Watch: Claude Giroux Conspires to Trip Scott Hartnell During All-Star Game, Fails

Watch: Claude Giroux Conspires to Trip Scott Hartnell During All-Star Game, Fails

Just when you think Philadelphia's love affair with Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell had reached its peak, the duo wear a couple of microphones during the NHL All-Star Game on Sunday night and make us laugh out loud.

Not only did Hartsy assist on an easy bang in goal for his Flyers linemate, but the pair also provided us with the funniest moment of the evening.

What started as a knock on Scott Hartnell's inability to stay upright is now… still a knock on Scott Hartnell's inability to stay upright. But, ever the champion of self-deprecation, Hartnell has adopted the hashtag and made it a charitable effort.

#HartnellDown became a central theme of Hartnell's visit to the NHL All-Star weekend, and before the game itself, Hartnell said he'd donate $1,000 for every time he hit the ice.

With few falls to count through two and a half periods, and Claude Giroux mic'd up, the announcers goaded him into running up the count. G didn't disappoint, going out of his way to try to trip Hartnell—his teammate both with the Flyers and on Team Alfredsson. One of the interesting elements of the current All-Star format is that club teammates can play against each other, as was the case with Giroux and Hartnell lining up opposite Kimmo Timonen, and Marian Gaborik lighting up Henrik Lundqvist on his way to the game's MVP.

All of which made it even funnier that Giroux tried to take out his own linemate.

You can read more about the origins of #HartnellDown here.

Gotta once again give props to Flyers fan @SethDH for starting the whole #hartnelldown thing in the first place. There's no chance he or anyone else saw it evolving to this, but it probably feels pretty good to hear it become a central theme in a national broadcast, not to mention a charity effort.

And Claude and Hartsy once again show us that while these All-Star games may be quite dull for 45+ minutes, we can get treated to a gem like intentional, own-team inflicted #HartnellDowns.

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"Suck it, Phaneuf"

Apparently the #HartnellDowns were not Hartsy's only memorable moments as his chirping reached epic heights as well. Check out this fantastic jab aimed at Dion Phaneuf. (via Dave Lozo)

Source: Phillies have agreement with free-agent OF Michael Saunders

Source: Phillies have agreement with free-agent OF Michael Saunders

The Phillies are putting the finishing touches on a deal with outfielder Michael Saunders, according to a source.

Jon Morosi of MLB.com reported the deal was close early Monday afternoon.

When the medical reviews and other loose ends are complete, Saunders will end up with a one-year contract for 2017. It is believed that there will be an option for 2018.

Saunders, 30, will give the Phils the left-handed bat they’ve been looking for in the outfield. Saunders is likely to play right field and his addition will likely push Roman Quinn back to Triple A, where he will get more seasoning.

Saunders is a veteran of eight seasons in the majors. He played in a career-high 140 games with Toronto in 2016 and made the American League All-Star team on the strength of a first half in which he hit .298 with 16 homers, 42 RBIs and a .923 OPS. He fell off in the second half and hit just .178 with eight homers, 15 RBIs and a .638 OPS. Saunders finished the season at .253/24/57/.815.

With less than a month to go before spring training, the Phillies are likely done with their significant offseason moves. The offseason began with trades for reliever Pat Neshek and outfielder Howie Kendrick. Later in the winter, the club traded for starting pitcher Clay Buchholz and signed reliever Joaquin Benoit. Now Saunders is on his way.

Villanova returns to top of AP poll after a week away

Villanova returns to top of AP poll after a week away

It didn't take long for Villanova to get back to the top of the AP poll.

A week, to be exact.

The 'Cats jumped from No. 3 to No. 1 in this week's AP poll, edging out No. 2 Kansas by just 16 total voting points. Villanova had 1,580 total points compared to the 1,562 total points the No. 2 Jayhawks received from voters.

In a twist, the 16-1 Jayhawks actually had more first-place votes than the 17-1 Wildcats. Kansas received 32 first-place votes compared to Villanova's 28 first-place votes. But total votes are the deciding factor, so, advatange: Wildcats.

UCLA hopped up to No. 3, Gonzaga jumped up to No. 4 and Kentucky checked in at No. 5 to round out this week's top five.

Baylor, the No. 1 team in the land last week, fell to No. 6 after it was blown out by No. 7 West Virginia.

Beginning on Dec. 5, Villanova was No. 1 for five straight weeks before falling at No. 13 Butler on Jan. 5 and seeing a 20-game win streak come to an end.

Jay Wright's Wildcats blew past No. 22 Xavier and St. John's last week, but will face another Big East test when 12-5 Seton Hall visits The Pavilion on Monday night. The last time Villanova and Seton Hall met, the Pirates upset the Wildcats at MSG in the final of last season's Big East Tournament.

The Wildcats' schedule this week is closed out with a visit from Providence on Saturday afternoon.