Bryz: Hartnell Looks Like Tom Hanks in the Movie Cast Away

Bryz: Hartnell Looks Like Tom Hanks in the Movie Cast Away

Scott Hartnell must be sporting one impressive beard these
days, and it sounds like he could use a haircut, too. At least Ilya Bryzgalov must
think so since he compared Hartsy to a guy that’s been living on a deserted
island for the last four years.

Among the tidbits the Inq’s Sam Carchidi chose to relay from
Flyers’ practice in Vorhees on Tuesday was this humorous nugget from Bryz, and
the Philly netminder is already in mid-season form when it comes to making
off-the-wall comments.

“He's like from the movie Cast Away. We need to buy some
ball for him so he has best buddy Wilson."

Based on the pic below, do you think Bryz might be exaggerating just a

I don't know about you, but should 20th Cenutry Fox happen to be considering a Cast Away
sequel however, I think they may want to give Hartnell a call. After all, he’s a big
movie star now.

Meanwhile, Bryzgalov might view his teammate like some sort of
castaway, but the ladies seem to dig it. In a Cosmopolitan poll, women named
Hartnell one of the sexiest players in the NHL.

You might recognize this left wing from his cameo in This Is
Forty. Or from scoping out his sexy red curls on the ice.

Good for you, Hartsy. Now here's more from space-cadet Ilya:

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Temple Men’s Basketball adds two players to 2016-17 roster

Temple Men’s Basketball adds two players to 2016-17 roster

Temple men’s basketball coach Fran Dunphy announced that the team has added two players to its 2016-17 roster. 

The Owls will announce the two new transfers, junior’s Isaiah Lewis and Steve Leonard, Thursday night at the Liacouras Center at the team’s Cherry and White Night. 

Lewis comes to Temple after playing for Casper College in Wyoming last season, where he averaged 5.5 points and 2.2 assists per game. Before his stint at Casper College, the 6-4 guard also played at Lee Junior College in Texas, and averaged 10.0 points and 4.7 assists per game.

Leonard, a 6-6 guard from Collegeville, Pa., played two seasons at Ursinus College. He averaged 5.6 points over 43 games during his career at Ursinus. 

Brett Brown: Sixers' Nik Stauskas set for 'breakout year'

Brett Brown: Sixers' Nik Stauskas set for 'breakout year'

CAMDEN, N.J. — The irony of Nik Stauskas’ reputation as a three-point shooter is that he doesn’t view himself that way.

Stauskas was drafted eighth overall by the Kings in 2014 after shooting 44.1 percent from three over two years at Michigan. But that’s not how he envisioned himself being in the pros.

“It’s crazy,” Stauskas said after practice Thursday. “I know I was a great shooter coming out of Michigan, but I don’t consider myself a shooter. I consider myself a gamer. I don’t think I’m an effective NBA player when I just stand and spot up and shoot threes. That’s really not my game.”

Stauskas has struggled to find offensive consistency in the NBA. The third-year two-guard averaged 32.4 percent from long range in his first two seasons. He wasn’t reliable as a knockdown shooter and bounced in and out of the starting lineup last season.

Rather than being a finesse player, Brett Brown encouraged Stauskas to get aggressive. Brown wanted to a see an edge from Stauskas and not hold back at the basket.

Stauskas displayed that side to his game on opening night against the Thunder. In 23 minutes off the bench, he scored 13 points on 5-for-6 shooting. His only miss came on a three-point attempt. His 83.3 shooting percentage was a single-game career high.

“He was cocky,” Brown said. “He was in attack mode. He was not afraid to put it to the floor and get to the rim. I feel like he’s got a real chance to have a breakout year. We need him to have a breakout year.”

The Sixers picked up the options on Stauskas, Joel Embiid and Jahlil Okafor on Thursday.

“I think the statement the club made on his contract lets him probably have a little bit more comfort on what we think of him,” Brown said. “I was really happy with his swagger last night.”

Stauskas is figuring out his role on the Sixers this season. It is one that can change often given injuries. A key to being successful, whether he is on the perimeter or at the rim, is feeling confident and in a rhythm on the floor.

“I had fun out there,” Stauskas said. “More than anything, I think yesterday was the first time in a while that I’ve really enjoyed myself out there and had a smile on my face.”