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At Midseason, Phillies Halfway to Hell

Ryan Lawrence, Phil. Daily News

Why Is Tebow Hated? He Has Principles

Daniel Leberfeld, Breitbart Sports

Phils' Rebuilding Plan Is ... What, Exactly?

Barry Svrluga, Washington Post

Sandberg Too By the Book for MLB

Bob Ford, Philadelphia Inquirer

Things couldn't get much worse for the Phillies, could they? When you have the worst record in baseball, a front office in flux, and a fan base fleeing the premises, it's a pretty ...(full article)

Why is Tim Tebow constantly the target of gratuitous cheap shots? It seems like every time you turn around, somebody is going after the current Philadelphia Eagles reserve quarter...(full article)

So let’s see if we can get this straight: The Philadelphia Phillies announced Monday that Andy MacPhail, a respected baseball executive, was being hired to become the club’s ...(full article)

When the Chicago Cubs bypassed Ryne Sandberg for a managerial vacancy immediately after Sandberg had been voted the triple-A Pacific Coast League's manager of the year for that org...(full article)

No team was more active this offseason than the Eagles. Once he became armed with the power to reshape the roster fully in his image, Chip Kelly went to work with abandon, replacin...(full article)

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Kelly's Created A Fight in Philly

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Sandberg May Slide Out of a Job

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Situation Normal: Philly Teams Stink

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Stats Say Otherwise, But Tebow a Star

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Don't Waste Chip Kelly's Time

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Kelly Just a Coach, Not a Racist

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Arrogant Phillies GM Steps in It

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My Money's on Tim Tebow

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Eagles Will Be Glad They Signed Tebow

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Numbers Irrelevant, Tebow Can Lead

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NFL Coaches See Themselves in Tebow

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Paterno Family's Fight Never Ends

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Paterno's Name Still on Library

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Jurors Disclose Little Doubt

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Ramifications of Guilty Verdict

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Celtics Dominate 76ers in the Paint

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Penn State Recruits Few Stars

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A Last Look at His Numbers

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Cancer's Timing All the More Painful

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Flyers Rout Free-Falling Wild

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76ers Off to Best Start Since '00-01

It wasn't that long ago that Doug Collins wasn't sure how the 76ers would respond to the conditions created by this lockout-shortened season. After all, it began with a five-game...

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Here’s what I’m prepared say about the Sixers, sitting at 6-2, sporting a top-five offense and a top-five defense, leading the Atlantic Division and looking like a to...

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