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September 15, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Too young. Too soon. Too sad. That's what crosses your mind first when you wake up on a Sunday morning and find out that Moses Malone has died at the age of 60. Way too young. It was a little more than two weeks ago that we lost Darryl Dawkins, the vibrant, backboard-shattering giant whose departure from the 76ers in 1982 made room for Malone to become the team's missing link to an NBA title. One enormous character gone at the age of 58 and now the lunch-pail legend that followed Chocolate Thunder to Philadelphia is no longer with us, either.
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September 10, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
WHEN ASKED his biggest concern heading into next week's training camp, Flyers general manager Ron Hextall talked at length about getting off to a good start, a problem that plagued the Flyers in the last two seasons. The Flyers were winless in their first four games last year and never recovered after starting 8-12-3 in the first two months. In an effort to change that, training camp will be held in its entirety in Vorhees, N.J., starting with Monday's rookie camp. Veterans report next Thursday for physicals and hit the ice the following day. And while Hextall's message is clear, that a slow start won't be tolerated, it perhaps minimizes the team's most glaring problem from 2014-15: the offense.
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September 9, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
RASHEED BAILEY was hanging around his family home in East Falls yesterday, "waiting to see what's next," he said. Later, ESPN's Adam Caplan reported that Bailey will get a workout with Jacksonville this week, which is nice, but Bailey had begun the weekend pretty sure that he'd be reporting back to NovaCare today, at least as part of the Eagles' 10-member practice squad. "I'm really not sure what happened," Bailey said. He said when he was released, Eagles coach Chip Kelly told him, "I know you can play in this league," and said he hoped Bailey "could come back.
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September 5, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Before Mike Gesicki could make a case to be the starting tight end for Penn State, he had to pick up a few essentials needed to play the position. Like figuring out how to get into a three-point stance and learning how to block. He did little of the former, and hardly any of the latter, during his record-setting career as a wide receiver at Southern Regional High School in Ocean County, N.J. But he studied the fundamentals, worked hard, put in a good 13-game freshman apprenticeship (one start)
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September 4, 2015
The Flyers will open their three-day rookie camp Sept. 14 at the Skate Zone in Voorhees, general manager Ron Hextall said Wednesday. The camp will consist of on-ice sessions beginningĀ at 9:45 a.m. each day. The sessions are free and open to the public. A total of 24 players are scheduled to take part in the camp, including first-round picks Ivan Provorov (2015) and Travis Konecny (2015), Travis Sanheim (2014), Sam Morin (2013), and Scott Laughton (2012). The Flyers' training camp starts Sept.
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September 4, 2015 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
EVER SINCE Zach Ertz arrived in town three drafts ago, with his second-round, PAC-12 pedigree and his 4.6 speed, we've all been trying to put Brent Celek out to pasture. Thanks for the memories, Brent. Thanks for that 76-catch, eight-touchdown season in 2009. Thanks for averaging 13.1 yards per catch in 2011, when you played most of the season with a torn hip labrum and a sports hernia and never even missed a practice or appeared on an injury report. Thanks for all of those kill shots to the head, ribs, groin and knees you've taken for the team, and all of the yards you managed to gain after them.
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August 31, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
GREEN BAY, Wis. - Reporters talking to Kiko Alonso this week about his Eagles debut, set for tonight's preseason game at Lambeau Field, wanted to get a sense of how Alonso felt about having been away from live action so long; he tore his left ACL getting ready for training camp in 2014, and hasn't played since the final game of the Buffalo Bills' 2013 season. "Long time," Alonso agreed, nodding. "Long time. " Alonso lapsed into silence. The reporters awaited further illumination.
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August 27, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
THE JOURNEY that Evan Mathis didn't really envision taking this season ended yesterday in Denver, where the guard who made the Pro Bowl the past two seasons for the Eagles signed a one-year contract that can pay him up to $4 million, with $2.5 million guaranteed. The news had barely hit Twitter when astute observers began noting that Mathis had been scheduled to make $5.5 million this season from the Eagles, not guaranteed, and $6 million in 2016. He was released in June because his unhappiness over his contract had spread across two offseasons, and kept him out of OTAs this spring.
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August 27, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
As the most experienced of Penn State's offensive linemen, Angelo Mangiro took it upon himself in the offseason to lead his group through meetings and workouts and make sure last year's dismal performance by the unit does not happen again. "I know last year we had our ups and downs during the season, and we took it personal," Mangiro, a fifth-year senior center, said before the start of training camp. "We know we're forty-some percent of the offense, and that offense only goes as far as we go. So we put the onus on ourselves to really push ourselves over the summer, and we did. " Since there are no exhibition games in college football, the offensive line's level of improvement won't be evident until the Nittany Lions' Sept.
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August 26, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
APPARENTLY, not only can we write Mychal Kendricks' name in ink, we won't have to cross it out any time soon. "Mychal Kendricks is not going anywhere. You can write that down in ink, not pencil. He's not going anywhere," Chip Kelly told us as training camp opened, three weeks or so back. There'd been speculation, with Kiko Alonso coming from Buffalo in the LeSean McCoy trade, and DeMeco Ryans getting a new deal this spring, that Kendricks might be traded. His rookie contract would be up at the end of this season.
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