VOORHEES, N.J. >> The chains are off. The ghosts of July 1’s past have been vanquished. The Scrooge side of Ron Hextall’s general managing personality has seen the light ... or at least has brightened from humbug to hopeful.
PHILADELPHIA >> For a political tone, it might be more than 20 years outdated, but for managerial sincerity, Gabe Kapler perhaps thought he struck the perfect chord Thursday while talking about the ongoing rebuilding project on Vince Velasquez’s confidence.
PHILADELPHIA >> He might have picked one of the worst games of the young season for a major league statement game, but struggling rookie Jesmuel Valentin also had a night to remember.
PHILADELPHIA >> If keeping Odubel Herrera on the bench at the start of Wednesday’s game against the Colorado Rockies raised some eyebrows, it’s probably because it took Gabe Kapler so long before finally sitting Herrera down.
PHILADELPHIA >> Immediately after Wednesday’s practice, Eagles rookie tight end Dallas Goedert got together with a visitor from South Dakota State University, where he developed into a second-round draft pick.
PHILADELPHIA >> Crowding Brandon Graham’s locker is a pair of crutches and an enormous protective boot. Picture an over-sized stocking hanging from the mantle during the Christmas season.
PHILADELPHIA >> The Eagles weren’t much help Wednesday explaining the role they played in deciding to send a spartan delegation to visit the White House, infuriating President Donald Trump, who revoked the invitation.
PHILADELPHIA >> Doug Pederson had some fun before his well attended news conference Wednesday, a plethora of media seeking comment on the snub of the Eagles by President Donald Trump.
PHILADELPHIA >> Even as the 76ers were waiting for an independent report on their general manager’s alleged reckless tweeting, they officially re-committed Thursday to their head coach.
RADNOR >> As Donte DiVincenzo and Omari Spellman waded through the NBA pre-draft process, Villanova coach Jay Wright wondered what his roster would look like next season.
Even though he wasn’t considered an NBA prospect coming out of Salesianum three years ago, Villanova’s Donte DiVincenzo believed that one day he would play in the league.
PHILADELPHIA >> Except for an interception here or there, Super Bowl LII MVP Nick Foles has been unstoppable in the portion of OTAs scrutinized by the media.
PHILADELPHIA >> Whatever their motivation, the NFL owners who approved the new policy banning demonstrations during the national anthem have lost the trust of the players they sought to make peace with last season.
PHILADELPHIA >> Doug Pederson confirmed Tuesday the Super Bowl LII champion Eagles will be honored June 5th at the White House, and quarterback Carson Wentz is “cool” with making the trip.
CAMDEN, N.J. >> Now that their season is over, the only real question for the Sixers is whether they need a superstar-quality free agent to get to the next level.
CAMDEN, N.J. >> One by one, the Sixers met Thursday with management at corporate headquarters, the scars from their 114-112 playoff-elimination loss to the Boston Celtics still fresh for all to see.
PHILADELPHIA >> Except for the facial expression, Phillies pitcher Zach Eflin looked better the second time around to manager Gabe Kapler and his coaching staff.
PHILADELPHIA >> It’s not clear if remnants of a Citizens Bank Park crowd of 22,456 Tuesday night booed the manager or the closer, Hector Neris, when he entered with one out in the ninth inning of a 4-2 win over the San Francisco Giants.
Villanova received a little insurance Tuesday just in case guard Donte DiVincenzo decides to stay in the NBA Draft and forgo his two remaining years of eligibility.
CAMDEN, N.J. >> Brett Brown was working in Melbourne, Australia when the 76ers suffered their most personal sweep defeat on their home floor.
MARPLE >> Before Paul Motta handed the lineup card to the umpire for the 1,650th game, give or take a rainout, he addressed the crowd honoring him for his 47th and final season as baseball coach at Delaware County Community College.