Marcus Hayes is a sports columnist for the Inquirer. Hired more than 20 years ago as a features writer, he has since covered the Eagles, Phillies, and Sixers beats as well as Big Five basketball, college football, golf, and the Olympics.

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Phillies had no choice but to extend Matt Klentak and Andy MacPhail ... right? | Marcus Hayes

Just before the Phillies began to pay veterans millions, they locked up their president, and just after their spending spree, they rewarded the GM. And it had to happen, for better or worse.

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Destination: Sixers? Well, sort of. | Marcus Hayes

Despite consecutive 50-win seasons and consecutive first-round playoff series wins, the Sixers still have to sell themselves.

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What must Nick Pivetta, Zach Eflin and Vince Velasquez do to keep the Phillies competitive? Let’s ask Gabe Kapler. | Marcus Hayes

The Phillies need more from the back end of their rotation. But what, specifically, can they look for?

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The Phillies’ season is slipping away but Rhys Hoskins is an anchor | Marcus Hayes

If things break right they can ride the Hoss to the postseason, because he seems to be recession-proof.

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Can Vinny Curry be as big a bargain for the Eagles as Chris Long? | Marcus Hayes

At just $2.25 million, if Howie Roseman's favorite can produce like Howie Long's kid then the Eagles will have made a steal.

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How (and maybe why) the U.S. women’s national team made millions of fans, including this guy | Marcus Hayes

For the first time in a long time, a team captured my interest and my heart.

Sixers’ Lindsey Harding, Ivana Seric move one step closer to NBA sideline as summer-league coaches

Harding, a Sixers assistant, and Seric, an analytics expert, are joining Connor Johnson on the Sixers' staff in Vegas this week.

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Ben Simmons, the worst shooter in the NBA, is getting $170 million from the Sixers. That’s cool. | Marcus Hayes

Ben Simmons can’t shoot, and won’t shoot, but he’s still worth the money today and he’ll be a great value tomorrow.

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Are the Sixers better without Jimmy Butler and JJ Redick? No, but they will be. | Marcus Hayes

They lost their leader and their gunner, but they'll be better for it in the long run.

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Temper expectations for the Phillies and enjoy the ride | Marcus Hayes

The trouble with high hopes is that sometimes reality brings them crashing down. The key is keeping those hopes realistic.