July 20, 2016 |
PATIENCE. It permeates virtually any and every conversation about sports in this town, from Aaron Nola and the Phillies down on the farm to Ron Hextall's elaborate plan of future dominance to the debate over whether the new coach and both quarterbacks of the latest Eagles refurbish have been overvalued or simply need time to prove the genius of Jeffrey Lurie and Howie Roseman. And then there is "The Process," the professional sports version of the Mel Brooks' classic, The Producers, whereby a franchise could end up winning big by losing big, provided it had enough - you guessed it - patience.
April 22, 2016 |
The polls will close at 8 p.m. Tuesday in Pennsylvania's primary, but for the Republican presidential campaigns, the politicking here may just be getting started then. That's because even after the confetti clears, 54 of the Keystone State's 71 Republican delegates will still be up for grabs. If the GOP primary goes all the way to a contested nominating convention in Cleveland, those votes could prove critical to front-runner Donald Trump or to those trying to stop him. "There will be a full-court press" to woo Pennsylvania's unbound delegates if that happens, said State GOP Chairman Rob Gleason.
March 26, 2016 |
DENVER - The Flyers' Mile High low ended Thursday night at the Pepsi Center. Claude Giroux and Radko Gudas scored 19 seconds apart late in the game, lifting the Flyers to a dramatic 4-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche. Giroux gathered a rebound of a Wayne Simmionds shot, made a deft move, and scored for the third straight game to put the Flyers ahead, 3-2, with 5 minutes, 24 seconds remaining in regulation. "It was pretty fun to score that goal, and as I was waiting for my teammates, all I could see in the crowd was orange," Giroux said.
January 20, 2016 |
The Flyers are surging and no longer considered an afterthought on their opponents' schedules. When they need a clutch goal, they get one. When they struggle to score, like they did Sunday at Joe Louis Arena, their goalie bails them out. Detroit was dominant at times, but goalie Michal Neuvirth had the answers in a 2-1 shootout victory. The Flyers won a shootout! The Flyers won a shootout! The Flyers won a shootout! It was a strange weekend for the Flyers. They outplayed the Rangers and lost, 3-2, in the dreaded shootout and then were outplayed by the Red Wings for two periods before gutting out just their third win in 28 years at the Joe. Neuvirth was superb despite sitting out the previous four games while Steve Mason went on a 3-0-1 run. Remember when the Flyers always seemed to be searching for a No. 1 goalie?
January 8, 2016 |
Stats, trends and other friends as the daily leagues take over fantasy football here in the NFL's postseason. Quarterbacks Alex Smith has had fewer than 200 yards passing in each of the last five games, which makes him quite touchdown-dependent. He threw for three TDs against Houston in the season opener. Ben Roethlisberger has thrown multiple interceptions in three consecutive games for the first time in nine years. In two games against Cincy, he had four picks and one touchdown pass.
October 8, 2015 |
NEW YORK - It was easy to forget, while watching them outplay the New York Yankees on Tuesday, that the Houston Astros are still only two seasons removed from losing 111 games. The past was a distant memory in the visitors clubhouse at Yankee Stadium on this night. Come Thursday, the ahead-of-schedule Astros will open play in the American League division series against the defending AL-champion Kansas City Royals. Baseball's surprise team advanced from the one-and-done AL wild-card game behind another dominant outing from ace Dallas Keuchel and a few timely hits.
June 9, 2015 |
There has been plenty of political chatter this year about independent candidates for mayor in the Nov. 3 general election. Will former Republican candidate Sam Katz take another shot? He won't. Will former Democratic City Councilman Bill Green get into the race? He's still considering it. Independent candidates also are sizing up two of five City Council at-large seats that are set aside in city charter for the "minority" political party. Those seats have been held for decades by Republicans.
September 9, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - As crazy as it may seem, there were more than a few murmurs in the Phillies clubhouse the last few days about making the almost-impossible run for a second wild-card spot. That's why Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park felt like a punch to the gut. A team with no margin for error saw what it perceived to be some rough calls, not to mention an impressive power display by Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche, who hit two solo home runs. The Phillies trail the Pittsburgh Pirates by eight games in the race for the second wild-card spot with 20 games to play.
January 3, 2014 |
James Franklin returned the phone call. No surprise. Franklin had grown up locally, had gone to Neshaminy High, was happy to talk about the resurrection project he had undertaken at Vanderbilt. "Everything about the job, about the program, about how football was perceived at Vanderbilt needed to be changed," Franklin said over the phone. "I realized that. " The timing of that phone call was interesting. It was a little more than two years ago, the week before Christmas, the last time the head coaching job at Penn State was open.
October 2, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Another "phoenix moment" for the Philadelphia Orchestra? That's how Carnegie Hall's director of artistic planning, Jeremy Geffen, describes the orchestra's arrival Wednesday to open the 2013-14 season in New York City's august concert venue, whose audiences and management cheered the orchestra through its bankruptcy. Slots don't come any more prestigious than opening night. The concert promises guaranteed star power with violinist Joshua Bell and music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, now in his second season with the Philadelphians.