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February 22, 2012 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
MEMPHIS - It wasn't that long ago that the 76ers had the look of conquistadors on a quest in search of their next victim. Well, they still are searching, but what they are looking for has changed. After an 89-76 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies in front of an announced crowd of 14,258 at the FedEx Forum, the Sixers are desperately seeking their offensive touch - and a few agreeable whistles from the referees wouldn't hurt - with one game remaining before the all-star break. It was the third time out of the last seven games that the Sixers (20-13)
NEWS
February 21, 2012 | BY BOB COONEY, cooneyb@phillynews.com
MEMPHIS - The drought lasted too long and the deficit grew too wide. The 76ers started the game by missing 14 of their first 17 shots while allowing the Memphis Grizzlies to make 11 of their first 15. And no matter how valiant their effort was to overcome a lead that grew to as many as 21 in the first quarter, there just wasn't enough time, or healthy bodies, to get the Sixers a come-from-behind win. Playing without Elton Brand, who reinjured his...
SPORTS
February 3, 2012
Blake Griffin and Andrew Bynum have been voted to the All-Star Game, joining Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul to give the city of Los Angeles four starters. Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant kept the West from being an entire L.A. story by earning a forward spot for the Feb. 26 game in Orlando, Fla. The Clippers' Griffin and the Lakers' Bynum are first-time starters, while Bynum's teammate Bryant earned his record-tying 14th consecutive nod. Paul plays with Griffin for the Clippers.
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February 3, 2012 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
A LAWYER HAS entered a no-contest plea for Kyle Lowry in a bid for dismissal of a misdemeanor battery case alleging the Houston Rockets guard threw a basketball at a female referee and threatened her during a game at a Las Vegas gym last September during the NBA lockout. A court clerk said the 25-year-old Lowry didn't appear with his lawyer, Patrick McDonald, before Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Eric Goodman. Goodman agreed to dismiss the case July 19 if Lowry completes 100 hours of community service at a battered women's shelter or a similar program, completes an impulse control counseling program and stays out of trouble for 6 months.
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January 31, 2012 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
DWYANE WADE'S role as captain of the Miami Heat comes with certain privileges. For example, he can occasionally shake off calls from Heat coach Erik Spoelstra. Wade and LeBron James each scored 22 points, Mike Miller added 14 off the bench, and the Heat rode the strength of a brilliant 18-minute run midway through the game to beat the visiting New Orleans Hornets, 109-95, last night. The Hornets finished with only 25 rebounds, the lowest total in the NBA this season. James had 11 rebounds - more than any two Hornets - and eight assists for Miami, which had six players in double figures and outscored New Orleans 54-23 from the midpoint of the second quarter through the end of the third.
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January 5, 2012 | BY BOB COONEY, cooneyb@phillynews.com
NEW ORLEANS - It certainly wasn't the blockbuster trade 76ers fans may be longing for, but it was a significant move, nonetheless. Fourth-year forward Marreese Speights, drafted with the 16th overall pick out of Florida in 2008, was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies as part of a three-team deal that also involved the New Orleans Hornets. The Sixers will receive the Hornets' second-round pick in 2013 and a protected second-rounder from the Grizzlies in 2012. The only way the Sixers will not get the Memphis pick is if the Grizzlies finish in one of the top four draft spots.
NEWS
January 4, 2012 | By John N. Mitchell, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The 76ers traded center Marreese Speights to the Memphis Grizzlies Wednesday in exchange for a pair of second-round draft choices. The pick from the Grizzlies comes in the 2012 draft. The third team involved, the New Orleans Hornets, whom the Sixers play Wednesday night, will send a second-round pick in 2013. The Sixers will also get a $2.72 million trade exception - the equivalent to Speights' 2011-12 salary. "We wish Marreese all the best as he stars a new chapter in his career with Memphis," Sixers president of basketball operations Rod Thorn said.
SPORTS
January 1, 2012
Andrew Bynum had 29 points and 13 rebounds in his season debut after a four-game suspension that carried over from the playoffs, and the host Los Angeles Lakers beat the Denver Nuggets , 92-89, on Saturday. The 7-foot center was suspended without pay for the first four games of the season because of a flagrant foul against Dallas' J.J. Barea in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals. The original ban was five games, but it was reduced on Dec. 23 as a result of a shortened schedule caused by the NBA lockout.
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December 25, 2011
The Memphis Grizzlies traded guard Greivis Vasquez to the New Orleans Hornets on Saturday for guard/forward Quincy Pondexter, in a move designed to boost their depth with Darrell Arthur out for the season. Earlier in the day, the Grizzlies signed forward Dante Cunningham after the Charlotte Bobcats declined to match Memphis' offer to the restricted free agent. The 6-foot-6 Pondexter averaged 13 points and 8.5 rebounds in 33 minutes in two preseason games against Memphis.
NEWS
July 11, 2011 | By Faye Flam, Inquirer Staff Writer
To biologists, polar bears and grizzlies are distinct species - not only do they look different, but a grizzly could never survive in the polar bears' icy habitat, where swimming talent is required as well as the ability to hunt seals and whales. But don't tell that to the bears. New DNA evidence shows that polar bears carry genetic material that came from, of all places, Ireland, where grizzlies, a.k.a. brown bears, once roamed around 30,000 years ago. The finding, published in last week's Current Biology, could change our picture not only of polar bear evolution but of the role of cross-species breeding more generally in shaping the living world.
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