More Details On Inquirer and Daily News Sports Coverage Joining Forces Emerge

More Details On Inquirer and Daily News Sports Coverage Joining Forces Emerge

As we first wrote about earlier this month, the Philadelphia Daily News, Philadelphia Inquirer, and will indeed be coordinating their sports coverages in an attempt to avoid redundancy and best use their resources for more enterprise material.

Today, the Inquirer's Mike Armstrong added more details of how this may work (although it seems to some extent they're not entirely sure just yet):

Under the plan, some elements of sports coverage, arts and other
features stories, city and suburban reporting, and various editing
functions would be coordinated and shared, Wischnowski said.

The same story might appear in both newspapers.

example, the papers' sports departments intend to have one editor in
charge of reporters from both staffs covering the Philadelphia Phillies,
another for those covering the Philadelphia Eagles, and so on. Two
reporters may still cover a Phillies game. However, one may be
"digitally focused," Wischnowski said, posting news and video interviews
to the Web, while the other may concentrate on a story for print.

The "digitally focused" bit is quite interesting. Does that mean a regular old newspaper writer could pen something that would only appear on the Internet? Who does that?!? Also curious about whether some sports writers would cover games only for digital. How does a print guy feel about that were it to happen?

Would a David Murphy game story appear in the Inquirer and the Daily News on the same day? Could Matt Gelb's stories start showing up in the Daily News? What about columnists covering a game? Where does the line get drawn?

It should be pretty interesting to watch develop. Not so sure how the rival reporters at each paper are going to feel about it all.

UPDATE: A source tells us that there is only going to be one "beat writer" per team going forward and that existing beats will either be reassigned or eliminated.

Best of NHL: Penguins beat Panthers in Sidney Crosby's debut

Best of NHL: Penguins beat Panthers in Sidney Crosby's debut

PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby scored in his season debut as the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied to beat the Florida Panthers 3-2 on Tuesday night.

Crosby, who scored on a power play, missed the team's first six games with a concussion. Carl Hagelin and Eric Fehr also scored for the Penguins, who extended a seven-game unbeaten streak against the Panthers.

Marc-Andre Fleury, who has started the first seven games of the season for Pittsburgh, stopped 20 shots. Matt Murray, who backstopped the Penguins to a Stanley Cup in June, served as the backup to Fleury after missing the first six games with a broken hand.

Reilly Smith scored a power-play goal and Mark Pysyk also scored for the Panthers, who have lost 11 of 12 against the Penguins in Pittsburgh.

James Reimer made 19 saves in his second start of the season (see full recap).

Kings top Blue Jackets in overtime
LOS ANGELES -- Alec Martinez scored 1:14 into overtime, and the Los Angeles Kings rallied to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 Tuesday night for their third straight victory.

Drew Doughty scored the tying goal with 5:57 left in regulation for the Kings, who won their third straight overtime game after an 0-3-0 start to the season. Captain Anze Kopitar also scored, and third-string goalie Peter Budaj stopped 19 shots in his third consecutive win.

Cam Atkinson scored a tiebreaking power-play goal late in the second period, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 27 saves for Columbus. Brandon Saad also scored for the Jackets, who had won two straight after an 0-2-0 start.

Martinez ended it by putting a rebound into an open net for the defenseman's second goal of the season (see full recap).

Lightning strike for seven goals in win
TORONTO -- Steven Stamkos matched a career-high with four points -- two goals and two assists -- and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 7-3 on Tuesday night.

Frederik Andersen gave up seven goals on only 24 shots, the third time in five starts he has allowed at least five goals and fourth time he's allowed four or more. The 27-year-old has an .851 save percentage so far this season.

Alex Killorn, Victor Hedman, Nikita Kucherov, Vladislav Namestnikov and Jonathan Drouin added goals for Tampa Bay, while Ben Bishop made 40 saves.

William Nylander, James van Riemsdyk and Auston Matthews scored for the Maple Leafs, who outshot the Lightning 43-24 (see full recap).

Report: Eagles make inquiry about Bears WR Alshon Jeffery

Report: Eagles make inquiry about Bears WR Alshon Jeffery

The Eagles could be looking for a bigger name outside.

In need of a deep threat — and reportedly in talks about a trade for 49ers wideout Torrey Smith — the Eagles are interested in Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery and attempting to make a move for the 2013 Pro Bowler, according to a report Tuesday night by Benjamin Allbright of Mile High Sports Radio.

We followed up with Allbright, who clarified the Eagles simply made an inquiry.

Jeffery, much more of a do-it-all, dynamic wide receiver than the one-dimensional Smith, is 26 years old and can become a free agent at season's end. He'll warrant good money, but would make the Eagles better in more ways than one compared to Smith.

The 6-foot-3, 218-pounder put up 89 catches for 1,421 yards and seven touchdowns in 2013, followed by 85 catches, 1,133 yards receiving and 10 scores in 2014.

This season, he has 520 yards receiving and has yet to find the end zone playing for the quarterback-challenged Bears, who are 1-6 and more than likely thinking about next season.