March 26, 2015 |
SACRAMENTO - As the Sixers gathered in the early-morning hours yesterday, getting ready to board a 9:30 bus that would take them to their morning shootaround to prepare for the night's game against the Kings, forward Henry Sims was well ahead of his teammates. He and assistant coach Billy Lange got their own ride to Sleep Train Arena and put in extra work before the rest of the team arrived. That a player would do that toward the end of a long and taxing season that has not produced many wins is more than honorable.
March 25, 2015 |
PHOENIX - Evan Mathis remains on the trade market. Although teams may be reluctant to give up anything for a player the Eagles could eventually release, agent Drew Rosenhaus said Monday that he hoped to help facilitate a deal this week during the NFL meeting. Eagles coach Chip Kelly said two weeks ago that there wasn't a player on the roster he hadn't discussed trading this offseason. Running back LeSean McCoy and quarterback Nick Foles have already been dealt. But this is the second straight offseason in which Mathis has been on the trading block.
March 20, 2015 |
A Southwest Philadelphia man who once told FBI agents that he was "hyped up" on the "pimp game" and looked up to other pimps pleaded guilty to sex-trafficking charges Wednesday, hours before his trial was to begin. Jerel "Jinx" Jackson, 29, admitted forcing five females - including two minors - to work for him as prostitutes. He had dated many of them before turning them out, prosecutors said. Jackson was quoted in court filings as telling one victim after dating her for two weeks, "You gonna have to work for me. " Jackson told the court Wednesday he operated his prostitution business out of several Philadelphia hotels in 2012 and 2013 and posted photos of the women nude or scantily clad in ads on the website backpage.com.
March 18, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The toughest part, Roy Halladay said, was the questions he would face after each start. Do you really want to leave? Do you want to go somewhere else? What's it going to be like to leave? Trade rumors followed Halladay throughout his 2009 season with Toronto, just as they have lingered this spring over Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels. Halladay said then he wanted to play for a winner, which is what Hamels told USA Today before reporting to camp. There was a trade market then for Halladay, just as there is one now for Hamels.
March 17, 2015
CLEARWATER, Fla. - More than a few heads surely turned here at 1:29 p.m. Sunday when the seven-hole hitter for the Boston Red Sox stepped into the batter's box for the first time. Blake Swihart is the touted catching prospect the Phillies are said to covet in a potential trade involving ace Cole Hamels. The 22-year-old's name constantly surfaces in trade speculation, and will likely continue to do so until the July 31 trade deadline passes. But while it was a bit curious that Swihart was the catcher sent on the more than two-hour trip to start against the Phillies at Bright House Field, there was nothing to it, according to the Red Sox. "So, Blake's here because of the rotation that we've been looking for with position players the last four to five days," Boston manager John Farrell said before the game.
March 14, 2015 |
The Eagles have already dealt LeSean McCoy and Nick Foles, and Evan Mathis might be next. Mathis' name has surfaced in trade discussions, as NFL.com first reported, and Eagles coach Chip Kelly did not exactly shoot down the rumors when asked on Thursday. "I think in the last week, I think every person on this team was talked about on trade blocks," Kelly said. "We've had discussions about everybody and everything. As we put together models, there wasn't anybody who was untouchable.
March 13, 2015 |
Chip Kelly broke more than two months of public silence Wednesday and committed to Sam Bradford as the Eagles' quarterback while trying to silence speculation that the team is pursuing Marcus Mariota. "Let's dispel that right now. I think that stuff is crazy," said the Eagles coach, who called Mariota the best quarterback in the draft. "We will never mortgage our future to go all the way up to get somebody like that because we have too many other holes that we are going to take care of. " He apparently does not think one of those holes is at quarterback after acquiring Bradford on Tuesday, surrendering Nick Foles, a 2016 second-round pick, and a 2015 fourth-round pick.
March 12, 2015
EAGLES GET Quarterback Sam Bradford A fifth-round pick in 2015 EAGLES GIVE UP Quarterback Nick Foles A fourth-round pick in 2015 A second-round pick in 2016
March 12, 2015 |
The Eagles traded Nick Foles to the St. Louis Rams on Tuesday in a perplexing move that brought former No. 1 overall pick Sam Bradford to Philadelphia after two major knee injuries and also required the Eagles to surrender their 2016 second-round pick. The official transaction included Foles, a 2015 fourth-round pick, and a 2016 second-round pick for Bradford and a 2015 fifth-round pick. If Bradford does not play 50 percent of the snaps, the Eagles will receive a fourth-round pick in 2016.
March 12, 2015 |
FOR MAYBE 30 minutes there, Eagles fans were elated. An NFL Network graphic said that in addition to exchanging Nick Foles for Sam Bradford, their team was swapping first-round picks with the St. Louis Rams, moving up from 20th overall to 10th. This happy news was tweeted forth across the land, over hill and over dale, sometimes accompanied by a screen-grab. It had to be the first step in a double move to draft Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, right? Suddenly, the possible trade Philadelphia had been obsessing over for months seemed very tangible.