76ers Muscala, Brand sorry for tweets

It turns out that the 76ers had another bout with a Twitter scandal. This time, however, the team squashed it with a quick response.

On Saturday, general manager Elton Brand responded in a press release to what he deemed as “inappropriate and offensive media posts” by Bob Muscala, the father of Sixers reserve power forward, Mike Muscala.

In the joint press release, Mike Muscala apologized for his father’s comments, calling them “uncalled for and inappropriate.” He added they don’t reflect who he is.

“I’d also like to apologize to the 76ers and my colleagues across the NBA for the distraction my father’s comments caused,” he wrote.

One of the tweets from the account addressed disgruntled Minnesota Timberwolves swingman Jimmy Butler, who earlier this week lashed out at teammates, coaches and front-office personnel at practice. Butler is seeking a trade.

Brand wrote in the press release: “Having known Mike since his rookie year in 2013-14 when we were teammates (with the Atlanta Hawks), I am also certain these posts are in no way reflective of his own personal beliefs.”

The incident comes after Bryan Colangelo resigned as Sixers president of basketball operations and general manager on June 7, ending a stunning nine-day saga that began when a website report tied him to damaging and anonymous Twitter accounts.

Busch tops Talladega sweep

Kurt Busch led a Stewart-Haas Racing sweep to put all four of the company cars up front at Talladega Superspeedway for a critical playoff race.

Busch turned a lap at 195.804 mph to qualify in the top spot for Sunday’s race. He edged teammate Clint Bowyer, who qualified second, ahead of Kevin Harvick and Aric Almirola as the Ford horsepower built by Doug Yates’ engine shop proved superior in qualifying.

“Four Stewart-Haas Racing Fords up front, I’m just happy I had the fastest one,” said Busch, who won his first career pole at either Daytona or Talladega, the two biggest and fastest tracks in NASCAR.

All four SHR drivers are still part of the 12-driver championship field, which will be trimmed by four following next weekend’s race at Kansas. Almirola and Bowyer are tied for ninth on the playoff grid, barely holding on to transfer positions.

Hendrick Motorsports had the next fastest fleet as the Chevrolets from Chase Elliott, Jimmie Johnson, Alex Bowman and William Byron qualified in slots five through eight.

The Toyota group followed as Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin qualified ninth and 10th, followed by reigning Cup champion Martin Truex Jr.

The remaining four playoff drivers were Brad Keselowski (18th), Ryan Blaney (19th), Joey Logano (20th) and Kyle Larson (34th).

— The Associated Press

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Rick is a 29-year veteran of The Daily News, and the lead Lower Columbia College athletics reporter. In addition, he tracks former area prep athletes and assists several other beats. He is a Mark Morris grad with a business management degree from LCC.

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