Join The700Level at MuckRuckus MS Philly in June to Help Fight Multiple Sclerosis

Join The700Level at MuckRuckus MS Philly in June to Help Fight Multiple Sclerosis

Today kicks off National MS Awareness Week 2012 and we're excited to tell you about a fun partnership we've made with the National MS Society.  Part of the goal of MS Awareness Week is to come together to share, educate, and build awareness for multiple sclerosis --a chronic, unpredictable disease of the central nervous system. We plan to do this by getting muddy (and rather sore).

We've teamed up with the National MS Society to put a team together of readers and contributors to participate in the 2012 MuckRuckus that will take place in Newtown Square the Weekend of June 9-10, 2012. Yes, we'll be mucking and grinding. The event is a 5 mile run through mud and an array of obstacles. We also plan to organize a post-race gathering where you can replenish the calories and fluids lost during the race with cold, delicious beer. Details of that to come.

Our goal is to convince as many of you Level readers as possible to get dirty and join our team to raise money and bring awareness to MS by having some fun in the mud. You can join our team, Muckers and Grinders, by clicking here. No, really: JOIN OUR TEAM! The event was known as the Mud Run MS Philly in years past, which you may have heard about and/or participated in. There is a $50 registration fee and each Mucker will then raise $100 each for MS. There is also an option where you can donate to the MS Society in's team name as well without running in the race. But you know you want to get muddy with us.

Now, I know what you're thinking. "But we're out of shape people who sit in our parents basement and drink beer and read sports blogs all day long." Don't worry! You've got almost three whole months to prepare! I can tell you that I've never run five miles in my entire life, let alone through mud and obstacles, so I'll be starting from scratch to prepare for the event. You won't be alone. And you may get to hear about how my preparation is coming along over the next few months. Also of encouraging note to Level readers, there is a competitive division and then there's a "fun" division where the goal is to (basically) complete the course for a good cause. We are most assuredly about the fun.

In an effort to educate and build awareness for MS -- and encourage you all to join us -- we'll be writing a series of posts in the weeks leading up to the event about some of the 400,000 Americans living with MS, including a few who competed in the MuckRuckus in year's past. Mark your calendar's for Saturday, June 9, 2012 (1:00 pm wave for team) and hit the treadmill.

You can read more about MS here and sign up to join team in the MuckRuckus here. Don't be a wuss. It'll be fun, you'll get to challenge yourself, and it's for a good cause!


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Sixers teased in preseason finale with Jahlil Okafor back, Nerlens Noel out

Sixers teased in preseason finale with Jahlil Okafor back, Nerlens Noel out


MIAMI — Jahlil Okafor called it a “tease.”

He was talking about his oh-so-brief 2016-2017 debut, but he could have also been summarizing the Sixers' constant state of taking one step forward and one (injured) leg back.

Okafor, a 6-11 center and the NBA’s third overall pick in the 2015 draft, played 7:32 minutes on Friday and produced four points, one rebound, one assist, one block and one turnover. He had been held out in camp previously because of knee soreness.

His return was the good news for the Sixers.

But, before Friday’s 113-110 exhibition finale win over the Miami Heat even started (see Instant Replay), the Sixers announced that center/forward Nerlens Noel will have a “minor surgical procedure in the coming days,” (see story).

Sixers center Joel Embiid, who has missed the past two years because of foot surgeries, said he empathizes with Noel.

“It’s hard,” Embiid said. “Obviously we need Nerlens if we want to win. But that’s basketball. Things happen. You can’t control injuries.

“I feel bad for him because this is the beginning of the season. Everybody wants to play the beginning of the season. But I’m sure he is going to work hard to come back even stronger.”

On the positive side for the Sixers, there was the return of Okafor … even it felt like baby steps for him.

“I started to feel really good,” said Okafor, who had surgery on his right knee in March and experienced soreness on that same knee Sept. 30. “It was kind of like a tease to me because I really got going. I wanted to continue to play, but that’s why I have the medical staff to keep me disciplined.”

Sixers coach Brett Brown said before the game that he would keep Okafor to just six to eight minutes, and he was true to his word.

Okafor, who made the only shot he attempted from the floor and was 2 for 4 on free throws, did not play in the second half.

“The scoring piece to my game, that’s like riding a bicycle,” Okafor said. “I know I can score the ball. It was good to get back out there with my teammates and hear them cheer for me on the side.”

Okafor said he tried to convince Brown to let him extend past the script of no more than eight minutes.

“He was like, ‘Have your lawyer call my lawyer,'" Okafor said. “We will talk about the season home opener (on Wednesday night against Oklahoma City), and hopefully I can increase my minutes.”

Okafor said he didn’t want to put a number on how many minutes he thought he could’ve played in his season debut except to say he knew he could play more.

Interestingly, Embiid, who had 18 points and nine rebounds in 18 minutes, said he felt Okafor was a bit fatigued.

“I think he was a little bit tired,” Embiid said. “Obviously, he hasn’t played in a while. But just like me, he’s going to dig down. He is a proven scorer. He can do whatever he wants on the court.

“Once he gets back in shape, we as a team are going to be really good.”

Okafor was a minus-5 while he was on the court. But Brown said he was impressed by some of the less-hyped aspects of Okafor’s game.

“I thought he was really good defensively,” Brown said. “He sat in his stance and moved his feet. I thought he did a great job of fronting the post.”

Brown said the Noel injury was almost unfair.

“Clearly, it was a situation in the preseason where he would have played a lot,” Brown said. “The timing is unfortunate.”

Penn routs Yale, 42-7, behind Alek Torgersen's 4 TDs

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Penn routs Yale, 42-7, behind Alek Torgersen's 4 TDs


NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Alek Torgersen threw four touchdown passes, three to Justin Watson, and Penn rolled to a 42-7 victory over Yale in the first night game in Yale Bowl history.

Torgersen completed 16 of 23 passes for 229 yards and rushed for 66 yards. Watson had 10 receptions for 166 yards with touchdowns covering 5, 41 and 35 yards.

Torgersen moved into a tie for second with 47 career TD passes and Watson moved into fourth in career receptions (161) and touchdowns (17) for the Quakers (4-2, 3-0 Ivy Leauge).

Tre Solomon rushed for 120 yards, seven shy of the career high he set a week earlier, on 15 carries, including a 3-yard touchdown run, for Penn, which won its fourth straight. Cameron Countryman had a 10-yard touchdown reception and Karekin Brooks had a 13-yard run for his first career touchdown.

Penn, which led 35-0 at halftime, finished with 508 yards and held the Bulldogs (1-5, 1-2) to 229.