Phillies Mural Plan Unveiled

Phillies Mural Plan Unveiled

The Phillies, in collaboration with the Mural Arts Program, unveiled the design for their new Phillies Mural which will find its home at 200 South 24th Street. Featured prominently in the center are legendary sluggers Mike Schmidt and Ryan Howard.

Other current Phillies making an appearance include Chase Utley at second base, Jimmy Rollins running the base paths, and Roy Halladay likely throwing a perfect game. Brad Lidge's World Series celebration appears next to the heartbreak of Mitch Williams. Both Vet Stadium and Shibe Park are honored as well.

According to the Phillies, the 8-story mural "will face the Schuylkill River and I-76 Schuylkill Expressway."

A full list of the players below, including the unique chance to vote one additional player on.

From Marketwatch:

The images featured in The Phillies Mural include (listed in order of
appearance, from top left to right): Brad Lidge, Charlie Manuel, Mitch
Williams, Cole Hamels, Grover Cleveland Alexander, Larry Bowa, Darren
Daulton, Dallas Green, Tug McGraw, Ed Delahanty, Mike Schmidt, Ryan
Howard, Chuck Klein, Tony Taylor, Dick Allen, Shibe Park, Jim Bunning,
Veterans Stadium, Roy Halladay, Citizens Bank Park, Robin Roberts, Harry
Kalas, Richie Ashburn, Steve Carlton, Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, and
the Phillie Phanatic.

In addition, The Phillies Mural includes space for one more player - to
be chosen by fans via online voting on phillies.com. Details on the
final player vote will be forthcoming in the upcoming weeks.

Full image:

Mural image from the Phillies

Report: Rockets to hire Sixers associate coach Mike D'Antoni

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Report: Rockets to hire Sixers associate coach Mike D'Antoni

The Sixers are losing a top assistant coach just five months after he joined the team. 

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo's The Vertical, the Houston Rockets are finalizing a deal to hire Mike D'Antoni as their head coach. According to Wojnarowski, the deal is for four years, with a team option in the final year.  

D'Antoni had been a Sixers associate coach since last December, when the team hired him after starting the season with a 1-26 record. 

While he took a supporting role in Philadelphia, D'Antoni has 12 years of NBA head coaching experience with the Nuggets, Suns and, most recently, the Lakers. The 2013-14 Lakers went 27-55 under D'Antoni. 

Earlier in the week, Wojnarowski reported P.J. Carlesimo could take D'Antoni's place. 

Carlesimo, 66, and Sixers head coach Brett Brown were both assistant coaches under Gregg Popovich with the Spurs from 2002-07. Carlesimo also has previous head coaching experience with the Blazers, Warriors and Sonics/Thunder. 

Markieff Morris detained at Philadelphia International Airport

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Markieff Morris detained at Philadelphia International Airport

Former Prep Charter and current Washington Wizards star Markieff Morris was detained at Philadelphia International Airport Thursday, according to law enforcement officials.

Morris, who was with a party that included his mother, checked a bag for an international trip when “a suspicious item” was found in his suitcase, according to law enforcement.

A secondary search of his bag revealed what law enforcement officials called “suspected marijuana.” Terminal A at Philadelphia International is overseen by Tinicum Township Police in Delaware County, not by the Philadelphia Police Department. Philadelphia airport security notified Tinicum Township Police. Morris was then taken to the Tinicum Township Police precinct for questioning. He was later released on his own reconnaissance.

A Tinicum Township police spokesman said the investigation is on-going.

Morris, a Philadelphia native, is in his first full season with the Wizards, who acquired him from the Phoenix Suns in February. The Suns drafted him out of Kansas with the 13th overall pick in 2011. Morris' twin brother Marcus was drafted one pick later by the Houston Rockets before being dealt to Phoenix, where played with his brother for a little more than two seasons. Marcus now plays for the Detroit Pistons. 

Brian Dawkins spotted at Eagles practice and he still looks ripped

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Brian Dawkins spotted at Eagles practice and he still looks ripped

Brian Dawkins, one of the most beloved Eagles off all time and a guy who clearly still hits the gym, was in Philadelphia on Thursday and was spotted at the NovaCare Complex to watch the team practice.

As you can see, Dawkins still has biceps as big as your waist. The team sharing a simple photo of Dawkins got fans all in a tizzy.

Was it a coincidence that Weapon X appeared just days before "X-Men: Apocalypse" is set to hit theaters? Only he knows.

For his part, Dawkins acknowledged that it's better to stay in shape than become a fat old man.