Training Camp Rumblings; Phillies Can't Rally

Training Camp Rumblings; Phillies Can't Rally

I found this bit from the Inqy's Bob Brookover very interesting:

A source close to the talks with Westbrook said the Eagles offered a
signing bonus and average annual salary better than the deals signed in
the past by Green Bay's Ahman Green, the New York Giants' Tiki Barber,
Tennessee's Travis Henry and Houston's Domanick Davis.

Green signed a five-year, $25 million deal with the Packers in 2001;
Barber signed a six-year deal worth $25 million in 2001. Green received
a signing bonus of $5 million, Barber a $7 million bonus. Henry and
Davis both signed recently, but details of their deals were not
available.

A recent deal that may have caught Westbrook's eye was that of Lamont
Jordan, who left the New York Jets to sign with Oakland as a free
agent. Jordan received a $7 million signing bonus and a five-year,
$27.55 million deal from the Raiders after serving as a backup to
Curtis Martin with the Jets.  The Eagles have made an offer comparable to that, a source said.

You have to wonder what Westbrook is trying to accomplish by sitting out.  Eagles writer for the Trenton Times, Mark Eckel, thinks what the Eagles actually offered was a little less:

The Eagles are believed to have offered Westbrook a five-year deal
worth between $18 and $19 million with a $5 million signing bonus and
another $1.5 million in guaranteed money next season. That deal would
be very similar to one Green Bay gave running back Ahman Green in 2001.

Hopefully it won't turn into a long and drawn out thing.  I hope Westbrook signs an extension before the season begins.  It seems as though T.O. is all business, according to Joe Banner, which is exactly what he needed to be to win back some of the fans who gave up on him.  We should take bets on how long it will be until Owens starts more trouble.  I think T.O. definitely has some personality/ego issues, but I'm glad he is back and playing wide out for the Birds.

EDIT: This article has T.O. ignoring teamates and being a general ass.  WTF TO?

Look out on the Wednesday edition of Screamin' A. Smith's new show on ESPN, Quite Franky (6:30) where I heard Donovan McNabb will be on.  Monday's show had some great sound bites from Philly's other favorite son Allen Iverson.  Iverson was so ghetto I loved it.

Phillies game thoughts after the jump.

The Phillies added another L to the loss column with a tough
loss to the Cubies.  I listened to most of the game while sitting in
traffic on the Dirty Jersey turnpike, complete with over turned
vehicles, making my commute/day absolutely wonderful.  Did you know I
hate the state of New Jersey and their roads?  So the Phillies..
Padilla pitched really well until he got into some trouble which Urbina
was close to getting him out of, but alas the  Cubbies took a 2 run
lead.  The Phillies had a wacky 9th with walks a plenty and chance
after chance to have a game winner.  Phillie LVP David Bell went down
swinging and Thomas "No Pie in the Face for Me" Perez came up empty as
well.  I think we should keep track of how important Billy Wagner is to
the Phillies post trade deadline.  Impact to date: None.

Best of NBA: Rockets overcome Russell Westbrook's 7th straight triple-double

Best of NBA: Rockets overcome Russell Westbrook's 7th straight triple-double

OKLAHOMA CITY -- James Harden scored 21 points, and the Houston Rockets overcame Russell Westbrook's seventh consecutive triple-double to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 102-99 on Friday night.

Harden also had 12 assists and nine rebounds to help the Rockets win their fifth straight. Houston withstood Harden's 6-for-23 shooting effort.

Westbrook finished with 27 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. He has the longest triple-double streak since Michael Jordan had seven straight in 1989. The most in a row is nine by Philadelphia's Wilt Chamberlain in March 1968.

It was Westbrook's 12th triple-double this season and the 49th of his career. He is the NBA's active leader in the category and ranks sixth all-time.

The Thunder had won the previous six games during Westbrook's triple-double binge (see full story).

James moves into 9th on scoring list as Cavs top Heat
CLEVELAND -- LeBron James scored 27 points to move into ninth place on the NBA scoring list, and the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Miami Heat 114-84 on Friday night.

James passed Elvin Hayes on a driving layup with 6:58 remaining and has 27,315 career points. The four-time MVP was removed about a minute later and received a loud ovation from the Cleveland crowd.

Kevin Love, a game-time decision because of back spasms, scored a team-high 28 points and had 15 rebounds for the Cavaliers. He missed the morning shootaround but was in the lineup after warming up on the court about an hour before tip-off.

Kyrie Irving added 23 points for the Cavs, who have won three straight after losing three in a row.

Derrick Williams scored 17 points to lead the short-handed Heat, who have lost four straight (see full story). 

Schroder has career-high 33, Hawks rally past Bucks
MILWAUKEE -- Dennis Schroder scored a career-high 33 points and the Atlanta Hawks rallied from 20 down in the second half to defeat the Milwaukee Bucks 114-110 on Friday night.

Paul Millsap had 23 points and 14 rebounds for Atlanta. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 18.

The Hawks, who ended a seven-game losing streak Wednesday with a win over Miami, trailed by 20 at halftime. A 40-point third quarter put them back in the game.

Jabari Parker scored 27 for Milwaukee. Giannis Antetokounmpo, in foul trouble throughout the game, had 14.

Atlanta pulled ahead 105-103 on Kyle Korver's jumper with 3:15 remaining, giving the Hawks their first lead since early in the game (see full story). 

Best of NHL: Blue Jackets top Red Wings to notch 5th straight win

Best of NHL: Blue Jackets top Red Wings to notch 5th straight win

DETROIT -- Brandon Dubinsky scored a tiebreaking goal in the second period and the surging Columbus Blue Jackets won their fifth straight game, 4-1 over the Detroit Red Wings on Friday night.

Lukas Sedlak got his first NHL goal for the Blue Jackets, who have earned at least a point in 12 of their last 13 games. Cam Atkinson contributed a short-handed goal in the first period for Columbus.

Dylan Larkin's power-play goal in the second was the only scoring of the night for the Red Wings. Sergei Bobrovsky had 32 saves for the Blue Jackets.

Sam Gagner scored into an empty net with 13.9 seconds remaining (see full story). 

Staal scores in 6th round of SO to lift Wild over Oilers
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Eric Staal scored in the sixth round of a shootout and the Minnesota Wild beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 on Friday night.

Matt Dumba and Jason Zucker scored in regulation for Minnesota, which has won three straight.

Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk made 25 saves. He entered with a league-best .946 save percentage and 1.65 goals-against average.

Leon Draisaitl and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had goals for the Oilers, whose four-game losing streak began with a 2-1 home overtime loss to the Wild last Sunday.

Staal scored on a backhand deke before Nugent-Hopkins fired wide in the sixth round (see full story). 

Raanta, Rangers beat Blackhawks, 1-0, in overtime
CHICAGO -- Nick Holden scored 55 seconds into overtime, Antti Raanta made 26 saves against his former team and the New York Rangers beat the Chicago Blackhawks 1-0 on Friday night.

Derek Stepan passed from the boards to a streaking Holden in the middle of the ice, and he beat Scott Darling on the stick side for his fourth goal of the season.

Darling was going for his second straight shutout while subbing for injured starter Corey Crawford but had to settle for another solid performance.

Raanta, who made his NHL debut with Chicago in 2013 and played for the Blackhawks for two seasons before he was traded to New York, improved to 15-0-3 in 20 career appearances at the United Center.

The 27-year-old Raanta had 17 saves in Thursday's 2-1 victory at Winnipeg, and coach Alain Vigneault opted to give him a second straight start over Henrik Lundqvist because of his recent play and his success in Chicago (see full story).

Oshie, Johansson, Grubauer lift Caps over Sabres
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- T.J. Oshie and Marcus Johansson each scored a goal, Philipp Grubauer made 27 saves and the Washington Capitals beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-1 on Friday night for their third straight win.

Jakub Vrana and John Carlson also scored, helping Washington beat Buffalo for the third time in 15 days.

Kyle Okposo scored and Robin Lehner made 25 saves for Buffalo. The Sabres have lost three of their last four.

Oshie gave the Capitals a 1-0 lead 6:43 into the second period when he lifted a shot from the right edge of the crease past Lehner. Jay Beagle drew two defenders into the corner and sent the puck back to a wide open Oshie for his ninth goal of the season (see full story).