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Cynical Approach Makes 76ers Hard to Like

Phil Taylor, Sports Illustrated

Family Feud Sinks Phils' Howard

Marcus Hayes, Philadelphia Daily News

Eagles' Sanchez May Be Beyond Repair

Mike Sielski, Philadelphia Inquirer

Tanking Too Much for 76ers

Keith Pompey, Philadelphia Inquirer

Michael Carter-Williams, the 76ers’ talented young point guard, wrote a strongly worded essay for The Players Tribune this week disputing the notion that the Sixers are tanki...(full article)

RYAN HOWARD turned 35 yesterday. These should be the best years of his life. In 2010, Howard was almost as big as Jared, his Subway co-star. With Donovan McNabb out of Philadelph...(full article)

Sometime during the last 18 months, the Philadelphia 76ers ceased being a basketball team and became an avant-garde, vaguely basketball-ish idea. It might have happened in June ...(full article)

Mark Sanchez's history hangs over his head like an anvil, and since he joined the Eagles, the thread that holds it there never has looked as thin as it did Sunday. This is not a...(full article)

HOUSTON - After nine games, after two humiliating drubbings, after zero victories, the 76ers are battered and beaten.   Michael Carter-Williams talks about the team's desire t...(full article)

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