August 22, 2014 |
IT ALL COMES back to the first baseman. As vehemently as Ruben Amaro Jr. shot down reports that the Phillies had discussed releasing Ryan Howard in the offseason, the organization's immediate and long-term futures are very much tied to their decision-making with regard to their $25 million-a-year slugger. Since his 3-day benching in late July, Howard is hitting just .202/.298/.348 with three home runs and 29 strikeouts in 89 at-bats. With every fastball that he sends to the warning track in leftfield, it becomes increasingly clear that addition by subtraction is something the Phillies will have to seriously contemplate this offseason.
June 23, 2013 |
MIAMI - Two years ago, LeBron James headed into the darkness. No visitors. No television. No daylight. For weeks on end. Such was the devastation of losing to the Dallas Mavericks in the 2011 NBA Finals. Now? Now he wants to be alone again. Alone to marinate in the moment, to immerse himself in the total relaxation that only triumph affords. Since the low point of that Miami Heat failure in those 2011 NBA Finals he has been MVP of the 2012 regular season and 2012 NBA Finals, a 2012 London Olympics gold medalist, MVP of the 2013 regular season, and, now, after Thursday's second consecutive NBA championship, MVP of the 2013 Finals.
November 15, 2013 |
MARLON BYRD says he isn't worried about showing his legion of skeptics that his resurgent performance in 2013 was more than a fluke. Instead, he's focused on showing them that his new boss is a savvy general manager who made a shrewd early move in signing him to a 2-year, $16 million contract on Tuesday. "I'm not worried about proving anybody wrong," the 36-year-old outfielder said via phone from his offseason home in Southern California yesterday. "I just need to make sure I prove Ruben right.
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.
January 26, 2010 |
Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings have begun their offseason sooner than they hoped. The question now is whether Favre will be around when next season starts. Players gathered at the practice facility yesterday for the final team meeting in the aftermath of their devastating NFC Championship Game loss at New Orleans the night before. Favre, who has 1 year left on a 2-year contract, was not in the locker room yesterday when it was open to reporters. He told ESPN.
June 9, 2005 |
The in-house video featuring racist jokes and topless blondes that embarrassed the San Francisco 49ers last week wasn't the first offensive video from the team's disgraced public-relations director. The team has acknowledged that a video made in 2003 by Kirk Reynolds contained "objectionable content showing bikini-clad women. " The tapes were meant to prepare players for dealing with the media. A copy of the video, obtained by TV station KRON, shows Reynolds in a strip club, a restroom stall, and in the shower.
June 17, 1997 |
Charlie Garner was at Veterans Stadium every day, it seemed, during the offseason. The Eagles' smallish, backup running back lifted weights. He used the cardiovascular machines. He got into the best shape of his professional career. Coach Ray Rhodes gushed about Garner's offseason energy. He lauded the 25-year-old's determination to shake off the label he'd earned as a fragile player. He noted the 5 pounds of muscle Garner gained. Yesterday, the Eagles rewarded Garner with a one-year contract, the terms of which were not disclosed.
December 2, 1997 |
Against the Flyers, Dominik Hasek played like last season's version, letting just one puck past him, that one deflecting off his own defenseman. Three or four times at least, Flyers forwards thought they were flicking rebounds into an open net last night, the goalie down, when suddenly, Hasek or some relevant part of him - an arm, a leg, the toe of a skate - filled the space where the puck was headed. But the NHL's reigning Most Valuable Player knows a strong game or two won't heal everything that has happened to the Buffalo Sabres between their 92-point season last year, which netted them first place in the Northeast Division, and the 20 points they've accumulated in 25 games this season, after last night's 1-1 tie with the Flyers.
May 6, 2006 |
Bill Parcells says he's happy to have Terrell Owens with the Dallas Cowboys. It just took him 48 days to say so. "I say, 'I support it,' and that's the way we go," Parcells said yesterday. "I don't view it as a gamble. It's in my best interest that he's successful. And it's in his best interest that he's successful . . . "I'm not approaching this with the idea it's going to be adversarial or I'm going to be mandating every little thing this player does. " Parcells keeps a low profile in the offseason, but he took it to an extreme this year, especially with all the scrutiny surrounding the signing of Owens, the former Eagles receiver, and questions about whether owner Jerry Jones made the move with Parcells' consent.