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Knicks Continue to Preach Defense, Sign J.R. Smith

Knicks Continue to Preach Defense, Sign J.R. Smith

One of the sentiments in the headline above is true. The other is that the Knicks preach defense.
Former Denver Nugget J.R. Smith tweeted early on Friday afternoon that he has agreed to a deal with the New York Knicks now that international basketball rules allow him to do so. Smith signed a contract to play in the Chinese Basketball Association during the NBA lockout when state-side negotiations looked bleak and had to wait for his Chinese season to end before he could return.
For those of you unfamiliar with his work, Smith is a previous teammate of Knick superstar Carmelo Anthony and one of the single most freakishly astonishing athletes in the game. That said, he is also known as something of a gunner and has never been nearly as invested on his own end as he has been on the attack.
Smith's addition really makes the New York Knicks even more like the team they already were: crazy fun to watch on offense and Mike D'Antoni on defense.
As far as potential rotations or lineups go, with the emergence of Jeremy Lin, the signing of Smith and the returns of Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire, you could see the following on the court for the Knicks at any given time:

1. Lin 2. Smith 3. Anthony 4. Stoudemire 5. Tyson Chandler

And that's with current 2-guard Landry Fields just resting on the bench.
Your Philadelphia 76ers still lead the division by 4.5 games, but the Celtics rebounded after a dreadful start to go 10-2 over a 12-game stretch from Jan. 18-Feb. 7 (though they've stumbled since) and the Knicks -- on the back of "Linsanity" -- just added yet another dynamic scorer. Doug Collins & Co. are also expected to be without starting center Spencer Hawes for the near-future; Hawes will be in a walking boot for at least the next two weeks.
With the Sixers about to see an increase in road games over the second half of the season and the Knicks and Celtics both seemingly improving, things are about to get a little tougher down the stretch, both in the Atlantic division and the Eastern Conference.

CSNPhilly Internship - Advertising/Sales


CSNPhilly Internship - Advertising/Sales

Position Title: Intern
Department: Advertising/Sales
Company: Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia
# of hours / week: 10 – 20 hours

Deadline: November 20

Basic Function

This position will work closely with the Vice President of Sales in generating revenue through commercial advertisements and sponsorship sales. The intern will gain first-hand sales experience through working with Sales Assistants and AEs on pitches, sales-calls and recapping material.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Assist Account Executive on preparation of Sales Presentations
• Cultivate new account leads for local sales
• Track sponsorships in specified programs
• Assist as point of contact with sponsors on game night set up and pre-game hospitality elements.
• Assist with collection of all proof of performance materials.
• Perform Competitive Network Analysis
• Update Customer database
• Other various projects as assigned


1. Good oral and written communication skills.
2. Knowledge of sports.
3. Ability to work non-traditional hours, weekends & holidays
4. Ability to work in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment
5. Must be 19 years of age or older
6. Must be a student in pursuit of an Associate, Bachelor, Master or Juris Doctor degree
7. Must have unrestricted authorization to work in the US
8. Must have sophomore standing or above
9. Must have a 3.0 GPA

Interested students should apply here and specify they're interested in the ad/sales internship.

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Chris Long donating first 6 game checks for scholarships in Charlottesville

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Chris Long donating first 6 game checks for scholarships in Charlottesville

Chris Long talked the talk. Now he's walking the walk. 

The Eagles defensive end is donating his first six game checks of the 2017 season to fund two scholarships in his hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia. 

In August, Long spoke out about the violent protests in Charlottesville (see story).  At that time, he thought the majority of the original protesters, protesting the removal of a Confederate statue, were from out of town. He thought his neighbors were the ones trying to stop them. He also took umbrage to President Donald Trump's response, which condemned "violence on many sides."  

Now, Long is doing more than just speaking out. Based on his $1 million base salary in 2017, six games checks will amount to roughly $375,000. 

"In August, we watched people fill our hometown streets with hatred and bigotry," Long said in a release. "Megan (his wife) and I decided to try to combat those actions with our own positive investment in our community." 

According to the release, the scholarships will be administered by Long's alma mater, St. Anne's-Belfield School. Two members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia will be given the seven-year scholarships to go a Virginia school. The two scholarships will go to students entering sixth grade and will provide them with tuition through high school graduation. 

The Longs have actually been sponsoring a student who will graduate this spring from St. Anne's-Belfield, the release said. They have been paying for the student's tuition for the past six years. But now, Long wants to make a more public statement. 

"We want these scholarships to be reflective of what the 'Cville' community is really about -- supporting one another, social equality and building up those in our community who need it," Long said. "We hope our investment will change the lives of the students who receive the scholarship and in turn, those students can positively impact others."