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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Nelson Diaz Exploring Run for Mayor

For a while, it seemed like no one would make a run for mayor of Philadelphia. Suddenly, everybody wants to be mayor! Nelson Diaz has made an ad as part of his exploration for a possible run for mayor of Philadelphia. We learn that he was raised in a rat-infested tenement in Harlem, and eventually moved to Philadelphia to attend school at Temple.

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Pa. Trooper Shooting Suspect Added to FBI Most Wanted List as Police Close In

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[Update, 10 a.m. Saturday] The Morning Call reports that the search intensified last night and shots were reported in the area where police are conducting their search.

Shots reportedly were fired Friday night within a mile of the home of Eric Frein, and police reportedly had a house surrounded and were closing in. Northern Monroe County residents were ordered to get indoors and stay away from their windows.

[Original, 9:40 a.m. Friday] The FBI has added Eric Frein to its 10 most wanted list. Frein is accused of killing Pennsylvania state trooper Byron Dickson and wounding trooper Alex Douglass in a random attack.

A reward of up to $100,000 is being offered by the FBI in the case. If you have any information, the agency asks you contact your local FBI office or the Pennsylvania State Police at (866) 326-7256.

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PHOTO: 13 People Already Lined Up Outside the Apple Store for New iPhones

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The latest and greatest iPhone goes on sale tomorrow, and people are excited. It’s a new Apple product! Even if it were a really stupid product no one actually needs (say, a futuristic watch), people will always get excited for a new Apple release. Many have preordered an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, but others have decided to queue up for it. Foobooz editor Arthur Etchells counted 13 people in line already for the new iPhones.

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Pa. State Trooper’s Funeral Held as Hunt For Suspect Continues

dickson A funeral was held Thursday for Cpl. Bryon K. Dickson II, a state trooper and Marine Corps vet killed in a seemingly random ambush last week in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Dickson was 38.

“His uniform was always crisp and spotless,” fellow state trooper Derek Felsman told The Morning Call. “He’d spend hours upon hours shining leather gear, day after day. A day never went by when Cpl. Bryon Dickson wasn’t ready for his final inspection.”

Meanwhile, the hunt for the suspect continues. Police say Eric Frein, 31, ambushed two state troopers Friday night and is thought to have disappeared somewhere in the Poconos. Trooper Alex Douglass, 31, survived the attack and has been talking with authorities.

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