Live Blogging the Oscars or whatever else is on TV tonight

Live Blogging the Oscars or whatever else is on TV tonight

6:31 - Beyonce was just on the Style Channel walking down the red carpet.  She is hot.  Yeah, I had the Style Channel on.
6:40 - It is "ESPN: The Weekend" on ESPN, doing all their shows from Disney world. I don't get it really. I guess Disney is hurting for reasons for people to visit. Roger Clemmons just played Tracy McGrady in P.I.G. which wasn't very entertaining. 
6:58 - Great N.Y. strip steak with asparagus and baked potato for dinner.
7:01 - Natalie Portman wears her costume from Star Wars to the Oscars.
7:07 - E! has Star Jones running the red carpet.  I don't know who is worse, her or Queen Latifah.
7:13 - Hillary Swank is actually a woman!
7:26 - Random notables: Leo has a hot girlfriend, the girl from Maria Full of Grace looks greatKate Blanchett looks Hollywood.
7:28 - Maryland cuts UNC's lead to 2 with two minutes left with a huge 3.
7:29 - Wow! Maryland takes the lead with another huge 3. 1:25 left.
7:32 - Is Caner-Medley the most annoying name to hear over and over?  Tie game with 41 secs left.
7:37 - Maryland had a shot to win it at the buzzer, but UNC comes up with the win.
7:48 - Not much sports options tonight, Heat/Magic on ESPN, Jameer Nelson hit like 3 shots in a row.
7:59 - On my flight back from London I watched the movie Sideways, one of the two movies I actually saw (The Aviator) which is up for best picture.  Real funny movie, starring Virginia Madsen who is up for supporting actress.  She could use the support.
8:11 - Jamie Foxx wins the Oscar for Best Actor.  No, that doesn't happen until later.  If you wanted to bet on him to win the Oscar, sportsbook.com had him at 1-18.  Nuts.  Thats bet 18 dollars to win 1.
8:15 - Good looking women: Halle, Gwyneth twice, Scarlett, and Salma who is the hottest.
8:33 - 2 minutes and 54 seconds is the perfct time for a bag of popcorn in my microwave.
8:36 - Chris Rock is the man.  Standing Ovation?  Interesting.  "Rocky 5 Sucks!"  I thought the line about Bush working at the Gap and going to war with Banana Republic was pretty damn funny.
8:50 - Morgan Freeman wins for supporting actor, didn't see it.  I like Morgan, good work.  Renee Zellweger needs to eat, man.
8:55 - Robin Williams is the man.  The Incredibles wins for best animated film.
9:05 - Beyonce got changed, but still looks hot.  No idea what she is singing about though, sounds good though.
9:12 - Chris Rock is all about black jokes.  They were average funny, not great.
9:22 - Cate Blanchett wins for best supporting actress for The Aviator.  Chris Rock cracked on Tim Robbins for his politics, its about time someone ripped on him.
9:37 - I still hate the Counting Crows.  They are the worst.  Nice hair.
9:50 - Al Pacino is giving out some award, this show is kind of boring to tell you the truth.. and there isn't much else on.
9:58 - enrico (9:57:47 PM): they (Oscars) are kinda lame Supafly78 (9:58:00 PM): They blow, I am craving a beer
10:04 - The lady from Phantom of the Opera is very nice.  Beyonce got changed, again?  She can sure sing.
10:09 - Dwayne Wade is absolutely nasty.
10:25 - Salma Hayek is phenomenal.  Chris Rock had a pretty good joke saying "you won't be able to take your eyes off the next four presentors" talking about Salma and Penelope Cruz.  Santana and Antonio Banderas were pretty awful.
10:39 - Good Oprah joke by CRock: Oprah is so rich, I saw John Kerry proposing to her about an hour ago.
10:56 - Jesus Beyonce!  She is back again!  In another dress, still looking hot.  She is the big winner at the Oscars.
11: 04 - Supafly78 (11:04:08 PM): Watching the oscars is like watching a train wreck  enrico (11:04:18 PM): i suppose   Supafly78 (11:04:20 PM): you know its gonna be bad but you watch anyway
11:05 - Spicoli gives the award for Best Actress to Hillary Swank for Million Dollar Baby.  Apparently she lived in a trailer park?
11:13 - CRock joke: Please welcome the first woman to brea
st feed an Apple, Gwyneth Paltrow. 
11:18 - Charlie Kaufman wins for Writing Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.  Phenomenal movie.
11:25 - Charlize Theron gives the Best Actor award to.. Surprise Surprise.. Jamie Foxx for Ray. You have to love a man who wears a purple suit to the Oscars.  Great speach by Mr. Foxx, I'm glad he won.
11:33 - Hello Julia Roberts.  Clint Eastwood won something.
11:37 - Million Dollar Baby takes home the big one for Best Picture.  I thought The Aviator was suposed to win this one?  Marty can't be pleased with this outcome.
11:40 - And its over, you have to love Chris Rock giving big ups to Brooklyn.  You can see the list of winners here.

Pressing too hard? Claude Giroux realizes less can be more

Pressing too hard? Claude Giroux realizes less can be more

NEW YORK — Ron Hextall admitted there’s a bit of a double-edged sword to Claude Giroux.
 
“I think he’s pressing too hard,” Hextall said before Sunday night’s game. “It’s what you like about him; there’s a few guys like that. You like that [competitiveness] about them, but sometimes you become your own worst enemy because they beat themselves up.”
 
The captain was entering the day with a goal drought of 12 games, his longest since Oct. 2-Nov. 7, 2013, when he opened the season goalless in 15 contests.
 
“G wants to be successful at everything,” the general manager said. “Hopefully something good happens for him and he gets rolling. He’s too good of a player to play like this.”
 
Hextall got his wish.
 
Nearly four hours later, Giroux buried the game-winning goal of the Flyers’ 3-2 overtime win against the Islanders at the Barclays Center. Not only did it relieve Giroux of his funk, but it also did the same for the Flyers, who had lost three straight and 12 of their last 15.
 
"It's been tough the last couple of weeks,” Giroux said. “We know we're a better team. 
 
“Obviously we can still be better but we needed this win tonight.”
 
And Giroux needed that goal. Over the previous 12 games, the Flyers’ second-leading scorer was a minus-13 with seven assists and just one even-strength point. It’s no coincidence the Flyers went 2-8-2 in those 12 games.
 
Giroux didn’t disagree with his boss.
 
“You want to succeed and you want to play the best you can,” he said. “Sometimes you push it a little too much. When you sit back and kind of look at the big picture, sometimes I think that's when you kind of realize you need to relax and just go out there and play.”
 
Before the game, head coach Dave Hakstol made a change that reaped the rewards. He decided to put Jakub Voracek back on the top line with Giroux and Michael Raffl. Giroux finished with six shots, his most since Dec. 21, while Voracek put up four and assisted the overtime winner.
 
“Well, I mean there are a lot of things that go into that,” Hakstol said of the move. “Those guys have success together, but more importantly, you look at some of the combinations as you go through the year when you’ve had success. Sometimes one change gives you a little bit of a jump-start. Those guys did a good job.”
 
Giroux’s goal was emblematic in a way that he simply planted himself in front of the net and tapped in Shayne Gostisbehere’s wraparound pass. There was no highlight-reel deke or miraculous shot.
 
Keeping it simple — as players often say — did the trick.
 
"Sometimes you don't need to try so hard,” Giroux said. “You need to go about your job and make sure you do the right things out there. Make sure you help your teammates and linemates. Just go out there and play hockey. We're supposed to have fun doing it, right? So sometimes you need to relax and kind of look at how you can get better.”
 
Sunday was a start.

Joel Embiid doubtful Tuesday vs. Clippers with left knee injury

Joel Embiid doubtful Tuesday vs. Clippers with left knee injury

Joel Embiid did not practice on Monday and is listed as doubtful for the Sixers' game Tuesday against the Clippers.

Embiid hyperextended his left knee in the Sixers' 93-92 win over the Blazers Friday. He said after the game that the knee was fine, but the Sixers are clearly exercising caution with their young star center. Embiid will also rest on Wednesday against the Bucks.

"I knew it was OK. I just landed the wrong way," Embiid said Friday. "I'm great. The knee's fine. They did an MRI and stuff, everything looked good."

The Sixers are calling it a left knee contusion. They're 13-17 when Embiid plays and 2-10 without him.

Jahlil Okafor (right knee soreness) was limited at Monday's practice but is probable to play the Clippers.

Okafor had 12 points, four rebounds and three blocks in 30 minutes in Saturday's 110-93 loss at Atlanta.

CSN Philly's Jessica Camerato contributed to this report.