September 30, 2015 |
THE HISTORIC football rivalry between Army and Navy continues Dec. 12 at Lincoln Financial Field, but it won't be the only Philly-flavored matchup between the schools in 2015, as their soccer teams will face off 7 p.m. Friday in the Army-Navy Cup IV at PPL Park. Seventh-year Navy head coach Dave Brandt and the Midshipmen (4-4-1, 1-0 Patriot League) lead the Cup matchup with a 2-0-1 record. After the teams played to a scoreless tie in 2012, Navy won the next two meetings; both wins were 1-0, in the second overtime period, with the game-winning goal in the 107th minute each time.
September 25, 2015 |
THE MENTALITY of an NFL coach can be difficult for those of us not in the NFL to understand. This is particularly true for those of us who make our livings trafficking in the stories of other people's lives. Take, for example, Sunday's showdown between the 0-2 Eagles and the 2-0 Jets. The underlying human drama has such tremendous potential that you can close your eyes and see the HBO 24/7 special playing out in your mind. In one corner, the football genius, hired away from his throne at the University of Oregon to rescue a franchise in the hardest of times, a fast-talking, fast-acting national headline, the entire sport watching his every move to see what he will think of next.
September 19, 2015 |
Kiko Alonso joked with tight end Zach Ertz that he has some of the best hands on the Eagles. Ertz didn't believe Alonso. The Eagles have wide receivers, tight ends, and running backs who can catch the ball. A linebacker does not usually surpass them. Then Alonso made a one-handed interception while falling backward to prevent a touchdown in the Eagles' loss on Monday, and Ertz needed to reconsider. "He goes out and makes a play like that," Ertz said, "and it's hard to ignore.
September 4, 2015 |
NEW YORK - After one inning Wednesday night at CitiField, the MLB.com website promoted the game between the Phillies and New York Mets as a confrontation between a couple of aces. They were wrong on both counts and that is a major problem facing the Phillies not only now but also in the future. Yes, Aaron Nola is the titular staff ace of the Phillies, but only because he is followed by three fellow rookies and a veteran with an earned run average pushing five per game. Put Nola in the Mets' organization and he might still be pitching at the triple-A level, which in no way is meant as a knock at his ability or what he could become.
July 16, 2015 |
LAS VEGAS - Jahlil Okafor keeps rising to the occasion. The 76ers' rookie center once again had a solid performance Tuesday in a matchup featuring two of the top four picks in the NBA draft. This time, it came in an 84-81 overtime loss to Kristaps Porzingis and the New York Knicks at the Thomas & Mack Center. Okafor, the third overall pick on June 25, finished with 18 points and six rebounds. However, he had his shot blocked five times, had four turnovers and struggled again from the foul line.
May 12, 2015 |
The District 1 boys' and girls' lacrosse playoff brackets were released Sunday. The top three seeds in the boys' bracket - Garnet Valley, Penncrest, and Bishop Shanahan, respectively - received a bye to the second round. All games will be played Tuesday. Seedings are in parentheses and the time of the game is listed. BOYS Strath Haven (17) at Abington (16), 7 p.m.; Springfield (M) (25) at Avon Grove (8), 7; West Chester Rustin (24) at C.B. East (9), 7; West Chester East (29)
March 30, 2015
Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg, who has been supplanted by 2013 AL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer as Washington's opening-day starter, is now looking at starting Game 3. That would be April 9, in a likely showdown with Mets ace Matt Harvey, who was bypassed as his team's opening-day starter in favor of Bartolo Colon. Scherzer will be followed in the Nats rotation by Jordan Zimmerman, Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, and Doug Fister. More Game 1 starters Padres newcomer James Shields has been picked to start on opening day, manager Bud Black announced Saturday.
March 19, 2015 |
The ending the first time Archbishop Carroll played Neumann-Goretti this season was so dramatic it demanded a sequel. Part 2 comes to Hershey on Friday night. Derrick Jones (22 points, 16 rebounds) helped get Carroll there Tuesday with a 59-32 win over Erie Cathedral Prep in a PIAA Class AAA semifinal at Bald Eagle Area. The Patriots will face Neumann-Goretti, which beat them on a last-second three-pointer in the regular season, in the final Friday at 8 p.m. at the Giant Center.
March 3, 2015 |
The PIAA released its state basketball brackets Sunday, and Neumann-Goretti learned that it will open defense of its Class AAA boys' title against District 3's Gettysburg at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Archbishop Ryan. Coach Carl Arrigale and the District 12 champion Saints (24-2) are seeking their fifth crown in six seasons. Last year, the squad took top honors with a 64-57 overtime triumph against District 3's Susquehanna Township. In Class AAAA, La Salle, District 12's No. 3 seed, opens against Ridley, District 1's fourth-place finisher, at 1 p.m. Saturday at Spring-Ford.
December 31, 2014 |
IF THERE is any time other than March to hit an offensive stride the way La Salle has over its last five games, it's right about now. With the page about to turn on the year 2014, so too will the page turn on the Explorers' nonconference slate, and the next chapter will be Atlantic 10 play. And if the last five times out are any indication, La Salle plans on being in the mix in the conference standings throughout the season. After four straight losses to close out November and start off December, the Explorers improved to 4-1 over their last five with a much-needed, 84-67 win over Big 5 rival Penn Tuesday night at Tom Gola Arena.