Watch: Amazing Catch by Phillies Prospect Jiwan James

Watch: Amazing Catch by Phillies Prospect Jiwan James

Reading Phillies centerfielder Jiwan James may not have come down with this deep fly ball in his glove as originally intended, but watch the video below as he appears to make the grab with his bare hand, saving a potential homerun (or at least an extra-base hit) for the R-Phils and creating a career highlight play in the process. Or does he?
Not the most definitive video as to whether the ball touched anything but James' hand before he raised it in triumph, but the infallible umps thought it was an out, so we'll take it... 
Kudos to the copywriter and placement buyer on that Susquehanna Bank ad, too. And thanks to YouTuber lostwalletMP for the upload. 

Joel Embiid admits to reaggravating foot injury after 2014 surgery, almost quitting

Joel Embiid admits to reaggravating foot injury after 2014 surgery, almost quitting

Joel Embiid trusts the Process, more so than anyone — the process of patience.

After sitting out two whole seasons because of foot injuries, Embiid learned the importance of patience the hard way.

Appearing on NBA TV's Open Court, Joel Embiid opened up about how he reaggravated the fracture in his foot that cost him the 2015-16 season.

"I didn't know how to deal with patience," Embiid said on the roundtable discussion. "I just wanted to do stuff, that's why I think I needed a second surgery, because after my first one, I just wanted to play basketball again. I just wanted to be on the court and I pushed through what I wasn't supposed to.

"At one point I thought about quitting. I just wanted to come back home and just forget everything."

Embiid goes on to discuss the Sixers' turnaround this season and his mindset during his recovery. Watch the full clip below. 

Embiid said he models his game after Hakeem Olajuwon. 

 

Leila Rahimi discusses her ups and downs as a sports anchor

Leila Rahimi discusses her ups and downs as a sports anchor

Q: What experience had the biggest impact on your life and career in sports and why?
A: This is going to sound like an odd answer, but surviving various challenges in our business. I’ve gone through everything from having to get a police escort to shoot video when I was a news reporter, only to be suspended from being on air because acquiring the escort made me late for a 5 p.m. deadline on a 10 p.m. show. That supervisor who made the decision was also sued for gender discrimination by a previous employee. In another market I dealt with a mass layoff after we’d have to hear about what happened in court proceedings regarding our station on Twitter. Then there was the simple, but not easy, task of shooting video every day with a 35-pound camera and 18-pound tripod for 7 years in several different markets. 

Q: Who’s had the biggest impact and why?  
A: The person who has the biggest impact on your career in this business… is yourself.

Q: What are some of the funniest moments you’ve experienced as a woman in sports?
A: When I was a “one-man-band,” where you shoot video, edit and report it, and I carried the gear around, I’d get a lot of “that camera is bigger than you are” discussion. I’d just laugh it off. I’ve had a guy accuse me of using my looks to get hired at a radio station because they didn’t get the NASCAR results fast enough (this is when we’d get updates from a wire service faster than the internet would refresh them). That made me laugh. 

Q: What was the most negative moment you’ve experienced? The one that got you fired up or perhaps made you think about quitting.
A: Various moments will make you question your employment in TV. You just have to keep going. 

Q: Have you had any teachable moments? I.e. someone made an ignorant comment, but had no idea you were offended — until you said something?
A: Sadly I don’t have much of a filter, so when someone makes a comment and I get upset about it, they know pretty quickly. I’m the one who should probably look into that more on my end than the other way around.

Q: Any awkward moments?   
A: I’ve had people ask about my dating availability. I say I don’t want to lose my job. That makes it pretty self-explanatory. What frustrates me is when I’d be having a perfectly normal conversation with an athlete (aka, a coworker) and if I was talking to that person “too long,” I’d worry that someone would think something wasn’t right with the situation, that it would look suspicious. When in reality, we were probably talking about Target or something very basic like that, or someone was teaching me something about the sport they play, or there was a play during a game they wanted to describe, etc. Simply because I’m a woman and the athlete is a man, it could “look bad.” 

Q: What are you most proud of?
A: Again, I’d say surviving. This business is hard on relationships, personal lives, self-esteem, you name it.

Q: A lot of girls look up to you and aspire to be on TV covering sports. What is the most important message you want to send to them?
A: The obsession with looks in our business has really increased since I started out. That may sound weird given that it’s TV, but I’ve been told I won’t get a lot of jobs because I’m not blonde. It’s true. I didn’t get some chances because I didn’t have a certain look. But don’t get discouraged. Don’t go changing because someone else wants you to. Do you, and know that the biggest asset is always knowledge. If you want to be taken seriously, read and watch as much sports as possible. That’s how you stay employed.