March 13, 2015 |
Edward A. Wiggins, 81, a former Pennsylvania legislator who represented a district in South Philadelphia during the 1970s and 1980s, died Sunday, March 8, of heart failure at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He was pronounced dead at the hospital after being rushed from his home in the King Village section of South Philadelphia, said his granddaughter Laurena Tolson. Mr. Wiggins was elected to the state House in 1976, was unseated in 1978, and won again in 1980.
February 6, 2015 |
The Rev. John L. Wiggins Sr., 86, of Albion, Camden County, a construction company owner who was the founder and longtime pastor of Emmanuel Church of God in Christ in Lawnside, died of complications from Alzheimer's disease Thursday, Jan. 29, at home. "He was a pillar in the historically black community" of Lawnside, daughter Ovetta said. Born in Rocky Mount, N.C., Rev. Wiggins studied in public schools there and worked in mills and on farms and construction sites before moving with his wife, Florence, to Philadelphia in the early 1950s.
January 31, 2015 |
Last season the 76ers, who usually keep their opinions to themselves, made it known about their affinity for Andrew Wiggins before the NBA draft. The high flier from Kansas was taken first by the Cleveland Cavaliers, who traded him to Minnesota in a three-team deal that included the Sixers. Drafting third, the Sixers selected Wiggins' Kansas teammate, center Joel Embiid, who has not played this season because of a foot injury. Wiggins will make his first appearance in Philadelphia on Friday when the Timberwolves visit the Wells Fargo Center.
September 23, 2014 |
HEY, THE BIG fellas need ink, too. Sure, the quarterbacks and speedsters rack up the stats, but what about the hurly-burlies up front? At 6-4 and 280 pounds, Roman Catholic senior two-way lineman Gavin Wiggins was large on Saturday as the Cahillites chased down host Archbishop Ryan, 24-16. Grunts might not get the touchdowns or the numbers, but that doesn't mean they aren't playmakers. "On the offensive line, you're doing it for someone else to make plays, but on defense, you can be the person to make those big plays," Wiggins said.
July 16, 2014 |
LAS VEGAS - Nerlens Noel's latest summer-league sighting went as expected. The 76ers center ran the floor well, made an array of baskets, and blocked shots. But on Monday night, his heroics took a backseat to Andrew Wiggins in Cleveland's 86-77 NBA Summer League victory at Cox Pavilion. The 6-foot-8 swingman out of Kansas showed flashes of the athleticism that enticed the Cavaliers into making him the first overall pick in the NBA draft. First there was his spin move that ended with a two-handed baseline jam to give the Cavs a 40-27 lead with 2 minutes, 56 seconds remaining in the first half.
June 28, 2014 |
NEW YORK - It was the one-and-done draft, at least at the top. The first four players selected in the NBA draft Thursday night at the Barclays Center were hotshot players who stayed in college for just one season. And the fifth never entered a U.S. college. Andrew Wiggins, decked in attire more appropriate for the senior prom, was selected first by the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Sixers, who had an obvious desire for Wiggins, made a push to trade for the top pick. After Duke freshman Jabari Parker went second to the Milwaukee Bucks, the Sixers selected Kansas first-year center Joel Embiid.
June 27, 2014 |
NEW YORK - What will the 76ers do? The team wants to draft Andrew Wiggins, and the Kansas swingman wants to become a Sixer. Both sides just won't say it publicly. But unless the Sixers trade up, Wiggins is almost certain to be off the board Thursday night when the Sixers make the third overall pick at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. So does the 6-foot-8, 200-pounder get the sense that the Sixers will do whatever it takes to move up and get him? "I know they like me," he said Wednesday at a news conference.
June 19, 2014 |
MANY HISTORICAL events have happened in 3 days. The 1969 music festival Woodstock; Jonah's stint in the belly of a whale; and in 684 B.C., the usual 1-day Olympic Games were expanded to 3. Perhaps the past 3 days will go a long way in changing the culture of the 76ers organization. On Sunday, Kansas product Andrew Wiggins arrived in town. He was given a physical Monday and did some on-court work yesterday at the team's practice facility at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
June 19, 2014 |
The 76ers apologized to reporters and gave them bottled water and donuts Tuesday, but not access to prospective draft pick Andrew Wiggins. For the second straight day, the 6-foot-8 swingman showed up at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, worked out for the team with the No. 3 pick in the June 26 draft, and left without talking to the media gathered outside the practice facility. Just like Monday, the only glimpse of the former Kansas standout came when he exited the back of the building.
June 18, 2014 |
YES, FORMER Kansas star Andrew Wiggins was in town visiting with the 76ers. Sources say he worked out for the team on Sunday and got a physical and met with team higher-ups yesterday. The Sixers, however, don't want anyone to know, so keep it to yourself. Wiggins wasn't permitted to speak with the media or comment on whether he wants to play here, how his visit went, or what he thinks about coach Brett Brown. The team, comically, kept the 6-8 swingman from speaking to a small gathering of media.