September 16, 2016 |
The first play in the Eagles' season-opening win on Sunday was a handoff to Ryan Mathews. The final four offensive plays were also handoffs to Mathews. Those accounted for five of his 22 carries - the second-highest total he's had in a game since 2013. Mathews finished with 77 rushing yards and one touchdown, which came when Doug Pederson kept calling running plays for him near the goal line in the fourth quarter. Mathews didn't need to look to the sideline to see if DeMarco Murray was coming into the game.
September 10, 2016 |
It's a clash of South Jersey champions. It's a clash of power programs. It's a clash of styles, too. "I'm just hoping," Timber Creek High school football coach Rob Hinson said of his team's season-opening game at Delsea on Friday night, "that we have the ball last. " Timber Creek is the defending South Jersey Group 4 champion. The Chargers are No. 3 in the Inquirer preseason Top 25. They like to pass. Delsea is the defending South Jersey Group 3 champion. The Crusaders are No. 5 in the rankings.
September 9, 2016 |
WHETHER OR NOT the Eagles are right about Carson Wentz being "ready," in the wake of their decision to trade Sam Bradford to Minnesota, it's a fact that this time last week, the starters were already preparing for Sunday's opener against the Browns, and Wentz was not. Wentz is not where he would be if the plan all along had been to get him ready to start Week 1. This detail was hammered home Wednesday, when Eagles coach Doug Pederson told reporters...
September 9, 2016 |
IT IS the season of endorsements, but rarely does anyone get behind an unproven candidate with this level of fervor. It's the sort of endorsement that can make or break the endorser. Frank Reich essentially painted rookie quarterback Carson Wentz as a can't-miss prospect. Wentz, who started just 23 FCS (I-AA) games. Wentz, who got just 39 preseason snaps before he broke his ribs. Wentz, the No. 2 overall pick, who was supposed to carry a clipboard for a season or two so Sam Bradford could show him how it's done.
August 28, 2016 |
It appears to have been a seamless transition to new Temple offensive coordinator Glenn Thomas, but that doesn't mean there won't be differences in offensive philosophy. Thomas arrived at Temple last season as the quarterbacks coach after spending the previous seven seasons as an Atlanta Falcons assistant. While he still coaches the quarterbacks, he was promoted to offensive coordinator when Marcus Satterfield was hired in the offseason as head coach at Tennessee Tech. "The transition has been great," Thomas said after practice Friday.
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.