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April 30, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
ST. LOUIS - The fluid state of the Phillies' starting rotation should create a slew of openings this season. A lack of depth, injuries, and potential trades could lead to opportunities for several members of the triple-A rotation. The first two factors led the Phillies in their 21st game to use their seventh starting pitcher already. Severino Gonzalez's turn to pitch proved brief Tuesday night in an 11-5 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. Gonzalez was shelled in his major-league debut as the night amounted essentially to what the Phillies called up the pitcher to avoid: a bullpen game.
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April 30, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ST. LOUIS - The nerves weren't there for Severino Gonzalez last night. But one of baseball's best lineups was present at Busch Stadium, and it made his first big-league game a pretty forgettable one. Ten batters in, Gonzalez watched seven of the nine previos batters in the St. Louis Cardinals lineup reach base - and four come around to score, too - en route to an early exit in the Phillies' 11-5 defeat. "I wasn't nervous at all," Gonzalez said through interpreter and Phillies first-base coach Juan Samuel.
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April 27, 2015 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
The thought around the NBA is that the 76ers hope to select D'Angelo Russell in the NBA draft, according to a league executive. "He's the guy they want," the executive, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Saturday. "That's the word around the league. You know the Sixers. They won't come out and say it, but he's the guy they want. " The executive said the team might have to nab one of the top two selections at the draft lottery on May 19 to get the former Ohio State combo guard.
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April 24, 2015 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
The 76ers now say that Joel Embiid will participate in summer-league basketball after all. Sixers CEO Scott O'Neil was asked Tuesday by The Comcast Network if the center would play in the summer. "He will. Yes, he will," O'Neil responded. On April 8, coach Brett Brown would not commit to the 7-foot rookie's playing in the summer leagues. However, Brown said he would be disappointed if the former Kansas star did not play. Embiid missed the entire season as he recovered from right foot surgery.
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April 24, 2015 | BY SHAMUS CLANCY, Daily News Staff Writer clancys@phillynews.com
HOW FAR would someone go to win a football game? Lower Merion's Ari Wilen went all the way to Tel Aviv, Israel, to find success on the gridiron. Wilen is a 2014 graduate of Lower Merion High School, where he played varsity football for 3 1/2 years. The Bulldogs had almost as many wins as coaches during Wilen's time with the team. New coaches arrived in Wilen's sophomore, junior and senior years. Lower Merion won three games his sophomore season and put up goose eggs in when he was a junior and a senior.
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April 22, 2015 | By Mark Macyk, Inquirer Staff Writer
Clemson-bound Markeeta Thomas won the 100-meter hurdles in 14.80 seconds Monday and Robeson's girls' track team earned 62 points to claim first place at the Public League Relays at the Germantown Supersite. Robeson also won the 4x100, 4x200 and 4x800 relays. Girls High came in second with 42 points. On the boys' side, Cory Lane won the long jump in 21 feet, 4 inches to lead Northeast (37 points) to first place. Softball Krissy Wentz (four innings, nine strikeouts, no hits)
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April 19, 2015
What: Wild-card game. Who: Cleveland Gladiators (2-1) at the Soul (3-0). Where: Wells Fargo Center. When: Saturday at 7 p.m. TV: ESPN2 Outlook: This is the first meeting between the teams since the Gladiators defeated the Soul in the opening round of last year's playoffs, 39-37, on a field goal as time expired. . . . The Soul lead the AFL in scoring offense (62.3), passing offense (326.7) and total offense (326.7). . . . Soul quarterback Dan Raudabaugh has passed for a league-high 22 touchdowns and just three interceptions.
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April 13, 2015 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
Through an open door came the sound of labored, heavy breathing and groans as President Abraham Lincoln lay dying from a gunshot wound to the head. First lady Mary Todd Lincoln passed from the room into a hallway, moaning with inconsolable grief, "O, my God, and have I given my husband to die?" The long death vigil at the Petersen House in Washington unfolded before James Tanner, who'd been summoned to record the testimony of witnesses to the assassination at Ford's Theatre. Though not widely known, Tanner's shorthand and transcribed cursive from the night of April 14, 1865, and morning of April 15, 1865, survived and are kept in an acid-free box in a vault at the Union League of Philadelphia.
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April 10, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The 76ers' summer plans largely revolve around the comeback of center Joel Embiid, who has missed the season as he recovers from right-foot surgery. Coach Brett Brown continues to say that Embiid is making progress, but he would not commit on whether Embiid will play in the summer leagues. Brown said Wednesday before the game against the Wizards that Nerlens Noel will not play in summer leagues. As for Embiid, he has begun playing only two-on-two. The next step? "Three-on-three," Brown said to laughter, although he really wasn't joking.
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April 10, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jeff Francoeur graciously jogged around second base and rounded third with ease. He stepped on home, raised his hands, and smiled. Francoeur's first home-run trot in nearly two years was almost complete. Francoeur, 31, did not solidify a roster spot until Sunday morning. A 4-2 Phillies win against Boston Wednesday marked his first start. His three-run homer in the sixth inning gave the Phillies their first runs of the season. It was the rightfielder's first home run since June 16, 2013.
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