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.
January 17, 2012 |
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.
November 6, 2012 |
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.
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.
March 6, 2012 |
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.
December 24, 2012 |
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.
March 15, 2013 |
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.
December 7, 2012 |
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.
February 16, 2013 |
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.
May 7, 2013 |
Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie married Philadelphia resident Tina Lai in a private ceremony this weekend. Lurie, 61, announced last July that he and Christina Weiss Lurie were getting divorced after 20 years of marriage. Lai will have no official role in the Eagles organization. The wedding was attended by family and close friends. "I am happy and excited as Tina and I begin our lives together," Lurie said in a statement. Lai, 39, is from a family that owns restaurants in Philadelphia, including the Vietnam Restaurant in Chinatown and the Vietnam Cafe in University City.