Report: 76ers to Make Decision Soon on Bryan Colangelo After Hours of Interviews

Report: 76ers to Make Decision Soon on Bryan Colangelo After Hours of Interviews

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Philadelphia 76ers President of Basketball Operations Bryan Colangelo speaks with members of the media during a news conference at the NBA basketball team's practice facility in Camden, N.J., Friday, May 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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Philadelphia 76ers general manager Bryan Colangelo will reportedly soon learn whether he’ll continue in his position moving forward.

Per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, via Rob Lopez of Def Pen Sports, Sixers ownership will likely decide on Colangelo’s fate in the next 24-48 hours after interviewing him and his wife separately for “hours.” 

Last week, The Ringer’s Ben Detrick reported Colangelo may have been secretly operating five different Twitter accounts. Many of those accounts criticized Sixers players such as Joel Embiid and Markelle Fultz, questioned the decisions of the coaching staff and disclosed medical information about Jahlil Okafor that hadn’t been made public. 

Barbara Bottini, Colangelo’s wife, was found to have a phone number that could connect her to three of the Twitter accounts, per USA Today‘s Jeff Zillgitt

Wojnarowski noted Tuesday that Colangelo is “fighting for his professional life right now.”

Colangelo has been with the 76ers since April 2016, when the team hired him as its president of basketball operations. The Sixers went 52-30 and made the playoffs last season for the first time since the 2011-12 campaign. After defeating the Miami Heat in the opening round, they lost to the Boston Celtics in five games in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. 

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June 5, 2018 at 05:02PM

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Latest 2018 Belmont Stakes odds

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The 2018 Belmont Stakes will take place Saturday at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York.

The third of the Triple Crown’s three legs is scheduled for a 6:46 p.m. ET post time.

We’ll keep this page updated as Saturday’s post time approaches.

Odds are courtesy of VegasInsider.com and current as of June 5.

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June 5, 2018 at 05:01PM

4-Star WR, UNC Commit Jordyn Adams to Pursue MLB After Being Drafted by Angels

4-Star WR, UNC Commit Jordyn Adams to Pursue MLB After Being Drafted by Angels

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Los Angeles Angels draftee Jordyn Adams will pursue his professional baseball career instead of playing college football for the North Carolina Tar Heels. 

Adams announced as much on his Twitter page Tuesday, saying he talked to his family before making the decision and thanking the Tar Heel fans and coaches for their support:

Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times noted the Angels drafted the high school outfielder with the 17th overall pick of the 2018 MLB draft. According to 247Sports’ composite rankings, Adams is also a 4-star prospect in football and the No. 8 wide receiver in the 2018 recruiting class.

While he signed with North Carolina, the opportunity to play professional baseball was apparently too much to pass up.

              

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June 5, 2018 at 04:41PM

Daryl Morey: I Don’t Understand Teams That Aren’t Obsessed with Beating Warriors

Daryl Morey: I Don’t Understand Teams That Aren’t Obsessed with Beating Warriors

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Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey is still obsessed with beating the Golden State Warriors following his team’s Game 7 loss to the defending champions in the Western Conference Finals.

Speaking to ESPN’s Cassidy Hubbarth on Tuesday (h/t Def Pen Hoops’ Rob Lopez), Morey said his level of obsession with beating the Warriors remains a “10.”

“I don’t understand the teams that aren’t obsessed with beating them,” he said. “To win the championship, you have to beat the Warriors. Every team should be figuring out how to beat the Warriors. So that’s all we work on. Obviously there’s other very good-to-great teams in this league, but the Warriors are likely on to winning three of the last four titles.”

           

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NHL Referee Garrett Rank Qualifies for 2018 US Open in Golf

NHL Referee Garrett Rank Qualifies for 2018 US Open in Golf

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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 28: Referee Garrett Rank #7 works the game between the New York Islanders and the Calgary Flames at the Barclays Center on November 28, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Islanders defeated the Flames 2-1 in overtime.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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Garrett Rank, an NHL referee, will take part in the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Course next week. 

Per ESPN.com, Rank made it into the field for the PGA Tour’s third major of the year by posting back-to-back rounds of two under par at a qualifying event in Georgia on Monday. 

       

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June 5, 2018 at 04:34PM

MLB Draft 2018: Best Baseball Prospects Available After Day 2 Results

MLB Draft 2018: Best Baseball Prospects Available After Day 2 Results

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Nander De Sedas

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With Day 2 of the 2018 MLB draft in the books, the first 10 rounds and 314 picks have now been made.

There are always a handful of prospects who wind up slipping relative to projected draft position.

In some cases, it’s a standout high school player who is expected to be tough to sign away from an iron-clad college commitment.

Other times, it’s a draft-eligible sophomore with high bonus demands or a player with injury concerns who would benefit from proving he’s healthy with a return to campus.

At any rate, ahead is a look at some of the top players still on the board for the final day of this year’s draft.

     

Top High Prospects Likely to Honor College Commitments

Kumar Rocker

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  • RHP Kumar Rocker (BA-13, MLB.com-23): Committed to Vanderbilt

With a 6’5″, 250-pound frame and a 98 mph fastball, Rocker looked like a man among boys at the high school level. His fastball can get straight at times, however, and his mechanics need work. While it’s easy to dream on his pure stuff, his stock has trended down this season. He’ll be a candidate to go early in the 2021 draft.

  • RHP Cole Wilcox (BA-37, MLB.com-19): Committed to Georgia

With a three-pitch mix that could be 60-grade across the board and a projectable 6’5″, 220-pound frame, Wilcox has boosted his stock as much as anyone dating back to his strong showing with Team USA last year. He’d be draft-eligible as a college sophomore, and that no doubt contributed to lofty bonus demands.

  • SS Nander De Sedas (BA-28, MLB.com-55): Committed to Florida State

De Sedas was a pop-up prospect on the showcase circuit last summer, but he failed to build off that performance this spring. He has the makings of a standout two-way player with emerging raw power and good instincts at shortstop.

  • RHP Slade Cecconi (BA-79, MLB.com-63): Committed to Miami

Cecconi has a projectable 6’4″, 193-pound frame and the makings of a four-pitch arsenal. However, his secondary stuff is still raw and his command is a work in progress, so he should benefit from going the college route.

  • Other Notable Vanderbilt Commits

Vanderbilt commits are historically tough to lure away from making it onto campus. Other notable Commodores prospects include: RHP Austin Becker (BA-65, MLB.com-95); 3B Nicholas Northcut (BA-69, MLB.com-81); LHP Brett Hansen (BA-71, MLB.com-94); 

      

Day 3 College Prospects to Watch

Zach Watson

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  • OF Zach Watson, LSU (BA-66, MLB.com-65)

With 70-grade speed and elite outfield defense, Watson has a chance to be an impact player up the middle if his hit tool continues to develop. He hit .304/.359/.470 with 22 extra-base hits and 14 stolen bases this season and he still has room to grow into some raw power. As a draft-eligible sophomore, he has leverage in negotiations and will likely return to campus unless he gets a well-above-slot bonus.

  • RHP Zach Hess, LSU (BA-87, MLB.com-91)

Hess was part of the rotation at LSU this spring, but his future is likely at the back of the bullpen. His electric fastball/slider pairing plays up in short stints and he has some deception with a low three-quarters arm slot. He’s also a draft-eligible sophomore, so don’t be surprised if both LSU players still on the board wind up back on campus.

  • RHP Isaiah Campbell (BA-73, MLB.com-109)

Elbow soreness limited Campbell to just one appearance as a sophomore, but he returned strong this spring and showed flashes while posting a 4.01 ERA with 60 strikeouts in 58 innings. MLB.com noted that he has better pure stuff than college teammate Blaine Knight—a third-round pick by the Orioles. After redshirting in 2017, he could opt to return.

  • RHP Davis Martin (BA-119, MLB.com-153)

After a standout freshman season in 2016 (10-1, 2.52 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 89.0 IP), Davis has dealt with some injuries and failed to duplicate that level of success. With a strong 6’2″, 200-pound frame and three solid pitches, he’s an intriguing Day 3 addition.

     

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June 5, 2018 at 04:20PM

Broncos’ Shane Ray Says There Was ‘Complication’ from Wrist Surgery

Broncos’ Shane Ray Says There Was ‘Complication’ from Wrist Surgery

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DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 10:  Outside linebacker Shane Ray #56 of the Denver Broncos jokes around with the New York Jets bench in the fourth quarter of a game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 10, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

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Denver Broncos outside linebacker Shane Ray posted on Instagram Tuesday that he’s dealing with complications from a previous wrist surgery and is evaluating his options regarding treatment plans. 

Mike Klis of 9News in Denver previously reported another surgery on Ray’s troublesome left wrist had been “recommended.” The surgery would not be season-ending. 

In any event, it’s unwelcome news for Ray, whose 2017 campaign was derailed by three wrist surgeries. The 2015 first-round pick managed one sack over eight games after his season was bookended by stints on injured reserve. 

That production represented a step back from his 2016 season, when he racked up a career-high eight sacks and 48 total tackles while appearing in all 16 games. 

If there’s a sliver of good news for the Broncos, it’s that they added serious pass-rushing reinforcements when they drafted Bradley Chubb fifth overall in April’s draft to provide pressure opposite Von Miller. 

Ray, who had his fifth-year option declined by the Broncos, will be an unrestricted free agent following the 2018 season. 

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