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July 28, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Jesse Biddle remains on double-A Reading's temporary inactive list, but the Phillies' 2010 first-round pick out of Germantown Friends School returned to the mound Saturday in Tampa, Fla. Pitching for the Gulf Coast League Phillies, Biddle covered two innings and faced eight batters in his team's 4-2 win over the GCL Yankees squad. He allowed one hit - a home run to Drew Bridges - walked one batter, and struck out three. "It was encouraging that he was back out there throwing," said Joe Jordan, the Phillies' director of player development.
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July 28, 2014 | The Inquirer Staff
The Taney Dragons, based in Center City, will have another chance to win the state's Little League crown after falling to Collier of Allegheny County, 7-2, Saturday at Palmer Park in Skippack. The two teams will meet at 10 a.m. Sunday in Skippack, with the winner moving on to the East Regional in Bristol, Conn., one step from the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa. District 19 and Section 8 champion Taney fell victim to the pitching of Jake Meneskie and Christian Trottier on Saturday.
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July 21, 2014 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
LAS VEGAS - So the question is this: What did we learn in the 15 days that have encompassed summer league play for the 76ers in Orlando and Las Vegas? Well, of course, let's start with the biggest subject of the days, and that is, of course, Nerlens Noel. As a matter of fact, he is all we really need to talk about right now. First off, the team was quite cautious in playing the 6-11, 220-pounder. He had far more days off than on, explained repeatedly by the team as just a precautionary move, easing the second-year player back onto a court he hadn't officially been on in a year-and-a-half.
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July 21, 2014 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
LAS VEGAS - The 76ers' participation in the Orlando and NBA Summer Leagues has come and gone, and the team won't be seen again until the preseason begins in October. Summer leagues are basically glorified pickup games, but they do provide a look at draft picks. They enable fans to see what some of the participating veterans have learned and introduce fans to undrafted rookies trying to make NBA rosters. So here are some things we learned about the 76ers: Nerlens Noel could become an NBA all-star if he packs on more pounds.
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July 21, 2014 | By Max Cohen, Inquirer Staff Writer
The same thoughts race through Aaron Brown's mind each time he steps up to the plate for the short-season Williamsport Crosscutters: What would I throw here if I were the pitcher? What does the situation call for? Brown, The Inquirer's 20th-ranked Phillies prospect, can run through the scenarios because it wasn't long ago that he was a pitcher himself, and a dominant one at that. Before the Phillies selected Brown in the third round with the 81st pick of the MLB draft last month as an outfielder, he starred as a pitcher and outfielder at Pepperdine for three seasons.
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July 18, 2014 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
LAS VEGAS - The breakneck speed with which these Summer League games are played gives coaches and scouts an easier way to evaluate the talent on the floor. Everyone is trying to make that spectacular block. Every rebound is a survival of the fittest battle, and there is more diving on the floor for loose balls than you will see most of the season. The style, while it sort of fits into the way 76ers coach Brett Brown wants his team to play, has been costly to the Sixers this summer.
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July 17, 2014 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
LAS VEGAS - There is not a whole lot you can read into summer league games, so there doesn't really seem to be a reason to wonder why the 76ers are being so protective of Nerlens Noel. The team played its eighth summer league game last night over the past 11 days, which is quite a handful. And for the fourth time, they chose to rest the 6-11, 220-pounder who was out all of last season recovering from ACL surgery. He's played four games in those 11 days, which is a little less than you'd play in an NBA season.
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July 14, 2014 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
ORLANDO - The 76ers summer-leaguers were upstaged by LeBron James. James announced "I'm coming home" to the Cavaliers via his first-person article on SI.com about 12:20 p.m. Friday. At the time, the Sixers and Grizzlies were midway through the first quarter of the Orlando Pro Summer League final. The Sixers went on to win, 91-75, at the Amway Center practice court. The game might as well have been played on a desert island. James' decision to sign a free-agent deal with Cleveland following four seasons with the Miami Heat was the main topic of discussion.
NEWS
July 14, 2014
Thanks to a federal judge's tentative blessing of a more equitable brain-injury settlement, the NFL is closer to the goal of doing right by thousands of professional athletes who helped build the league into a juggernaut worth nearly $10 billion a year. Under revised terms endorsed last week by U.S. District Judge Anita B. Brody in Philadelphia, as many as 20,000 former players could get help coping with sometimes devastating, lifelong health problems such as dementia, early-onset Alzheimer's, and Lou Gehrig's disease.
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July 12, 2014 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
ORLANDO - Nerlens Noel and Casper Ware are receiving a lot of attention at the Orlando Pro Summer League. But across the country, their 76ers teammate Tony Wroten is becoming a YouTube sensation playing in the Seattle Pro Am league. Wroten scored 53 points for the Uber Eagles on 21-for-38 shooting on Sunday. His highlight was a crossover dribble and layup that made his defender look foolish and drew huge applause. The Sixers reserve point guard faked out his defender with some shifty moves.
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