December 2, 2011 |
SEATTLE - There have been precious few positives for the Eagles' defense this season. They entered last night's game against Seattle ranked 21st in the league in points allowed, 15th in yards allowed, a pitiful 32nd in red-zone defense, and have squandered a disgraceful five fourth-quarter leads. The one area they had shown improvement in during this train wreck of a season was their run defense. After allowing 140.2 rushing yards per game and 5.0 yards per carry in their first five games, they had held their last six opponents to 85.3 and 3.6. Going up against a quarterback - Tarvaris Jackson - who was playing with a partially torn pectoral muscle in his chest, and who had managed to complete just 55 percent of his passes and throw seven interceptions in the previous five games, the Eagles knew that if they could contain Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, they likely would lug home their fifth victory on the cross-country flight back to Philadelphia.
August 20, 2011
AS THE EAGLES reconvene for the NovaCare portion of training camp today, here are some pressing issues that need to be resolved, in no particular order: * Linebacking: Plenty has been said and written already about the first-team linebackers' struggles in Pittsburgh on Thursday night. A confused, porous half of work against a really poised, honed Steelers offense does not necessarily portend disaster. But it's always troubling when something you suspected might be a weakness really seems to be shaking out that way, in spades.
August 16, 2011 |
Walter Brower's eyes lit up as he recalled the rain-drenched day in 1939 when he and a buddy were the first to arrive at a train wreck in the thick of the Pine Barrens. "The cars were all over the tracks. . . . I expected to find people dead," Brower said as he recalled the Aug. 19 crash of the Blue Comet, a luxury train that had departed from Atlantic City with 47 passengers, headed for Jersey City, N.J. For residents of the isolated area, the accident stirred the most excitement and alarm since the crash there of the Mexican airman Emilio Carranza 11 years before.
August 10, 2011 |
BETHLEHEM - Maybe this preseason opener is going to look like a train wreck. Good luck getting Juan Castillo to acknowledge that. The Eagles host the Baltimore Ravens tomorrow night at the Linc, 2 weeks and a day after players started checking into Lehigh, still scrambling from the abrupt end to the lockout, without the benefit of the usual spring work that sets up the offensive and defensive schemes. Free agents, usually signed in March, were gathered during the system-installation process and finally got to practice with their teammates last Friday.
July 25, 2011 |
BEIJING - A toddler was found alive Sunday in the wreckage of two bullet trains that had crashed in eastern China the day before, an accident that intensified concerns about the country's high-speed rail system. The official New China News Agency said firefighters had found a boy unconscious in the wreckage Sunday afternoon and taken him to a hospital. Three senior railway officials were fired in response to the crash, which killed at least 43 people and injured more than 200 in Wenzhou, in Zhejiang province.
July 16, 2011 |
Mary Johnson Ambler, a Quaker widow who rushed to the scene of a train wreck that killed 59 people 155 years ago and was credited with saving countless lives, is being honored Sunday in the Montgomery County borough that bears her name. The event at 24 W. Butler Pike also is being held to dedicate the newly refurbished Ambler station on the Lansdale/Doylestown Regional Rail Line. It will be the first time a plaque has been erected to link the borough's name with its namesake. "It is a very interesting story, and I'll admit, I didn't know anything about her until this event came up," Andrew Busch, press officer for SEPTA, said in an e-mail.
May 15, 2011 |
Mel Gibson has a line in The Beaver - well, more accurately, the titular hand puppet he gives voice to in a barmy Cockney accent has the line. It goes: "People seem to love a train wreck when it's not happening to them. " The irony of that observation is not lost on Jodie Foster , who cast her old friend in the dark comedy she directed and costars in, and who witnessed Gibson in the middle of a media maelstrom - his train wreck of a relationship with ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva . The actor shared his troubles with Foster during production, and the infamous Gibson-Grigorieva telephone recordings became public as Foster was directing reshoots.
May 8, 2011
James Mongan, 69, a physician and health-care-policy expert who helped develop President Jimmy Carter's doomed national health plan and who was one of the architects of Massachusetts' landmark health-care law, has died. The San Francisco native was Carter's deputy assistant secretary of health. He developed a health plan that failed amid disagreements among Democrats. He later served as president of New England's largest hospital chain, Partners HealthCare System Inc. He was president of Massachusetts General Hospital and dean of the Missouri School of Medicine.
March 28, 2011 |
The 76ers haven't lost three games in a row since November, when they dropped five straight during that train wreck of a 3-13 start. But they'll face a challenge to avoid three straight defeats after Sunday's 114-111 overtime loss to the Sacramento Kings in a matinee mishap at the Wells Fargo Center. After losing in Miami on Friday, the Sixers must win Monday in Chicago against the Eastern Conference-leading Bulls to avoid a three-game skid. The last time the Sixers visited the United Center, they lost by 45. The Sixers (37-36)
February 26, 2011 |
THIS TIME last season, the 76ers were in the same predicament the Detroit Pistons are in now. The players didn't like the coach; the record was abysmal. Playing basketball had become a chore more than anything else. The train wreck that is the Pistons rolled into town, halfheartedly played a game, lost, 110-94, then headed for the team bus seemingly without a care in the world. And probably without coach John Kuester for too much longer. But the Sixers can't worry about other teams' trials and tribulations.