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Published: Mon, 23 Jan 2017 04:19:40 GMT2017-01-23T04:19:40Z

 



Cooney: Turner can relate to Okafor, Noel

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 04:19:40 GMT2017-01-23T04:19:40Z

THE SMATTERING of boos that welcomed Evan Turner back to the Wells Fargo Center on Friday night turned into a rumble, then a roar and finally into a thunderous union of displeasure rained down upon someone who was the 76ers' No. 2 overall selection in 2010. Some of the reaction was simply fun, as Sixers fans are riding a four-year high right now with the team playing the best basketball of that time and Joel Embiid sparking comparisons to Wilt Chamberlain.



Murphy: Why can't Eagles build around players like other winning teams

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 03:02:15 GMT2017-01-23T03:02:15Z

WHEN THE PATRIOTS won the Super Bowl in 2014, Malcolm Butler was an undrafted free agent who played 17 percent of their snaps during the regular season, the No. 6 cornerback on the depth chart. Logan Ryan, a third-round pick the year before, was No. 4 on the depth chart. Not until their second and third seasons, respectively, did the tandem move into the starting lineup full time, at which point they quickly established themselves as one of the better starting tandems in the NFL.



Ford: Wright coaching for tomorrow today

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 01:42:02 GMT2017-01-23T01:42:02Z

By Bob Ford Villanova checked another game off the schedule Saturday, beating Providence by 10 points at the Wells Fargo Center. It was a fairly typical mid-January game in the Big East Conference - one part beauty, one part beastly, and the rest a series of collisions and skids across the floor.



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

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 01:11:14 GMT2017-01-23T01:11:14Z

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.



Jerardi: Villanova makes every minute count

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 23:28:43 GMT2017-01-22T23:28:43Z

IF THE NCAA Tournament selections were now, my four No. 1 seeds would be: East – Villanova South – Baylor



Smallwood: U.S. soccer can't afford to be xenophobic

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 22:54:29 GMT2017-01-22T22:54:29Z

GROWING UP, I was always told that the United States was a nation of immigrants, and that we are strongest when we embrace our diversity and use it to achieve a common goal.



Brookover: Franco needs to become next Phillies superstar

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 21:45:16 GMT2017-01-22T21:45:16Z

A single superstar can be the foundation. Get one and the building can begin in earnest. "Over the last couple of years it has been, as I call it, an experiment," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said last week in describing the team's 2015 and 2016 seasons. "We're trying to find out who's going to fit in and bide time until we're going to spend a little bit of money and make our move."



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

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 21:32:08 GMT2017-01-22T21:32:08Z

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.



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.