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October 28, 2015 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
IT IS ALMOST unfair to the 76ers that the NBA demanded teams to cut down to the 15-player roster on Monday. When you've won 37 games combined the previous two seasons, perhaps having an unlimited roster should be considered. But rules are rules, and the Sixers abided by them, releasing guards Pierre Jackson, Scottie Wilbekin, swingmen Jordan McRae and J.P. Tokoto, and center Furkan Aldemir. Joel Embiid, who will miss this season after the second surgery to repair the navicular bone in his foot, is among the 15. After three games, the team will likely get a hardship exemption from the NBA and be allowed to bring in another player.
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October 25, 2015 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
MANCHESTER, N.H. - The 76ers now have tough decisions to make. Do they keep T.J. McConnell as a reserve point guard? Have Scottie Wilbekin and Jordan McRae shown enough to make the roster? And will Carl Landry's leadership qualities outweigh the fact he's going to be sidelined until January? The deadline to trim NBA rosters from 20 players to 15 is Monday at 5 p.m. Coach Brett Brown and the team will mostly wait until the last few hours to release players. But for most, the final dress rehearsal came Friday night in an 81-65 setback to the Boston Celtics at the Verizon Wireless Arena.
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October 21, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
DOMONIC BROWN entered this offseason eligible for arbitration for the second straight winter. The likelihood that he was going to be tendered a contract wasn't strong: Brown made $2.6 million last year, the second consecutive season when he failed to regain his status as an important young cog in the middle of the Phillies' lineup. The Phillies got ahead of the process a couple of months early. Brown, 28, an All-Star in 2013, was among four players outrighted off the 40-man roster on Monday.
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October 9, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Dave Hakstol era of Flyers hockey begins Thursday. Here is the 23-man roster general manager Ron Hextall has given his rookie head coach. Forwards 78 Pierre-Edouard Bellemare   A good penalty killer, last year he became the ninth France-born player to reach the NHL. 14 Sean Couturier   He is a shutdown defender. The Flyers think it's time for his offensive game to grow. 89 Sam Gagner   Gagner is one of the team's few newcomers.
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October 5, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Starting pitchers Alec Asher RHP Asher, 23, struggled in all but one of his first seven major-league starts, and it would take a big spring for him to make next year's starting rotation. It is likely he will begin 2016 as sorely needed depth atop the triple-A rotation. Jesse Biddle LHP The former first-round pick from Germantown Friends finished his sixth minor-league season on the triple-A disabled list and is seeking a second opinion on his elbow. Next season could be make or break for the soon-to-be 24-year-old, who has yet to consistently harness his above-average pitch repertoire.
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October 2, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
NO MATTER how many positive statements are made about Scott Laughton's play this training camp - and there have been plenty from his coach and general manager - the reality is inescapable. The Flyers are one cut away from reaching the maximum, 23-man roster, and Laughton is the only player who can be sent back without the risk of being lost in the waiver process. And if GM Ron Hextall needed any more reason to be cautious in this process, losing Chris Porter to the Minnesota Wild on waivers yesterday lessened the organizational depth the Flyers have at the forward position.
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October 1, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Flyers have been hit by several injuries late in training camp, but general manager Ron Hextall said none were serious. Second-line center Sean Couturier and top-line left-winger Michael Raffl have upper-body injuries and did not practice Tuesday in Voorhees. Backup goalie Michal Neuvirth is also sidelined with a nagging injury, but he should be available for Wednesday's preseason game (7 p.m., TCN) against the visiting Devils, Hextall said after practice. Hextall said he was hoping Couturier plays in the team's final preseason game Friday in New Jersey, and that he thought Raffl, injured in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Rangers on Monday, would be ready for the season opener Oct. 8 in Tampa.
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September 27, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
EACH TIME Dave Hakstol and the University of North Dakota made it to the NCAA's Frozen Four in the eight years since Chris Porter graduated, Hakstol's phone would light up with a text message from Porter. That happened four times after Porter left Grand Forks having been to three straight Frozen Fours. UND lost in the 2004-05 national championship game when Porter was a sophomore. Boston College eliminated it in the semifinals the following two years (three actually, when you count the year after Porter's departure)
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September 27, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Will center Scott Laughton stay with the Flyers? Can hard-nosed left winger Chris Porter earn a roster spot and remain with his college coach, Dave Hakstol? Will the Flyers keep defenseman Brandon Manning or try to sneak him through waivers so he can go back to the AHL Lehigh Valley Phantoms? Those are some of the questions facing the Flyers, who played their fourth preseason game Friday when they met the New York Islanders at the Wells Fargo Center. The Flyers have pared their roster to 29 players, and they figure to carry 23 when they open the season Oct. 8 in Tampa.
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September 25, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
ONE WEEK was all it took for the Flyers to get from 62 players to 29. The team announced Wednesday evening that 35 players remained in camp. Then yesterday's practice revealed six more roster casualties. Forwards Tim Brent, Chris Conner and Aaron Palushaj, defenseman Davis Drewiske and goaltender Jason LaBarbera will all hit waivers today. When and if they clear, they'll head to the American Hockey League's Lehigh Valley Phantoms. In addition, defenseman Christian Marti (shoulder surgery)
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