January 3, 2014 |
It took awhile, but Coach Chip Kelly found his quarterback. Nick Foles started 10 games for Philadelphia this season, throwing 27 touchdowns and just two interceptions being intercepted just twice. Now, he faces a vastly improved New Orleans defense, whose front four has have applied heavy pressure to opposing passers. Foles and Saints quarterback Drew Brees attended the same high school in Austin, Texas, although the 34-year-old Brees is 10 years older. Despite winning seven of their final eight games, the Eagles would have missed the playoffs had they not beaten Dallas in a winner-take-all finale for the NFC East crown.
January 2, 2014 |
Acorn owners Maggie Lobl, Erin Tanaka and Laura Tanaka said they wanted to open a home and garden boutique in Eagle Rock because of Colorado Boulevard's amiable vibe. “It's so friendly here,” Lobl said. “People really walk in this neighborhood and favor local indie shops.” Indeed, earlier this week, repeat visitors from the neighborhood stopped in to shop for gifts and peruse the sunny, welcoming space. Packed with terrariums, planters, books and ceramics, the former paintball supply store features a refreshing variety of accessories that won't break the bank: graphic Pehr tea towels ($13.50)
December 29, 2013 |
Welcome to Stunned Diego. Not even the most optimistic of Chargers could have realistically predicted what unfolded Sunday, the final day of the NFL regular season, when left-for-dead San Diego somehow found its way into the playoffs. A month ago, the Chargers were 5-7 and roundly written off. Then came a four-game winning streak culminated by a season sweep of the Chiefs. "It's been an unreal ride this year," Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers said in a postgame interview with CBS, his voice cracking.
December 28, 2013 |
SALT LAKE CITY - Buz Marthaler felt the once-proud aerial predator fall limp in his arms, and the veteran animal caretaker knew he was facing a mystery unlike any in his career. Bald eagles are dying in Utah - 20 in the last few weeks alone - and nobody can figure out why. Hundreds of the majestic birds - many with wing spans of 7 feet or more - migrate here each winter, gathering along the Great Salt Lake and feasting on carp and other fish that swim in the nearby freshwater bays.
December 23, 2013 |
As a Philadelphia Eagles cheerleader from 2007 through 2010, Rachel Washburn spent a lot of time on the sidelines at Lincoln Financial Field during NFL games. On Sunday night, three years after leaving the squad to join the Army, 1st Lt. Washburn came full circle, returning to the field where she once led cheers to receive the team's Hometown Hero award during the Eagles' 54-11 victory over the Chicago Bears. “I'm incredibly excited and humbled by it,” Washburn said. “I always thought that was such a wonderful thing that the Eagles did -- that every game they chose somebody to showcase what they had done for every single person in that stadium.
December 22, 2013 |
Fans of handmade design who fear the window has closed on ordering from Etsy or other online sources, you have hope: The push to add more original artisan goods to store shelves means you just might be able to find the work of folks such as Melissa Tolar and Jonathan Ballack in a last-minute run to brick-and-mortar boutiques. Working under the name A Question of Eagles , Tolar and Ballack have a line of gift-able ceramics, quilts and jewelry. We first saw their work at the Eastside Handmade pop-up, but their website also lists Los Angeles and San Francisco stores that carry their work.
December 21, 2013 |
Give a quality high school football coach five years to execute a plan, and the results can be memorable. That's what came to fruition for Ed Croson and West Hills Chaminade on Saturday night at StubHub Center in Carson. Five years after leaving Lake Balboa Birmingham as a four-time City Section champion to assume the challenge of trying to revitalize the Eagles, Croson watched his program win the CIF state championship Division II bowl game with a dominating 41-9 victory over Redding Enterprise.
December 16, 2013 |
Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka is one step closer to pitching in the major leagues. Major League Baseball officially adopted rules under which teams can acquire non-free-agent Japanese players over the next three years, but there remains an obstacle that could prevent Tanaka from fulfilling his American dream: his team, the Rakuten Golden Eagles. The Golden Eagles are under no obligation to make Tanaka available to major league teams and could retain him for another year or two. Tanaka, 25, is expected to learn his fate Tuesday, when he is scheduled to meet with Golden Eagles officials.
December 8, 2013 |
The forecast in Philadelphia on Sunday? Shady, all day. LeSean “Shady” McCoy, that is. He trampled Detroit in a driving snowstorm, running for a club-record 217 yards, with touchdowns of 57 and 40 yards. That, against a Lions defense that hadn't given up a rushing touchdown in the previous eight games and had allowed an NFL-low 82.7 yards rushing per game. Unable to throw the ball effectively in the blizzard conditions, the Eagles kept it on the ground and gained 299 yards, mostly through the middle of the defense.