Ashley Fox has been doing great work for the Philadelphia Inquirer for over a decade (and we don't just say that because we worked with her and Dan Levy doing one of those super edgy email-exchange items a couple of years ago for half of an Eagles season), but that has now come to an end.
She announced today that she'll be leaving the Inquirer to become the NFL columnist at ESPN.com. It'll be nice to have a national columnist who actually gets Philly fans. We look forward to no Santa Claus or Cheesesteaks in her stories.
You can read Ashley's final column for the Inquirer here. She wasn't one of us by birth, but she seems to get the Philly sports fan pretty damn well after having a press box view for all of those years.
You can read Fox's new stuff at ESPN.com if the league ever decides to play games again some time this fall.
Best of luck, Ash. Too bad we won't run into you in the Sixers' press room any longer.
Sixers point guard T.J. McConnell is doubtful for Wednesday's home game against the Raptors with a right wrist sprain.
McConnell was in a splint at practice Tuesday and said he would try to play but would leave it up to the medical staff.
McConnell is averaging 4.8 points and 5.4 assists in 38 games. The Sixers went 5-2 in the last seven games he started before his injury, and won 113-104 in Milwaukee without him. Sergio Rodriguez started at PG in McConnell's place and had 10 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Chasson Randle backed up the point and had 10 points and a pair of threes.
Big men update
Joel Embiid did not practice Tuesday and is listed as probable for Wednesday night when the Sixers (13-26) host the Raptors (27-13).
“Joel Embiid ... was a little bit, had the flu,” Brett Brown said.
Brown also added that he does not think Embiid's minutes limit will increase beyond 28 this season.
Jahlil Okafor (probable) did not participate in practice and received treatment. Brown said Okafor had soreness. Gerald Henderson is also probable and had an individualized workout Tuesday.
So far, 2017 has been a pretty big year for Wayne Simmonds.
In addition to being named to his first All-Star team this year, Simmonds clearly had big plans on how to spend his bye week away from hockey, before returning to play the New Jersey Devils on Saturday. He popped the question to his girlfriend, Crystal Corey, and she said yes.
Simmonds announced the engagement on his Instagram.
It could be good news for the Flyers, too. Simmonds is the second Flyer to get engaged this season after Claude Giroux popped the question in December after winning three in a row. The Flyers made the winning streak an even 10 after. Congratulations, Wayne!