Hoop Updates: Stern Threatening to Cancel Season, Sixers Make New Hire, Philly-DC Rematch Set

Hoop Updates: Stern Threatening to Cancel Season, Sixers Make New Hire, Philly-DC Rematch Set

We have an update on the NBA Lockout! And it's, uh, well…well it's not great.

After months of little to no progress, league commissioner David Stern may be at his wits end. Those of you watching the Rays-Yankees game last evening more than likely saw on the bottom of your sports ticker that Stern was threatening to cancel the 2011-2012 season if the owners and players could not make "major progress" on a deal by Monday.

In the intervening hours, the story has been largely squashed by a number of outlets as either a fabrication, misquote, or even your basic empty negotiating threat. Head on over to NBC Sports for a detailed wrap-up of of how this apparent "non-story" has unfolded.

Though its true that there's probably plenty of time to save at least part of the season—the drop-dead date often thrown around for that scenario is something like early January—the window is certainly closing on the idea of a full season. Piecing together the reports that have surfaced, it certainly sounds as though the two sides remain so far apart on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement that hope is running out to complete an 82-game schedule without moving the season passed its usual dates or trying to compress that season into a smaller time frame.

Negotiations are scheduled to resume this Friday in New York.

Sixers' Hire
Once the league is back in business, the Philadelphia 76ers will have a new assistant coach. Following the loss of Quin Snyder to Mike Brown's new staff in Los Angeles, coach Doug Collins has hired former Charlotte assistant Jeff Capel II to fill the void.

Prior to his time in Charlotte, Capel spent time at the college level coaching Old Dominion, North Carolina A&T and Fayetteville State. He has also spent time as a head coach in the D-League, returning to Fayetteville to oversee the developmental "Patriots."

In her report on the signing, CSN's Dei Lynam adds that the opening of NBA training camps has been pushed back until October 16th at the earliest. This date is obviously subject to further postponement given the success or failure of the league's on-going negotiations.

Battle for I-95 Rematch
And so, as long the players are locked out, they might as well do something, right?

Word is that the D.C. guys are a little salty about dropping that pick-up game to Team Philly last Sunday and are looking for a rematch in their hometown. Part II has been scheduled for October 15th from inside Coolidge High School in downtown D.C.

Rosters have not been finalized, but "some possible players for the Goodman League could include Kevin Durant, John Wall, Jeff Green, Michael Beasley and DeMarcus Cousins."

Former Temple Owl and Philadelphia's own Mark Tyndale announced on his Facebook page earlier this week that he has received an invitation to represent Team Philly just as he did with other former Owls Dionte Christmas and Mardy Collins at the Palestra.

In case you missed it, check out highlights from the "Battle for I-95" below.

I guess we're supposed to be arguing over which stretch of road is worse for traffic or something, as if its a sort of badge of honor that "it takes us longer to get home than it does for you—WE WIN!" Frankly, I don't think it's all that hard to agree that the highway can be a hellhole in and around both metropolitan areas and don't need to fight over whose construction patterns are worse.

But, if we agreed to that...then we'd get fewer 'oops. And then everyone loses.

Instant Replay: Phillies 4, Reds 3

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Instant Replay: Phillies 4, Reds 3

BOX SCORE

The Phillies rallied for a 4-3 walk-off win over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday.

Tommy Joseph won it with a single up the middle with no outs in the bottom of the ninth. The hit scored Aaron Altherr, who had singled and moved to second on a wild pitch.

The Phils have won just six of their last 27 games. Joseph has had a walk-off, game-winning hit in the last two wins.

In addition to Joseph, who also homered, the star of the game was the Phillies' bullpen. Four Phils' relievers combined on 3 2/3 scoreless innings after starter Jerad Eickhoff exited. The Phillies' bullpen is riding a 19 2/3-innings scoreless streak.

Starting pitching report
Eickhoff allowed eight hits and three runs over 5 1/3 innings. He gave up a bunt hit and a two-run homer to the first two batters of the game but took a 3-2 lead into the sixth inning. He allowed a leadoff single and a one-out RBI double in that inning as the Reds tied the game at 3-3.

Veteran Bronson Arroyo, back in action at age 40 after recovering from surgery the last two seasons, gave up three runs — all on solo homers — over five innings.

Bullpen report
Good work by Edubray Ramos to get two outs in the sixth to strand a runner in scoring position and preserve a 3-3 tie. Pat Neshek, Joaquin Benoit and Hector Neris each followed with a scoreless inning. Neris struck out dangerous Joey Votto on a splitter with a man on base to end the top of the ninth. He got the win.

Austin Brice pitched two scoreless innings for the Reds. Michael Lorenzen took the loss. He gave up two hits in the ninth. Joseph's game-winning hit came on a 97 mph heater.

At the plate
Cesar Hernandez, Michael Saunders and Joseph all clouted solo homers for the Phillies. Joseph has six homers in his last 21 games.

Zack Cozart smacked a two-run homer against Eickhoff in the first inning. The Reds tied the game on a one-out double by Scooter Gennett in the sixth.

Remembering Bunning
Jim Bunning died Friday night. Larry Bowa recalled the impact that the Hall of Famer had on his career (see story).

Up next
The series concludes Sunday afternoon. Zach Eflin (0-2, 5.36) and Scott Feldman (3-4, 3.99) are the pitchers.

Soul hold off Valor in 48-47 win, remain unbeaten on the season

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Soul hold off Valor in 48-47 win, remain unbeaten on the season

The Soul on Saturday survived a late scare and moved to 7-0 on the season with a 48-47 win over the Washington Valor at Verizon Center.

With 41 seconds left, the Valor scored a touchdown and appeared poised to tie up the game. However, a fumbled snap led to a failed extra-point attempt and the Soul promptly recovered the ensuing onside kick.

"It’s hard to win a game in arena football, but we'll take them any way we can," Soul head coach Clint Dolezel told the team's official website. "We are definitely happy with 7-0 and looking forward to this bye week to get healed up and ready to finish the second half of the season." 

Soul quarterback Dan Raudabaugh led the way with 148 passing yards and five touchdowns. Wide receiver Ryan McDaniel led the team with four receptions, racking up 49 yards, while Darius Reynolds had 54 yards on three receptions. Each receiver reeled in two touchdown catches while Shaun Kauleinamoku accounted for the fifth score.

Running back Mykel Benson ran in a one-yard touchdown while Chirs Duvalt returned a kickoff 58 yards for a touchdown before halftime.

The Soul have a bye week before returning to the Wells Fargo Center on June 10 to face the Cleveland Gladiators.