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Published: Tue, 14 Jun 2011 05:00:10 GMT


Memories of the unforgettable
He had been talking about practice - not a game - and once Allen Iverson was finally finished lecturing those of us in the media who had attended his unforgettable 2002 news conference, he ducked out a back door with his boys.

Eagles have positive outlook, but they'll need time to prepare for season
Jeffrey Lurie would never tip his hand, never reveal the Eagles' master plan, and certainly never discuss the intricacies of the NFL's business at such a tumultuous time as now.

Remain calm in this Phillies storm
You could see it coming. From inside Citizens Bank Park, the Center City skyline went from hazy to navy to black. The outfield flags at the ballpark started flying toward home plate, which rarely, if ever, happens. Debris started flying through the air, as did warning-track dirt.

76ers buyer would be paying for potential
My favorite Ed Snider story is from 2003. The University of North Carolina had just fired Matt Doherty as its head basketball coach, and Larry Brown was in a dither over the vacancy. Brown desperately wanted to coach at his alma mater, despite the fact that he was under contract with the 76ers through the 2004-05 season for an average salary of $6 million a year.

Memories of Shaq when he was classic Shaq
The Shaquille O'Neal I will choose to remember, now that he has retired after a 19-year career in the National Basketball Association, is not the one who bounced around at the end chasing one more ring when all signs suggested he should call it a day.

Hopkins is Philly's true Rocky, so why not a statue of him?
It is good to be Bernard Hopkins these days. He is carrying around four world championship belts. At 46 and having just won a unanimous decision over Jean Pascal, he is the oldest fighter ever to win a title, a distinction that George Foreman turned into a small fortune when he finally hung up his gloves and started grilling.

Kolb: Stand-up guy, but just a bit naive
Kevin Kolb is most certainly not, as he so eloquently put in scatological terms the other day, a contemptible person. That type of person would not have taken the high road last season when he was unceremoniously benched after being assured he was the Eagles' starting quarterback. That type would not have supported his successor, Michael Vick, and kept whatever ill will he felt for his head coach to himself.

Hopkins and Halladay: Phils skipper likes them both
A few years ago, Bernard Hopkins stuck his face into Charlie Manuel's office at Citizens Bank Park and started talking. When he gets going, no Philadelphia athlete can talk as passionately, as convincingly, or as colorfully as B-Hop, and Manuel, a lover of mental and physical toughness, was instantly mesmerized.

Phillies, Manuel will need Utley to be honest
Can Chase Utley be honest? It is really that simple. Can Utley tell Charlie Manuel the truth about the status of his deteriorating right knee, so that Manuel can properly manage the injury, so that come October Utley is still playing, presumably at a high level?

Phillies desperation means a call-up for Domonic Brown
In the end, the manager won. Charlie Manuel wanted Domonic Brown with the Phillies, to try to help ignite a lineup that has struggled to get hits, much less runs. Ruben Amaro Jr. wanted Brown to marinate a little longer at triple-A Lehigh Valley, to work on his hitting, his defense, and his baserunning.