August 20, 2014 |
THE SIXERS, once again, will be returning to their roots, according to their just-released preseason schedule. If part of the team's plan is to introduce rookies - and there might be as many as five first-year players on the opening-night roster - to the rigors of NBA travel, this schedule might do the trick. Over the 18 days on the docket, the Sixers will visit six cities - along with two home games at the Wells Fargo Center - and will travel as far west as Minneapolis. One of the stops will be Syracuse, where the franchise began as the Syracuse Nationals and won the 1955 NBA championship.
August 18, 2014 |
Ask Frank Olivieri at Pat's King of Steaks whether it's worth the money and the effort to bring the Democratic National Convention to Philadelphia in 2016, and he'll deliver a resounding yes. "I think it's amazing for Philadelphia," he said. It was amazing for Pat's in 2000 when the Republicans held their convention here. "Business was up 25 percent," Olivieri said. Besides increased sidewalk traffic, he landed lucrative catering gigs, which is why he was more than willing to feed the Democrats' site selection committee - gratis - when it stopped by his iconic restaurant Wednesday.
August 15, 2014 |
THE LONG-AWAITED home debut of Nerlens Noel will take place in the third game of the season, Nov. 1, when the 76ers host the new-look Miami Heat after playing their first two games on the road. The team will open at the Indiana Pacers on Oct. 29, then travel to Milwaukee to face the Bucks and rookie Jabari Parker two nights later. LeBron James and his new team, the Cleveland Cavaliers (and probably new teammate Kevin Love, as well) will visit the Wells Fargo Center on Jan. 5, while the defending champs, the San Antonio Spurs, make their only stop here on Dec. 1. Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder visit on Dec. 5, while the Los Angeles teams, the Clippers (March 27)
July 27, 2014
The Temple men's basketball team will face national powers Duke and Kansas during their nonconference schedule, which was released Friday. "This is a tremendous schedule full of high-caliber opponents," Temple coach Fran Dunphy said in a statement. "We are looking forward to the challenges this season presents. " The Owls will host the Jayhawks at the Wells Fargo Center on Dec. 22 and take on the Blue Devils on Nov. 21 at the Barclays Center in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. - John N. Mitchell The Schedule Times TBA Nov. 14. . . American Nov. 17. . . Louisiana Tech Nov. 21. . . Duke% Nov. 22. . . Stanford or UNLV% Nov. 25. . . Penn Nov. 30. . . LIU-Brooklyn Dec. 3. . . at St. Joseph's Dec. 6. . . La Salle$ Dec. 10. . . Towson Dec. 14. . . at Villanova Dec. 18. . . at Delaware Dec. 22. . . Kansas# Dec. 28 or 29. . . Delaware State %–Coaches vs. Cancer, Barclays Center, New York; $–at the Palestra; #-at the Wells Fargo Center
July 25, 2014 |
"MARVEL Universe Live!," now roaring 'round the Wells Fargo Center, had a really hard act to follow - all those big-budget Marvel action movies, which wow kids of all ages with fantastic computer graphic imagery and amazing antics by stunt drivers and martial-arts acrobats, daredevils who flip and fly themselves and their vehicles with pinpoint perfection. But where others might be scared away, the gang at Feld Entertainment (which also stages the Ringling Bros. Circus and "Disney on Ice" spectacles)
July 11, 2014 |
FOR SOME, it's a start. For others, a restart. Yet they all have the same target, even if the odds are likely working against most of them. The Flyers opened their developmental camp yesterday at the Virtua Center Skate Zone in Voorhees. Twenty-nine prospects will go through the 6-day experience, which includes drills and instruction and the annual Trial on the Isle in Stone Harbor on Monday. How many will ever make a dent at the NHL level - prominent or otherwise - at some stage in their careers remains to play itself out. But at this point, none of them thinks they can't.
June 29, 2014 |
Defenseman Anthony DeAngelo said he came to the Wells Fargo Center countless times while he was living in Sewell as a Flyers fan. He moved to Iowa four years ago, and his goal of playing in the NHL only intensified. So it was fitting that he found out about his professional destination while in the Wells Fargo Center for Friday's first round of the NHL draft. DeAngelo was selected in the first round, 19th overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning. He had 15 goals and 56 assists in 51 games for the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League this season.
June 29, 2014 |
For the second year in a row, the Flyers have selected a defenseman with their first pick in the NHL draft. With the draft at the Wells Fargo Center for the first time, new general manager Ron Hextall made 18-year-old defenseman Travis Sanheim the 17th overall pick Friday night. The draft will conclude Saturday with Rounds 2-7. Last year, the Flyers chose blueliner Sam Morin with the 11th pick of the first round. Sanheim was considered a late riser. Playing for Calgary of the Western Hockey League, the 6-foot-3, 180-pound defenseman had five goals and 24 assists in 67 games and a plus-25 rating.
June 25, 2014 |
Philadelphia has become a big player on the national hockey stage. With the NHL draft at the Wells Fargo Center this weekend, it caps a four-year span in which the city has also hosted the Stanley Cup Finals, the Winter Classic at Citizens Bank Park, and the NCAA's Frozen Four. In other words, Philly has come a long way since it held a parade to welcome an NHL expansion team in 1967 and about 25 people showed up. "It's obvious we are one of the top hockey cities in America," said Larry Needle, executive director of the Philadelphia Sports Congress, "and this is another in a long line of hockey events in the city.
June 24, 2014 |
THE MERCURY is just beginning to rise inside the thermometer, marking another sweltering summer in Philadelphia. Yet, in just 108 days, the puck will drop on the Flyers' 48th season. The NHL released its full, 1,230-game slate for the 2014-15 season yesterday. The Flyers will open on the road in Boston on Wednesday, Oct. 8. They will wrap up on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at home against Ottawa. Ron Hextall's first changes to the Flyers' roster as general manager and Craig Berube's first full season behind the bench will play out over the 80 games in between.