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Tuesday, March 3
1:00pm Phillies vs New York Yankees
Friday, March 6
6:30pm High School Basketball St. Georges Tech at Salesianum
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1:00pm Phillies vs Toronto Blue Jays
Sunday, March 8
2:00pm High School Basketball Boys Quarterfinals
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Howard gets 2 hits in spring opener; Phils tie Yanks 5-5

By Associated Press 5:27pm, March 3, 2015
Phillies' Ryan Howard runs after hitting a single during a spring training baseball exhibition gam against the New York Yankeese. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Newly trim Ryan Howard singled in his first two at-bats of spring training, and the Philadelphia Phillies tied the New York Yankees 5-5 Wednesday in their spring training opener.

Trying to regain the form that made him one of the top hitters before he tore his left Achilles tendon injury during the 2011 playoffs, Howard hit an opposite-field single to left in the second inning and lined a single to right in the fourth.

Aaron Judge, a 2013 first-round draft pick, hit a tying, three-run homer for the Yankees on a 3-2 pitch with two outs in a four-run ninth off Mario Hollands.



Wintry forecast forces changes in Girls Basketball Tournament schedule

By WDEL Staff 1:27pm, March 3, 2015 - Updated 4:53pm, March 3, 2015
The forecast of snow and ice Tuesday evening has forced the postponement of 6 of the 8 opening round games in the DIAA Girls Basketball Tournament. The two southern-most games are still on as scheduled.

The games at Milford, Dover, and A.I. duPont on Wednesday will now be the first half of single-admission doubleheaders connected to their boys' teams' games.

4:53pm UPDATE: Charter of Wilmington asked to have their game time moved from 7pm to 5:30 to allow fans to get from their gym to A.I. duPont for the Boys 1st Round game at 7pm. Brandywine accepted the game, so that time has changed for a second time.

First Round
Tuesday, March 3 - All Games at 7pm
No. 17 Woodbridge (16-4) at No. 16 Lake Forest (13-7)
No. 22 St. Andrew's (12-8) at No. 11 Delmarva Christian (16-4)

Wednesday, March 4 - Games at 5:30pm **CHANGE**
No. 19 William Penn (13-7) at No. 14 Milford (15-5)
No. 20 St. Mark's (6-14) at No. 13 A.I. duPont (15-5)
No. 21 Brandywine (11-9) at No. 12 Charter of Wilmington (17-3) **2ND CHANGE**
No. 23 DMA (12-8) at No. 10 Dover (14-6)

Wednesday, March 4 - Games at 7:00pm **CHANGE**
No. 18 Mount Pleasant (14-6) at No. 15 Archmere (12-8)
No. 24 Friends (10-9) at No. 9 Caesar Rodney (15-5)

Second Round
Thursday, March 5 - All Games at 7pm
Lake/Woodbridge winner at No. 1 Ursuline (19-1)
Archmere/Mount winner at No. 2 Caravel (13-7)
Milford/WP winner at No. 3 Sanford (17-3)
AI/St. Mark's winner at No. 4 Saint Elizabeth (14-6)
Charter/Brandywine winner at No. 5 Hodgson (17-3)
Del.Christian/St. Andrew's winner at No. 6 Sussex Central (17-3)
Dover/DMA winner vs. No. 7 Padua (13-7) - Site TBA
CR/Friends winner at No. 8 Concord (14-6)

Quarterfinals
Saturday, March 7 - All Games at the Bob Carpenter Center (Newark, DE)
Sanford winner vs. Sussex Central winner - 2:00pm
Caravel winner vs. Padua winner - 3:30pm
St. Elizabeth winner vs. Hodgson winner - 5:00pm
Ursuline winner vs. Concord winner - 6:30pm

Semifinals
Wednesday, March 11 - Bob Carpenter Center (Newark, DE)
6:30 and 8:00

Finals
Friday, March 13 - Bob Carpenter Center (Newark, DE)
7:00



Fly Eagle Fly: Cary Williams cut by Birds

By Andrew Sgroi 12:36pm, March 3, 2015 - Updated 12:51pm, March 3, 2015
Photo: www.eagledelphia.com
The Philadelphia Eagles released cornerback Cary Williams Tuesday, the team's website announced.

The 30-year-old vet was signed as a free agent by the Birds in 2013. He started all 32 games for the Eagles over the last two seasons, recording five interceptions.

The club save $6.5M in cap space with the move.



Sixers fall to Raptors

By Associated Press 8:29am, March 3, 2015
DeMar DeRozan scored a season-high 35 points, Lou Williams had 21 and the Toronto Raptors snapped a five-game losing streak with a 114-103 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night.

Toronto coach Dwane Casey gave slumping All-Star and Philadelphia native Kyle Lowry another night off to rest. Even without their leading scorer in the lineup for the second straight game, the Raptors won for the first time since Feb. 20.

The Raptors had lost of their five games during their streak on the road. They still hold the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference over the Chicago Bulls.

Patrick Patterson scored 15 points for the Raptors and Greivis Vasquez added 12.

Nerlens Noel went 7 for 7 for 17 points for the Sixers.




Seniors lead Del State to win over Hampton

By Don Voltz 8:28am, March 3, 2015
Delaware State honored its seniors Monday night, and the team responded with an 85-75 win over Hampton at Memorial Hall.

Four seniors accounted for all but 10 of the Hornets points, led by Tyshawn Bell, who scored a career-high 25 points.

Senior Amere May added 20 points, 15 of those in the second half...two other seniors had major contributions...Kendall Gray had his 16th double-double of the season with 12 points and 13 rebounds and Kendall Williams added 18 points.

The win snapped a two-game losing streak for Del State and moved them into 5th place in the MEAC.



Flyers trade Coburn to Lightning

By Associated Press 8:35am, March 2, 2015
The Philadelphia Flyers traded defenseman Braydon Coburn to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for defenseman Radko Gudas and draft picks.

The Flyers also will acquire first- and third-round picks in the 2015 draft.

Coburn had one goal and nine points in 39 games this season for the Flyers. Coburn has 37 goals and 129 assists over his 10-year career with the Flyers and Atlanta Thrashers. He was drafted eighth overall by Atlanta in 2003 and traded to the Flyers in 2007.

Gudas has two goals and five points in 31 games.



2015 Boys Basketball Tournament Capsules and Predictions

By Sean Greene 9:08pm, March 1, 2015
Sean Greene makes Jake Walsh and Sanford his pick to cut down the net
The most wide-open DIAA Boys Basketball Tournament in recent history

will tip off Wednesday night.

The depth of the field was emphasized when No. 2 Mount Pleasant

dispatched of No. 1 Concord in the Blue Hen Conference Championship game

Saturday, just days after the Green Knights lost decisively to No. 14

A.I. duPont.

Here is a look at the 24 teams who hope to celebrate with

the championship trophy on Saturday, March 14 at the Bob Carpenter

Center.

No. 1 Concord (16-5)
First Game: host Milford/Delcastle winner - Friday 7pm

Player to Watch: Rick Malloy (6'2" senior guard)

Key to Success: Malloy and the Brady twins (Craig and Sean) provide a

solid, athletic, three-headed monster from the outside. Top that with a

returning Noah Rivera, who missed the Blue Hen title game, and they have

a dangerous inside-outside combination.

Where they can go: Top seeds should always as soon as favorites, but

they may need to win three finals-level games at the BOB to do it.

No. 2 Mount Pleasant (19-2)
First Game: host Hodgson/Sussex Tech winner - Friday 7pm

Player to Watch: Raheim Burnett (6'0" junior guard)

Key to Success: With no player over 6'2", the Green Knights are one of

the smallest teams in the tournament. They might be the most balanced,

with several players capable of big performances. In both their losses

they fell behind big early. They're an excellent defensive team, but

need to play it for 32 minutes.

Where they can go: Body of work says a championship, but they only beat

Hodgson 66-64 in the regular season...

No. 3 Appoquinimink (17-3)
First Game: host A.I. duPont/Charter winner - Friday 7pm

Player to Watch: Myles Cale (6'4" sophomore guard)

Key to Success: This is a team that likes to play fast, but has also

won in the 40s (49-46 over William Penn). They're playing at their best

when the offense is balanced around Cale.

Where they can go: Could have a rematch of the season-ending OT

thriller with A.I. in their first game. If they survive that, it's

either Donte DiVincenzo or Lamar Hamrick in the quarters. Capable of a

lot, but it won't be easy.

No. 4 Sanford (16-4)
First Game: host St. Mark's/Laurel winner - Friday 7pm

Player to Watch: Mikey Dixon (6'1" junior guard)

Key to Success: A second scorer. Dixon has almost single-handedly won

several games (39 vs. Delcastle, 27 of team's 37 against St. Mark's).

He can create his own shot as well as anyone in the state, but with Luis

Ayala and Jake Walsh, he shouldn't have to carry all of the scoring

load. When at full capacity, they're a threat inside and outside.

Where they can go: To shake Kevin Charles's hand on Championship

Saturday, they are my pick.

No. 5 Saint Elizabeth (16-4)
First Game: host Dover/Delmar winner - Friday 7pm

Player to Watch: Jordan Money (6'3" sophomore guard)

Key to Success: Transition offense. They have several convincing

finishers in the open floor (Money, Malik Curry, Chris Cropper).

Defensive pressure leads to easy offensive baskets, that's a strength of

the Vikings.

Where they can go: Depth likely gets them past Dover or Delmar, but can

they go toe-to-toe with the Warriors again?

No. 6 Salesianum (10-10)
First Game: host St. Georges/DMA winner - Friday 7pm

Player to Watch: Donte DiVincenzo (6'4" senior guard)

Key to Success: Take the pressure off of Donte. DiVincenzo's

athleticism looks so fluid and easy. The challenge is without Brian

O'Neill this season, he's been their only offensive weapon at times.

Shane Clark can hit some threes, and Jamal Whittlesey is a freshman with

potential inside. They need him to each it now.

Where they can go: The absolute toughest schedule in the state (15

opponents >.501 winning percentage) got the defending champions bye

with a .500 record, but facing the team they beat for the 2014 title

could make this a short trip. Hard to discount any team's chances with

a player on the short list for player of the year, though.

No. 7 William Penn (16-4)
First Game: host Smyrna/Conrad winner - Friday 7pm

Player to Watch: Dizhae Henriquez (6' senior guard)

Key to Success: The improving Colonials have really benefited from an

emphasis on defense. They haven't surrendered 50 points since January

24. New coach Steve Christiansen has the Colonials peaking on their 7-

game winning streak.

Where they can go: Will likely step right into the fire if Smyrna wins

their opening round game, but the defensive mentality could get them

multiple games at the BOB.

No. 8 Polytech (20-1)
First Game: host Howard/Cape Henlopen winner - Friday 7pm

Player to Watch: DeVaughn Mallory (6'6" senior forward)

Key to Success: They're different. With Mallory, 6'8" Juwan Gray, and

6'3" John Pierce III, the Panthers rely more on their frontcourt than

any team in the state. The secret to them winning will be the guard

play from Ricky Hicks. If they can get even slightly above average play

from the backcourt, there's no one who can meet the Panthers size-for-

size inside.

Where they can go: The title, or one-and-done. Polytech's relatively

weak schedule set them up with a likely finals-caliber matchup with

Howard in Round 2.

No. 9 Howard (16-4)
First Game: vs. Cape Henlopen (At Salesianum) - Wednesday 7pm

Player to Watch: Elias Revelle (6'4" sophomore forward)

Key to Success: They almost play like twins on the court, but Justin

Cunningham and Kineph Turner are fearless shooters from the outside.

This team has the green light from anywhere, and gets points via volume.

If they're accurate to go with the shot count? A tough combination to

stop. Revelle's role is to take pressure of the guards, and he's been

rapidly improving this season.

Where they can go: The road could end anywhere from Woodside to Newark.

The winner of the Polytech 2nd round game is certainly capable of

knocking off the No. 1 seed in the quarters.

No. 10 Smyrna (15-5)
First Game: host Conrad - Wednesday 7pm

Player to Watch: Latrelle Lee (6'2 senior forward)

Key to Success: Getting Stedman Kpana back from his knee injury would

give this tenacious group another weapon. They've found ways to win

plenty of close games, so if Lee and Kpana can get chances near the end,

opponents should be wary.

Where they can go: Possible William Penn game looks like a toss-up,

depth of Mount Pleasant could give them trouble.

No. 11 St. Georges (11-9)
First Game: host DMA - Wednesday 7pm

Player to Watch: Lamar Hamrick (6'3" junior guard)

Key to Success: Getting Hamrick eligible because the biggest boost any

team got in the last quarter of the season. They went 3-1 (loss to

Trenton Catholic) since his return, winning all three games by at least

19 points. Hamrick can score in bulk, but can also distribute the

basketball to his teammates who were going to make the tourney without

him.

Where they can go: They have to be seen as the dark horse to win the

championship. Winning on DiVincenzo's home floor won't be easy in the

2nd round.

No. 12 Dover (13-7)
First Game: host Delmar - Wednesday 7pm

Player to Watch: Jordan Allan (6'4 senior guard)

Key to Success: Stay out of foul trouble. Dover's starting five is as

balanced and talented as any team in the state. Their full-court

pressure can be suffocating, but it can also mean foul trouble. They

need to force mistakes, while not getting their key players on the bench

with foul issues.

Where they can go: If they can get past Delmar, Saint Elizabeth looks

to be a tough draw for the Senators.

No. 13 St. Mark's (13-7)
First Game: host Laurel - Wednesday 7pm

Player to Watch: Matt Williams (6'5" senior forward)

Key to Success: Confidence. The 9-2 version of this St. Mark's team

played its traditionally tough defense and was hitting clutch shots.

The 4-6 end-of-season version of this team played its traditionally

tough defense and looked unsure of whether to shoot if Williams didn't

have the ball. Can they get enough from their offense to win?

Where they can go: Hockessin. They'll get the usual 1st round

"opponent hasn't seen them" toss-up with Laurel, but if they get past

that, Sanford has seen it before, and succeeded.

No. 14 A.I. duPont (11-9)
First Game: host Charter of Wilmington - Wednesday 7pm

Player to Watch: Freddie Heard (6'1" junior guard)

Key to Success: Figuring out where the version of this team that beat

Saint Elizabeth, St. Geroges, Delcastle, and Hodgson by 27 went.

Heard's outside game and Elijah Agwu's inside presence brings great

balance, but after that Hodgson win they lost 7 of 9 before beating

Mount Pleasant by 20.

Where they can go: Their victories this season say they could get past

Saint Elizabeth and into a semifinal with Sanford or Concord. One of

their losses was to Charter, by 10, who they draw in the opening round.

Perhaps the biggest basement to ceiling potential of any team in the

tournament.

No. 15 Hodgson (9-11)
First Game: host Sussex Tech - Wednesday 7pm

Player to Watch: Ray Jones (6'0" senior guard)

Key to Success: Before they had to forfeit the game for an ineligible

player, Hodgson's 31 point 4th quarter against Concord for a shocking,

comeback win was the most impressive feat for any team this season. Any

team that has Football Player of the Year Jones on it will be gritty and

tough. They need to make their shots.

Where they can go: The up-and-down nature of this team makes winning the

5 games seem unlikely, but they could give Mount a game if they can get

past Sussex Tech.

No. 16 Milford (12-9)
First Game: host Delcastle - Wednesday 7pm

Player to Watch: Henry Nesmith (sophomore guard)

Key to Success: The surprise Henlopen South champions have been at

their best by slowing the pace down and hitting important shots.

Where they can go: Might be able to get past Delcastle, but that's it.

No. 17 Delcastle (12-8)
First Game: at Milford - Wednesday 7pm

Player to Watch: Duane Gold (senior forward)

Key to Success: With no standout star, this Delcastle team needs

everyone to chip in to be successful. They play an aggressive high-paced

style, which runs counter to what Milford likes to do. They gave

Sanford and Concord all they wanted this season in narrow losses.

Where they can go: Milford game looks like a winable tossup, and they

played No. 1 Concord to a 60-56 game. Maybe they're the Cinderella?

No. 18 Sussex Tech (9-10)
First Game: at Hodgson - Wednesday 7pm

Player to Watch: Shi'wuan Sykes (6'2" senior forward)

Key to Success: Lost 4 of 6 down the stretch beginning with the 89-54

loss at Howard where Sykes didn't make the trip. Outside shooting could

be a key, in their win over AI they hit 6 three pointers, including 3

from Sykes. Those kind of shots can be huge playoff momentum shifters.

Where they can go: If they can get past Hodgson, Mount Pleasant could

be a tricky matchup.

No. 19 Charter of Wilmington (10-10)
First Game: at A.I. duPont - Wednesday 7pm

Player to Watch: Matt Brenneman (senior guard)

Key to Success: In their two biggest victories (Conrad and A.I. duPont)

the Force held their opposition to 37.5 points per game.

Where they can go: If they can upset A.I. for a second time, Saint

Elizabeth looks too tough for the Force.

No. 20 Laurel (15-5)
First Game: at St. Mark's - Wednesday 7pm

Player to Watch: Gary Warren (senior)

Key to Success: Remembering last year. A very weak strength of

schedule knocked a 15-win team all the way down into the 20s, but Warren

is part of a group that defeated Newark and battled Howard last year.

Making shots is always important for confidence, especially against St.

Mark's.

Where they can go: We know they're going to Milltown, will they back

the patience needed to get to go to Sanford afterwards?

No. 21 Delmar (11-8)
First Game: at Dover - Wednesday 7pm

Player to Watch: Larry Ennis (6'2" senior guard)

Key to Success: Losing five of six hurt their seed line, and nearly a

shot at the tournament, but Ennis, Shane Leatherbury, and company can

shoot the basketball extremely well.

Where they can go: A tournament victory and a trip to Saint Elizabeth

would have to be seen as a nice run. Ennis against the young Vikings

could be exciting.

No. 22 Delaware Military Academy (14-6)
First Game: at St. Georges - Wednesday 7pm

Player to Watch: Brian Cameron (senior)

Key to Success: Seeing what they learned from last season's 2-point

tournament loss to Saint Elizabeth. This team is at their best when

they can run up-and-down the floor and turn the game into a track meet.

Their problem is, that's what St. Georges likes to do, too.

Where they can go: Likely one-and-done. They lost to St. Georges by

13 when the Hawks didn't have Lamar Hamrick.

No. 23 Conrad (14-6)
First Game: at Smyrna - Wednesday 7pm

Player to Watch: Jordon Blake (6'3" junior forward)

Key to Success: Another of the teams that would prefer to play you at a

slower pace and look for a solid shot. Making some outside shots could

open things up for Blake to battle inside.

Where they can go: Below the Canal. Getting into the tournament for

the first time since the rebirth of the high school has been a great

story, but their record against most teams in the tourney isn't good.

No. 24 Cape Henlopen (9-11)
First Game: vs. Howard (at Salesianum) - Wednesday 7pm

Player to Watch: Ryan Thorburg (senior guard)

Key to Success: Cape made the tournament by a pair of upset road

victories at Sussex Tech and Delcastle. Thornburg combined for 45

points and 9 three-pointers in those games. Hot shooting can be a big

confidence booster in the postseason, and Cape will look to ride him to

a victory.

Where they can go: Howard looks to be too much for the Vikings, but

crazier things have happened.



Ravens cornerback Victor Hampton arrested, cut by team

By Associated Press 6:00pm, March 2, 2015
The Baltimore Ravens waived cornerback Victor Hampton after his weekend arrest in Charlotte on a charge of driving while impaired and speeding.

Ravens spokesman Chad Steele said the team waived Hampton on Monday.

North Carolina Highway Patrol Master Trooper John Burgin said Hampton was driving 100 mph in a 55-mph zone on Interstate 77 early Saturday. Hampton also was charged with reckless driving and having an open container of alcohol in his car.

Burgin said Hampton had a blood alcohol level of 0.10 percent, above North Carolina's legal limit of 0.08. Burgin said two passengers were charged with carrying concealed handguns and possessing open alcohol containers.

Steele said the 22-year-old former South Carolina defensive back was signed to a reserve contract in January and had not played for the Ravens.



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