March 28, 2014 |
HOUSTON - Where the 76ers are right now is obvious; look no further for proof than last night's 26th consecutive loss, which tied the NBA record. Where they want to go was almost as easy to see, also, in those Rockets, who won the game, 120-98. And one of the engineers of Houston's turnaround was Sam Hinkie, now the president and general manager of the Sixers. Following three straight seasons without making the playoffs, the Rockets were able to land James Harden in a trade with Oklahoma City and sign him to 5-year contract.
March 27, 2014 |
TAMPA, Fla. - A work in progress. That's the best way to describe Mike Adams after a couple of minor league outings and, after a scoreless inning in the Phillies' 6-0 win over the Yankees last night, one Grapefruit League appearance. But Adams showed plenty of promise that he will be able to help the Phillies' bullpen at some point in April. "Overall, it went real well," Adams said after his first appearance against rival major league hitters since June. Adams made it through an inning without allowing a run, striking out Mark Teixeira looking at a backdoor cutter for the final out of his frame.
March 24, 2014 |
For 17 years, Scarlett Glueck suffered for love. Her sinuses felt like they were packed with fiberglass, she had trouble breathing, her eyes watered, and rashes regularly bloomed on her skin. The 55-year-old homemaker from Horsham never suspected that her cat, Furball, was the source of all this misery. Not that it would have made a difference. "I loved him," Glueck said. "He was a member of our family. " Allergists have a joke about cat owners, said Robert Anolik, an asthma and allergy specialist in Blue Bell.
March 23, 2014 |
AFTER MAKING a few trips to Sweden to watch him, work with him and track his development, the Flyers couldn't wait to get their hands on second-round pick Robert Hagg. Just a few days after Hagg's season ended with MODO in the Swedish Hockey League, the Flyers announced yesterday that they had come to agreement on a 3-year, entry-level deal to bring the 19-year-old defenseman to North America. Hagg was selected 41st overall in 2013, behind first-round pick Samuel Morin. Hagg will arrive in the United States on Monday and report to the AHL's Adirondack Phantoms for the final 15 games of their season.
March 14, 2014 |
THERE ARE THOSE who think the Buffalo Bills are cursed. They've gone to four straight Super Bowls and lost them all. They haven't made the playoffs since a wild-card loss in January of 2000. The last time they won a postseason game was in 1995. And did we mention O.J. Simpson? This week the Bills, like every other NFL team, had high expectations going into free agency. That was before the "Curse" returned in the form of an ugly four-letter word: Snow. Mother Nature dropped a boatload of the white stuff on Buffalo, (up to 19 inches was predicted by storm's end)
March 13, 2014 |
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - You'll forgive Dalton Pepper for only bringing two pair of boxer shorts to Memphis for a nearly weeklong trip. His heart wants this to be an extended stay, but his luggage suggests otherwise. "I usually bring two pair of underwear and two pair of socks on every trip," Pepper chuckled. "I pack the same way on every trip. " Except this is no ordinary expedition. In fact, it's likely the last of Pepper's college career. Temple is in Memphis searching for a miracle.
March 13, 2014 |
Until now, hospitals have largely dealt with Clostridium difficile , a bacterial infection that bedevils vulnerable patients in health-care settings, by attempting to prevent it with intensive disinfection or treating it with antibiotics. Temple University Hospital is trying something new: a vaccine. Temple is among 200 sites in 17 countries that are testing a new vaccine produced by Sanofi Pasteur in Swiftwater, Pa. The Phase III clinical trial, known as Cdiffense, aims to recruit up to 15,000 adults.
March 11, 2014
T IFFANY WADE, 29, of Cheltenham Township, is CEO of Kissess LLC, a company that makes "F--- CANCER" apparel, with the "C" in "F---" replaced by a breast-cancer-awareness ribbon. Wade, a divorced mother of two daughters and a registered nurse, started the apparel line a year ago, shortly before her hairstylist's mother died of breast cancer. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for the company? A: I've been an RN for 10 years and worked at Hahnemann [University Hospital]
March 10, 2014 |
ALL OVER the nation, people are yearning for spring and the upcoming baseball season. In most major league cities, people are filled with high hopes that their team can win it all. Even in cities where their team had a miserable record in 2013, they are thinking about, as Harry Kalas sang to us, that ant and that rubber tree plant. They are defiant in the face of the experts' dire predictions for their teams, telling themselves they can be 2014's version of the 2013 Red Sox. But in the one big-league city, there are no high hopes.
March 9, 2014 |
On the second of three consecutive nights off this week, Sixers coach Brett Brown watched the Spurs-Heat game on Thursday. A former San Antonio assistant, Brown marveled at the Spurs' 22-point victory in an NBA Finals rematch. It made Brown nostalgic. It also made him envious. "It's not so much what did I have; it's this is what I want," Brown said. "This is what I want to help create. Because you see a team that plays as a team first. . . . That's what you hope to bring to this city.