Make it stop: Josh Beckett no-hits Phillies

Make it stop: Josh Beckett no-hits Phillies

First and foremost, a well-deserved round of applause for Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Josh Beckett. The 14-year Major League veteran has a lot of feathers in his cap—three-time All-Star, two-time World Series champion, 2007 World Series MVP. Now he can add a no-hitter to his resume.

Beckett threw 128 pitches on Sunday to secure the first no-no of the 2014 season, defeating the Philadelphia Phillies 6-0 at Citizens Bank Park. At one point, he had retired 23 batters in a row until Jimmy Rollins managed to draw a two-out walk in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Beckett got Chase Utley looking on the next at bat to finish the job, one of six strikeouts on the afternoon.

It was the first no-hitter recorded against the Phillies since Bob Forsch did it for the St. Louis Cardinals on April 16, 1978.

Obviously, you don't want to overreact when a very good pitcher has the kind of stuff Beckett had, but it's worth noting that this marks the seventh time the Phillies have been shut out in 47 games this season—the sixth time in the month of May alone. All told, they've been held to two or fewer runs in 17.

Beckett also didn't have anything to do with some of the lackadaisical defense that allowed the Dodgers to tack on three insurance runs in the seventh inning. It doesn't help that Cody Asche hit the disabled list this week, or Domonic Brown is battling back spasms, either.

Then again, I doubt any of that would have mattered.

Beckett was masterful on Sunday, and the Phillies just happened to be standing in his way. Hats off to a great performance, even if it was at the expense of the home team.

>> Box Score [ESPN]

Ben Simmons, Robert Covington react to Ersan Ilyasova trade

Ben Simmons, Robert Covington react to Ersan Ilyasova trade

On Wednesday, the Sixers traded Ersan Ilyasova to the Hawks in exchange for Tiago Splitter and a 2017 second-round pick, as well as the option to swap 2017 second-round selections (see story).

"I want to thank Ersan Ilyasova for his positive contributions to this organization both on and off the basketball court," president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said in a statement. "Ersan is a true professional whose daily examples of hard work, focus and consistency have helped facilitate the ongoing growth of our program and culture."

The Sixers took to Instagram to express their appreciation for Ilyasova’s leadership. Ilyasova quickly embraced the role of a veteran go-to when he was traded to the Sixers in early November. Both posts below exemplify his team-first mentality.

✊🏼 A true Pro @ersanilyasova7

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Thanks for being a great teammate @ersanilyasova7. Wishing you the best in ATL

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Best of NHL: Rickard Rakell, Ducks snap Bruins' win streak at 4

Best of NHL: Rickard Rakell, Ducks snap Bruins' win streak at 4

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Rickard Rakell broke a tie with his second goal with 2:34 to play, and the Anaheim Ducks snapped Boston's four-game winning streak under new coach Bruce Cassidy with a 5-3 victory over the Bruins on Wednesday night.

Rakell also scored in the second period for the Ducks and has 24 goals in his outstanding season. Ondrej Kase, Josh Manson and Andrew Cogliano also scored for Anaheim, and Jonathan Bernier made 26 saves in his first victory since Jan. 23.

Frank Vatrano scored the tying goal in the third period for the Bruins, who hadn't lost since Cassidy replaced Claude Julien on Feb. 7. Defensemen Brandon Carlo and Zdeno Chara scored early goals, and Tuukka Rask stopped 20 shots.

Anaheim beat Boston for the seventh straight time (see full recap).

Rare goal from Russell lifts Oilers over Panthers
SUNRISE, Fla. -- Kris Russell's goal with 7:58 left was his first in more than a year and lifted the Edmonton Oilers over Florida 4-3 on Wednesday night to snap the Panthers' five-game winning streak.

Russell's goal was his first since Feb. 11, 2016, when he played for Calgary. He went goalless in his first 48 games with the Oilers.

Fellow defenseman Oscar Klefbom also scored for Edmonton, as did forwards Zack Kassian and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Connor McDavid, who came into the night leading the NHL scoring race, had an assist on Russell's goal.

Aleksander Barkov, Colton Sceviour and Jonathan Marchessault scored for Florida. Keith Yandle had two assists for the Panthers, giving him 400 points for his career.

Cam Talbot stopped 31 shots for the Oilers, who have won their last eight games at Florida -- last losing on the Panthers' ice in 2002. James Reimer made 31 saves for the Panthers, who just completed a 5-0-0 road trip (see full recap).