October 12, 2013 |
Midfielder Brian Carroll isn't very flashy and doesn't say too much, but he carries as much respect as any player in the Union's locker room. On Saturday, in the place where it all started for Carroll, he will reach a milestone by competing in his 300th regular-season Major League Soccer game when the Union travel to Washington's RFK Stadium to face D.C. United. The 32-year-old Carroll, who began his career with United, rarely shows emotion - but he admits this won't be an ordinary game.
September 18, 2013 |
TORONTO - With less than a minute remaining in a tied, meaningless exhibition game, one Flyer flew into the offensive zone and laid a hit on an unsuspecting Toronto defenseman. He stole the puck and tried to create a scoring chance as if it were Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final. Rudy Ruettiger would have been proud. Except, unlike Rudy, this player was not a longshot doing everything he could to catch the coach's eye. It was Max Talbot. "I was excited tonight like it was a regular-season game," said Talbot, who played in his first NHL game since March 31. "I think I was a little rusty in the first period, but after that, I thought I was a little better.
September 9, 2013 |
In the offseason, the Flyers landed the NHL's marquee free agent (hello, Vinny Lecavalier), bolstered their goaltending by signing Ray Emery, and improved their transition game by adding puck-moving defenseman Mark Streit. Those three players are the focal point of the New Flyers, who open training camp Thursday at the Wells Fargo Center. The Old Flyers didn't have the depth to overcome injuries last year, lost a majority of board battles, and never got into a rhythm as they missed the playoffs for just the second time in the last 18 seasons.
August 23, 2013 |
CHIP KELLY might really be a genius. Kelly mind-melded the Eagles into thinking he is the greatest football mind this side of Bill Belichick, and, for all we know, he is. The Eagles believed it so that, after he spurned then, they called back, begged him to leave college and paid him outlandishly. Kelly immediately installed his Machine Gun offense, which so flouts conventional operations that the NFL's top ref swore to impede it. Now, Kelly not only has reinvented the wheel, he's letting Michael Vick drive the car. You know, the most controversial athlete since Muhammad Ali. Brilliant.
August 22, 2013 |
NOBODY IN the Eagles' locker room would say that coach Chip Kelly had to name Michael Vick the starting quarterback, that the team wouldn't have done as well with Nick Foles, but there was a sense of relief to see the end of the drama that has dominated training camp . "We can kinda get past this quarterback competition thing and get rollin'," running back LeSean McCoy said. Kelly told his quarterbacks of the decision in a morning meeting, but did not address the rest of the team.
August 15, 2013 |
IT'S A LITTLE unusual, because sporadically, home does come up in the locker room. Not just any locker room. The inner sanctum of the New York Giants. The hated Giants. So they've learned to laugh about it. Call them the Philadelphia Giants. A quintet of guys who grew up watching, living, breathing and dreaming as kids of someday playing for the Eagles. They were raised on the Eagles. Now these guys all play for Big Blue - that dreaded NFC East rival that has won two Super Bowls in the last 6 years.
August 2, 2013 |
Eagles coach Chip Kelly said Riley Cooper's spot on the team was never in jeopardy and that the Eagles consulted with the NFL before levying a fine to Cooper. The team did not consult with players before determining the penalty, and Kelly acknowledged that there is concern that it could divide the locker room. "I think it's going to take some time," Kelly said. "The guys that know Riley and are a little bit closer to him, it may be a little easier to them. But also some guys that just met him or just got here, and they're still trying to wrap their arms around it. I don't think this is a situation that's going to go away tomorrow.
July 11, 2013
IT'S THE TIME of year when gyms are packed with fitness enthusiasts working hard to stay in summer shape. And while it's great to see people embracing an active lifestyle, what isn't always great is their gym etiquette. Apparently, some have lost their manners along with their love handles. These are the 12 categories of gymgoers that I consider to be the dirty dozen of locker-room louts. Some of what they do is gross, some just rude. It would be better if everyone remembered that one Golden Rule, both in and out of the gym. 1 EQUIPMENT HOGS They "hold" an elliptical machine or a spin bike for a friend who's not there yet. Or they put clothing or water bottles on equipment to "save" it for their next set. Can you say "selfish"?
June 7, 2013 |
PARIS - Done with a dominating performance in the French Open semifinals, Serena Williams climbed the stairs leading from the locker room to the players' lounge, looking to give her mother a hug. Smiling widely all the while, Williams greeted visitors, posed for photos and signed autographs on her way. It has been more than a decade since she was so happy - and played so well - this deep in the tournament at Roland Garros. Coming as close to perfect as seems possible, Williams absolutely overwhelmed last year's runner-up, fifth-seeded Sara Errani of Italy, 6-0, 6-1, in a mere 46 minutes yesterday to reach the final for the first time since winning her lone French Open championship in 2002.
May 22, 2013 |
BRIGHTON, England - Brighton has formally apologized to Crystal Palace after excrement was found on the floor of its fierce rival's changing room before the second leg of their second-tier League Championship playoff last week. Brighton chief executive Paul Barber says the club has "reviewed our internal procedures to guard against this ever happening again. " In an e-mail to season-ticket holders, Barber said "we apologized to Crystal Palace as soon as the vandalism in their dressing room was discovered, and again more formally a few days after the match.