Jason Peters: Since January, end of December, Ive been 100 percent

Jason Peters: Since January, end of December, Ive been 100 percent

Now for some good news. The NovaCare Complex reopened for
business on Monday, and word is plenty of Eagles players have already arrived to
participate in workouts. Among those were left tackle Jason Peters, who assures
us he is still “the number one offensive lineman in the league.”

Peters met with members of the media on Tuesday, and he had
a lot of interesting things to say about playing for Chip Kelly this year,
including losing weight to prepare for Chip’s uptempo offense, and whether a new
blocking scheme will alter how he plays. Peters even compares himself to Tom
Brady.

That’s all well and good, but the most important detail fans
want to know right now is whether or not the big man has recovered from his
twice-ruptured Achilles last offseason. Don’t fret says Peters – he was ready
to go last year already.

“I could have [returned in 2012], but I didn’t want to risk
it with a losing season,” Peters said. “The coaches kind of held me back a
little bit.”

“Since January, end of December, I’ve been 100 [percent].”

It’s certainly reassuring to hear, but of course we need to see
Peters playing at a high level before we believe it – as much as we might want to. Peters was the most
important player in the Eagles’ offense prior to his injury. Without him the
offensive line crumbled, weakening both the rushing  and passing attacks significantly.

Sheil Kapadia has the full report over at Birds 24/7, and it’s
definitely worth a read for a little insight. One thing’s for sure, and that is
Peters is not lacking in confidence. If he’s completely healthy, the presence
of Peters at left tackle alone is going to go a long way toward fixing that line.

>> Motivated Jason Peters: 'I'm Ready To Go' [Philly Mag]

Previously: How Great Is Eagles' Need at Offensive Line?

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Best of MLB: Mike Trout (thumb) leaves early as Marlins crush Angels

Best of MLB: Mike Trout (thumb) leaves early as Marlins crush Angels

MIAMI -- Mike Trout sprained his left thumb stealing second base Sunday, and the Los Angeles Angels took a thumping without him, losing 9-2 to the Miami Marlins.

Trout yelled in pain as he rose after sliding headfirst in the fifth inning. He was examined by a trainer, stayed in the game, but was replaced in the sixth. X-rays were negative, and there was no immediate timetable regarding his return.

The reigning American League MVP was 0 for 2 when he departed with the Angels trailing 4-2. He finished 2 for 9 in the series to drop his average to .337 (see full recap).

Aaron Judge hit first-career grand slam in Yankees' win
NEW YORK -- Aaron Judge hit his first career grand slam and the New York Yankees took full advantage of Oakland's shoddy defense Sunday in a 9-5 victory over the Athletics.

Michael Pineda (6-2) tossed six innings of three-hit ball to win his third straight start. Aaron Hicks and Chris Carter each had an early sacrifice fly as the AL East leaders scored five unearned runs and took two of three in a well-pitched series.

Judge connected with two outs in the third for his 16th home run, tying Mike Trout of the Angels for the big league lead. The drive landed in the right-field seats, not far in front of The Judge's Chambers cheering section installed by the Yankees for the start of this 4-2 homestand.

Khris Davis hit his 15th home run for the A's, who committed two more costly errors to raise their season total to 49. They began the day with 10 more than any other team in the majors.

The fielding failures put starter Andrew Triggs (5-4) in tough situations. He went six innings and gave up one earned run (see full recap).

Miguel Gonzalez loses perfect game in seventh, but pitches White Sox to win
CHICAGO -- Miguel Gonzalez took a perfect game into the seventh inning, Todd Frazier hit a two-run homer and the Chicago White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 7-3 on Sunday.

Melky Cabrera and Matt Davidson also connected, helping the White Sox take three of four in the series. David Robertson got two outs for his seventh save.

Gonzalez (4-5) allowed three runs and six hits in 7 2/3 innings while snapping a five-start losing streak. The right-hander struck out six and walked none.

Gonzalez retired his first 18 batters before Andrew Romine led off the seventh with a hard one-hop liner to shortstop Tim Anderson, who couldn't field the ball cleanly and was originally charged with an error. Alex Avila followed with a single into to right field, and Romine's ball was later changed to a hit (see full recap).

Gone but not forgotten: Joel Embiid remembers Harambe on 1-year anniversary of death

Gone but not forgotten: Joel Embiid remembers Harambe on 1-year anniversary of death

Gone, but not forgotten … as long as Sixers superstar center Joel Embiid has his way.

On the one-year anniversary of Harambe's death, Embiid remembered the slain gorilla on Instagram with the caption: "Gone but never forgotten #RIPHarambe."

The Instagram post was accompanied by a picture of Harambe along with a longer message and acquired over 22,700 likes within the first 37 minutes of its posting.

Gone but never forgotten #RIPHarambe

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There are some factual errors in Embiid's post, however. The picture stated that Harambe "would've been 18 today," which was posted Sunday.

Harambe's birthday was May 27, 1999. He would have been 18 years and one day old Sunday.

This was not Embiid's first participation in the Harambe Internet meme.

Regardless, the tragic killing of Harambe, a popular male gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo, sparked outrage and then Harambe became an Internet meme.