Cliff Lee Accurately Sums Up Phillies Season

Cliff Lee returned to pitch for the Phillies Monday night for the first time since May 18th. After Lee won that game against the Reds, the Fightin’ Phils were 19-22 and just 3.5 games back of first in the NL East. Coming into last night’s game, the Phillies were 43-55 and 11 games back.

Lee allowed six runs on 12 hits in 5 2/3 innings on Monday as the Phillies lost to the Giants, 7-4, falling to 43-56 and 12 games back.

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The Stanley Cup Is in Sea Isle City Today

Everyone on the club that wins the Stanley Cup gets his day with the Cup. And today Los Angeles Kings assistant coach John Stevens — who both played for and coached the Flyers and the Phantoms — did the most logical thing he could do with it: He took it to Sea Isle City!

Stevens, who has won two Cups as an assistant with the Kings, owns a home in the area. “We could not be more excited that Coach Stevens offered to bring the cup to Sea Isle City,” Sea Isle mayor Leonard Desiderio said in a release. “I realize this is officially Flyers Country, but I’m sure everyone will agree that it’s quite an honor to have the Stanley Cup visit our community.”

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Would the “Hometown Sixers,” an NBA Team of Philly Natives, Be Any Good?


LeBron is back home in Cleveland as its homecoming King, and that got Elite Daily thinking — what would happen if every NBA team was composed of its hometown players?

Back on Monday, the website posted hypothetical starting fives for 27 NBA teams — and the Sonics — which got us thinking as well: How would the hometown Sixers actually play?

We’ve dealt with hypothetical sports scenarios before, but an NBA starting five is a completely different animal. Let’s take a look at the starting lineup:

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Phillies, Eagles Among 50 Most-Valuable Sports Franchises in World

Forbes named both the Eagles and the Phillies to its annual list of the world’s 50 most-valuable sports teams. The Eagles come in at No. 17, while the Phillies are No. 39.

The Eagles are worth $1.314 billion. They trail the other three teams in the NFC East in valuation: Dallas is No. 5 (the most-valuable NFL team), Washington is No. 9 and the Giants are No. 10. Real Madrid is the most-valuable sports team in the world; the Yankees are No. 1 in the U.S. (and No. 4 worldwide).

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Chase Utley Has Chase Utley-Like Performance at All-Star Game


With the National League down, 3-0, Chase Utley doubled home a run in top of the second inning. He celebrated his usual way: Putting his hands on his hips and staring out into space, as if he were a baseball-playing automaton. “My programming allowed me to achieve that excellent baseball result,” Utley thought, probably.

Utley actually factored in to all three of the National League’s runs last night. He doubled home a run to make it 3-1, then scored on a Jonathan Lucroy double that followed. Utley’s at-bat was probably the best of the night, too: He worked a seven-pitch AB against Red Sox star Jonathan Lester for his double, fouling off several close pitches and generally looking like the awesome hitter he’s been for the Phillies.

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Joel Embiid’s Foot Surgeon: It’s Possible He Could Play for Sixers This Season


The Inquirer‘s Mike Sielski has an interview with surgeon Richard Ferkel, aka the guy who operated on Sixers’ No. 3 pick Joel Embiid’s balky foot, in which Ferkel is quite optimistic not only about the talented big man’s career prospects, but about the possibility that he could play next season. Not, y’know, that the Sixers appear to be in any hurry to get their first round picks onto the court.

Why the optimism, other than the fact that Ferkel’s like the go-to man for ballers with foot ouchies? It’s that Embiid is so darned responsible:

Embiid sustained what Ferkel called a “clean break” of the navicular — a weight-bearing bone in the middle of the foot — “without any major separation, which is important.”

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Philly’s Red Klotz, Washington Generals Founder, Dies at 93


In this March 21, 2001, file photo, Red Klotz, 80, owner of full-time Globetrotters’ opponent the New York Nationals, smiles inside his office at his home in Margate, N.J. The basketball barnstormer who owned the Washington Generals and other teams that lost thousands of games to the Harlem Globetrotters died Monday, July 14, 2014.

South Philadelphia native Red Klotz, who founded the team that played the lovable loser foils to the Harlem Globetrotters, has died after a battle with cancer. He was 93.

Klotz attended South Philadelphia High School and Villanova. He came out of the early basketball popularity of South Philadelphia’s Jewish population, playing on and later managing the Philadelphia Sphas. He spent one year in the then-fledgling Basketball Association of America, which later became the NBA, and won a title with the Baltimore Bullets. At 5-foot-7, he’s the shortest player to ever win an NBA championship.

When owner Eddie Gottleib got a franchise (the Philadelphia Warriors) in the NBA, the Sphas eventually became a touring partner of the Harlem Globetrotters. In 1952 Klotz’s team — re-christened the Washington Generals — became the permanent touring partners of the ’Trotters. Klotz beat the Globetrotters while with the Sphas, but lost over 14,000 times while with the Generals (or any of their many names, including the Atlantic City Seagulls).

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Charles Barkley Co-Hosts Fox 29 Sports Broadcast, Talks Wrestling For Some Reason

Last night, Charles Barkley co-hosted Fox 29′s Sports Sunday with Howard Eskin. It was pretty entertaining. Barkley is almost as good at making fun of and needling Howard Eskin as Howard’s son Spike is. And since he’s actually a basketball analyst and not a general sportscaster, he’s allowed to admit he’s completely ignorant of soccer and was flipping back and forth between the World Cup Final and golf. He also did this, to needle Howard on his height:


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Jonathan Papelbon: Get Me Off of the Phillies!

Although the Phillies have just taken three in a row from the Milwaukee Brewers, the team with the best record in the National League, they’re still way back in the standings. At 40-51, the Phillies’ playoff odds are less than one percent. And closer Jonathan Papelbon, who saved last night’s win, says he’s ready to move on to another team.

Papelbon has been quite good this season. After a slightly down 2013, Papelbon has has allowed just five earned runs, has walked just nine guys and has the best WHIP (walks plus hits per inning pitched) of his Phillies career. He hasn’t even given up a homer! With the Phillies out of it, a reporter asked him post-game if he hoped his performance would lead to a trade to a contender.

“Of course, man,” he replied. “What kind of question is that?” Papelbon is apparently as tired of watching the Phillies as many Philadelphia fans are.

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