Friday it was Cole Hamels making his much anticipated debut to lead the Phillies to a win. Saturday it was Jon Lieber flirting with perfection to shut out the Reds. And Sunday it was Ryan Howard, after spending the night in the hospital, coming off the bench to hit two homers to lead the Phillies to a win. Different players of the game, same winning result. 13 of 14 games is ridiculous. With the Phillies only 1 game back of division leading New York, who has St. Louis on tap, the Phillies are off to Milwaukee with a great chance to make up even more ground. The Phillies are on fire. Are you on board?
-Jimmy Rollins can play some D.
-Ryan Howard is a Beast
-Friday: Cole Hamels, a live blog of his first ever performance [BS&S]
-Saturday: Lieber almost perfect in win [Inky]
-Sunday: Howard Homers Twice, Phils win [Inky]
-Charles Barkley, along with Jordan and Magic, wants to buy an NBA franchise. [Deadspin]
-I wish people paid me insane amounts of money to leave my job. Larry Brown, best job in sports. [Deadspin]
-The Eagles had a little mini-camp, ending today, and Eagles.com is all over it. Perhaps the biggest news to come out of the mini-camp, Donovan McNabb got a haircut. Inky, picture 10.
-The Rocky blog has a new clip of the movie up. Eh. [RockyBlog]
-For those of you who miss Heather Mitts and A.J. Feeley. And I hate the Patriots with a passion, but Tom Brady does alright. [Sports Illustrated's Power Couples]
-I was on a flight Friday from Chicago to Philly with Eagles prospect Levonne Rowen. [Eagles.com]
-Bruins Sign Future Flyers All-Star to 3-Year Deal. [TheOnion]
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 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.