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Atlantic Beast-Off: White Hot Penguins at the Well Today

Atlantic Beast-Off: White Hot Penguins at the Well Today

A few important storylines converge at the Wells Fargo Center this afternoon, where the Flyers will host the Pittsburgh Penguins in a 12:30 matinee airing on NBC. These are two of the hottest teams in the league. Pittsburgh is unmistakably THE hottest, winning their last 11 games and getting their best player back in the process. 
If the season ended today, these two teams would face off in a first-round playoff battle. The Pens' surge has them within striking distance of the East-leading Rangers. If they leave Philadelphia with two points today, they'll own a share of first place pending New York's outcome against the Devils tomorrow night. 
But it's not as though the Pens have lacked motivation lately. The Flyers will have their hands full today, and they did not get healthier overnight. 
Yesterday's key stories included two more Flyers being struck down by the injury gods and the team getting off to another sluggish start in an afternoon game, both of which they'll have to overcome if they want to win today. Andreas Lilja and Max Talbot will not play, meaning three defense regulars (Mesz, Kubina, Lilja—in addition to Pronger) won't be available. 
Brandon Manning will return to fill the void on D, and Jody Shelley will take shifts with the fourth line. However, there will likely be some forwards taking additional shifts and some juggling. Manning was solid in his first cup of coffee, but Shelley is no substitute for Talbot in a game like this. The fourth line has given some valuable shifts at both ends of the ice, and Talbot's a gamer who will be missed in this showdown with his former club. 
Ilya Bryzgalov will start again today with two big points on the line. At the other end of the ice, Marc-Andre Fleury, who has been outstanding. 
The Pens' streak isn't just eating cupcakes, which they've certainly done along the way. Their last three wins were all by a 5-2 margin, coming against the Bruins, Rangers, and Devils over the past week. That's all. 
Evgeni Malkin leads the league in scoring, and Sidney Crosby has returned to a team scoring at the league's second-best pace, just slightly below the Flyers' top mark. In two games back from another concussion situation, Crosby has five points, all assists. With the rear guard picked apart by injuries, it's fairly likely Sid at least continues his point streak. When doesn't he in Philly?
On special teams, the Pittsburgh power play is 6th best, and no one is killing penalties better on the season. 
But, they're going to lose at some point between now and the end of the season. Why not today in Philly?

CSNPhilly Internship - Advertising/Sales

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CSNPhilly Internship - Advertising/Sales

Position Title: Intern
Department: Advertising/Sales
Company: Comcast SportsNet 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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Best of MLB: Indians pick up 27th win in last 28 games

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Best of MLB: Indians pick up 27th win in last 28 games

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- It's time for the 2017 Cleveland Indians to be introduced to the one and only 1884 Providence Grays.

They share some unlikely history, the two teams, which played a mere 141 years apart, are the only two clubs to have ever won 27 out of 28 games.

The Indians joined the Grays on Thursday when Francisco Lindor's three-run homer led Cleveland to a 4-1 victory and three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Angels.

The Grays ended up winning 28 of 29, leaving the Indians one game shy of matching the record (see full recap).

Cubs rally in 9th, beat Brewers to open big series
MILWAUKEE -- Javier Baez grounded a tying single with two outs in the ninth inning, Kris Bryant hit a two-run homer in the 10th and the Chicago Cubs widened their NL Central lead over Milwaukee, beating the Brewers 5-3 Thursday night.

The Cubs now are 4 1/2 games ahead of the Brewers after winning the opener of a four-game series.

Milwaukee was in position to win it in the bottom of the ninth, loading the bases with one out. But Wade Davis (4-1) struck out Domingo Santana and then, after falling behind 3-1 in the count to Orlando Arcia, came back to retire him on an easy comebacker on a full-count pitch.

The Cubs trailed 3-2 when Ian Happ led off the ninth by hitting a grounder that first baseman Neil Walker fielded wide of the bag. Reliever Jeremy Jeffress covered first and Happ was called safe in a close play, a ruling upheld on replay (see full recap).

Twins rout Tigers, lead AL wild card by 2½ games
DETROIT -- With a postseason berth tantalizingly close, the Minnesota Twins snapped out of their mini-slump in emphatic fashion.

Joe Mauer and Jorge Polanco had three hits each, and the Twins extended their lead for the American League's second wild card by beating the Detroit Tigers 12-1 on Thursday night. Minnesota is 2 games ahead of the Angels in the race for the AL's final postseason spot. Los Angeles lost earlier in the day to Cleveland .

The Twins had lost five of six coming into the night, including a three-game sweep at the hands of the New York Yankees, but they routed a depleted Detroit team that is 4-17 in September after trading Justin Verlander and Justin Upton.

"As a whole in this season, it's been pretty impressive," Minnesota manager Paul Molitor said. "Staying away from the long losing streaks, coming back from some tough losses and some tough stretches and getting back to playing winning baseball, for the most part,” (see full recap).

Fowler delivers again as Cardinals beat Reds
CINCINNATI -- The St. Louis Cardinals rinsed the bad taste of being swept by the Chicago Cubs the best way they could -- sweeping the Cincinnati Reds.

Dexter Fowler delivered again, hitting two doubles and a single as St. Louis overcame Scott Schebler's two home runs to beat the Reds 8-5 Thursday night.

The Cardinals began the day 2 games behind Colorado for the second NL wild-card spot and five games behind the Central-leading Cubs.

Fowler drove in two runs. He went 7 for 13 with two home runs and six RBIs in the three-game series (see full recap).