Live Blogging the Oscars or whatever else is on TV tonight

Live Blogging the Oscars or whatever else is on TV tonight

6:31 - Beyonce was just on the Style Channel walking down the red carpet.  She is hot.  Yeah, I had the Style Channel on.
6:40 - It is "ESPN: The Weekend" on ESPN, doing all their shows from Disney world. I don't get it really. I guess Disney is hurting for reasons for people to visit. Roger Clemmons just played Tracy McGrady in P.I.G. which wasn't very entertaining. 
6:58 - Great N.Y. strip steak with asparagus and baked potato for dinner.
7:01 - Natalie Portman wears her costume from Star Wars to the Oscars.
7:07 - E! has Star Jones running the red carpet.  I don't know who is worse, her or Queen Latifah.
7:13 - Hillary Swank is actually a woman!
7:26 - Random notables: Leo has a hot girlfriend, the girl from Maria Full of Grace looks greatKate Blanchett looks Hollywood.
7:28 - Maryland cuts UNC's lead to 2 with two minutes left with a huge 3.
7:29 - Wow! Maryland takes the lead with another huge 3. 1:25 left.
7:32 - Is Caner-Medley the most annoying name to hear over and over?  Tie game with 41 secs left.
7:37 - Maryland had a shot to win it at the buzzer, but UNC comes up with the win.
7:48 - Not much sports options tonight, Heat/Magic on ESPN, Jameer Nelson hit like 3 shots in a row.
7:59 - On my flight back from London I watched the movie Sideways, one of the two movies I actually saw (The Aviator) which is up for best picture.  Real funny movie, starring Virginia Madsen who is up for supporting actress.  She could use the support.
8:11 - Jamie Foxx wins the Oscar for Best Actor.  No, that doesn't happen until later.  If you wanted to bet on him to win the Oscar, sportsbook.com had him at 1-18.  Nuts.  Thats bet 18 dollars to win 1.
8:15 - Good looking women: Halle, Gwyneth twice, Scarlett, and Salma who is the hottest.
8:33 - 2 minutes and 54 seconds is the perfct time for a bag of popcorn in my microwave.
8:36 - Chris Rock is the man.  Standing Ovation?  Interesting.  "Rocky 5 Sucks!"  I thought the line about Bush working at the Gap and going to war with Banana Republic was pretty damn funny.
8:50 - Morgan Freeman wins for supporting actor, didn't see it.  I like Morgan, good work.  Renee Zellweger needs to eat, man.
8:55 - Robin Williams is the man.  The Incredibles wins for best animated film.
9:05 - Beyonce got changed, but still looks hot.  No idea what she is singing about though, sounds good though.
9:12 - Chris Rock is all about black jokes.  They were average funny, not great.
9:22 - Cate Blanchett wins for best supporting actress for The Aviator.  Chris Rock cracked on Tim Robbins for his politics, its about time someone ripped on him.
9:37 - I still hate the Counting Crows.  They are the worst.  Nice hair.
9:50 - Al Pacino is giving out some award, this show is kind of boring to tell you the truth.. and there isn't much else on.
9:58 - enrico (9:57:47 PM): they (Oscars) are kinda lame Supafly78 (9:58:00 PM): They blow, I am craving a beer
10:04 - The lady from Phantom of the Opera is very nice.  Beyonce got changed, again?  She can sure sing.
10:09 - Dwayne Wade is absolutely nasty.
10:25 - Salma Hayek is phenomenal.  Chris Rock had a pretty good joke saying "you won't be able to take your eyes off the next four presentors" talking about Salma and Penelope Cruz.  Santana and Antonio Banderas were pretty awful.
10:39 - Good Oprah joke by CRock: Oprah is so rich, I saw John Kerry proposing to her about an hour ago.
10:56 - Jesus Beyonce!  She is back again!  In another dress, still looking hot.  She is the big winner at the Oscars.
11: 04 - Supafly78 (11:04:08 PM): Watching the oscars is like watching a train wreck  enrico (11:04:18 PM): i suppose   Supafly78 (11:04:20 PM): you know its gonna be bad but you watch anyway
11:05 - Spicoli gives the award for Best Actress to Hillary Swank for Million Dollar Baby.  Apparently she lived in a trailer park?
11:13 - CRock joke: Please welcome the first woman to brea
st feed an Apple, Gwyneth Paltrow. 
11:18 - Charlie Kaufman wins for Writing Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.  Phenomenal movie.
11:25 - Charlize Theron gives the Best Actor award to.. Surprise Surprise.. Jamie Foxx for Ray. You have to love a man who wears a purple suit to the Oscars.  Great speach by Mr. Foxx, I'm glad he won.
11:33 - Hello Julia Roberts.  Clint Eastwood won something.
11:37 - Million Dollar Baby takes home the big one for Best Picture.  I thought The Aviator was suposed to win this one?  Marty can't be pleased with this outcome.
11:40 - And its over, you have to love Chris Rock giving big ups to Brooklyn.  You can see the list of winners here.

Phillies manager Pete Mackanin: Adam Morgan is a definite bullpen candidate

Phillies manager Pete Mackanin: Adam Morgan is a definite bullpen candidate

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Just pitch.
 
Don’t worry about the role.
 
Just pitch.
 
That’s Adam Morgan’s mindset this spring.
 
“I’m just trying to show whoever needs to see it that I can be an asset to this team,” the left-hander said after his spring debut against the New York Yankees on Saturday (see story). “I’m just keeping it simple that way. I’m not trying to go out for that fifth (starting) spot. If the fifth spot opens up, I’d be more than willing to do that. If they want to put me in the bullpen, I’d be more than willing to do that. If they want me to be the backup catcher, I’ll be the backup catcher.”
 
The Phillies have plenty of candidates for backup catcher.
 
And the top five spots in their starting rotation, barring an unforeseen development, are accounted for.
 
But there is a way for Morgan to make this team.
 
“He’s definitely a bullpen candidate,” manager Pete Mackanin said.
 
Mackanin is on record as saying he’d like to have two lefties in what likely will be a seven-man bullpen. It might not work out that way, but that would be Mackanin’s preference.
 
Morgan is one of what appears to be four candidates along with Joely Rodriguez, Cesar Ramos and Sean Burnett. Ramos and Burnett are experienced major-league veterans in camp on minor-league contracts. Rodriguez is the only pure lefty reliever on the 40-man roster. Morgan, of course, is on the 40-man roster, but he’s mainly been a starter in his career.

There’s a long way to go in spring training and it would not be surprising to see general manager Matt Klentak add to the list of lefty relief candidates with some type of pickup before the end of camp.
 
But for now, it’s just these four.
 
Morgan, who turns 27 on Monday, started and pitched two scoreless innings against the Yankees on Saturday and will likely continue to have his innings stretched out throughout the Grapefruit League season, just in case he’s needed as a starter.

Ramos and Rodriguez both pitched an inning Saturday. Ramos allowed a hit and a run. Rodriguez had a clean inning. Burnett was tagged for two hits and two runs on Friday.
 
Morgan made 21 starts for the Phillies last season. He also made two relief appearances and finished the season with a 6.04 ERA. He was sent to Triple A in July and returned in mid-August. He made nine starts after returning and pitched at least six innings and gave up two or fewer earned runs in four of them.
 
During his time in Triple A, Morgan started throwing a two-seam fastball or sinker. He’s continued to throw it this spring and believes it will help him.
 
“I learned to trust the two-seamer last year and that’s what I hope to keep moving forward with,” he said.
 
Will it take him to the Phillies’ bullpen?
 
He hopes so. He got a taste of relieving last season and liked it.
 
“Oh, yeah, I loved it,” he said. “Every time the phone rang down there, I was on high alert. It was awesome. It’s a rush.
 
“But wherever I land, I land. I’d be willing to play anywhere on this team.”

Instant Replay: Villanova topples Creighton, clinches Big East title outright

Instant Replay: Villanova topples Creighton, clinches Big East title outright

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VILLANOVA – Sophomore transfer Eric Paschall scored a team-high 19 points – including five dunks – and Kris Jenkins added 15, as No. 2 Villanova pulled away late to beat No. 23 Creighton, 79-63, and clinch the 2017 Big East Conference regular-season title outright.

Paschall, starting during Darryll Reynolds’ injury absence, shot 8 for 12 from the field and added six rebounds.

Creighton’s last lead was 45-43 six minutes into the second half, but a Paschall slam and Jenkins’ first three after five misses sparked a 16-4 run that gave the Wildcats a 59-49 lead with 8 ½ minutes left. Creighton got no closer than seven the rest of the way.

Paschall’s career high is a 31-point game for Fordham against NYIT on Nov. 14, 2014.

Villanova again struggled from three-point range but had tremendous success attacking the basket, especially in the second half of the final game at the Pavilion for two years.

The Wildcats shot just 17 percent from three (3 for 18) but 69 percent from 2 (24 for 35) and repeatedly got to the foul line in the second half, when they were 14 for 18.

Jenkins again struggled from three (1 for 7) yet still finished with 15 points to go with four rebounds and three assists.

Josh Hart shot 7 for 11 for 16 points and added seven rebounds and three assists.

Villanova opened a streaky first half by taking a 7-0 lead, but Creighton hit four straight threes in less than two minutes and led by three. Villanova then went on a 17-2 run and led by as many as 10 points before Creighton finished the half on a 13-3 run to tie the game at 33.

There were seven lead changes in the first seven minutes of the second half, but Villanova finally pulled away and outscored Creighton 36-18 over the last 14 minutes.

Mikal Bridges added 11 points and eight rebounds for Villanova, while Jalen Brunson had nine points and three assists.

Freshman Dante DiVincenzo came off the bench to contribute nine points and four rebounds for Villanova.

What it means
Villanova improved to 27-3 overall and 14-3 in the Big East, clinching the conference title outright. Entering play Saturday, only Villanova or Butler was in position to win the conference title, with Villanova holding a magic number of one.

Villanova, which lost to Butler on Wednesday, has now won 12 straight games immediately following losses (15 if you carry over to the next year).

The Wildcats last lost consecutive games at the end of the 2012-2013 season, when they fell to Louisville in the Big East quarterfinals and to North Carolina in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Creighton fell to 22-7 overall and 9-7 in the Big East. The Bluejays are 4-6 since an 18-1 start.

Stat of the day
Marcus Foster had 25 points and eight assists, becoming the first player with 25 points and five assists against Villanova since Ben Hansbrough of Notre Dame, who had 30 points and 10 rebounds (and five steals) in a 93-72 win over Villanova on Feb. 28, 2011 at the Joyce Center in South Bend, Ind.

Turning point 
Villanova led by one at 48-47 when Jenkins finally buried a three for a four-point lead.

Moving out
This was Villanova’s last game at the Pavilion for about 20 months. Villanova will play most of its home games at the Wells Fargo Center next year while renovations are made to the Pavilion.

Villanova is 293-62 all-time at the Pavilion, which opened in 1985. That includes a 131-12 mark since the start of the 2004-2005 season.

By the numbers
Khyri Thomas scored 17 points for the Bluejays … Creighton was 7 for 14 from three in the first half but 4 for 13 in the second half ... Villanova has won six straight against Creighton since a 101-80 loss in February of 2014 when Doug McDermott scored 39 … Reynolds, Villanova’s second-leading rebounder at 5.5 per game, sat out a fifth straight game with a rib injury.  

What's next
Villanova has a week off before facing Georgetown at the Verizon Center in Washington at noon Saturday. Georgetown is 14-15 overall and 5-11 in the Big East.