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Sixers’ Joel Embiid talks viral Ben Simmons tweet on ESPN’s SportsCenter

Joel Embiid is still claiming he had no idea what his infamous Ben Simmons reaction tweet meant.

Speaking on SportsCenter early Thursday, Embiid tried to convince ESPN anchor Scott Van Pelt that he didn’t know what the image in the viral tweet — which featured a well-dressed man in sunglasses quietly posing for a photo — meant.

“I just say, you know, a nice man in a nice suit with glasses on,” Embiid said, attempting to hold back a large smile. “I just thought it was a great picture.”

Embiid’s description of the image isn’t wrong, but he’s leaving out why it became a meme. It was originally posted in 2015 by music producer Big Fendi, who took a picture of himself at his greatest hater’s funeral to make sure he was dead. The meme has become a way for people to react online when something happens to

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Former Myrtle Beach anchor to be on ESPN’s SportsCenter

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Max McGee never let his life’s bloopers get in the way of his dream.

From being on academic probation in community college to earning a job on ESPN’s flagship program, SportsCenter, the former Myrtle Beach news anchor is living a true underdog story.

ESPN recently announced that McGee, a former sports and news anchor for WMBF News, has been hired as an anchor on SportsCenter. He starts the job Monday, though his television debut likely will be a little further down the road.

“I’ve always thought I could do it. I just didn’t know when in my career I was going to do it,” McGee said. “Obviously I’m super honored to be able to call myself a SportsCenter anchor.”

‘It’s obviously a dream come true’

A native of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, McGee grew up playing primarily baseball while also dabbling in football and basketball.

“Baseball was my first

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ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt has ‘medical scare’, says ‘heart got a little out of whack’

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 06: Sportscaster Scott Van Pelt looks on during a practice round prior to the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 06, 2021 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Scott Van Pelt announced that he’s “OK and home” following a “medical scare.” (Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt announced during Monday’s CFP national championship that he would not take his normal postgame “SportsCenter” anchor chair, citing a “medical scare.”

The longtime “SportsCenter” host made the announcement on Twitter that his “heart got a little out of whack,” but that he’s “fine now” and home from the hospital.

Van Pelt referenced “SVT,” which is short for supraventricular tachycardia, according to the Mayo Clinic. It defines the condition as “an abnormally fast or erratic heartbeat that affects the heart’s upper chambers.”

Per the Mayo Clinic:

“A normal heart rate is 60 to 100 beats per minute. A heart rate of more than 100 beats per minute is called a tachycardia. During an episode of SVT, your heart beats about 150 to 220 times per minute, but it can

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Local middle schooler Ethan Gorny makes ESPN’s Sportscenter Top-10

For most young athletes, going to sleep means dreaming of a day they might appear on Sportscenter’s Top-10. 

But for local middle school basketball player Ethan Gorny, on Monday night that dream became a reality. 

With the clock ticking down near the end of The Oaks Academy’s middle school basketball game against Orchard, Gorny drove to his right. However, he lost his handle deep on the right wing, and with a defender in his face, tossed a desperate heave to beat the buzzer. 

He nailed it — a perfect swish. 

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Gorny didn’t seem to believe it himself, turning to the crowd with a shocked look on his face and then shrugging before jogging back down the court while the fans erupted in cheers. 

The fans weren’t the only ones amazed. That night, Gorny’s buzzer beater was picked up by ESPN, who made

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