'Dre on the Big Night: All-Star Sunday's First Sixer Since '06

'Dre on the Big Night: All-Star Sunday's First Sixer Since '06

The last time we sat down in front of our TVs to watch a Philadelphia
76er play in Sunday night's NBA All-Star Game—assuming that there wasn't
a good Entourage or Sopranos episode or whatever to
compete—it was in 2006, Allen Iverson's last appearance as a Sixer. (AI
was voted as a starter in the midst of his second Philly go-round in
'10, but declined to play.) Since then, we haven't really even earned so
much an arguable snub, but this year, with the Sixers' 20-9 start to
the season, it was practically unavoidable that the City of Brotherly
Love would get a rep in the Late-Winter Classic. And indeed, for the
first time in his career, tonight Sixers' do-almost-everything swingman
Andre Iguodala will be lacing up as one of the game's 24 best.

We shouldn't expect a huge amount of PT for 'Dre—there's a glut of small
forwards in front of AI9 on the East roster, including such big names
as LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Paul Pierce and Luol Deng. (OK, Deng's
not really a big name, but his coach Tom Thibodeau is captaining the
East roster, and has the tendency to Deng him about 45 minutes a night,
so you have to think Thibs is gonna funnel some of Dre's minutes his way
anyway.) Still, as Evan Turner showed during the Rising Stars game, a
guy who can run the floor, pass the ball and fill up a box score such as
Evan or Andre can be hugely valuable in a game such as this—and if
Thibodeau actually wants to win, he's gonna need a healthy dose of
'Dre's defense on Kobe Bryant, who always racks up points early in these
games by being the only player on the court to actually try for the
first 36 minutes.

7:45 tip from the Amway Center. No matter how much he does or does not
play in this game, we're incredibly proud of our AI9 for bringing the
Sixers back to All-Star Sunday, and we feel he's more than earned the
right to play with the league's elite guys in such a game. Just, uh,
maybe don't run too many plays for him in the final 90 seconds, Thibs.
Not really his thing.

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.