February 10, 2015 |
The 76ers will be extremely active in the hours leading up the 3 p.m. trade deadline on Feb. 19. But that shouldn't come as a surprise. Outside of the Boston Celtics, the Sixers have been the most active team when it comes to trade acquisitions since August. And the trade deadline shouldn't be any different. With the most salary-cap space in the league and roster flexibility, the Sixers are, once again, in the market to acquire an expiring contract from a team looking to dump a salary.
February 2, 2015 |
LONDON - Gov. Christie on Sunday begins a three-day state trade mission to the United Kingdom, where he will meet with Prime Minister David Cameron during a trip that will play out against the backdrop of an anticipated presidential campaign. The Republican governor is traveling to London and Cambridge to build up business and cultural ties with one of New Jersey's strongest trade partners, according to his office. That focus is similar to trade missions Christie led to Mexico in September and Canada in December, though in the United Kingdom, Christie will pay specific attention to the life sciences and financial industries.
January 25, 2015 |
A $13 million-per-year closer, no matter how effective or how controversial, is a superfluous asset on a rebuilding team whose strength is its young bullpen arms. It is no secret the Phillies have long sought suitors for Jonathan Papelbon, entering the last of the four-year, $50 million deal he signed in November 2011, the richest for a major league relief pitcher. Less than four weeks before the start of spring training, they may have found one. The Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers, according to Yahoo Sports!
January 25, 2015 |
SIX MONTHS AGO, Jonathan Papelbon sat in his locker stall in the visiting clubhouse at Milwaukee's Miller Park and held court with reporters. The subject: the upcoming July 31 trade deadline. The summary of Papelbon's stance: Get me the heck out of here. Perhaps Papelbon finally will get his wish, and, coincidentally, find a new home in the city where he voiced his opinion last summer. Yahoo Sports reported early yesterday morning that the Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers have had "serious discussions" about a Papelbon trade.
January 24, 2015 |
Michele Brown, a longtime ally of Gov. Christie and chief of the state agency that has approved hundreds of millions of dollars in tax incentives for corporations in recent years, is leaving her post to head a nonprofit economic-development group. The group, Choose New Jersey, has helped pay for Christie's trade missions to Mexico and Canada in recent months, and says it will play a role in the Republican governor's trip to London in February. Since it launched after Christie took office in 2010, the group says, it has received pledges of $12 million from an array of businesses, labor groups, and educational institutions to promote economic development in New Jersey.
January 22, 2015 |
At home in Chile, Michelle Bachelet - that nation's president, elected to her second term in a landslide vote in 2013 - works a tough balancing act. Her Pacific nation is home to robust capitalists - mine owners, winemakers, fruit growers whose Southern Hemisphere seasons enable them to supply Americans in winter - and militant communist and anarchist groups, which press hard, and often successfully, for taxing the rich to pay for college tuition, retirement...
January 21, 2015 |
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - The most prized righthanded arm in this year's free-agent class came off the board late Sunday when the Washington Nationals reportedly agreed with Max Scherzer on a seven-year, $210 million contract. The signing sent shock waves throughout baseball for obvious reasons. The Nationals have assembled a super-rotation, one that quickly drew comparisons to the 2011 Phillies. But the move also raises questions about the next shoe to drop in the starting pitching market, and whether a ripple effect of the deal could lead to a trade involving Phillies ace Cole Hamels.
January 16, 2015 |
REMEMBER the old commercials with multisport star Bo Jackson clad in different types of athletic equipment? Well, before Chris Clover starred on the basketball court for St. Joseph's Prep, you could find him in football pads or fiddling a lacrosse stick or perhaps even on ice skates. In fact, the West Philadelphia resident took up ice hockey at about age 10 at The Laura Sims Skate House, gliding effortlessly as he perfected his stick work. Well, not exactly. "I mean, at first it was kind of bad, because the skates weren't really that sharp, and I kept falling and getting up," Clover said yesterday after Prep routed visiting Bishop McDevitt, 75-42.
January 11, 2015 |
NEW YORK - Now it makes sense. 76ers coach Brett Brown confirmed Friday that Andrei Kirilenko has been suspended without pay. The forward has yet to report to the team after being acquired in a trade with the Brooklyn Nets on Dec. 11. The 33-year-old refuses to play for the franchise. But the Sixers have been unwilling to release him from his expiring contract. Kirilenko is unable to collect the remainder of his $3.3 million contract under the suspension. Brown acknowledged that he can't wait to see the Kirilenko situation get resolved by his joining the team or being released.
January 10, 2015 |
When the 76ers play the Nets on Friday night in Brooklyn, there won't be any on-court reunions with former teammates for the three players involved in a Dec. 11 trade between the teams. That's because none of them will be there. As with many of the Sixers' transactions, that trade wasn't about improving, or even affecting, the current product on the court. It was about an exchange of assets, and this one involved players, draft picks, and money. The difference with this transaction, however, is there are lingering hard feelings about how it played out and unsettling questions from some league sources about the way Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie handled the deal.