April 19, 2015
What: Wild-card game. Who: Cleveland Gladiators (2-1) at the Soul (3-0). Where: Wells Fargo Center. When: Saturday at 7 p.m. TV: ESPN2 Outlook: This is the first meeting between the teams since the Gladiators defeated the Soul in the opening round of last year's playoffs, 39-37, on a field goal as time expired. . . . The Soul lead the AFL in scoring offense (62.3), passing offense (326.7) and total offense (326.7). . . . Soul quarterback Dan Raudabaugh has passed for a league-high 22 touchdowns and just three interceptions.
April 17, 2015 |
IN THEIR THREE games last year, Cleveland was the baby and the Soul was the diaper. Each time, the Soul had a late lead against its division rival and each time, the Gladiators strutted off with the win. Those losses lingered like a trash bin filled with rotting seafood. "A lot of times last year, we fell short and our record [9-9] reflected that," defensive lineman Bryan Robinson said. "This year, we're trying to stay on ourselves about going the extra mile, doing the extra work.
April 15, 2015 |
Percy Sledge, 74, the Alabama-born soul balladeer whose emotional, pleading style propelled "When a Man Loves a Woman" to the top of the rhythm-and-blues and pop charts in 1966 and made the song one of the defining soul records of all time, died Tuesday at his home in Baton Rouge, La. In early 2014, he began withdrawing from concerts after reportedly being diagnosed with liver cancer. Mr. Sledge, a 2005 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, possessed one of the most distinctive tenor voices in the Southern soul genre.
April 14, 2015 |
THE MOST successful Tiger in the sporting world yesterday was not Eldrick Woods down at Augusta, but Anthony "Tiger" Jones. The former Soul wideout came back to town with the Jacksonville Sharks to haul in five touchdown passes and total 13 receptions for 239 yards. But the rest of the gang from North Florida couldn't match Jones' homecoming effort, as the Soul (3-0) topped the Sharks, 63-52, in front of a crowd of 9,043 at the Wells Fargo Center. Jones spent the previous three seasons in Philly, racking up 119 scores during his tenure before flying south for a 1-year deal with Jacksonville (0-3)
April 12, 2015
What: Arena Football League Who: Jacksonville Sharks (0-2) at Soul (2-0). Where: Wells Fargo Center. When: Sunday, 4 p.m. TV: Comcast SportsNet Outlook: Soul QB Dan Raudabaugh has passed for 14 touchdowns in the team's first two victories and has been named athletic offensive player of the game twice. . . . The game is a homecoming for former Soul players Derrick Ross, Tiger Jones and Wayne Tribue. . . . The Sharks have lost their first two games by a combined total of two points.
April 12, 2015 |
TO MOST football fans, Willie McGinest is the NFL Network analyst who was selected to two Pro Bowls and was a big part of three championship teams for the New England Patriots. To Soul linebacker Beau Bell, the former linebacker represents something much more personal. Bell was a fourth-round pick of the Cleveland Browns in 2008 when he met McGinest, who was about to begin his 15th and final NFL season. Bell tweaked his knee in training camp and was coming off arthroscopic surgery.
April 7, 2015
AFTER TRAINING camp ended in March, and with more than half of the roster turned over, quarterback Dan Raudabaugh asserted that the Soul front office had assembled "a special team. " Raudabaugh is generally an optimistic sort, so these comments seemed pretty routine. But with a pair of road victories to start the season, Raudabaugh might not have been exaggerating. The Soul improved to 2-0 late Saturday night with an impressive win at Spokane, 54-43. Raudabaugh threw for 305 yards and six touchdowns, but it was the defense that propelled this win. "It is always tough to get a win in a hostile environment like Spokane," coach Clint Dolezel said.
April 5, 2015
Sunday at 10 p.m., Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena, Spokane, Wash. TV: ESPN3.com Last game: The Soul (1-0) got conformation that receiver Ryan McDaniel is fully recovered from his torn Achilles tendon injury last week as McDaniel helped the Soul to a 70-63 victory when he hauled in quarterback Dan Raudabaugh's pass in the final seconds of regulation to lead the Soul past Orlando. Outlook: This is the first meeting between the Soul and the Shock (0-1) since the 2012 season.
April 3, 2015 |
PHILADELPHIA has earned its reputation for having some of the most ruthless fans in sports. Hey, J.D., watch out for that Duracell. In the arena league, though, that dishonor seems to belong to the Spokane franchise. The Shock has been around in the AFL only since 2010, but apparently a trip there is like wearing a Cowboys jersey in the old 700 level for a Monday nighter in December. "I've never been to Seattle [for a Seahawks game], but I would compare it to that in the outdoor game," said Soul coach Clint Dolezel, offering an alternative.
April 3, 2015 |
Joseph Deal loved adventure. Richard Poch seemingly spent nearly half of his life in or around a plane. On Sunday, the men, both certified pilots, boarded a small, single-engine craft at the Brandywine Airport in Chester County as part of a routine flight review conducted every two years to test a pilot's skills. They traveled not even half a mile before their plane abruptly crashed. "Joe was a kind soul and a wonderful man," Deal's family said in a statement Wednesday, after police publicly identified the men as the pair killed in the early-afternoon crash.