BY CHRISTY LEMIRE, Associated Press
LOS ANGELES - It's the question we've all been pondering from the second we heard that three more "Star Wars" movies were planned: Who will direct them? When George Lucas announced last week he was selling Lucasfilm to Disney for $4.05 billion, he also revealed that the long-rumored Episodes VII, VIII and IX were in the works. Instantly, fans began tossing around names of directors who'd be a good fit for this revered material. So let's call this a wish list, a wouldn't-it-be-cool list.
SPORTS
April 30, 2013
'C LAP YOUR HANDS, everybody, for the Delaware 87ers. " On Saturday the 76ers announced the completion of the purchase of a franchise for the NBA Development League, to be called the Delaware 87ers, which will play games at the Bob Carpenter Center on the University of Delaware campus. The team nickname refers to 1787, the year Delaware became the first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. "The creation of the Delaware 87ers is an important milestone in our quest to ensure that the Philadelphia 76ers are viewed in all respects to be a world-class and cutting-edge NBA franchise," said managing owner Josh Harris.
SPORTS
March 6, 2012 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
IT PAYS to play a skill position in the NFL, like New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees, or receivers Wes Welker and Dwayne Bowe. It also pays to be a kicker, as five placekickers and one punter were given franchise tags, protecting their current teams from losing them without compensation. The NFL's deadline for applying the tags was yesterday afternoon, and a late flurry saw 10 players added to the list. In all, 21 players were tagged. Only Brees, the 2011 Associated Press Offensive Player of the Year, was made an exclusive franchise player, meaning he is not free to sign with another team.
BUSINESS
September 2, 2014 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Columnist
Among many enlightenments realized from the controversy over the "Speak English" sign at Geno's Steaks was this: The cheesesteak experience in Philadelphia is a situational one, varying from vendor to vendor and griddle to griddle. Now comes a former financial planner whose goal is to bring consistency to the recipe - with a franchise. At Wit or Witout? - Philly-speak for whether you want onions - gentility in addition to high-quality products will be served in sun-splashed, roomy dining areas, says Tony Altomare, the man behind what is now a two-store chain (in Mayfair and Red Lion)
SPORTS
December 24, 2012 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Washington Redskins closed the 2011 season with a 34-10 loss at Lincoln Financial Field that left them at 5-11, their fourth straight last-place finish in the NFC East. Their starting quarterback was Rex Grossman. Their future appeared bleak. Redskins coach Mike Shanahan made a bold move in March when the franchise surrendered three first-round picks and a second-round pick to move up four slots in the draft so it could select quarterback Robert Griffin III. It looked like a hefty price, but it gave the Redskins the opportunity to draft the most valuable asset in the NFL: a franchise quarterback.
SPORTS
March 15, 2013 | BY MARK PERNER, Daily News Staff Writer pernerm@phillynews.com
20th in a series of 25 Setup: The 76ers sign ABA star George McGinnis to a 6-year, $3 million-plus contract, bringing a struggling franchise the superstar it needed to become successful again. Without the signing of McGinnis, it is doubtful owner Irv Kosloff would have been able to sell the team to Fitz Dixon and highly doubtful the Sixers would have been attractive enough to lure Julius Erving a year later. It's the summer of 1975 and the Sixers, coming off a 34-48 season, were in need of a franchise player, a player to help them escape the tag of "NBA Doormat," and also fill up the seats at the Spectrum.
SPORTS
December 7, 2012 | BY MARK PERNER,, Daily News Staff Writer pernerm@phillynews.com
Sixth in a series of 25 THE SETUP: The Sixers were coming off a 6-year freefall in which their victory total dropped each season. The franchise was on life support and it needed an infusion of vitality. Enter Pat Croce. WHEN IT came to being a pro sports franchise president, Pat Croce was a neophyte. Oh sure, he proved that he was one hell of an entrepreneur, turning his physical therapy business into a $40 million pay day. But his strengths were his boyish charm, his charisma and his persistence.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 16, 2013 | Reprinted from Thursday's editions. By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
When the first Die Hard came out - yes, 25 years ago - Bruce Willis, armed with wisecracks, weaponry, and the boom and bluster of Beethoven's Ninth , helped redefine the action genre. It seemed as though every other movie released during the next decades begged comparison: Die Hard on a train, Die Hard on a boat, Die Hard at the yoga retreat. And the formula - the tough Joe (or John, as in John McClane) with the snappy comebacks and the big guns, going solo against swarms of terrorists and madmen - was amped up and expanded upon.
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April 11, 2015 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
More than a quarter of Comcast cable subscribers in Philadelphia are dissatisfied with their service, according to a long-awaited report released by the city as it prepares to negotiate a multiyear franchise agreement with the telecommunications giant. Mayor Nutter said the city will press Comcast Corp. to improve those numbers, and will seek a dramatic increase in broadband access across the city. Specifically, he called for Comcast to provide free broadband in underserved neighborhoods and high-speed broadband capacity at libraries and other key locations.
BUSINESS
March 31, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Nick Bayer, now 37, went to college, he had no idea what he wanted to do. Business, industry, finance - each internship served to eliminate those as possibilities. "I remember Sunday nights were the most depressing nights for my family, because my parents had to go to jobs they didn't really like," Bayer said. "I didn't want to have a depressing Sunday night every week. "I wanted to love what I did. It dawned on me that the only way to really do that was to create something for myself.
SPORTS
March 4, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles didn't use their franchise tag on wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, as expected, or any other player for that matter. They had until a 4 p.m. Monday deadline to use to either the franchise or transition tag designation on one of their free agents. Maclin, who had a career year last season, was the only likely candidate. The receiver tag was worth $12.82 million for the 2015 season. The Eagles have been negotiating with the 26-year-old Maclin on a long-term contract for some time, but now have only until next Tuesday to work out a deal before he hits the open market.
SPORTS
March 3, 2015
The Eagles have until Monday at 4 p.m. to designate the franchise player tag, which they could use on a pending free agent such as wide receiver Jeremy Maclin to effectively keep him off the open market. If the Eagles tagged Maclin, the wide receiver could sign the tender for about $12.8 million guaranteed. Outside linebacker Brandon Graham is the Eagles' other top free agent. The franchise tag number for linebackers is about $13.7 million. Those salaries are greater than the annual compensation either player would likely draw with a long-term deal.
BUSINESS
February 23, 2015 | By Jeff Gelles, Inquirer Columnist
Free the Phillies! Free the Flyers! Free the Sixers! Fat chance, you say? Maybe so. But that goal tops my wish list for this year's franchise-renewal negotiations between Philadelphia and its richest corporate citizen: loosening Comcast Corp.'s unfair and damaging grip on most of Philly's big-league sports scene. Like the frog who thinks he's just basking in a warm bath, we Philadelphians have gotten poached without ever quite acknowledging it. We love our home teams - even when they're as maddeningly mediocre as the recent Flyers and Phillies, or as bafflingly managed as today's Sixers.
SPORTS
January 5, 2015 | BY ED RENDELL, For the Daily News
IN THE WINTER of our discontent, Philadelphia sports fans desperately search for the slightest bit of good news. I'm sad to report there wasn't much in 2014, and our prospects for 2015 look only slightly better. But ever the optimist, I decided to cheer us all up by naming the 10 best sports moments in Philadelphia during 2014. There is probably no better example of how low we've sunk than the fact that I can come up with only eight (two of which are only "good" in a gallows humor sort of way)
SPORTS
December 22, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
LANDOVER, Md. - Zach Ertz set an Eagles franchise record with 15 catches Saturday in a 27-24 loss to the Washington Redskins. The second-year tight end was a central part of the game plan and was targeted 18 times. He also finished with a career-high 115 yards. "I would take one catch - zero catches even - for a win," Ertz said. "I hate . . . losing and it's really tough to be in this situation right now. " Ertz broke the record held by Brian Westbrook (2007) and Don Looney (1940)
SPORTS
December 1, 2014 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
All of those losses, in what is now the worst start in franchise history, had already dazed the 76ers. So after punching themselves with four early fourth-quarter turnovers, they simply had nothing left. The Sixers' Saturday night ended in franchise infamy, with a 110-103 defeat at the hands of the Dallas Mavericks for their 16th straight loss to begin the season. The Sixers passed the 1972-73 squad, which dropped its first 15 games. "We are focused on getting better, but you can't dodge something like this," rookie power forward Nerlens Noel said of the record.
SPORTS
November 28, 2014 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
The 76ers made franchise history Wednesday. Well, they tied it, at least. A 99-91 loss to the Brooklyn Nets at the Wells Fargo Center was the Sixers' 15th straight to open the season, tying the organization's all-time worst start. These Sixers joined the 1972-73 squad in reaching the dubious record. That team went 9-73 to set the NBA's futility mark. But this season's squad gave Brooklyn (6-8) a scare before Kevin Garnett's clutch plays. With his team clinging to a 90-89 lead, Garnett made a foul shot with 1 minute, 13 seconds remaining.
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