January 18, 2015 |
The Flyers' problems - which include two straight shutout losses and injuries to three key players - don't look quite so bad compared to those of their opponent Saturday night, Buffalo. The Sabres are scary bad. They lead the league in several dubious categories, including most goals allowed (157), fewest goals scored (82), goal differential (minus-75), and losses (28). Buffalo (14-28-3) will take a nine-game losing streak into the game against the visiting Flyers (17-21-7), who have not scored in 144 minutes, 59 seconds.
January 31, 2014 |
BOSTON - With his dad, a high school coaching legend in the New England area, looking on, 76ers coach Brett Brown no doubt would have loved to design a game-ending play where everything went right and a layup at the buzzer sealed the win. That ending was there to be had and Brown did do a good coaching job at the end. But there was no expert drawing of plays. Instead, he let his team figure it out on its own. And after Michael Carter-Williams grabbed a defensive rebound with 10.7 seconds to go, he handed it off to Evan Turner who broke down defender Jerryd Bayless and deposited a tough pull-up three-footer to give the Sixers a 95-94 win over the Boston Celtics to improve to 15-31.
August 13, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - An announced crowd of 32,355 showed up to Nationals Park yesterday for the finale of a series featuring two teams that were heated rivals contending for division supremacy just 15 months earlier. The Phillies and Nationals are not contending teams in 2013. Both entered the season's final 7 weeks with losing records. But in rolling to a relatively easy three-game sweep of their NL East foes to the north, Washington continued to look like a team with a promising future while the Phillies looked like a dead team walking.
March 30, 2013 |
The contrast only makes it worse. A year ago, the Flyers eliminated their bitter rivals from Pittsburgh in the first round of the playoffs. The year before, the Flyers went one round further than the Penguins. The year before that, the Flyers went all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals. On Thursday, Penguins fans woke up to news that their first-place team had acquired future Hall of Famer Jarome Iginla in a late-night trade. Iginla joined winger Brenden Morrow and defenseman Douglas Murray, brought in as Pens general manager Ray Shero loads up for a run at the Cup. Flyers fans?
January 1, 2013 |
Whether they're up on the details of the fiscal cliff or not, people in the Philadelphia area on Sunday knew this: They were bugged at lawmakers for not working together to fix the problem. "It's a bunch of crap," Jim Waters, 48, of Lindenwold, said. "These people are supposed to be working for us. That's not what's happening. " Waters was among a throng of shoppers Sunday at the Cherry Hill Mall. As lawmakers in Washington tried and failed Sunday to solve the crisis and despite fear of an economic free fall should the impasse continue, the mall parking lot was full, and many stores had lines at the registers.
November 7, 2012 |
NEW ORLEANS - Anything can happen now. Anything except a merciful end to this still just half-finished Eagles season, that is. Given a chance to get their playoff quest back on track last night, one day after everybody else in the NFC East lost, the now 3-5 Eagles sank to previously unexplored depths. In the wake of the players-only meeting, after Michael Vick vowed to get back to aggressive play, after all the discussion of how the New Orleans Saints had the worst statistical defense in the NFL, the Eagles stank out the Mercedes Benz Superdome, losing 28-13, their fourth setback in a row. How deep is the crater this morning?
October 21, 2012 |
His face popped up on the screen and you were struck with this thought: Cap'n Andy is wearing his years. Out on the range, they would say he looks like he's been rode hard and put up wet. So whatever became of that apple-cheeked, roan-maned, walrus-mustached, naive NFL wannabe? Fourteen years, that's what. Fourteen years of family turmoil and unspeakable tragedy to endure with grace and courage. Fourteen years of palace intrigue and ruthless purging in the darkened hallways of Fortress NovaCare.
October 10, 2012 |
ROSWELL, N.M. - Extreme athlete Felix Baumgartner canceled his planned death-defying 23-mile free fall Tuesday because of high winds, the second time this week he was forced to postpone his quest to become the world's first supersonic skydiver. The former military parachutist from Austria had planned to ride a pressurized capsule carried aloft by a 55-story, ultrathin helium balloon into the stratosphere, and then jump in a specially designed suit. But high winds led to the decision shortly after 11:30 a.m. to abort.
October 9, 2012 |
ROSWELL, N.M. - Experienced skydiver and extreme athlete Felix Baumgartner hopes to take the leap of his life Tuesday, attempting the highest, fastest free fall in history. If he survives, the man dubbed "Fearless Felix" could be the first skydiver to break the sound barrier. The 43-year-old former military parachutist from Austria is scheduled to jump from a balloon-hoisted capsule 23 miles above Roswell on Tuesday morning. He wants to break the record set in 1960 by Joe Kittinger, who jumped from an open gondola at an altitude of 19.5 miles.
September 2, 2012 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - The free fall down an elevator shaft that has defined the Penn State football program since last November went a few floors deeper on Saturday, when the Nittany Lions opened their season at home with a loss to Ohio University of the Mid-American Conference. The question is when will the Lions hit the bottom of the ride, or if there even is a bottom for the near future. Maybe things aren't really that bleak - it was only one football game played with a lot of new players for a brand-new coaching staff and system - but Penn State will have to play a complete game, and win, before the worst case is proved not to be the actual case.