December 10, 2014 |
IN A BUSY day as far as roster moves go, the Union parted ways with its lone 2010 original and also added a forward. The club yesterday traded midfielder Amobi Okugo to Orlando City SC for an undisclosed amount of allocation money and the expansion team's 2016 second-round draft pick. It also acquired C.J. Sapong, Major League Soccer's 2011 rookie of the year, from Sporting Kansas City in exchange for Philadelphia's best pick in next month's MLS SuperDraft. Sapong, who formerly played for Reading United, a Union developmental affiliate, will be 26 come the season.
November 24, 2014 |
IT HAPPENS nearly all the time with this current group of 76ers. A positive sign either by a player or the team collectively will start to emerge, only to be quickly snuffed out by either their own doing or by that of the opponent. In the first 4 minutes of Friday's game against the Phoenix Suns, center Nerlens Noel committed a hard foul on driving guard Eric Bledsoe, took the ball nastily to the rim (got fouled) and converted another hard drive turn into a made layup. It was the kind of inspired play that fans, and the team, has been looking for from Noel, who has been battling confidence and conditioning issues.
November 22, 2014 |
The Phillies added prospect Jesse Biddle to their 40-man roster Thursday, and Biddle's recent elbow trouble was diagnosed as mild tendinitis. It is one positive for Biddle, 23, after a forgettable 2014 season. "Everything looked good," said Joe Jordan, the team's director of player development. "Everything is fine. We think he has some tendinitis. Nothing at all. Everything is fine. " Biddle, the team's No. 1 pick in 2010 and a Germantown Friends graduate, was eligible for selection in December's Rule 5 draft if he was not added to the 40-man roster Thursday.
November 14, 2014 |
After Friday practices at the University of Florida, some of the players who weren't quarterbacks would engage in a throwing contest to see who could most often hit the goalposts. Jaylen Watkins, having been a high school quarterback, partook and said he never lost. "I would beat everybody," Watkins, now a cornerback with the Eagles, said. "You can ask anyone that was there. " Eagles tight end Trey Burton, another Florida product and former high school quarterback, was there and he had a different version of events.
October 28, 2014 |
A man standing in a Palace of Auburn Hills hallway glimpsed at the 76ers' preseason roster before Thursday's game against the Detroit Pistons. He shook his head in bewilderment before whispering something that folks will wonder all season. "Usually you look at a roster and say, 'I know this guy. He's a legitimate NBA player,' " he said. "I'm looking at this roster, and I never heard of most of these guys. And the ones I heard of, I'm not sure if they are NBA players. " Nor are the Sixers, but they are willing to find out. The quest is to find defensive-minded, diamond-in-the-rough role players to place around lottery picks Michael Carter-Williams, Nerlens Noel, Joel Embiid, and Dario Saric in the future.
October 17, 2014 |
Nerlens Noel is starting to show glimpses of why the 76ers believe he can be a cornerstone of the franchise. After struggling mightily in the preseason opener, the power forward has averaged 11 points, 10 rebounds, 2 blocked shots, and 2 steals in the last two games. "You just see a little bit more each time he plays," said coach Brett Brown, whose team hosts the Boston Celtics on Thursday night in an exhibition game at the Wells Fargo Center. "He's still finding his way and wants to learn.
October 16, 2014 |
THERE IS still no scheduled official announcement. That might not occur until after the Union finishes its season at the Columbus Crew on Oct. 26. But yesterday in a conversation with the Daily News, Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz all but affirmed the widely held belief that interim Union manager Jim Curtin will have that tag removed and keep his job for the 2015 season. While discussing the current state of the franchise and the disappointment in missing the MLS playoffs for the fourth time in its five seasons, Sakiewicz said he expects that the Union will have a "significant" roster shake-up in the offseason, then added, "You can quote me that Jim Curtin, [assistant coach Mike Sorber]
October 1, 2014 |
NEW YORK - The puck drops on the Flyers' season a week from Wednesday and this is the longest forward Jason Akeson has lasted in an NHL training camp. Last fall, Akeson was jettisoned quickly by Peter Laviolette, not even making it past the first round of cuts to train with the team in Lake Placid. Two seasons ago, Akeson didn't even make the AHL Phantoms' roster, despite leading the team in scoring the previous year. What a strange feeling it must have been then for Akeson Monday night, stepping onto the ice at Madison Square Garden.
October 1, 2014 |
The big chill Monday inside the Wells Fargo Center was caused by the building's ice hockey configuration. The cold reality was provided by the return of the 76ers, the city's professional basketball franchise that wants you and its roster of NBA neophytes to believe it is building for a better tomorrow. Year Two of the Sixers' Get-Better-By-Being-Bad Plan - it's more commonly known as the Tank Initiative - officially kicked off with media day, where talk about the future could be perceived in entirely different ways.