October 31, 2014 |
THE FREE-AGENT season opens for business with the conclusion of the World Series but doesn't begin to pick up until the first 2 weeks of November. Teams have until 5 days after the conclusion of the World Series - which means Monday night - to make qualifying offers to their own free agents. Those players have another week to mull over accepting those offers; players almost never accept, since the free-agent market is very often far more fruitful. The Phillies will know a little bit more about their own free-agent pursuits - their needs and their budget - when another deadline arrives on Monday.
December 22, 2013 |
By now, you probably know the background here. The Eagles, who are 8-6 and lead the second-place Dallas Cowboys by one game in the NFC East standings, play the Chicago Bears on NBC's Sunday Night Football at 8:30. The Cowboys, who hold head-to-head and intradivisional tiebreakers over the Eagles, play the lowly Washington Redskins at 1. Then, on Dec. 29, the Eagles and Cowboys finish their regular seasons against each other in Arlington, Texas. So thanks to that interesting bit of scheduling and circumstance, the Eagles have a game Sunday that may mean a lot to them or that may end up not meaning very much at all. We pride ourselves on keeping our readers informed on all the potential ramifications of even the smallest development in the world of Philadelphia sports.
December 4, 2013 |
IN THE wake of Sunday's deadly Bronx train derailment, commuters might be wondering: Could it happen here? Well, in Philadelphia, it's "not a likely scenario," according to Jeff Knueppel, SEPTA's deputy general manager. "We've had a good track record with the problem of overspeeding, and in a short amount of time, we're looking to eliminate it completely from our system," said Knueppel. In 26 years on the job, he said, he has not encountered a derailment on par with the one that killed four people.
November 1, 2013 |
Hammonton and St. Joseph would like to keep alive a 51-year-old football rivalry. Timber Creek would like to raise its regional profile. The result could be a unique arrangement that would impact the division alignments and schedules for the West Jersey Football League and the Cape-Atlantic League, starting in the 2014 season. "We've got our fingers crossed," Hammonton athletic director Marni Parks said Wednesday of a proposal that would directly impact three of the best football programs in South Jersey.
July 11, 2013 |
SANFORD, Fla. - The trajectory of the bullet and gunpowder on Trayvon Martin's body support George Zimmerman's account that the teen was on top of him when the defendant shot and killed Martin, an expert on gunshot wounds testified Tuesday. Forensic pathologist Vincent DiMaio also used photographs of Zimmerman to point out where he appeared to have been struck during testimony that took up a significant portion of the day's hearing. Defense attorneys, who said they may wrap up their case Wednesday, were hoping DiMaio's testimony would help convince jurors of the truth of Zimmerman's claims that he shot Martin in self-defense.
May 26, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Chase Utley believed it was prudent to inform the Phillies moments after pain shot through his right side during batting practice Tuesday. Rather than play through it, an idea a twenty-something Utley might have embraced, Utley was confident in his caution. His diagnosis Thursday of a "very mild" oblique strain reaffirmed that decision. Utley will miss at least two weeks and Phillies officials are optimistic that is all. Utley, while describing his injury as the "best-case scenario," is taking a more conservative view.
May 19, 2013
It's hard to say whether Warren Bloom would be a bad traffic judge. That's because the job, for which Bloom is seeking the Democratic nomination on Tuesday, has virtually no prerequisites beyond possessing a pulse, living in Philadelphia, and winning a pale imitation of an election. It's somewhat easier to determine whether Bloom has, at least at times, been a bad taxpayer, a bad uncle, and a very bad rapper. That's because he owes more than $20,000 in taxes (which might be helped by a traffic judge's $91,000 salary)
March 10, 2013
The outcome of Sunday's Temple-Virginia Commonwealth game at the Liacouras Center will determine where the Owls and La Salle are seeded in the conference tournament, which begins Thursday in Brooklyn. St. Joseph's, which will not be affected by the Temple-VCU result, is seeded 10th and plays seventh seed Xavier in Thursday's 6:30 p.m. first-rounder. TEMPLE If Temple beats VCU, the Owls get the third seed and a first-round bye, then face the winner of sixth seed Massachusetts and 11th seed George Washington in Friday's 9 p.m. quarterfinal.
January 15, 2013 |
The NHL's 48-game schedule, caused by Lockout III, will dramatically change the dynamics of the 2013 season. For proof, take a look at last year's 82-game season and what would have happened if only the last 48 games were played - and the first 34 didn't count. Boston was the Eastern Conference's best team after 34 games last season, going 24-9-1. But the Bruins limped home in the final 48 (25-20-3) and would not have even qualified for the playoffs if only those games counted.
December 30, 2012
AFC CLINCHED: Houston, AFC South; Denver, AFC West; New England, AFC East; Baltimore, AFC North; Indianapolis, No. 5 playoff spot; Cincinnati, No. 6 playoff spot HOUSTON (at Indianapolis) Clinches first-round bye with a win or tie; or New England loss or tie; or Denver loss Clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with win; or tie AND Denver loss or tie; or New England loss or tie AND Denver loss DENVER (vs. Kansas City) Clinches first-round bye with win or tie; or New England loss or tie Clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with win and Houston loss or tie; or tie and Houston loss NEW ENGLAND (vs. Miami)