Hamels Looks Sharp In First Game Back As Phils Win 3-2 in Cincy

Hamels Looks Sharp In First Game Back As Phils Win 3-2 in Cincy

The extended time off appeared to affect the Phillies bats a bit more than it did Cole Hamels left arm. At least until the eighth inning when Shane Victorino unloaded one of his sweet swings that sent a no-doubter into the seats in right to put the Phillies up 3-1. Stutes would falter a bit in the bottom half of the inning, but the Fightins held on for 3-2 win.

Cole Hamels was great for six innings, giving up only two hits and one run. More importantly, he felt his command and stuff was there. “I felt really good,” Hamels told reporters after the game. “I was able to make pitches and able to locate. That’s always a good sign.”

[watch video of Victorino's sweet go-ahead home run below]

The night was not without its Hunter Pence moment. Unfortunately, tonight's was not of the positive variety, as Pence used his own speed against him, over-running a fly ball and eventually botching the play. It was one of only two hits Hamels would allow on the night. [watch Pence's botched catch here]

Charlie Manuel and Rich Dubee felt they'd seen enough from Hamels after six innings and only 76 pitches with the game tied. No need to push him when you have a rested pen.

Antonio Bastardo did his thing in the seventh before Stutes stumbled a bit in the eighth, allowing the Reds to get within one, but he eventually passed the game onto Madson for the save opportunity in the ninth.

After a leadoff single, Mad Dog shut it down.

A much-needed win to get the winning wheels turning again. More importantly, Cole Hamels looked very sharp, and hopefully the velocity can move up a tick or two as he gets more work.

For a full recap of Monday night's 3-2 win, check out Jim Salisbury's report from Cincy.

Best of NHL: Trocheck's last-second goal lifts Panthers past Blues

Best of NHL: Trocheck's last-second goal lifts Panthers past Blues

ST. LOUIS -- Vincent Trocheck scored with just under 5 seconds remaining to lift the Florida Panthers to a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Monday night.

Jonathan Marchessault also scored and James Reimer stopped 26 shots to help the Panthers complete a 5-0 road trip -- their first perfect trip of at least that many games in franchise history.

Reimer has won five straight decisions and has not lost in regulation since Jan. 7 against Boston, going 6-0-1 since.

The Panthers moved into a tie with Boston for third place in the Atlantic Division, but have the edge because they have a game in hand on the Bruins.

Kyle Brodziak, playing for the second time after missing 10 games due to a broken foot, scored for the Blues and Jake Allen finished with 31 saves. St. Louis lost its second straight since winning six in a row (see full recap).

Coyotes use three-goal 1st period to beat Ducks
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Radim Vrbata capped Arizona's three-goal first period and the Coyotes held on for 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night.

Christian Dvorak and Jakob Chychrun also scored for Arizona, and starting goalie Mike Smith had 27 saves before leaving about 4 1/2 minutes into the third period after a collision in the net. Marek Langhamer helped kill a power play after being pressed into action for his NHL debut and stopped six of the seven shots he faced.

The Coyotes have won four of their last six.

Langhamer gave up Ryan Getzlaf's second goal of the night with 26.8 seconds to play, but thwarted two quality shots in the final seconds.

Jonathan Bernier gave up three goals on six shots in the first period for the Ducks. John Gibson came on to start the second and stopped all 14 shots he faced (see full recap).

Joel Embiid admits to reaggravating foot injury after 2014 surgery, almost quitting

Joel Embiid admits to reaggravating foot injury after 2014 surgery, almost quitting

Joel Embiid trusts the Process, more so than anyone — the process of patience.

After sitting out two whole seasons because of foot injuries, Embiid learned the importance of patience the hard way.

Appearing on NBA TV's Open Court, Joel Embiid opened up about how he reaggravated the fracture in his foot that cost him the 2015-16 season.

"I didn't know how to deal with patience," Embiid said on the roundtable discussion. "I just wanted to do stuff, that's why I think I needed a second surgery, because after my first one, I just wanted to play basketball again. I just wanted to be on the court and I pushed through what I wasn't supposed to.

"At one point I thought about quitting. I just wanted to come back home and just forget everything."

Embiid goes on to discuss the Sixers' turnaround this season and his mindset during his recovery. Watch the full clip below. 

Embiid also said he models his game after Hakeem Olajuwon.