Can Mrs. Howard Cook for the Rest of the Phils?

Can Mrs. Howard Cook for the Rest of the Phils?

While we're left without the usual Ryan Howard Owns St. Louis story line, the Phillies are still right in the middle of Will They Buy Or Sell Before Next Week's Trade Deadline.

Their weekend in New York did not do them any favors, dropping two of three to the lowly Mets after a series-opening victory to start their post-All-Star Game road trip.

While the Phillies were hot heading into the break, the Cardinals have been even hotter, winners of nine of their last twelve.

CSN's Corey Seidman has a real nice look at the Phillies opposing pitcher this evening, Shelby Miller:

Miller, the favorite for NL Rookie of the Year, has hit a bit of a lull after looking Matt Harvey-like over his first dozen starts. Through 12 games, Miller was 7-3 with a 1.91 ERA and 0.98 WHIP. He had 81 strikeouts in 75 1/3 innings.

In the six starts since, he has a 5.52 ERA and has allowed six homers in 29 innings.

Still, he’s a formidable foe, one the Phillies haven’t seen. (We all know how the Phils tend to fare against pitchers they’ve never seen.) The 22-year-old former first-rounder has held righties to a .183 average, and his success is even more pronounced at home, where he has a 1.93 ERA in nine starts.

We all know how the Phillies fare against a starter they've never seen.

It's a later 8:15 start from St. Louis. How are you feeling coming into this evening's contest? Would you like to see them string together five straight wins or just lose, lose, lose and blow things up?

Temple surrenders late lead in 81-74 loss to No. 20 Cincinnati

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Temple surrenders late lead in 81-74 loss to No. 20 Cincinnati

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CINCINNATI -- Kyle Washington scored 10 of his 16 points in the second half, rallying No. 20 Cincinnati to its ninth straight win, 81-74 over Temple on Wednesday night.

The Bearcats (16-2, 6-0 American Athletic) trailed by six points before Washington made two one-handed shots during a decisive 17-5 run that put them ahead to stay. Cincinnati led by as many as 13 points.

The Bearcats extended their best winning streak in three seasons and completed a series sweep of the Owls (10-10, 1-6), who were sloppy with the ball.

Troy Caupain had 18 points for the Bearcats, including seven free throws in the closing minutes.

Shizz Alston, Jr., led Temple with 25 points for the second game in a row, matching his career high.

Obi Enechionyia made a 3-pointer, a dunk and a 15-foot jumper as Temple opened a six-point lead at the start of the second half, its biggest of the game. Washington then led the decisive run by scoring on two shots near the basket.

Big picture
Temple: The Owls have been prone to bad first halves, but that wasn't the case this time. They led 28-26 at the break despite having nine turnovers and no offensive rebounds.

Cincinnati: The Bearcats have won their last 19 home games, their longest such streak since taking 19 in a row from March 2, 2013 through Feb. 15, 2014. Their last home loss was 77-70 to Temple in their league opener last season.

Poll implications
A ragged win over a struggling Temple team won't much help the Bearcats. They don't play a currently ranked team until next week, when they host crosstown rival Xavier, which is ranked No. 22.

Up next
The Owls have a week off before hosting Memphis next Wednesday. They split their series last season, with each team winning at home.

The Bearcats play at Tulane on Saturday. They beat Tulane 92-56 at home on Jan. 1.

You can play with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons in NBA Jam

You can play with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons in NBA Jam

He’s on fire.

Ever wonder what it would be like to play NBA Jam with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons? Well now you can.

Thanks to a roster update, spotted by Kotaku, you can now have the fun of matching up Embiid with Simmons, or Embiid with Nerlens Noel or even the more daring combination of Jahlil Okafor with Noel.

Here’s what the player ratings look like for all of the aforementioned players in this reboot of one of the more popular games in the early-90s.

In addition to current NBA rosters, the game also gives you the ability to play with Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Kanye West, and yes, even Harambe.

So fire up your computer and match up your favorite two Sixers, or politicians.