May 12, 2015 |
EAGLES CENTER Mike Coccia is the biggest person in his family, but he's not the toughest, or the most determined, or even the best athlete. "That's my sister, Kristina," he said. Mike Coccia, a Bethlehem kid whose family has had season tickets for 15 years, realized a dream when he signed a rookie free-agent contract with the Eagles. He's got a good shot. The team needs depth on the offensive line. Coccia (pronounced KO-sha) played at New Hampshire, where they still run a version of Chip Kelly's offense.
April 24, 2015 |
VILLANOVA'S football team lost three times last season, by a total of five points. Quarterback John Robertson won the Walter Payton Award as the Outstanding Offensive Player in FCS. Linebacker Don Cherry finished second in the voting for the Buck Buchanan Award, which goes to the top defensive guy. Both are now seniors. If Robertson hadn't suffered a concussion in their first playoff game and missed the quarterfinals, which the Wildcats lost by three to Sam Houston State at home, they might have made a serious run at their second national title in 6 years.
March 12, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The look was remarkably familiar. Cliff Lee sat in front of his locker stall yesterday afternoon while his teammates took on the Detroit Tigers outside the clubhouse doors. He was in uniform, but in no position to help out. He spoke with an uncertain voice, looked ahead with eyes unsure of what the future held for him in the game he's played, in one way or another, for 3 decades. "It's not a good sign, obviously," Lee said of the same injury that limited him to 13 starts in 2014 returning before he even could begin 2015.
March 5, 2015 |
It was not love at first sight. In fact, when Evelyn looked at the 8-pound, 12-ounce infant clinging to her chest, her first thought was: I don't even know who this is. "She didn't look anything like how I had pictured. She looked so scared and little. It wasn't this angelic, biblical moment where the mother looks at her child and praises God. It was more like: Who the hell are you?" She'd been in labor for nearly 24 hours - first, in the cramped bathtub of the house she and Josh rented in Germantown, then at Einstein Medical Center Montgomery, with a Pitocin drip that made her contractions erratic and fierce.
March 1, 2015
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Chad Billingsley on Friday morning took another step toward once again starting major-league baseball games. After pitching what amounted to two simulated innings with a short break in between, the veteran righthander said his arm felt "great. " Before he is able to toe the rubber in Grapefruit League games, Billingsley, 30, will first need to pitch to live hitters in batting practice. That could happen in the next seven to 10 days. His next bullpen session is slated for Monday.
January 9, 2015 |
WASHINGTON Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth is scheduled to have surgery on his right shoulder today, a person familiar with the situation said yesterday. The source, who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no announcement about the operation had been made, said Werth is expected to be ready by the start of the regular season in April. The 35-year-old Werth was troubled by his right shoulder in early August, when he sat out a week for the NL East champions.
December 18, 2014 |
THE JETS surrendered two picks and three players to trade up and take Mark Sanchez fifth overall in 2009. He was the quarterback when the Jets went to the AFC title game his first two seasons. He earned a clever nickname. But the value of "The Sanchise" plunged in 2011 and 2012. He had a chance to rebuild his brand's equity this season as Nick Foles' replacement. That equity spiked early, but the specter of two tough, meaningful games loomed as better gauges of Sanchez's true value.
November 1, 2014 |
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Under a faultless sky, on a perfect fall day, Adam Morgan went to the mound Monday accompanied by the applause of exactly 306 fans and took one more step back to where he had once been. The Arizona Fall League isn't a field of dreams, but it is a seeding ground for prospects to grow, for developing big-leaguers to acquire a new skill, and for players who have suffered injuries to reclaim a place in their organizations' plans. Lefthander Adam Morgan falls into the third category.
September 12, 2014 |
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - When Paul James arrived for his first training camp as a walk-on at Rutgers, he realized it would be a long climb to where he wanted to be. "I think I was, like, sixth on the depth chart at running back," James said earlier this week. "I didn't really get a lot of reps there. But I got my opportunity on scout team - kick returner and running back. That's where I found the opportunity to show what I could do. " James redshirted that first year and carried the football just five times the next.
June 12, 2014 |
THE WAY reporters watch Eagles organized team activities - only occasionally and even then from a distance - it's hard to reach conclusions about where Mark Sanchez and Matt Barkley stand in the battle to become quarterback Nick Foles' primary backup. Sanchez has the stronger, but seemingly more erratic arm. Barkley is throwing better than he threw a year ago, when he was fresh from shoulder surgery. Sanchez is still not quite fully recovered from shoulder surgery last year, and is learning a new offense.