TOM CONDON sounded like a man doing a job he didn't want to do. On Monday, Condon executed a four-minute interview on Sirius XM radio in defense of his client, Sam Bradford, who, earlier that day began his boycott of the Eagles' voluntary offseason program in the hopes of forcing a trade. Bradford was upset that the Eagles traded from the No. 8 to the No. 2 spot and announced they would draft a quarterback; most likely, Carson Wentz.
WASHINGTON - The Flyers grew up a little Friday night. They channeled the spirit of their late owner and the composure of their goaltender and the determination of their coach. They withstood the Fury the Capitals seek to unleash every night at the Verizon Center, but it was the Flyers who had the successful road trip.
HOWIE ROSEMAN and Jeffrey Lurie have often said: This is how you become great. You identify stars, studs, cornerstone players; and then, you get them. If it costs you five picks to get the one you want, so be it, especially if it's a quarterback.
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Young love runs hot. When Jordan Spieth strode Thursday to the 12th tee, the guts of Amen Corner, he was reviewing what had just happened on treacherous 11th: a risky, 218-yard approach shot and a 10-foot par save, typical of Spieth's opening-round brilliance.
AUGUSTA, Ga. - It's anybody's ballgame, and that might be the best thing for the ballgame. "I think it's fun for the game to see how close it is, and everyone has their own little favorites," said Jason Day, the new world No. 1. "Some people are Rory (McIlroy). Some people are me. Some people are Jordan Spieth. Some people are Rickie Fowler."
AUGUSTA, Ga. - They eulogized Tiger Woods on Tuesday. With fond remembrances and wistful words, they gently laid his legend to rest. It was fitting that the ceremony for the passing of his golfing life would be held here, because here is where began for Tiger. In 1997, he set the Masters record at 18-under, and that forever changed the game.
AUGUSTA, Ga. - This is Bryson DeChambeau's party. We're all invited. The 80th Masters is the 30th anniversary of Jack Nicklaus' last major championship win. It is the first defense of a major for young star Jordan Spieth. It would complete the career Grand Slam for Rory McIlroy, and it would cement new world No. 1 Jason Day atop the rankings for several weeks.
APPARENTLY, swimming upstream is only exhausting if you're not making headway. In the Flyers' case, they're moving right along. In fact, the further upstream they travel from playoff irrelevance to the playoff fringes, the stronger they get. If they make it to their goal, they can turn round and use the current to push them through the playoffs.
NEW YORK - It's March, and there's madness, but things don't get really crazy in the NCAA until April. That's when the top college talent begins its annual migration to the NBA, with a fresh crop of unskilled, immature kids further diluting an already watered-down product.
NEW YORK - If this sounds like an obituary for a man who is only in ICU, apologies. The bedside manner might need work, but, frankly, the prognosis for Fran Dunphy is not good.His Temple Owls, a No. 10 seed, on Friday face No. 7 Iowa, a team that was ranked third in the country in January. If the Owls win, they probably will meet Villanova, formerly ranked No. 1 in the country, now a No. 2 seed here in Brooklyn.
YOU KNOW the old saying: You can never be too rich, or have too many capable quarterbacks. Howie Roseman opened the vault and gave rookie head coach Doug Pederson his two preferred passers. Sam Bradford agreed to a 2-year, $36 million contract. Chase Daniel, the backup in Kansas City when Pederson was the coordinator, signed for 3 years and $21 million.
AT LEAST some of her sponsors recognize Maria Sharapova for the cheater that she is. Sharapova, the elegant and lovely Russian tennis champion, will be banned by the International Tennis Federation from 6 months to 4 years for testing positive for newly-banned meldonium at the Australian Open in January.
Marcus Hayes is a sports columnist for the Daily News. Hired more than 20 years ago as a features writer, he has since covered the Eagles, Phillies, and Sixers beats as well as Big Five basketball, college football, golf, and the Olympics.