January 22, 2015 |
NEW YORK - The New York Knicks had lost 16 consecutive games when Jose Calderon, one of their starting guards, spotted up in the right corner and caught a bounce pass from Carmelo Anthony against the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday. Calderon had missed eight of his nine shots in the game. The Knicks had once led by 15 points and, even though neither Anthony Davis nor Jrue Holiday was playing for New Orleans, now led by one. There were 38.7 seconds left in regulation. If Calderon missed the shot, no one at Madison Square Garden would have expected the Knicks to win. No one. After 16 straight curveballs, who still sits on a fastball?
January 20, 2015 |
Since Jeffrey Lurie took over as the Eagles owner in 1994, the team has been to the playoffs 12 times in 21 years. Only four teams - New England, Green Bay, Indianapolis, and Pittsburgh - have been there more. Unlike the other four, the Eagles have not won the Super Bowl. Here's a list of how all 32 teams have performed during the Lurie era. Winning NFL Seasons Playoffs Final 8 Final 4 Final 2 champions New England 18 16 13 10 7 3 Green Bay 17 16 11 6 3 2 Indianapolis 16 16 10 5 2 1 Pittsburgh 15 13 10 8 4 2 EAGLES 13 12 8 5 1 0 Denver 12 11 8 4 3 2 Baltimore 11 10 9 4 2 2 Dallas 11 10 6 2 1 1 Kansas City 11 7 3 0 0 0 Miami 11 8 4 0 0 0 Minnesota 11 10 6 3 0 0 N.Y. Giants 10 8 4 3 3 2 N.Y. Jets 10 7 5 3 0 0 San Diego 10 8 6 2 1 0 San Francisco 10 10 9 5 2 1 ...
January 18, 2015 |
Eventually the expectations will increase and the bar will be raised, but, for now, each 76ers win is usually considered a positive and still somewhat surprising development. The Sixers often enter these tussles outmanned, but they are starting to play better together. The Sixers even achieved a first this season - leading from start to finish during a 96-81 victory over the banged-up New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night at the Wells Fargo Center. This is a team that can still look out of sorts, such as in recent losses to Milwaukee and Atlanta.
January 17, 2015 |
As his New Orleans Pelicans teammates practiced early Thursday afternoon at Temple's Liacouras Center, Anthony Davis slipped out the front doors with a trainer for a few minutes of treatment on some part of his 6-foot-10, 220-pound body. Before Davis reentered the building, a passerby - not a college student, but a middle-aged man - stopped him on the front steps and asked for an autograph. It was an understandable request. When the best 21-year-old basketball player in the world strides past you, you want something, even a signature, to preserve the moment.
January 14, 2015 |
STOP DREAMING. There is no way the Eagles can move up high enough in the draft to get Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. The Heisman Trophy winner might indeed be the perfect quarterback for the system of Eagles coach Chip Kelly. And now that he is the Eagles' newly anointed grand pooh-bah of football matters, Kelly may indeed be willing to do whatever it takes to move up in the draft to select Mariota. But Kelly does not operate in a vacuum. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers hold the top pick in the 2015 draft, and they are not dropping 19 spots in the draft in a deal with the Eagles.
December 21, 2014
THE SOUL will open the 2015 season with a pair of road games before welcoming in Jacksonville for its home opener on Saturday, April 12. The team's 18-game schedule includes byes in Weeks 15 and 18. In fact, the entire league is off in Week 15, which is the July 4 weekend. Three teams from last season - Iowa, Pittsburgh, and San Antonio - are not fielding teams in 2015. The AFL scrapped divisions and instead will have two six-team conferences. The Soul will be in the American Conference with Cleveland, Jacksonville, New Orleans, Orlando and Tampa Bay. The National Conference consists of three-time defending champ Arizona, Los Angeles, Portland, San Jose, Spokane and Las Vegas, an expansion team.
December 8, 2014
When: Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Where: New Orleans. Records: Temple (5-6, 3-4 American Athletic Conference); Tulane (3-8, 2-5 AAC) TV: ESPN2; Radio: WPHT –AM (1210) Coaches: Temple, Matt Rhule (2d season, 7-17), Tulane, Curtis Johnson (3d season, 12-24) Series: Tulane leads the series, 1-0. Tulane won, 20-14, in New Orleans, on Jan. 1, 1935. Three Things to Watch The Green Wave (16 INTs, 27 takeaways) will test the accuracy of Temple QB P.J. Walker (14 INTs)
December 7, 2014 |
Of the 83 players who have appeared in Temple's 11 games, senior participation has been very scarce. With just eight seniors on the roster, the Owls have the fewest seniors on their roster of any Football Bowl Subdivision team. And of these eight, just five are on the two-deep roster. Receiver Jalen Fitzpatrick and running back Kenneth Harper have played the largest roles. Both were a little melancholy last Saturday after their final home game at Lincoln Financial Field ended in a loss to Cincinnati.
December 4, 2014 |
Trips to New Orleans - even business trips such as the one the Temple football team is taking this weekend - often result in great memories. This, however, will not necessarily be the case for defensive back Nate L. Smith when Temple (5-6, 3-4 American Athletic Conference) closes the regular season at Tulane (3-8, 2-5) on Saturday. Smith, along with his mother and sister, was forced to flee New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina ravaged the area in 2005. When the destruction was over, over 1,800 people were reported dead.
November 19, 2014 |
Since the 1960s, bluesman Chris Smither has been a modern-day troubadour, playing thousands of shows across North America, Western Europe, and Australia. One city has been a special destination for him over the years: Philadelphia. "That was the first place outside of New England that I established myself," Smither says during a phone interview last month from his home in western Massachusetts. Smither performs Wednesday with the Motivators at World Cafe Live. He remembers the region's vibrant music scene and how it embraced a young singer/songwriter.