I think we could all use a little break, and with TO being uncharacteristically quiet leading up to the big showdown in South Philly, Roy Williams has picked up the shit-talking slack. In response to Donovan McNabb's comments that the NFC East Championship goes through last year's champion city, Philly, Williams had some pointed words, essentially saying that no one's afraid to play at the Linc right now.
Williams may forget that the Cowboys seemingly had the Eagles and the division on the ropes last season, only to choke as if someone grabbed them by the neck from behind, wrenching them to the ground in an unnatural fashion because they started too slow.
Reminded about the Eagles' recent dominance over Dallas -- two
straight wins, five of seven and 11 of 14 -- Williams dismissed that, too.
"They are another team that's in our way of reaching our
goals," he said.
One thing that hasn't changed is that a big part of the reason for the Eagles' success against Dallas has been the ability to throw into Williams' defensive backfield at will. He may have a point that it's a new season (brilliant observation, that), but he's not the one on that team to be voicing anything. He's been garbage for years, and win or lose, the DMac and the Eagles will probably pick him apart again this weekend.
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Sixers head coach Brett Brown is in Australia this week, where he has accused longtime friend and former Australian men's national team assistant coach Shane Heal of defrauding him of $750,000, according to the Australian Associated Press.
Brown invested $250,000 into each of three companies for which Heal was the sole director. Brown wasn't given a legal title regarding the companies and didn't know the specifics of how the money would be used.
"I assumed that the money was going to be used for what Shane told me it was going to be used for," Brown said. "Because it was a friend that I had for 25 years."
Heal was charged last year by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission following an investigation relating to alleged misconduct in 2008, 2009 and 2010, according to the AAP.
The sides return to court in Brisbane on July 20.
Heal played in the NBA for the Minnesota Timberwolves in 1996-97 and was with the San Antonio Spurs in 2003.
A day after going 0 for 5 with five strikeouts, Odubel Herrera is leading off for the Phillies in their series opener Friday night against the Reds (see game notes).
It's the first time Herrera is leading off since last Aug. 19, a span of 84 games.
Cesar Hernandez gets the night off. He's been dealing with a groin pull for 10 days, manager Pete Mackanin said Friday.
Andres Blanco bats second and plays second.
Maikel Franco is back in the six-hole after going 1 for 5 with two strikeouts in the cleanup spot Thursday. Tommy Joseph bats fourth and Michael Saunders fifth.
Cameron Rupp, who walked three times in Thursday's win over the Rockies, catches Aaron Nola and bats seventh.
1. Odubel Herrera, CF
2. Andres Blanco, 2B
3. Aaron Altherr, LF
4. Tommy Joseph, 1B
5. Michael Saunders, RF
6. Maikel Franco, 3B
7. Cameron Rupp, C
8. Freddy Galvis, SS
9. Aaron Nola, P