Your Wednesday Morning Roundup

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Three-game losing streak? Shutout against the Yankees? Jake Arrieta awful? I think it’s time to get this out again:

Where Arrieta stunk, Luis Severino was dominant in a 6-0 Yankee win. Arrieta gave up all six runs on nine hits in five innings of play. Outside of the second, the Phils gave up at least one run for the first five innings. Aaron Hicks and Didi Gregorious hit homers for New York.

The Phillies couldn’t solve Severino, as the right-hander struck out nine batters and gave up six hits in seven innings with no walks. Cesar Hernandez and Scott Kingery had multi-hit games.

If there was something good to take away from the loss, it probably was Hector Neris. For the second straight game since being called up from Triple-A, Neris struck out two batters in another one-two-three inning. It looks like he has the confidence he needs to stay up with the big club.

Zach Eflin takes the mound as the Phils try to avoid a sweep tonight at 7:05 PM on NBC Sports Philadelphia.

In other Phils news, reliever Pat Neshek is close to returning after pitching an inning for Double-A Reading last night. And the SB Nation Phillies’ site is deciding to leave up a post that people thought was real about the Rhys Hoskins heckler before it turned out to be fake.

The Roundup:


After being reported earlier in the day, the Sixers confirmed they’ll host Melbourne United of the NBL in Australia for a preseason game. Brian Seltzer found this picture of Brett Brown when he was coaching in Australia in the 90s and by God it’s glorious:

Gipper Grove on Twitter found a couple more glorious 90s Brett photos:

Joel Embiid not winning any postseason awards is actually a good thing for the Sixers and their salary cap situation.

If the Sixers don’t get LeBron or Paul George in free agency, what’s the next best thing to do?

Hard work has paid off for Sixers draft pick Landry Shamet and his mother:

It wasn’t always easy. As Melanie was working long hours on third shifts, Landry was fighting his own battles.

He played on a smaller AAU team, didn’t go to a highly rated high school and dealt with injuries while at Wichita State. But the people in his corner knew he was something special.

Shamet shot 44 percent from three-point range. He had the highest true shooting percentage in the American Athletic Conference (65.5 percent.) and did so with one of the best assist-to-turnover ratios.

Melanie said Landry’s AAU coach, Darin Mason, called her late Thursday. “What did I tell you when Landry was 14?” He said. “We were going to be in this position.”

Amir Johnson is a hustler.


Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles began his book tour. Besides GMA, he also appeared on Fox News, Fox and Friends, and First Things First.

Michael Bennett’s arraignment has been delayed once again. It’ll happen August 7.

Howie Roseman tops Sporting News’ GM rankings, as he should.

You can now relive the Super Bowl in the airport, if you want.


The Flyers officially confirmed the Sam Morin re-signing.

Development Camp gets underway tomorrow morning in Voorhees. All of the team’s draft picks this year will be in attendance, as well as German Rubtsov, Morgan Frost, and Carter Hart.

Speaking of Hart, the secret to his success is his sports psychologist:

During the season, while playing for the WHL’s Everett Silvertips in Washington, about 30 miles north of Seattle, Hart tried to call the Edmonton-based Stevenson at least once a week to check in and fine-tune his mental approach to hockey.

“There’s a lot of people who have helped me over the years,” Hart said. “Back home, I have a good team of people who I can lean on. They’ve really helped me become who I am, and I’m really lucky to have those people. My goalie coach, Dustin Schwartz, back home and my other goalie coach in Everett, Shane Clifford. All those guys have helped me a tremendous amount.”

Stevenson, the sports psychologist, is at the top of the list. He says Hart’s mental maturity is off the charts.

“As much as he wants to be a Philadelphia Flyer next year, he also realizes that last summer he pushed way too hard,” Stevenson said. “He way overdid it, and he’ll tell you that as a result of going way too hard and not taking breaks, he feels that may have contributed to the mono. And I agree with him.”

Could the Flyers target defenseman Mike Green in free agency?


In other sports news, the second day for Matchday 3 took place in the FIFA World Cup. Denmark tied with France while Peru beat Australia to give the Danes a spot in the knockout stage. Argentina got a late goal to beat Nigeria to move on to the knockout stage (and Diego Maradona loved it), while Croatia beat Iceland.

Later today, South Korea-Germany and Mexico-Sweden play at 10 AM, while Serbia-Brazil and Switzerland-Costa Rica play at 2 PM. The Crossing Broad FC gang recapped Matchday 2 and previewed Matchday 3 in a new episode.

A dead body was found inside the home of Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins.

The Clippers traded Doc Rivers’ son to Washington for Marcin Gortat.

Could LeBron actually be staying in Cleveland?


In the news, a PA officer has been charged in the shooting death of a Pittsburgh teenager.

Aston Martin unveiled a new supercar worth $300,000.

Planters Cheez Balls are coming back.

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