Sixers Play Bunch of Dudes Wearing Basketball Uniforms Tonight in Cleveland

Sixers Play Bunch of Dudes Wearing Basketball Uniforms Tonight in Cleveland

For a team boasting a rotation that includes two, maybe three players
who'd be getting minutes on an actually good team, the Cleveland
Cavaliers have done pretty well for themselves lately. Sure, they've
only won two of their last eight games, but those two wins were against
respectable opponents in Utah and Washington, and their losses against
the Heat, Spurs and Celtics came in games that weren't decided until the
final minutes—the final seconds, in
Boston's case
. They've done what all young, rebuilding
teams—especially those whose best players have been stricken with
injury—should do: They've played hard, they've maximized their
potential, and they've lost a whole lot of basketball games, currently
boasting the league's fourth-worst record, in line for a top five draft
pick come June.


The Sixers, for better or worse, have not done this. Even with their
recent 1-3 road trip, including blowout losses in Los Angeles and Utah,
they've gone 5-4 in their last nine games, pushing themselves two games
ahead of the woeful Raptors for ninth in the East, and very possibly
locking themselves out of the top ten come draft time. Still hard to say
if anything's gained by doing this, though at least they're doing most
of their winning at home, giving the few remaining fans that still go to
games at the WFC something vaguely resembling their money's
worth—something to be said for that, surely. Tonight will be a road game
for the Sixers, however, where they've still only won once since New
Years'. Even a crappy team like Cleveland will likely present a
challenge.


7:30 tip from Quicken Loans Arena. If you actually watch this game,
you'll be one of maybe about 137 people nationwide to do so, so maybe
you can write in and win a prize or something. WE SEE YOU, MO SPEEZY!!

Former Eagles QB Tim Tebow hits home run on first pitch in first pro at-bat

Former Eagles QB Tim Tebow hits home run on first pitch in first pro at-bat

Well, heck. Look at that.

Tim Tebow, former NFL quarterback prospect for many teams including the Philadelphia Eagles, hit a home run in his first at-bat as a professional baseball player.

And not only did he hit a home run in his first at-bat, it was on the FIRST PITCH he saw in a game for the Mets team in the Port St. Lucie instructional league in Florida.

I wonder if Phillies' reliever David Hernandez saw Tebow's dinger.

You think the Mets can call him up for the postseason or what?

TEBOW TIME! In his first live-action AB, Tim Tebow hits a solo HR to left-center.

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First instructional league at-bat. First pitch. First HOME RUN. @TimTebow, everybody.

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NFL Notes: Texans place J.J. Watt on IR; Dez Bryant misses practice

NFL Notes: Texans place J.J. Watt on IR; Dez Bryant misses practice

HOUSTON — The Houston Texans placed star defensive end J.J. Watt on injured reserve on Wednesday.

The move came one day after a person familiar with Watt's condition told The Associated Press he had re-injured his back and that the Texans expect him to be sidelined until at least December — and possibly the entire season. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team hasn't discussed his injury.

Watt, who has won Defensive Player of the Year for the past two seasons, missed training camp and Houston's four preseason games after surgery in July to repair a herniated disk in his back. He started each of the team's three regular-season games and got hurt again Thursday against the Patriots.

The Texans signed veteran defensive end Antonio Smith to take his spot on the roster.

The team was still exploring the injury and it's unclear if it will require surgery.

It's a major blow for Houston, which selected Watt with the 11th overall pick in the 2011 draft. Watt has played 83 consecutive games for the Texans despite various injuries, including torn core muscles and a broken hand last season.

This was a tough offseason for Watt, who had surgery in January to repair five torn core muscles before going under the knife again in July to repair his back.

Watt, who led the NFL with 17 1/2 sacks last season, has 1 1/2 sacks this season to give him 76 for his career.

The 27-year-old is a three-time Defensive Player of the Year and a four-time Pro Bowler. He's been a force since entering the league not only because of his pass-rushing prowess, but also because of his uncanny ability to swat down passes. He has 45 passes defended in his six-year career. He has forced 15 fumbles and recovered 13.

Cowboys: Dez Bryant (knee) misses practice
FRISCO, Texas — Dallas receiver Dez Bryant won't practice Wednesday after injuring his right knee in last week's win over Chicago.

Bryant injured the knee on his first catch early in the game but came back in the first quarter. He caught his first touchdown of the season in the fourth quarter of the 31-17 win.

Coach Jason Garrett said the team didn't have results of an MRI, and Bryant tweeted, "We'll find out today," to a fan who asked about his status.

Bryant missed seven games last year after breaking his foot in the opener. He also dealt with ankle injuries last season.

The Cowboys visit San Francisco on Sunday.

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