Actually, It's Pronounced "Mill-e-wah-que": Sixers Take on Bucks to Move Above .500

Actually, It's Pronounced "Mill-e-wah-que": Sixers Take on Bucks to Move Above .500

Who's going to be starting at center tonight? That's the question that
should be on everyone's mind as the 2-2 Sixers host the 1-4 Bucks
tonight at the Wagon. In the team's first four games this season,
Spencer Hawes has not looked up to the 4-year, $20-million-dollar
contract he signed in the off-season, averaging just six points and five
rebounds in 30 minutes a game, while getting absolutely destroyed by
Andrea Bargnani and Dwight Howard on defense in the team's losses to the
Raptors and Magic.

Kwame Brown and Alexis Ajinca, the two ex-Bobcat bargain-basement
signings the team made in the off-season, are both options at the pivot,
but certainly neither are without their drawbacks, as Ajinca's offense
is predicated on his jumper, which proved erratic in the pre-season, and
as the team's primary backup, Brown has proven unable to stay out of
foul trouble. Meanwhile, Coach Collins has continued to appear
supportive of Hawes, insisting that he'll be find and saying he just
needs to "shake off a little rust from the off-season." (Of course, many
of us remember Hawes playing like this at times well into last season,
so we'll all be curious to see exactly what a truly rust-free Spence
looks like.)

Another area in flux for the Sixers is their positioning at the
wing. Hot off his 5-year / $45-million extension, Thaddeus Young has
started off the season on fire, averaging 18 points and 6 rebounds a
game on 54% shooting in just 28 minutes a game off the bench. In the
meantime, Andre Iguodala's shooting woes continue, going just 4 for 16
last night (including a cringe-worthy 0 for 5 from downtown, with only
one or two of them being even close) to bring his shooting average down
to 32% for the year. With Evan Turner off to a fairly decent start (10
points, 3 assists and 4 rebounds in 25 minutes a game, with only five
turnovers across the four contests), it's hard not to wonder if 'Dre
doesn't feel a tad bit superfluous on the team now, and should his
scoring struggles continue, we wouldn't be surprised to hear the trade
talk heat up again—maybe this time with the Spurs, who just lost
starting three Richard Jefferson for 2-3 months with a gimpy knee.

Two positions in which the Sixers do appear to be set so far,
however, are at the one and the four. For the latter, Elton Brand has
picked up where he left off last season as the team's Mr. Consistent,
scoring between 12 and 18 points and grabbing between 8 and 12 boards in
each of the team's games so far. And as we all knew (well, hoped) he
would, Jrue Holiday just continues to get better, scoring a career-high
33 points (and dishing out seven assists) against the
defensively-deficient Rockets last night. Most encouraging were the
couple key jumpers that The Damaja hit down the stretch to ice the game
for the Liberty Ballers—if for no other reason than because he was the
one who took them, and not Iguodala. "I'm just glad Coach trusts me with
the ball in my hands late," Jrue said after the game. "I've been
working hard my first two years here to gain that kind of trust, and
hopefully I showed him tonight that I deserve it." Word.

7:00 tip tonight from the Wells Fargo Center. A win tonight would
move the Sixers above .500 for the first time this season, a shaded
region that the Sixers hopefully plan on spending much of the year
within. At the very least, they appear off to a better start than they
were last year, when they dug themselves into a 3-13 hole it took them
till February to crawl out of. "It's totally different [this year],
absolutely," Elton said in an earlier press conference. "Last year, it
took a couple months for us to believe in each other, in Coach, in
ourselves...this year, we really think that we got this." Yeah, Elton,
we sure hope so. 41-41 just ain't gonna cut it this time around.

NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

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NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

Position Title: Intern
Department: Advertising/Sales
Company: NBC Sports Philadelphia
# of hours / week: 10 – 20 hours

Deadline: November 20

Basic Function

This position will work closely with the Vice President of Sales in generating revenue through commercial advertisements and sponsorship sales. The intern will gain first-hand sales experience through working with Sales Assistants and AEs on pitches, sales-calls and recapping material.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Assist Account Executive on preparation of Sales Presentations
• Cultivate new account leads for local sales
• Track sponsorships in specified programs
• Assist as point of contact with sponsors on game night set up and pre-game hospitality elements.
• Assist with collection of all proof of performance materials.
• Perform Competitive Network Analysis
• Update Customer database
• Other various projects as assigned

Requirements

1. Good oral and written communication skills.
2. Knowledge of sports.
3. Ability to work non-traditional hours, weekends & holidays
4. Ability to work in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment
5. Must be 19 years of age or older
6. Must be a student in pursuit of an Associate, Bachelor, Master or Juris Doctor degree
7. Must have unrestricted authorization to work in the US
8. Must have sophomore standing or above
9. Must have a 3.0 GPA

Interested students should apply here and specify they're interested in the ad/sales internship.

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Flyers notes, quotes and tidbits: Connor McDavid comes to town; Matt Read to play?

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Flyers notes, quotes and tidbits: Connor McDavid comes to town; Matt Read to play?

VOORHEES, N.J. — Believe it or not, the Flyers are aware of 20-year-old Oilers phenom Connor McDavid. That doesn't make preparing for the 2017 Art Ross Trophy (most points in NHL) winner any easier, let alone slow him down.

“You have to be understated a little bit and say you're going to be aware when he's on the ice, but obviously there's more to it," Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said Friday. "He's a heck of a player and a guy that can make something happen at any time.”

McDavid has picked up right where he left off last season when he led the NHL with 100 points and 70 assists. Six games into the '17-18 campaign, the third-year centerman already has three goals and five assists, and he's doing it in style. His two helpers helped lift Edmonton over the Blackhawks on Thursday, one of which led to the game-winner in overtime, the other — a no-look, behind-the-back pass — making highlight reels everywhere.

So, yeah, the Flyers are well aware of McDavid and what he's capable of. That doesn't mean he'll be easy to stop.

"We just have to take time and space away from him," defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere said. "That's the biggest thing. You just can't give him space out there. He's going to wind it up and wheel.

“We're aware of it. We're going to stick to our gameplan, nothing special, but obviously be aware when he's on the ice.”

The Flyers knew all about McDavid last season, too. He still managed to find the back of the net twice and rack up three assists in those two meetings.

McDavid has also experienced success against both of the Flyers netminders. As a member of the Flames, probable starter Brian Elliott posted an 0-3-1 record with a .870 save percentage in four appearances against the Oilers in '16-17. Michal Neuvirth was 0-1 and allowed six goals in his only meeting.

It seems all the Flyers can do is be aware of the challenges McDavid presents.

"Probably everywhere they go, they have reporters asking the other team what their plan is against him," Elliott said.

“He's just a unique talent that you have to be aware of at all times. He's able to make plays that a lot of other guys aren't. You just have to be on your toes. You have to respect him, but you have to play your game and make sure you're tough no matter who it is out there.”

Laughton confident
Brandon Manning isn't the only member of the Flyers who has experience with McDavid.  Scott Laughton has been up close and personal with the budding superstar, having played against him in juniors and in some camps.

With Laughton centering the fourth line, he should have some opportunities to put his familiarity of McDavid to the test. The Flyers are going to need any advantage they can get — no matter how small or insignificant it might seem.

"I went to a pro camp with McDavid in Toronto in the summer, and he's special," Laughton said. "He's got the best hands I've seen. He's a world-class talent.

“At the same time, tomorrow I'm going to try to limit his space, get in his face and make it hard for him to get going and get speed. I think I can try to keep up with him once I get my speed going.”

Laughton seemed confident about potentially matching up against McDavid. At least he has a plan, anyway.

“There's not much you can do," Laughton said. You just have to be hard to play against, be in his face all night and kind of get him off his game that way.”

Injury report
Flyers forwards Wayne Simmonds and Taylor Leier both missed Friday's skate with what the club termed as maintenance days.

Simmonds was already dealing with a lower-body injury before he was clipped in the face by a stick during Thursday's 1-0 loss to the Predators. It doesn't sound like anything that should prevent the 10-year veteran from suiting up against the Oilers, but clearly, he's banged up right now.

Leier's absence was a bit more of a mystery, and given the 23-year-old rookie's inexperience, missing practice would seem to point to an injury of some kind.

In a bit of good news on the injury front, Jordan Weal returned to practice for the Flyers. However, he refused to let on as to whether he'll be on the ice Saturday.

“Just got out there, went for a twirl," Weal said. "It's day to day right now, so just taking it day by day.”

Matt Read replaced Simmonds during the skate and could be preparing to make his regular-season debut. Read joined Weal and Valtteri Filppula on Simmonds' unit, while Jori Lehtera took Leier's place on the fourth line.

Don't read too much into those combinations, however, as the availability of Simmonds, Weal and Leier will no doubt play a role.

Sanheim sticks in the lineup
Following his strong showing against Nashville on Thursday, it appears rookie defenseman Travis Sanheim will suit up for his second game in a row.

Sanheim was a healthy scratch for the Flyers' previous two contests but drew rave reviews for his performance against the Predators. He was paired with Radko Gudas at practice, while Gostisbehere and Robert Hagg continued their partnership.

Manning may be the odd man out on Saturday, despite his history with McDavid. Ivan Provorov and Andrew MacDonald remained a unit at practice, with Manning getting some work in MacDonald's spot.

Manning was hopeful he would be in uniform. Hakstol, on the other hand, downplayed Manning's personal rivalry with McDavid as it pertains to any decision about which defensemen will skate.

“It's a situation for us every game where we have that tough decision," Hakstol said. "Regardless of whether it's one particular team, we'll look at it situationally and consider all of those factors as to who the six are that dress tomorrow. There's a lot of different factors involved."