Two-year Extension for Zac Rinaldo Well Deserved

Two-year Extension for Zac Rinaldo Well Deserved

The Flyers handed out two-year contract extensions to Zac
Rinaldo and Jay Rosehill on Wednesday, securing two of the more physical
presences on the roster for the next couple seasons. While it seems Rosehill is
merely filling the tough-guy void left from Jody Shelley’s injury and impending
departure in free agency, Rinaldo has carved out a significant role for himself
on the club’s checking line.

Start with the numbers. Despite missing 10 games this season,
Rinaldo is still ninth in the NHL with 143 hits, and that’s not even the most
impressive part. He’s only averaging 8:23 of ice time per game this season,
which means he’s landing roughly one hit for less than every two minutes he’s
actually skating.

For comparison’s sake, teammate Luke Schenn is fourth with
159 hits. That’s only 16 more than Rinaldo, even though Schenn has played in
all 42 games so far and averages over twice as much time on the ice at 21:40.

Obviously Schenn and Rinaldo have completely different
roles, but more to the point, there isn’t a player in the NHL right now setting
that kind of pace. And for the most part Rinaldo has managed to avoid the dumb
penalties that often are a byproduct of his line of work this season as well,
often baiting his opponents into landing the extra cheap shot that winds up
sending somebody to the box.

At 5-11, 180, Rinaldo may very well be pound-for-pound the
best hitter in the NHL. It’s been fun watching him mature this season, to
mention wreck some fools while he’s at it. It’s a smart, low-risk, low-cost
extension for a 22 year old who has performed his job well this season.

>>Flyers give Rinaldo, Rosehill two-year extensions [CSN]

Best of MLB: Mike Trout (thumb) leaves early as Marlins crush Angels

Best of MLB: Mike Trout (thumb) leaves early as Marlins crush Angels

MIAMI -- Mike Trout sprained his left thumb stealing second base Sunday, and the Los Angeles Angels took a thumping without him, losing 9-2 to the Miami Marlins.

Trout yelled in pain as he rose after sliding headfirst in the fifth inning. He was examined by a trainer, stayed in the game, but was replaced in the sixth. X-rays were negative, and there was no immediate timetable regarding his return.

The reigning American League MVP was 0 for 2 when he departed with the Angels trailing 4-2. He finished 2 for 9 in the series to drop his average to .337 (see full recap).

Aaron Judge hit first-career grand slam in Yankees' win
NEW YORK -- Aaron Judge hit his first career grand slam and the New York Yankees took full advantage of Oakland's shoddy defense Sunday in a 9-5 victory over the Athletics.

Michael Pineda (6-2) tossed six innings of three-hit ball to win his third straight start. Aaron Hicks and Chris Carter each had an early sacrifice fly as the AL East leaders scored five unearned runs and took two of three in a well-pitched series.

Judge connected with two outs in the third for his 16th home run, tying Mike Trout of the Angels for the big league lead. The drive landed in the right-field seats, not far in front of The Judge's Chambers cheering section installed by the Yankees for the start of this 4-2 homestand.

Khris Davis hit his 15th home run for the A's, who committed two more costly errors to raise their season total to 49. They began the day with 10 more than any other team in the majors.

The fielding failures put starter Andrew Triggs (5-4) in tough situations. He went six innings and gave up one earned run (see full recap).

Miguel Gonzalez loses perfect game in seventh, but pitches White Sox to win
CHICAGO -- Miguel Gonzalez took a perfect game into the seventh inning, Todd Frazier hit a two-run homer and the Chicago White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 7-3 on Sunday.

Melky Cabrera and Matt Davidson also connected, helping the White Sox take three of four in the series. David Robertson got two outs for his seventh save.

Gonzalez (4-5) allowed three runs and six hits in 7 2/3 innings while snapping a five-start losing streak. The right-hander struck out six and walked none.

Gonzalez retired his first 18 batters before Andrew Romine led off the seventh with a hard one-hop liner to shortstop Tim Anderson, who couldn't field the ball cleanly and was originally charged with an error. Alex Avila followed with a single into to right field, and Romine's ball was later changed to a hit (see full recap).

Gone but not forgotten: Joel Embiid remembers Harambe on 1-year anniversary of death

Gone but not forgotten: Joel Embiid remembers Harambe on 1-year anniversary of death

Gone, but not forgotten … as long as Sixers superstar center Joel Embiid has his way.

On the one-year anniversary of Harambe's death, Embiid remembered the slain gorilla on Instagram with the caption: "Gone but never forgotten #RIPHarambe."

The Instagram post was accompanied by a picture of Harambe along with a longer message and acquired over 22,700 likes within the first 37 minutes of its posting.

Gone but never forgotten #RIPHarambe

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There are some factual errors in Embiid's post, however. The picture stated that Harambe "would've been 18 today," which was posted Sunday.

Harambe's birthday was May 27, 1999. He would have been 18 years and one day old Sunday.

This was not Embiid's first participation in the Harambe Internet meme.

Regardless, the tragic killing of Harambe, a popular male gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo, sparked outrage and then Harambe became an Internet meme.