Hawkward: Temple Throttles St. Joe's; Rollouts, Notes and Audio Below

Hawkward: Temple Throttles St. Joe's; Rollouts, Notes and Audio Below

As Phil Martelli put it after the game, the 78-60 final doesn't even begin to do justice to the Temple Owls' "domination" of the St. Joseph's Hawks on Saturday afternoon. Indeed, Temple was up by as much as 28 with just under four minutes remaining in the game; they had secured the victory long before that.

Only three Temple players -- Ramone Moore, Juan Fernandez, and Michael Eric -- would score in the first half, with Fernandez and Moore responsible for 32 of the Owls' 38 points in the opening twenty. Temple took a 14 point lead into the locker room and never looked back.

Assorted notes, quotes, post-game audio and a full rollout recap after the jump:

Temple Notes
-- Moore and Fernandez finished the game with 21 points and 17 points, respectively, after finishing the first with 17 and 15. The two combined to shoot 15 for 24 from the field.

-- As a team, Temple -- who came into the game with the second best three point percentage in the conference at 39.4% -- shot exactly 60% from the floor (30-50) and 53.5% from three.

-- Though junior guard Khalif Wyatt did not go off for at least 20 points for what would have been the sixth time in the last eight games, he did do an impressive job setting up his teammates early. As Fernandez and Moore opened hot, it was Wyatt who was most often getting them the ball. Khalif finished the first half with six assists and set a new career-high with eight total.

-- Four Owls scorers -- Moore, Fernandez, Wyatt and Eric -- finished in double figures.

-- Speaking of Eric, he was on the floor for 17 minutes (just as he was at Charlotte), but showed signs that he could have gone longer had the game been closer. A post-up, spin move, dunk sequence in the second half made it look as if the Nigerian Nightmare has put his patella injury behind him.
-- The win moves Temple to 15-5 overall and 4-2 in the A-10.

St. Joe's Notes
-- Junior guard and SJU leading scorer Carl Jones finished the game with just five points on 1 for 5 shooting. Martelli commented after the game that he did not believe Jones' recent ankle injury was still a factor in the guard's recent slump. "Tay" is just 12 of 46 from the floor in his last five games.

-- Sophomore Langston Galloway was also held in check by the Temple perimeter defense, finishing with just seven points on 3 for 9 shooting. It was Galloway who was the primary cover on Moore in the first half.

-- With his 17 points, SJU power forward Ronald Roberts was the only Hawk to finish in double figures. Temple has had consistent problems this year guarding opposing bigs with Roberts' skill set. Today was no different, as the 6-8 sophomore grabbed 10 rebounds to record his third double-double of the season.

-- As for total rebounds, Joe's topped the Owls 34-27, pulling down 15 offensive boards. Temple coach Fran Dunphy immediately pointed to that statistic and SJU's 18 second chance points as the elements of the box score with which he was the most displeased.
-- The loss drops St. Joseph's to 13-9 and 3-4 in the A10.

Odds and Ends
-- As for specifics odds and ends, Temple obviously covered it's 6.5-point spread. The two teams' combined score of 138 fell under the 141.5 O/U.

-- The win is Temple's 10th straight over SJU, dating back to Feb. 2008. It is the fifth double-digit win streak in the 153 games played between the schools. No team has won more than eleven straight, a record Temple will have the opportunity to tie when they travel to the St. Joseph's Fieldhouse later this season.

-- The announced attendance of 10,203 was the second largest crowd in Liacouras Center history. It was the 13th basketball sellout in the building's history and the second this season. The Temple media notes state that the team has sold out four home games -- St. Joe's, Villanova, Duke, Maryland -- at three different venues -- Apollo, Wells Fargo, Palestra -- this season (though last weekend's Maryland game was alleged to have been a "neutral site contest"). The only larger crowd to watch a basketball game at the Liacouras Center came in 2004 when the Owls hosted Jameer Nelson, Delonte West and the undefeated St. Joseph's Hawks.

Rollout RecapTemple's Cherry Crusade
(1) "The last time you beat us, our freshmen were freshmen...in high school."
(2) "La Salle is more relevant than you."
(3) "Only Tebow can save the Hawk."
(4) "Only ITT Tech accepts more than SJU."
(5) "So who's NOT transferring this year?"
(6) "Free O'Brien."
(7) "Who wears short-shorts?" (See here:[embed]http://yhoo.it/zJLUU7)
(8) "Things Delonte West got into: SJU, LeBron's Mom, White House."
(9) "This is our ciTy."

St. Joseph's Student Section
(1) "More gangsta: TU Holloway or TU students?"
(2) "Not Ready for Hagan."
(3) "The Hawk Will Never Die."

Quotes
-- Phil Martelli on the outcome: "What the final score, actually what that final score doesn't even indiciate, is how we were domianted. But they dominated"..."That was not really much of a contest. And it wasn't individual. I just said that to the players. We got waxed, not an individual guy lost his matchup. And when you play Dunph's teams that's what you're really playing. You're playing a team concept and not an individual."

-- Juan Fernandez on Temple winning 10 in a row over the Hawks: "That's one of the tough things about playing St. Joe's, especially now. You always want to keep (the streak alive). But we know that they know what the streak has been lately and we expect them to take pride and try to reverse that. Later on, we're going to have to go to their place and it's going to be tough. We keep that in mind and we try to stay focused. It's always good to beat them, obviously. It's good to beat any city team. We just have to stay focused and play our game if we want to keep that streak going."

-- Fran Dunphy on Phil Martelli's Relationship with the Coaches versus Cancer cause: "We've been doing [Coaches versus Cancer] since 1996, and it means a lot. There is nobody, including people in this room, who are not effected by this disease"..."I will tell you flat out that nobody is better than Martelli in this cause. No one. No one here in Philadelphia, certainly. No one throughout the country. The man never says 'no,' is everywhere he can be, and I'm very proud that he has done what he has done for this cause."

-- Dunphy on the atmosphere: "It was great. Any time we can get that student representation, especially, that would be terrific for us. So now the next issue is, we play here on Wednesday. We'd like to get an equal representation on Wednesday. That will be important for us. I want to get the message out to the students that that's how important they are to what it is we do. It's of critical importance. Temple is a very supportive place in so many different ways. We need the support of that student body and I really appreciate what they did today."

-- Dunphy on having to play at the Hagan Arena later this season: "We've got to go back there in a couple weeks. They (St. Joe's) will be more than ready."

Downloadable Post-Game Audio
Phil Martelli

Juan Fernandez and Ramone Moore

Fran Dunphy

Eagles training camp Day 1 notes and observations: QB reps, Agholor and more

Eagles training camp Day 1 notes and observations: QB reps, Agholor and more

Day 1 is in the books. 

The Eagles practiced on the fields at the NovaCare Complex at 8:40 a.m. on Monday in 90-plus-degree weather. It was the first practice under new head coach Doug Pederson, who said he had trouble sleeping Sunday because of excitement and the massive thunderstorm that rolled through the area. 

For now, there are just 38 players (out of 90) in training camp. The rest of the team won’t report until Wednesday and the first full-team practice isn’t until Thursday afternoon. Pederson said the team will be in pads for the first time Saturday. The plan is to have pads on for three days, then off one, on three, etc. 

Here are some notes and observations from Day 1: 

Figuring out the reps
Four of the 38 players in camp right now are quarterbacks: Sam Bradford, Chase Daniel, Carson Wentz and recently-re-signed McLeod Bethel-Thompson. During the spring, while Bradford, Daniel and Wentz worked with the first, second and third teams, respectively, they did split reps evenly. 

Eventually, the bulk of those practice snaps will need to go to Bradford, as he prepares to be the starter. But does Pederson have a plan during camp? 

“Well, I'm not officially there yet,” he said. “I do know this: Your first two preseason games, typically your starters don't play a ton; you're trying to save them for that third game and get them ready for the regular season. So we'll focus on the twos and threes probably a little bit more early in camp, probably give them the bulk of the reps. Then we’ll ramp the guys up who we think are going to be the starters opening day, we'll get them more reps towards the end of camp.”

Pederson on Agholor
Second-year receiver Nelson Agholor won’t be reporting to camp until Wednesday, at which time he’ll finally be asked about his involvement in an incident at a gentlemen’s club in June. He was accused of sexual assault, but the district attorney decided there wasn’t enough evidence to charge him. 

Pederson said he hasn’t spoken to Agholor since the incident; he didn’t think it was necessary to speak to him at the time. Pederson did say the two of them will have a private chat once Agholor returns. 

“I'm still not going to comment too much on it,” Pederson said. “I just know this, that everybody, we all make mistakes, we learn from them, we move on, and we just look forward to him getting to camp and getting ready to go.”

The first three days
Training camp won’t really look or feel like training camp until Thursday, when the entire team practices together. Until then, it’s just a bunch of rookies and quarterbacks. 

Boring. 

But what does Pederson hope to accomplish during these days? 

“First of all, it's a great three days to get acclimated, number one, to the schedule,” he said. “It's great for the coaches to kind of get back into the swing of football and thinking football before we get the rest of the team in here. And then I think thirdly, just getting the quarterbacks in here and getting their arms loose and kind of getting into a full lather before they really get cranked up Friday, Saturday and the rest of camp.”

Observations
Not a ton of observations thanks to the lack of numbers in camp right now. But here are a few: 

• Credit Quentin Gause for the first kinda-hard hit of 2016 training camp. He popped Wendell Smallwood after the rookie running back caught a pass from Bradford during 7-on-7s. 

• Aaron Grymes, the former CFL cornerback, made a nice play down the left sideline to break up a Daniel pass to Marcus Johnson. Grymes has a little edge during camp right now because of his professional experience. 

• Johnson couldn’t haul that one in, but the wideout from Texas had a pretty good day, eventually grabbing some long balls. 

• Wentz, like he did in the spring, showed off the deep ball again Monday. He doesn’t always hit those passes — and some of them are ill-advised — but he likes to throw it deep more than Bradford and Daniel. 

• Former Oregon running back Byron Marshall, who missed all of OTAs thanks to the NCAA/NFL graduation rule, had a pretty nice day aside from a fumble. He is especially good catching the ball out of the backfield. 

• Because of the small numbers in camp right now, quarterback Bethel-Thompson played some tight end Monday and didn’t look great. At one point, a pass came his way and it looked like Gause might have interfered with him, while taking him to the ground. That red jersey doesn’t mean much when Bethel-Thompson lines up as a tight end. 

• A good sign for Smallwood: Saw him pick up a blitz without hesitation Monday. That’s important because that’s probably the area of his game that needs the most improvement. 

• The difference in the pace of practice between Pederson and Chip Kelly is shocking. There’s just a lot fewer plays run under Pederson, who chooses to do his coaching on the field instead of in the meeting room. At one point, there was about a 30-second delay between snaps. If that happened under Kelly, his head would have exploded. 

The Daily Show has a weird obsession with the Phillie Phanatic

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The Daily Show has a weird obsession with the Phillie Phanatic

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The Daily Show took this opportunity to show their love -- and totally normal obsession - with the Phillie Phanatic.

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Phillies-Marlins 5 things: Could be locked-in Hellickson's final start with Phils

Phillies-Marlins 5 things: Could be locked-in Hellickson's final start with Phils

Phillies (45-55) at Marlins (53-45)
7:10 p.m. on CSN

After three straight series losses to begin the second half, the Phillies head to Miami for three games with the Marlins. It's the second leg of a 10-game road trip that takes the Phils to Atlanta for four games later in the week.

Let's take a look at the series opener:

1. Hellickson's sendoff?
Jeremy Hellickson makes his 21st and potentially final start for the Phillies tonight in South Florida. The Marlins are one of the teams after him, so it's possible he could just switch clubhouses later this week. 

Hellickson has boosted his trade value substantially over the last five weeks, posting a 2.54 ERA with five quality starts in six tries. He enters Monday's game 7-7 with a 3.84 ERA and 1.16 WHIP. Those are better and more consistent numbers than you'll find attached to many other pitchers on the trade market, rentals or otherwise. 

It was on this day last year that Cole Hamels threw a no-hitter against the Cubs which turned out to be the tipping point for the Rangers, who several days later traded the Phillies six players, four of whom were intriguing prospects now thriving in this organization. Hellickson isn't going to no-hit the Fish tonight, but if he has a similarly well-timed good start, it could result in a better return for the Phils this time around, too.

Hellickson's last start was against the Marlins in the only game in last week's four-game series that the Phillies won. He allowed one run on five hits over eight innings with eight strikeouts.

Hellickson's control has been superb this season. He's walked just 27 batters in 119⅔ innings, or 2.0 per nine innings. That's nearly a full walk per nine less than his previous career rate of 2.9. It's a major reason that Hellickson has been able to maintain a sub-4.00 ERA despite allowing 19 home runs in 20 starts.

2. Scouting Cosart
The Phillies will face their former farmhand Jarred Cosart, who is 0-1 with a 7.98 ERA in three starts this season. It's been a troubling year for Cosart, who missed a month with an oblique injury and has spent most of the season struggling at Triple A. He had a 5.22 ERA and 1.56 WHIP in 12 starts with Triple A New Orleans.

Way back in 2011, Cosart headlined the Astros' return in the Hunter Pence trade. Houston received Cosart, Jon Singleton, Josh Zeid and Domingo Santana for the rightfielder. None panned out in the Astros' organization, with Cosart getting traded three years later, Singleton continuing to struggle in the minors and Santana ending up in Milwaukee.

Cosart has disappointed the most of the bunch. After going 13-11 with a 3.69 ERA in 2014, his career has taken a downward trend. He's never been a big strikeout guy despite throwing in the mid-90s, and his control has always been poor. Cosart has walked 15 batters in 14⅔ innings this season and 4.3 per nine innings in his major-league career. 

He did have success, though, in three starts against the Phillies last season, going 1-1 with a 2.40 ERA and 12 strikeouts to three walks in 15 innings. But this lineup is much different than that one. 

Cosart is mostly a three-pitch pitcher who uses a cutter, sinker and curveball. The cutter is his main pitch, averaging 93 mph. 

3. Injuries piling up
In the span of just a few days, Maikel Franco was hit by a pitch on the wrist, Cameron Rupp was hit in the helmet and Andres Blanco fractured a finger. They've been three of the Phillies' five best offensive players this season.

Franco returned Sunday to replace Blanco, a good sign that he should be ready to go this week in Miami and Atlanta. But each Franco at-bat bears watching because wrist injuries can sap a player of his power. 

Rupp, too, could return to the starting lineup as soon as tonight after passing MLB's concussion protocol. He's hitting .276 with 17 doubles, 10 home runs and an .810 OPS in his breakout 2016 season.

4. Bourjos back to Earth
After hitting .410 in June, Peter Bourjos has hit .227 in July with a meager .263 on-base percentage. He's 4 for 36 (.111) over his last nine games with one walk, one RBI and 10 strikeouts.

Bourjos is another player the Phillies could trade this week to clear up room on the roster for Aaron Altherr and/or Nick Williams. In Bourjos and Jimmy Paredes, the Phils have replaceable outfielders who don't figure to factor too much into their future. It wouldn't simply be wishful thinking to say that by next week, the Phils' starting outfield could be Williams in left field, Odubel Herrera in center and Altherr in right.

Altherr's rehab assignment ends Wednesday. At that point the Phillies must decide whether to call him up or option him to Triple A. 

5. Almost Thompson time?
It's no coincidence that IronPigs ace Jake Thompson pitches tonight, the same night as Hellickson. Thompson would be a ready-made replacement for Hellickson in the rotation if/when Hellickson is dealt. Thompson is on a ridiculous roll at Triple A, having allowed just four earned runs over his last 62⅓ innings spanning nine starts. He's lowered his ERA from 4.23 to 2.29 over that stretch thanks to a sky-high rate of weak groundballs.

Even if Thompson were to struggle tonight, the Phillies would still likely turn to him to replace Hellickson. There doesn't seem to be much left for him to prove at Triple A, where every International League starting pitcher with an ERA even close to his 2.29 has been called up to the majors.