July 4, 2013
The Style+Soul section, which usually appears on Wednesday, will be published Thursday with special Fourth of July fashion coverage: Consumer confidence is up, and red-white-and-blue has never been more stylish.
July 2, 2013 |
THE SOUL clinched the East Division title and will host a playoff game after its 66-57 win at Cleveland on Saturday. Soul quarterback Dan Raudabaugh completed 25 of 28 passes for 285 yards and six touchdowns, and no interceptions. "This was a collective effort from top to bottom," Soul coach Clint Dolezel said. "Dan had an outstanding game, but there were many guys that stepped up when we had injuries during the game. Collectively, we stayed focused and played a complete game.
June 29, 2013
Saturday at 7 p.m., Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland. Records: Soul, 8-5; Gladiators, 2-11. About the Soul: The Soul have a five-game lead over second-place Pittsburgh in the Eastern Division and have won five of their last six games. With a win, the Soul can clinch the East Division for the second consecutive season. The Soul average 58.3 points per game (No. 3 in the AFL), 273 passing yards per game (No. 6), and 33.2 yards on the ground (No. 3). Over the last two games quarterback Dan Raudabaugh averaged a completion percentage rate of 73.4 and a quarterback rating of 137.74.
June 28, 2013
SOUL AGENDA Who: Soul (8-5) at Cleveland (2-11) When: Tomorrow, 7 p.m. Where: Quicken Loans Arena (20,500). TV/Radio: None. On the web: Soul.ArenaFootball.com/AllAccess About the Soul: Will clinch the AFL East with a win or a loss by Pittsburgh, which is hosting New Orleans tomorrow night . . . Wide receiver Larry Brackins moved over to defense after an injury last week and recorded the first two interceptions of his 6-year...
June 26, 2013
Bobby "Blue" Bland, 83 - a distinguished singer who blended Southern blues and soul in such songs as "Turn on Your Love Light" and "Further On Up the Road" - died Sunday of complications from an ongoing illness, at his Memphis, Tenn., home, surrounded by relatives, said his son Rodd Bland. Mr. Bland was known as the "the Sinatra of the blues" and was heavily influenced by Nat King Cole, often recording with lavish arrangements to accompany his smooth vocals. He even openly imitated Frank Sinatra on the Two Steps From the Blues album cover, standing in front of a building with a coat thrown over his shoulder.
June 25, 2013 |
THE TROUBLES the Utah Blaze is having in regaining a home field should not impact its ability to play road games, including a visit to Philadelphia on July 12. "As far as we know," Soul general manager Tom Goodhines said, "there is no change with the schedule, and we are playing. " The Blaze recently was evicted from EnergySolutions Arena for being behind $120,000 in rent, according to a report in the Salt Lake Tribune on Friday. The team reportedly was trying to rectify its finances, including possibly adding another investor, to host this Saturday's game against San Jose.
June 24, 2013
T HE SOUL got another strong effort by the defense and routed Iowa, 54-30, Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center. Philadelphia has won three in a row for the first time this season and improved to 8-5. "We're getting into a groove as a team and our performance is starting to show that," said Soul coach Clint Dolezel. Dan Raudabaugh went 12-for-15 for 142 yards and four touchdowns - two each to Tiger Jones and Ryan McDaniel. Wide receiver Larry Brackins switched over to the defense when James Romain sustained a gruesome injury.
June 23, 2013
Saturday at 6:05 p.m., Wells Fargo Center TV: CSN Philly. Records: Soul, 7-5; Barnstormers, 6-7. About the Soul: The Soul have a four-game lead over second-place Pittsburgh in the Eastern Division, winning four of their last five games. . . . The Soul beat the Barnstormers in their first matchup this season, 54-43. . . . The Soul average 59.2 points, fifth in the league. QB Dan Raudabaugh is third in the league in passing yards this season (3,373), throwing 66 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
June 23, 2013 |
The Soul jumped out to a 27-6 lead in the first half and never looked back as they defeated the Iowa Barnstormers, 54-30, in an Arena Football League game in front of 8,048 fans at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday night. Although they lost three of their first five games, the Soul (8-5) now lead the East Division, are second in the American Conference, and second in the Arena Football League's power rankings behind the Arizona Rattlers. "We play one game at a time," said head coach Clint Dolezel, who is in his first season with the Soul.