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Report: Sixers expected to pursue LeBron James in free agency

By Brandon Apter, Sports Talk Philly editor

The Philadelphia 76ers may have lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night, but there's still plenty of chatter around that game. Whether it's LeBron James declaring Carson Wentz to be his favorite player or him complimenting Brett Brown's system or how the young Sixers team has turned a corner, the Cavs superstar has intrigued Sixers fans for quite some time now. James is heading towards free agency in the summer of 2018 and while many believe Los Angeles will be where "The King" ends up eventually, don't leave Philadelphia out of the picture either. Let's make one thing clear first though before we proceed. LeBron has said that he likes it in Cleveland and has spoken about ending his career there on numerous occasions. That being said, he hasn't made any sort of commitment to the Cavs beyond this year, leading many to believe he's headed elsewhere.

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With Fans Getting Restless, Flyers Players Back Hakstol

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By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

There were points during the Flyers ninth straight loss where more than just heavy boos were audible. There were chants. Clear ones.

"Fire Hakstol," fans chanted as the Flyers fell to the Sharks, 3-1, in a rather lifeless and uninspired game.

The play on the ice showed a team that has essentially given up on everything and tuned out the coach. They said otherwise following the game and a closed-door meeting called by captain Claude Giroux, backing and supporting Dave Hakstol.

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Sixers building state-of-the-art complex in Wilmington for 87ers, youth sports in Delaware

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By Brandon Apter, Sports Talk Philly editor

The Philadelphia 76ers and Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment announced plans to build a state-of-the art 140,000 square foot facility in Wilmington, Delaware on Wednesday morning. The facility will be called the 76ers Fieldhouse and will serve as the home of the Sixers' G-League affiliate, the Delaware 87ers, beginning in the 2018-19 season. The 87ers, pending league approval, will be rebranded prior to next season and the facility will seat approximately 2,500 people. The multi-purpose complex will have three full-sized basketball courts, two indoor turf soccer fields, a world-class sports performance and athletic training center along with retail and office space. 

“The Philadelphia 76ers are truly the Delaware Valley’s team, and we’re fortunate to have an incredible fanbase across Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware," said Chris Heck, Philadelphia 76ers President of Business Operations. "We are thrilled to partner with BPG on 76ers Fieldhouse in Delaware to serve as home to both our NBA G League team and hundreds of youth teams and athletes each year. We’ve set out to create a facility in a city on the rise like Wilmington for our NBA G League team that furthers the 76ers’ commitment to being leaders in sports performance and athlete care."

In the press release, the facility is also described as a "beacon for youth sports in Delaware" as there are already plans to host a plethora of youth leagues, including basketball (AAU, high school, travel teams), volleyball and soccer.

The facility is set to break ground in the first quarter of 2018 and open during the fourth quarter. 


Top 25 Players to Ever Play a Game for the Phillies: No. 18, Bobby Abreu

By Matt Albertson, Historical Columnist

Philadelphia Phillies fans forget that Bobby Abreu was the bright spot for the Phillies during the Larry Bowa era - an outfielder who continually put up monster numbers but is still an afterthought in franchise history. No doubt, you, the reader, are scoffing at our ranking of Abreu above a few franchise centerpieces and a Hall of Famer. Make no mistake about it, Abreu was worth the price of admission in the lean years between Scott Rolen's departure and Jim Thome's acquisition/Ryan Howard's debut. 

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Phillies to interview Rob Thomson for bench coach vacancy

By Tim Kelly, Sports Talk Philly editor

Rob Thomson was the New York Yankees third base coach when they defeated the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2009 World Series. It appears very possible that one of those two teams will employ Thomson in 2018. 

According to Sweeny Murti of WFAN, the Phillies plan to interview Thomson for their vacant bench coach role: 

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Hextall: 'I Still Believe We're a Playoff Team'

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By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

After the Flyers ninth straight loss put the finishing touch on a month where they posted a 2-5-7 record, GM Ron Hextall spoke about his team in the Flyers locker room. And he essentially doubled down on the team's potential.

"I still believe we're a playoff team," Hextall said.

That's a mighty bold statement from the lead builder of a team that just lost their ninth straight game with the worst effort displayed in a month's time.

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Flyers-Sharks: Postgame Review

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By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

Last season, right around this time, the Flyers were just starting out on a 10-game winning streak that put the Flyers in a great position in the standings, which they ultimately let slip away.

This season is slipping quickly on the Flyers, and it's because of efforts like the one shown on Tuesday night against the San Jose Sharks, which sent the Flyers to their ninth straight loss.

Here is tonight's Postgame Review.

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Flyers Lose 9th Straight Game with Lifeless Effort Against Sharks

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By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

And the beat goes on. This time, the Flyers spared everyone the drama.

Instead of losing a lead in frustrating fashion, the Flyers looked lifeless in the final 30 minutes, falling for the ninth straight game to the San Jose Sharks, 3-1, on Tuesday night at Wells Fargo Center.

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Blown Leads Are the Big Problem on Flyers Losing Streak

By Jeff Quake, Sports Talk Philly staff writer 

It’s no secret that the Philadelphia Flyers are heading down the wrong path. With another two-goal blown lead in a 5-4 overtime loss against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday, their losing streak reached eight games.

This is now the fourth time in six games in which the Flyers have blown a two-goal lead. In that span, they have five points in those six games for reaching overtime.

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