April 19, 2015
What: Wild-card game. Who: Cleveland Gladiators (2-1) at the Soul (3-0). Where: Wells Fargo Center. When: Saturday at 7 p.m. TV: ESPN2 Outlook: This is the first meeting between the teams since the Gladiators defeated the Soul in the opening round of last year's playoffs, 39-37, on a field goal as time expired. . . . The Soul lead the AFL in scoring offense (62.3), passing offense (326.7) and total offense (326.7). . . . Soul quarterback Dan Raudabaugh has passed for a league-high 22 touchdowns and just three interceptions.
April 13, 2015 |
Through an open door came the sound of labored, heavy breathing and groans as President Abraham Lincoln lay dying from a gunshot wound to the head. First lady Mary Todd Lincoln passed from the room into a hallway, moaning with inconsolable grief, "O, my God, and have I given my husband to die?" The long death vigil at the Petersen House in Washington unfolded before James Tanner, who'd been summoned to record the testimony of witnesses to the assassination at Ford's Theatre. Though not widely known, Tanner's shorthand and transcribed cursive from the night of April 14, 1865, and morning of April 15, 1865, survived and are kept in an acid-free box in a vault at the Union League of Philadelphia.
April 10, 2015 |
The 76ers' summer plans largely revolve around the comeback of center Joel Embiid, who has missed the season as he recovers from right-foot surgery. Coach Brett Brown continues to say that Embiid is making progress, but he would not commit on whether Embiid will play in the summer leagues. Brown said Wednesday before the game against the Wizards that Nerlens Noel will not play in summer leagues. As for Embiid, he has begun playing only two-on-two. The next step? "Three-on-three," Brown said to laughter, although he really wasn't joking.
April 10, 2015 |
Jeff Francoeur graciously jogged around second base and rounded third with ease. He stepped on home, raised his hands, and smiled. Francoeur's first home-run trot in nearly two years was almost complete. Francoeur, 31, did not solidify a roster spot until Sunday morning. A 4-2 Phillies win against Boston Wednesday marked his first start. His three-run homer in the sixth inning gave the Phillies their first runs of the season. It was the rightfielder's first home run since June 16, 2013.
April 5, 2015
Sunday at 10 p.m., Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena, Spokane, Wash. TV: ESPN3.com Last game: The Soul (1-0) got conformation that receiver Ryan McDaniel is fully recovered from his torn Achilles tendon injury last week as McDaniel helped the Soul to a 70-63 victory when he hauled in quarterback Dan Raudabaugh's pass in the final seconds of regulation to lead the Soul past Orlando. Outlook: This is the first meeting between the Soul and the Shock (0-1) since the 2012 season.
April 5, 2015 |
The rapid evolution of fantasy sports from casual season-long recreation to high-stakes daily Internet games has given U.S. professional sports another source of revenue as well as a headache in determining player-participation policies. Over the last year, all four major sports leagues signed sponsorship deals with daily fantasy websites through players, teams, or the league itself. They are now promoting a business that, while legal in most of the United States, resembles sports gambling because participants profit by correctly predicting success.
April 1, 2015 |
BRADENTON, Fla. - McKechnie Field's public address announcer instructed the fans to remove their caps. The national anthem was ready to be performed. That is when the nerves kicked in Monday. "Here we go," said Larry Eflin, his shaky right hand covering his heart. His son, Phillies pitching prospect Zach Eflin, stood below in the bullpen. Preparations were all but finished for Eflin's first game against major-league hitters. His father could only watch. Zach Eflin pitched the first three innings of an 18-4 Grapefruit League loss against Pittsburgh.
March 31, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez packed his bags Sunday morning and made the short walk from Bright House Field to the Phillies' minor-league clubhouse. The recipient of the most lucrative international contract in team history will again start a baseball season in the minor leagues. A dismal 141/3-inning sample size ensured Gonzalez a ticket to triple-A Lehigh Valley, where he will begin the season. This spring was different for the Cuban righthander but only for the fact that he was healthy.
March 29, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Brendan Ryan didn't get a long look at Aaron Nola from the batter's box, quickly ripping a double to right in his only at-bat against the Phillies' prospect in the third inning of yesterday's game. But he had a pretty good vantage point when Nola got into a groove against a New York Yankees lineup loaded with its regulars, including five former All-Stars. Ryan, a veteran of eight big-league seasons, stood on third base when Nola painted the lower outside corner of the strike zone with a 94-mph fastball to get Chase Headley to stare at a called third strike.