August 16, 2016 |
Adam Morgan returned to triple A last month as a pitcher who appeared to be losing his footing with the Phillies. He was being shuffled between the team's starting rotation and the bullpen. The lefthander lacked an identity, which he may have rediscovered in the minor leagues. Morgan excelled with the IronPigs, registering a 2.75 ERA in five outings before rejoining the Phillies on Sunday. But the game did not quite grant him the chance to showcase his growth, as he left the game in the fourth inning after being hit on the left arm by a line drive.
May 5, 2016 |
YOU KNOW it can't last. I know it can't last. So why were we sweating the ninth inning Tuesday night, with Mr. Imperfectly Perfect on the mound, after Hector Neris churned through the Cardinals' hitters in the eighth inning, after Aaron Nola threw a near-perfect seven innings before that, allowing only a game-opening double and an infield single? Why did it seem to matter so much, that 1-0 lead produced by, of all things, the feast-or-famine swing of Ryan Howard, a swing that already has won outright four games this season?
April 18, 2016 |
Close calls don't count in sports retailing, and that helps explain why it will soon be lights out for the Sports Authority store in Cherry Hill. The field is crowded - Dick's Sporting Goods (the 800-pound gorilla because of its scale), Modell's, REI, Cabela's, and Bass Pro Shops are among the players vying for the sporting dollar. There's also Schuylkill Valley Sports, an employee-owned firm with 18 stores in the Philadelphia region, and City Sports, an East Coast chain that tanked and is being revived by two Wharton-trained brothers.
April 10, 2016 |
The Flyers haven't made things easy on themselves. Though they still control their destiny in the Eastern Conference wild-card race, their three straight losses have left them with little margin for error - unless they get help from other teams. "It's in our hands," defenseman Mark Streit said after the Flyers' awful first period came back to haunt them in a 4-3 overtime loss Thursday to visiting Toronto, the NHL's worst team. The Flyers have two regular-season games left: Saturday afternoon against surging arch-rival Pittsburgh at the Wells Fargo Center and Sunday night in Brooklyn against the Islanders.
March 22, 2016 |
Union goalkeeper Andre Blake appeared to be extremely lucky during Sunday's 3-0 Major League Soccer League win over the New England Revolution when a Lee Nguyen 26-yard blast on a direct kick hit both posts. The one person who didn't feel it was good fortune was Blake himself, which gives a little insight into the confidence the third-year keeper and first-year full-time starter has in his ability. "Well, people normally say you're lucky when you hit the post, but for me, I don't really think that way because the post is not inside the goal - it's more like the ball hit the post and goes in - so you know it's not like it even saves you if it hits the post and doesn't go in," Blake said.
March 13, 2016 |
NEW YORK - You know the saying St. Joseph's folks like to go by, no need to repeat it. On Friday afternoon, the Hawks really put their mantra to a basketball test. They were still flapping but looked dead, down 16 points right after the half in the Atlantic Ten quarterfinals. They had just gotten to Brooklyn and it looked like they'd be right back on the Turnpike heading south, dragging along a three-game losing streak into Selection Sunday. In a basketball history that goes back over a century, St. Joe's hadn't had too many comebacks like Hawks fans saw at the Barclays Center, with stakes so high - down 16 in the second half, winning 86-80.
February 26, 2016 |
NBA GAMES used to be so much easier to officiate before the three-point line came into the league in 1979. Teams would have some capable outside shooters, but the main goal was to get the ball to the basket. If you were blessed with a dominating big man, that is where the ball mostly ended up. If you weren't, then getting in the paint other ways was the game plan. But gone are the days of dumping in the post and bullying to the basket. Offenses have expanded like Pablo Sandoval's waist, with teams spreading the floor wider and wider every year due to the influx of great shooters.
February 22, 2016 |
Del-Val coach Jason Harrigan painstakingly put together a game plan for the Public League championship game Saturday night against Constitution. Harrigan believed he had prepared his team for anything that could have possibly happened at St. Joseph's University's Hagan Arena. There was one scenario, however, he hadn't anticipated. Although four starters fouled out early in the fourth quarter, the Warriors held off the Generals, 84-74, to claim Del-Val's first Public League title.
February 15, 2016 |
After Villanova's Daniel Ochefu suffered a concussion in practice on Jan. 29, he didn't do anything on a basketball court for nine days and missed three games during that time. He returned to the lineup last Tuesday night following one practice after being cleared by doctors. But in his initial two games back, it's as if Ochefu never missed any time at all. On Saturday night, he established a career high with 25 points and pulled down nine rebounds to lift the top-ranked Wildcats to a 73-63 victory over pesky St. John's before a crowd of 18,052 at the Wells Fargo Center.
January 15, 2016 |
For the Flyers, Operation Playoff Push is gaining momentum. Getting third-period goals from Wayne Simmonds and Mark Streit, they recorded their fourth straight win Wednesday, jolting the Boston Bruins, 3-2, at the reverberating Wells Fargo Center. Simmonds and Streit scored on rebounds 1 minute, 22 seconds apart, lifting the Flyers to their sixth consecutive victory on home ice. The win moved them within two points of Boston in the crowded race for an Eastern Conference playoff spot.