Phils lose Brewers Series; Time for Football

Phils lose Brewers Series; Time for Football

I watched a lot of the Phils series this weekend against the Brewers.  They had their chances Friday night and couldn't convert.  Saturday the Phils bats got going and they won an easy one.  One of the only quasi bright spots to come out of the weekend was the performance of the starting pitching.  They didn't blow up and they kept the Phillies in all 3 games.  But the bats couldnt come through in the clutch.  I think if you looked at the Phillies as a team and had to focus in on one thing which they are lacking in a big way it would have to be clutch hitting.  They are insanely unclutch.   The fightin's have Monday off and head out to L.A. to start a series with the Dodgers.

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So, while I am not giving up on the Phillies just yet, I am definitely focusing my interests towards the Eagles.  Training camp is in full effect and there is plenty to talk about.

With the season ending injury to Todd Pinkson and Mr. Owens outperforming his ego, the Eagles wide receiver position has a lot of question marks.  Dave Spadaro was reporting that rookie Reggie Brown took the number 2 spot in practices on Saturday along side Greg Lewis.  Dave has this praise to say about the two young wideouts, but be weary of Dave, for he gives praise rather easy:

Greg Lewis and Reggie Brown had fantastic days working with the
starters on Saturday morning. They both have had terrific camps. Lewis
just makes plays. He runs great routes, gets open and catches
everything.

Brown is scary. If he's as good as he's playing now, the Eagles
are going to go to him a lot in the passing game. He's been that
impressive.

Spadaro agreed with today's Inky article by Bob Brookover which tells us that Billy McMullen's tendency to drop routine passes is a concern:

The main concern about McMullen is his
habit of dropping balls. During the first part of yesterday's practice,
he dropped several passes before making some great catches. He made a
terrific lefthanded grab for a touchdown near the end of the morning
session, but it was ruled out of bounds.

"He needs to keep working on consistency," Reid said. "He's having a
good camp so far. He had a couple of drops today. He'll work through
that and those will be far and few between."

So the receiver position is an interesting on going story, but fans have to be excited about all the praise rookie Reggie Brown has been receiving.  The Eagles talk all the time about how hard it is for a rookie receiver to make an impact, but it looks like if any Eagles rookie WR in the past few years has a chance, Reggie Brown may be the one.

Ben Simmons, Robert Covington react to Ersan Ilyasova trade

Ben Simmons, Robert Covington react to Ersan Ilyasova trade

On Wednesday, the Sixers traded Ersan Ilyasova to the Hawks in exchange for Tiago Splitter and a 2017 second-round pick, as well as the option to swap 2017 second-round selections (see story).

"I want to thank Ersan Ilyasova for his positive contributions to this organization both on and off the basketball court," president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said in a statement. "Ersan is a true professional whose daily examples of hard work, focus and consistency have helped facilitate the ongoing growth of our program and culture."

The Sixers took to Instagram to express their appreciation for Ilyasova’s leadership. Ilyasova quickly embraced the role of a veteran go-to when he was traded to the Sixers in early November. Both posts below exemplify his team-first mentality.

✊🏼 A true Pro @ersanilyasova7

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Thanks for being a great teammate @ersanilyasova7. Wishing you the best in ATL

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Best of NHL: Rickard Rakell, Ducks snap Bruins' win streak at 4

Best of NHL: Rickard Rakell, Ducks snap Bruins' win streak at 4

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Rickard Rakell broke a tie with his second goal with 2:34 to play, and the Anaheim Ducks snapped Boston's four-game winning streak under new coach Bruce Cassidy with a 5-3 victory over the Bruins on Wednesday night.

Rakell also scored in the second period for the Ducks and has 24 goals in his outstanding season. Ondrej Kase, Josh Manson and Andrew Cogliano also scored for Anaheim, and Jonathan Bernier made 26 saves in his first victory since Jan. 23.

Frank Vatrano scored the tying goal in the third period for the Bruins, who hadn't lost since Cassidy replaced Claude Julien on Feb. 7. Defensemen Brandon Carlo and Zdeno Chara scored early goals, and Tuukka Rask stopped 20 shots.

Anaheim beat Boston for the seventh straight time (see full recap).

Rare goal from Russell lifts Oilers over Panthers
SUNRISE, Fla. -- Kris Russell's goal with 7:58 left was his first in more than a year and lifted the Edmonton Oilers over Florida 4-3 on Wednesday night to snap the Panthers' five-game winning streak.

Russell's goal was his first since Feb. 11, 2016, when he played for Calgary. He went goalless in his first 48 games with the Oilers.

Fellow defenseman Oscar Klefbom also scored for Edmonton, as did forwards Zack Kassian and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Connor McDavid, who came into the night leading the NHL scoring race, had an assist on Russell's goal.

Aleksander Barkov, Colton Sceviour and Jonathan Marchessault scored for Florida. Keith Yandle had two assists for the Panthers, giving him 400 points for his career.

Cam Talbot stopped 31 shots for the Oilers, who have won their last eight games at Florida -- last losing on the Panthers' ice in 2002. James Reimer made 31 saves for the Panthers, who just completed a 5-0-0 road trip (see full recap).