August 19, 2016 |
PITTSBURGH - During Billy Davis' three seasons as the Eagles' defensive coordinator, he seldom, if ever, mentioned the safety position and stopping the run in the same sentence. In his two-gap, 3-4 scheme, safeties were quasi-cornerbacks with limited run responsibilities. Tackling was way down their list of priorities. The way getting coffee is for a Fortune 500 CEO. Yes, Malcolm Jenkins had a team-high 104 tackles last season. But about half of those were on guys Byron Maxwell and Mychal Kendricks missed.
August 15, 2016 |
Zach Eflin pitched the last few weeks with a fracture in his right foot, which was not discovered until Friday and will likely be enough to shut down the rookie pitcher for the rest of the season. The stress fracture was discovered when Eflin had an MRI on his knees. He was placed on the disabled list last week with tendinitis in both knees. Eflin said he had received treatment for the foot, not knowing it was fractured. He does not know how the injury occurred. Manager Pete Mackanin said, "It's unlikely that he will be back this year.
August 15, 2016 |
So I was talking with 76ers head coach Brett Brown at Eagles practice the other day, and he got me thinking about bat poop. Trust me. There's a connection. Just hang tight. Brown and Sixers general manager Bryan Colangelo visited the NovaCare Complex on Monday, and during a brief interview near the practice fields, Brown mentioned how much he was enjoying watching Dario Saric and Sergio Rodriguez - two Sixers players he hasn't had the chance to coach yet - in the Rio Olympics. Both of them, he said, "thought the game" very well.
August 12, 2016 |
KEVIN DURANT may have left the Oklahoma City Thunder for greener pastures, but the Thunder still will have Russell Westbrook when they visit the Wells Fargo Center on Oct. 26 to open the Sixers' season. The NBA released the 2016-17 schedule Thursday night. Sixers fans will be able to see Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Dario Saric and company at home in five of the first six games as the team will host Atlanta, Orlando, Cleveland and Utah. LeBron James and the world champion Cavaliers will make their first visit on Saturday, Nov. 5. They also will come to town on Sunday, Nov. 27 for a 1 p.m. meeting.
August 2, 2016 |
AT THIS POINT, Zach Ertz has stopped trying to figure what the phrase "breakout season" means. The talented tight end out of Stanford had that presented as his story going into his second season and going into his third season. Now as he enters his fourth season since being selected by the Eagles in the second round of the 2013 draft, "breakout" is again associated with the expectations for the 25-year-old. "You know what?" Ertz said after the Eagles completed their open practice in front of 18,286 spectators Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field.
July 28, 2016 |
CHICAGO - Ohio State lost 12 players to the NFL draft after last season, and its senior class finished a four-year career with a 50-4 record, tying for the most wins over that span by an FBS school in NCAA history. However, when coach Urban Meyer said Tuesday that, "44 of our players, which is over half of our scholarships, are kids that never played in a game," it was less of a lament, and more of a hopeful sign of what's to come for the Buckeyes this season. "The issue would be if it was a non-talented young team," Meyer said.
July 26, 2016 |
Sam Bradford finally enjoyed a healthy summer. He was not sequestered in a training room rehabilitating a torn knee, like he did the previous two summers. An elusive break in his schedule allowed Bradford to spend time with teammates, focus on building the rest of his body - and even get married. Bradford begins his second training camp with the Eagles on Monday as the unequivocal starting quarterback, but with his career in Philadelphia likely expiring after this season. Yet all the attention devoted to Bradford's employment has overshadowed what's otherwise been the dominant story line of Bradford's career: His health.
July 25, 2016 |
Who could forget it? Donald Trump and wife Melania stepping away from the golden Currency Exchange entrance within Trump Tower and riding an escalator down, down amid a cheering crowd and the thumping tones of Neil Young's "Rockin' in the Free World. " It was a pure Trump moment - announcing the death of the American dream and his plan personally to revive it by running for the presidency of the United States. That was more than a year ago - June 16, 2015, in fact - and it marked a political season like no other.
July 18, 2016 |
Tommy Joseph was out of the lineup Saturday night against the Mets. Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said he would use the second half of the season to determine where the rookie first baseman fits into the system. Since Joseph was called up from Lehigh Valley on May 13, he has batted .255 with a .510 slugging percentage. "He came in like gangbusters," Mackanin said. "Then he went through that bad stretch and he came out of it, little by little. Now it is going to be determined: Is he going to come out of it big or so-so?
July 14, 2016 |
Frontier Airlines will discontinue 10 seasonal routes from Philadelphia International Airport at the end of October. Denver-based Frontier, which added flights to new cities from Philadelphia this spring, will drop nonstop flights in the winter season to Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Columbus, Ohio; Chicago; Nashville, Tenn.; Indianapolis, Ind.; Kansas City, Mo.; Milwaukee; San Antonio, Texas; and St. Augustine, Fla., at the end of October. Remaining will be Frontier's flights from Philadelphia to 10 other cities: Austin, Texas; Denver; Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; Cancun, Mexico; Miami, Orlando, and Tampa, Fla.; New Orleans; and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.