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  1. Nick Young throws out Phillies-Dodgers first pitch … It’s awful

    Apr 23, 2014, 11:11 PM EDT


    Last time we checked in with Nick Young, he was celebrating missed threes and having his house robbed. In keeping with the constant party I imagine is his life, Swaggy was riding a zamboni at the Kings game on Tuesday … … and throwing out the first pitch at the Phillies-Dodgers game on Wednesday. Take a…

  2. Ghost Report: Murray Impressed by Gostisbehere’s Adirondack Debut

    Apr 19, 2014, 12:19 PM EDT


    @Buccigross Here’s @s_ghost14 during warm ups for his @phantomshockey professional debut! — Kelli Griesemer (@hockeychick2027) April 18, 2014 In case you missed it (or were busy wallowing in the Flyers playoff defeat to to the New York Rangers), organizational godsend defensive prospect, Shayne Gostisbehere, made his professional debut with the Adirondack Phantoms on Friday.…

  3. Steve Mason is alive and on the ice in New York

    Apr 18, 2014, 1:56 PM EDT


    Goaltending wasn’t really the issue Thursday night. Stupid penalties, stupid rules (based on bleeding) and all-around sloppy play were far more to blame than anything Ray Emery did or didn’t do in his crease. But here we are on Friday and Steve Mason is back on the ice. Mason, who was injured in a collision…

  4. The Secret Service once threatened to kill Mr. Met

    Apr 18, 2014, 9:50 AM EDT


    At some point, this country is going to have to have a serious talk about national security. Because the Secret Service has actually been threatening to kill mascots for far longer than we all want to admit. An excerpt from the book Yes, It’s Hot in Here: Adventures in the Weird, Woolly World of Sports Mascots, which…

  5. CEO Scott O’Neil promises Malik Rose — Sixers will have a new mascot next year

    Apr 15, 2014, 9:05 AM EDT

    Hip Hop

    Following up on the news that construction could soon be underway on a new practice facility, there appears to be another key addition on the way for the 76ers. Team CEO Scott O’Neil joined Zoo and Malik during last night’s broadcast to hype the team’s surprising success with new season-ticket sales and provide a glimpse…

  6. Report: Sixers could finally break ground on a new practice facility this summer

    Apr 15, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Navy Yard Building Boom

    It’s been roughly 10 months since the Sixers first proposed building a new practice facility at the Navy Yard in South Philly, and according to a report from the Delco Times’ Chris Vito, construction could actually begin this summer, which sounds like a relief for head coach Brett Brown: “I believe we’re the last team…

  7. DeSean Jackson will wear No. 11 in Washington; Here’s his new jersey

    Apr 3, 2014, 10:45 PM EDT


    Well, there you have it. No. 10 is no more — at least for DeSean. You may have heard D-Jacc was interested in telling the franchise QB down in Washington to change his number: “I definitely am familiar with the No. 10 on Robert Griffin,” Jackson said during a conference call. “But, you know, we’ve talked…

  8. St. Joe’s Ron Roberts is in the dunk contest tonight; we collected his most awesome YouTube clips

    Apr 3, 2014, 10:41 AM EDT


    Ronald Roberts Jr. of the Saint Joseph’s Hawks will compete State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships on Thursday night. The event takes place on the campus of Southern Methodist University — in Dallas, with the Final Four being held at AT&T Stadium — and can be seen on ESPN at 9 p.m. Previous local…

  9. Swaggy uPdates: Nick Young gets in a hold-me-back fight, has sneakers stolen, and celebrates a missed 3

    Mar 26, 2014, 2:33 PM EDT

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    Former Sixer Nick Young has been filing in for Kobe Bryant this season in L.A. as the Lakers’ main attraction. Although the team owns the second-to-worst record in the Western Conference, it’s not for a lack of swag. Here’s a quick look at the headlines he’s made in the last week. Last Friday, he got in…

  10. Photo Gallery: 9 very solid pictures of St. Joe’s freshman DeAndre Bembry’s afro

    Mar 20, 2014, 2:41 PM EDT


    UConn’s Shabazz Napier, the American Athletic Conference’s player of the year, took every conversation I’ve had about Saint Joseph’s for the last four months and worked it into his NCAA press availability on Wednesday: BUFFALO, N.Y. — When UConn’s star guard Shabazz Napier was asked Wednesday about St. Joe’s freshman DeAndre’ Bembry, he didn’t know…

  11. Phil Martelli wants to fly on the Villanova plane he’s making fun of; Jay Wright is all about it

    Mar 17, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT


    After the South, West and Midwest brackets were announced Sunday night, none of our three area tournament teams had had their name called on the CBS Selection Show. Naturally, Villanova, St. Joe’s and Delaware are all in the same region. And Villanova and St. Joe’s are in the same building. No. 10 St. Joe’s will…

  12. St. Joe’s has won the A-10 tournament, and Phil Martelli’s 4-year-old grandson has won the Internet

    Mar 16, 2014, 3:59 PM EDT

    If I had no idea who he was, and had to guess only from this face alone, I'd guess "Phil Martelli's grandson"

    Meet Phillip Martelli, Phil Martelli’s four-year-old grandson, who spent Sunday afternoon directly behind the St. Joe’s bench doodling on a dry-erase board and wearing a tie long enough to reach the floor. His grandpop’s Hawks topped VCU Sunday to claim their first A-10 tournament title since 1997, Martelli’s second season as head coach. Although they…

  13. Meta-Blogging: ZooWithRoy and The Evster dive yet deeper into Iranian basketball, focus on sideburns

    Feb 28, 2014, 12:00 PM EDT


    ZWR: As I do every Friday morning, I sat down with a cup of coffee and immediately pulled up The700Level to check out The Evster’s latest jawn. Seriously, I never work on Friday mornings. This post is evidence of that, because I’m doing it right after reading the column. Not working. Suck it, the man.…

  14. With $13 million guaranteed, Jason Kelce is going to do something awesome for his parents, and then buy a ton of sweatpants

    Feb 27, 2014, 3:40 PM EDT

    Jason Kelce

    Jason Kelce joined Riley Cooper on Thursday as the two Eagles to receive long-term extensions. Kelce’s is a six-year deal worth $37.5 million, 13.5 of which is guaranteed. Spreaking Thursday, Kelce revealed his plans for the money. Kelce said first major purchase with his $$$ is paying off parents’ mortgage in suburban Cleveland. — Geoff…

  15. Looks like they weren’t kidding about that Byron Mullens, Pop-a-Shot thing; He’s a chucker, alright

    Feb 27, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT


    Who gets up 11 shots in 17 minutes? Who throws a shoe, honestly? Take that back, Byron Mullens would probably shoot his own shoe if he couldn’t get his hands on the ball. Mullens’ stat line from his second game as a 76er appears above. His shot and shot distribution charts from this season appear…

  16. Four More Years: Riley Cooper to sign 4-year deal with Eagles

    Feb 26, 2014, 10:03 PM EDT

    Riley Cooper

    Welp, all that priority-not-priority talk is moot now. League source tells me Riley Cooper will sign a 4-year deal tomorrow with Eagles. @Jeff_McLane and PFT reported today that deal was close. — Geoff Mosher (@GeoffMosherCSN) February 27, 2014 It’s hard to put this in the proper context without knowing exactly how much this thing is…

  17. CONFLICTING SOURCES!!!! New report says the Eagles like Cooper more than Maclin

    Feb 26, 2014, 3:50 PM EDT


    Over the weekend, the Inquirer’s Jeff McLane reported that if the Eagles end up having to pick one free agent wide receiver over another, they’ll end up placing a higher priority on Jeremy Maclin than Riley Cooper. Shortly thereafter, ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio wrote: Possible translation?  The Eagles have learned enough about the expected market for…

  18. Photos: The 5 best pictures of the guy who fell asleep at the Sixers game last night

    Feb 25, 2014, 12:15 PM EDT


    The Sixers are reinventing what we thought we knew about the art of tanking, losing to the Milwaukee Bucks, 130-110. They lost by 20 … to the Bucks … at home … so this guy could become an overnight celebrity. It is of regret that the big dude who holds up his shirt and jiggles was not…

  19. Larry Brown just told the UConn student section to make sure Kevin Ollie doesn’t get his ass kicked out of a game

    Feb 23, 2014, 1:27 PM EDT


    Larry Brown is just weeks away from perhaps taking Southern Methodist University to the NCAA tournament — assuming the Mustangs stop losing to teams like Temple and USF on the road. Brown was back in Philly last Sunday when No. 23 SMU lost at the Liacouras Center. After the game and before exiting the media…

  20. Cincinnati’s Sean Kilpatrick got kind of freaked out by the Owl eyes at the Liacouras Center on Sunday

    Jan 27, 2014, 12:34 PM EDT


    If you take out the students who were sitting behind the basket, this is basically what Sean Kilpatrick was looking at in the second half yesterday. The Temple Owls rallied from 19 points down and very nearly knocked off the No. 15 Cincinnati Bearcats on Sunday. Behind a career-high 33 points from Dalton Pepper, Temple…

  21. Stats, Video, Kyle Korver, Gus Johnson, and Bill Raftery: Here’s everything that happened to No. 4 Villanova last night vs. Creighton

    Jan 21, 2014, 7:00 AM EDT


    They hit one three. Two threes. Three threes. This is turning into a Stone Cold promo. In total, they hit 21. The Creighton Bluejays routed your No. 4 Villanova Wildcats, 96-68, at Wells Fargo Center on Monday night. Villanova has had a spectacular season to date, but Monday night did not go its way. And…

  22. College GameDay at the Palestra: Tyrone Garland will have ‘no mercy,’ but you can have this T-shirt for 20 bucks

    Jan 17, 2014, 4:04 PM EDT


    You might have forgotten about it. Enrico did. They announced it like five months ago. But tomorrow is finally the day College GameDay comes to you from the Palestra. Rece Davis, Digger Phelps, Jay Bilas and my close, personal friend Jalen Rose will be on the air leading up to the Temple-La Salle tip at Noon. The…

  23. Quotable: Lesean McCoy thinks Eagles have enough talent to win ‘a couple’ Super Bowls

    Jan 15, 2014, 2:45 PM EDT


    At first glance, I was going to suggest adding this into the “Dream Team” and “Dynasty” list of the stupid crap Eagles have said about their Super Bowl chances in the recent years. But at second glance, it only sort of fits there. Otherwise, it’s what you’d expect any athlete to say — they think…

  24. A picture of Manute Bol swimming and another of Larry Brown coaching an ABA game in denim overalls

    Jan 15, 2014, 12:46 PM EDT


    We’ll actually do this in reverse order of the headline. Both of these pictures come from, which mined them from Sports Illustrated’s archive. First up is a 35-year-old Larry Brown. The year is 1975 and Brown is the head coach of the ABA’s Denver Nuggets. The NBA and ABA would not merge until 1976.…

  25. Story time: Wilt Chamberlain feared death by soda poisoning, a tape of the 100-point game exists, and one man did actually die in his seat at the Vet

    Jan 12, 2014, 10:59 AM EDT


    A reel-to-reel tape of Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game exists. But like so much else about Wilt’s career, no one’s sure where the damn thing is. You may not be familiar with him, but Josh Pastner is the head coach of the Memphis University basketball team. His No. 24 Tigers — who will be ranked higher…