June 2, 2015 |
The prospective third-string quarterback of the Eagles stopped in the center of a NovaCare Complex practice field Thursday to shake owner Jeffrey Lurie's hand and chat a while, and then Tim Tebow turned to his right to face a familiar sight in a familiar setting. There, 105 reporters and writers clustered together in a tight, sweat-stinking group under an oppressive midafternoon sun. It was 90 degrees, the air like moist gauze, and from the weather to the horde of media awaiting Tebow, this could have been Gainesville, Fla., in 2008 or Cortland, N.Y., in 2012.
May 8, 2015 |
ATLANTA - When Elvis Araujo jogged in from the visiting bullpen to the mound at Turner Field on Tuesday night, he was able to shake off some of the big-league butterflies that are natural for anyone in his major league debut. All Araujo had to do was look behind him to see the defense he had up the middle: shortstop Freddy Galvis, second baseman Cesar Hernandez and centerfielder Odubel Herrera. The same Venezuelan trio was back in those positions when Araujo, also Venezuelan, pitched out of the 'pen again on Wednesday.
April 18, 2015
Flyers forwards Brayden Schenn and Sean Couturier were added to Canada's roster Thursday for the IIHF world championships in Prague, Czech Republic. They will join teammate Claude Giroux on Team Canada, which starts play May 1 against Latvia. Edmonton Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins withdrew from Team Canada because his fractured right foot needs more time to heal. - Sam Carchidi
April 7, 2015
The Phillies will carry two utility infielders and only four true outfielders to begin the season. Cesar Hernandez, who is out of minor-league options, and versatile veteran Andres Blanco made the team Sunday as bench players, as did rightfielder Jeff Francoeur. Centerfielder Odubel Herrera and leftfielder Ben Revere are expected to start Monday against the Red Sox. Grady Sizemore will likely play right field while Domonic Brown rehabs from Achilles tendinitis. Darin Ruf made the roster as an infielder but can play left field in addition to first base.
April 7, 2015 |
AS THE CUBS were preparing to open the season with a nationally televised game against the Cardinals, the Braves were busy trading the best closer in baseball for a solid but unspectacular pitching prospect and salary relief. We like to talk about rebuilding as if it is something that can be achieved with an instruction manual and some elbow grease. A linear, mechanical process with easily identifiable steps. Yet, as the Phillies prepare to take on the Red Sox at Citizens Bank Park on one of the most anticlimactic Opening Days in their history, the Cubs and Braves remind us of just how varied the journey can be. Down in Atlanta, general manager John Hart spent the offseason deconstructing a roster that won 94 games in 2012 and 96 games in 2013 and had won at least 86 games five straight seasons.
April 4, 2015 |
The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts has signed on a new resident company. The Curtis Institute of Music joined the roster effective Wednesday, making it the Kimmel's first new resident company since its opening in December 2001. As far as the listening public is concerned, little will change with the start of the five-year contract. Curtis ensembles have performed at the Kimmel from the start - its orchestra in Verizon Hall and operas in the Perelman Theater. But as a resident company, Curtis will receive breaks on rental fees and priority scheduling, and will be featured in Kimmel marketing and advertising.
March 13, 2015
LAKELAND, Fla. - He was wearing a blue T-shirt and red headphones and Fraggle-ish dreadlocks that a few minutes earlier had earned him the nickname "mop-head" from one of his teammates. But it was the white smile on Odubel Herrera's face that commanded the attention of the eye as he stood in a hallway of cinder block and poured cement at Joker Marchant Stadium yesterday afternoon. He had spent the previous few minutes dissecting his day with his usual playful demeanor: slicing a double off Justin Verlander, legging out an infield single, scoring from second on an error, whiffing on his first-ever attempted catch as a leftfielder (the last of which drew a rueful chuckle)
March 12, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - I said this a couple of days ago, but it's worth reiterating in the wake of yesterday's news that Cliff Lee will attempt to pitch through a flexor tendon tear: What's done is done. The Phillies cannot panic and trade Cole Hamels for the best offer currently on the table, because those offers will get better. They have to get better. Maybe not to the point where the Phillies would like, but certainly better than a month ago, when Ruben Amaro Jr. said he'd received bids from four teams, none of which came close to his asking price.
March 11, 2015 |
Once again, Chip Kelly is setting speed records. Free agency does not officially open until Tuesday at 4 p.m., but already the Eagles coach, general manager and king of everything has reshaped his roster with more additions and subtractions than any other team in the NFL. Legal tampering to Kelly is like lollipops for 3-year-old kids. His phone must operate exactly like his offensive linemen. Once he hangs up with one agent or general manager, he has to be back on the line within five seconds.
March 7, 2015 |
Here's a position-by-position breakdown on all of the Union's players. Goalkeepers Andre Blake Age: 24 Born: May Pen, Jamaica Years as a pro: 1 (in MLS) The No. 1 pick in the 2014 draft is second on the depth chart, but his time is coming with both the Union and Jamaica's national team. Raïs Mbolhi Age: 28 Born: Paris, France Years as a pro: 11 (1 in MLS) After last season's controversial arrival - and the late-season gaffe that helped cost the Union a playoff berth - he's now the Union's unquestioned No. 1 in net. John McCarthy Age: 22 Born: Philadelphia Years as a pro: 1 (in USL)