January 19, 2015 |
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - So, who is Joel Embiid, really? The 76ers rookie appears to be a likable person. The 7-footer always speaks to reporters in passing, even though he's off-limits for interviews. He displayed a fun-loving personality on Twitter and Instagram by unsuccessfully recruiting LeBron James to the Sixers and asking out Rihanna and Kim Kardashian on dates. Yet there appear to be some concerns. Embiid has a weight issue. Although the Sixers wouldn't disclose his weight, a source said he's close to 300 pounds after being 250 pounds at Kansas last season.
February 8, 2012 |
The Eagles claimed tackle D.J. Jones off waivers from the Baltimore Ravens, the team said Tuesday. The Eagles also named Keith Gray assistant strength and conditioning coach to replace Roger Marandino, who became the head strength and conditioning coach with the Indianapolis Colts. Jones, listed as 6-foot-5, 315 pounds, was an undrafted free agent who spent the first six weeks of last season on the Dolphins practice squad. He spent most of the rest of the season on Baltimore's practice squad and moved to the active roster in the final week of the season.
June 10, 2006 |
The old "guess your weight" game came back to Atlantic City yesterday, as Bernard Hopkins and Antonio Tarver stepped up to answer months of conjecture about how close either of them would get to the light-heavyweight limit of 175 pounds for their fight tonight at Boardwalk Hall. The result of the weigh-in: Hopkins 174, Tarver 174. Rumor had it Tarver's weight was up past 215 pounds over the winter while he filmed scenes in his first movie, playing a heavyweight champion in Rocky Balboa.
July 10, 2015 |
SALT LAKE CITY - The Sixers closed out the Utah Summer League last night with an 84-78 overtime loss to the Utah Jazz to finish out the week 1-2. Jordan McRae led the Sixers with 19 points, while Jahlil Okafor scored 11 and Jerami Grant 10. Furkan Aldemir hauled down 15 rebounds. Guard Bryce Cotton led the Jazz with 20. Assistant coach Billy Lange, who guided the Sixers in Utah, said the team accomplished what it set out to do. "I think holistically we definitely have with the introduction of the NBA and our organization's philosophy with guys like Jahlil," Lange said.
February 23, 1995 |
Ray Rhodes rounded out his first Eagles coaching staff with the hiring of five more assistants, three of whom come to Philadelphia from the college ranks. That brings the number of Rhodes assistants to 10, joining defensive coordinator Emmitt Thomas; offensive coordinator John Gruden; offensive line coach Bill Callahan; defensive line coach Mike Trgovac; and running backs coach Dick Jamieson. Newly announced hires yesterday are: Gerald Carr, 35, wide receivers: Joins the Eagles after three seasons as the University of North Carolina quarterbacks coach.
January 30, 1999 |
A day after watching his 76ers give away a preseason game, Larry Brown will give away his daughter. Assistant Randy Ayers will coach tonight's rematch with the Washington Wizards at the MCI Center while Brown attends the wedding of his daughter, Kristen, in Wilmington, N.C. Brown's absence could be viewed as a quirk of the aftermath of the NBA lockout, except he would have done this anyway. "When they were planning the wedding, we looked at the original schedule and this was the only Saturday open," Brown said before the Sixers embarrassed themselves in last night's 74-61 loss.
January 8, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE - Whoever is hired as Penn State's next football coach should plan on bringing most of a coaching staff with him. Five Penn State coaches who were assistants under Bill O'Brien were no longer listed on the team's official roster as of yesterday afternoon, including defensive coordinator John Butler, who will leave the program to coach the secondary under O'Brien with the Houston Texans, Fight On State reported. Safeties coach Anthony Midget, wide receivers coach Stan Hixon, running backs coach Charles London and strength and conditioning coach Craig Fitzgerald also left the program.
April 25, 2015 |
Before the first snap of Temple's Cherry and White spring football game Saturday, the players will receive inspiration from somebody who has become a great friend of the program. Leah Still, the 4-year-old girl whose battle with pediatric cancer has drawn national attention, will perform the coin toss along with her father, Devon, the Camden native, former Penn State standout, and current Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman. The game will begin at 1 p.m. at Temple's Edberg Olson Hall Complex.
April 2, 2016 |
HOUSTON - Jay Wright remembers this guy helping out temporarily with Villanova's basketball players while Wright looked for a new strength and conditioning coach in 2012 and telling this guy, "Look, I'm not hiring you for this job. " At the time, John Shackleton was in charge of strength and conditioning for some of Villanova's Olympic sports. "I'm not hiring an Olympic sports guy," Wright told him, and that's no great offense to Olympic sports, which often set trends in strength and conditioning.
January 27, 2006 |
Randy Ayers looked up at the empty Wachovia Center yesterday morning and smiled. This was a familiar place he hadn't visited in nearly two years, since being fired as head coach of the 76ers on Feb. 10, 2004. Now Ayers was back as an assistant coach of the Orlando Magic, who beat the Sixers, 119-115, last night at the place Ayers once called home. "I said when I was fired that I had a lot of good times and a lot of good basketball moments in this building," Ayers said during yesterday's shoot-around.