Your Wednesday Morning Roundup
It was a game the Sixers needed to win, and they did just that.
Thanks to a resurgent Robert Covington, the Sixers bounced back from Sunday’s loss to Milwaukee with a dominant 128-114 win over the Charlotte Hornets. Covington led the way with a team-high 22 points and went 5-of-9 from beyond the arc. Ben Simmons posted a near triple-double with 16 points, 13 assists, and eight rebounds, while Dario Saric, Joel Embiid, JJ Redick, and Ersan Ilyasova also finished in double figures.
The Sixers are still a game back of the Washington Wizards thanks to an overtime victory over the Miami Heat last night. Speaking of the Heat, the Sixers will make another trip to South Beach on Thursday.
Make sure you take a listen to the latest Crossing Broadcast.
The new NFL league year begins next week. And things appear to be picking up.
First, Brent Celek wants to stay in Philadelphia and retire as an Eagle.
For those asking about #Eagles TE Brent Celek: I'm told that he still wants to play. He's on the books for $4m this season (final year on contract). Team has 5 TEs under contract, but only 2 have them have played in a regular season game (Celek, Ertz) for the team.
— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) March 6, 2018
Brent Celek said that he has no plans to retire. "Yeah I wanna play," the Eagles TE said via text message, confirming a @caplannfl report.
— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) March 6, 2018
Trey Burton is expected to leave the Eagles in free agency.
“I’ll be surprised if the Eagles don’t have a third round pick, at least. Listen, we know they’re heavy in defensive backs. With Sidney Jones coming back, that pick’s going to end up paying off big time. And I think one of those defensive backs could be moved for a third-round pick, possibly.”
Former UNC assistant coach Gunter Brewer is the team’s new wide receivers coach.
This year’s salary cap will be set at $177.2 million, a little lower than expected.
Kevin takes a look at the recent history of the 32nd overall pick.
If you haven’t gotten the Eagles Super Bowl movie yet, get it.
Connor Barwin was kind of sad the Eagles won the Super Bowl without him:
“I was in a weird state for a couple of days,” he said. It was two opposite feelings: “I was kind of bummed out that I wasn’t part of it.” But he was also happy for his friends on the team, and for the city, where he still mostly lives in the offseason. After a few days feeling sorry for himself, he watched the team’s victory parade on television, and saw how happy everyone was, and exhaled. “I was like, man, I’m over any personal weird feelings I’m having. I’m just happy for everybody involved”—even guys like me, barging into his home in barely concealed glee over something that ultimately didn’t have much to do with him.
Right guard Brandon Brooks will be Miami University’s commencement speaker.
Kevin Hart explains why he tried to get on the Super Bowl podium and celebrate with his hometown Eagles.
There’ll be an Eagles presence during the Flyers game against the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight at 8 PM on NBCSN. Linebacker Mychal Kendricks will be alongside Pierre McGuire during his “Inside the Glass” segments.
“I’m most excited about sitting in the bull pin (sic) with the guys and getting to feel that energy,” Kendricks told the Inquirer and the Daily News. “It’s going to be so dope. I’m getting excited just thinking about it.”
He’ll also see the return of Wayne Simmonds to the lineup, after he’s missed the past seven games due to injury.
The team made a small move with their minor league team yesterday, inking defenseman TJ Brennan to a multi-year extension.
The Phillies were off yesterday, but resume action against a split-squad Red Sox team at 1:05 PM. The game will be on NBC Sports Philadelphia+ with Aaron Nola taking the mound.
In college hoops, La Salle takes on UMass in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Tournament at 6 PM in Washington D.C. You can stream the game on Stadium.
In other sports news, Charleston, Gonzaga, LIU Brooklyn, South Dakota State, and Wright State all punched their tickets to the NCAA Tournament.
The Patriot League title game between Bucknell and Colgate is tonight at 7:30 PM on CBS Sports Network.
Selection Sunday is going to suck this year.
Memphis might fire Tubby Smith and replace him with Penny Hardaway.
Ed Hochuli is retiring.
A South African triathlete survived a chainsaw attack.
In the news, brace yourselves for the second Nor’easter in the last five days.
Coca-Cola is launching an alcoholic drink. Except it’ll only be in Japan.