May 4, 2015 |
The Eagles needed to wait four hours to make a pick Saturday. They traded their fourth-round pick to the Detroit Lions for a 2016 third-round pick, a move that coach Chip Kelly called a short-term sacrifice for a long-term gain. The Eagles already entered the day without a fifth-round pick, so they needed to wait until the sixth and seventh rounds to complete their draft. They added defensive backs JaCorey Shepherd (Kansas) and Randall Evans (Kansas State) in the sixth round, and defensive lineman Brian Mihalik (Boston College)
May 2, 2015 |
With construction going on around the city and building projects on the rise, six of Philadelphia's building-trades unions settled contracts Thursday designed to make them more marketable in the suburbs. "We are trying collectively to become more competitive in the counties," said Emily Bittenbender, chief executive of Bittenbender Construction L.P. and chairwoman of the General Building Contractors Association (GBCA). Most Center City projects are built by contractors using union labor, but union construction projects are less prevalent in the suburbs.
May 1, 2015 |
When Chip Kelly lays his head down at night and counts seconds between snaps, what quarterback does he dream of? Of all the reasons given for why the Eagles could trade up and draft Marcus Mariota in Thursday's NFL draft, Kelly's seemingly unwavering belief that his former Oregon quarterback will be a transformative player is at the crux of any plausible argument. "He might be the fastest guy on the field, but his mind is even faster," Kelly said of Mariota in January before the national championship.
May 1, 2015 |
WHILE MUCH of the fan focus in Philadelphia has been on the possibility of the Eagles trading up to get Marcus Mariota, many of the phone calls that are being made by NFL teams this week have to do with a desire to trade down. Teams aren't thrilled with the quality of talent in the first round. While Chip Kelly may disagree, neither of the top two quarterbacks – Mariota or Jameis Winston – is considered a can't-miss prospect. "I think both of them are going to be projects that you're going to have to work with," said former NFL executive Bill Polian, who now works as an analyst for ESPN.
April 25, 2015
Pull off fast track Check Up blogger Daniel R. Hoffman notes some damaging information coming out about the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, including the potential for less access to affordable medicines ("Self-dealing physicians and a bad trade deal," April 21, Philly.com). But there is even more cause for alarm to those of us in the religious community: The fast-track process means the voices of most people impacted by its provisions will not be heard. That means less deliberation, feedback, and understanding of possible environmental damage.
April 17, 2015 |
Flyers general manager Ron Hextall wants to add some pieces to a team that finished 33-31-18 and 14 points out of the final Eastern Conference playoff spot this season. "I'd like to find an upgrade on defense, whether it be a free agent or whatever," he said during a season-ending news conference Wednesday at the Skate Zone in Voorhees. "I'd like to find a skilled forward. That's my wish list. Free agency, trade . . . we'll look at that. " The free-agent market is rather thin, and it includes wingers Matt Beleskey (Anaheim)
April 9, 2015 |
HOWEVER YOU feel about the front office's past missteps, Ruben Amaro Jr. and Pat Gillick have done a solid job rebuilding the organization's minor league depth over the past year. The system is still woefully thin on hitting prospects and, with the exception of top prospect J.P. Crawford, devoid of the kind of blue-chip talent that might fulfill the Phillies' stated desire to build "a new core. " But it is in much better shape than it was a year ago, when half of its top 10 prospects weren't even in the system.
April 7, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Pat Gillick sat back in his chair and considered the hypothetical dilemma. You can have Cole Hamels on your team for as many as 5 more years, including this season. If you wanted to be able to compete as soon as, say, 2017, would you be in better shape with a 33-year-old Hamels on your roster, atop your rotation, or instead with the possible collection of prospects you might get back for him in a trade? "That's a hard question to answer - and I'm not trying to dodge it," Gillick said.
April 3, 2015 |
NEW YORK - A majority of Cuban Americans, whose opposition to the Communist regime in Cuba helped cement a 50-year U.S. trade embargo, now support normalizing trade relations between the two countries, according to a poll taken since President Obama's call for closer ties in December. The survey of 400 Cuban Americans by pollsters Bendixen & Amandi International, Miami, done in mid-March after the community had had three months to debate the new policy, showed 51 percent approved of Obama's call to end the embargo and improve trade relations, and 40 percent against.
April 3, 2015 |
Maybe now we know why, despite an offseason rife with speculation, the Phillies haven't yet traded Cole Hamels. After all, it took five Arizona State grad students using two computer models and countless statistical metrics more than 60 hours over five days to devise what a panel of baseball experts judged the best possible deal for the Phillies ace. Their winning proposal, selected from among all those formulated by 21 teams of collegians, had...