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Published: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 10:45:00 GMT2017-01-21T10:45:00Z


Last-second win over Blazers, but a scare when Embiid falls hard

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 10:45:00 GMT2017-01-21T10:45:00Z

THE EMOTIONS that Joel Embiid can elicit from 76ers fans were on full display in the span of seconds Friday against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Wells Fargo Center.

Eugene Olaff, former head of NJ State Police and pro soccer player

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 06:30:32 GMT2017-01-21T06:30:32Z

Col. Eugene Olaff, 96, a former New Jersey State Police superintendent who achieved national renown as a professional soccer star, died Tuesday, Jan. 17, at Brookdale Assisted Living in Florence.

Joey Greenstein Jr. scored big for his late father

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 04:37:01 GMT2017-01-21T04:37:01Z

By all accounts, Joey Greenstein Jr.'s third-quarter jump shot on Jan. 12 had no business going into the basket. The Franklin Towne Charter senior hoisted a three-pointer from the corner, opposite his team's bench. The rest is best said by those in attendance at the FTC Middle School gym.

Wood girls use solid defense and timely scoring to defeat O'Hara

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 04:00:02 GMT2017-01-21T04:00:02Z

There have been many times over the course of her career, Cassie Sebold admitted, when she got the ball off the inbounds play, took a few dribbles and then "chucked up" a shot from well beyond the arc.

Team effort spurs Ryan boys over Judge, 48-36

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 03:58:51 GMT2017-01-21T03:58:51Z

Matiss Kulackovskis found his way from Latvia to Northeast Philly's Archbishop Ryan in a most unusual way. "I was looking to play basketball in America, and a few good friends in Lithuania suggested Ryan," he said. "So I put together a highlight film and sent it to the school. Luckily it all worked out."

Betrand put-back sends Roman boys over Bonner-Prendie, 54-53

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 03:56:01 GMT2017-01-21T03:56:01Z

Thomas "Hockey Puck" McKenna furrowed his brow before Roman Catholic took on host Bonner-Prendergast in Catholic League action Friday night.

Paulsboro wrestlers top Delsea, 36-22

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 03:53:42 GMT2017-01-21T03:53:42Z

When he talked about his approach to Friday night's bout, he talked about his celebration as if it were part of his strategy.

Sixers 93, Trail Blazers 92

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 03:30:08 GMT2017-01-21T03:30:08Z

The Sixers beat the Trail Blazers 93-92 at the Wells Fargo Center on Friday, January 20, 2017.

Rendell: Not bowled over by college football's postseason

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 03:07:35 GMT2017-01-21T03:07:35Z

AS I WATCHED the college football season come to an end in the BCS title game a few weeks ago with Clemson's thrilling victory over Alabama, it occurred to me that I enjoy watching college football almost as much as college basketball. But there is a big difference between these sports that greatly affects my level of interest, and that is how they end their season.

O'Brien enjoys the challenges of Plymouth Whitemarsh girls' hoops

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 02:39:03 GMT2017-01-21T02:39:03Z

Taylor O'Brien was just 9 years old. Back then, the extent of her basketball playing experience was dribbling a ball in her driveway and playing in the front yard. Her teammates and opponents were her younger sister, mom, dad, aunts, and uncles.

Despite All-Star snub, Embiid grateful for fan support

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 01:28:09 GMT2017-01-21T01:28:09Z

AMONG OTHER things, Joel Embiid is one of the most competitive people on the 76ers. He didn't win a starting spot for the Eastern Conference All-Star team when it was announced on Thursday evening, but his good-natured attitude won out over the competitor in him when the news came down that he came in fourth place overall in the vote for frontcourt players – third in fan voting, fifth in media voting and eighth among player votes.

Baines settles in with Gloucester Catholic girls' basketball

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 00:54:45 GMT2017-01-21T00:54:45Z

Azana Baines, who moves oh-so-smoothly on the basketball court, admitted to having some pregame jitters. She was making her season debut with her new team and thus experienced a little extra pregame anxiety that quickly went away - as did the opponent.

NJSIAA considering drastic changes to public football system

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 00:47:10 GMT2017-01-21T00:47:10Z

Two sections instead of four. Seven groups instead of five. Sixteen teams in the playoff field instead eight. Plus an early start to the regular season and a schedule of 13 games for teams that make the championship finals.

Matt Ryan was always team-first, Penn Charter mates say

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 00:09:02 GMT2017-01-21T00:09:02Z

Matt Ryan was the best high school quarterback in Philadelphia in 2002. A scholarship waited at Boston College, and his size and ability would later make him one of the NFL's elite quarterbacks.

Will break reenergize Flyers' sagging 5-on-5 play?

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 00:01:26 GMT2017-01-21T00:01:26Z

Some Flyers went to tropical islands during the team's four-day break. Some stayed home. Right winger Wayne Simmonds got engaged.

Live updates: 76ers vs. Portland Trail Blazers

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 23:46:19 GMT2017-01-20T23:46:19Z

Can't get to a TV to watch tonight's 76ers game against the Portland Trail Blazers? We've got live updates right here. Tipoff at the Wells Fargo Center is set for just after 7 p.m.

Matt Ryan was always team-first, Penn Charter mates say

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 23:36:01 GMT2017-01-20T23:36:01Z

Matt Ryan was the best high school quarterback in Philadelphia in 2002. A scholarship waited at Boston College, and his size and ability would later make him one of the NFL's elite quarterbacks.

Frank's Place: Baseball Hall of Fame built on lies

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 23:03:21 GMT2017-01-20T23:03:21Z

In a familiar photograph taken at Cooperstown on June 12, 1939, the day the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum was dedicated there, 10 of the 11 living Hall members are awkwardly posed.

Welcome rest for No. 1: Villanova face Providence after 4-day break

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 22:57:02 GMT2017-01-20T22:57:02Z

When you utilize a seven-man rotation like Villanova coach Jay Wright does, a four-day break is always welcome. Since his team marked its return to No. 1 in the Associated Press poll with a 30-point win over Seton Hall, Wright has kept it light - practice for some players on Tuesday, off Wednesday and one-hour practices both Thursday and Friday - going into Saturday's game against Providence at the Wells Fargo Center.

Flyers defense needs the edge prospect Sam Morin brings

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 22:47:04 GMT2017-01-20T22:47:04Z

When the Flyers acquired Chris Pronger in 2009, they did so because their defense was too soft and they needed someone to clear the crease in front of their goalies.

Creighton hit hard by Watson's injury

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 22:31:02 GMT2017-01-20T22:31:02Z

It was perhaps the saddest moment of the college basketball season, watching Creighton point guard Maurice Watson Jr. collapse to the floor in pain after making a layup and tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

Sielski: Phillies have reason to worry about Aaron Nola's elbow

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 21:31:02 GMT2017-01-20T21:31:02Z

There is this photo of Aaron Nola that might sicken your stomach. Gene J. Puskar, a photographer with the Associated Press, took it last year on Saturday, July 23, in Pittsburgh. The Pirates hammered Nola for six hits and six earned runs in four innings d

Jensen: These Philly hoops super fans see it all . . . every day

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 21:14:02 GMT2017-01-20T21:14:02Z

Outcome determined in this girls' high school game, reserves getting time, two men sitting just past a basket at Cardinal O'Hara High, an 82-year-old and a 72-year-old, were: (a) falling asleep; (b) leaving; or (c) paying even closer attention.

Temple recruiting update: Lackawanna JC QB among weekend visitors

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:16:09 GMT2017-01-20T20:16:09Z

Embiid gracious about not making all-star first team

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:39:15 GMT2017-01-20T19:39:15Z

Joel Embiid can still be an all-star, but he will not start. He said he was not disappointed.

SnoCountry Snapshot: Crested Butte

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:38:26 GMT2017-01-20T18:38:26Z

This week’s SnoCountry Snapshot visits Crested Butte in Colorado, which has received over 90 inches of snow in the last 10 days and has more on the way.

Trail Blazers vs. Sixers at a glance

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:14:59 GMT2017-01-20T18:14:59Z

Villanova-Providence preview

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:08:53 GMT2017-01-20T18:08:53Z

Providence at Villanova Saturday at noon, Wells Fargo Center TV/Radio: Fox29; WTEL-AM (610). Records: Providence, 13-7, 3-4 Big East; Villanova, 18-1, 6-1, ranked No. 1.

Jensen: Villanova's big on campus, and away from it

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:36:12 GMT2017-01-20T17:36:12Z

Dick Vitale doesn't merely have his finger on the pulse of college basketball. In many respects, Vitale is the pulse of college basketball. His enthusiastic free associations during ballgames wind around the entire sport.

UPDATED: Football: Big changes proposed to playoff system

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:14:59 GMT2017-01-20T16:14:59Z

Football: List of schools in proposed 7 groups in S.J. sections

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:48:11 GMT2017-01-20T15:48:11Z

An early look at the Phillies' opening-day roster

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:34:36 GMT2017-01-20T14:34:36Z