CAMDEN, N.J. >> Now that their season is over, the only real question for the Sixers is whether they need a superstar-quality free agent to get to the next level.
CAMDEN, N.J. >> One by one, the Sixers met Thursday with management at corporate headquarters, the scars from their 114-112 playoff-elimination loss to the Boston Celtics still fresh for all to see.
PHILADELPHIA >> Except for the facial expression, Phillies pitcher Zach Eflin looked better the second time around to manager Gabe Kapler and his coaching staff.
PHILADELPHIA >> It’s not clear if remnants of a Citizens Bank Park crowd of 22,456 Tuesday night booed the manager or the closer, Hector Neris, when he entered with one out in the ninth inning of a 4-2 win over the San Francisco Giants.
CAMDEN, N.J. >> Brett Brown was working in Melbourne, Australia when the 76ers suffered their most personal sweep defeat on their home floor.
PHILADELPHIA >> Gabe Kapler has had better days than Sunday, when analytics clashed with common sense and the Phillies never had a chance in a 10-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves.
PHILADELPHIA >> After 31 picks, six trades and an entire night of fans booing NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, the Eagles were on the clock around 11:20 p.m. for the 32nd and final pick in the first round of the draft Thursday night.
VOORHEES, N.J. >> Wayne Simmonds was about to go into an important meeting with management Wednesday, and he only had 10 minutes or so to explain what he was about to tell his Flyers bosses.
VOORHEES, N.J. >> After a transformative year from a talented sophomore player with doubts to confident veteran excited about the future, Shayne Gostisbehere seemed pretty sure of one thing Wednesday...
PHILADELPHIA >> The experts figure this draft class has fewer than the 15 blue chip talents in the previous lottery.
PHILADELPHIA >> One of the popular draft trade charts, Drafttek.com, gives the six picks the Super Bowl champion Eagles have in the three-day NFL draft that begins Thursday a total value of 705 points.
PHILADELPHIA >> Flyers coach Dave Hakstol went as veteran as he dared for this sixth and what turned out to be final Eastern Conference quarterfinal series game against the Penguins.
PHILADELPHIA >> Often imperturbable, almost a stereotypical model of the cool, calculating Russian athlete, Ivan Provorov dropped every such pretense Sunday after a game gone wrong against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
PHILADELPHIA >> Early last week, Aaron Altherr got a text from Gabe Kapler telling him he’d be in the lineup the next day. It went something like, “get ready and let’s go get another win.”
PHILADELPHIA >> The Phillies were thrilled to get Tommy Hunter back Sunday, as the veteran reliever gave them one spotless inning and the Pirates an up-close-and-personal look at his cutter.
PHILADELPHIA >> This year, Howie Roseman didn’t say anything at the Eagles’ pre-draft availability about folks in the draft room high-fiving and being excited about the team’s first pick.
VOORHEES, N.J. >> Ignoring the obvious, the Flyers have chosen to believe they can turn it all around and knock the Pittsburgh Penguins out of the playoffs.
VOORHEES, N.J. >> It’s the playoffs. Ron Hextall has either played in or spectated from a lofty executive box seat for countless games at this time of year. Whether it’s at ice level or from the arena stratosphere, his view of postseason tournaments hasn’t changed. So it’s always give …
VOORHEES, N.J. >> It would have seemed to be a good idea at the time, Dave Hakstol shaking up his lines at practice Tuesday, assembling two new scoring trios for a bold attempt at leveling an Eastern Conference quarterfinal series with the Penguins when Game 4 commences Wednesday night…