OH HI THERE: Sixers Take on Sensationally Mediocre Lakers at Home

OH HI THERE: Sixers Take on Sensationally Mediocre Lakers at Home

This should've been the big game of the Sixers season—a Sunday night
showdown between two of the league's elite (or at least pretty good)
teams, marking Andrew Bynum's first game against his old squad since
being traded. But Bynum's still out, the Lakers have yet to get their
shit together (and are still missing two of their four non-crap players
to injury), and instead, it's a drama-less meeting between two mediocre
squads, a near-afterthought on tonight's NBA schedule.

At least
there's still the whole Kobe-Coming-Home thing. Offensively, Kobe is
having his best season in ages, averaging a league-high 29 points a game
with great shooting numbers, all of course at the ripe old age of 34,
though he's also leading the league in turnovers, and his defense could
most charitably be described as "unmotivated." The Lakers are only 10-14
on the season, and will be looking to continue to Turn It Around
against Bryant's hometown squad after winning in Washington on Friday.

6:00
tip from the Wells Fargo Center. Still no Jrue Holiday for the Sixers,
though Andrew Bynum says his left knee is feeling "much better." So
there's that. Go Kwame!

Union see 4-game winning streak end in shutout loss to Real Salt Lake

Union see 4-game winning streak end in shutout loss to Real Salt Lake

BOX SCORE

SANDY, Utah -- Joao Plata scored his first goal of the season and Real Salt Lake beat the Union, 1-0, on Saturday night to snap Philadelphia's club-record winning streak at four games.

Plata tapped in his goal in the 36th minute after quickly exchanging short passes twice with Jefferson Savarino. Tony Beltran got the play started by saving the ball just before it went over the goal line.

The Union (4-5-5) had a chance to tie it in stoppage time, but goalie Nick Rimando blocked Haris Medunjanin's belt-high free kick and Salt Lake (4-8-2) cleared it after a scramble in front of the net.

Union goalkeeper Andre Blake made seven saves.

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick on Saturday night made his fourth rehab appearance in Triple A during Lehigh Valley's 13-1 rout of the Louisville Bats in Allentown.

Kendrick went 1 for 5 with a run scored and three strikeouts. He also grounded into a double play and left two runners in scoring position.

It was his second rehab game playing third base. He played third during his appearance in the IronPigs' 8-4 loss Thursday to the Indianapolis Indians. He was 0 for 1 in three plate appearances with a run scored and was hit by a pitch twice (see story).

The Phillies' plan for Kendrick was to have him play a minimum four games at Lehigh Valley. He played left field in two games and third base twice. Pete Mackanin said Wednesday that Kendrick would also get a game at first base but he hasn't gotten a game at first yet.

There is a chance Kendrick could be recalled Sunday before the Phillies’ series finale against the Cincinnati Reds depending on how he feels.

Kendrick has been sidelined since April 15 with an oblique strain. In 10 games before the injury, Kendrick went 13 for 39 (.333) with five extra-base hits and four walks while exclusively playing left field.