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Published: Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:48:07 GMT2017-03-23T19:48:07Z


Brooky: Flawed WBC still a worthwhile event

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:48:07 GMT2017-03-23T19:48:07Z

While most of you were sleeping, Major League Baseball staged its fourth World Baseball Classic over the last 21/2 weeks, culminating with the United States' 8-0, anticlimactic championship win over Puerto Rico Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

Donnellon: Phillies' memories of Dallas Green

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:29:13 GMT2017-03-23T19:29:13Z

CLEARWATER, Fla. - John Kruk was a three-time All-Star, a pennant winner, a .300 hitter over the course of his 10-year career. He also played for Larry Bowa in San Diego and became a Phillie at least in part because of him, because Bowa believed Kruk's "belly" - as Dallas Green used to describe toughness - would have passed the test of his old manager.

Hayes: Everybody's right about Kaepernick

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:05:17 GMT2017-03-23T16:05:17Z

OCCASIONALLY, everybody's right. NFL owners have a strong case to exclude Colin Kaepernick. The NFL media is, for the most part, appropriately outraged. Race-baiters and other bigots can claim some relevance, too.

Cooney: Finally some legitimate building blocks for the Sixers' offseason

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:12:55 GMT2017-03-23T15:12:55Z

Domo: Eagles may take WR in first round despite additions of Jeffery, Smith

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:59:15 GMT2017-03-23T14:59:15Z

LET'S QUICKLY review all of the exciting things that have been happening with Jim Schwartz's defense the last couple of months:

Listless Flyers needed Steve Mason's wake-up call for more effort

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:35:25 GMT2017-03-23T00:35:25Z

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Goalie Steve Mason called out the Flyers after their latest sleepy loss. Good for him. It's about time someone did.

Donnellon: Prospect Kyle Young hopes to be a towering achievement for Phillies

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:22:51 GMT2017-03-22T17:22:51Z

CLEARWATER, Fla. - Hector Mercado pushed his pitcher. Not hard, just enough to get him off the top of the mound, where 7-foot Kyle Young stood, the midday sun over his head blinding his pitching coach.

'Nova is done, but Collin Gillespie looks to win title of his own

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:25:43 GMT2017-03-22T13:25:43Z

The Archbishop Wood boys' basketball team had practiced early Saturday morning in its usual place, the little gym next door at Nativity of Our Lord School, which gave Collin Gillespie plenty of time to drive the nine miles back to his home in Huntingdon Valley to catch the 2:50 p.m. tipoff for Villanova-Wisconsin.

Smallwood: NBA commissioner not a fan of resting star players

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 22:57:06 GMT2017-03-21T22:57:06Z

IN DECEMBER, 2012, former NBA commissioner David Stern fined the San Antonio Spurs $250,000 because coach Gregg Popovich sat four healthy players - Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobli and Danny Green - for a nationally televised marquee matchup against the Miami Heat.

Cooney: Holmes emerges from Sixers' center logjam

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 22:51:06 GMT2017-03-21T22:51:06Z

THE FIRST TIME eyes were set on Richaun Holmes as part of the 76ers organization, he was jumping in a gym in Salt Lake City as if there were a spring beneath him.

Christian Laettner's Duke-Kentucky buzzer-beater still lives in Philly basketball lore

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 22:13:03 GMT2017-03-21T22:13:03Z

Chet Zukowski knew his job. The moment the game ended, he was to lead the ticket manager from the winning school to the Spectrum ticket office to get their allotment of Final Four tickets. Zukowski was eye-balling the ticket reps from Kentucky and Duke that 1992 night, tracking their movements as the game wound down to a final play.

Hayes: Sixers rookies Saric, TLC more NBA-ready than one-and-dones

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 15:15:31 GMT2017-03-21T15:15:31Z

N ERLENS NOEL got sued. Joel Embiid got fat. Jahlil Okafor might have gotten killed. The Homie and TLC are getting buckets.

Donnellon: For Phillies' Knapp, job might be in the bag

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 13:55:32 GMT2017-03-21T13:55:32Z

CLEARWATER, Fla. - Two things you notice quickly upon arrival at the Phillies' spring training complex: There are a ton of ex-managers here, and a ton of catchers and ex-catchers, too. On any given sun-splashed morning, you are likely to see Charlie Manuel and Larry Bowa in animated storytelling on the infield grass, waiting for the players to arrive; Juan Samuel involved in some detail work as well; Ernie Whitt down by the batting cage.

Jensen: 'Coach, how we going to guard your son?'

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 12:26:05 GMT2017-03-21T12:26:05Z

Del Val Charter basketball coach James Lewis, looking to be thorough in his scouting report for Sunday's PIAA Class 3A state quarterfinal against Valley Forge Military Academy, went through the X's and O's, but his players, knowing the elephant in their own locker room, weren't going to let him off the hook.

For some Villanova Wildcats, NBA awaits

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 05:31:32 GMT2017-03-21T05:31:32Z

Seasons end abruptly and quickly segue into new journeys. There's little time to lament a devastating loss in Buffalo when the scouting combine in Chicago is less than 50 days away. The searing pain of that second-round loss to Wisconsin might last a while, but for some of the Villanova players it's already time to look ahead. The NBA is the next stop and that's a pretty good place to recover from a disappointing end to an incredible college career.

Smallwood: We're all bracket experts, until they actually play the games

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 22:53:02 GMT2017-03-20T22:53:02Z

IT'S PART of the fun of the NCAA Tournament - predicting who will make the Field of 68, talking about seeding, who can make a deep run and who will go home early.