Good News: You'll Be Seeing A Lot More of Heather Mitts in Philadelphia

Good News: You'll Be Seeing A Lot More of Heather Mitts in Philadelphia

Longtime Philadelphia sports fans and soccer heads alike are surely familiar with Heather Mitts. The former know her first as the wife of former Eagles quarterback A.J. Feeley while the latter know her for scoring goals and winning gold medals on the pitch for the U.S. National Team. Mitts will be joining the Union's television broadcasts as a pregame and sideline reporter this season. She'll also have a role as a soccer ambassador.

Mitts recently hung up her cleats after suiting up in 137 matches for the United States. You can read a pretty touching retirement message she posted on her Facebook page yesterday right here.

The Union announced her next move on their website this evening.

“I'm
very excited about my involvement and position with the Philadelphia
Union,” said Mitts.  “I can't wait to be on the sidelines, reporting at
the game this weekend against the New England Revolution and am eager to
be an ambassador for the club as well. I really enjoy Nick Sakiewicz’s
philosophy and together we look forward to helping the game grow here in
the Philadelphia area.”

We've certainly mentioned her plenty in the past here on the Level. She was ESPN Page2's hottest female athlete a couple years back. She looked lovely on her and A.J.'s wedding day in Mexico back in 2010. She was also honored at halftime of an Eagles game back in 2008 while rocking her gold medal.

I'm obviously not a huge soccer head like some of you folks but a seriously beautiful woman with legit soccer bonafides and old ties to Philadelphia sounds like a great hire to me. Any soccer junkies want to chime in?

Ben Simmons, Robert Covington react to Ersan Ilyasova trade

Ben Simmons, Robert Covington react to Ersan Ilyasova trade

On Wednesday, the Sixers traded Ersan Ilyasova to the Hawks in exchange for Tiago Splitter and a 2017 second-round pick, as well as the option to swap 2017 second-round selections (see story).

"I want to thank Ersan Ilyasova for his positive contributions to this organization both on and off the basketball court," president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said in a statement. "Ersan is a true professional whose daily examples of hard work, focus and consistency have helped facilitate the ongoing growth of our program and culture."

The Sixers took to Instagram to express their appreciation for Ilyasova’s leadership. Ilyasova quickly embraced the role of a veteran go-to when he was traded to the Sixers in early November. Both posts below exemplify his team-first mentality.

✊🏼 A true Pro @ersanilyasova7

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Thanks for being a great teammate @ersanilyasova7. Wishing you the best in ATL

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Best of NHL: Rickard Rakell, Ducks snap Bruins' win streak at 4

Best of NHL: Rickard Rakell, Ducks snap Bruins' win streak at 4

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Rickard Rakell broke a tie with his second goal with 2:34 to play, and the Anaheim Ducks snapped Boston's four-game winning streak under new coach Bruce Cassidy with a 5-3 victory over the Bruins on Wednesday night.

Rakell also scored in the second period for the Ducks and has 24 goals in his outstanding season. Ondrej Kase, Josh Manson and Andrew Cogliano also scored for Anaheim, and Jonathan Bernier made 26 saves in his first victory since Jan. 23.

Frank Vatrano scored the tying goal in the third period for the Bruins, who hadn't lost since Cassidy replaced Claude Julien on Feb. 7. Defensemen Brandon Carlo and Zdeno Chara scored early goals, and Tuukka Rask stopped 20 shots.

Anaheim beat Boston for the seventh straight time (see full recap).

Rare goal from Russell lifts Oilers over Panthers
SUNRISE, Fla. -- Kris Russell's goal with 7:58 left was his first in more than a year and lifted the Edmonton Oilers over Florida 4-3 on Wednesday night to snap the Panthers' five-game winning streak.

Russell's goal was his first since Feb. 11, 2016, when he played for Calgary. He went goalless in his first 48 games with the Oilers.

Fellow defenseman Oscar Klefbom also scored for Edmonton, as did forwards Zack Kassian and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Connor McDavid, who came into the night leading the NHL scoring race, had an assist on Russell's goal.

Aleksander Barkov, Colton Sceviour and Jonathan Marchessault scored for Florida. Keith Yandle had two assists for the Panthers, giving him 400 points for his career.

Cam Talbot stopped 31 shots for the Oilers, who have won their last eight games at Florida -- last losing on the Panthers' ice in 2002. James Reimer made 31 saves for the Panthers, who just completed a 5-0-0 road trip (see full recap).