November 2, 2012 |
GEORGE McGINNIS was a franchise player when he arrived in Philadelphia in 1975, following four tremendous seasons in the ABA where he was considered the equal of Julius Erving. But by 1978, after the Sixers had lost in the NBA Finals to the Portland Trail Blazers in 1977 and were eliminated by the Washington Bullets in the second round of the 1978 playoffs, it became obvious that McGinnis and Erving, the new franchise player, could not co-exist. Add in the fact that Billy Cunningham, a more demanding coach, had succeeded Gene Shue and that more effort was expected of the underachieving Sixers, and the writing was on the wall: George McGinnis had to go. Cunningham learned throughout the season that McGinnis, a strong influence in the locker room, was a lousy practice player and his attitude spread to the younger players on the team: Lloyd Free, Darryl Dawkins and Joe Bryant.
December 4, 2008 |
A Minnesota judge yesterday temporarily blocked the NFL's suspension of Vikings stars Kevin and Pat Williams for violating the league's anti-doping policy, but the players' status for Sunday's game at Detroit remained uncertain. Hennepin County District Judge Gary Larson issued the temporary restraining order at the players' request, saying he wanted more time to hear arguments in the case. No further hearing date immediately was set. The Williamses were among six players suspended for four games for testing positive for a diuretic that can be used as a masking agent for steroids.
December 3, 2008 |
The NFL said yesterday that six players, including the heart of the Minnesota Vikings' defensive line, were suspended for four games without pay for violating the league's anti-doping policy. All six were punished for using a diuretic, which can serve as a masking agent for steroids, the league said. Suspended were running back Deuce McAllister and defensive linemen Charles Grant and Will Smith of New Orleans; defensive linemen Kevin and Pat Williams of Minnesota (who are not related)
October 31, 2008 |
Indianapolis coach Tony Dungy thought the Colts finally might be close to full strength this week. Not so fast. As Bob Sanders and Joseph Addai practiced for the second straight day, Dungy announced yesterday that Indianapolis' injury rash has hit another starter: Cornerback Marlin Jackson will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury. "He did significant damage to the knee, and I'm not exactly sure, but it's probably going to involve some surgery," Dungy said before practice.
September 18, 1990 |
The chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts said yesterday that there were signs that congressional roadblocks stalling legislation for his agency may be coming down. In remarks delivered at the National Press Club, John E. Frohnmayer cited the report of a bipartisan commission charged with studying the endowment's grant procedures as evidence that "cooler heads" are now engaged in the arts debate. The report, issued last week, called for reform of the grant-making process, but it recommended that no restrictions be placed on art funded by the endowment.
January 27, 2007 |
San Diego defensive coordinator Wade Phillips interviewed yesterday with the Dallas Cowboys about replacing retired head coach Bill Parcells. Phillips, the former head coach at Denver and Buffalo who also had interim stints in New Orleans and Atlanta, said he had a "very encompassing talk" with Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones. Phillips has a 48-39 coaching record. Jones also plans to talk to San Francisco offensive coordinator Norv Turner, a former head coach for Washington and Oakland, and New Orleans defensive coordinator Gary Gibbs.
July 15, 2009 |
Kansas City has not officially named Matt Cassel its starting quarterback, but there can be no doubt now. After praising his leadership and work ethic through spring workouts, the Chiefs announced yesterday they had signed the 27-year-old Cassel to a multiyear contract. Terms were not disclosed, but he will almost certainly be one of the highest-paid members of the team. A lifelong backup until Tom Brady went down with a season-ending knee injury last September, Cassel was obtained from New England during the offseason along with linebacker Mike Vrabel.
February 6, 2004 |
The Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame will hold its first induction ceremony Monday night at the Sheraton Society Hill. The initial group of honorees will include living and dead athletes, some of whom performed long ago and others who flourished more recently. The roster includes Bernie Parent and Bob Clarke from the Flyers; Bert Bell, Steve Van Buren and Chuck Bednarik from the Eagles; Connie Mack and Jimmie Foxx from the A's; Richie Ashburn, Robin Roberts, Mike Schmidt and Steve Carlton from the Phillies; Wilt Chamberlain, Julius Erving and Billy Cunningham from the 76ers; Paul Arizin from the Warriors; Tom Gola from La Salle; tennis star Bill Tilden; rower John B. Kelly Sr.; and boxer Joe Frazier.
April 6, 2006 |
Members of the 1960 Eagles championship team will be inducted into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame tonight, along with former Phillie Del Ennis, former 76er Hal Greer, and baseball's Mr. October, Reggie Jackson. Basketball legends Bill Ellerbee and Jack Ramsay and, as a place of note, the Palestra also will be among the inductees in the hall's third annual ceremony, at the Sheraton Society Hill. Regular admission tickets are sold out, but "Fly With the Eagles" tickets are still available for $500 and include reserved seats with the members of the 1960 Eagles team that beat the Green Bay Packers, 17-13, at Franklin Field.