August 15, 2016 |
THE FIRST TWO kickoffs in the Eagles' 17-9 win over the Buccaneers on Thursday landed a few blades of grass shy of the goal line. On the first, Kenny Bell fumbled Caleb Sturgis' kick at the 16-yard line. On the second, Donteea Dye returned Cody Parkey's kick to the 25-yard line. All that mattered to special teams coach Dave Fipp was getting Tampa Bay's returners out of the end zone. In the offseason, the NFL changed the way it handles touchbacks on kickoffs. Instead of a touchback bringing the ball to the 20-yard line, the offense starts at its own 25-yard line, a 25 percent increase in field position.
February 27, 2016 |
Flyers winger Jake Voracek said the team's season-long, six-game homestand will "define whether we're going to make the playoffs or not. " It started encouragingly Thursday as goalie Michal Neuvirth and three unlikely goal-scorers led the Flyers past the Minnesota Wild, 3-2, at the Wells Fargo Center. Neuvirth made a spectacular diving save with 2.6 seconds left to rob Charlie Coyle of the game-tying goal. The play, which was ruled "no goal" on the ice was reviewed, and it was determined that replays showed the puck did not cross the goal line.
January 12, 2016 |
LANDOVER, Md. - This gaffe was not as egregious as the one DeSean Jackson made as a rookie wide receiver for the Eagles in 2008. Jackson lost what would have been his first NFL touchdown when he celebrated too early and flipped the ball behind him at the 1-yard line. After a challenge by the Dallas Cowboys, what was initially called a touchdown was overturned. It was an embarrassing lesson for Jackson but not costly to the Eagles because they scored a touchdown on the next play.
September 10, 2015 |
It was minutes after the Pennsbury boys' soccer team dropped its season opener to Father Judge last week, and Justin Chapuis was already thinking about how he could have prevented the two goals from ending up in the back of the net. The senior center back blamed his fitness - he wasn't yet in midseason form - for the first Judge goal. In a few more weeks, he added, he would be able to run back and stop the ball before it crossed the goal line. You can forgive Chapuis and the rest of the Pennsbury back line for thinking every game should be a shutout - it is what they are used to, after all. Father Judge's two tallies were the first the Falcons had given up in a while.
March 30, 2015 |
When the epitaph on the Flyers' frustrating season is written, it will read: Fell out of contention because they could not beat non-playoff teams late in the season . It happened again Saturday afternoon as San Jose, which will miss the playoffs for the first time since 2003, scored a 3-2 shootout win at the Wells Fargo Center. Brent Burns won it on a backhander in the fifth shootout round. The Flyers have lost 10 straight (0-6-4) against teams not in a playoff spot when they met. "I don't think we put enough pucks on the net today," said Jake Voracek, who had two assists but fell two points behind Sidney Crosby (78 points)
January 19, 2015 |
BUFFALO - The Flyers avoided what would have been a dubious franchise record - being dealt three straight shutouts - as they overcame a listless first period and outlasted lowly Buffalo, 4-3, at the First Niagara Center on Saturday night. "It was needed, for sure," said fourth-line left winger Chris VandeVelde after giving the Flyers the lead for good with a third-period goal. "We dropped a couple and had some ugly games there. It's good to bounce back, and hopefully we can build some momentum and get on a streak here.
November 29, 2014 |
Quakertown couldn't seem to get a touchdown. The Panthers had first and goal from the 2-yard line, second and goal from the 1, and first and goal from the 7. Each of those series ended with no points. But on their fourth try, they got in the end zone. Quarterback Alec Vera scored on a 1-yard run on second and goal to give host Quakertown an 8-7 win over Pennridge on Thursday in the 85th Thanksgiving battle between the rivals. Although this is the first time the Panthers have emerged victorious on Thanksgiving since 2008, it's the second time they've topped the Rams this season.
October 13, 2014 |
LeSean McCoy was ready. It was late, the game was on the line, and he wanted the ball. But his number wasn't called, and he seethed. "Yeah, I was hot. I mean, who wouldn't want the ball?" McCoy said. "I wasn't [angry], but I thought I was getting it. " While the running back's reaction may seem like a reversal from statements he made this past week, the pivotal moment in question wasn't the Eagles' late-game decision to go with Darren Sproles over McCoy against the Rams last Sunday.
October 5, 2014 |
The Coatesville offense looked toward the sideline and awaited the fourth-down call. The student section chanted, "Go for it. Go for it. " There were less than three minutes left in Friday night's 15-9 win at Downingtown East in a Ches-Mont National football game. The Red Raiders trailed by two points and had thrown three straight incomplete passes. "Punt team," Red Raiders coach Matt Ortega hollered. Quarterback Jordan Young remained on the field. He doubles as the team's punter.
March 13, 2014 |
ON A collision course with Martin Brodeur after being pushed by Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov, Scott Hartnell had a better view than any replay could provide. He is certain what he saw - and felt. "The defender was right on me. He was the one who made contact with Brodeur first. He put all of his weight on me," Hartnell said. "You can look at it 100 times. I'm pretty sure 100 out of 100 times, it's a goal. " The puck was already in Brodeur's pads. Hartnell made contact with Brodeur, propelling the puck across the goal line - as Wayne Simmonds and 19,967 fans roared for what was to be the game-tying goal.