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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.
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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.
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.
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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.
SPORTS
May 7, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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March 17, 2014 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the 76ers decided to rebuild through the draft, everyone knew they would slip significantly. It was just a question of how far the tanking Sixers would fall. The answer is that the Sixers, two years removed from the postseason, are on par with one of the most infamous teams in sports history when it comes to consecutive losses. They suffered a 103-77 setback to the Memphis Grizzlies Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center. It was their 20th consecutive defeat, tying the franchise record set by the 1972-73 squad that finished 9-73.
NEWS
March 10, 2014 | By David Hiltbrand, Inquirer Staff Writer
Yo, Paulie, I hope this don't sound crazy or nothing, but I think I feel a song coming on. In the strangest pop crossover since Jerry Springer: The Opera, Rocky , the saga of the stumblebum boxer from Philadelphia, will open this week on the Great White Way. As a musical. But what brought this ungainly adaptation about? And why now - 38 years after the first film debuted? The project owes its life to the stubborn persistence of Sylvester Stallone, the creator and on-screen alter ego of Rocky Balboa.
BUSINESS
February 25, 2014 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Columnist
With winter's fury paralyzing this region again and again, the wisdom of Taria Avery's decision six years ago to chuck a 13-year career in international marketing became clear as ice. Not because she didn't have to travel anymore, but because it was difficult for pet owners to get around. What better way to sell the attributes of her new mobile pet-grooming business? "People are calling . . . saying, 'We can't get out,' " Avery said one morning last week when the Philadelphia area awoke to a few more mayhem-causing inches.
BUSINESS
January 29, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
The City of Philadelphia is asking residents to complete surveys on Comcast Corp.'s cable-TV services as it prepares to renegotiate a multiyear franchise agreement with the telecommunications giant. Printed copies of the survey are available in library branches and city-run "Keyspots," a network of public computing centers. Officials believe most people will complete them online at www.phila.gov/cablefranchises . The city informed residents of the survey through Twitter and Facebook, said Steven Robertson, chief of staff for the Office of Innovation and Technology, which is handling the franchise negotiations.
BUSINESS
January 29, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Comcast Corp. could acquire Time Warner Cable Co.'s New York cable-TV properties, along with other franchises on the East Coast, in a deal with Charter Communications Inc., according to sources in the industry. A deal would expand Comcast's market power along the I-95 corridor between Boston and Washington. Comcast, the nation's largest cable-TV company, already offers cable and Internet in Boston, Philadelphia and Washington. Charter declined to comment Monday. Comcast also had no comment.
SPORTS
January 7, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Is Nick Foles a franchise quarterback? It's a very simple question, but a complicated one to answer. Even Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie couldn't give an affirmative response after Foles led the league in passer rating and set an NFL record in touchdown-to-interception ratio. "I don't want to comment on any player, but how can you not be impressed with Nick, with everything he has accomplished, including tonight?" Lurie said immediately after the Eagles' 26-24 playoff loss to the Saints on Saturday.
NEWS
December 13, 2013 | By Julie Zauzmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Rich Ferns and Phil Stoops say they are so excited about their new business that they are jumping up and down, they mean it. They are the proud owners of a 21,000-square-foot room full of trampolines. Ferns and Stoops opened their first Sky Zone trampoline park in Glen Mills last month. They plan to open two more outposts of the national bounce house franchise in Levittown and Chalfont in the spring and summer, then expand to Philadelphia and South Jersey. Another owner already operates a Sky Zone in Oaks.
SPORTS
December 10, 2013 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
LeSean McCoy rushed for more yards in a game than any Eagles player in franchise history. Here are the five best franchise rushing performances:   LeSean McCoy   Dec. 8, 2013   Lions   217    Steve Van Buren   Nov. 27, 1949   Steelers   205    Duce Staley   Sept. 3, 2000   Cowboys   201    Wilbert Montgomery   Nov. 4, 1979   Browns   197    Steve Van Buren   Dec. 18, 1949   Rams   196   
SPORTS
November 28, 2013 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Nick Foles was 13 years old on Feb. 3, 2002, the day that the standard of excellence was established for a quarterback in his situation. He said he doesn't remember much about that NFL season or that day, beyond the basic details: Drew Bledsoe had been the New England Patriots' starting quarterback, and then he got hurt, and then he wasn't starting anymore. Tom Brady was. "The rest is history," Foles said Tuesday. He was talking a few hours after Chip Kelly had told him what everyone around the Eagles expected to hear soon enough: that even though Michael Vick's hamstring had healed, Foles would remain the team's No. 1 quarterback, barring injury, for the rest of the season.
SPORTS
November 20, 2013 | By Les Bowen, Daily News Staff Writer
MY PROBLEM here is Craig Morton. I'm trying to assess what's real about Nick Foles' stunning 3-week run to the top of the NFL passing stats, what this means for the long term. A lot of people now seem convinced that the Eagles will look no further for Chip Kelly's franchise quarterback, that Foles has settled the debate. That would be fine with me. I like Nick. But maybe you saw that stat Sunday, about how Foles' 3-week passer rating of 152.8 is the second-best such stretch in the NFL since 1960.
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