May 20, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Chase Utley found serenity here, at a baseball diamond named for a coach who accepted a $1 salary for 16 years to save his college's team from abolishment. Dante Benedetti Diamond is squeezed into the corner of a sleepy neighborhood at the edge of the University of San Francisco's campus. Large black netting prevents home run balls from littering Golden Gate Avenue. Two freshman dorms overlook the field from behind home plate. An undergraduate student stuck a cardboard cutout of Mitt Romney in the window, so the smiling politician is always watching baseball.
April 29, 2013 |
First in a series OTTAWA - All season, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren has steadfastly insisted he likes the team he has put together. His attempted offseason moves last year, however, suggest otherwise. By trying to bring free agents Shea Weber, Ryan Suter, and Zach Parise to Philadelphia, Holmgren, in effect, was saying the Flyers needed major upgrades. Holmgren can be applauded for trying to add the marquee players, but when he struck out on those three stars, his Plan B - adding recycled free agents such as Ruslan Fedotenko, Kurtis Foster, and Bruno Gervais - was a step backward.
April 22, 2013 |
Former Phillies catching prospect Travis d'Arnaud hit .333 with 21 doubles, 16 home runs, and 52 RBIs in 67 games at triple-A Las Vegas last season before being traded in the offseason from Toronto to the New York Mets as part of the R.A. Dickey deal. This year, d'Arnaud is hitting .250 with one home run and eight RBIs for triple-A Las Vegas. Yes, he is back in the same city even though he was traded in the offseason. The Mets and Blue Jays also swapped triple-A affiliates during the offseason with the Blue Jays triple-A team moving to Buffalo.
April 14, 2013 |
While so many top high school juniors are trying to impress college recruiters, Lenape's Courtney Norton has known her destination for some time. A trend in college athletics is to attempt to get oral commitments from recruits as early as possible. Norton thought Rutgers was a great fit, so in August she told the Scarlet Knights soccer program that she would be coming - in the fall of 2014. With the pressure of having to make a decision long gone, Norton has worked on her game, playing at an extremely high level.
April 1, 2013
1. The Los Angeles Angels already had an unbelievable lineup, which included rising star Mike Trout, from Millville, N.J., and future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols. Now, they have a lineup for the ages with the addition of Josh Hamilton, the prized possession of the offseason. After a disappointing 2012 that included missing a playoff spot, you can bet the Angels are ready to go big. 2. No matter what happens, the New York Yankees will always be the center of attention in baseball.
March 25, 2013 |
DENVER - What is the future of the 76ers now that we know Andrew Bynum needed surgery to repair not one, but both of his ailing knees? And just how repaired are they? Bynum will be on crutches for the next 6 weeks, with rehab probably scheduled for many, many months after that. And then, will he/doctors/we know whether he is able to compete on the basketball court anywhere near the level he did last season with the Los Angeles Lakers? Understandably, any talk of Bynum brings a roll of the eyes from Sixers fans, but right now, it is the lead question the organization faces as it looks to move forward.
March 21, 2013 |
PHOENIX - It's been a stressful offseason for Ravens coach John Harbaugh. He barely had a month to enjoy his team's Super Bowl victory over little brother Jim and the 49ers before the salary-cap termites showed up and started turning the roster of the Lombardi Trophy champs into sawdust. Their top free agent re-signing priority, rush linebacker Paul Kruger, signed with AFC North rival Cleveland. Another key free-agent linebacker, Dannell Ellerbe, who was being counted on to pick up the slack in the wake of Ray Lewis's retirement, opted for the Dolphins and South Beach.
March 5, 2013
This is a post by Les Bowen on the Daily News' Eagletarian blog. AT THE MAXWELL Club festivities Friday in Atlantic City, I got in a quick word with Eagles guard Evan Mathis. I asked Mathis what he knows about the blocking system he'll be working in under new offensive-line coach Jeff Stoutland. Mathis said that he knows virtually nothing about it, that he and Stoutland are prohibited from any but the most general discussions right now, at this point in the offseason. It wasn't the first time I'd gotten that response.
February 21, 2013 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The Phillies' best offseason move was the trade for Michael Young. In need of a third baseman, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. looked at the crop of free agents and was understandably unimpressed. The only free-agent option aside from Mark Reynolds, with his all-or-nothing swing, shoddy defense, and first baseman's body, was Kevin Youkilis. Would you rather have Young or Youkilis? That's an easy one for two reasons: durability and adaptability. Young plays more and is also more likely to be a positive influence in the clubhouse.
February 11, 2013 |
When the Super Bowl finally came to an end late Sunday night, a sense of dread slowly crept over me. It wasn't because the game was disappointing (though the ads - a vital part of the modern-day Super Bowl experience - really sucked, with the sensational exception of Budweiser's trainer/Clydesdale reunion). What really bummed me out: Both of our major bowls are over (including Wing Bowl where Super Squibb let us down at the hands - or stomach - of someone called the "Bear"), and we are entering a dreadful 7-month stretch during which we will not see a meaningful football game.