Today Is the First Day of Flyers Practice, and Claude Giroux Is Already Hurt

Flyers center Claude Giroux. Photo | Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Flyers center Claude Giroux. Photo | Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE, 3:07 p.m.: Giroux is out for the entire preseason.

The first Flyers practice of the season started today. Hooray! The team’s best player got hurt 15 minutes in. Oh no!

Before anyone could even get excited for the start of Flyers season, Claude Giroux left the ice with what was officially deemed a “lower body injury.” (This is how hockey reports injuries.)

But it appears Giroux injured his groin. “First day of camp and guys go 100 miles an hour — things happen,” Flyers general manager Ron Hextall told reporters. “Obviously, that’s not the way you want to start, but that’s the hand we’re dealt and we’ll deal with it.”

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Kentucky Derby Winner Racing at Pennsylvania Derby

Exercise rider Willie Delgado rides California Chrome along the track during a morning training session at Los Alamitos Race Course Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, in Los Alamitos, Calif. California Chrome, the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner, is scheduled to run in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby on Sept. 20. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Exercise rider Willie Delgado rides California Chrome along the track during a morning training session at Los Alamitos Race Course Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, in Los Alamitos, Calif. California Chrome, the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner, is scheduled to run in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby on Sept. 20. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

In what Daily News horse guru Dick Jerardi is calling “the most important race in the history of Pennsylvania racing,” Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome is running in the Pennsylvania Derby. He’s the first Kentucky Derby winner to run in the Pennsylvania Derby the same year.

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Revel Bidder Wants to Put a University “for Geniuses” Next to the Casino

Photo | Dan McQuade

Photo | Dan McQuade

We told you last week about Florida builder Glenn Straub’s $90 million bid for Revel and his comment about blowing it up if it doesn’t work.

Now comes more word on his vision for the shuttered, $2.4 billion casino in Atlantic City. Straub plans to build a second, 30-25 story tower next to Revel that would host “some of the smartest people in the world.”

“The university’s going to go in,” Straub told the Press of Atlantic City. “It’s going to be for geniuses.” Straub says his university will work on solving pressing global issues like nuclear waste disposal. He also told the Press of high-speed ferry and rail plans and an “underground passageway” for Atlantic City in the winter.

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Chris Christie on Sirota: “He’s Not a Journalist, He’s a Hack”

Chris Christie got quite a bit miffed when talking yesterday about the report that New Jersey’s pension shortfall is due to risky investments Christie directed the state to make.

“The article that spurred all this conversation has been written by a guy who has been a completely discredited journalist who’s been fired for being inaccurate and inflammatory before,” Christie said. “Right now, anybody can pop up on a website and call themselves a journalist. David Sirota’s not a journalist, he’s a hack.”

Paul Carr of Pando Daily, where Sirota used to work, defended Sirota’s writing at the website and said Sirota was let go by the website during restructuring. “As Christie is well aware, not only does Pando stand by David’s reporting but we continue to cover any legal expenses he incurs as a result of Christie’s cronies threatening to sue over our coverage,” Carr wrote.

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Is This the NFL’s Next Commissioner?

Should Condi Rice be the next NFL commissioner?

Should Condi Rice be the next NFL commissioner?

It seems clear that Roger Goodell is finished as commissioner of the NFL.

His silence on the arrests of NFL players Adrian Peterson, Greg Hardy, Ray McDonald and Jonathan Dwyer has been deafening. The man Time once dubbed “The Enforcer” is persona non grata since his fumbling of the Ray Rice case.

The public relations impotency of the once-heralded Goodell has forced owners to do something they hate to do – talk to the fans about team problems. That’s what the commissioner is supposed to be for. He is a useful mouthpiece when things are bad.

The NFL investigation of the Ray Rice debacle is a formality. Roger Goodell will be fired or he will resign, not because he didn’t take domestic abuse seriously, but because he hurt the NFL brand and almost cost the league billions in endorsements.

So who is in line to replace Goodell when he is kicked to the curb?

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Another Warehouse Fire, Another Tax Delinquent

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The listed owner of the vacant warehouse at 2412 N. American Street where a four-alarm fire injured three people overnight owes $11,023.55 in back taxes on the property, and a total of about $20,500 on at least three other parcels in the city, a Philly Mag review of city records finds.

According to city records, the warehouse’s owner is Richard Paynter. The records — which on occasion can be incorrect — show that Paynter hasn’t paid taxes on the property since at least 2007.

There are no recent records of safety or maintenance violations at the site, but another lot owned by Paynter in West Philadelphia has racked up 13 violations in recent years.

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