Beast Mode: Flyers Luke Schenn Shows Up Big in Win against Former Team

Beast Mode: Flyers Luke Schenn Shows Up Big in Win against Former Team

We’ve been doing these so-called “obligatory” check-ups on
James van Riemsdyk all year long. Now let’s do one on Luke Schenn.

After all, he was only the Flyers’ most dominant defenseman
on Thursday night – perhaps even the most important player on the ice in a 5-3
win over the Maple Leafs that extended Philly’s improbable winning streak to
four games.

Brother Luke has been solid for the Orange & Black all
season, but he saved his best performance yet for his former team. Schenn
played nearly 26 minutes in Toronto, posting a +3 with five shots on goal, four
blocked shots, and six hits – all of which were Flyers highs.

And just to put the icing on the cake, the elder Schenn
sealed the deal with an empty netter from deep in his own end to mark
his third goal of the season.

Keep in mind the Flyers are already without Nicklas
Grossmann, Braydon Coburn, and Andrej Meszaros. Kimmo Timonen also left the
contest with an unspecified lower-body injury. This kid has every excuse in the

Despite all of that, the 23-year-old Schenn has been a rock.
Sure, James van Riemsdyk managed to score his 15th goal of the season, but
which of the two players would have been more impactful for the Flyers in this encounter? This season?

Schenn had already been enjoying the change of scenery up to
this point, but nights like the one he had against the Leafs make you wonder if
he’s about to arrive as a premier blueliner in the NHL. He put this game on his

With the win, the Flyers are just two points back of a playoff spot. Who would've even thought that possible two weeks ago?

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Best of MLB: Mike Trout (thumb) leaves early as Marlins crush Angels

Best of MLB: Mike Trout (thumb) leaves early as Marlins crush Angels

MIAMI -- Mike Trout sprained his left thumb stealing second base Sunday, and the Los Angeles Angels took a thumping without him, losing 9-2 to the Miami Marlins.

Trout yelled in pain as he rose after sliding headfirst in the fifth inning. He was examined by a trainer, stayed in the game, but was replaced in the sixth. X-rays were negative, and there was no immediate timetable regarding his return.

The reigning American League MVP was 0 for 2 when he departed with the Angels trailing 4-2. He finished 2 for 9 in the series to drop his average to .337 (see full recap).

Aaron Judge hit first-career grand slam in Yankees' win
NEW YORK -- Aaron Judge hit his first career grand slam and the New York Yankees took full advantage of Oakland's shoddy defense Sunday in a 9-5 victory over the Athletics.

Michael Pineda (6-2) tossed six innings of three-hit ball to win his third straight start. Aaron Hicks and Chris Carter each had an early sacrifice fly as the AL East leaders scored five unearned runs and took two of three in a well-pitched series.

Judge connected with two outs in the third for his 16th home run, tying Mike Trout of the Angels for the big league lead. The drive landed in the right-field seats, not far in front of The Judge's Chambers cheering section installed by the Yankees for the start of this 4-2 homestand.

Khris Davis hit his 15th home run for the A's, who committed two more costly errors to raise their season total to 49. They began the day with 10 more than any other team in the majors.

The fielding failures put starter Andrew Triggs (5-4) in tough situations. He went six innings and gave up one earned run (see full recap).

Miguel Gonzalez loses perfect game in seventh, but pitches White Sox to win
CHICAGO -- Miguel Gonzalez took a perfect game into the seventh inning, Todd Frazier hit a two-run homer and the Chicago White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 7-3 on Sunday.

Melky Cabrera and Matt Davidson also connected, helping the White Sox take three of four in the series. David Robertson got two outs for his seventh save.

Gonzalez (4-5) allowed three runs and six hits in 7 2/3 innings while snapping a five-start losing streak. The right-hander struck out six and walked none.

Gonzalez retired his first 18 batters before Andrew Romine led off the seventh with a hard one-hop liner to shortstop Tim Anderson, who couldn't field the ball cleanly and was originally charged with an error. Alex Avila followed with a single into to right field, and Romine's ball was later changed to a hit (see full recap).

Gone but not forgotten: Joel Embiid remembers Harambe on 1-year anniversary of death

Gone but not forgotten: Joel Embiid remembers Harambe on 1-year anniversary of death

Gone, but not forgotten … as long as Sixers superstar center Joel Embiid has his way.

On the one-year anniversary of Harambe's death, Embiid remembered the slain gorilla on Instagram with the caption: "Gone but never forgotten #RIPHarambe."

The Instagram post was accompanied by a picture of Harambe along with a longer message and acquired over 22,700 likes within the first 37 minutes of its posting.

Gone but never forgotten #RIPHarambe

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There are some factual errors in Embiid's post, however. The picture stated that Harambe "would've been 18 today," which was posted Sunday.

Harambe's birthday was May 27, 1999. He would have been 18 years and one day old Sunday.

This was not Embiid's first participation in the Harambe Internet meme.

Regardless, the tragic killing of Harambe, a popular male gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo, sparked outrage and then Harambe became an Internet meme.