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June 27, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
NEW YORK - The biggest mystery player in tonight's NBA draft recently ate dinner in Philadelphia with 76ers coach Brett Brown. For the player, 6-6 Australian combo guard Dante Exum, the meal provided among other things a chance to touch base with a former (and perhaps future) coach and discuss the state of basketball in the land Down Under. "It was a very good time," Exum said yesterday. More such occasions could come soon. When news broke last week of Joel Embiid's foot injury and the touted center's ensuing surgery, changing the complexion of tonight's draft, speculation that Philadelphia might use the No. 3 pick on Exum was amplified.
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June 24, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
Part one in a series previewing the top prospects coming to Philadelphia for this week's NHL draft. ZERO. Scroll through the results of the pull-up test at last month's NHL Scouting Combine for draft picks - and that is the number that will catch your eye. It is next to the name of Sam Bennett, who just happened to be ranked as the No. 1 North American prospect by the NHL's Central Scouting service. The No. 1-ranked prospect in this week's draft at the Wells Fargo Center could not complete one single pull-up.
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June 23, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
The head coach was asked to assess the team's spring workouts, including the just-completed mandatory minicamp. Going into the long break until the start of training camp, it seemed that everything had been accomplished as planned, and the foundation had been put down for a successful NFL season to come. "It was good to get everybody in the building and everybody working together. Overall, I feel like the team is coming along great, and the unity is where it needs to be at this point, and then when we come back to training camp with the knowledge of the system and people knowing one another, hopefully we can take off from there.
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June 21, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles start a 35-day period without football on Friday, putting the onus on the players to remain in shape and avoid trouble before returning to Philadelphia for training camp on July 25. The Eagles huddled as a team at noon on Thursday, having just finished their 13th practice of the last four weeks and an offseason program that started April 21. After a team meeting 30 minutes later, school was out for the summer. Coach Chip Kelly was not in a hurry to leave. His message on Thursday was ensuring they finished with a strong training session, and he did not count the minutes until the 35-day respite from football activity.
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June 20, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
ALEJANDRO Villanueva said he didn't feel as out of place as he had feared, when Villanueva, a former Army Ranger captain, returned to football this spring with the Eagles. He said yesterday he thinks he's on track to compete for a roster spot at defensive end in training camp next month - though until he took the field with the Eagles, Villanueva hadn't worn pads since 2009, his senior year as a receiver for Army. Villanueva, the kind of project Chip Kelly likes at 6-9 and nearly 300 pounds (after getting with the Eagles' nutrition program)
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June 19, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
JUST A FEW years ago, an NFL rookie whose college worked on the quarter system might report to training camp far behind his peers. Ed Reynolds and the Eagles are hoping technology has at least partly bridged that gap. Reynolds, the fifth-round safety from Stanford, was prohibited by NFL rule from taking part in the bulk of the Eagles' OTA work because, until last week, his school was still holding class - unlike schools on the semester setup, which...
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June 12, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Finding meaning at an Organized Team Activity workout conducted by an NFL team is almost as difficult as finding actual football there. The health and safety restrictions on practices that were secured by the players in their most recent collective bargaining agreement - which they got while being pickpocketed by the owners - ensures that, until training camp, almost all of what takes place is on-field book work and glorified Pilates. "Do you see how much running we do?" cornerback Cary Williams said Tuesday as the Eagles held the eighth of their 10 OTAs, edging toward the end of spring workouts that will be completed next week with a four-day mandatory minicamp.
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June 5, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
AMID THE HUBBUB stemming from DeSean Jackson's release, the much-anticipated return of Jeremy Maclin and the drafting of intriguing new weapons in Jordan Matthews and Josh Huff, a 2010 second-round draft pick is seldom mentioned when discussing the state of the Eagles' wide receiving corps. "I'm kind of like a dark horse," Arrelious Benn said after practice on Monday. That can happen to a player who misses most of consecutive seasons, including his first with a new team. But it's worth mentioning that when Maclin tore his ACL on the second day of last summer's training camp, Benn was a candidate to step into a much larger role.
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May 30, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
FOR ITS FINAL five matches before the Major League Soccer season breaks for the World Cup, the Union had prepared for life without one of its best players. Maurice Edu, summoned to Palo Alto, Calif., for World Cup training camp, was certainly in the mix to make the team to represent the United States in Brazil. But after last Thursday, the night U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann unveiled the 23-man roster, Edu found himself on a flight to Los Angeles to rejoin the Union a few weeks early.
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May 30, 2014 | By Rich Hofmann, Daily News Staff Writer
NONE OF US knows what he is like in private, but in his public life, Jeremy Maclin has never lacked in confidence. In media Q&A sessions, he routinely rejects any negative parts of the questions and is almost combatively positive in his answers. So, when you ask him about the theory that people recovering from serious knee injuries and surgeries often aren't fully back to health in their first year, he says with a smiling defiance, "Luckily for me, a year will be right at the start of training camp.
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