Rumor Mill: Could Allen Iverson Play in the Battle for I-95 at the Palestra?

Rumor Mill: Could Allen Iverson Play in the Battle for I-95 at the Palestra?

Let's look at the facts. The much-hyped pickup game featuring many of the NBA's brightest stars is set to take place on Sunday night at the Palestra on Penn's campus. An Eventbrite website is now promoting a Ciroc Vodka party hosted by Sixers' legend Allen Iverson on Saturday night at Vault Ultra Lounge on N. 2nd Street.

Now, we've seen athletes names attached to parties in the past without it being approved by the player, but if this turns out to be legit and A.I. is in Philadelphia this weekend, well, he'd have to play at the Palestra on Sunday night, right?

Intrepid Tweeter and proprietor of TheFightins.com, Meech, asked this very question to the organizer of the Battle for I-95, Rahim Thompson.

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Mike Meech @RTChosenleague Iverson's in town, I assume that means he'll make an appearance? (or is that a secret?)
Sep 21 via TweetDeckFavoriteRetweetReply

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Rahim Thompson @meechone no comment
Sep 21 via Twitter for BlackBerry®FavoriteRetweetReply

Now, Meech seems to assume the "no comment" response means Iverson will show up on Sunday night and show off his aging crossover move, but I'm not as sure. If Iverson is in Philly, I'd expect him to play, but there's still the chance he's not in Philly at all this weekend, and if Thompson knows this and gives a "no comment" answer, it creates more of a buzz on the Internet and maybe some gullible websites might even write about it.

But who knows, maybe Allen Iverson plays against LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, and Kevin Durant on Sunday in West Philly.

That would make for a wild weekend.

UPDATE: The AP's Dan Gelston passes along info that "Iverson 'isn't planning to play' Sunday, per manger Gary Moore."

We shall see.

Source: Phillies have agreement with free-agent OF Michael Saunders

Source: Phillies have agreement with free-agent OF Michael Saunders

The Phillies are putting the finishing touches on a deal with outfielder Michael Saunders, according to a source.

Jon Morosi of MLB.com reported the deal was close early Monday afternoon.

When the medical reviews and other loose ends are complete, Saunders will end up with a one-year contract for 2017. It is believed that there will be an option for 2018.

Saunders, 30, will give the Phils the left-handed bat they’ve been looking for in the outfield. Saunders is likely to play right field and his addition will likely push Roman Quinn back to Triple A, where he will get more seasoning.

Saunders is a veteran of eight seasons in the majors. He played in a career-high 140 games with Toronto in 2016 and made the American League All-Star team on the strength of a first half in which he hit .298 with 16 homers, 42 RBIs and a .923 OPS. He fell off in the second half and hit just .178 with eight homers, 15 RBIs and a .638 OPS. Saunders finished the season at .253/24/57/.815.

With less than a month to go before spring training, the Phillies are likely done with their significant offseason moves. The offseason began with trades for reliever Pat Neshek and outfielder Howie Kendrick. Later in the winter, the club traded for starting pitcher Clay Buchholz and signed reliever Joaquin Benoit. Now Saunders is on his way.

Villanova returns to top of AP poll after a week away

Villanova returns to top of AP poll after a week away

It didn't take long for Villanova to get back to the top of the AP poll.

A week, to be exact.

The 'Cats jumped from No. 3 to No. 1 in this week's AP poll, edging out No. 2 Kansas by just 16 total voting points. Villanova had 1,580 total points compared to the 1,562 total points the No. 2 Jayhawks received from voters.

In a twist, the 16-1 Jayhawks actually had more first-place votes than the 17-1 Wildcats. Kansas received 32 first-place votes compared to Villanova's 28 first-place votes. But total votes are the deciding factor, so, advatange: Wildcats.

UCLA hopped up to No. 3, Gonzaga jumped up to No. 4 and Kentucky checked in at No. 5 to round out this week's top five.

Baylor, the No. 1 team in the land last week, fell to No. 6 after it was blown out by No. 7 West Virginia.

Beginning on Dec. 5, Villanova was No. 1 for five straight weeks before falling at No. 13 Butler on Jan. 5 and seeing a 20-game win streak come to an end.

Jay Wright's Wildcats blew past No. 22 Xavier and St. John's last week, but will face another Big East test when 12-5 Seton Hall visits The Pavilion on Monday night. The last time Villanova and Seton Hall met, the Pirates upset the Wildcats at MSG in the final of last season's Big East Tournament.

The Wildcats' schedule this week is closed out with a visit from Providence on Saturday afternoon.