Your Friday Morning Roundup

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The Flyers won’t go 82-0-0. The season is over.

They were shut out by the Los Angeles Kings 2-0 thanks to goals by Trevor Lewis and Tyler Toffoli. The Flyers outshot the Kings 35-27, but Jonathan Quick played a stellar game against a possibly fatigued Philadelphia squad.

The team’s power play looked great Wednesday night, going 3 for 5 on the extra man opportunities. They went 0 for 5 last night. Plenty of chances, but nothing to come out of it.

The only highlight of the night came from a nice glove save by Michal Neuvirth late in the first period:

Anthony will have his thoughts of the game later today. The Flyers play Anaheim Saturday night at 10 p.m., another late start.

Also, the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 10-1. Ten goals.

The Roundup:

Take a listen to the latest Crossing Broadcast to start your day.

The Eagles continue to prep for Arizona on Sunday, and Malcolm Jenkins continues to prep to possibly cover Larry Fitzgerald. Jenkins likes how Fitzgerald focuses on the details of his play:

“He’s still doing the small things, the humble things, like blocking – not only DBs, but linebackers, D-ends, he does that and he does it well,” Jenkins said Thursday.

“He’s fun to watch. I’ve watched him since he was at Pitt. He’s a friend of mine, and he’s had a great career,” Jenkins said. “That’s one of the matchups I look forward to. … I’ve known him since I came into the league, we’ve trained together.”

Patrick Robinson has been very solid as the Eagles’ nickel corner, so it’s hard to say how much of Fitzgerald that Jenkins will see this week. But the Cards often use four receivers, which definitely could bring Jenkins into play.

One of Alshon Jeffery’s disappointments has been his lack of catching “jump balls.”

Even though he had a very good preseason, rookie Derek Barnett is beginning to experience his NFL growing pains. Jim Schwartz agrees:

“He’s had his ups and downs like a lot of rookies have,’’ defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz said. “But I thought he played an improved game against the Chargers, as opposed to the week before.

“He was a factor in the pass game. He made a great play on that draw. That’s a hard play to defend and he tackled him for a loss.

“He’s had very few missed assignments. I don’t want to give gold stars for that because that’s what’s expected of him. But I think that’s also a good sign coming from a rookie that’s getting significant playing time, particularly in some key situations.’’

The good news: Tim Jernigan returned to practice. The bad news: Fletcher Cox, Wendell Smallwood, and Ronald Darby did not.

Joel Embiid participated in 5-on-5 drills during yesterday’s practice. This is good. He hopes he’s close to playing soon:

“I think I have a pretty good chance, looking at it,” Embiid said. “I felt good today and we’ll see how my body reacts. I would like to play preseason because I think last year it helped me get in a bit of a groove. I haven’t played since January and this is the most I’ve done since January, so I was extremely rusty today.”

Embiid said he hopes conversations about returning to the floor are a two-way street.

“It’s on the medical staff and I trust them,” he said. “But at the same time, I have a voice too. I think they value my opinion. It’s about us being on the same page. If I feel good and I’m able to play, they’re going to let me play. I want to be out there obviously. I wish I was out there yesterday and I wish I was out there tomorrow. Maybe next week I’ll have a chance. We have to work together.”

Meanwhile, two national personalities rip on the Sixers.

Markelle Fultz is a bust, per Twitter.

Sixers take on the Celtics tonight at 7 on NBC Sports Philadelphia. In case you missed Wednesday’s preseason opener, Kevin has you caught up.

The Phillies are serious contenders for adding Giancarlo Stanton, along with two other teams, according to Jon Heyman:

The Giants, Cardinals and Phillies were confirmed by sources as the “most aggressive” pursuers of Stanton this summer. Given Stanton’s remark to FanRag that he “won’t rebuild,” it’s time to take another look at which teams the Marlins could target for a trade.

2. Phillies. They have the position players to make a deal, with depth in the middle of the infield and prospects at many positions, though they are quite a bit thinner in the pitching department. The Phillies seem loaded with spending loot thanks to a rich TV deal, and seem primed to go for it. However, they were an also-ran this year, may be at least a year away and can ill-afford to give up any pitching.

The team is also in a weird spot in terms of free agency and possibly extending Aaron Nola to a long-term deal.

Rhys Hoskins went through the ESPN carwash yesterday:

Matt Stairs helped the Phillies improve on offense this year. But it may not matter with a new manager coming to town.

St. Joe’s Athletic Director Don DiJulia will step down from his role as AD and vice president of the university at the end of current school year.

In other sports news, the Patriots squeezed by the Buccaneers 19-14. Nick Folk missed all three field goal attempts for Tampa Bay. He got compared to Roberto Aguayo, as expected.

Cam Newton apologized for his route comments towards a female reporter:

In yesterday’s ALDS games, Jose Altuve and the Astros crushed the Red Sox 8-2, while Cleveland shutout the Yankees 4-0.

Ex-Flyers goaltender Ray Emery was arrested for assault on his ex-fiancee.

I love Larry David:

Al Michaels: Your Jets are doing great.

Larry David: Oh god, please! What’s wrong with them!

Dan Patrick: Wait no, you won two games!

LD: No I don’t wanna win any games! I’m sick about this.

DP: What if I can give you Josh Rosen at UCLA or Sam Darnold. Which quarterback do you want with the Jets?

LD: I gotta go with the Jew (Rosen).

I don’t love Rick Pitino. He took roughly 98% of the money from Louisville’s current deal with Adidas. That expires July 1. Louisville’s football team also lost to NC State last night.

Detroit’s motto is “Hockeytown.” They’ve used it since the mid 90s. Explain how Detroit is a hockey town for me:

They can’t even sell out their new arena on opening night. How the mighty have fallen.

We might not see Lionel Messi in the FIFA World Cup. Sixth place Argentina has one game left to at least force a playoff match against New Zealand. They have to finish fifth for that to happen.

In the news, Amazon could be buying a South Jersey airport as they continue to search for their new headquarters, according to PhillyVoice:

A deal for the small Millville Executive Airport in Cumberland County by Amazon could create some strong synergy and enhance Camden’s bid to host the retailer’s HQ2 goes the logic.

Having its own dedicated transit hub in South Jersey could influence Amazon to choose Camden, according to Camden County Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli Jr.

Netflix is raising prices on their plans.

A Japanese reporter died from heart failure after working 159 hours of overtime. She was 31. She thought that was okay to do? 159 hours didn’t seem a little too much? I love her hustle, but maybe hustle responsibly.


2 Responses

  1. “He was 31. The guy thought that was okay to do? 159 hours didn’t seem a little too much? I love the guy’s hustle, but maybe hustle responsibly.”

    Miwa Sado was a woman, guys.

  2. Wow, this ‘article’ has generated over 300K click for crossingbroad advertisers!
    WAY TO GO ‘kyle’!

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