February 4, 2016 |
THE FIRST game won't make or break what the Flyers concede is their most important month of the season. The Flyers have their busiest month of the season with 15 games - the final being on Feb. 29 at home against the Calgary Flames. It is complicated by the fact that they'll have five straight games away from home from Feb. 14-23 because ventriloquist/standup comedian Jeff Dunham and then the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will play the Wells Fargo Center. That a ventriloquist with a bunch of puppets needs a venue the size of Wells Fargo is beyond me, but the lowest-priced ticket is $27. Nevertheless, the Flyers play at the New York Rangers, New Jersey Devils, Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs and Carolina Hurricanes.
February 4, 2016
BECAUSE OF preparations for the Democratic National Convention, the Soul's home game against the Los Angeles Kiss on Saturday, June 11 has been moved from the Wells Fargo Center to the Sun National Bank Center in Trenton. Kickoff is at 3 p.m. Tickets start at $15. The Soul also has to relocate a July 9 game against Cleveland. Early talk was that the team was looking at Allentown. The DNC is July 25-28, which will require more relocations if the Soul host postseason games. - Ed Barkowitz
February 3, 2016 |
You can get arena rock's pomp and circumstance just about anywhere - including this Super Bowl Sunday, when Coldplay hits the masses with its halftime show bombast. But if you like your P + C with an apocalyptic, politicized edge, then sleek, sinister Muse is your cup of tea. Since 1997, the British trio - guitarist/vocalist Matthew Bellamy, bassist Chris Wolstenholme, drummer Dominic Howard - have made moody glam-prog music that, with each tour and album, brews an incrementally bigger, darker storm.
February 1, 2016 |
Facing his locker stall, a white towel draped atop his head, Steph Curry muttered "Bad, bad, bad" to no one in particular Saturday night, the NBA's biggest star betraying his displeasure over a game that could have gotten away from the NBA's best team. The 76ers had shocked Curry and the Golden State Warriors with a stirring comeback from a 24-point deficit, tying the score with 22.3 seconds left only to have the Warriors use 22.1 seconds to run a perfect halfcourt sequence: Curry penetrating and passing to Draymond Green at the foul line, Green kicking the ball to Harrison Barnes in the corner for an open three-pointer, Barnes swishing it for a 108-105 Warriors victory.
January 26, 2016 |
Of the three streaks that Villanova owned entering Sunday's game against Providence, the most impressive by far was the fact that the Wildcats had gone more than a year - 369 days, to be exact - without losing in the Big East Conference, a run of 22 games. The fourth-ranked Wildcats retained hope that the streak would continue after Ryan Arcidiacono hit a three-point basket to force overtime against No. 16 Providence, but the Friars took charge of the extra period and captured an 82-76 victory at the Wells Fargo Center before 7,191 folks who dug themselves out to attend.
January 12, 2016 |
King James came calling at the Wells Fargo Center on Sunday, and a great many of his loyal subjects followed. The often half-empty Wells Fargo Center was awfully full for LeBron James' evening visit. Hundreds of No. 23 Cavaliers jerseys far outnumbered any of the home team's jerseys in the stands. The attendance was listed as 19,226. "It's just a mutual respect," James said of Philly fans after the Cavs beat the 76ers, 95-85, in a game in which he finished with 37 points, nine assists, and seven rebounds.
January 8, 2016 |
It was fun to talk about Elton Brand's competitive juices during what was a pain-free first day of practice during his second tour with the 76ers. But by now, everyone knows they didn't sign him to get the most out of his career averages of 16.1 points and 8.6 rebounds. The 36-year-old came out of retirement to provide leadership. He spoke about that after working out with his teammates Wednesday at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Brand wants them to be aware that you have to respect the city and make it proud.
January 7, 2016 |
The Flyers' slumping special teams regrouped and played a major role in snapping a three-game losing streak Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center. Brayden Schenn had three points, and Shayne Gostisbehere and the sizzling Sean Couturier each contributed a goal and an assist as the Flyers outlasted the Montreal Canadiens, 4-3. The Flyers' much-maligned penalty kill was 4 for 4. The PK allowed six goals on 12 chances during the 0-3 West Coast trip. The power play, which has struggled recently, also got a goal from Wayne Simmonds.
January 3, 2016 |
LOS ANGELES - Joel Embiid is in the midst of his West Coast rehabilitation plan. The 76ers' sidelined center arrived in Los Angeles on Thursday. Sixers coach Brett Brown said he would stay for a few days, doing on- and off-the-court work. Asked if Embiid's trip to California included a doctor's visit, Brown responded, "Not so much that. " "It's all part of that rehab and that plan and path that he is on with David Martin, one of the world's recognized sports scientists," Brown said.
January 1, 2016
Pennsylvania's delegation at the Democratic National Convention will stay at the Double Tree Hilton downtown this summer, while New Jersey's bunks at the Renaissance Philadelphia Airport. Hawaii and Idaho will have to travel a little farther from the Double Tree Hilton in Valley Forge. American Samoa, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands will stay at the Courtyard Lansdale - 42 miles from the Wells Fargo Center. Area hotels will house about 6,000 delegates over the course of the convention, which runs from July 25-28.