WATCH: 100-Year-Old Woman Sets 100m Dash Record in Philly

Ida Keeling (age 100) runs in the mixed masters age 80 and over 100m during the 122nd Penn Relays at Franklin Field on April 30, 2016.

Ida Keeling (age 100) runs in the mixed masters age 80 and over 100m during the 122nd Penn Relays at Franklin Field on April 30, 2016.

There are many great events at the Penn Relays, but one of the most fun is the mixed masters 100-meter dash. On Saturday, the 80-and-up division featured three runners who broke 20 seconds.

But it was the runner in last place who got the most applause over the weekend. Ida Keeling, 100 years old, set a new world record for women over 100 years old by finishing her 100 meters in 1:17.33. Video after the jump »

The Red-Hot Phillies Are Five(!) Games Over .500

The Philadelphia Phillies celebrate after a 2-1 win against the Cleveland Indians at Citizens Bank Park on Sunday, May 1, 2016.

The Philadelphia Phillies celebrate after a 2-1 win against the Cleveland Indians at Citizens Bank Park on Sunday, May 1, 2016.

In late December, ESPN’s Buster Olney wrote that baseball had a tanking problem. He singled out the Phillies, Braves and Brewers as three teams that weren’t really trying to be good in 2016. “This practice is a growing source of conversation and controversy in front offices,” he wrote, “with some executives believing that MLB and the players’ association need to step in and do something to reduce or eliminate the incentive to lose.”

He ended up writing a follow-up column singling out the Phillies — some local writers didn’t like Olney’s first column — and adding that “the concern about this kind of thing among some club executives is growing.”

Those club executives were right to be angry at the Phillies, but for the wrong reasons: It’s May 2nd. The Phillies have won six straight games and are 15-10. If the season ended today, the Phillies would be in a play-in game for the final Wild Card spot. (It would be really weird if the season ended after 25 games, however.)

Bringing up Olney’s columns isn’t done to pick on him. It’s to point out that the Phillies were expected to be so bad this season they were accused of being like the Sixers. But 15 percent of the way into the season, only three teams in baseball have more wins than the Phillies. Read more »

The Eagles Screwed Sam Bradford

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Photo | Jeff Fusco

Sam Bradford is a crybaby.

Sam Bradford is a weakling who is afraid of competition.

Sam Bradford doesn’t have the resume to dare pull off a holdout.

Sam Bradford is absolutely right.

Ignore the first three sentences of this column and focus on sentence number four. Sam Bradford was done a dirty deed by the Philadelphia Eagles and his only alternative is to demand a trade somewhere, anywhere else.

Now I’m not blaming the Eagles for making two savvy moves to move up in the NFL draft, to get to number two, to take North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz. It was something they had to do to get a franchise quarterback into their system, a kid who could play the position for the next 10 years. But when they did that, they should have also been fostering a trade at the same time for Bradford, who then became a total lame duck.  Read more »

WATCH: Eagles Fans Already Booing QB Carson Wentz

The Eagles selected Carson Wentz with the second overall pick in the NFL Draft last night, and Birds 24/7 has exhaustive analysis. (We even sent Josh Panuil to Bismark, North Dakota!)

But how did Wentz’s first trip to Philadelphia as a member of the Eagles go? Well …

The scene: Wentz arrives at PHL Airport earlier this afternoon. A pack of reporters was there to greet him, including CBS 3 Sports Director Don Bell, who broadcast the above video live on Facebook. Also in attendance were a few Eagles fans, who immediately went up to the 23-year-old Eagles QB of the future and asked him for an autograph.

Then things got, um, silly. Read more »

Hey, the Phillies Have a Winning Record

Philadelphia Phillies center fielder Odubel Herrera.

Philadelphia Phillies center fielder Odubel Herrera.

When Jeanmar Gómez struck out Ryan Zimmerman with two outs in the bottom of the 9th inning last night, the Phillies got something they hadn’t had in a really long time: A winning record.

The Phillies lost 99 games last year, but they actually started last season 3-2. But the last time they were over .500 this late in the season was early May 2014, when they were 15-14. Read more »

Pro Baseball Player Sean Murphy, Fishtown Native, Dead at 27

Sean Murphy. Photo | MLB

Sean Murphy. Photo | MLB

The Oakland Athletics announced today that Sean Murphy, a 27-year-old minor leaguer with the franchise, was found dead yesterday in Arizona. Murphy, a native of Philadelphia, was 27.

“The A’s are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Sean Murphy,” A’s executive vice president of baseball operations Billy Beane said in a release. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.”

According to Philadelphia Baseball Review, Murphy was a native of Thompson Street in Fishtown. Like his older brother Pat, Murphy was a sports star at Northeast Catholic High School. The Spirit profiled the family just last week. Read more »

Dario Saric Would Fill A Need For Sixers

Dario Saric, selected 12th overall in the 2014 NBA draft, insists that he will join the Sixers next summer | Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Dario Saric, selected 12th overall in the 2014 NBA draft, insists that he will join the Sixers next summer | Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

According to David Pick, International Hoops Insider for Bleacher Report, Dario Saric was telling his teammates that he intends to play for the Sixers next year.

The Sixers acquired Saric, selected 12th overall in the 2014 draft, in a draft day trade with the Orlando Magic where the Sixers swapped their 10th overall selection for Orlando’s 12th, which the Sixers used to select the Croatian forward. In addition to Saric, the Sixers received two more draft selections to allow Orlando to move up two spots: a 2015 second round draft pick from Orlando, and extinguished the future first round pick they previously owed the Magic thanks to the ill-fated Andrew Bynum trade.

Saric, who played for Cibona Zagreb in the Adriatic league during the 2013-14 season, signed a three-year contract with Anadolu Efes in the much tougher Turkish League just days before the draft, although the contract had an option built into it which would allow Saric to leave after two seasons. That contract situation caused Saric to fall in the draft.

While it makes some financial sense for Saric to play the final season of his contract with Efes and avoid the rookie-scale, which locks Saric into a set amount based on where he was drafted, Saric has been adamant that he would come over to the NBA at his earliest opportunity. The comments from Saric, in that context, is really just further validation of claims he’s frequently, and consistently, made.

What does Saric give the Sixers if he does, in fact, come over?

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Does Front Office Change Make A Major Trade Inevitable For The Sixers?

Both Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor will be out of the lineup when the Sixers take on the New York Knicks in preseason basketball tonight at Madison Square Garden | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Could the Sixers move on from one of Noel or Okafor this offseason? | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The elephant in the room of the Sixers’ offseason has always been how the roster imbalance would be resolved.

Sam Hinkie stuck to a “best player available” strategy in the draft, a strategy that is almost universally accepted within the basketball community. But, like most aspects of Hinkie’s rebuilding plan, that theory was taken to extremes, leaving the Sixers with three talented big men in Joel Embiid, Jahlil Okafor, and Nerlens Noel, and no real certainty any of them can effectively play together.

The changes to the Sixers’ front office, which saw Sam Hinkie resign as general manager and president of basketball operations, with Bryan Colangelo stepping into the president role in his place, creates quite a bit of uncertainty as to how this imbalance will be resolved.

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