Hamels in the Daytime: Phils Try to Salvage One in Arizona

Hamels in the Daytime: Phils Try to Salvage One in Arizona

The initially alarming news out of the Phillies camp this afternoon was that Roy Oswalt has left the team for personal reasons. After the first WTF?! reaction, just realize that Little Roy has some personal things that he needs to apparently deal with and the Phillies expect him back with the team. [Updated Below]

So Roy won't be with the team this afternoon as they take on Arizona and try to salvage a 'W' in the desert, but that shouldn't matter much, unless the game goes 17 innings or something and they need a left fielder. Cole Hamels starts for the Fightins.

Hamels (2-1, 2.92) will take on Joe Saunders (0-2, 4.98) who is arguably the best of the Diamondbacks rotation. Not very encouraging for the Phils team that has been beaten twice in a row by Arizona.

But if you are looking for a bright spot, the Phillies are an MLB-best 8-0 in games played in the daytime.

John Mayberry will get the start in left for the struggling Raul Ibanez (hasn't gotten a hit in eons) and will hopefully add some pop to the lineup.

3:40 start time from Arizona. We'll be watching on the couch if anyone wants to chat along in the comments.

Update from the Phillies: There  has been a tremendous amount of tornado activity near Roy’s home in  Mississippi resulting in several tragic deaths and significant  devastation to the area.  Because of this, Roy is concerned about his  family’s well-being.  He has chosen to take time to make sure there  wasn’t significant damage to his home, but more importantly, to make  certain that his wife and children are okay.

Future Eagle (?) Latavius Murray posts workout with Carson Wentz on Instagram

Future Eagle (?) Latavius Murray posts workout with Carson Wentz on Instagram

Could the Eagles be interested in signing another top free agent running back named Murray?

No, not that guy. 

Oakland/Los Angeles/Las Vegas Raiders running back Latavius Murray.

Murray posted a picture on Instagram of the soon-to-be free agent working out with Carson Wentz with the caption "im just here to help."

"im just here to help"

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It's no surprise the Eagles can stand to upgrade their running back corps this offseason — as several mock drafts have suggested. Could Murray be the answer?


Instant Replay: UConn 64, Temple 63

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Instant Replay: UConn 64, Temple 63

Temple’s roller coaster season continued with a new low on Sunday afternoon.

The Owls, who led nearly the entire way, allowed UConn guard Jalen Adams to make a reverse layup with 2.9 seconds remaining in a 64-63 loss at the Liacouras Center.

Shizz Alston Jr. missed the potential game-winning shot from half court as time expired.

Turning point
The Owls (14-14, 5-10 AAC) looked like they might avoid blowing a 10-point lead after Quinton Rose responded to Rodney Purvis’ game-tying three-pointer with a three of his own to give them a 63-60 lead with 2:32 left.

However, the Huskies (14-12, 9-5 AAC) responded with a pair of free throws from Adams before he snaked his way into the lane with the clock running down for the game-winner. The layup gave UConn its seventh win in the last eight games.

Big men on campus
The Huskies were led by Rodney Purvis’ game-high of 18 points on 7 of 14 shooting. He also added five assists. 

Adams shot just 5 of 13 for 13 points, but connected with the game on the line. He also chipped in five assists and five boards.

The Owls received a jolt Sunday from their young players, as freshmen Damion Moore and Alani Moore II scored a combined 22 points on 9 of 10 shooting. 

In a solid all-around effort, Temple’s Daniel Dingle scored 17 points, with six boards and six assists. Alston Jr. contributed 11 points, six assists and 5 rebounds.

Inside the box score
• After making 5 of 9 shots from three-point range in the first half, Temple finished the game 7 of 21 from deep.

• UConn's Kentan Facey had a big game in the first matchup between the two teams with 23 points and 10 rebounds. On Sunday, the senior was held to eight points and four rebounds after dealing with foul trouble in the first half.

• Temple couldn’t find any room inside, as the Owls lost the points in the paint battle 26-16.

History lesson
With the win, UConn improved to 9-7 in the all-time series. The victory was the Huskies’ third straight in the series.

Up next
The Owls will continue on a three-game homestand Wednesday at 7 p.m. against UCF.

UConn will stay on the road and play at Houston also on Wednesday.