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January 19, 2015 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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April 18, 2015 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joel Embiid arguably could be one of the most gifted athletes to don a 76ers uniform. He's a 7-footer who dunks with ease off between-the-legs moves. He's a once-in-a-generation athlete for his size. He has the natural talent to develop into one of the NBA's best players. But he'll need a good work ethic combined with an ability to stay healthy to turn that potential into results on the court. "There were times that I wasn't happy," coach Brett Brown said Thursday of Embiid's lack of diligence.
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February 8, 2012 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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June 10, 2006 | By Don Steinberg INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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February 23, 1995 | by Kevin Mulligan, Daily News Sports Writer
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.
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January 30, 1999 | by Phil Jasner, Daily News Sports Writer
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.
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January 8, 2014 | BY STEPHEN PIANOVICH, For the Daily News
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.
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April 25, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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January 27, 2006 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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January 3, 1989 | By Jay Greenberg, Daily News Sports Writer
Not that they necessarily missed him, but the Flyers expect to have Mark Howe back in the lineup tonight when they continue their six-game trip with a game against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Coliseum. The single most interesting revelation of their 12-2-1 spurt is the Flyers' ability to go 6-1 while Howe has had to sit out two stretches with groin pulls. The defense, a huge question mark when the season began, has come together impressively, despite the presence of three players of less than a full year's experience.
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April 25, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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April 18, 2015 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joel Embiid arguably could be one of the most gifted athletes to don a 76ers uniform. He's a 7-footer who dunks with ease off between-the-legs moves. He's a once-in-a-generation athlete for his size. He has the natural talent to develop into one of the NBA's best players. But he'll need a good work ethic combined with an ability to stay healthy to turn that potential into results on the court. "There were times that I wasn't happy," coach Brett Brown said Thursday of Embiid's lack of diligence.
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January 19, 2015 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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January 8, 2014 | BY STEPHEN PIANOVICH, For the Daily News
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.
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August 16, 2013 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
As he sat on the dais for his introductory news conference, Brett Brown revealed that he was already hard at work in his new job as coach of the 76ers. The longtime San Antonio Spurs assistant absorbed endless questions about his leaving an elite franchise to take over one that likely will play for position in the talent-rich 2014 NBA draft. The more Brown talked Wednesday afternoon, the more he revealed his passion about rebuilding the Sixers. "This is really my first day in Philadelphia," Brown said.
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May 5, 2013 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Coatesville High junior Daquan Worley, a quick-footed running back and defensive back, orally committed Friday morning to play for Penn State. The 5-foot-10, 185-pounder, who helped lead the Red Raiders to the PIAA Class AAAA state championship game last season, is projected to play cornerback for the Nittany Lions. He is the seventh player - and first defensive back - to commit for the Class of 2014. "Deep down, he just really felt like he wanted to be part of the Penn State community," Coatesville head coach Matt Ortega said.
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April 19, 2012 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
In his three years at Penn State, including a redshirt season, offensive tackle Adam Gress barely has been noticed. He figures he has seen action in "12 or 13 games," mostly as a blocker on special teams. However, thanks to a new strength program instituted since the hiring of Bill O'Brien as head coach, Gress has stood out, grabbing the starting position at left tackle while increasing his weight to 310 pounds and reducing his body fat. Gress' profile grew at the start of spring practice, when O'Brien cited Gress as having had "a heckuva winter . . . already changing his body.
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April 5, 2012 | By BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer
THE RELATIONSHIP between 76ers coach Doug Collins and second-year guard Evan Turner is not a strained one. There is no personal animosity, no grudges held. Has the coach been as complimentary about Turner as he has other players? Probably not. Has Turner been in his coach's doghouse more than most other players? Probably. But it appears it is all part of the teaching process Collins believes Turner needs in order to become the best NBA player he can be. In order for that to happen, Collins is convinced Turner needs structure, so he and associate head coach Michael Curry have taken to providing that recently.
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February 19, 2012 | By Joe McIntyre, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - It's 5:15 a.m. on a Friday in State College, and Penn State head football coach Bill O'Brien struts onto his team's practice field outside the Lasch Football Building holding a cup of coffee. "This is a first," O'Brien says, speaking to the two dozen or so reporters and cameramen standing behind the near end zone, "5:30 in the morning. " Forget what the clock says, the presence of reporters at a Penn State practice is a first in its own right. For decades under the Nittany Lions' old coaching regime, former coach Joe Paterno concealed practices as if they were top-secret government meetings.
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