Today in Philly Sports History: Mo Cheeks to San Antonio, 1989

Today in Philly Sports History: Mo Cheeks to San Antonio, 1989

By the 1989 off-season, memories of the champagne-flowing 1983 year were growing fainter and fainter for the Philadelphia 76ers. Julius Erving and Bobby Jones had retired. Andrew Toney had his career cut short by injury. Marc Iavaroni had played out his twilight years in Utah. Moses Malone had been traded to the Spurs, and was now flanking Dominique Wilkins on the Hawks. The last remaining piece from their championship season was point man Maurice Cheeks, the quarterback of the 76ers for over a decade. And on August 28th, 1989, Sixers GM John Nash made the end of the era official by trading Little Mo to the Spurs, along with Chris Welp and David Wingate, for Johnny Dawkins and Jay Vincent.

"I think Maurice is an all-star player," said Nash, not exactly going out on a limb in describing the four-time NBA All-Star. "We would hope that Johnny Dawkins could become an all-star." That never quite came to fruition, though Dawkins had a solid first season with the Sixers, going for 14 points and seven assists a game in helping lead the Sixers, now built around Charles Barkley, Hersey Hawkins and Mike Gminski, to a highly respectable 53-29 record. Unfortunately, the Sixers lost in the semis that year to the Chicago Bulls, and knee issues cost Dawkins all but four games in the Red and White the following season. Dawkins hung around into the dark days of the mid-90s, before being released by the team in 1994.

Cheeks, meanwhile, did not last long on Larry Brown's Spurs, getting swapped to the Knicks for the then-up-and-coming point guard Rod Strickland before the season's trading deadline. Cheeks played a couple years in New York before retiring as a Net in 1993.

Best of MLB: Mike Trout (thumb) leaves early as Marlins crush Angels

Best of MLB: Mike Trout (thumb) leaves early as Marlins crush Angels

MIAMI -- Mike Trout sprained his left thumb stealing second base Sunday, and the Los Angeles Angels took a thumping without him, losing 9-2 to the Miami Marlins.

Trout yelled in pain as he rose after sliding headfirst in the fifth inning. He was examined by a trainer, stayed in the game, but was replaced in the sixth. X-rays were negative, and there was no immediate timetable regarding his return.

The reigning American League MVP was 0 for 2 when he departed with the Angels trailing 4-2. He finished 2 for 9 in the series to drop his average to .337 (see full recap).

Aaron Judge hit first-career grand slam in Yankees' win
NEW YORK -- Aaron Judge hit his first career grand slam and the New York Yankees took full advantage of Oakland's shoddy defense Sunday in a 9-5 victory over the Athletics.

Michael Pineda (6-2) tossed six innings of three-hit ball to win his third straight start. Aaron Hicks and Chris Carter each had an early sacrifice fly as the AL East leaders scored five unearned runs and took two of three in a well-pitched series.

Judge connected with two outs in the third for his 16th home run, tying Mike Trout of the Angels for the big league lead. The drive landed in the right-field seats, not far in front of The Judge's Chambers cheering section installed by the Yankees for the start of this 4-2 homestand.

Khris Davis hit his 15th home run for the A's, who committed two more costly errors to raise their season total to 49. They began the day with 10 more than any other team in the majors.

The fielding failures put starter Andrew Triggs (5-4) in tough situations. He went six innings and gave up one earned run (see full recap).

Miguel Gonzalez loses perfect game in seventh, but pitches White Sox to win
CHICAGO -- Miguel Gonzalez took a perfect game into the seventh inning, Todd Frazier hit a two-run homer and the Chicago White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 7-3 on Sunday.

Melky Cabrera and Matt Davidson also connected, helping the White Sox take three of four in the series. David Robertson got two outs for his seventh save.

Gonzalez (4-5) allowed three runs and six hits in 7 2/3 innings while snapping a five-start losing streak. The right-hander struck out six and walked none.

Gonzalez retired his first 18 batters before Andrew Romine led off the seventh with a hard one-hop liner to shortstop Tim Anderson, who couldn't field the ball cleanly and was originally charged with an error. Alex Avila followed with a single into to right field, and Romine's ball was later changed to a hit (see full recap).

Gone but not forgotten: Joel Embiid remembers Harambe on 1-year anniversary of death

Gone but not forgotten: Joel Embiid remembers Harambe on 1-year anniversary of death

Gone, but not forgotten … as long as Sixers superstar center Joel Embiid has his way.

On the one-year anniversary of Harambe's death, Embiid remembered the slain gorilla on Instagram with the caption: "Gone but never forgotten #RIPHarambe."

The Instagram post was accompanied by a picture of Harambe along with a longer message and acquired over 22,700 likes within the first 37 minutes of its posting.

Gone but never forgotten #RIPHarambe

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There are some factual errors in Embiid's post, however. The picture stated that Harambe "would've been 18 today," which was posted Sunday.

Harambe's birthday was May 27, 1999. He would have been 18 years and one day old Sunday.

This was not Embiid's first participation in the Harambe Internet meme.

Regardless, the tragic killing of Harambe, a popular male gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo, sparked outrage and then Harambe became an Internet meme.