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Published: Sun, 22 Jan 2017 22:17:02 GMT2017-01-22T22:17:02Z


Cooney: Turner can relate to Okafor, Noel

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 22:17:02 GMT2017-01-22T22:17:02Z

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.

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."

Murphy: Free-agent classes loaded when Phils are ready to go for it

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 21:34:24 GMT2017-01-22T21:34:24Z

TWICE, Pete Mackanin summoned three intriguing words to convey his point. This was Wednesday, in the long-dormant interview room at Citizens Bank Park where he met the media after each of the Phillies' 37 wins and 44 losses at home last season. Reporters were asking him this year's version of a question that has defined the club since Mackanin's bosses acknowledged the obvious and officially labeled themselves rebuilders.

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

Ford: Wright coaching for tomorrow today

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:14:06 GMT2017-01-21T22:14:06Z

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

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.

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.

Del Val star wrestler wears his heart on his sleeve

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:21:34 GMT2017-01-20T18:21:34Z

ZACH ROSEBERRY is not a tattoo type of guy. But he does have one, which you can't help noticing, on the ripped upper part of his right arm. And it means the world to him. The Delaware Valley University senior got it on his 16th birthday as a tribute to his older brother Trae, who had died in a car accident two years earlier. Zack didn't just lose his only sibling that tragic night. Trae was also his best friend, mentor and inspiration. So Zach decided to honor him forever, in a way for everyone to see.

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.

Domo: Wentz's mobility likely Pederson's favorite attribute

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:23:41 GMT2017-01-20T14:23:41Z

IN A COLUMN on Carson Wentz the other day, my colleague David Murphy wrote that, after watching Alex Smith and his somewhat limited arm strength in the Chiefs' 18-16 playoff loss to the Steelers, he's convinced that Wentz's big right arm was one of the main reasons Doug Pederson preferred a future with him as the Eagles' starting quarterback rather than Sam Bradford.

Smallwood: USA call-up caps great year for Union's Keegan Rosenberry

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:13:51 GMT2017-01-20T13:13:51Z

IT'S BEEN an amazing year for Keegan Rosenberry. Last year around this time, Rosenberry was a college senior at Georgetown University. He knew he would be selected in the 2016 MLS draft, but he didn't know how high or by whom.

Evan Mathis said it 'was fun' to play for the Eagles

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 12:36:53 GMT2017-01-20T12:36:53Z

Before Evan Mathis' first practice with the Eagles, Howie Roseman walked up to the free-agent offensive lineman and asked, "Are you going to make me look smart?"

Cooney: Brown not type to blow his own horn over Sixers' success

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:47:01 GMT2017-01-20T00:47:01Z

JOEL EMBIID hits a three, deposits a vicious dunk, blocks a shot into oblivion and almost immediately looks to the crowd to encourage louder positive reaction in Wednesday's 94-89 win over Toronto.

Brookover: Colangelo must finish what Hinkie started

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 22:26:01 GMT2017-01-19T22:26:01Z

We have finally settled upon "The Process" that everyone can trust. Regardless of which side of the fence you stood on during Sam Hinkie's ultra-polarizing tenure as the 76ers general manager, we all must agree that the man who nicknamed himself "The Process" is worth supporting and believing in.