The Best Tweets About DeSean Jackson’s Release

DeSean Jackson’s departure from the Eagles is generating plenty of chatter online…..

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Philly’s Markieff Morris Is a Candidate For NBA Sixth Man Award

We’ll take a break from our Sixers laments for a moment of hometown pride. Markieff Morris, who grew up here, is helping power the Phoenix Suns to an unexpected playoff spot — they’re just on the outside, but have had more of a winning season than anybody expected — and may be a candidate for the Sixth Man Award.

Fansided reports:

This season, Morris is averaging career-bests in points (13.6 per game), rebounds (5.9), assists (1.7) and field goal percentage (47.8 percent). His three-point shooting has dropped all the way down to 28.9 percent, but since Morris only takes 1.4 attempts from downtown on a nightly basis, the Suns can live with it. Phoenix is 20-8 this season when Morris scores at least 15 points.

What about his twin brother, Marcus? Sun-N-Gun reports:

This season, Marcus is averaging 10.1 points and 4.0 rebounds per game while shooting 45 percent from the field. His contribution to the Suns surprisingly successful season has been major, because he is a versatile scorer off the bench. His ability to hit jump shots in important to an offense with point guards based around slashing and driving to the rim.  His rebounding has clearly improved and his confidence is far greater than it once was. On a Suns’ team where any one player can almost take over a game on any given night, Marcus is a very useful tool.

Phillies’ Continued Silence on NCAA Narcing Is Embarrassing

Ruben Amaro

It’s been a little over a week since news broke that the Phillies turned draft pick Ben Wetzler into the NCAA. And, somehow, things have gotten worse!

According to the report, from Baseball America‘s Aaron Fitt, the Phillies thought Ben Wetzler would sign with the team when it selected him in the fifth round of last year’s draft. The Phillies didn’t meet the dollar number Wetzler wanted, so he went back to Oregon State.

In turn, the Phillies ratted on him to the NCAA for using an agent. They also allegedly told the NCAA about Jason Monda, a sixth-round pick of the Phillies who decided to return to Washington State. According to NCAA rules, players are not allowed to sign with an agent until they leave school. According to Fitt, it is standard practice for players to have an “advisor” who helps them negotiate with the team. It is immoral to force college kids to negotiate without any representation, but it makes sense: Best I can tell from its rules, the NCAA brass hates college students. (The rule: “If the student-athlete is considering returning to an NCAA school, that advisor may not negotiate on behalf of a student-athlete or be present during discussions of a contract offer, including phone calls, email or in-person conversations.”)

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