Monday, October 31, 2011
New BoSox general manager Ben Cherington confirmed the interview with the Boston Globe.
Mackanin has been an interim big-league manager twice, with Pittsburgh in 2005 (12-14 record) and Cincinnati in 2007 (41-39). He also was a manager for 13 seasons in the minor leagues.
Former Red Sox manager Terry Francona was fired after Boston's historic September collapse.
Sunday, October 30, 2011
CHESTER, PA (October 30, 2011)—This past Friday night, WBC #14 ranked Heavyweight in the world Franklin “Yah Yah” Lawrence dropped Raymond Ocheing three times in just over one round to score a second round stoppage in the main event of a card promoted by Joey Eye Boxing Promotions.
Lawrence dropped Ocheing two times in the final minute of round two and finished Ocheing off with a flurry that sent Ocheing down on the bottom rope just thirty-one seconds into round two and the fight was waved off.
After the bout, Lawrence called out every Heavyweight from Johnathan Banks to the Klitschko Brothers
In the co-feature, Derrick Webster remained undefeated in capturing the BAM Light Heavyweight title with an entertaining six round unanimous decision over Teneal Goyco.
Webster landed many precise combinations that offset the attempted big shots of Goyco. Goyco got through a couple of times but Webster showed time and again why he is one of the top prospects in the Super Middlweight/Light Heavyweight divisions.
The show also featured an explosive forty-second knockout from Lightweight Joey Tiberi and a second round stoppage by popular pro debuting Light weight Alex Barbosa.
The show was rounded out by exciting Welterweight Anthony Young, who scored two knockdowns of durable Kywame Hill in winning his pro debut.
8 ROUNDS HEAVYWEIGHTS—Franklin Lawrence (17-2-2, 12 KO’s) 231 lbs Indianapolis, IN TKO 2 (:31) over Raymond Ocheing (25-15-3) 246 lbs of Nairobi, Kenya
6 ROUNDS—BAM LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE—Derrick Webster (11-0) 168 ½ lbs of Glassboro, NJ U DEC over Teneal Goyco (4-3) 171 ½ lbs of Philadelphia, PA…scores were 60-54; 59-55 & 59-55
4 ROUNDS BANTAMWEIGHTS—Alex Barbosa (1-0, 1 KO) 121 lbs of Philadelphia TKO 2 (2:30) over Brian Gonzalez (0-2) 119 lbs of Puerto Rico
4 ROUNDS WELTERWEIGHTS—Anthony Young (1-0) 145 lbs of Atlantic City, NJ U DEC over Kywame Hill (1-9) 145 lbs of Philadelphia, PA...scores were 40-34; 40-34 and 40-33
4 ROUNDS LIGHTWEIGHTS—Joey Tiberi (6-1, 5 KO’s) 135 lbs of Newark, DE TKO 1 (:40) over Mike Maley (4-9) 137 lbs of Whiting, IN
By John McMullen
CHESTER (The Phanatic Magazine) - Houston withstood a furious Philadelphia push in the final minutes to earn a 2-1 win in the first of a two-legged aggregate Eastern Conference semifinals set at a chilly PPL Park.
MVP Candidate Sebastien Le Toux scored the Union's lone goal in the franchise's first ever Major League Soccer playoff game.
Peter Nowak loves to mix and match. In fact, the Union team manager might be MLS' version of Tony La Russa. Sometimes all those moving parts work and sometimes they don't. Tonight, they seemed to breed indecision early costing Philadelphia dearly as it heads to South Texas with the season on the line.
With usual starting forward Veljko Paunovic out with a strained right hamstring Nowak decided to go with defense at midfield, starting Stefani Miglioranzi and using a five-man backline for the majority of the opening
The decision failed to pay dividends as Houston, which caught fire down the stretch, posting a 4-0-2 record in its final six regular season games to claim second place in the East, tilted the pitch for much of the opening half as Philadelphia proved to be very shaky in its own end.
An early yellow card on Gabriel Farfan proved disastrous for the Union when Brad Davis' brilliant set piece found Andre Hainault, who headed it past Faryd Mondragon in the fifth minute to give the Dynamo a 1-0 edge.
Farfan's brother, Michael, had his back seconds later, however, by finding a streaking Le Toux behind the Houston defense. A nifty pass put the ball right on the Frenchman's left foot and the red-hot Le Toux guided it past Tally Hall for his 12th marker in 14 games dating back to the regular season.
Calen Carr took the air out of the building in the 30th minute, sneaking behind Carlos Valdes and slotting it past Mondragon for what proved to be the game-winner.
To show just how out of sorts Philadelphia was in the opening half, three of the its defensive-minded players, Gabe Farfan, Miglioranzi and Sheanon Williams, picked up yellow cards while the Dynamo, which tied Sporting KC for the most goals off set pieces in MLS this season, had four corner kicks to the Union's zero.
Nowak didn't push the panic button at intermission, bringing out the same Starting XI but went to a 3-5-2 attack with Danny Califf and Valdes holding things down on the backline. Crowding the midfield seemed to give the Union more possession time but real scoring chances were rare as most of the whistles coming from referee Jair Marrufo went the Dynamo's way.
Things changed when Nowak finally pulled the plug on Miglioranzi in the 62nd minute, bringing in Jack McInerney to give the Union more firepower. Roger Torres replaced Justin Mapp in the 68th and Freddy Adu spelled Mwanga in the 76th to put two more offensive pieces on the pitch.
It was too little, too late, however, as the Dynamo managed to hold on to their precarious advantage despite of host of Union opportunities.
Torres nearly found the top right-hand corner off a free kick in the 74 minute, Adu blasted a left-footer just over the goal in the 82nd minute and McInerney's header found the crossbar in the waning moments.
The final death throw came in stoppage time when Hall plucked Valdes' header out of the air to send Philadelphia to the Lone Star State down a goal in aggregate.
The second leg of the series is scheduled for next Thursday in South Texas.
*Attendance was 18,539.
*Houston had never beaten Philadelphia before in four regular season matchups over the past two seasons.
*Paunovic started 12 of the last 14 regular season games.
*Mapp was able to go despite struggling with a quad strain.
*While this was the Union's playoff game, six players -- D Danny Califf, MF Brian Carroll, Mapp, Adu, Miglioranzi and Le Toux -- have a combined 27 playoff berths, seven title appearances and five championships.
*Phillies star shortstop Jimmy Rollins was at the game.
HOU -- Andre Hainault 1 (Brad Davis 1) 6
PHI -- Sebastien Le Toux 1 (Michael Farfan 1) 7
HOU -- Calen Carr 1 (Brian Ching 1) 30
PHI -- Gabriel Farfan (caution; Reckless Foul) 4
PHI -- Stefani Miglioranzi (caution; Reckless Tackle) 17
HOU -- Danny Cruz (caution; Reckless Tackle) 27
PHI -- Sheanon Williams (caution; Reckless Foul) 39
HOU -- Adam Moffat (caution; Reckless Tackle) 40
PHI -- Brian Carroll (caution; Tactical Foul) 65
Houston Dynamo -- Tally Hall, Andre Hainault, Bobby Boswell, Geoff Cameron, Corey Ashe, Danny Cruz (Je-Vaughn Watson 64), Adam Moffat, Luiz Camargo, Brad Davis, Calen Carr (Will Bruin 76), Brian Ching (Carlo Costly 71).
Substitutes Not Used: Colin Clark, Hunter Freeman, Jermaine Taylor, Tyler Deric.
Philadelphia Union -- Faryd Mondragon, Sheanon Williams, Danny Califf, Carlos Valdes, Gabriel Farfan, Michael Farfan, Brian Carroll, Stefani Miglioranzi (Jack McInerney 62), Justin Mapp (Roger Torres 68), Sebastien Le Toux, Danny Mwanga (Freddy Adu 76).
Substitutes Not Used: Morgan Langley, Kyle Nakazawa, Amobi Okugo, Zac MacMath.
Referee: Jair Marrufo
Referee's Assistants: C.J. Morgante; Corey Rockwell
4th Official: Jasen Anno
Time of Game: 1:54
Weather: Clear and 45 degrees
Friday, October 28, 2011
- First baseman Ryan Howard (ruptured left Achilles) had his stitches removed on October 25 and has progressed to partial weight bearing. He has begun a rehabilitation program in Philadelphia.
- Third baseman Placido Polanco (sports hernia) had a follow-up exam with Dr. William Meyers on October 26 and is continuing his rehabilitation in Miami.
- Left-hander Cole Hamels had stitches removed from his left elbow (loose bodies) on October 27 and is continuing his rehabilitation program in Philadelphia. He had a follow-up exam for his hernia surgery today with Dr. Ernest Rosato and has been cleared to progress back to his off-season program as tolerated.
- Right fielder Hunter Pence (sports hernia) continues his rehabilitation program in Philadelphia. He will have a follow-up appointment with Dr. Meyers next week.
- Right-hander Jose Contreras (right forearm strain) was seen by Dr. Michael Ciccotti on October 20 and will begin isometric forearm strengthening next week. He is on track to progress to regular strengthening in the beginning of December and initiate throwing at the beginning of January.
- Ross Gload (hip) was evaluated by Dr. Bryan Kelly in New York on October 18. Dr. Kelly did not feel an arthroscopic procedure was warranted at this time. Gload was set up with an off-season rehabilitation program.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
by Bob Herpen
Phanatic Hockey Editor
Rather than try to come up with a clever, or all-encompassing opening paragraph which might require the ability to stare a hole into this computer screen for an indefinite period before inspiration strikes, I will share some fragmented thoughts I had running through my mind regarding Winnipeg's mind-boggling 9-8 win over the Flyers tonight.
- A thousand monkeys tapping away at a thousand typewriters for their collective lifetimes had a better shot at creating the Great American Novel before being able to bang out a game story this bizarre.
- I laughed. I cried. I threw up in my mouth more than once.
- The riot act isn't enough for both teams. Maybe "Protect and Survive," or selections from the U.S. Constitution will do.
- No team that blows leads of 5-1 and 6-2 deserves to win.
- No team that rallies from deficits of 5-1 and 6-2 deserves to lose.
- However, if you come back from a four-goal deficit and can't hold a lead in the third period, you should be summarily executed like in some Central American banana republic complete with blindfold and last cigarette.
- The clubs combined for 17 goals, which is a single-game record between these two franchises. The previous high was 11.
- The 17 total goals also matched the most in a single game between the Flyers and an opponent. Philly won a 9-8 game in Calgary on February 27, 1982, took a 13-4 decision against Pittsburgh on March 22, 1984 and also won an 11-6 game in Detroit on February 23, 1988.
- It was the most goals any team claiming the Winnipeg moniker scored against the Orange and Black since the first edition of the Jets took a 9-6 decision at the Spectrum on October 23, 1993.
- The eight scores were the most the Flyers have ever recorded in a loss, eclipsing the seven in a 10-7 loss in Game 5 of the 1989 Patrick Division Finals in Pittsburgh, and an 8-7 loss to Tampa Bay last November 18.
Bryzgalov, who was the focal point of the comeback from a 6-2 hole, ended up four goals on 10 shots and did not suffer the loss. But his insertion for starter Sergei Bobrovsky -- who did get saddled with the loss after giving up five goals on 15 shots, kick-started a rally which electrified the announced crowd of 19,588.
Nik Antropov scored in front after Tim Stapleton won a right-circle faceoff just three seconds into a Danny Briere interference call and Winnipeg was up by a 5-2 count at the 4:39 mark of the second period.
Cue the goalie change, and minors to Johnny Oduya and Ladd 44 seconds apart gave the Flyers a 5-on-3 edge. Claude Giroux made the most of the two-man advantage, sliding home a cross-ice dish from Kimmo Timonen at 6:25.
Even after Evander Kane converted an Antropov pass from in close for a power-play score at
10:39, there was a sense of the storm to come.
Kenndal McArdle was sent off for hooking at 12:08 and Philly drew within 6-3 as Timonen's point shot changed direction off Scott Hartnell's stick, then Briere's arm at the left side of the crease.
It was a 6-4 game with Kane in the box for shooting the puck over the glass in the defensive zone. A moribund arena was finally shaken to life at 16:41 when Matt Read carried down the left wing and threw a shot on net which Ondrej Pavelec kicked away. A Jets defenseman quickly cleared the disc, but it caromed off the skate of the onrushing Max Talbot, hit the near post, rebounded off Pavelec's back and trickled over the goal line.
Then, the three-goal burst early in the third pushed the home team into the lead, forced Pavelec from the game, and sent fans into a frenzy.First, it was Briere on the doorstep off a Braydon Coburn pass that once again exploited the superhighway near the Winnipeg crease to bring the Flyers within 6-5 at 1:09.
Then, at 2:23, Andreas Lilja's left-point shot was stopped by Pavelec, but the rebound popped into the air, where an inexplicably uncovered Read settled the puck and slid it home at the left post. That finally caused Claude Noel to rescue his starter from further embarrassment.
The crowd -- and those in the press box -- hardly had time to catch our breath and realize the Flyers were ahead 7-6 before the game was tied as Alex Burmistrov had all day to send home a spinning Antropov pass from in close just 28 seconds later.
Incredibly, the pendulum swung back the other direction only 61 seconds after the tying tally, as Mark Stuart rifled home a Stapleton offering from the left circle on a rush. And things seemed destined to fall apart around Mason with 12:18 remaining, when Jakub Voracek roared in alone down the right wing, but the 35-year-old Alberta native confidently kicked aside the opportunity.
Nonetheless, Philadelphia kept the pressure on and forged an 8-8 deadlock with 3:39 remaining after Timonen threaded a pass from the right-wing boards at the outer edge of the circle all the way to van Riemsdyk for a tip-in on a half-open net.
But all the good feeling went for naught in the final stages. Scott Hartnell came out like his hair was afire, and Jaromir Jagr made one of his frequent falling spells look marvelous on a great lead pass for a tip-in and 1-0 lead just 4:10 into the contest.
Then the wheels fell off as Winnipeg responded with three straight against Bobrovsky. Randy Jones -- a former Flyers defenseman who is still maligned by this fanbase -- picked up his first of the season just after the midway point of the first period to tie the game, Jim Slater put the Jets ahead at 13:39 and Kyle Wellwood expertly redirected a Tobias Enstrom drive in the slot at the tail end of a Lilja interference call at 18:37.
The worse got worser in the second when Tanner Glass received an Enstrom offering and placed it past Bobrovsky at 3:39 for a 4-1 Winnipeg advantage.
That was March 16, 1996.
Once the Orange and Black's (and Antero Niittymaki's) personal whipping boys, the new Jets have beaten Philly in seven of the last eight meetings over the last two seasons.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
“Veljko is training with us, but it’s not in full capacity,” manager Peter Nowak said Wednesday. “It’s tough to say [whether he will be available]. Those kinds of injuries, you never know how it’s going play out. I don’t think it was anything major or that you would say that he’ll be out the whole series. I’m not a doctor; I’m trying to find out what’s going to be the best recipe for [his return].”
The 34-year-old Paunovic, who missed the regular season finale against the New York Red Bulls with the injury, joined the Union on June 13 and went on to score three goals with three assists while starting 16 of the 17 matches he played.
“He was an integral part of this,” Nowak said. “He’s an experienced guy. It’s always good motivation for the young kids. He’s with us in the locker room so I’m sure they’re going to get good advice from him.”
Erving is currently in the midst of severe financial difficulties, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The paper reports that the Georgia Primary Bank filed a lawsuit against the former Sixers star on October 18, claiming that he owes more than $200,000. stemming from a credit line of $1 million that was loaned to "The Erving Group Inc. of Atlanta" back in April of 2009.
Other items Erving is planning to auction off include his ABA championship rings from 1974 and 1976 with the New York Nets, Most Valuable Player trophies from both the NBA and ABA as well as several game-worn jerseys. The minimum bid for the Sixers championship ring will be $25,000.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Allen played with the Eagles from 1988-94 after the team made him a second-round draft pick out of Arizona State. He recorded 34 interceptions, tied for most in Eagles history with Bill Bradley and Brian Dawkins, and holds the team mark with five interceptions returned for touchdowns. A three-time All Pro selection, he and Troy Vincent are the only Eagles cornerbacks to be selected to the Pro Bowl five times. Allen was part of the great 1991 Eagles defense that became only the fifth defense in NFL history to rank first in the NFL in fewest total yards allowed, fewest rushing yards allowed and fewest passing yards permitted.
Johnson was one of the NFL’s most innovative and successful defensive masterminds. He served as the team’s defensive coordinator from 1999 until his death in 2009 and his aggressive style kept Philadelphia at or near the top of the NFL in nearly every major defensive category during his tenure. From 2000-08, Johnson's units ranked second in the NFL in sacks (390), 3rd down efficiency (34.0%) and red zone touchdown percentage (43.9%), and fourth in fewest points allowed (17.7 per game). During his 10-year stay in Philadelphia, the Eagles earned seven playoff berths, five trips to the NFC Championship game and one Super Bowl appearance (following the 2004 season).
As the Eagles’ defensive chief, Johnson's defense produced 26 Pro Bowl selections: Brian Dawkins (7), Troy Vincent (5), Jeremiah Trotter (4), Hugh Douglas (3), Lito Sheppard (2), Asante Samuel (1), Trent Cole (1), Michael Lewis (1), Corey Simon (1), and Bobby Taylor (1).
Allen and Johnson will join 33 other members of the Eagles Honor Roll: C/LB Chuck Bednarik, owner Bert Bell, LB Bill Bergey, S Bill Bradley, DB Tom Brookshier, T Bob Brown, DT Jerome Brown, RB Timmy Brown, WR Harold Carmichael, QB Randall Cunningham, head trainer Otho Davis, executive Jim Gallagher, E Bill Hewitt, QB Ron Jaworski, QB Sonny Jurgensen, HB Ollie Matson, WR Tommy McDonald, RB Wilbert Montgomery, head coach Earl “Greasy” Neale, E Pete Pihos, WR Mike Quick, E Pete Retzlaff, C Jim Ringo, T Jerry Sisemore, QB Norm Van Brocklin, HB Steve Van Buren, head coach Dick Vermeil, T Stan Walters, DE Reggie White, T Al Wistert, C Alex Wojciechowicz, and the 1948 and 1949 NFL Championship Teams.
Phanatic Hockey Editor
So the debate rages on across North America this morning.
Flyers captain Chris Pronger suffers a potentially serious eye injury when struck by the follow-through of Toronto forward Mikhail Grabovski, and suddenly the world wants visors mandatory in the National Hockey League.
Only the critics are forgetting one thing: do the players themselves really want it? And that's the only thing that counts.
The tenor of discussions of that very point took very telling turns last night.
Comcast SportsNet hockey analyst Rick Tocchet (who played from 1984-2002), when asked whether he thought visors should be mandatory, instead dodged the question and stammered some nonsense about how he never did want to wear one. But Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren, in postgame comments, made it clear that not only would Pronger be required to wear a visor, but also that Holmgren thought Pronger would now want to wear one after going through this ordeal.
That remains to be seen, for even necessary change will not come easy to an 18-year NHL veteran who has refused to wear protection over his face for his entire hockey life.
Constant replays of the gruesome incident last night called to mind the more horrific occurrence late in the 1999-2000 season. That's when Ottawa's Marian Hossa took a nine-iron-type swing with his stick and connected full-force with Leafs defenseman Bryan Berard's face. The energy of the blow exploded the inner contents of Berard's right eye onto the ice in a viscous red flow. It was widely accepted that Berard's career was finished.
In typical fashion, reactions from all corners of hockeydom poured in. It's time to get players to wear visors.
But it never caught on.
Dozens of hits and misses have come and gone, all with the same reaction and not action.
Hockey players are creatures of habit, and you're not going to tell a full-grown man who has made his way in the sport since he could walk that he's going to change his ways. That's the only logical end to talk that the NHL should implement a mandatory visor rule.
Besides, the NHL Players' Association is too strong these days. There's no Alan Eagleson in cahoots with the league to grease both sides to get the helmet rule of 1979 passed without argument. And there are no doubt players reps' who oppose any imposition. That's the key issue: whether the league and the PA can work out a solution that won't ruffle any feathers. Good luck with that.
And why not use Berard's example as Devils' Advocate?
After all, the 1997 Calder Trophy winner only missed a little over one NHL season before returning to play for six more years. Berard underwent seven separate eye operations in just under a calendar year in order to correct his vision to 20/400 -- then the league minimum for clearance to return to the ice. He also turned in his injury settlement, totaling $6.5 million, which was his presumed going-away present for time served.
Of course, a decade on, any player who suffers this misfortune can look at Berard's example, just dip into the vast fund their contract affords and contact their friendly neighborhood ophthalmologist or eye surgeon for an eventual fix.
That's the wrong message of course, but making millions of dollars to play a game tends to cloud one's judgment no matter how young or old. I only wish I had the means to maintain such a blind spot.
So, in the wake of such stubborn opposition, I think the league shouldn't do a thing about it.
Let the players hash it out amongst themselves -- give them the power they've complained that NHL is taking away by changing the rules about fighting. Whoever abides will have a greater shot at survival. Whoever doesn't, assumes the risk of losing their livelihood. It's no time for Gary Bettman to play nanny when each individual locker room has 25 big boys who are capable of making their own choices.
On the local front, never mind that the Flyers already boast three players (arry Ashbee, Bernie Parent and Ian Laperriere) who have seen their careers ended due to eye injuries.
Never mind that Brian Propp nearly had his vision permanently altered due to a Lindy Ruff high stick in 1986 -- and that he never played another professional game without a face shield. Let Pronger decide for himself, and the rest of the locker room for themselves.
Forget that the league's owners and GMs are trying to protect their investments. Give the players the opportunity to forge their own destinies whether they can foresee the consequences or not.
And as it always does, let the talk die down until the next bombastic event turns the tide of debate somewhere else.
Seven former members of the Vigilantes – including former head coach Clint Dolezel, who is the Soul’s assistant head coach and offensive coordinator -- have now signed with Philadelphia.
“These are two very significant signings for us,” said Soul general manager Tom Goodhines. “Zipp and Christian are important pieces as we build a solid offensive line to protect our quarterback. Both guys bring winning attitudes that will be contagious for the entire team.”
Duncan is a former tight end converted into an offensive lineman. During his four seasons at Kentucky (2005-08), he played in 38 career games while starting 26 consecutive games. He was a First-Team All-State as a senior at Elizabethtown, KY high school, including being a three-year starter and receiving three consecutive selections on the All-District and All-Area teams.
Johnson appeared in three games last season with Dallas. During his time at Kentucky (2005-08), he appeared in 36 games while earning the starting nod 15 times. His high-school career at West Potomac, Alexandria, VA included earning All-Metro honors for the District of Columbia Area, and a two-year All-District pick.
“Zipp and Christian are both big bodies that will keep our quarterbacks off the turf,” said Soul head coach Doug Plank. “Their familiarity with and understanding of their blocking schemes in Clint’s offensive system will be a major plus for us. Our coaches and front office continue to show we are ‘all in’ this season with the goal of winning the ArenaBowl.”
The open call audition registration will take place at 9 a.m. with the audition beginning promptly at 10 a.m. Participants must be a high school graduate, at least 18 years of age by November 6, 2011 with a valid photo ID. Dancers are required to wear two-piece dance wear including a midriff top, lycra shorts, appropriate footwear and bring a full body picture and headshot.
Dancers will be taught a routine and do not need to prepare their own. Experienced dancers, as well as beginners, are encouraged to audition. Applicants will be judged on dance ability, appearance, personality and attitude. The open call audition will be closed to the public.
Dancers that make the first cut will be required to attend a boot camp the following week. Following the boot camp, there will be a round of semi-finals and one-on-one interviews. The Finals will be held Wednesday, November 16 at Chickie’s and Pete’s in South Philadelphia. A total of 20 dancers will make the squad for the 2012 season.
Fee for the tryout is $25, however, participants that pre-register at www.philadelphiasoul.com will received a $5 discount. Online pre-registration accepts credit cards and PayPal or dancers can pay cash at the door on the day of the event.
Those seeking additional information about the auditions or pre-register should e-mail the Soul at email@example.com or visit the official team website at www.philadelphiasoul.com.
The Sixers let go of two of their scouts -- John Nash and Chris Ford
Nash was the team's GM from 1986 to ‘90 and returned to the organization in a reduced role for the 2006-07 season.
Ford, who attended Holy Spirit in South Jersey and Villanova, was the Sixers' head coach for 30 games during the ill-fated 2003-04 season and often clashed with Allen Iverson. He replaced Randy Ayers, and the team went just 33-49 that season.
Monday, October 24, 2011
Q: Did he go to the hospital?
A: “No, our eye doctor came here. He’s going to see the eye doctor every day for the next four days. We think after that time that he’ll be out of, we don’t want to say danger, but if everything goes ok and if the swelling goes down, he should start on some kind of an exercise program shortly after that, and we’re hoping he’ll be able to rejoin the team within ten days to two weeks. And skating-wise, not necessarily playing wise.”
Q: Is there a prognosis on it?
A: “Well, not really. The prognosis is that he was hit on the side here and there’s a lot of swelling around his eye and the hope is that the blood doesn’t build up there and create issues. That’s why he’s going to be on bedrest here for the next four days.”
Q: Which doctor?
Q: Holmgren, when this happens, what will be the course of action?
“Well, when Chris comes back, he’ll be wearing a visor. We made it mandatory in the American Hockey League and it’s not an issue. Obviously some of these players have been around a long time and for whatever reason they don’t want to wear them. I think the improvements on the visor over the last few years, compared to what it was ten or 15 years ago, are tremendous. Other than getting a little sweat in there and some water on the visor, I don’t think it’s a big issue.”
Q: Did he lose his sight at all?
A: “No. It was blurred.”
Q: Because of the salary cap right now, I don’t know if you guys can afford to bring somebody else up or are you comfortable with Lilja, Walker and…
A: “We have players we can use. We’ll be fine.”
Q: But he was obviously in a lot of pain?
A: “He wasn’t in the mood to talk. I think he was very scared, and rightly so. When something like that happens to your eye, you’re worried and you don’t know what’s going on, but I think he settled down over a period of time and was fine.”
Q: Did you think Toronto was a little careless with their sticks tonight overall?
A: “It’s a fast game, and things happen quickly. The first six games you could say we were careless with our sticks. It’s a freak accident, and obviously a very scary accident.”
Jaromir Jagr broke his seven-game scoreless string to open his Philadelphia career by scoring a pair of breakaway goals and Scott Hartnell also tallied twice, but the victory was undercut by a potentially-serious injury to a key player.
Team captain Chris Pronger was felled early in the contest when he was struck flush in the right eye by the follow-through of a shot by Leafs forward Mikhail Grabovsky.
Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said after the game that Pronger will be on complete bed rest for the next three days and will be further evaluated. He will be out of the lineup roughly 2-to-3 weeks. Upon his return, Holmgren stated that the team will require him to wear a face shield.
Pronger now joins the gruesome brotherhood in Orange and Black, one which includes Barry Ashbee, Bernie Parent, Brian Propp and Ian Laperriere.
In the wake of the unexpected setback, the 39-year-old Jagr put together his best game here, while Hartnell -- for one game at least -- shook off the swirl of criticism which all but had him traded.
Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 24-of-26 shots and outduelled his counterpart Jonas Gustavsson, who let in all four scores on 30 shots after being pressed into service due to an injury to normal starter James Reimer.
After Phil Kessel opened the scoring with his NHL-best ninth goal of the year at the 6:11 mark, the Jagr of old -- the one which tortured this city during his Penguins tenure -- appeared.
Taking a Claude Giroux dish up the middle, the slinky Czech slid by a defender inside the Toronto zone and stuck a shot far side on Gustavsson with 3:38 to play in the opening period.
Hartnell put the Flyers ahead to stay with 4:14 left in the second when he dug around the Leafs crease for the rebound of a Danny Briere shot.
Giroux and Hartnell paired up once more for a two-goal Philly cushion in the third period, when the formerly shaggy-haired winger chipped a pass over Gustavsson short-side to make it 3-1 at the 8:34 mark.
Though David Steckel cut Toronto's deficit to one when he managed to legally fight off a rebound and muscle it into the net from the right side of the crease three minutes later, Jagr again flashed his trademark flair.
This time, Hartnell's long lead pass from inside his defensive zone hit Jagr in stride and he
cruised in alone, scoring in the same manner and in the same location as his first tally.
Notes: Hartnell posted his 200th and 201st points in a Flyers uniform...Jagr notched his 114th multi-goal effort, most among active players...Briere recorded his 600th NHL point...Brothers Luke (TOR) and Brayden (PHI) Schenn faced each other for the first time in a regular-season contest, marking the first time since November 29, 2006 (Jussi and Kimmo Timonen/Predators-Flyers) that it occurred in Flyers history.
Karpency has to take himself out of the bout due to a tooth infection which caused him to miss important days of training.
“I am very disappointed” said Ferrante. “I have been waiting for this fight for about five months. Hopefully my promoter Joey Eye will be able to put thing together as I know this will be a great fight”
Taking the place on the card will be a eight round Heavyweight battle between rising contender Franklin “Yah Yah” Lawrence battling veteran Raymond Ocheing.
That Heavyweight bout is added to the return of Nobles (26-1, 21 KO’s) after a four year hiatus and he will battle Rabotte (13-18-1, 3 KO’s)
Lawrence (16-2-2) of Indianapolis, Indiana is one of the hottest Heavyweights in the world. He has one four straight by knockout over Lance Whitaker, Jason Estrada, Jason Gavern and Marcus Rhode.
On the strength of the wins, Lawrence is now ranked number fourteen by the WBC.
Ocheing of Nairobi, Kenya has a record of 23-14-3 with eighteen knockouts.
He has fought some good competition such as Timo Hoffman, David Long and Amir Mansour.
In a six round Super Middleweight bout, Derrick Webster (10-0, 6 KO’s) of Glassboro, NJ battles Teneal Goyco (4-2, 2 KO’s) of Philadelphia, PA
In a four round Lightweight bout, Joey Tiberi (5-1, 4 KO’s) of Newark, Delaware will take on Mike Maley (4-8, 3 KO’s) of Whiting, Indiana.
Sean Beckles of New York will make his pro debut against Maurice Amaro (1-4) of Philadelphia in a four round Light Heavyweight bout.
Alex Barbosa of Philadelphia will make his pro debut against Brian Gonzalez (0-1) of Puerto Rico in a four round Bantamweight fight.
Anthony Young of Atlantic City will make his pro debut against an opponent o be named in a four round bout.
Tickets are now on sale for $100 (VIP); $65 (Ringside) and $45 (General Admission) and can be purchased at the Harrahs Chester Gift Shop; By calling Joey Eye (267-304-9399); David Feldman (610-291-0806); 800-480-8020 or on www.webtix.net
Athletes from as far away as Virginia, Louisiana and Texas, as well as local college representation from Delaware State, Penn State, Rowan University, Temple and West Chester College were in attendance.
The day was also highlighted by the participants being welcomed by former Philadelphia Eagle and from “Invincible” fame, Vince Papale.
“We were extremely impressed with the level of talent that came to the tryout,” said Soul head coach Doug Plank. “The players were talented and the entire Soul organization did a great job with the large amount of athletes that showed up. It was also an honor to have Vince be a part of the event. He is an inspirational story and added to the excitement of this memorable day for these young athletes.”
The Philadelphia Soul are also hoping that the event will prove to be fruitful for the team in 2012.
“We will continue to review the film and plan on announcing the signing of at least two training-camp invitees within the week,” said Soul general manager Tom Goodhines said. “The turnout was outstanding and we knew that the level of talent would be high in this area.”
Kickoff is tentatively set for 4:00 p.m. EST but is subject to change.
The club will travel to the Dynamo’s Robertson Stadium on Thursday, November 3 for the second leg of the Conference Semifinals. Definite kickoff times and a television schedule for both games will be announced at a later date. The team scoring the most total goals over the two games will advance to the Eastern Conference final.
"We've worked very hard all season to get to the playoffs and we are very excited for this new challenge but our job is not over yet," said Philadelphia Union Team Manager Peter Nowak. “This is the first conference semifinal for many of our players but we do know that Houston will come out strong and we need to be ready for it."
Individual tickets for Sunday’s match are available at www.philadelphiaunion.com or by calling comcastTIX at 800-298-4200. To purchase discounted group tickets (15 or more), call 877-21-UNION (877-218-6466)
The Union (11-8-15) are 2-0-2 all-time against Houston, having tied both games at PPL Park and winning both games at Robertson Stadiu
The card was promoted by Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing and was the first show on Azteca America's new televised boxing series "Boxeo Azteca"
Serrano boxed very well early as he was very pinpoint with his punches. He was very adept with his right hand and body attack. Rios drew oohs and Ahhs in round four as he winged and connected with two big right hands that Serrano took well.
Rios tried to apply tremendous pressure but time and again Serrano was able to cut off Rios with solid combination's that kept the Bronx, new York native on the receiving end of his flurries..
Rios took some great shots and the two exchanged furiously down the stretch that brought the boisterous crowd at the Tropicana to their feet.
Serrano (17-0) won by scores of 100-90; 99-91 and 98-92.. Rios is now (9-8).
Popular Heavyweight Vinny Maddalone (34-7, 25 KO's) thrilled his throngs of fans by taking out Journeyman Mike Sheppard just eighty-two seconds into their ten round Heavyweight fight.
Maddalone took out Sheppard with a left to the body that sent Sheppard folding up on the canvas. Sheppard is now 20-13-1.
Jason Escalera (12-0, 11 KO's) dropped Mickey Scarborough (6-4) three times in round one and finished him off with a ripping right hand in round two to remain undefeated in their scheduled six round Super Middleweight bout. The time of the stoppage was thirty seconds into round two.
Doel Carrasquillo (16-18-1, 14 KO's) battered Shamone Alvarez (21-5) and scored a fifth round stoppage in a scheduled eight round Welterweight bout. Carrasquillo dropped Alvarez in rounds one and two with some punishing combinations. Alvarez began to score and move on Carrasquillo in rounds three and four. In round five Carrasquillo ripped a right hook that sent Alvarez down for a third time. Carrsqullio then pounced on Alvarez and ripped off six unanswered blows before referee Lindsay Page stopped the bout at 1:16 of round five.
Heavyweight Chazz Witherspoon (29-2, 21 KO's) took out an overmatched Tyson Cobb (14-3) in round three of their scheduled eight round Heavyweight bout. Witherspoon dropped Cobb with three times in round two with hard combinations. The third knockdown came from vicious body punch at the end of the round. Witherspoon didn't waste time as he landed a booming right that sent Cobb plummeting to the canvas as 1:07 of round three .
Friday, October 21, 2011
Beginning in 2012, SportsRadio 610 WIP will broadcast live 17 of Philadelphia Union’s matches, either home or away, as well as partner with the team to produce a weekly one-hour soccer show which will run through the end of the season in November. Fans can hear game action and the weekly programming on-air, online at www.cbsphilly.com or via the Radio.com app available on a variety of mobile devices.
In conjunction with their local television partners, the Union will now have one of the broadest media partnerships in Major League Soccer.
“We are thrilled to have developed this partnership with WIP, the preeminent sports radio station in the Greater Philadelphia area,” said Philadelphia Union Executive Vice President Dave Rowan. “Our fans have been asking for us to be on the radio for both games and daily Philadelphia Union talk radio coverage so this partnership was a major priority for us. We are truly honored to be a part of WIP’s already great programming.”
“Soccer is exploding in the Delaware Valley,” said Marc Rayfield, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, CBS RADIO Philadelphia. “PPL Park is filled every game and the fans are as enthusiastic as any in professional sports. We are proud to help expand the team’s reach and the sport's popularity throughout the region.”
Also serving as the flagship station for the Philadelphia Eagles, Philadelphia Flyers and the Philadelphia 76ers, Sportsradio WIP is one of the first all-sports formatted stations in the nation; having broadcast the format for over 25 years in Philadelphia.
The Union will now await their playoff seeding and hope that either the Columbus Crew or Houston Dynamo fail to win this weekend, which would give the Union a top three seed in the East, a wild card bye, and a home playoff game.
Dane Richards emerged as the hero for New York at Red Bull Arena as his 7th-minute header — which was credited as a Faryd Mondragón own goal — stood as the game-winner.
New York dominated possession in the first half, as the Union struggled to create chances.
The Red Bulls broke through early when Richards found space in the six-yard box and sent his header off a pinpoint Solli cross into the post. The ball then rebounded off Mondragón’s back before trickling over the goal line and into the net.
New York almost made it 2-0 in the 16th minute, when the striking duo of Richards and Luke Rodgers combined to force Mondragón into a fantastic reaction save. Rodgers played a perfectly weighted pass for Richards, who used his pace to get away from the Union defense, but Mondragón parried it away for a corner.
In the 42nd minute, Mondragón came up big again when Stephen Keel’s forward pass found Rodgers, who flicked a pass to the onrushing Lindpere. The Union captain flew off his line to make a sprawling save and keep Philadelphia in the match.
After struggling to get going offensively in the first 45, the Union made two changes at the break. Danny Mwanga and Freddy Adu replaced Amobi Okugo and Zach Pfeffer to try and spark Philadelphia's offense.
Just two minutes after coming on, Mwanga did just that, cutting in from the left flank before unleashing a strike that flew wide of Frank Rost’s left hand post.
Philadelphia piled on the pressure in the final 30 minutes in search of an equalizer, with the Union’s best effort coming off a Le Toux free kick that Valdes appeared to head home for an equalizer. However, the center back was judged to be in an offside position.
The loss snapped Philadelphia's club record eight-game unbeaten run.
NY -- own goal (Faryd Mondragon) 8
NY -- Teemu Tainio (caution; Reckless Foul) 29
PHI -- Brian Carroll (caution; Reckless Tackle) 55
NY -- Luke Rodgers (caution; Dissent) 66
Philadelphia Union -- Faryd Mondragon, Sheanon Williams, Danny Califf, Carlos Valdes, Gabriel Farfan, Amobi Okugo (Freddy Adu 46), Zach Pfeffer (Danny Mwanga 46), Brian Carroll, Justin Mapp (Roger Torres 70), Sebastien Le Toux, Michael Farfan.
Substitutes Not Used: Jack McInerney, Stefani Miglioranzi, Kyle Nakazawa, Zac MacMath.
New York Red Bulls -- Frank Rost, Jan Gunnar Solli, Stephen Keel, Tim Ream, Roy Miller, Dax McCarty, Rafael Marquez, Teemu Tainio, Joel Lindpere, Luke Rodgers (Juan Agudelo 89), Dane Richards.
Substitutes Not Used: Stephane Auvray, Mehdi Ballouchy, Corey Hertzog, Matt Kassel, Carlos Mendes, Bouna Coundoul.
Referee: Mark Geiger
Referee's Assistants: -Eric Proctor; Daniel Belleau
4th Official: Drew Fischer
Time of Game: 1:50
Weather: Partly Cloudy-and-59-degrees
Perkins played in 17 games with the Soul last season and was No. 4 on the team in tackles (51.5), No. 2 on the team in sacks (5.5), and No. 1 on the team in fumble recoveries (3).
“We are very excited about bringing Brandon back,” said Philadelphia general manager Tom Goodhines. “He will enjoy playing in a high-tempo, hard-hitting style of defense that Coach Plank is implementing. After adding a lot of pieces on offense, our focus will now shift to the defensive side of the ball and we will continue to add the best talent possible.”
Prior to playing with the Soul, the former Kansas Jayhawk played one season with the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz (2010) and registered 14.5 total tackles, two and a half sacks, one forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Prior to playing in Oklahoma City, Perkins played two seasons with the Los Angeles Avengers (2007-08). His best season came in 2008 with the Avengers where he recorded a career-high with 52.0 total tackles, adding five sacks, three pass breakups and two forced fumbles.
As an AFL rookie in 2007, he was a mainstay for the Avengers at the "mack" linebacker spot. Perkins finished the year with 31.0 total tackles and one interception. Perkins also saw some action on offense as a receiver in the "jumbo" package the Avengers used periodically near the goal line.
“After his 2011 season, we had Brandon rated as one of the top linebackers in the Arena Football League,” said Soul head coach Doug Plank. “He is very athletic and makes plays from wall to wall. He is a perfect fit for our new defensive philosophy. I look forward to his leadership on and off the field.”
One of the best pass rushers in school history, Perkins played in 46 games for the University of Kansas (Lawrence, Kan.). He finished his collegiate career with a total of 20.0 quarterback sacks, tying him for No. 3 on Kansas’ all-time chart. As a senior in 2005, Perkins set a Jayhawk single-game record with five sacks versus Louisiana Tech.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Phanatic Hockey Editor
Maybe the Philadelphia Flyers thought they would all be like Tuesday's rout in Ottawa of the hapless Senators.
Whatever expectations were on the table, the Washington Capitals completely wiped them out. Bruce Boudreau's club featured better talent, a better gameplan, and most importantly, better execution on Thursday night.
The Caps extended their franchise-best start to 6-0-0 and sent the Flyers to their first regulation defeat of the young season behind 40 saves from Tomas Vokoun and a pair of scores from Alex Ovechkin.
Already up 2-1 entering the third against a home team showing signs of something -- whether it was lack of focus or fatigue or the unsettling realization that the visitors were a team to be reckoned with -- the Caps put home three daggers to lock up the contest.
First, it was veteran defenseman Hamrlik, whose left-point floater sailed by numerous bodies before settling in the net to Ilya Bryzgalov's left at 2:23.
Chris Pronger took a tripping penalty seconds later and Ovechkin made him pay with a rocket shot from between the circles off a Nicklas Backstrom dish that came with a Flyers defender draped all over his left side.
It was 5-1 for Washington 54 seconds later, as Joel Ward tallied his first goal of the season on a nifty deflection of a low point drive from Jeff Schultz.
Sean Couturier picked up his second tally in as many games in garbage time, though it was a gritty effort to tap the puck home through a mass of players atop the crease.
It might have been a slightly worse outcome, had the Capitals caught a break late in the second period.
Ovechkin drove the net after shaking off Matt Carle in the slot, and while trying to put home a Backstrom rebound, made contact with Bryzgalov's mask with his knee. Backstrom eventually followed the play as a trailer and managed to elevate the disc over the goalmouth scrum, but it was quickly waved off due to incidental contact.
That proved to be the lone bright spot for Washington in the middle period, as Vokoun was forced to make 14 stops.
On two occasions, a Flyers forward had the Czech goaler down along the ice to the right side of the crease and failed to elevate the puck high enough to hit the net.
It was a frustrating replay of many missed scoring opportunities over the last several seasons, when forecheckers rushed the net within a five-foot radius and tried to slide the puck into non-existent space.
Each side took well into the opening 20 minutes to feel each other out, and despite shots being even at 11 apiece, it was not a typical caution-to-the-wind start.
It did end with the Capitals ahead by a 2-1 count, but the Flyers got the jump thanks to some alert play in the defensive zone.
During a 4-on-4, Wayne Simmonds pressed Alexander Semin at the left point, and his poke check worked the puck loose into the neutral zone for a streaking Claude Giroux. Philly's leading scorer pulled Vokoun so far out of position on a deke that he had a half-open net to deposit his sixth goal of the season with 5:35 left.
But Scott Hartnell threw a pass right to Mathieu Perreault inside the final two minutes, and his shot slowed and changed direction off Braydon Coburn's stick and crossed the goal line inside the near post at 18:40.
Just 68 seconds later, Backstrom worked out of the right corner and stepped in front, fooling Bryzgalov -- who ended with 23 stops -- long enough to dish across for an easy score by Ovechkin.
Notes: Washington improved to 8-1-2 in its last 11 trips to Philadelphia...Ovechkin's pair of scores gave him 37 points (22G, 15A) against the Flyers in his six-plus year NHL career...Kimmo Timonen became just the third Finnish-born defenseman to reach the 900-game plateau in the NHL, joining Teppo Numminen (1,372) and Jyrki Lumme (985)...Former 2009 first-round pick of the Kings, Brayden Schenn, made his NHL debut on Thursday, finishing with a minus-3 in just over 11 minutes of ice time.
The Caps were supposed to be the heir apparents to the fading Islanders (4 Cups/5 straight Finals berths) dynasty, but Mike Keenan had other ideas.
Washington featured established stars like Mike Gartner, Larry Murphy, Dave Christian, Bob Carpenter and Rod Langway, while Philly was stocked with a new crop of young kids sprinkled with some veteran presence and a European goaltender.
But Keenan was the engine that made it all perform at mega speed. He simply outclassed and outcoached counterpart Bryan Murray, and the Flyers took three straight division titles from 1985-87 with the Caps finishing second all three years.
During that era, the Flyers went 5-1-1, 5-2-0, and 5-1-1, respectively against the Capitals, winning virtually all significant regular-season meetings at the Spectrum and the Capital Centre.
Now, the script seems to be repeating itself, as Bruce Boudreau's 5-0 Capitals -- once again provisional Stanley Cup favorites with such luminaries as Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Mike Green and Mike Knuble -- take on the 4-0-1 Flyers, a young and uncertain roster flecked with veteran flair and led by Peter Laviolette.
Washington, for years a notoriously sluggish-starting club, has never before opened up with five straight wins in any season. Its previous record was 4-0-0 in both 1991-92 and 1997-98.
Philadelphia, on the other side, has gone unbeaten in a year's first five games since a 3-0-2 beginning in 2002-03. A win or loss beyond regulation will tie the 1995-96 squad, which started that campaign with five victories and a tie.
Last season, the Orange and Black went 2-0-2 against the Red menace, and all four matchups were decided beyond regulation. However, the Capitals are 7-1-2 in their last 10 games on South Broad Street.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Schenn, 20, has recorded four goals and four assists for eight points in four games for Adirondack so far this season, incluidng a hat trick on October 14 in a 6-3 win vs. Bridgeport. He departs the AHL as the league’s leading scorer among rookies, and is tied for second overall in scoring in the league.
Rinaldo, 21, has appeared in all five games for the Flyers so far this season. He recorded 28 PIM and also picked up his first NHL point with an assist on Oct. 18 at Ottawa.
Zolnierczyk, 24, scored his first NHL goal in his one game with the Flyers on Oct. 18 at Ottawa. He has recorded a goal and three assists for four points for Adirondack this season, all of which came in a four-point night last Friday in the 6-3 win over Bridgeport.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Phanatic Hockey Editor
On certain occasions, a blind prediction may have some grains of truth to it.
Such was the case of TSN's Bob McKenzie, who, when recently pressed for his Calder Trophy candidate, blurted out Philadelphia's Matt Read via Twitter.
Read repaid that trust in spades on Tuesday night, ending up with a career-best four points on a goal and three assists, as the Flyers snapped a seven-game losing streak in Ottawa stretching over nearly four years with a 7-2 decision over the hapless Senators.
Claude Giroux and Max Talbot added a goal and helper each for the Flyers, who earned their first win in Canada's capital since November 24, 2007.
Sean Couturier and Harry Zolniercyk registered their first NHL goals as Philadelphia opened up a season without a regulation loss in its first five games since going 3-0-2 to kick off Ken Hitchcock's first year at the helm in 2002-03.
Sergei Bobrovsky's first start of the year was a solid one, as the Russian halted 21-of-23 shots.
Jason Spezza and Erik Karlsson scored for the Senators, who stumbled to their fifth loss in six contests.
Alex Auld was pulled after one period, giving up four goals on 10 shots to take the loss. Craig Anderson finished by allowing three scores on 20 shots.
Read put the Flyers on the board at the 6:20 mark of the opening period, when his sharp-angle chance from along the goal line on the right wing beat Auld under the crossbar.
Wayne Simmonds doubled the advantage on a power play at eight minutes even, lifting a loose puck over a goalmouth scramble from between the circles.
It was 3-0 for Philly at 16:17 on the front end of a four-minute advantage as Giroux ripped a shot from the right wing over Auld's opposite shoulder, and Talbot provided a four-goal margin with one minute left.
The visitors survived four Ottawa power plays, including a brief two-man edge, but couldn't finish the second period by maintaining a 4-0 lead.
Daniel Alfredsson -- the calm veteran captain in his 16th season -- fed Spezza for a tap-in at the right side of the crease with 61 seconds remaining.
James van Riemsdyk tipped in a point blast on a power play with 4:35 left in the contest, and Couturier deposited his initial score 36 seconds later for a 6-1 game.
Zolniercyk capped the Flyers scoring inside the final minute with a nifty deke of Anderson before chipping the disc up high on the backhand.
Karlsson blew a shot home with 20 ticks left to end another disappointing tilt for the Sens.
Notes: This was the most decisive win for the Flyers in Ottawa since a 7-2 final on
January 3, 1998...Philadelphia last tallied at least seven times on the road in a 7-4 victory at Los Angeles last December 30...Ottawa also gave up seven at home on October 13 in a 7-1 loss to Colorado...Prior to the contest, the Flyers recalled Zolniercyk from Adirondack of the AHL...Tuesday's win marked the first time since October 5, 2000 (6-3 win over Vancouver) that two Flyers rookies -- Justin Williams and Petr Hubacek -- notched their first NHL goals
in the same game ...On this date in 1984, Philadelphia tied a still-standing franchise record for goals in one game in a 13-2 demolition of Vancouver at the Spectrum.
This will be Harrison's second stint in Philadelphia. He was originally acquired by the Eagles in a 2010 trade with the Cleveland Browns for running back Mike Bell on October 13. He went on to rush for 239 yards on 40 attempts (6.0 average) and one touchdown in eight games (one start), adding eight receptions for 43 yards.
In 2009, Harrison led the Browns with 194 carries for 862 yards and five touchdowns, and tied for the team lead with 34 receptions for 220 yards and two touchdowns. Over the final three games of the season, he amassed a league-high 561 rushing yards and five touchdowns, including a 286-yard effort on 12/20/09 at Kansas City, which ranks as the third-highest single-game rushing total in NFL history, trailing only Adrian Peterson (296 yards on 11/4/07 vs. San Diego) and Jamal Lewis (295 yards on 9/14/03 vs. Cleveland). The 28-year-old Harrison also holds Cleveland’s team record with 39 carries on 12/27/09 vs. Oakland.
Originally a fifth-round draft choice of the Browns in 2006, Harrison played collegiately at Washington State, totaling 2,800 yards and 25 touchdowns in 22 games after transferring from Pasadena City Junior College. A native of Kalamazoo, MI, Harrison was a team captain and an honorable mention All-America performer at Kalamazoo high school.
“PASSIONATE. INTENSE. PROUD.”
“This new Sixers tagline is more than just words to me, our ownership group and our organization – it is a pure encapsulation of the Sixers identity,” Aron said. “As we start a new era of 76ers basketball, we are determined to make these all-important principles the centerpiece of our franchise and the foundation on which we will operate.”
Aron added, “The words contained in our new slogan have been circulating around the Sixers for many years. It is no coincidence that we are reaching deep into the heritage and tradition of the 76ers. After all, over the years, the Sixers have been one of the NBA’s most elite teams.”
The tagline is just one part of a new and aggressive marketing campaign that will center around the following principles:
PASSIONATE: Sixers fans and all of Philadelphia sports fans are among the most passionate in the country, in a city known for its affinity towards professional and collegiate sports.
INTENSE: Philadelphia 76ers Head Coach Doug Collins intense and inspired leadership mirrors the intensity of our team, our organization and our fan base as the Sixers strive to play exciting, winning basketball.
PROUD: The 76ers are one of the most successful franchises in the history of the NBA:
- The 2,610 regular-season wins are the third most wins in NBA history.
- Have made 46 playoff appearances, the third most appearances in NBA history.
- Won five Eastern Conference titles, the fourth most in NBA history.
- Three-time NBA champions, tied for the fifth most titles in NBA history.
- Featured 13 Hall of Fame members and 98 All-Star selections.
A new single-game ticket pricing structure will be implemented throughout the arena, when individual tickets go on sale. As a result, the price of 8,847 seats in the lower and upper bowl will be lowered. In total, approximately 51% of the seating in the open lower and mezzanine bowls will be reduced.
“We are committed to providing our fans with the most entertaining in-game experience in the NBA, and also one of the most affordable,” Aron said. “At the Sixers, we want to be on the side of the fan, so in these tough economic times when family budgets are strained, we decided to dramatically lower ticket prices, in many cases lowering ticket prices in half. We want to make the Philadelphia 76ers as accessible to our fans as possible. As a result, price should not be an obstacle that prevents basketball fans from enjoying the Sixers in person.”
Aron added, “We want to see 76ers fans at the Wells Fargo Center. On game nights, come to the arena. Guys and girls, bring a friend. Parents, bring your kids. And what a show you will see when you do. The Sixers are intent on transforming the fan experience and creating a happening on game nights that will get all of Philadelphia talking.”
As three examples of the new lower prices, fans can sit in the Lower Bowl for as little as $29. Last year, the lowest price for lower level seating was $54. And even some ticket prices on the side of the court in the Lower Bowl have been reduced – as this season Baseline Seats in rows 11-23 are priced at $89 and $59. Last season, those same seats were all $101.
Price reductions will be especially evident in the Mezzanine Bowl. Prices for seats in rows 8-15 on the center red line, and encompassing 10 full sections of the Mezzanine Bowl, have been set at $20 for the new season. The same seat last year was $45.
Note that ticket prices will be slightly higher for newly designated Select Games ($5) and Choice Games ($10).
Team president Rod Thorn will remain with the organization and be in charge of basketball operations, being called the "captain of the ship" by majority owner Joshua Harris.
"We were lucky enough when we bought the team to have two fantastic people doing one job," Harris said. "We are going to stay with Rod. There are no current plans to replace Ed."
Stefanski, who was originally hired as the Sixers president and general manager in 2007, already had his role reduced when Thorn arrived in Philadelphia last season. He recently interviewed for the general manager job with the Toronto Raptors.
This will no doubt be one of those "sit down before your read" stories for Flyers fans of a certain age...
No marquee player in Flyers franchise history is the subject of more intense scrutiny or polarized opinions than Eric Lindros.
Last seen in Orange and Black in May of 2000, the now 38-year-old — 19 years removed from his rookie campaign – has been estranged from the organization since his 2000-01 holdout which eventually led to then-GM Bob Clarke shipping him to the New York Rangers for three players.
The native of Oshawa, Ontario was last heard from in September of 2008, in a brief videotaped message to the fans during the club’s final appearance in the Spectrum.
Many have wondered if The Next One could ever be welcomed back to the fold.
On Tuesday, an interview surfaced from The Hockey Writers, one which just so happens to be conducted with Philly’s Prodigal Son of the 1990s. In the body of the piece comes this little exchange, which will set the hearts of all Lindros fans aflutter with possibilities:
Q: There have been some rumors going around in Philly that you’ve been invited to play in the Winter Classic Alumni game. Is there any truth to that?
Eric Lindros: I talked with [Flyers GM] Paul Holmgren about a month or five weeks back and we chatted about it. That’d be great if I could see Mikael Renberg again, and Johnny LeClair. I haven’t seen Johnny in a couple of years. That would be a lot of fun. Also possibly we could set up something along the lines where we could do something for CHOP (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia), maybe have a lunch or do something along those lines. We could bring in hockey fans and chat a little bit about what we’re up to and sign a bunch of stuff.
Q: So have you made a decision to definitely come down for that or is it still up in the air at this point?
Eric Lindros: I haven’t talked to Paul since we initially spoke a couple of times but it sounds like a great time.
While it doesn’t really smack of a confirmation -- unlike the rush to act like it is by certain members of the professional online community -- it does leave the door open not only for Big 88 to return, but for the entire Legion of Doom to be reunited for the Alumni Game which will take place on New Year’s Eve.
This would be a HUGE step for the club to recognize a brief, but important renaissance which took place between 1995 and Lindros’ controversial concussion in March of 2000. It is well past time.
That era, defined by Lindros as much as the Flyers’ exciting, but ultimately futile, attempts to restore glory to the franchise, has gotten little publicity in the intervening years.
When the club chose to release its Top 10 games during its 40th Anniversary celebrations, all of the Lindros Era was passed over. In the introductory video to that 2006-07 season, the 90′s consist of Mark Recchi’s single-season team-record 120th point in 1993, Rod Brind’Amour’s power-play goal in Game 2 of the ’97 Finals, Eric Desjardins’ OT score in Game 1 of the ’95 Eastern semis against the Rangers…and a brief flash of Lindros after scoring an unidentified goal.
It was not nearly enough to honor a brief but fantastic ride which did, in fact, include many great players and moments that had nothing to do with the hulking center who was constantly overshadowed by his meddlesome father/agent.
Whatever occurred in the past, this is excellent news. The Phanatic first got wind of the situation from sources at the home opener last Wednesday. It definitely set off our radar despite what could be termed as ridiculously hyperbolic build-up to the actual secret.
But frankly, it’s not a stretch to think that something of that magnitude could include Lindros, as he’s the one piece to this team’s historic puzzle that has been conspicuously absent.
-David Blitzer, Wharton Grad and Blackstone Group
- CEO Adam Aron, Abington native and former head of Vail Resorts
- Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, the West Philly native Hollywood star and his actress wife
- Martim Geller, New York financial adviser
- David Heller, investor
- Travis Hennings, also works for Harris' Apollo Management
- James Lassiter, film producer who's worked closely with Will Smith
- Marc Leder, Sun Capital Partners, also a Penn grad
- Jason Levien, pro sports agent
- Michael Rubin, owner of Fanatics, the NBA-NFL-MBL-NHA-NCAA sports gear distributor, and founder of eBay GCI Commerce, of King of Prussia
- Handy Soetedjo, Indonesian investor
- Erick Thohir, Indonesian investor
- Art Wrubel, New York real estate investor, Penn grad
It’s been a rough 2011 for the 32-year-old college grad-turned teacher-turned bartender, who challenges Garrett Wilson, of Philadelphia, PA, for Wilson’s USBA cruiserweight title in a scheduled 12-round contest on Saturday evening, Nov. 19, at Bally’s Atlantic City.
In his last match Dec. 4 at Bally’s, Mussachio earned an eight-round decision over Theo Kruger, of Port Charlotte, FL. That victory boosted Mussachio’s record to 17-1-2, 5 K0s, and he should have been moving onto bigger and better fights. Things don’t always turn out the way you want.
“Since my last fight I have had a few misfortunes take place in my life,” Mussachio said. “In addition to losing my job (elementary school guidance counselor), I also lost my uncle, Robert Stipa. He was in my corner for each of my professional fights and he died unexpectedly on Jan. 12. He was 53 years old. A few months later, on May 16, I lost my closest friend in the world, Adam Franz, also unexpectedly. He was 31. After my friend’s death, I decided to take some time away from the gym. My head was not into boxing and this is not a sport you can do halfway if you want to be successful.
“For the next few months I focused my time and energy on not only trying to find a job for the 2011-2012 school year, but also on helping to counsel my grieving family and friends. Sometime in September I was presented with this fight (Wilson). I thought about it and realized that I am not finished boxing yet. I still have ‘miles to go before I sleep’ as Robert Frost once wrote and if I take any more time off it’s going to be really tough to get back into shape.
“I accepted the fight and training has been going great. For the first time since I can remember I don’t have to watch what I eat. I actually have to gain weight for this fight.
“Between those two unexpected deaths, my family, friends and I were, and still are, heavily grieving. I have decided to dedicate this fight to the memory of those I lost.”
A pro since 2005, Mussachio has built his record against foes like Richard Stewart of New Castle, DE, Tony Ferrante and Andre Hemphill, both of Philadelphia, PA; Willis Lockett, of Takoma Park, MD; Carl Daniels, of St. Louis, MO. His only loss came via 10-round decision against world-rated Tommy Karpency, of Adah, PA, in 2009 in Morgantown, WV.
“I got head-butted in the second round against Karpency,” Mussachio said. “It was above my left eye and I couldn’t see out of that eye for three rounds until my cut man was able to stop it. I felt I lost the fight in those three rounds. Had I not gotten head-butted, I’m confident I would have beaten him. Being that it was not intentional, I chalk it up to being part of the sport of boxing. Just my luck that my opponent in the biggest fight of my career, at the time, had a head the size of a barstool. It was a close fight right up to the end.”
Mussachio started boxing when he was 15. He got his Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education at Lock Haven University, located in central Pennsylvania approximately 30 miles from Williamsport and State College.
At Lock Haven, Mussachio joined the college boxing team. He was NCAA runner-up as a freshman (1999) and sophomore (2000). As a junior, he won the NCAA championship at 185 pounds and again as a senior at 175 pounds.
“I wanted to win it in two different weight classes so I dropped down a weight class in 2002,” he said.
After Lock Haven, Mussachio went to the United States Olympic Education Center in Marquette, MI, where he boxed for Al Mitchell. While he was there, he received his Masters Degree in Guidance Counseling from Northern Michigan University.
“There were about 20-25 of us up there who were selected by coach Mitchell to train in the center,” Mussachio said. “I shared a room with former world (WBA junior middleweight) champion David Reid, who was one of the coaches. I also shared a room with world (WBC/WBO junior welterweight) champion Tim Bradleyand a handful of other Olympic hopefuls and current top professional contenders.”
When he came home in 2004 with over 100 amateur fights on his resume, Mussachio decided to give the pros a shot, making his debut April 2, 2005 in Atlantic City, NJ, by knocking out Karim Shabazz, of Brooklyn, NY, in three rounds.
“My father, Al, has been my trainer since I was 15,” Mussachio said, “with the exception of my time in Lock Haven and Northern Michigan. He was an amateur out of the legendary Passyunk Gym in South Philadelphia. He and his father would sneak off to the gym every chance they got. My grandmother—his mother—had no idea what they were doing. When she finally found out, she told my dad that he either had to quit boxing or move out of the house. At 17, he couldn’t move out so he was forced to give it up.
“My father was an undercover narcotics cop in Philadelphia before he was injured on the job and forced to retire. He and my mother, Annette, also from South Philly, decided to move to Wildwood in the mid-1970s. They had my sister, Alanna, and me and this is where we have been ever since..
“All my life, until 2005, my father owned and managed the Southern New Jersey branch of Wise Potato Chips for 30 years. My parents also owned and operated a seasonal business which was a bakery by morning and an ice cream parlor by night. With my father operating a snack-food business and my mother running the bakery/ice cream parlor, I wonder why my sister and I don’t weigh 450 pounds each.”
Using his college degrees, Mussachio worked as an education teacher at Wildwood Middle School for more than three years. He also was as a guidance counselor at Middle Township High School for one year, then was laid off due to budget cuts. He was hired as an elementary guidance counselor at Ventnor City Elementary, but budget cuts again cost him his job.
Along the way, he has worked as a bartender, currently at The Concord Café in Avalon, NJ.
“Nancy Barnabei owns the café, along with four other businesses in Wildwood,” Mussachio said. She has been one of the most organized and professional bar owners I have ever worked for. When I signed to fight (Wilson) on Nov. 19, she accommodated my work schedule to coincide with my training. I could not have hand-picked a boss to be any more supportive of my career than Nancy has been.
“The patrons know about my boxing career, but it is not a rough crowd. It is more of a neighborhood ‘Cheers’ type of setting. We have mostly regulars between 40 and 80 years old. They are very supportive of my boxing career and some have purchased tickets to come and watch me win the USBA belt on Nov. 19.”
The card, promoted by Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing will be headlined by undefeated Jr. welterweight Raymond Serrano taking on Angel Rios in a ten round bout.
In a second main event, popular heavyweight Vinny Maddalone will take on Mike Shepperd in a ten round bout.
The main bouts will be televised live across the country on Azteca America.
Alvarez will take hard punching Doel Carrasquillo.
Alvarez (21-4, 12 KO's) has been a staple in his hometown of Atlantic City as this will be his fifteenth appearance on the Boardwalk. He has been right on the cusp of being a top contender in the loaded welterweight division with wins over undefeated fighters Mohammad Kayongo, & Edward Gutierrez as well as contenders Jose Luis Cruz, Terrance Cauthen and Alexis Camacho.
Carrasquillo of Lancaster, PA is a grizzled veteran with over 34 fights (13KO's) who has fought of the top fighters's in the Jr. welterweight & welterweight divisions. The list of Carrasquillo's is opponents is impressive to say the least as he has shared the ring with the likes of Mike Jones & Mike Arnaoutis just to name a few. Carrasquillo is known as a rugged puncher who has pulled off upsets over undefeated prospects Wayland Willingham and Denis Douglin
Escalera will take on Mickey Scarborough in a six round Super Middleweight bout that features fighters with seventeen combined wins with sixteen coming via knockout.
Escalera (11-0, 10 KO's) of Union City, New Jersey is one of the top prospects in the division and posses tremendous knockout prowess. In his last bout, Escalera stopped the durable Mustafah Johnson in two rounds in his Star Boxing debut.
Scarborough (6-3, 6 KO's) of Kansas City will be looking to spring the upset and he has shown in previous bouts that he has knockout power as all of his wins have come early.
Fans in attendance can also witness an eight round Heavyweight bout that will feature contender Chazz Witherspoon (28-2, 20 KO's) of Paulsboro, NJ taking on Ty Cobb (14-2, 8 KO's) of Wichita Falls, Texas.
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Forbes previously reported that Comcast-Spectacor would sell the team for between $300-330 million, with the price likely to be closer to $300 million.
Harris, the co-founder of Apollo Global Management, agreed to purchase the team back in July. The deal does not include the Wells Fargo Center or the NHL's Philadelphia Flyers, which are still owned by Comcast-Spectacor.
"This is one of the hardest business decisions I've ever had to make," said Comcast-Spectacor chairman Ed Snider in a statement. "The Sixers are family, and it is very difficult to say goodbye to an organization of great people with whom we have worked so closely over the last 15 years."
Comcast-Spectacor, led by Snider, originally bought the Sixers from Harold Katz in 1996.
"Over the last 15 years, a number of different individuals or entities have inquired about purchasing the Sixers, and to be honest, I was not looking to sell the team," Snider added. "But in discussions with Josh and his partners, it became clear that this was an offer that made sense for the franchise and for the future of Comcast-Spectacor."
Harris, who graduated from the University of Pennsylvania's prestigious Wharton School of Business, is joined in the new ownership group by David Blitzer, a senior managing director of The Blackstone Group; and Jason Levien, a former NBA player agent and Sacramento Kings executive.
"On behalf of my partners, I genuinely want to thank Ed Snider and Comcast- Spectacor for choosing us to steward the Philadelphia 76ers, a storied NBA franchise," said Harris. "We are excited to be writing a new chapter in Sixers lore."
The 76ers will remain a tenant of the Wells Fargo Center and the team will have a long-term cable broadcast agreement with Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia.
"Knowing that the 76ers will continue to play at Wells Fargo Center and that our game television broadcasts will continue on Comcast SportsNet, our new ownership group looks forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with Comcast-Spectacor for many years to come," Harris added.
Last season, the Sixers finished 41-41 under head coach Doug Collins and lost to Miami in five games during the opening round of the playoffs.
The 76ers have lost their last four playoff series and have just one postseason series victory since Allen Iverson led the team to the NBA Finals in 2001.
Monday, October 17, 2011
In Saturday’s 34-0 shutout win over Buffalo, Pierce broke five school records. He became Temple’s all-time career leader in touchdowns (rushing + receiving) and broke his own single-season mark for TDs and points scored. He now has 44 touchdowns (43 rush + 1 rec) in his career. Pierce re-wrote his own season record for TDs and now has 18 touchdowns in a season (previous record was 16 from 2009). He also re-wrote his own season record for points scored (96, which he shared with Brandon McManus in 2009) and now has 102 points this season. He tied Paul Palmer with 264 career points. Pierce finished the game with 152 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries.
Pierce eclipsed the 100-yard mark in rushing for the 14th time in his career and fifth time this season.
For the second consecutive week, Pierce and fellow junior RB Matt Brown each rushed for 100 yards. It marked the 11th time in school history that two backs rushed for 100 yards in a game, and they are the only tandem to do it three times. They also did it last week at Ball State and in 2010 at Buffalo.
After seven games, Pierce leads the Owls (and the MAC) with 844 yards and a national-best 17 touchdowns on 164 carries. He is the Owls’ and MAC’s top scorer with 102 points.
In this week’s national statistics, Pierce is No. 1 in rushing touchdowns (17), No. 2 in scoring (14.57 ppg), and No. 8 in rushing (120.57). Over the last three seasons, Temple is 17-1 when Pierce carries the ball at least 18 times per game.
Pierce also earned Honorable Mention national running back of the week accolades on Sunday from the College Football Performance Awards.
The MAC honor is the seventh of Pierce’s career and his third this season. He earned the honor on Sept. 5 and Sept. 26. Pierce is the second Owl (fourth time) to earn recognition this season as senior LB Stephen Johnson earned Defensive honors on Oct. 10.
In other Temple news, The College Football Performance Awards honored junior PK/P Brandon McManus as National Punter of the Week honors, while Pierce earned Honorable Mention national running back of the week.
In Saturday’s 34-0 shutout of Buffalo, McManus made two field goals (28 yd., 23 yd) and four points after touchdown to extend his consecutive streak to 28 makes. McManus also kicked off seven times for 433 yards, averaging 61.9 yards per kickoff. He also punted three times for 178 yards (and a career-best 59.3 average), two of which landed inside the 20, also a career best.
In seven games, McManus second in team scoring with 52 points. He leads the MAC with a perfect 28-of-28 in PATs. In his first season with the added duty of team punting, McManus has punted 20 times for 966 yards. Seven of those 20 landed inside the 20, while 11 were longer than 50 yards.
This is McManus’ third consecutive weekly honor from the CFP.
Also, Phil Steele has release his mid-season honors, recognizing four Temple football players as All-Americans and nine players as members of his 2011 Mid-Season All-Mid-American Conference teams.
Named to the All-America teams, as well as All-MAC first team, were Pierce, senior DE Adrian Robinson, senior TE Evan Rodriguez and senior LB Tahir Whitehead (Newark, N.J.).
Pierce earned Third-Team All-America accolades, while Robinson, Rodriguez, and Whitehead were Honorable Mention selections.
Second-team All-MAC accolades went to senior OL John Palumbo and junior DB Justin Gildea.
Earning third-team All-MAC recognition were senior OL Pat Boyle, junior KOR Matt Brown and senior S Kevin Kroboth.
for The Phanatic Magazine
Amid the second autumn of America’s neo-campaign for Safer Football, the extreme sport is lethal as ever in 2011 and on pace for its worst year in decades, confirms a review of casualty reports online.
As usual, teenagers constitute the large majority of football victims, among at least 60 cases of catastrophic injuries striking players since February—fatalities and survivors of subdural hematoma, stroke, paralysis, cardiac arrest and more emergencies—documented by this writer through search of Google banks under numerous Boolean word commands.
See my annotated list of survivor cases for this report.
Comparing football numbers of a year ago, 41 catastrophic cases are logged for all of 2010 by the National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research, a think tank funded by football organizations that compiles data recognized as authoritative.
And there’s more football mayhem online this year, including at least 5 survivor cases of heatstroke or heat-related illness that should meet criteria for inclusion in the National Center survey, results to be posted online next spring by the University of North Carolina.