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Sixers vs. Wizards: John Wall vs. Evan Turner Still Not a Thing

Sixers vs. Wizards: John Wall vs. Evan Turner Still Not a Thing

I remember a couple weeks there where I wondered if the Sixers actually
may have lucked out getting Evan Turner instead of John Wall in the 2010
draft. (OK I didn't really wonder that, but I definitely wondered if it
wasn't impossible that I might one day wonder that.) Wall regressed
some as a scorer from his first year to his second when many expected he
would take a leap forward, and his Wizards team never really improved
either. When Wall sat out injured at the beginning of the year while
Evan was having the best month of his career, it was like "Hm, maybe
this wasn't such a bad coinflip after all."

Nope, we lost big
time. John Wall has exploded as a burgeoning All-Star since returning to
the NBA in mid-January, averaging about 18 points and eight assists a
game on career-best 45% shooting, and the Wizards, who started the
season as one of the league's heavy lottery favorites, have gone 24-22
since his return, looking well on their way to respectability (while
still on track for a top ten pick in the draft to help retool for the
future). Meanwhile, Evan Turner has turned back into Evan Turner and the
Sixers have been the Sixers. Harumph.

Anyway, the two players,
forever linked as the 1-2 selections in the '10 draft, will square off
again tonight as the Sixers head to Washington for their fourth-to-last
game of the season. Even if the Liberty Ballers lose out from here,
they'll probably still end up with the 11th pick in the lottery, unless
the Raptors can somehow catch fire in their last four games, all against
playoff teams. More likely, sadly, might be the Blazers sneaking up
from in front of the Sixers, Portland having basically thrown in the
towel on the season, losing nine games in a row to drop to 33-45, with
their four remaining games all also against playoff teams (in the much
tougher Western Conference). So let's not get too cute here, Sixers.

7:00 tip from the Verizon Center. Is this the last Friday night game Doug Collins will coach for the Sixers? Bob Ford says probably, Collins' agent says probably not. Whatever.

CSNPhilly Internship - Advertising/Sales

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CSNPhilly Internship - Advertising/Sales

Position Title: Intern
Department: Advertising/Sales
Company: Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia
# of hours / week: 10 – 20 hours

Deadline: November 20

Basic Function

This position will work closely with the Vice President of Sales in generating revenue through commercial advertisements and sponsorship sales. The intern will gain first-hand sales experience through working with Sales Assistants and AEs on pitches, sales-calls and recapping material.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Assist Account Executive on preparation of Sales Presentations
• Cultivate new account leads for local sales
• Track sponsorships in specified programs
• Assist as point of contact with sponsors on game night set up and pre-game hospitality elements.
• Assist with collection of all proof of performance materials.
• Perform Competitive Network Analysis
• Update Customer database
• Other various projects as assigned

Requirements

1. Good oral and written communication skills.
2. Knowledge of sports.
3. Ability to work non-traditional hours, weekends & holidays
4. Ability to work in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment
5. Must be 19 years of age or older
6. Must be a student in pursuit of an Associate, Bachelor, Master or Juris Doctor degree
7. Must have unrestricted authorization to work in the US
8. Must have sophomore standing or above
9. Must have a 3.0 GPA

Interested students should apply here and specify they're interested in the ad/sales internship.

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Phillies-Dodgers observations: Phils lose 5-4, fail to sweep MLB-best Dodgers

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Phillies-Dodgers observations: Phils lose 5-4, fail to sweep MLB-best Dodgers

BOX SCORE

The Los Angeles Dodgers scored twice in the seventh inning to take the lead for good, en route to a 5-4 victory over the Phillies on Thursday afternoon.

Los Angeles, which salvaged the last game of the four-game series and snapped a four-game losing streak, sliced its magic number to clinch its fifth straight NL West championship to one.

The Phillies finished a 10-game homestand with a 7-3 mark, and lost for just the fourth time in 12 games.

With the Dodgers down 4-3, veteran outfielder Andre Ethier led off the eighth with a pinch-hit homer off Phils reliever Ricardo Pinto (1-2). Chris Taylor followed with a triple, and one out later Cody Bellinger drove him in with a grounder to Rhys Hoskins at first base.

Warren Buehler (1-0), the fourth of seven Dodgers pitchers, earned the victory with an inning of scoreless relief. Kenley Jansen worked 1 1/3 innings to earn his 39th save.

Here are some observations:

• Hoskins gave the Phillies a 4-2 lead when he smoked a 2-0 offering from Los Angeles reliever Josh Fields, a 98 mph fastball, up the gap in left-center for a two-run double in the fifth. 

• Nick Williams hit a first-pitch changeup from Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda for an opposite-field two-run homer in the third, erasing a 2-0 deficit. It was Williams’ 11th homer in 74 games with the Phillies this season.

• J.P. Crawford, a natural shortstop, made no fewer than four outstanding plays at third base, the first two on groundballs off the bat of Logan Forsythe, and the last two on bouncers by Austin Barnes. In the second, Crawford dove to his left to snag Forsythe’s smash and threw to second for the force, and in the fourth he short-hopped a slowly hit bouncer and fired to first. In the fifth, Crawford ranged to his left to flag down Barnes’ grounder, and with Taylor at third and the infield up in the seventh again, Crawford snagged a ball off Barnes’ bat. The runner, Chris Taylor, wound up scoring anyway, on Bellinger’s infield out.

 • Mark Leiter Jr. was left with a no-decision after going six innings and allowing three runs (one earned) on five hits, while striking out three and walking one. The first two batters he faced in the top of the first reached, but only one of them scored, on Yasiel Puig’s sacrifice fly. Leiter surrendered an unearned run in the third, and Curtis Granderson’s solo homer in the sixth.

• Victor Arano had quite the adventure in his inning on the mound. He entered in the eighth inning, after Hoby Milner walked pinch-hitter Kiki Hernandez, and proceeded to strike out the next two hitters. Then he walked two, to loaded the bases, before retiring Taylor on a groundout to end the inning. Arano threw 21 pitches, 10 for strikes. 

• Maeda departed after three innings, having allowed two runs on three hits.

• The Phillies saw their 100-inning errorless string end five pitches into the game, when left fielder Aaron Altherr misplayed a single by Taylor, the Dodgers’ leadoff hitter.  

• Los Angeles 3B Justin Turner was hit on the right hand by a Leiter pitch in the first inning. He later left the game, and while X-rays were negative, he was diagnosed with a bruised thumb.

• The Phillies’ final road trip of the season consists of three games, beginning Friday in Atlanta. RHP Ben Lively (3-6, 3.94) opposes LHP Sean Newcomb (3-8, 4.32).