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July 6, 2014 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
When a team loses the way the Soul have in recent weeks, it must do things differently in order to achieve a different outcome. And that is exactly what happened last weekend, as the Soul (7-8) kept their postseason hopes alive by scoring a season-high 84 points in an 84-48 win against Iowa. The Soul outscored Iowa, 51-14, in the second half, using two defensive touchdowns and a safety to secure the win. "Our defense played really well for us in that second half," Soul quarterback Dan Raudabaugh said.
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July 6, 2014 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
ORLANDO - Casper Ware was impressive enough this past season to turn a 10-day contract into a season-ending roster spot with the 76ers. The 5-foot-10 point guard will be looked upon to provide leadership during Saturday's Orlando Summer League opener against the Magic at Amway Center. But his earning a roster spot for the forthcoming season is far from guaranteed. The Sixers acquired Pierre Jackson from the New Orleans Pelicans in a NBA draft-night trade for second-rounder Russ Smith.
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July 4, 2014 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the 76ers acquired Nerlens Noel in 2013, they hoped that he would blossom into an NBA superstar. The 6-foot-11 center gave glimpses of what could be Wednesday morning in scrimmages at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. "He looked great," said assistant coach Lloyd Pierce, who will coach the Sixers in the Orlando Pro Summer League. "He got up and down. He had a monster block. He had a huge steal. He had a dunk in transition, all of the things we want to see. "Him being fluid, being athletic carried over on both sides of the floor.
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July 3, 2014 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Saturday's summer-league opener against the Magic in Orlando can't come soon enough for Nerlens Noel. After 17 months as a spectator, the 76ers rookie center is eager to play in an organized game. "I've been ready for a while," said Noel, who missed last season while recovering from knee surgery. He did not envision such a long layoff when he was selected by the New Orleans Pelicans with the sixth overall draft pick last year after his freshman season at Kentucky. The Sixers acquired him and a 2014 first-round pick from the Pelicans in exchange for all-star point guard Jrue Holiday.
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July 3, 2014 | BY TYLER TYNES, Daily News Staff Writer tynest@phillynews.com
THOUGH NERLENS NOEL participated only about 45 minutes during the first day of the Sixers' Orlando Summer League minicamp yesterday, he did enough to leave an impression on some of his teammates. Hollis Thompson wanted to test the young defender once during practice and got a rude awakening. Thompson went to leap for a dunk and Noel sent it across the practice gym. Despite being away from playing for a year, it seems as if the No. 6 pick of the 2013 NBA draft is going into Orlando with a full head of steam.
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July 3, 2014 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
SATURDAY BEGINS the Orlando Summer League for the 76ers, and the big topic is Nerlens Noel. The 6-11 draft-day acquisition of a year ago will see his first action as a Sixer after spending all of last season sidelined following surgery to repair a torn ACL. The focus most recently, of course, has been last week's draft, which yielded Kansas center Joel Embiid at pick No. 3. He, too, will most likely sit out the season, or much of it, after recently...
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June 26, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
WITH A SHORT supply of outfield production at the big-league level and a dearth of outfield depth in the minor leagues, the Phillies took a flyer yesterday on a former three-time All-Star. The Phillies signed Grady Sizemore to a minor league deal. He'll report to Triple A Lehigh Valley tomorrow. "I'd like to have more production in the outfield," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "It's pretty simple. If we think [he can provide it] after watching him play in Lehigh Valley, then we'll bring him. " Sizemore, who turns 32 in August, made three straight American League All-Star teams from 2006-08 while with the Cleveland Indians.
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June 26, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies took interest in Grady Sizemore's comeback last winter, but not the way the Red Sox did. Boston offered Sizemore, 31, a guaranteed major-league contract. The Red Sox released the former Cleveland Indians star on June 18 after 205 mediocre plate appearances and a .216 batting average - significant because no outfield corps is worse than Boston's. On Tuesday, the Phillies decided Sizemore was worth the zero risk of a minor-league deal. The talented but often-injured Sizemore will report Thursday to triple-A Lehigh Valley for an audition in center field.
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June 16, 2014 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Columnist
Bill Hunter was as unadorned as his standard outfit of workman's khakis and a crisp white T-shirt. An Army staff sergeant in World War II, he was an iron worker whose forearms looked like Popeye's. His lips constantly gripped an unfiltered Camel and there was always a rake, a hammer, or a bat in his big hands. Even as a kid, I knew this was a man who preferred work to words. With the aid of a lot of other Delaware County dads, all of them World War II veterans and most of them just as tough and taciturn, Hunter cleared a stretch of woodland on the far side of a gully, just off South Central Boulevard in Broomall, and built the Lawrence Park Little League complex.
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June 16, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
READING - A former top-five draft pick was playing winter ball in Venezuela when he started to sense he would have difficulty landing a job this spring. So Adam Loewen reverted to an old custom. He began to long toss. More than 5 years had elapsed since Loewen, once a ballyhooed Orioles' pitching prospect, last toed the rubber. Arm injuries had sent the touted 6-6 southpaw into a second career as a hitter. But nearing 30 and after 3 years of stints manning the outfield in Buffalo, Port St. Lucie and New Hampshire, he opted to again gauge the status of his once-prized left arm. "I felt like I left a lot out there, a lot of potential that was untapped, really," he said.
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