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Markelle Fultz on his ankle: 'It's great right now. Glad it wasn't as bad as it looked'

Markelle Fultz on his ankle: 'It's great right now. Glad it wasn't as bad as it looked'

Markelle Fultz made an appearance on NBA TV's The Starters on Tuesday night and talked about the status of his ankle among other important things -- like delicious fried chicken.

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft had his playing time in the Las Vegas Summer League cut short but he's in good spirits.

So important things first... how's the ankle?

"It's great right now," Fultz said. "I'm glad to be walking. I'm glad it wasn't as bad as it looked."

Fultz spoke about how great it felt to officially sign his contract with the Sixers. The rookie is going to buy a vacation for his mom and nothing special for himself, just some Chic-fil-A.

He again stressed his offseason focus on improving his defense, noting he's working on being more vocal. He was also asked about Kevin Durant tweeting high praise about his jumper

"That's pretty cool, really. It shows how much love he shows. Obviously I'm doing something good if I got NBA people looking at me."

How about the Sixers' goals for the upcoming season?

"Playoffs. We definitely want to get better, first of all, but our mind is on the playoffs. We know it's going to take a lot of work and we're going to make some mistakes. We're going to play hard and listen to the coaching staff. We just got a nice pickup in JJ [Redick]. We're going to be all right."

Markelle was also asked one of the more challenging choices of our time: Joel Embiid or the Phillie Phanatic?

The Phanatic is a legend who has been doing it for decades. Embiid is a legend who has been doing it for years (on social media, at least). Fultz keeps it crew thick and goes with his teammate. Safe but fair.

Giants WR Brandon Marshall allegedly spit on Eagles fan

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Giants WR Brandon Marshall allegedly spit on Eagles fan

Odell Beckham pretended to urinate on the Eagles’ home field, but it was Giants wide receiver Brandon Marshall who may have crossed the line with his use of bodily fluids on Sunday.

Video shows the unidentified Eagles fan accuse Marshall of spitting on him amid a heated verbal exchange during pregame warmups. It’s unclear what compelled a six-time Pro Bowl selection to have words with some guy wearing a Randall Cunningham throwback jersey, but if Marshall did spit, it was after he was repeatedly challenged to a fight.

There is no visual confirmation as to whether Marshall spit on the man, either, as the footage appears to be shot on the first smart phone ever made. Marshall’s head does make a forward motion as if he were spitting. Then again, some people just have trouble controlling their saliva when they’re yelling, too, leaving open the small-percentage chance this was accidental spittle.

You be the judge.

Spit or not spit, it will be interesting to see if the Eagles and Lincoln Financial Field rethink their policy on allowing fans on the field before certain games after this little – ahem – spat.

(h/t Sporting News)

The 4 best non-Joe Buck calls of Jake Elliott's walk-off field goal

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The 4 best non-Joe Buck calls of Jake Elliott's walk-off field goal

Sometimes the internet is a wonderful place.

Since basically, no one wants to listen to Joe Buck call a thrilling Eagles 61-yard game-winning field goal, we scoured the web to find four other amazing versions of Sunday’s sensational ending to the Eagles' 27-24 victory over the New York Giants.

1. Merrill Reese and Mike Quick on 94.1 WIP
The legendary voice of the Eagles since 1977, Reese, along with former Eagle Mike Quick, delivers a call that will shoot shivers up your spine.

2. Spanish Broadcaster Ricky Ricardo
A longtime voice of the Phillies and now the Spanish voice of the New York Yankees, Ricardo delivers with this enthusiastic call.


 
3. Celine-a-Scene
A phenomenon that has taken over the web, adding inspirational music from Titanic makes everything just a little bit better.


 
4. *Record Scratch* *Freeze Frame*
A staple movie cliché from the '80s and '90s, the record scratch, freeze frame plays itself perfectly in this moment.