October 1, 2015 |
GALLOWAY, N.J. - Who could blame 76ers coach Brett Brown if, after two seasons and a combined 37-127 record, he was looking for a little divine intervention? That certainly wasn't the reasoning for his visit to the Ben Franklin Parkway this past weekend to see Pope Francis, but the worldly coach couldn't pass up a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. So he and injured center Joel Embiid, hobbled with crutches, scored some premium seats to watch Saturday night's festivities. "We were right down there, and because of Joel's injury the Philadelphia and CIA and all the special police treated us well," Brown said.
September 30, 2015 |
THE EAGLES' first victory of 2015 came at a price. Kicker Cody Parkey's season is over after he suffered what a source close to the situation called "an extensive tear" of his groin in pregame warmups before Sunday's game at the Jets. And just before halftime, starting right guard Andrew Gardner went down with what MRI testing showed to be a "significant" Lisfranc tear in his right foot, a source said. Gardner probably will need season-ending surgery, the source said. He was replaced Sunday by Matt Tobin, who seems likely to slide into the starting spot this week against Washington.
September 29, 2015 |
Luke Schenn has been held out of the Flyers' last two preseason games as the defenseman's role with the Flyers seems to be in question. But Schenn - who has been the subject of trade rumors - does not appear worried. "It's training camp," said Schenn. "There's nothing to be upset about. Still have a week to see how things will shake out here. Still a few games left. I just want to have a couple more good games. " Schenn did not know on Sunday afternoon if he was going to play on Monday night against the Rangers.
September 28, 2015 |
Speedy defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere, 101/2 months removed from knee surgery, opened eyes at the Flyers' training camp before being sent down to the AHL Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Saturday. In three preseason games, he had three goals, but his defensive play was uneven. "We're very excited about him," general manager Ron Hextall said after watching practice Saturday at the Skate Zone in Voorhees. "Quite honestly, if you would have told me he'd come into camp and do as well as he's done, I'd have been thrilled.
September 27, 2015 |
EACH TIME Dave Hakstol and the University of North Dakota made it to the NCAA's Frozen Four in the eight years since Chris Porter graduated, Hakstol's phone would light up with a text message from Porter. That happened four times after Porter left Grand Forks having been to three straight Frozen Fours. UND lost in the 2004-05 national championship game when Porter was a sophomore. Boston College eliminated it in the semifinals the following two years (three actually, when you count the year after Porter's departure)
September 25, 2015 |
The 76ers added scoring options in rookie center Jahlil Okafor and second-year shooting guard Nik Stauskas to play alongside Nerlens Noel via the draft and a trade. Yet, the biggest question mark still has not been answered: Who will be the starting point guard for the 2015-16 season? Coach Brett Brown spoke about heading into next week's training camp at Stockton University seven point guards until he was corrected. "When you have seven point guards last year, it's just sticks in your head," Brown said.
September 20, 2015 |
IT WASN'T uncommon to see a Flyers player hunched over, using his stick to hold himself up at points throughout yesterday's first training camp session. There was even a time when captain Claude Giroux ended a one-on-one battle drill that finished with a missed shot on goal by taking a knee in the corner and waiting his turn in line. "I'm pretty tired, I'm not going to lie," Giroux said. "It's good. When you work hard during practice, it kind of becomes a habit during a game.
September 18, 2015 |
DAVE HAKSTOL arrived at Flyers training camp Monday, when prospects reported, ready to get to work at his first training camp as a head coach in the NHL. The former University of North Dakota coach was wearing orange and black from head-to-toe, having traded in the green and white of UND for the big time. He was sporting a new haircut, too. "It's a new year," Hakstol said with a laugh. Those four words seem to be the most popular and perhaps most crucial around Flyers training camp, which gets underway in its entirety today when on-ice workouts with the entire group commence.
September 17, 2015 |
WITH THE Eagles' devastating loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Monday night, no doubt most Philly sports fans are turning their attention to the start of training camp for the 76ers. OK, that is obviously sarcasm, but coach Brett Brown will assemble a group of 20 players and take them down to Richard Stockton University beginning Sept. 29 to prepare for his third season at the helm. The offseason was another eventful one, topped with Joel Embiid's second foot surgery, which will cost him another season.
September 16, 2015 |
AFTER FINISHING a segment of yesterday's testing session, Scott Laughton stood in the locker room and spoke with members of the media. The Flyers' veterans had just wrapped up an informal, on-ice workout at the Skate Zone in Voorhees, N.J. - full training camp begins Friday - and were doing the same. But Laughton was in a locker room behind the "other" sheet of ice. The one that has a door under the large Phantoms logo. The goal, after his fourth training camp runs its course over the next few weeks, is to be on the other side, playing at the NHL level for the duration of the 2015-16 season.