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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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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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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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June 15, 2014
Where: Wells Fargo Center. When: Saturday at 6 p.m. TV: ESPN3. Outlook: Soul (6-6) seeking revenge against cross-state rival Power (9-3) for earlier defeat (65-57). . . . Soul fullback Derrick Ross rushed for three touchdowns and now has 129 on his career. . . . Power quarterback Tommy Grady is second in the league in passing yards (3,091) and touchdown passes (72). . . . Pittsburgh's Virgil Gray is second in the league with eight interceptions. . . . Soul receivers Anthony Jones (1,061 yards and 25 touchdowns)
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June 13, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
AFTER STRIKING gold last summer with free-agent forward Michael Raffl, the Flyers have once again turned to Sweden in an attempt to fill a hole on their roster. The Flyers announced the signing of French left winger Pierre-Edouard Bellemare to an NHL contract yesterday, according to general manager Ron Hextall. Bellemare, 29, is a native of Paris. He has spent the last five seasons skating in Sweden's top league with Skelleftea AIK, capturing two consecutive championships. Bellemare likely stood out to the Flyers' scouting staff last month at the world championships, when he skated alongside Dallas Stars forward Antoine Roussel.
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June 13, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
HE GALLOPED in from the bullpen on a chariot made of solid gold, lightning bolts shooting from his eyes, flames streaming from his arms, thunder booming from the heavens as all in attendance threw themselves at his mercy. Eh, not quite. "I thought I was going to fall down," Kenny Giles said. "My legs were a little jellied. " Giles, a 23-year-old righthander whose ability to throw a fastball 100 miles per hour had made him a bit of a cause celebre amongst a fan base fatigued by some of the performances it had seen from the Phillies' bullpen, made his much-anticipated major league debut yesterday.
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