March 16, 2015 |
It wasn't the type of scene they envisioned, but when a group of bleary-eyed La Salle seniors emerged from a melancholy locker room Saturday, they were greeted by an ovation from family and friends. The Explorers had fallen, 60-59, in the Class AAAA quarterfinals to J.P. McCaskey after last-second excitement at a near-capacity Spring-Ford. That didn't stop Najee Walls, David Krmpotich, and Daniel Corr from hearing respectful applause as they left the locker room. Minutes earlier, head coach Joe Dempsey had already conveyed the same message.
March 15, 2015 |
NEW YORK - La Salle coach John Giannini looked up at the high-definition scoreboard at the Barclays Center to see if it was true, but he already knew. The clock was all zeros, and time had run out on his Explorers' season because of a driving, off-balance layup by Atlantic Ten player of the year Tyler Kalinoski. Davidson had come all the way back from an 18-point deficit Friday to stun La Salle in the A-10 quarterfinals, 67-66. "I was surprised that shot went in," Giannini said. "I thought that we had them out of rhythm a little bit and it looked like the ball was thrown toward the rim and not shot as well as they normally do, and it just kind of took a couple of bounces and went in. " The Explorers held a large lead for most of the first half thanks to their seniors.
March 6, 2015 |
LESS THAN a minute into Radko Gudas' first in-person media session, Jake Voracek interrupted Gudas in the middle of a sentence and placed the defenseman's new No. 3 Flyers jersey across Gudas' chest. "It's good to have another 'Czecho' here," Voracek said as he walked away, after yesterday's practice. And the consensus among the players in the Flyers' locker room is that it's good to have Gudas on your team, and not the other way around. The bruising, 6-foot, 204-pound blue-liner was shipped to the Flyers from Tampa Bay, along with a conditional first-round pick and a third-round pick, in exchange for Braydon Coburn at Monday's trade deadline.
January 17, 2015 |
You could hear the cheering and clapping the moment you walked out of the gym and entered the hallway at Pope John Paul II high school. The screams and hoots only got louder the closer you got to the locker room. And then, the excited hollering from behind the closed door came in waves for the Golden Panthers girls' basketball team. One minute it was as if someone had turned the volume all the way up. The next, silence. See, that's what happens when you beat a perennial powerhouse and conference foe for the first time in program history: you celebrate.
January 8, 2015 |
Right after the game, back in the locker room with the flat screen and the long couch - the finest locker room she had ever called home - Sara Smith picked up her phone and saw the texts flying in, a lot with a variation of the same photo, from family members who had been in the stands and had their phones out. Their photos depicted Smith at the foul line. What made it special: Behind her on the big overhead scoreboard at Madison Square Garden, there Smith was again, larger than life.
December 30, 2014 |
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Two years ago almost to the day, the Eagles arrived here to play a "meaningless" game, or one without playoff implications, if you will. They had collapsed long before this year's team had its three-game meltdown, but the Eagles had something to play for in Andy Reid's last game as coach. They could have sent him out with a win. Instead they delivered a dud and lost, 42-7. The circumstances on Sunday were far different, but the meaningless game part was not. Chip Kelly never entertained the idea of resting certain starters to see how some younger players would fare under the lights.
December 23, 2014 |
ORLANDO - As coach Brett Brown joked to a reporter after last night's game in Orlando, "You even love your wife a little more after a win, huh?" His 76ers picked up their third win of the season with a 96-88 decision over the Magic. And while the victory might heighten romantic feelings, it also is a mask to some things that may have not been so pleasant had this turned into another loss. After a failed possession in the second quarter, Nerlens Noel and Michael Carter-Williams made their way to the bench while in a screaming match with each other.
December 19, 2014 |
The Flyers struggled to score against a fatigued Tampa Bay team on Tuesday, which might provide the impetus coach Craig Berube needs to put forward Vinny Lecavalier back in his mind and, quite possibly, back on the ice. A day after the Flyers dropped a 3-1 decision to a team playing its second of back-to-back games with a 20-year-old rookie goalie making his NHL debut, Berube hinted after an optional skate at the team's Voorhees training facility that...
December 11, 2014 |
SUNDAY'S DISMAL offensive showing against the Seattle Seahawks doesn't seem to have shaken Mark Sanchez's faith in himself, or his teammates' faith in the quarterback who took over for injured Nick Foles 5 weeks ago. The Eagles had three possessions in the fourth quarter of the 24-14 loss, as their defense fought to keep them within striking distance. They generated 8 net yards; one of the possessions, set up by a potential game-turning fumble recovery, ended after one snap because Sanchez badly underthrew Riley Cooper and was intercepted.
December 10, 2014 |
COLUMBUS - Before yesterday morning, the only time R.J. Umberger had spent in the visitors' locker room at Nationwide Arena came during the 2012-13 NHL lockout, when the Blue Jackets' locker room, obviously, wasn't accessible. "It's pretty weird," he noted after the Flyers practiced here yesterday. "It's a different feeling. " Though the Flyers (9-13-4) already have twice faced Scott Hartnell and the Blue Jackets (9-15-2), tonight's meeting is the first in Columbus. It's a meaningful one for Umberger, Philadelphia's oft-maligned third-line left wing.