Penn State Coach’s Daughter Has Sickle Cell Anemia

Speaking to the media yesterday, Penn State football coach James Franklin revealed his daughter Addy has sickle cell anemia. Franklin, who was hired to replace Bill O’Brien in January, has two daughters, Addison, 5, and Shola, 6.

Franklin and his wife, Fumi, have known Addy had the disease since birth. Sickle cell anemia causes red blood cells to form a crescent shape (like a sickle) because they contain abnormal hemoglobin. Approximately 1 in 5,000 Americans have the disease, mostly African-Americans.

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Ryan Howard’s Run With the Phillies Might Soon Be Over

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2008, when the Phillies won the World Series, now feels like a long time ago. 2006, when Ryan Howard won an MVP award, feels even longer. Certainly, Howard no longer seems to be the player he was then. He sat out Wednesday’s game, and team officials are now apparently considering eating his hefty contract and releasing the once-feared slugger. Read more »

Cliff Lee Accurately Sums Up Phillies Season

Cliff Lee returned to pitch for the Phillies Monday night for the first time since May 18th. After Lee won that game against the Reds, the Fightin’ Phils were 19-22 and just 3.5 games back of first in the NL East. Coming into last night’s game, the Phillies were 43-55 and 11 games back.

Lee allowed six runs on 12 hits in 5 2/3 innings on Monday as the Phillies lost to the Giants, 7-4, falling to 43-56 and 12 games back.

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The Stanley Cup Is in Sea Isle City Today

Everyone on the club that wins the Stanley Cup gets his day with the Cup. And today Los Angeles Kings assistant coach John Stevens — who both played for and coached the Flyers and the Phantoms — did the most logical thing he could do with it: He took it to Sea Isle City!

Stevens, who has won two Cups as an assistant with the Kings, owns a home in the area. “We could not be more excited that Coach Stevens offered to bring the cup to Sea Isle City,” Sea Isle mayor Leonard Desiderio said in a release. “I realize this is officially Flyers Country, but I’m sure everyone will agree that it’s quite an honor to have the Stanley Cup visit our community.”

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Would the “Hometown Sixers,” an NBA Team of Philly Natives, Be Any Good?

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LeBron is back home in Cleveland as its homecoming King, and that got Elite Daily thinking — what would happen if every NBA team was composed of its hometown players?

Back on Monday, the website posted hypothetical starting fives for 27 NBA teams — and the Sonics — which got us thinking as well: How would the hometown Sixers actually play?

We’ve dealt with hypothetical sports scenarios before, but an NBA starting five is a completely different animal. Let’s take a look at the starting lineup:

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Phillies, Eagles Among 50 Most-Valuable Sports Franchises in World

Forbes named both the Eagles and the Phillies to its annual list of the world’s 50 most-valuable sports teams. The Eagles come in at No. 17, while the Phillies are No. 39.

The Eagles are worth $1.314 billion. They trail the other three teams in the NFC East in valuation: Dallas is No. 5 (the most-valuable NFL team), Washington is No. 9 and the Giants are No. 10. Real Madrid is the most-valuable sports team in the world; the Yankees are No. 1 in the U.S. (and No. 4 worldwide).

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Chase Utley Has Chase Utley-Like Performance at All-Star Game

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With the National League down, 3-0, Chase Utley doubled home a run in top of the second inning. He celebrated his usual way: Putting his hands on his hips and staring out into space, as if he were a baseball-playing automaton. “My programming allowed me to achieve that excellent baseball result,” Utley thought, probably.

Utley actually factored in to all three of the National League’s runs last night. He doubled home a run to make it 3-1, then scored on a Jonathan Lucroy double that followed. Utley’s at-bat was probably the best of the night, too: He worked a seven-pitch AB against Red Sox star Jonathan Lester for his double, fouling off several close pitches and generally looking like the awesome hitter he’s been for the Phillies.

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Joel Embiid’s Foot Surgeon: It’s Possible He Could Play for Sixers This Season

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The Inquirer‘s Mike Sielski has an interview with surgeon Richard Ferkel, aka the guy who operated on Sixers’ No. 3 pick Joel Embiid’s balky foot, in which Ferkel is quite optimistic not only about the talented big man’s career prospects, but about the possibility that he could play next season. Not, y’know, that the Sixers appear to be in any hurry to get their first round picks onto the court.

Why the optimism, other than the fact that Ferkel’s like the go-to man for ballers with foot ouchies? It’s that Embiid is so darned responsible:

Embiid sustained what Ferkel called a “clean break” of the navicular — a weight-bearing bone in the middle of the foot — “without any major separation, which is important.”

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