Lunchtime Extras: D-1 Yankees Offering Werth A Scholarship?

Lunchtime Extras: D-1 Yankees Offering Werth A Scholarship?

7. If this whole "trade" thing doesn't work out and Donovan McNabb winds up an Eagle next year, will he demand another financial apology? Not sure who negotiates Florio's salaries, but generally the employer that tried to dump you doesn't turn around and hand you a raise. [PFT]

6. Among the notable cuts as the Phillies trim down to their 25-man roster was John Mayberry Jr. With his demotion back to Triple-A, the 26-year-old outfielder may have missed his opportunity to ever catch on with the big league club. [Beerleaguer]

5. It hasn't been the most confident of times for the Flyers, but they're still making noise as we come down the stretch. They still have a team that's capable of winning a playoff series or two, even if they were to wind up as the eight seed playing playing the Capitals. Oh, and something about a bridge being for sale. [Sporting News]

4. The Sixers are finding results from an unlikely player: Jason Kapono. Their current two-game winning streak (!!) coincides with Kapono's recent catapult into the starting lineup, a far cry from the abysmal beginning to his season when he was glued to the bench. [Burlington Co. Times]

3. Surefire way to start an unwarranted political debate on The Level: President Barack Obama will throw out the first pitch at this year's Phillies Nationals home opener against the Phillies.[Daily News]

2. Win or lose, most fans are simply happy Philadelphia has a pro soccer team. Dave Zeitlin watched the Union's inaugural game from the Dark Horse Pub, where the feeling after the game was upbeat. And drunk. Maybe just drunk... [CSN]

Even in the final minute, when the outcome was all but assured, a chorus of “Philadelphia” and “Uuuuuuuuuuu” chants echoed through every room in the pub with fans even applauding after the game ended. 

Imagine that. Cheers after a loss.

1. Jayson Werth's luncheon and on-field conversation with Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson has sparked a mild case of paranoia. Paul Hagen suggests the Yankees are using Mr. October as a means to recruiting the free agent-to-be over to the dark side. Werth says Jackson is an old family friend, saying what they spoke about was their business. It's certainly not impossible as it seems to stay under the umbrella of the rules regarding tampering, but it sounds like it would an unnecessarily early step to take. []

Best of NHL: Flames edge Coyotes in OT for fifth straight win

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Best of NHL: Flames edge Coyotes in OT for fifth straight win

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dougie Hamilton scored 1:09 into overtime, Chad Johnson stopped 27 shots and the Calgary Flames beat the Arizona Coyotes 2-1 on Thursday night.

Mark Giordano scored for the Flames in a chippy game filled with big hits and multiple fights.

Hamilton capped a fast-paced overtime by deking Arizona's Mike Smith with a forehand before flipping in a backhander. Calgary has won five straight and eight of 11 (8-2-1).

Max Domi scored before leaving with an upper-body injury and Smith stopped 33 shots for the Coyotes, who have lost six straight and 11 of 14 (3-7-4).

Arizona captain Shane Doan became Arizona's all-time assist leader and is the fifth player in NHL history to own his team's records for games played, goals, assists, points, game-winning goals and power-play goals (see full recap).

Crosby, Penguins roll over Panthers
SUNRISE, Fla. -- Sidney Crosby got his 18th goal and added an assist to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins over the Florida Panthers 5-1 on Thursday night.

Conor Sheary, Tom Kuhnhackl, Matt Cullen and Carl Hagelin also scored for Pittsburgh. Matt Murray made 28 saves.

The Penguins have won four straight and five of their past six.

Jaromir Jagr scored his 755th career goal, and Roberto Luongo stopped 25 shots for the Panthers. Luongo allowed three goals on Pittsburgh's first five shots.

Panthers coach Tom Rowe, who replaced Gerard Gallant on Nov. 28, made his home debut. The Panthers have lost five of six under Rowe, but managed a point in three of those losses (see full recap).

Price loses cool as Habs beat Devils
MONTREAL -- Carey Price lost his temper after being bumped twice in his crease and made 19 saves to help the Montreal Canadiens beat the New Jersey Devils 5-2 on Thursday night.

Torrey Mitchell scored twice and Phillip Danault, Artturi Lehkonen and Max Pacioretty also had goals for the Canadiens in their return from a five-game trip.

Adam Henrique scored a goal and set up one by Taylor Hall for New Jersey, which ended a two-game winning streak.

Montreal had a season-high 49 shots on Cory Schneider.

A wild first period included three goals, four goal reviews and Price's meltdown (see full recap).

Best of NBA: Bulls hand Spurs first road loss of season

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Best of NBA: Bulls hand Spurs first road loss of season

CHICAGO -- Dwyane Wade scored 20 points, and the Chicago Bulls handed San Antonio its first road loss after a 13-0 start, hanging on to beat the Spurs 95-91 on Thursday night.

San Antonio fell one win shy of matching the NBA's best road start set by the Golden State Warriors last season. The Spurs cut an 18-point deficit midway through the third quarter to four in the closing minutes, only to come up short.

Kawhi Leonard scored 24 for San Antonio. Patty Mills added 16 points, hitting 4 of 6 3-pointers. Former Bull Pau Gasol had 13 points and 10 rebounds in his first game in Chicago since signing with San Antonio in the summer, but the Spurs lost a road game for the first time since Oklahoma City knocked them out in the Western Conference semifinals last season.

Jimmy Butler scored all of his 13 points for Chicago in the second half. Rajon Rondo added 12 points, nine assists and 10 rebounds, and Chicago picked up the win after dropping three in a row and six of nine.

The Spurs hadn't dropped a regular-season road game since Denver beat them on April 8 (see full recap).

Scoreboard malfunction, quiet crowd don’t stop Wizards’ rally
WASHINGTON -- Overcoming a sluggish start in front of a sparse, silent crowd and with a malfunctioning scoreboard, the Washington Wizards came back to beat the Nuggets 92-85 on Thursday night, thanks mainly to Bradley Beal's 26 points and Denver's season-high 29 turnovers.

John Wall scored only 15 points one game after a career-best 52, but nine came in the fourth quarter for Washington, which trailed by as many as 14 in the first half.

With starting point guard Emmanuel Mudiay inactive because of what the team said was a sprained right ankle, the Nuggets went 5 1/2 minutes without a point in the fourth quarter.

In that final period, they had 10 of their turnovers and shot 1 for 14 on 3-pointers -- including 0 for 4 in one last-minute possession (see full recap).

Gasol, clutch free throws lift Grizzlies over
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Marc Gasol scored 36 points and Toney Douglas made two free throws with less than a second left to give the Memphis Grizzlies an 88-86 comeback victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday night.

Douglas finished with 11 points, scoring the game's final six points to seal Memphis' fifth straight victory.

Gasol was 13 of 24 from the field, including 4 of 6 from outside the arc. But Douglas, signed by Memphis this week because of injuries, took over down the stretch. The guard scored on a 19-footer with 34 seconds left, then converted two pairs of free throws in the last 20 seconds.

CJ McCollum led the Trail Blazers with 24 points, and Damian Lillard had 19 on 6-of-18 shooting. Evan Turner had 15 points and 10 rebounds (see full recap).