Taney Falls at Little League World Series; Plays Again Thursday

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Mo’ne Davis struck out six but the Taney Dragons fell to a team from Las Vegas, 8-1, in the third round of the Little League World Series. Taney will play Thursday at 7:30 p.m. for a chance to face the Vegas team again in the United States championship on Saturday.

Mountain Ridge, the team from Vegas, was an offensive powerhouse: It scored 15 runs in its first two Little League World Series games. Davis went 2.1 innings and allowed 3 runs. Six of her seven outs came via strikeout.

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Here’s an Animated GIF of Chip Kelly Diving Into a Pool of Ice Water

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Yesterday, the entire Philadelphia Eagles team took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The team did it as one: Much of the team climbed into a giant pool filled with ice water and had dump trucks pour more ice water on them.

But the best part of the Eagles’ Ice Bucket Challenge is shown in the animated GIF above, which shows coach Chip Kelly diving into the pool head-first before any of his players did.

Kelly does the ice bucket challenge like he calls plays: As quickly as possible. Plus, you have to believe those dump trucks had several different ways to pour ice on the Eagles players. Kelly uses packaged plays everywhere!

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Taney Dragons Rally to Win in Final Inning

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The Taney Dragons are just one win away from the United States championship game after a dramatic victory Sunday night.

In the team’s second game in the 2014 Little League World Series, Taney scored 2 runs in the bottom of the final inning to defeat Pearland East of Texas, 7-6. Down a run with two outs in the sixth, Zion Spearman tied it with a triple. He then scored on a Texas throwing error after Tai Shanahan hit a grounder to short.

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Taney Dragons Dominate Little League World Series Opener

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The Taney Dragons opened the first Little League World Series appearance by a Philadelphia team with a bang. Jared Sprague-Lott hit a three run homer in the first inning, and Mo’Ne Davis dominated on the mound the rest of the way in the Dragons’ 4-0 win over South Nashville.

Davis pitched her second straight complete game, allowing just two hits. She struck out eight batters in her six innings of work and rarely appeared to struggle against any hitter. She struck out the side in the final inning.

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Go Taney Little Leaguers!

Every few years, a minor sport enters the Philadelphia’s public consciousness and becomes An Event. It happened about 10 years ago, when Smarty Jones almost won the triple crown. Then it happened again with two other good horses, Afleet Alex and Barbaro (R.I.P.). And, now: Little league! Yes, the whole city is excited about children playing baseball.

It’s tempting to get cynical about this — after all, baseball can be pretty boring even when adults are playing it, plus it’s the Little League World Series Presented by Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes. But resist! The Taney Dragons are awesome. Pitcher Mo’Ne Davis has “gained international prominence,” says the Inquirer, and the team also has a slugger (Zion Spearman) who hit a ball several hundred feet in the regional semifinal. This team’s great!

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Black Girls Are Magic: Why We’re Fascinated With Mo’Ne Davis

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The saying, as it goes in some circles, is that “Black girls are magic.” And there is an ever more prevalent movement to celebrate The Carefree Black Girl, a new archetype and representation of the fullness of black women and girls and their interests and their happiness. Enter Mo’Nae Davis, 13, the breakout star of her Taney Youth Baseball Association of Philadelphia little league team, the Anderson Monarchs.

With long braids that dance on her back, what makes Davis a star is her talent as a pitcher — she has a 70 mph fastball — and, as described by her coach in interviews, her role as a leader on her all-boys team. What makes Davis a source of media intrigue, though, is her gender, and perhaps even her race.

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WATCH: LeSean McCoy Has a Dumb New Ad for Dryer Sheets

Are you a big LeSean McCoy fan? The Eagles’ running back is coming off a great season and says he’s going to reach 2,000 yards this season, so it’s understandable if you are. (He also once told his Twitter followers to harass the mother of his child, so it’s understandable if you aren’t.)

If you are a big McCoy fan, do you trust his opinions on dryer sheets? That’s what Bounce is apparently hoping, as it shows in this ridiculous new commercial where McCoy admits to using a performance-enhancing (or “potential enhancing,” I guess) substance.

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Is Cole Hamels Leaving Town?

Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels. Photo | Eileen Blass-USA TODAY Sports

Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels. Photo | Eileen Blass-USA TODAY Sports

Cole Hamels, of course, should never have to buy a drink in this town again. He was MVP of the 2008 World Series, remember, on a team that was packed with explosive talent. Many of those explosive players are still there — but they’re all a lot older now. The standings show that. So Cole Hamels may have to leave.

Sad, that.

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Philadelphia Union Reach U.S. Open Cup Final

The above tweet is not a typo. The Philadelphia Union are in the championship! “Already?” you might be asking. “It’s only August! Doesn’t the soccer season run into the fall?” Yes, it does. And the Union still sit in fifth place MLS’ Eastern Conference. But the team is also in the championship!

For the uninitiated, let’s explain: After the the game ended 1-1 in regulation and extra time, the Union defeated FC Dallas, 4-3, in a penalty shootout in the semifinals of the U.S. Open Cup. C’mon! Even if you’re not that interested in soccer, as a Philadelphian you should always get excited for wins over teams from Dallas.

So, yeah, the U.S. Open Cup. Soccer is weird: Domestic soccer leagues run concurrently with a completely separate cup competition, which in the U.S. is a straight knockout competition. Yes, if you’re a soccer fan you get to look at brackets all year! It’s fun. Winning the U.S. Open Cup wouldn’t be as prestigious as qualifying for the playoffs and winning the MLS Cup, but it counts as an all-important “domestic trophy” nonetheless. (Yes, another cool thing about soccer is there are several chances to win championships in a season.)

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