One Last Chance to Show Larry the Love: Chipper Jones Final Philly Series

One Last Chance to Show Larry the Love: Chipper Jones Final Philly Series

The Chipper Jones farewell tour rolls through Philadelphia this weekend as the Braves third baseman will be honored prior to tonight's 7:05 start. It's likely the Phillies organization will give Chipper some sort of parting gift -- the Marlins gave him some fly fishing gear -- but this weekend will be your final chance to show Larry the love.

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No opposing team's fans will show Chipper the love quite like his teammate Freddie Freeman did down in Florida this week, however. They apparently put Jones on the Kiss Cam while he was sitting alone in the Braves dugout when his teammates jumped to show him the affection the old vet deserves. Pretty funny stuff. (via Hot Clicks)

As for the contests this weekend at Citizens Bank Park, Kyle Kendrick (0-11, 3.95) takes on Braves right-hander Tommy Hanson (12-8, 4.33).

While the Fightins will face 15-game winner Tim Hudson on Sunday -- Andrew Bynum pitch and Cole Hamels Figurine Day! -- they'll miss red hot Kris Medlen who tossed on Thursday in Miami.

Still 4 games back of St. Louis and pretty much facing a must-win every night now it would seem.

As for Chipper, I'm not quite sure what the "Larrrrr-rry!" chants ever really accomplished aside from entertaining ourselves, but it's another case of "we've always done it so we just keep doing it," so I guess we'll do it some more this weekend. Jones was one heck of a ball player for the Braves and I can't say I'm going to miss him on the opposing team 18-19 times a season. Respect.

7:05 start. Get there early to see what fun Philly-related gift Chipper gets.

Tonight's Lineup:

Future Eagle (?) Latavius Murray posts workout with Carson Wentz on Instagram

Future Eagle (?) Latavius Murray posts workout with Carson Wentz on Instagram

Could the Eagles be interested in signing another top free agent running back named Murray?

No, not that guy. 

Oakland/Los Angeles/Las Vegas Raiders running back Latavius Murray.

Murray posted a picture on Instagram of the soon-to-be free agent working out with Carson Wentz with the caption "im just here to help."

"im just here to help"

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It's no surprise the Eagles can stand to upgrade their running back corps this offseason — as several mock drafts have suggested. Could Murray be the answer?


Instant Replay: UConn 64, Temple 63

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Instant Replay: UConn 64, Temple 63

Temple’s roller coaster season continued with a new low on Sunday afternoon.

The Owls, who led nearly the entire way, allowed UConn guard Jalen Adams to make a reverse layup with 2.9 seconds remaining in a 64-63 loss at the Liacouras Center.

Shizz Alston Jr. missed the potential game-winning shot from half court as time expired.

Turning point
The Owls (14-14, 5-10 AAC) looked like they might avoid blowing a 10-point lead after Quinton Rose responded to Rodney Purvis’ game-tying three-pointer with a three of his own to give them a 63-60 lead with 2:32 left.

However, the Huskies (14-12, 9-5 AAC) responded with a pair of free throws from Adams before he snaked his way into the lane with the clock running down for the game-winner. The layup gave UConn its seventh win in the last eight games.

Big men on campus
The Huskies were led by Rodney Purvis’ game-high of 18 points on 7 of 14 shooting. He also added five assists. 

Adams shot just 5 of 13 for 13 points, but connected with the game on the line. He also chipped in five assists and five boards.

The Owls received a jolt Sunday from their young players, as freshmen Damion Moore and Alani Moore II scored a combined 22 points on 9 of 10 shooting. 

In a solid all-around effort, Temple’s Daniel Dingle scored 17 points, with six boards and six assists. Alston Jr. contributed 11 points, six assists and 5 rebounds.

Inside the box score
• After making 5 of 9 shots from three-point range in the first half, Temple finished the game 7 of 21 from deep.

• UConn's Kentan Facey had a big game in the first matchup between the two teams with 23 points and 10 rebounds. On Sunday, the senior was held to eight points and four rebounds after dealing with foul trouble in the first half.

• Temple couldn’t find any room inside, as the Owls lost the points in the paint battle 26-16.

History lesson
With the win, UConn improved to 9-7 in the all-time series. The victory was the Huskies’ third straight in the series.

Up next
The Owls will continue on a three-game homestand Wednesday at 7 p.m. against UCF.

UConn will stay on the road and play at Houston also on Wednesday.