May 27, 2016 |
MAYBE THINGS will change, after third-round rookie Isaac Seumalo is eligible to rejoin the Eagles for training camp. Maybe Stefen Wisniewski, currently the backup center, or Malcolm Bunche, the second-team left guard, will eventually emerge to challenge Allen Barbre's hold on the starting position between Jason Peters and Jason Kelce. As Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich noted Wednesday in a radio appearance, new regimes name starters to create order from chaos, but within that order, the players compete and competition can change the order.
May 21, 2016 |
Phil Myers probably would have been a first-round pick in next month's NHL draft if the Flyers didn't have the foresight to sign the 6-foot-5, 208-pound free agent during last year's training camp. Since then, the junior-level defenseman has blossomed faster than anyone could have expected, strengthening the Flyers' already-deep group of up-and-coming blue liners. "There's no question" he would have been a first-round selection if he was in this year's draft, said Craig Button, the highly respected draft guru for TSN in Canada.
May 7, 2016
Here are the local players selected in the 2016 NFL draft: Wide receiver Will Fuller: High school, Roman Catholic. Attended Notre Dame. Was drafted by Houston in the first round, 21st overall. Defensive end Jihad Ward: High school, Bok. Attended Illinois. Was drafted by Oakland in the second round, 44th overall. Defensive end Carl Nassib: High school, Malvern Prep. Attended Penn State. Drafted by Cleveland in the third round, 65th overall. Cornerback Daryl Worley: High school, William Penn Charter.
May 7, 2016 |
Former Roman Catholic football coach Joe McCourt recalled how Will Fuller's first three catches as a starter for the Cahillites went for touchdowns. Kevin Pelligrini, Malvern Prep's former football boss, remembered how Carl Nassib saved his best game for last with the Friars. Michael Hawkins, the last football coach at now-closed Germantown, recollected how Will Parks wasn't afraid of the coach's laser pointer during film sessions. After five former Philadelphia-area high school players were selected in the NFL draft last week, former coaches and family members reminisced about them while seeing a promising future for current area players.
April 27, 2016 |
There is only one way to interpret quarterback Sam Bradford's reported demand to be traded by the Eagles, if the reports are indeed accurate. Here is that interpretation: He wants to be traded. This is a rare what-you-see in the dance between professional athletes and their employers. Usually, there is bluffing involved and posturing and chest-puffing and all manner of artifice from both sides. There are more lines drawn in the sand than at a beach volleyball tournament. That isn't what Bradford is doing.
April 6, 2016
'LET'S GO. Let's go. Push it. " During his 241-game reign so far as head coach of the 76ers, coach Brett Brown has shouted those words to his players thousands of times. From the day he was hired in August of 2013, that is the style Brown felt would give his team its best chance to compete. He might be shouting those same words to management come the end of the season. Brown has won just 46 of those 241 games, and has never been given a roster with a chance to succeed. It is understandable if Brown's words to management this offseason are the same as they have been to his players: "Let's go. Let's go. Push it. " Because, quite frankly, this third year of The Process has been a complete waste.
March 5, 2016 |
DeMarco Murray has not voiced any frustration to Sam Bradford - and he has not voiced anything to coach Doug Pederson, because the two have not yet spoken. An NFL Network report last week said Murray is unhappy and still has an affinity for Dallas. Murray is entering the second year of a five-year, $40 million contract. He counts $8 million against the salary cap in 2016, but the team would absorb a $13 million salary cap hit if it releases him. "I don't know," Pederson said when asked if Murray is happy.
February 25, 2016 |
FOR SIXERS fans, Sept. 29 - the beginning of training camp - seems like a long time ago. For the players and coaches, it's an eternity as the team has lost 48 of its first 56 games, including Tuesday's 124-115 setback to the visiting Orlando Magic. The first few days the team gathered at Stockton University, coach Brett Brown, general manager Sam Hinkie and owner Josh Harris spoke of the excitement of the upcoming season and of how winning would start in this, the third version of The Process.
February 19, 2016 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The banners hang from the lampposts that line SR 60 as it cuts a straight path from Old Tampa Bay to the Gulf of Mexico. In an area of the country where the sun shines all year, they are one of the few true signs of spring, a series of images of Phillies players that flap in the saltwater breeze as they herald the start of another March of Grapefruit League baseball. For most of the past decade, the players emblazoned on the banners served as a sort of welcoming party for the huddled masses who arrived from the Great White North.
February 5, 2016 |
SAN FRANCISCO - When I read the email from my boss asking me to do a column on my top Super Bowl memories, I let out a loud groan that scared the hell out of my dogs and caused them to do that tilted-head thing dogs like to do. I'm not particularly good at reflection, at least when it comes to the Super Bowl. I have total recall regarding my daughters' athletic careers and the keg parties I attended in college. But the biggest game in the sport I cover for a living? Most of them all run together.