Zac Rinaldo Welcomes James van Riemsdyk Back to Philadelphia, but Toronto Escapes Town with Win

Zac Rinaldo Welcomes James van Riemsdyk Back to Philadelphia, but Toronto Escapes Town with Win

The Flyers continued spinning their wheels on Monday night,
failing again to restore their record to .500 in a 4-2 loss to the Toronto
Maple Leafs. There was an erratic pace to the action, with both sides enduring
lengthy droughts in their offensive end, and the Bullies simply suffered one
breakdown too many.

But if nothing else, at least clubhouse hits leader Zac
Rinaldo rolled out the red carpet for the return of James van Riemsdyk.

Rinaldo chased down van Riemsdyk during a 2-on-1 Toronto
break late in the second period, ramming his ex-Flyer teammate upon catching up
to the play developing at the net. The force sent JVR hurtling into the cage
violently, prompting a whistle… not to mention a few choice words from the
assailant’s victim.

If the score hadn’t been 2-0 Maple Leafs already, Rinaldo
may have wound up serving two. He got away with this one though.

Perhaps the best part of all was Rinaldo speaking to reporters
afterwards. The fact that the impressionable collision came at van Riemsdyk’s
expense seemed of no additional significance for Rinaldo. That kid just has a
target on anything that moves.

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Scott Hartnell lit the lamp for the first time in 2013,
while Jakub Voracek took over as the team leader in goals with number eight. Jake extended his point streak to six games, picking up an assist as well.

Toronto’s defense did a good job frustrating the Flyers the
rest of the time, allowing the mistakes to accumulate at the other end. Ilya
Bryzgalov surrendered a soft goal in the first period, while the Leafs caught
their opponent on a shift change in the second.

They picked up the game winner while Max Talbot sat in the
box for hooking, and an empty netter in the closing seconds was the cherry on
top.

Ugly loss for a Flyers team looking to build some momentum
now that the grueling portion of their schedule is out of the way, but nobody
said they were going to win them all from here on out. It will be back to the
drawing board on Wednesday versus the Washington Capitals.

Game Highlights:

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Matt Rhule's first Baylor hires include 4 Temple assistants

Matt Rhule's first Baylor hires include 4 Temple assistants

WACO, Texas -- New Baylor coach Matt Rhule has made some immediate Texas connections by hiring the president of the state's high school coaches who is a former Bears receiver.

Rhule announced his first five hires with the Bears on Friday, three days after being named Baylor's coach. They include four members from his staff at Temple and David Wetzel, the head coach and athletic director the past 13 seasons at Ronald Reagan High School in San Antonio.

Sean Padden will serve as Baylor's director of football operations, similar to his role at Temple the past four years.

Rhule didn't immediately announce the titles and job duties for Wetzel, Francis Brown, Mike Siravo and Evan Cooper. There was also no indication of when the rest of his staff would be completed.

Brown and Siravo were defensive assistants at Temple, and Cooper was director of player personnel for the Owls.

Wetzel, who has coached in the state high school ranks for 25 years, was serving as president of the Texas High School Football Coaches Association. He lettered at Baylor in 1990 and 1991 while playing for Grant Teaff, and also earned a master's degree from the school in 1994. Before Reagan, he was head coach at schools in Killeen and Austin.

Wetzel told the Waco Tribune-Herald that he expects to play a major role in recruiting, but didn't know yet if he'd be coaching offense or defense.

"Given the opportunity, it's really a unique deal," Wetzel told the newspaper. "I feel like it's God's timing for me to be in the right place at the right time."

When Rhule was introduced Wednesday in Waco, he said he had already received about 480 text messages, many from coaches. He also didn't rule out the possibility of some of the current Baylor assistants staying, but said he hadn't had a chance to meet with them. Those assistants were retained from former coach Art Briles' staff with Jim Grobe as acting head coach this season.

Note
Baylor announced Friday that Jalen Pitre, a defensive back from Stafford, Texas, signed a financial aid agreement that will allow him to enroll for the spring 2017 semester after graduating from high school early. Before Rhule was hired, Pitre was the only player verbally committed for Baylor's recruiting class in February. He had 83 tackles, six interceptions and four forced fumbles as a senior.

Dorial Green-Beckham fined by NFL for wearing Yeezy cleats

Dorial Green-Beckham fined by NFL for wearing Yeezy cleats

Dorial Green-Beckham didn't support any charity with his cleats last Sunday.

In reality, he was funding the NFL.

The Eagles' receiver was fined $6,076 by the NFL for wearing Yeezy cleats (Kanye West's shoes), which had no affiliation to a charitable organization or cause, CSNPhilly.com has confirmed. Players around the NFL last weekend wore decorative spikes supporting a charity or cause they felt passionately about as part of the league's My Cleats, My Cause promotion. Green-Beckham was fined because his cleats were unapproved by the league; earlier this season Houston receiver DeAndre Hopkins was fined for wearing Yeezy cleats. 

Green-Beckham told NJ.com’s Eliot Shorr-Parks he was supporting the "Yeezy Foundation." ESPN's Tim McManus first reported the fine on Friday. 

Bradham fined for tackle
Speaking of fines, Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham was hit with a $18,231 fine for his horse-collar tackle last Sunday on Bengals running back Jeremy Hill in the third quarter.

The first-year Eagle finished the game with five total tackles and a forced fumble.