While all of the bonafide stars and starters did not suit up for Thursday's matchup against the Jets, the second and third stringers looked great against the Jets, as the good guys won by a score of 37-7. Matt Barkley looked terrific, as he finished 21-33 with 253 yards and a touchdown, and looks like a lock for the third string quarterback position.
A two-run home run by Grady Sizemore in the sixth inning gave the Phillies their first lead of the game Wednesday night.
They would not look back.
The Phillies offense would tack on three more runs in the next two innings, as they beat the National 8-4 to complete a three-game sweep over one of baseball’s hottest teams.
Philadelphia completed a second blockbuster deal on Tuesday, receiving center Hasheem Thabeet from Oklahoma City, first reported by Marc Stein. Ok, so maybe not on par with the mega-deal that was completed over the weekend that sent Kevin Love to Cleveland and Thad Young to Minnesota among others. It is reported that the Sixers will immediately waive the former #2 overall pick's non guaranteed contract. Thabeet has averaged 2.2 points and 2.7 boards over his disappointing, five year career with 4 different teams.
So what do the teams actually get out of this trade? It's all about the money. While the Sixers receive cash considerations, the trade creates a $1.25 million trade exception for the Thunder. In the end, no players are being exchanged.
By: Matt Ryan
Replay in baseball. Some people like it, others despise it.
One thing is for sure, the Phillies were among those who were in favor of replay on Tuesday night.
With the game knotted at 3, Ben Revere hit a grounder to short and a high throw by Ian Desmond pulled first baseman Kevin Frandsen off the bag. Revere was ruled out initially, but after Ryne Sandberg challenged the call, it was overturned and Revere was ruled safe. He would eventually come around to score the winning run in the Phillies' 4-3 victory over the Nationals.
The blockbuster trade that sent Kevin Love to Cleveland, and Andrew Wiggins, Thaddeus Young and Anthony Bennett to Minnesota became official on Saturday. In return for Young, Philadelphia receives veteran forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (now referred to as "LRMAM" or "the Prince") , guard Alexey Shved, and a top-ten protected 1st round pick from the Timberwolves. It was originally reported that Anthony Bennett would be sent to the Sixers, but this turns out not to be the case.
The Sixers gain nothing of value on the court from the additions other than the pick. Mbah a Moute averaged 3.5 points and 2.3 rebounds in 16 minutes a game last year. The 27 year old Cameroonian is being brought over as a mentor to Joel Embiid, whom he discovered at a Cameroonian Basketball camp when Embiid was first learning to play the sport in his late teens. Shved, entering his 3rd year in the league, will come into an already existing log jam at the shooting guard position, full of players without a reliable jumpshot. Shved averaged 4 ppg and 1.1 assists per game with the Wolves last season and shot 32% from the floor.
The elimination of Young's $9+ million dollar contract off the books leaves the Sixers well under the cap floor, a minimum amount that teams must spend in player contracts. They will either need to use it for free agency signings or the amount will be split between players already under contract so that the 76ers meet the minimum. I would hope the latter would be the case. These players are wasting an entire year of their career in an obvious attempt by their front office to once again tank. With the fan-favorite Young gone, Arnett Moultrie is now the longest-tenured Sixer (definitely a strange statement) and the last of Doug Collins tenure as head coach.
By: Matt Ryan
Jerome Williams continues to be a solid waiver-wire pickup for the Phillies, as the right-hander shutdown the Cardinals Sunday afternoon.
Williams tossed eight innings in all, allowing five hits and just one run to lower his ERA with the Phillies to just 1.77 in three starts.
The Phillies' offense would provide more than enough support on the afternoon, scoring five runs in the first three innings on their way to a 7-1 win and a series win over the Cardinals.
The Eagles announced their first wave of cuts Saturday, as they trimmed the roster to 76. Among those cut were Carey "Murderleg" Spear and Army veteran Alejandro Villanueva. The full list of cuts is below. Murderleg, we hardly knew ye.
TE Blake Annen
OL Michael Bamiro
OL Karim Barton
WR Kadron Boone
WR BJ Cunningham
OL Donald Hawkins
TE Emil Igwenagu
LB Jake Knott
DE Joe Kruger
S Daytawion Lowe
DE Frances Mays
S Davon Morgan
K Carey Spear
DE Alejandro Villanueva
The third time was the charm, as the Philadelphia Eagles secured their first preseason win over the Steelers at home Thursday night, by a score of 31-21. The first two preseason games, both on the road, concluded with losses to the Bears and Patriots, two of the NFL's best offenses. The Eagles looked terrific in front of their home crowd and the starters finally look about as ready as you can be for opening day.
BREAKING: Le'Veon Bell & LeGarrette Blount (PIT) Charged With Marijuana Possession:
The first and second string RB's for the Pittsburgh Steelers have both been charged with marijuana possession after a traffic stop today in Western PA. Both were arrested and then released. If charged with driving under the influence of marijuana, that counts as a DUI for Bell. If their suspensions are in line with Josh Gordon's first weed offense from last season expect them to be out for the first 2 games of the season. This catapults third string back Dri Archer's fantasy value, who is currently going undrafted on average. This gives new meaning to handcuffing running backs.
Cole Hamels' string of dominant starts came to an end Wednesday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. Luckily for Hamels, this just happened to be one of the few times the Phillies would provide him with some adequate run support.
Despite being knocked out of the game after five innings, Hamels was able to pick up his seventh win of the season, as he moved above .500 in the Phillies' 4-3 win over the Mariners.