Sixers Play Bunch of Dudes Wearing Basketball Uniforms Tonight in Cleveland

Sixers Play Bunch of Dudes Wearing Basketball Uniforms Tonight in Cleveland

For a team boasting a rotation that includes two, maybe three players
who'd be getting minutes on an actually good team, the Cleveland
Cavaliers have done pretty well for themselves lately. Sure, they've
only won two of their last eight games, but those two wins were against
respectable opponents in Utah and Washington, and their losses against
the Heat, Spurs and Celtics came in games that weren't decided until the
final minutes—the final seconds, in
Boston's case
. They've done what all young, rebuilding
teams—especially those whose best players have been stricken with
injury—should do: They've played hard, they've maximized their
potential, and they've lost a whole lot of basketball games, currently
boasting the league's fourth-worst record, in line for a top five draft
pick come June.


The Sixers, for better or worse, have not done this. Even with their
recent 1-3 road trip, including blowout losses in Los Angeles and Utah,
they've gone 5-4 in their last nine games, pushing themselves two games
ahead of the woeful Raptors for ninth in the East, and very possibly
locking themselves out of the top ten come draft time. Still hard to say
if anything's gained by doing this, though at least they're doing most
of their winning at home, giving the few remaining fans that still go to
games at the WFC something vaguely resembling their money's
worth—something to be said for that, surely. Tonight will be a road game
for the Sixers, however, where they've still only won once since New
Years'. Even a crappy team like Cleveland will likely present a
challenge.


7:30 tip from Quicken Loans Arena. If you actually watch this game,
you'll be one of maybe about 137 people nationwide to do so, so maybe
you can write in and win a prize or something. WE SEE YOU, MO SPEEZY!!

Tim Tebow shows power in baseball tryout but clearly still needs work

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The Associated Press

Tim Tebow shows power in baseball tryout but clearly still needs work

LOS ANGELES -- Tim Tebow has taken his first big swing at a baseball career, showing off a powerful bat and a few areas of needed improvement in a workout for dozens of major league scouts.

The Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback worked out at the University of Southern California's Dedeaux Field on Tuesday. Scouts and reporters tracked, timed and recorded his every move.

Tebow's 255-pound muscled physique and 6.70-ish time in the 60-yard dash were impressive. So was a series of long homers into the trees and off the scoreboard.

The 29-year-old outfield hopeful also showed he still needs baseball seasoning. Former big-leaguers David Aardsma and Chad Smith repeatedly fooled him with off-speed pitches later in the hitting drills.

Tebow's representative would like to see him in instructional league play starting in September.

Eagles claim DT Bruce Gaston off waivers

Eagles claim DT Bruce Gaston off waivers

The Eagles' roster now stands at the max of 75, as the team claimed defensive tackle Bruce Gaston off waivers on Tuesday from Chargers. 

The roster, which had to be cut to 75 by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, must be at 53 by 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Gaston has played for the Dolphins, Cardinals, Packers and Bears since entering the NFL in 2014. He's also spent time with the Patriots, Vikings and most recently the Chargers.

The 6-foot-2, 310-pounder had eight total tackles and a sack in seven games for the Bears last season, his last NFL game action.

Gaston, 24, played collegiately at Purdue.

The Eagles take on the Jets at Lincoln Financial Field on Thursday (7 p.m./NBC10) in their preseason finale before opening the regular season on Sept. 11 at home against the Browns.

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson talks protesting anthem, Myke Tavarres doesn't

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson talks protesting anthem, Myke Tavarres doesn't

A day after flip-flopping on whether or not he planned to stand or sit during the national anthem, Myke Tavarres had nothing to say about this complex issue.

Tavarres, a rookie undrafted linebacker with the Eagles, told ESPN on Monday he planned to emulate 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and sit during the playing of the national anthem Thursday night prior to the Eagles’ preseason game against the Jets at the Linc.

Tavarres said he wanted to draw attention to racial inequality and social injustice with the demonstration.

"We’ve got an issue in this country in this day and age, and I feel like somebody needs to step up and we all need to step up,” Tavarres told ESPN.

But within a couple hours, Tavarres had changed his mind.

“Myke plans on standing for the national anthem,” his agent said in a statement. “Myke does not want to be a distraction to the Philadelphia Eagles organization. Myke's goal is and will always be to make the Eagles’ 53-man roster and help the team win a Super Bowl.”

Kaepernick, who four years ago led the 49ers to the Super Bowl, spoke for 18½ minutes about his decision to sit during the Star-Spangled Banner.

Tavarres said at his locker after practice Tuesday he had nothing more to say.

“I made a statement through my agent last night,” he said. “If you have any other questions, please talk to him.”

Head coach Doug Pederson said he did not talk individually to Tavarres, a fringe prospect who is unlikely to survive this weekend’s roster cuts.

But he did discuss the broader issue in a meeting with the full team and said he believes his players should stand during the anthem.

“Listen, I can appreciate everybody's opinions and I respect everybody's opinions,” Pederson said.

“But at the same time, I feel that [the national anthem] is important and it's obviously out of respect for the men and women of our country that sacrifice in order for us to coach and play this great game.

“So I get it. I understand it. But at the same time, I encourage everybody to stand.”