Phils Kick Off 10-Game Homestand with Hamels vs. the Padres

Phils Kick Off 10-Game Homestand with Hamels vs. the Padres

The Phillies kick off a 10-game homestand this evening against the San Diego Padres and do so in 80's style. Both teams will wear sweet 1984 throwback uniforms this evening as part of 80's Retro Night.

Cole Hamels (11-5, 2.71) will take on a Padres team coming off a three game sweep of the struggling Marlins. San Diego outscored Florida 23-6 in that series. They'll counter with left-hander Cory Luebke (3-3, 2.57) this evening so Charlie Manuel has gone with a right-heavy lineup.

Hamels is coming off one of his worst starts of the season against the Mets on July 16th, in which he lasted only 4.1 IP and allowed 7 earned runs. On the flip side, Hamels has a 17.0-inning scoreless streak going against the Padres dating back to June 7th of last season.

When the Phils last faced the Pads in a four game set, they got the brooms out back in April as the Fightins took all four from San Diego.

Manuel's lineup for this evening: Rollins, Martinez, Utley, Howard, Victorino, Ruiz, Francisco, Mayberry, and Hamels.

First pitch scheduled for 7:05.

For more images of the 1984 throwback uniforms, check out the Majestic Athletic album on Facebook.

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.