Trust the headbands.

At least at home against the Knicks.

Ben Simmons recorded his second triple-double in three games and fourth on the season while Jimmy Butler scored 20 points as the Sixers crushed the Knicks 131-109. It’s good that the Sixers can beat bad teams handily, but they need to prove to the NBA they can contend for an Eastern Conference title.

Joel Embiid had yet another double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds. His 28 double-doubles are a league-high. JJ Redick had 14 points and also recorded his 10,000th point.

It was also nice to see Landry Shamet record a career-high 17 points as the team’s third-highest scorer. He went 4-7 from 3.

Next up are some big tests. Home against Toronto on Saturday, Christmas Day in Boston, then their western road-trip against Utah, Portland, and the Clippers. Let’s hope the anthem singers don’t screw up during that stretch as well.

The Roundup:


Manny Machado will be in Philadelphia today visiting the Phillies. If things go well, he’ll make this his home for the next several years.

Meanwhile, the Phillies could also be looking to add a really good starting pitcher:

And maybe at Troy Tulowitzki?

Andrew McCutchen loves Wawa. He’s a keeper.

Angelo Cataldo and Gabe Kapler are buds again. Or so we think…


The Eagles participated in a walk-through practice, but released an estimated injury report.

Nick Foles spoke to the media, but his shoes stole the show. What are they?

Congrats to Emmy winner Darren Sproles:


The Flyers host the Predators tonight at 7 PM on NBC Sports Philadelphia. The team loaned Phil Varone to the Phantoms yesterday only to recall him back today.

Carter Hart might get the start tonight, but he’s happy he got the first game over with:


In other sports news, Josh Gordon announced he’s stepping away from football to focus on his mental health:

https://twitter.com/JOSH_GORDONXII/status/1075759466065338368

The Rockets hit an NBA record 26 3-pointers in a blowout win over the Wizards.

Early National Signing Day was yesterday and check out these names:

Mo’ne Davis will play softball at Hampton University.

Marshall Harris got a new job with CBS Sacramento.


In the news, a New Jersey cheesecake company didn’t deliver on a fundraising order.

Altria bought a $13 billion stake in Juul.