Good Luck, Cullen Jenkins. Wait, He Signed Where? Oh, Hell No!

Good Luck, Cullen Jenkins. Wait, He Signed Where? Oh, Hell No!

By all accounts, Cullen Jenkins is a stand-up guy. The
Eagles probably still could have used him, but he was due to earn $5.6 million
in 2013, his best days clearly past. Decisions like the one to release him come
down all the time. It’s a business.

So we said bon voyage, and assumed Jenkins’ story with the
Birds just about complete. Then he went and did a stupid thing, signing with
the New York Giants.

Jenkins’ three-year deal with an NFC East rival ensures…
well, it means the Eagles will likely see him twice next season at least, perhaps
beyond. Later on probably depends on how much the 32 year old has left in the
tank, but he did a decent enough job while here.

Given that Jenkins only spent two seasons in Philly, we
suspect there won’t be a tremendous uproar over this signing. After all, the Giants did get the Birds off the hook for $1.5M of his salary that was "guaranteed."

Now if Mike
Patterson were to wind up in Dallas next, that could be a bitter pill to
swallow.

>> Cullen Jenkins, N.Y. Giants strike three-year contract [NFL.com]

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Report: Brett Brown accuses longtime friend of defrauding him of $750,000

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Report: Brett Brown accuses longtime friend of defrauding him of $750,000

Sixers head coach Brett Brown is in Australia this week, where he has accused longtime friend and former Australian men's national team assistant coach Shane Heal of defrauding him of $750,000, according to the Australian Associated Press.

Brown invested $250,000 into each of three companies for which Heal was the sole director. Brown wasn't given a legal title regarding the companies and didn't know the specifics of how the money would be used.

"I assumed that the money was going to be used for what Shane told me it was going to be used for," Brown said. "Because it was a friend that I had for 25 years."

Heal was charged last year by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission following an investigation relating to alleged misconduct in 2008, 2009 and 2010, according to the AAP.

The sides return to court in Brisbane on July 20.

Heal played in the NBA for the Minnesota Timberwolves in 1996-97 and was with the San Antonio Spurs in 2003.

Tonight's lineup: Odubel Herrera leads off; Cesar Hernandez (groin) out

Tonight's lineup: Odubel Herrera leads off; Cesar Hernandez (groin) out

A day after going 0 for 5 with five strikeouts, Odubel Herrera is leading off for the Phillies in their series opener Friday night against the Reds (see game notes).

It's the first time Herrera is leading off since last Aug. 19, a span of 84 games.

Cesar Hernandez gets the night off. He's been dealing with a groin pull for 10 days, manager Pete Mackanin said Friday.

Andres Blanco bats second and plays second.

Maikel Franco is back in the six-hole after going 1 for 5 with two strikeouts in the cleanup spot Thursday. Tommy Joseph bats fourth and Michael Saunders fifth.

Cameron Rupp, who walked three times in Thursday's win over the Rockies, catches Aaron Nola and bats seventh.

1. Odubel Herrera, CF
2. Andres Blanco, 2B
3. Aaron Altherr, LF
4. Tommy Joseph, 1B
5. Michael Saunders, RF
6. Maikel Franco, 3B
7. Cameron Rupp, C
8. Freddy Galvis, SS
9. Aaron Nola, P