A day after wavering, Sixers coach Doc Rivers says Ben Simmons is salvageable
After the 76ers’ 103-96 Game 7 elimination loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday, Ben Simmons is certainly not in the position to run for mayor of Philadelphia. Pundits, NBA Hall of Famers, and scores of fans would like to run Simmons out of town for his reluctance to shoot and his struggles at the foul line. Simmons made just 15-of-45 free throws (.333) in the Atlanta series. The play on which he gave up what looked like a sure dunk to pass to Matisse Thybulle will provide talk-show fodder for the entire offseason. Yet, while everybody has Simmons traded, what happens if he isn’t? Sixers coach ...
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David Murphy: Ben Simmons disappeared from Game 7. The Sixers’ faith in him might be gone, too.
There were 40 seconds left in the game, 40 seconds left in the season, 40 seconds left for Ben Simmons to do something, anything to silence the critics and legitimate his place in the 76ers’ championship blueprint. He didn’t. He couldn’t. Simmons was on the bench. Of all of the images you could have used to explain why the Sixers are where they are now, this was the one that will remain burned in the fan base’s memory: Their All-Star point guard, their $30 million man, their alleged centerpiece, wearing a red T-shirt and looking on from the sidelines as guys like Tyrese Maxey and Shake Milton ...
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Chicago is special for Bears receiver Marquise Goodwin. It’s where a doctor helped his wife after years of loss — and where he’ll try to jumpstart his NFL career.
Marae Goodwin is going to be an athlete. Her parents are sure of it. She has the DNA, for one thing. Marquise Goodwin is an Olympic long jumper and seven-year NFL wide receiver who drew attention at Chicago Bears minicamp last week with his breakaway speed. Morgan (Snow) Goodwin was a nine-time first-team All-American hurdler and sprinter at Texas. She has the grooming. At 16 months old, Marae already is toddling around the track and football field while her dad trains. And then there’s the physical evidence. Sitting up at 4 months. Standing unassisted by 6 months. Walking at 8 months. For the...
Paul Sullivan: Inclusion of Negro Leagues stats adds to the fun of debating the all-time greats. ‘It’s definitely dope,’ Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson says.
If you’ve spent any time perusing statistics on baseball-reference.com, you know how easy it is fall down a rabbit hole and end up someplace you never expected. The recent inclusion of Negro League statistics to the popular website found me marveling at Satchel Paige’s league-leading 0.72 ERA in 14 starts for the Kansas City Monarchs in 1944, which led me to Jacob deGrom’s amazing 0.54 ERA in his first 11 starts this season for the New York Mets. Baseball always has been a sport in which comparisons of the greats from different eras are made, whether it’s Babe Ruth versus Mike Trout or Bob Gib...
Another major disappointment as Sixers fall to Hawks, 103-96, in Game 7 on their home court
PHILADELPHIA — A gentleman’s sweep by the hated Boston Celtics in 2018. A four-bounce, buzzer-beating heartbreaker to the Toronto Raptors a season later. Sunday’s 103-96 Game 7 loss to the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference semifinals added to the list 76ers disappointments. The Sixers were booed off the court in the final seconds. One fan even threw an object on the Wells Fargo Center court late in the game. Yes, this was a bad loss. One that stung worse than the previous defeats because, as the top seed, the Sixers were expected to advance to the conference finals. But they struggled do...
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Hawks win decisive Game 7 to advance to conference finals
Behind a sensational game from wing Kevin Huerter, the No. 5 seed Hawks edged No. 1 seed 76ers to take Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, 103-96, Sunday in Philadelphia. The Hawks will advance to the conference finals for the first time since the 2014-15 season, set to face No. 3 seed Milwaukee. Huerter led the Hawks with 27 points and made smart plays all night. Philly committed 17 turnovers, and the Hawks took advantage with 15 points off those.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
After scoring nine runs in opener, Cards are blanked in DH nightcap
ATLANTA – A description that manager Mike Shildt and other members of the Cardinals have turned to a few times this past month to describe their success, which can shift from mercurial to molasses, is how a baseball season tends to “ebb and flow,” “ebb and flow.” They usually mean through the weeks. They got both on Father’s Day at Truist Park. The flow from the afternoon game gave way to the ebb of the evening game’s starter as the Cardinals and Atlanta split a doubleheader that unified what can feel like the split nature of the Cardinals’ offense. Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado both home...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Shed Long’s grand slam in 10th gives Mariners sweep of Rays
SEATTLE — Why settle for a walk-off single, when you can have the walk-off “salami?” As the ball left Shed Long Jr.’s lacquered bat, traveling toward the right field stands at a rate of speed not immediately expected, the roar from the crowd of more than 18,000 in attendance built in decibels with each foot it traveled. When it finally landed in the right field seats for a walk-off grand slam and bedlam ensued in the stands and chaos reigned on the field with a mosh pit at home plate when Long finally reached home plate, leaping into his teammates’ arms and on to home plate to celebrate a stun...
The Seattle Times
Lamet at best, as Padres complete sweep of Reds
SAN DIEGO — The Padres have changed the trajectory of their season in time to welcome the Dodgers to Petco Park on Monday. After limping home from what their manager called a “terrible” road trip, the Padres on Sunday completed a four-game sweep of the Reds with a 3-2 victory at Petco Park. That they can again string together hits and score multiple runs is highly significant. It would be difficult to win games going along at 2.8 runs a game, as they averaged over a 16-game stretch from May 30 through Tuesday. But given that they have re-established that they might be who they thought they wer...
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Former Star-Telegram baseball writer shares that she was raped by MLB player in 2002
ARLINGTON, Texas — A former Fort Worth Star-Telegram sports reporter revealed in an essay Sunday in The New York Times that an MLB player raped her in 2002 at an area hotel as she interviewed him for a story. Kat O’Brien, who worked for the Star-Telegram beginning in 2001 and was the lead Texas Rangers beat writer in 2006, did not identify the player, but said the assault happened in a Metroplex hotel room where she had met the player to report on a story about the obstacles foreign-born players face in the United States. “I sat down in a hotel room with my interview subject,” she wrote. “We s...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram