Looming Irene: Oswalt Takes On Marlins at CBP

Looming Irene: Oswalt Takes On Marlins at CBP

Plenty of interesting story lines developing this weekend in Philadelphia, with perhaps one of the worst hurricanes we'll ever see likely to hit the East Coast in the next 24 hours, but not too many of them have to do with the action on the field.

The big question now seems to be whether the Phillies will play only one game this evening or if they'll find a way to squeeze in tomorrow's 1:05 game as well.

As for the matchup tonight, it'll be Roy Oswalt (6-7, 3.51) who Phillies fans will have their eyes on. Oswalt is coming off a great start in DC in which his velocity was the best it's been all season. Will he be able to continue hitting 92-94 on the gun and striking out opposing hitters in the process?

The Phils offense will take on right-hander Clay Hensley (1-5, 5.47) who gets the start for the struggling Marlins.

As for tomorrow's game, it looks like they're hoping to get the 1:05 game in before Irene touches down in Philly, but I'm skeptical. Ruben Amaro Jr. told reporters before the game that he hopes to get the Phils on a plane and in the air tomorrow afternoon to head to Cincy.

Should be an interesting weekend. We'll be here with some chatter all weekend long. If we have power and Internet, that is.

7:05 start tonight from CBP.

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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

BOX SCORE

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.