July 18, 2014 |
AMONG THE never-ending games of what-if played repeatedly over the last few summers here, the what-if-Pat-Gillick had stayed game probably does not get enough plays. At the very least, it is far less popular than the what-if-they-had-picked-Mike-Arbuckle-as-GM game. And yet there is far more evidence to make the case that things would have been different if Pat remained general manager than if Mike was made one, evidence supplied in his previous stops in Toronto, Baltimore and Seattle.
July 12, 2014 |
Scott Laughton stood at the front of his line, poised to skate, before each end-to-end drill on Thursday. On the first day of Flyers developmental camp, Laughton glided through most of the exercises, the first skater to reach the other end of the ice. Still just 20 years old with a thin chin-strap beard, the Flyers' 2012 first-round pick is a veteran of sorts at the prospect camp, and he carried himself like one. This year, the stakes are different...
July 3, 2014 |
FOLLOWING HIS team's recent U.S. Open Cup victory against the New York Cosmos, Union interim manager Jim Curtin alluded to reinforcements to come after the World Cup. It's now evident that one potential lineup fortification could come via a player already on Philadelphia's roster. Curtin said yesterday the Union is "in close communication with" and "actively looking" at center back Carlos Valdes, who's in Brazil competing in the World Cup with the Colombian national team. The Union still owns the rights to Valdes, a defender for the team in 65 matches during the 2011 and 2012 seasons.
July 3, 2014 |
THOUGH THE VISION for the 76ers' brass is focused years away, as evidenced by last week's draft from which their top two picks probably won't play for them this season, there still is the responsibility of fielding a team for this coming campaign. Seven players are on the payroll (Thaddeus Young, Jason Richardson, Nerlens Noel, Michael Carter-Williams, Eric Maynor, Tony Wroten and Arnett Moultrie). Maynor already was bought out, and it wouldn't be surprising if Richardson, who is scheduled to make $6.6 million this season and is coming off major knee surgery, and Moultrie, who is to make $1.1 million but tested positive for marijuana last season and possessed a salty attitude, also are given deals to move on. The team also has options on guard Elliot Williams and center Jarvis Varnado, each for just under $1 million.
June 29, 2014
THE PHILLIES placed Carlos Ruiz on the 7-day disabled list with concussionlike systems yesterday, about an hour before the game against the Braves. In the 11th inning of the team's 14-inning win Thursday night, a 1-1 breaking ball from Marlins righthander A.J. Ramos plunked Ruiz in the head. The Phillies' catcher remained in the game for the final few innings. Cameron Rupp caught Kyle Kendrick last night. To fill Ruiz's spot on the active roster, the Phillies selected the contract of Koyie Hill from Triple A Lehigh Valley.
June 8, 2014 |
CINCINNATI - The Phillies conceded another mistake Friday when outfielder Tyson Gillies cleared waivers and was removed from the 40-man roster. Gillies, 25, will remain in the organization. This designation was a formality; Gillies was never close to reaching the majors. He was one of three players acquired in December 2009 from Seattle for Cliff Lee. The Lee trade, to this point, is a total failure. Righthander J.C. Ramirez lasted 18 games in the majors with a 7.50 ERA before being jettisoned.
May 30, 2014 |
FOR ITS FINAL five matches before the Major League Soccer season breaks for the World Cup, the Union had prepared for life without one of its best players. Maurice Edu, summoned to Palo Alto, Calif., for World Cup training camp, was certainly in the mix to make the team to represent the United States in Brazil. But after last Thursday, the night U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann unveiled the 23-man roster, Edu found himself on a flight to Los Angeles to rejoin the Union a few weeks early.
May 23, 2014 |
UNION MIDFIELDER Maurice Edu, a member of the U.S. men's national soccer team that played in South Africa in 2010, was left off the final 23-man roster for this year's FIFA World Cup in Brazil. U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann announced the roster yesterday, the absence of Landon Donovan coming as the biggest surprise. Donovan, 32, is the all-time leading goal scorer in the history of the U.S. national team. Edu, one of 30 players who had been in World Cup training camp in Palo Alto, Calif., will rejoin the Union and be available to play in Sunday night's road match against the LA Galaxy, according to the club.
May 21, 2014 |
NATE SMITH, 22, a baggage handler at Philadelphia International Airport and father of a 2-year-old girl, says he experiences pretty much all of the downsides of work - the constant aches and back pain from lugging more than 1,000 heavy bags every day. But earning the federal minimum wage of $7.25, the Southwest Philadelphia resident says he is not enjoying the full benefits of his labors. Smith said that he, his fiancee and his daughter are living with his grandmother to make ends meet, and he's frustrated when he can't buy his little girl a toy because he can barely pay the monthly bills.
May 14, 2014 |
FOR UNION midfielder Maurice Edu, yesterday signified another big step toward his goal of competing in another World Cup. Named to the United States team's preliminary 30-man roster, the next step is ensuring himself a seat on the plane to Brazil. "It's very exciting," said Edu, in his first season in Philadelphia. "That was part of one of my goals that I set in coming back here, coming back to MLS and coming back to Philly. It was kind of a process, and this is the next step in that process of what my ultimate goal is and I'm very excited.