October 16, 2014 |
TEMPLE HAS WON four of its first five games, for only the second time since 1979. Last year, the Owls lost their first six, en route to a 2-10 season, in Matt Rhule's head-coaching debut. So how's it feel? "That's hard for me to say, because I wish we were 5-0," Rhule said yesterday. Good answer. Last week, he correctly said his Owls hadn't done anything yet, because the teams they'd beaten had one win each. On Saturday, they rallied in the fourth quarter to beat Tulsa, another one-win team.
August 26, 2014 |
The Phillies will use the final 32 games to find solutions, and they must know every revelation cannot be franchise-altering. A team on pace for 90 losses will improve in slow (sometimes painful) increments. That elevates a 32-year-old waiver claim with three quality starts against three contenders to exalted status. This summer, two of the worst teams in baseball jettisoned Jerome Williams. He has carved a successful home in the Phillies rotation, with eight more innings in a 7-1 win over St. Louis as the latest evidence.
August 17, 2014 |
At the end of a busy week, the Union chose to break up the lineup that had produced their best soccer of the season. The moves did not help in a 2-0 loss to the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium. The Union played their third game in seven days. Interim manager Jim Curtin's starting lineup took into account those weary legs. Both of the club's first-round draft picks this year made their Major League Soccer debuts. Andre Blake, the No. 1 overall pick, started in goal instead of Zac MacMath, who had played in every MLS game.
August 16, 2014 |
With their third game in seven days, the Union are banking on the adrenaline that has come from playing their best soccer of the season. So they hope to compensate for some tired legs when they visit the Houston Dynamo in Friday's Major League Soccer Eastern Conference game. The Union (6-8-9, 27 points) are tied for the fifth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot. Houston (6-12-4, 22 points) is just five points behind the Union with a game in hand. And the Dynamo will be more rested, although they did have to travel to Seattle on Sunday for a 2-0 loss to the Sounders.
August 8, 2014 |
ONE PITCHER went around the clubhouse for a healthy heaping of handshakes and hugs. Jonathan Papelbon asked if he could tag along to join a first-place team. Another was still in Toledo, Ohio, around lunchtime before hearing he was wanted on the mound in South Philly that night. Roberto Hernandez was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers yesterday afternoon, in exchange for two minor league players to be named later. Since Hernandez was scheduled to start last night against the Astros, Sean O'Sullivan had to figure out a way to get from Toledo to Citizens Bank Park in a few short hours.
June 20, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - The same night the Phillies were shut out for the seventh time in a span of 27 games, one of their former eighth-round draft picks made his introduction to Major League Baseball. A 93 mph fastball was deposited into Minute Maid Park's home bullpen, a bat was flipped and a rebuilding Houston Astros organization experienced a dose of validation. Jon Singleton, the heralded first-base prospect who the Phillies surrendered in the 2011 trade that brought them Hunter Pence, is now 15 games into his budding big-league career.
May 23, 2014 |
Anjanea Williams loved children and dreamed of owning a day-care center before she was fatally shot outside a deli in Camden. Williams, 20, was an innocent bystander, waiting for food in January 2011 when she was caught in the middle of a gunfight. Six months earlier, the alleged shooter, Taurean Houston, had been bailed out of jail by his family, which posted $8,000 - a fraction of the $175,000 bail set for a charge of attempted murder. The case is one example highlighted in an 82-page state report, released Wednesday, that calls for changes in the bail-bond system to end "questionable" practices.
May 16, 2014 |
TEMPLE'S baseball team, in its last regular-season weekend, is going down with a fight. The Owls knocked off No. 16 Houston, 4-1, yesterday at Campbell's Field in Camden. Temple (14-29, 9-13 AAC) clinches a bid in the American Athletic Conference Tournament next week in Clearwater, Fla. Matt Hockenberry (5-5) allowed only three hits, a walk and one unearned run while striking out four in six innings.
April 23, 2014 |
Its top speed is 35 m.p.h. It has less horsepower than a lawn mower. Nevertheless, the bright-red, fiberglass-paneled contraption in a Swarthmore College basement is very much a race car - in a race to use as little energy as possible. The svelte, three-wheeled vehicle is headed to Houston this week to compete among 125 entrants in the Shell Eco-marathon Americas. Proud of your hybrid's gas-sipping economy? Take a backseat. Some of the cars in the running can achieve thousands - yes, thousands - of miles per gallon of gasoline.
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.