Monday Extras

Monday Extras

-The Bulls helped the Sixers this weekend and ended all hopes of the Sixers making the playoffs.  The Sixers will now have some balls in the lottery.  My bet, 14th overall.

-Brett Myers owns Colorado. [Inqy]  The Phils right the ship a bit and head back to South Philly to start a home stand on Tuesday.  With Washington and Florida on deck the Phils look to recover from an atrocious start.

-Jim Thome had 7 HRs last year for the Phillies, this year he has 7 already for Chicago.  [ChicagoSunTimes]
-Paris finds basketball very interesting. [Yahoo Photos]
-Paris couldn't cheerlead in Australia [SI.com]
-They sell Vitamin water at Wawa in center city but not at Wawa in the burbs.
-Sopranos: Vito lives, for now at least.
-The guy who Vito Andolini was based off of, the Don of Dons, was recently arrested just outside of Corleone, Italy. [Time Magazine]
-Who will become the new Don of Dons? [NewCriminologist]
-Can't a guy just get some cheese? [SMH]

Report: Brett Brown accuses longtime friend of defrauding him of $750,000

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Report: Brett Brown accuses longtime friend of defrauding him of $750,000

Sixers head coach Brett Brown is in Australia this week, where he has accused longtime friend and former Australian men's national team assistant coach Shane Heal of defrauding him of $750,000, according to the Australian Associated Press.

Brown invested $250,000 into each of three companies for which Heal was the sole director. Brown wasn't given a legal title regarding the companies and didn't know the specifics of how the money would be used.

"I assumed that the money was going to be used for what Shane told me it was going to be used for," Brown said. "Because it was a friend that I had for 25 years."

Heal was charged last year by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission following an investigation relating to alleged misconduct in 2008, 2009 and 2010, according to the AAP.

The sides return to court in Brisbane on July 20.

Heal played in the NBA for the Minnesota Timberwolves in 1996-97 and was with the San Antonio Spurs in 2003.

Tonight's lineup: Odubel Herrera leads off; Cesar Hernandez (groin) out

Tonight's lineup: Odubel Herrera leads off; Cesar Hernandez (groin) out

A day after going 0 for 5 with five strikeouts, Odubel Herrera is leading off for the Phillies in their series opener Friday night against the Reds (see game notes).

It's the first time Herrera is leading off since last Aug. 19, a span of 84 games.

Cesar Hernandez gets the night off. He's been dealing with a groin pull for 10 days, manager Pete Mackanin said Friday.

Andres Blanco bats second and plays second.

Maikel Franco is back in the six-hole after going 1 for 5 with two strikeouts in the cleanup spot Thursday. Tommy Joseph bats fourth and Michael Saunders fifth.

Cameron Rupp, who walked three times in Thursday's win over the Rockies, catches Aaron Nola and bats seventh.

1. Odubel Herrera, CF
2. Andres Blanco, 2B
3. Aaron Altherr, LF
4. Tommy Joseph, 1B
5. Michael Saunders, RF
6. Maikel Franco, 3B
7. Cameron Rupp, C
8. Freddy Galvis, SS
9. Aaron Nola, P