June 15, 2014 |
DAYS AFTER the Flyers' Game 7 loss to the Rangers, Kimmo Timonen acknowledged he was full of doubts as to whether he could handle the rigors of another 82-game season - both physically and mentally. But then . . . he took a vacation, came back and turned on the television. "Time goes by," Timonen said, "and you watch these games and watch the playoffs and start working out, you get the feeling that, 'I don't think it's time to retire.' " So, after reassuring general manager Ron Hextall he was ready for his eighth season as a Flyer, the sides worked out a 1-year contract extension that was consummated yesterday.
April 24, 2014 |
STEVE MASON surprisingly returned to the Flyers' bench last night, less than 24 hours after completely ruling himself out of Game 3 - even as a backup. Mason stood up periodically to stretch in the tunnel leading to the Flyers' dressing room, in uniform for his first Stanley Cup playoff game since April 23, 2009. The stretching turned out to be useful. Mason was summoned from the bench for the final 7 minutes, 15 seconds last night, once the game was firmly in hand for New York.
April 11, 2014 |
IN THE waning counterculture days of 1979, the movie "North Dallas Forty" warned against the big-money corporatism commandeering pro football. A cast-off wide receiver complains, on his way out, that every time he calls football a game, his bosses call it a business, and every time he calls it a business, they call it a game. Well, it's all business now, and a big one - big enough to cow contemporary Hollywood into producing a puff-piece about the league. It's called "Draft Day," an NFL promotion (barely)
March 11, 2014 |
MICHAEL RAFFL said it Saturday night - and it has become sports cliche. "The point is huge," Raffl said. "Every point is important. " Yet, in the NHL, it is the nightly reality. And the Stanley Cup playoff cut line - the line between making and missing out on millions of dollars in revenue - is razor thin. For the Flyers, who have garnered at least one point in nine of their last 11 games, the playoff picture is becoming more in-focus with each and every game. Their magic number is now in their sights.
February 27, 2014 |
The horn sounded Tuesday afternoon, ending the Sixers' 90-minute practice session and sending the dozen players toward a corner of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine practice court. The players readied to stretch with large green elastic bands when first-year head coach Brett Brown called his team for a huddle. No Wednesday morning practice, Brown told them, just arrive in the late afternoon for that night's game. "We're going to win the game," Brown said. Winning this season has been easier said than done.
February 5, 2014 |
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Seahawks obliterated Peyton Manning and the Broncos Sunday night, partied till dawn, sent Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith off to Disney World to see Mickey and Minnie and the gang, grabbed a couple of hours of shut-eye, then gathered their Lombardi Trophy and flew home to Seattle, where they will be the guests of honor tomorrow at a victory parade in the city. After that? After that, they will start preparing for the 2014 season, of course. "The first meeting that we'll have will be tomorrow," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said at yesterday morning's news conference.
January 15, 2014 |
THE CURRENT perception of the Union is something CEO Nick Sakiewicz is well aware of. He knows about the narrative floating on Twitter and other social-media sites regarding his franchise - that the organization does not want to spend the money necessary to take it to the next level of competition in Major League Soccer. Never one to hold back his feelings, Sakiewicz bristles at the suggestions. "I kind of chuckle at the idea," Sakiewicz said the other day as he was about to board a flight to Europe.
December 21, 2013 |
It was after midnight on Feb. 24, 2005, when Billy King talked for the first time about the trade that was supposed to resurrect the 76ers. On the campus of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Evans Hall - the building the Sixers still use as their practice facility - was dark save for the second-floor student lounge above the basketball court. His shirttail untucked and webbed with wrinkles, his eyes rimmed red, King had spent the previous 24 hours negotiating with the Sacramento Kings, finessing the details of a six-player deal to get Chris Webber.
December 11, 2013 |
OTTAWA - Like many stranded because of the winter storm that wreaked havoc on the airline system, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren couldn't make it to Monterey, Calif., yesterday for the NHL's Board of Governors meetings. Instead, Flyers chairman Ed Snider represented the club just fine at Pebble Beach, where the league's top executives convened for annual meetings that wrap up today. But it would have been helpful for Holmgren to hear the NHL's latest salary-cap projections for next season directly from the source.
October 1, 2013
ROSTER UPDATE Paul Holmgren is being cryptic again. Well, he isn't trying to be, but Holmgren played coy with the media yesterday, unwilling to disclose exactly how his roster will look for Wednesday's opener against Toronto. He has a ton of flexibility: forward Adam Hall and defenseman Bruno Gervais both cleared waivers yesterday. They can be sent to Adirondack and taken off the salary cap if necessary, but Hall could very well stick around. They only have 13 forwards on the roster after Chris Vande Velde was sent to the AHL on Saturday.